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Information Systems (IS) Course Descriptions

Department of Information Systems and Cyber Security, College of Business


IS 1022  Programming and Formal Logic
(2-0) 2 hours credit.
An introduction to the elements of modern formal logic and program semantics. Modern formal logic uses symbolic techniques for an analysis of validity, and related notations such as grammatical form and truth. This course addresses logical notations (syntax) and how to assign meaning to them (semantics), which are essential for an understanding of many aspects of contemporary philosophy, mathematics, and informal processing. (Formerly IS 1023. Credit cannot be earned for both IS 1022 and IS 1023.)

IS 1403  Business Information Systems Fluency [TCCN: BCIS 1305.]
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Required course for all students majoring in Business at UTSA. This three-unit course concentrates on a set of core computing skills that are essential to student success, such as using e-mail, word processing, spreadsheets, basic data management, presentation software and on- and off-campus Internet resources. This is a Web-based course. Instructions and exams are accomplished through the use of a computer.

IS 1503  Introduction to Cyber Security
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
An introduction to the principles and best practices for cyber security. This course addresses the fundamental aspects of computer and network security. Issues concerning home computer security, internet security, privacy, viruses and worms, spam, and ethics will be included in this course. Public Component software will be used to illustrate the principles discussed in the class.

IS 2031  Introduction to Programming Concepts Laboratory
(0-2) 1 hour credit. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in IS 2033, or completion of an IS 2033 equivalent with a grade of “C-”or better.
Laboratory accompanies IS 2033. Uses object-oriented programming language and software development tools to develop basic applications that underline the concepts learned in IS 2033. (Formerly titled “Introduction to Computer Concepts for Information Systems Laboratory.”)

IS 2033  Introduction to Programming Concepts
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: IS 1403 with a grade of "C-"or better and concurrent enrollment in IS 2031.
An introduction to programming with an object-oriented language. Addresses basic elements of OOP (object-oriented programming), including control structures, classes and objects, class behavior, arrays, GUIs (graphical user interfaces), file input/output, exception handling, and object-oriented design. (Formerly titled “Introduction to Computer Concepts for Information Systems.”)

IS 2041  Intermediate Object-Oriented Programming Laboratory
(0-2) 1 hour credit. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in IS 2043, or completion of an IS 2043 equivalent with a grade of “C-” or better.
Laboratory accompanies IS 2043. Laboratory uses object-oriented programming language and software development tools to develop basic applications that underline the concepts learned in IS 2043. (Formerly titled “Data Structures and File Processing Laboratory.”)

IS 2043  Intermediate Object-Oriented Programming
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: IS 2033 with a grade of “C-” or better and concurrent enrollment in IS 2041.
An object-oriented programming course designed to enforce introductory object-oriented principles learned in IS 2033 and focus on concepts including exception handling, data structures, searching and sorting, recursion, generic collections, file processing, and GUIs (graphical user interfaces). An object-oriented language like Java will be used to develop applications using these concepts. (Formerly titled “Data Structures and File Processing.”)

IS 3003  Principles of Information Systems for Management
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: IS 1403 with a grade of "C-" or better.
An analysis of managerial/organizational information needs. Systematic procedures for developing information systems are covered. Includes coverage of hardware and software tools, information structures, and formal problem-solving techniques. Issues related to organizational controls, security, and globalization as a result of changing technologies are discussed. Cases will be assigned to illustrate the use of specific tools and techniques for problem solving.

IS 3033  Operating Systems
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: IS 2041 and IS 2043 with a grade of "C-" or better, or consent of instructor, Department Chair, and Dean of the College.
This course examines the role of computer operating systems in the overall vulnerability of the network. A comparison of the more popular operating systems will be used to illustrate the concepts to the class.

IS 3063  Database Management for Information Systems
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: IS 2041 and IS 2043 with a grade of "C-" or better.
A study of database management systems (DBMS) features, functions, and architecture, including logical design, data models, normalization, object-oriented data, and database administration. A DBMS product will be used to illustrate principles.

IS 3073  Application Development
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: IS 2041 and IS 2043 with a grade of "C-" or better.
A study of the use of information systems techniques to solve managerial problems. Includes cases where students are asked to design and implement information systems that address various classes of analytic problems. Principles of decision theory are addressed.

IS 3413  Introduction to Telecommunications for Business
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: IS 3003 and 6 hours of IS coursework with a grade of "C-" or better, or consent of instructor, Department Chair, and Dean of the College.
Includes an in-depth look at basic telecommunications terminology and concepts. Introduction to voice and data networks, signaling and multiplexing. Network topologies and protocol fundamentals and architectures are presented and compared. Frame relay, X.25, and ATM packet technologies are introduced. Network security fundamentals are explored.

IS 3423  Network Security
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: IS 3413 with a grade of "C-" or better or consent of instructor, Department Chair, and Dean of the College.
The course provides a foundation in networking technologies that are core to creating secure networks. Topics included in this course are basic cryptography, secure networking protocols, logical and physical security management and security devices. Relation between these technologies and operational and implementation issues for these technologies will also be discussed. (Formerly titled “Secure Network Design.”)

