The IS certificate offers KSU students knowledge and experience with the latest tools and technologies. Topics include web technologies, database technologies, and electronic commerce. Students are required to receive at least a “C” in courses in order to receive the certificate.

The IS certificate requires one foundation course in IS, three 3-semester-hour approved IS courses, and one 3-semester-hour applied learning experience, for a total of 15 credit hours

This certificate is ideal for students who enjoy working with computers but do not wish to seek a degree in technology-related fields. It is also ideal for students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree and seek the latest IS expertise. Students with degrees in fields such as accounting, biology, foreign language, English, criminal justice, and sociology will find that the addition of these important IS skills will make them far more marketable.



Required: 6 hours

 IS 2200

 Experimental Elective (3hrs)


Electives (3): 9 hours

 IS 3020

 IS 3080

 IS 3100

 IS 3220

 IS 3260

 IS 3280

 IS 3740

 IS 3760

 IS 4560

 ISA 3100

Schedule Part-time and full-time
Duration 1 Years
Presence of students On-campus
Scholarships available Yes



This course will provide an overview of fundamentals of information systems technologies and their applicability to real world scenarios. Topics may vary as technology changes but the students will learn the tools of productivity. The course aims to improve communications skills appropriate to the business setting.

Notes: Offered as an online course.


This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to develop applications in a development environment. It covers .NET and .NET 2.0 technologies. This is the first course in the .NET development platform. Students will learn how to develop applications using Microsoft Visual Studio .NET development environment.


Information Resource Management (IRM) constantly strives to improve its commitment to incorporate new technologies to advance the organization. The focus of this course is on management of information systems resources, technologies and people. Covers strategic planning of information resources investments, operations, and support; management of human, technological, and financial resources; management of end-user computing; IS functional organization and the CIO; and organizing information resources for efficient and effective services.


Illustrates how to effectively use, manage, and participate in the development of information technology applications that support common business processes. Focuses on the interdependence among an organization’s management, business processes, and information systems. Provides hands-on experience in developing a business information system.


In this course, students will be exposed to the basic principles of Global Project Management, effective teamwork and collaboration. It will prepare students to understand key issues in global project management such as project initiation, planning, scheduling, budgeting, risk analysis, quality management and communicating and collaborating across political and cultural boundaries. Tools such as Microsoft Project will be used to develop and track Information Systems projects.


This course presents introductions to many of the basic concepts, issues and techniques related to designing, developing and deploying Web sites. During the course, students will learn about Web design, HTML, basic scripting, Dynamic HTML, and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Students will learn how to create sites both manually and through the use of Web site development software tool such as a text editor, Dreamweaver, and Adobe Photoshop.


This course introduces the student to the properties, logic, design, implementation, and access to business databases. Particular emphasis is placed on the relational approach to database management and processing, which focuses more on the logical nature of a database than its physical characteristics. Relational database programming assignments are drawn from the fields of business and government.

Notes: Offered as an online course.


A comprehensive introduction to the principles and techniques that impact human interaction with computers. Topics include the foundations of human-computer interaction, building a graphical user interface, human-centered software evaluation, human-centered software development, graphical user-interface design, graphical user-interface programming, HCI aspects of multimedia, and HCI aspects of collaboration and communication. Major research and the building of a working graphical user interface are included.


The architectural model for computer-based application intense software systems centers around component development and deployment. This course will explore concepts related to the development of dynamic component-based web systems including web page connectivity to database systems and the development and utilization of Web Services. Web services include the ability to integrate code written in different programming languages and the emerging platforms, architectures, and technologies (such as XML, SOAP, and WSDL) that have arisen to support the next generation of software systems. Specifically students in this course will have an opportunity to directly interact with an Integrated Development Environment (such as Microsoft’s .NET) and will be required to develop and implement dynamic Web pages and Web services.


Information systems that enable electronic transactions and communication have redefined the ways that firms compete, interact with value chain partners, and relate to customers. In the near future, all business will be e-business, and every organization will be required to effectively implement e-business solutions. This course explores enterprise e-business applications and the issues organizations encounter as they leverage Internet technologies to enhance communication and transactions with stakeholders.


An introduction to the various technical and administrative aspects of Information Security and Assurance. This course provides the foundation for understanding the key issues associated with protecting information assets, determining the levels of protection and response to security incidents, and designing a consistent, reasonable information security system, with appropriate intrusion detection and reporting features.

Notes: Offered as an online course.



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