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Management Information Systems Department

MIS Framework Discussion

MIS Junior Experience Pilot 2

MIS Program Requirements

Keeping MIS Curriculum Current and Relevant Meeting the Development Needs of our Students Meeting the Needs of our Industry Customers

Maintaining Quality of Curriculum


Managing Volume of Students

MIS Framework
Advisors
Industry

Program
Content Dimensions Courses Content and Learning Objectives Methodologies Tools

Customers

Graduates

Employers

Academia

Standards

Feedback and Alignment


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Framework Element - Advisors

Industry Representatives
Industry

Objectives Skills Needs Trends Mentoring Alliances/Sponsorship

Activities Surveys Steering Committee Student Mentorship Program Sponsorship

MIS Department Faculty


Objectives Activities Curriculum Development Benchmarking Institutions

Course Development Course Standards


Academia

Evaluate/Revise Curriculum Develop Courses/Content Develop Sponsored Research


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Framework Components - Customers

MIS Program Graduates


Objectives Curriculum Content Program Effectiveness Community Building Activities MIS Junior Experience Survey-Course Content Survey-Program Effectiveness
Graduates

Employers of MIS Grads


Objectives Activities
Employers

Skills Gaps Curriculum Direction Internship Opportunities Methodology Feedback

Survey-Program Content Internship Opportunities

Framework Components - Program

Topic Domains

Content Dimensions Courses Content and Learning Objectives Methodologies Tools Standards

Lifecycle Phases Content Coverage Career Tracks Student Focus Instructor Focus

Entry/Exit Criteria
Activities/Deliverables Tool Emphasis Tool Inventory

Life Cycle Phases


Standard Types
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Framework Components Content Dimensions


Topic Area
Software Hardware (TBD) Network Database Management

Areas of Focus
Fundamental Principles Structures and Components Nomenclature & Definitions Operational Characteristics

Life Cycle Phases


Strategy Analysis Design

Focus
Determine Strategic Solution Needs Determine Business Requirements Translate into Process/Technical Solutions Construct Process/Technical Solutions Verify Solution Satisfies Business Reqs Deploy Solution & Train Users Operate and Enhance Solution (Production) Program & Project Management
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Development
Testing Implementation System Operations Program & Project Management

Framework Components Initial Course Map

MIS Course Description & Number Business Programming (92)

Strategy

Analysis

Design

Build

Test

Implement

Operate

Software Software/Database Management Network Database Software Software Software/Database Network

Systems Analysis & Design (93)


Fundamentals of MIS (110) Introduction to Telecommunications (111) Introduction to Database Mgt Sys (112) Advanced Business Programming (113)

Advanced Bus Programming-Java (113J)


Advanced Sys Analysis & Design (114) Advanced Telecommunications (115) Advanced Database Mgt Systems (116) Special Topics: (118x) Various

Database
Various Management Management Management

Practicum in Mgt Info Systems (119A)


Business Strategy & Info Systems (119B)

Elective Career Tracks


- Required MIS Courses
- Software Design/Development - Network Design/Administration - Database Design/Administration - Project Management 8

Framework Components Description and Learning Objectives


Current Course Description Document
Contents
Catalog Description Detailed Description Prerequisite Concept or Skills Course Objectives Methods of Instruction Instructional Materials

Purpose
Oriented towards students Provides a comprehensive course description Provides expectations and requirements

Enhanced Description & Learning Objectives


Contents
Development Skills Course Outline Suggested Deliverables w/Templates Assessment Support Components

Purpose
Best practices for instructor use Develop core management skills Master topic area fundamentals

Framework Components - Methodology

Solution Lifecycle Phases


Operate
Solution Operation User Support/Help Desk Solution Enhancement Readiness Preparation Deployment

Components by Phase
Entry Criteria
Inventory of Deliverables (Start) Phase Plan Tools and Standards in Place

Implement

Strategy
Strategic Direction Business Model Business Architecture

Deliverables (examples)
Project Plans Issue Management Process/System Documents

Test
Planning Preparation Execution

Analyze
System Architecture Refine Behavior

Activities
Process Tasks System & Infrastructure Tasks User Support Tasks

Develop
Database Build Component Build

Design
Component Design Database Design

Exit Criteria Manage


Phase Planning Project Management Relationship Management

Inventory of Deliverables (Complete) Approvals to Proceed Next Phase Plan

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Framework Components Tools and Standards

