MIS Major Learning Goals and Objectives

The goals and objectives of the MIS degree are a key driver of the MIS degree program. Goals for the MIS program are synonymous with the program educational objectives. These describe the career and professional accomplishments that the program is preparing graduates to achieve in the next three to five years. Objectives of the MIS program are synonymous with the program outcomes. These describe what our students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation.
Goal 1: Graduates will be able to apply sound managerial concepts and principles in the development and operation of information systems.
  • Objective 1.1. Students will apply critical thinking skills in decision making in the context of systems development.
  • Objective 1.2. Students will demonstrate the interpersonal skills required when developing organizational information systems.
  • Objective 1.3. Students will explain organizational behavior concepts and their impact on information systems development.
  • Objective 1.4. Students will explain the impact of leadership and ethical behavior on the systems development process.
Goal 2: Graduates will be able to effectively apply systems analysis, IS design and project management concepts
  • Objective 2.1. Students will apply systems theory and information concepts in the analysis of organizational problems and opportunities
  • Objective 2.2. Students will demonstrate the ability to apply project and risk management principles and techniques to information systems projects
  • Objective 2.3. Students will demonstrate the ability to properly design and implement information systems.
Goal 3: Graduates will be able to effectively apply technical concepts in information technology
  • Objective 3.1. Students will demonstrate the ability to develop a computer program using a contemporary programming language, programming algorithms and data structures.
  • Objective 3.2. Students will demonstrate the ability to properly use and implement a database using a contemporary database management system.
  • Objective 3.3. Students will understand the architectural concepts of computer networks and enterprise information systems.
  • Objective 3.4. Students will understand security concepts for protecting organizational data and information systems.

MIS Major Goals Mapped to College of Business Undergraduate Program Goals

MIS majors are also prepared to achieve program goals established for all College of Business Majors. Below is a matrix that shows how MIS goals relate to college goals.

   MIS Major UG Goal  
College of Business Undergraduate Program Goals 1 2 3
1. Leadership / Teamwork competencies X X X
2. Critical Thinking X    
3. Global knowledge and application X X  
4. Innovative mindset X   X
5. Communication competencies X X X
6. Technology competences X X X
7. Functional competencies X X X
8. Ethics X    

In addition to assignments, exams and projects routinely assessed in individual courses, a key component of the assurance of learning process for MIS majors is the Information Systems Analyst (ISA) Certification Exam. Students take this certification exam during the capstone course, ITM 419. Students who qualify on the exam may, after completion of their MIS degree, apply for their ISA certification through the Institute for Certified Computing Professionals. Detailed exam results also provide faculty valuable feedback that is used in the assurance of learning process for continuous program improvement. Graduates and employers are also surveyed periodically to assess that program educational objectives are met.