IS 3433  Introduction to Digital Forensics
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
The digital forensic investigation process involves organizational preparation, incident response, data collection, data analysis, and communication of findings. This course will teach students how to prepare for incidents, how to respond to incidents, and how to reliably collect digital data. Students will be introduced to various types of storage media and sources of volatile data. Students will also be introduced to fundamental legal issues related to digital forensics.

IS 3453  Networking Fundamentals
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: IS 3413 with a grade of "C-" or better or consent of instructor, Department Chair, and Dean of the College.
This course will focus on the principles of telecommunication with particular emphasis on networking. Networking and transmission protocols will be emphasized. Both IPv4 and IPv6 will be included. This class will also include the hardware side of the network. The role of servers, switches and routers will be included. Security will be introduced.

IS 3503  Attack and Defend – An Introduction to Information Assurance
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
An introduction to information assurance. This survey course will present common ways that hackers attack a network and how to defend against the attacks. It will also include related subjects such as how to protect data, encryption, physical security, and hiding data. The course is a “hands-on” class and students will gain experience with readily available software packages. This course is intended for non-Infrastructure Assurance majors. Information Systems and Infrastructure Assurance majors cannot use IS 3503 toward their degree requirements.

IS 3513  Information Assurance and Security
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: IS 3413 with a grade of "C-" or better or consent of instructor, Department Chair, and Dean.
This course provides an in-depth presentation of information assurance topics such as fraud, eavesdropping, traffic analysis, intrusion detection and prevention, hacking, viruses, and cryptography. Risk management will also be discussed. (Formerly IS 4453. Credit cannot be earned for both IS 3513 and IS 4453.)

IS 3523  Intrusion Detection and Incident Response
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: IS 3513 with a grade of "C-" or better.
This course provides an in-depth look at intrusion detection methodologies and tools and the approaches to handling intrusions when they occur; examines the laws that address cybercrime and intellectual property issues; and includes a study of proper computer and network forensics procedures to aid in the identification and tracking of intruders and in the potential prosecution of criminal activity.

IS 3533  Cyber Law
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
An introductory course in laws and legal issues that affect law enforcement, businesses, and investigators related to the preservation, collection, and analysis of digital data. Students will examine computer crime laws, civil and criminal laws that often involve electronic evidence, search and seizure of electronic evidence, judicial issues involving the admissibility of electronic evidence and related testimony, and legal issues involved with electronic surveillance.

IS 4033  Network Operations
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: IS 3453 with a grade of "C-" or better or consent of instructor, Department Chair, and Dean.
The course will explore the fundamentals of operating a network. Issues to be included are physical security, electrical and air conditioning issues, data storage and retention, and backup and redundancy of data. Other topics include floor loading, patch management, converting user requirements to system requirements and disaster recovery.

IS 4053  Systems Analysis and Design
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: IS 3063 with a grade of "C-" or better and MGT 3003.
An introduction to systems theory and development techniques. Topics include problem definition, system development life cycle, feasibility analyses, project management, system models and CASE tools.

IS 4063  Advanced Topics in Information Systems
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: MGT 3003 and 15 semester credit hours of information systems courses (excluding IS 1403 and IS 3003).
Survey of recent developments in information technology. Analysis will focus on applications in the business community and theoretical developments that relate to those applications. Ordinarily taken during semester of graduation.

IS 4073  The Information Resource
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: IS 3003 with a grade of "C-" or better, MGT 3003, and MGT 3013.
A study of the principles and concepts involved in the management of organizational information systems resources. Topics include project control, CIO functions, information systems planning, and strategic impact of information systems, multinational organizations, and relevant legal, professional, and ethical issues.

IS 4103  Business Process Management and Control
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: IS 3003.
Business professionals are frequently responsible for designing, implementing, supporting and managing technology-based business processes in organizations. In order to accomplish those tasks, these professionals must understand the business processes that support an organization and how they are controlled. This course contributes to the student's understanding of how key business processes are managed, controlled and integrated in enterprise resource planning systems. SAP will be used to illustrate the concepts discussed in the class. (Same as ACC 4103. Credit cannot be earned for both IS 4103 and ACC 4103.)

IS 4143  Wide Area Networks
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: IS 3413 with a grade of "C-" or better and MGT 3003 or consent of instructor, Department Chair, and Dean of the College.
This course explores the telecommunication technologies used in wide area networks. Technologies such as frame relay, ATM, TCP/IP, and voice over IP will be studied. The role of the common carriers will also be discussed. Secure network traffic over TCP/IP will be included.

IS 4153  Web Site Development
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: IS 3073 with a grade of "C-" or better and MGT 3003 or consent of instructor, Department Chair, and Dean of the College.
A study of issues related to the use of electronic networks to facilitate inter- and intra-organizational business activities. The principles of Web site design from the consumer and the information systems points of view will be presented. The course will also include the development of a Web site. (Formerly titled “Electronic Commerce.”)

IS 4183  Advanced Database Concepts
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: IS 3063 with a grade of "C-" or better and MGT 3003.
In-depth consideration of concepts governing the design and management of database systems. Topics include database design, distributed databases, database administration, object-oriented data modeling, and performance evaluation.

