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Informatics

Pocatello, ID, United States
Information Systems, Technology and Innovation, Business Intelligence

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Idaho State University, a Carnegie-classified doctoral research and teaching institution in southeast Idaho. offers high quality but affordable education. Large enough to offer diversity and over 280 academic programs, but small enough to ensure small classes that give students the opportunity to establish close academic relationships with professors, ISU is the ideal size to make students feel valued and nurtured while being prepared to succeed in their future careers. Professors are highly accessible and enjoy working closely with individual students to help them develop their skills and knowledge. Students appreciate the opportunity to interact with professors who are dedicated to helping students align their educational goals with their career objectives.

 

Idaho State University was founded in 1901, and attracts students from around the world to its Idaho campuses. At the main campus in Pocatello, and at locations in Meridian, Idaho Falls and Twin Falls, ISU offers access to high-quality education to over 13,000 students. Idaho State University is the state's designated lead institution in health professions and medical education.

 

The Informatics department offers an MBA emphasis in Informatics and an undergraduate degree in Business Informatics. Our degrees prepare our graduates to handle a broad range of IT-related employment opportunities. Our programs focus on developing the competencies and skills needed to work with leading edge technologies as well as to implement process change, system design, and management within a broad spectrum of industries, all the while learning and adapting to keep pace with ever-changing technology. The College of Business at Idaho State is AACSB accredited.

 

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Our Business Informatics program is unique in its emphasis on the breadth and depth of technical preparation. The curriculum is highly technical, sharing core courses with our computer science program, and has a strong emphasis on developing secure software, database design, and information assurance. Technical knowledge is augmented with a suite of core business courses in areas like management, accounting, finance, marketing, and business law. This range of preparation produces graduates competent for both managerial as well as technical roles. There are few informatics degrees of comparable quality.

The Informatics department consists of six faculty members with interests in information security and privacy, business intelligence, and data analytics. The curriculum evolves constantly, because informatics changes and develops rapidly, and courses must therefore be constantly revised and reconsidered.

Informatics classes at ISU tend to be small, with an average of 25-45 students in core classes and 10-30 students in informatics courses. Unlike many universities, ISU classes are taught by professors, not teaching assistants. Professors are highly accessible and are dedicated to helping students align their educational goals with their career objectives.

The ICS department offers undergraduate degrees in Business Informatics and Computer Science. Graduate program proposals are at various stages in the approval process. The department even offers an Informatics Post-Baccalaureate Certificate. Each curriculum is made up of courses designed to provide students with the strong technical background needed to develop solutions to today's information challenges.

Informatics refers to the application of information systems to a particular domain, such as business. In a nutshell, informatics focuses on developing systems that allow a business to function more effectively from an IT perspective, in effect providing an organization with a competitive advantage based on superior information technology.

Computer Science develops the software that makes computer systems function successfully, while Business Informatics develops software that makes businesses function successfully.

 

Courses

Business Informatics

Course

Develops systems analysis skills, using proven techniques, prototyping, and structured analysis and design phases of the systems development life cycle. The course emphasizes Secure Software Design, which includes secure design elements, software architecture, secure design review, and threat modeling. Requirements: gathering is emphasized, including secure software requirements gathering to capture all of the security requirements from various stakeholders and understand the sources and processes needed to ensure a more effective design.

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Course

Focuses on homeland security, information assurance, integrity, control, and privacy. Covers CNSS-4011, NIST-800-16 standards, national policy, and international treaties. The course considers Software Deployment, Operations, Maintenance and Disposal, including security issues around steady state operations and management of software, as well as security measures that must be taken when a product reaches its end of life.

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I serve as Chair and Professor of the Informatics Department at Idaho State University. I previously served as Chair of the Department of Computer Information Systems, until being selected in 2013 as the most capablecandidate to successfully forge a strategic alliance of ISU's most prominent computing-intensive majors, Computer Information Systems and Computer Science, with the mandate to resuscitate the Computer Science program, which had been foundering for years. I served as Chair and Professor of the Informatics and Computer Science Department, a STEM department with the rare distinction of being at the nexus of two colleges, the College of Business (CoB) and the College of Science and Engineering (CoSE). This academic recovery effort was deemed successful in 2020, with the CS program finally strong enough to entrust back to CoSE management.

While serving as Chair of ICS, I reported to and interacted extensively with the deans of both colleges to strategically position our programs as a cornerstone of a new Polytechnic that is being formed at Idaho State University. I directed the development of multiple new graduate programs, participated extensively in curriculum development at the undergraduate and graduate levels, hired and mentored several faculty members, and earned top evaluations from my two deans as well as faculty members serving in my department. I have demonstrated that I can work effectively and successfully with upper administration, and our nontraditional department was widely considered an exemplary success.

I have over 75 peer-reviewed publications, and I have a sustained record of quality research and scholarship even after assuming my administrative duties, with fourteen refereed publications coming after 2012. I am currently part of an interdisciplinary team that is engaged in a funded research project.

I was selected the 2011 Faculty Member of the Year by the Associated Students of ISU, and was recognized as an Outstanding Master Teacher by ISU in both 2011 and 2012. I also received the ISU College of Business 2002-2003 Outstanding Teacher Award. I received the ISU College of Business 2005-2006 Outstanding Research Award. In 2007 I was awarded a Curtin University Research Fellowship in Perth, Australia.

As an experienced and innovative technology professional with experience developing software systems for one of the top Fortune 500 companies, I have a thorough understanding of the challenges of business education in an increasingly competitive and technologically diverse environment.

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I serve as Chair and Professor of the Informatics Department at Idaho State University. I previously served as Chair of the Department of Computer Information Systems, until being selected in 2013 as the most capablecandidate to successfully forge a strategic alliance of ISU's most prominent computing-intensive majors, Computer Information Systems and Computer Science, with the mandate to resuscitate the Computer Science program, which had been foundering for years. I served as Chair and Professor of the Informatics and Computer Science Department, a STEM department with the rare distinction of being at the nexus of two colleges, the College of Business (CoB) and the College of Science and Engineering (CoSE). This academic recovery effort was deemed successful in 2020, with the CS program finally strong enough to entrust back to CoSE management.

While serving as Chair of ICS, I reported to and interacted extensively with the deans of both colleges to strategically position our programs as a cornerstone of a new Polytechnic that is being formed at Idaho State University. I directed the development of multiple new graduate programs, participated extensively in curriculum development at the undergraduate and graduate levels, hired and mentored several faculty members, and earned top evaluations from my two deans as well as faculty members serving in my department. I have demonstrated that I can work effectively and successfully with upper administration, and our nontraditional department was widely considered an exemplary success.

I have over 75 peer-reviewed publications, and I have a sustained record of quality research and scholarship even after assuming my administrative duties, with fourteen refereed publications coming after 2012. I am currently part of an interdisciplinary team that is engaged in a funded research project.

I was selected the 2011 Faculty Member of the Year by the Associated Students of ISU, and was recognized as an Outstanding Master Teacher by ISU in both 2011 and 2012. I also received the ISU College of Business 2002-2003 Outstanding Teacher Award. I received the ISU College of Business 2005-2006 Outstanding Research Award. In 2007 I was awarded a Curtin University Research Fellowship in Perth, Australia.

As an experienced and innovative technology professional with experience developing software systems for one of the top Fortune 500 companies, I have a thorough understanding of the challenges of business education in an increasingly competitive and technologically diverse environment.

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