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Sykes College of Business

Tampa, FL, United States
Information Systems

Summary

The University of Tampa is a medium-sized private university, which offers more than 200 academic programs taught by a faculty as passionate about students’ success as they are about their areas of expertise. Championship sports, student activities, community service, honors, leadership and study abroad programs complete an extraordinary academic experience that prepares students for anywhere a world-class education can take you.

 

From the gleaming minarets of Plant Hall – Tampa’s signature National Historic Landmark – to the $460 million in new facilities and technology, The University of Tampa’s globally connected campus is the beating heart of a vibrant urban oasis. A distinguished faculty and approximately 8,000 students from all 50 states and 140 countries are joined in a university ranked among the best of the best by U.S. News World Report, Forbes and The Princeton Review.

 

In the heart of one of Florida’s most vibrant business communities, The University of Tampa’s Sykes College of Business offers a world-class education with an international reputation for success.

At the Sykes College of Business, we are proud of the features that distinguish us among the world’s top business programs:

  • Highest Accreditation
  • Innovative Curriculum
  • Outstanding Faculty
  • Experiential Learning
  • High-tech Facilities

The Sykes College of Business is where tomorrow’s business leaders – from just around the corner to the far reaches of the globe – come to learn, develop and network. Highly qualified students of diverse ages and backgrounds receive advanced training in an array of disciplines from faculty members with a pulse on the business community.

Bachelor Programs

 

Information Technology plays a key role in today's global competitive business environment. Businesses rely on technology to streamline processes, generate efficiency, and fuel innovation. A degree in Business Information Technology provides students with a diverse set of business and technology skills that are necessary to succeed in the 21st century global business environment. Students develop an understanding of how emerging technologies can be exploited to improve business efficiency and provide new business opportunities that can benefit the performance of a company and achieve its business goals. The program aims at providing students with a diverse set of business and technology skills from the user side other than from the designer or the developer side.

 

Students focus on studying web and mobile technologies and their application for businesses, create and manage databases based on business requirements, and utilize several technology solutions that support business strategies and objectives. The program also features an experiential learning approach, where students use contemporary software though the University’s membership in several academic alliances such as SAP, the world leader in enterprise systems, and Microsoft Corporation, and participate in real-world projects analyzing the technology needs for businesses to improve performance. Students have the option to earn additional certifications from SAP and other corporations.

 

 

 

 

The University of Tampa's Cybersecurity degree is a relevant, challenging program where students learn to protect the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of information and information systems that support modern organizations. Students acquire a comprehensive education that focuses on both the fundamentals of information systems as well as advanced topics in areas such as network security, cryptography, risk management, security governance, business continuity, security architecture, physical security and critical infrastructures. A key feature of the UT Cybersecurity program is that it prepares students to take and pass the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exam. The program also gives students extensive hands-on experience using industry standard tools in a modern cybersecurity lab. Demand for certified security professionals is expected to rise as global commerce and modern society becomes increasingly dependent on information systems and related technologies. The UT Cybersecurity degree develops students to be leaders in the growing cybersecurity field and employed by prominent organizations worldwide.

Financial enterprise systems (FES) is a challenging program involving the application of enterprise system concepts to analyze the business process needs of organizations, with emphasis on the finance industry. Today, the cross-functional nature of business processes requires a holistic view of the modern organization. The integration of finance, accounting and other important business functions is analyzed in this major. Demand for professionals knowledgeable in enterprise information systems, business technology and finance is expected to rise given the evolving nature of leading organizations worldwide. Students majoring in FES receive a comprehensive education in integrative business processes, finance, information systems and technology. Several specialized courses tailored to the 21st century organization distinguish this major from others. FES students are educated in financial management, markets and institutions, global finance, financial service operations, business continuity, information security, risk management, data mining, business intelligence and analytics. Students also gain expertise in financial and accounting business processes and technical knowledge of enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. FES graduates gain strong analytical, technical and managerial skills spanning business functional areas. Moreover, FES graduates obtain significant experience in oral and written communication.

Our graduates have a combination of strong technical and business skills, including oral and written communication, bridging the gap that often exists between business users of computer systems and technically-trained specialists. This combination of skills prepares our graduates to be leaders of the next generation of MIS professionals. Students majoring in MIS receive a comprehensive education in design, analysis, development and management of computer-based information systems. They also are educated in the fields of management, marketing, economics, accounting and finance. Students learn to apply the managerial and analytical skills required for success in 21st century organizations. An MIS minor is an excellent complement to many majors offered across the University. Features of our innovative program include interactive lectures, individual and team assignments, and experiential learning to help students build successful careers. Alliances with the SAP and Microsoft corporations provide students access to a wide array of contemporary software tools and systems. Partnerships with information systems professional associations provide many opportunities for student interaction with the business community. Guest lecturers from business and government are regularly featured, and internships with well-known corporations are available to qualified students.

Master Programs

In a world dependent on technology, computer systems professionals play a key role in meeting strategic goals. The information systems management concentration deals with managing information as a strategic corporate asset and resource. Students learn the technical knowledge and tools needed to integrate people, hardware, software and data for optimal planning, decision making and problem solving. The curriculum is designed to empower leaders with an understanding of how information systems can be used to achieve a corporation's mission and vision.