Tools
Tool Emphasis Templates Analysis Applications Design Applications Development Applications Tool Inventory MS Word, MS Excel, Visio SQL Server, MS Access, Oracle Rational Rose, Visual Studio.net Eclipse

Standards
Life Cycle Phase Strategy Design Development Testing Implementation Standard Types Protocols Naming Conventions Syntax Component Descriptions Programming Languages
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Current Status of the MIS Framework Project

Phase One Development Initial Framework

Phase Two Create Initial Graduate/ Industry Plan

Phase Three Form Industry Advisor Team & Survey Grad

Develop Initial Methodology

Develop&Pilot Framework Tool (HTML)

Evaluate Methodology & Framework

Eval/Revise Graduate & Industry Plan

Conduct Initial Industry Meeting

Define Tasks & Deliverables For Phases

Perform Course Fit Analysis

Build Course & Deliverable Templates

Deploy Framework for Courses

Develop Additional Methodologies

Update Course Descriptions & Objectives Revise Framework

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High Level Methodology


w/Current Course Maps
Strategy
C O M M O N T O A L L

Analysis

Design

Build

Test

Implement Bus119a

Bus119b
Strategic Business Analysis Opportunity Requirements Analysis

Bus93
Understand Current Situation Evaluate Design Options Develop Conceptual Design

Bus114

Bus93

Develop Business Case & Architecture

Understand Stakeholder Needs

Bus113x (E)

Testing Environment Preparation

Perform System Test

Prepare Production Environment

Activate Users

Bus92
A P P L I C A T I O N Define Process and Interaction Define Application Requirements Design Application Architecture Build Application Components Perform Unit Testing Deploy Application/ Components

Bus112

Define Database Requirements

Bus116 (E)
Design Database Architecture Build Database Deploy Application/ Database Perform Data Conversion

T E C H O L O G Y

Bus111

Define Technology Requirements

Design Network Architecture

Acquire/Install Network Infrastructure

Perform Component Testing

Deploy Network Infrastructure

Cutover Technical Infrastructure

Bus115 (E)
Design Computing Architecture Acquire/Install Computing Infrastructure Deploy Computing Infrastructure

S U P P O R T

Bus119a

Define Support Requirements

Design Human Support Architecture

Build Human Support Infrastructure

Train Test Personnel

Train User Personnel

Design Physical Environment Manage the following: Integration Scope Time Cost Quality Human Resources Communications Risk Procurement

Acquire/Build Physical Environment

Prepare Physical Environment

Activate User Support Processes

M A N A G E M E N T

Manage the following: Integration Scope Time Cost Quality Human Resources Communications Risk Procurement

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Strategy (Example of Detailed Level with Deliverables)


Perform Strategic Analysis Define Strategic Requirements Develop Business Case & Architecture

Define Goals & Expectations

Perform Industry Analysis

Identify Strategic Requirements

Select Strategic Opportunity

Assess Business Benefit

Finalize Business Case

Report Findings for Approval

Perform Company Analysis

Assess Required Capabilities

Document Business Architecture

Assess IT Scope & Competencies

Perform Technology Survey

Assess Sourcing Alternatives

Document IT Architecture

Deliverables Project Charter Competitive Forces Analysis Value Chain Analysis Strategic Alignment Matrix Strategic Requirements Technology Survey Application/ Infrastructure Portfolio Business Benefits Solution Costs Sourcing Assumptions Business Case with Assumptions Business Architecture IT Architecture Strategic Analysis Report

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Specific Questions for Employers

How important is an understanding of specific tools, languages, or holding specific certifications?


What specific technical skills do you see as requirements in each of the each of the IT domains?

Our methodology relies on System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) as a foundation. What is your opinion of this versus object oriented approaches? What soft skills do you consider essential for an entry level position?
What other suggestions do you have for us to help our program better meet your needs and the needs of our graduates in finding employment?
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