IS 4213  Power and Air Conditioning
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: IS 4033 with a grade of “C–” or better or consent of instructor, Department Chair, and Dean of the College.
The purpose of this class will be to explore the electrical power, air conditioning, and fire suppressant requirements of a data center. Electrical grids, standby generators, and uninterruptable power supplies will be discussed. The course explores the various aspects of power quality, interruption of service, voltage flicker and control, voltage swells and sags and power surges. Air conditioning requirements and methods will also be included. Fire suppressant techniques will also be part of the class. A comprehensive project involving the design of the data center to include these three major issues will be part of the class. (Same as FM 4213. Credit cannot be earned for both IS 4213 and FM 4213.)

IS 4223  Emerging Network Technologies
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: IS 3453 with a grade of "C-" or better or consent of instructor, Department Chair, and Dean of the College.
Cloud computing has become popular in industry. This class will look at what it is and how it works. How cloud computing interfaces with current networks, computing ability and storage requirements will be discussed. Security issues will be an important part of the course. Other topics include virtual machines, storage area networks and remote systems management.

IS 4463  Secure Electronic Commerce
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: IS 3513 with a grade of "C-" or better and MGT 3003 or consent of instructor, Department Chair, and Dean of the College.
The security issues related to electronic commerce will be discussed in this course. The legal environment of e-commerce, public and private key encryption, digital signatures, authentication, and third party certificates are topics that will be included.

IS 4473  Information Assurance Policy
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: IS 3413 with a grade of "C-" or better, MGT 3003, and one 3-semester-credit-hour security course, or consent of instructor, Department Chair, and Dean of the College.
There are many policy issues, within the firm and at various levels of government, that affect information assurance. This course will examine how these policies affect electronic security. Subjects will include privacy of information, intellectual property protection, globalization of information systems, and other policy matters. The protection and control of secured information will also be discussed.

IS 4483  Digital Forensic Analysis I
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: IS 3513 with a grade of "C-" or better and MGT 3003.
An introductory course in collecting, examining, and preserving evidence of computer crimes. This course examines the issues, tools, and control techniques needed to successfully investigate illegal activities facilitated through the use of information technology. The tools of collecting, examining, and evaluating data in an effort to establish intent, culpability, motive, means, methods, and loss resulting from e-crimes will be examined. (Formerly titled "Cyber Forensics.")

IS 4513  Cyber and Physical Systems
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: IS 3513 with a grade of “C-” or better and MGT 3003 or consent of instructor, Department Chair, and Dean of the College.
Many of the critical infrastructure systems contain a system control and data acquisition (SCADA) component. Frequently, the control systems are remotely accessed and therefore becomes the focal point for attack. This course examines the control system components from the standpoint of vulnerability and protection. (Formerly titled “System Control and Data Acquisition.”)

IS 4523  Digital Forensic Analysis II
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: IS 4483.
This course examines advanced digital forensic analysis topics, tools, techniques, and control mechanisms. Advanced topics include operating system artifacts, non-standard file systems, mobile devices, malware, and volatile memory. Students will gain experience with state-of-the-art forensics tools and techniques needed to successfully investigate illegal activities perpetuated through the use of information technology.

IS 4911-3  Independent Study
1 to 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: MGT 3003, a 3.0 COB grade point average, and permission in writing from the instructor, the Department Chair, and the Dean of the College. See the College of Business Undergraduate Advising Center for the required forms.
Independent research in an information systems topic under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

IS 4933  Internship in Information Systems
3 hours credit. Prerequisites: MGT 3003, 9 semester credit hours of information systems courses (excluding IS 1403 and IS 3003), a 2.5 UTSA grade point average, and permission in writing from the instructor, the Department Chair, and the Dean of the College. See the College of Business Undergraduate Advising Center for required forms.
The opportunity to gain knowledge through experiential activities in professional life. Joint cooperation with business and governmental institutions in structuring and monitoring work experience aimed at supplementing the classroom learning process. May not be repeated for credit.

IS 4943 Internship in Information Assurance
3 hours credit. Prerequisites: MGT 3003, 9 semester credit hours of information systems courses (excluding IS 1403 and IS 3003), a 2.5 UTSA grade point average, and permission in writing from the instructor, the Department Chair, and the Dean of the College. See the College of Business Undergraduate Advising Center for required forms.
The opportunity to gain knowledge through experiential activities in professional life. Joint cooperation with business and governmental institutions in structuring and monitoring work experience aimed at supplementing the classroom learning process. May not be repeated for credit.

IS 4951-3  Special Studies in Information Systems
(1-0, 2-0, 3-0) 1 to 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: MGT 3003 and consent of instructor.
An organized course offering specialized study not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. Special Studies may be repeated for credit when the topics vary, but not more than 6 semester credit hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

IS 4993  Honors Thesis
3 hours credit. Prerequisite: MGT 3003. Enrollment limited to students applying for Honors in Information Systems.
Supervised research and preparation of an honors thesis. May be repeated once for credit with advisor’s approval. No more than 3 semester credit hours may apply toward information systems major requirements.


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