MBA students who choose this concentration position themselves at the cutting edge of technology. They gain the tools to manage information systems operation, including revolutionary training in SAP software.

The University of Tampa's Master of Science in Cybersecurity prepares students for careers in the dynamic and growing cybersecurity industry. Rapid technology changes and the evolving threats that face modern organizations require educated and equipped cybersecurity professionals. With small class sizes and a cutting-edge cybersecurity lab, this specialized graduate program emphasizes hands-on learning using real-world tools and virtual environments.

The curriculum covers critical topics in cybersecurity and gives students the option of taking valuable courses in project management, business analytics, enterprise systems and SAP certification. The program is also ideal for those wishing to advance in the fields of law enforcement, criminology, criminal justice, forensics, law and government.

Courses

Business Information Technology

Lecture

 

This course discusses the need of the organization to understand business challenges and utilize emerging technologies in order to contribute to the decision making process. Students learn how to deliver value and manage business capabilities through incorporating IT solutions. An emphasis is placed on discussing the role of a "hybrid business manager", implementing appropriate business driven technologies, and managing IT organizational projects. This course includes concepts and issues critical in the globalization of business operations and information technology. 

 

 162
Lecture

 

This course provides the foundation for understanding the design and implementation of web and mobile technologies with a specific emphasis on their application for businesses. The course focuses on the design, creation, setup, and administration of web-based content management systems such as Wordpress, Drupal, and Joomla. Students also study the fundamentals of HTML 5 and CSS using contemporary tools such as Dreamweaver and Aptana. Students will also learn basic mobile app design through the use of current user-centric app creation programs such as App Inventor.

 

 101
Course

 

This course introduces students to the database concepts with emphasis on the relational database model and structured query language (SQL) to extract information from the database. The course also introduces data management topics relevant to a business professional such as data analytics, web database development, database security, and emerging approaches in database management. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze business requirement and recommend, implement, and administer a database using a contemporary database management software.

 

 568
Course

 

This course introduces several technology solutions to support business strategies and objectives that enable businesses to succeed in a competitive global business environment. An emphasis is placed on the discussion of cloud and technology solutions to support business decision making processes, supply chain systems, customer relationship management, monitoring and evaluation systems, and integration of an organization through enterprise resource planning.

 

 113

Cybersecurity

Project seminar
This course provides an introduction to IT infrastructure for students majoring in management information systems. Topics covered include computer and systems architecture, communication networks and the services and capabilities enabled by IT infrastructure solutions in an organization. It gives students the knowledge and skills they need for communicating effectively with professionals whose special focus is on hardware and systems software technology, and for designing organizational processes and software solutions that require in-depth understanding of the IT infrastructure capabilities and limitations. The course focuses on Internet-based solutions, computer and network security, business continuity, and the role of infrastructure in regulatory compliance.
 475
Project seminar
This course introduces students to the concepts of Information Systems (IS) security and development of organizational policies to implement IS security controls. IS security architecture and design, network, application and information security are examined. Security threats and vulnerabilities that affect different IS are identified and methods for controlling those threats are discussed. The students learn how IS security risk can be measured and subsequently managed through the process of business continuity planning and disaster preparedness. The course concludes by examining the standards in IS security and current regulatory and ethical considerations pertaining to IS security and risk management.
 569

Financial Enterprise Systems

Project seminar
This course introduces students to the concepts of Information Systems (IS) security and development of organizational policies to implement IS security controls. IS security architecture and design, network, application and information security are examined. Security threats and vulnerabilities that affect different IS are identified and methods for controlling those threats are discussed. The students learn how IS security risk can be measured and subsequently managed through the process of business continuity planning and disaster preparedness. The course concludes by examining the standards in IS security and current regulatory and ethical considerations pertaining to IS security and risk management.
 569
Lecture
An in-depth study of financial decision-making primarily in the corporate environment. This course builds and expands on the skills developed in the managerial finance course. Topics include financial statement analysis, the capital budgeting process, cost of capital, capital structure, dividend policy, working capital management and short- and long-term financial planning. The course will include both theory and practice, and students will make extensive use of Excel.
 497
Project seminar
This course is designed to provide an introduction to the financial and accounting features of SAP as a solution for enterprise resource planning. The cross functional nature of business processes requires an integrated view of the company. The integration between finance and other business functions are analyzed within the context of the enterprise resource system. The configuration, data and critical transactions required by financial management are demonstrated in the course.
 512
Lecture
A survey of the global financial environment, including major financial institutions, securities markets and other financial markets. Topics include money and banking, the determination of interest rates, monetary policy, market efficiency, investment banking, hedging, risk management and derivatives. The course emphasizes current and recent economic trends and financial innovations.
 490
Project seminar
This course focuses on integration of business processes across different functional areas in an organization. Students will learn about enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems and their role in integrating business processes within and across organizations. Through hands-on exercises, students will learn how to configure business processes within an organization using a contemporary ERP system, SAP. The course provides students an opportunity to study and compare integration of business processes using ERP systems in two organizations which culminates in a research paper and presentation to the class. Case studies, business simulation, and business process modeling are used to enhance student understanding.
 532
Project seminar
The course focuses on the use of data, statistical and quantitative analysis, and explanatory and predictive models to generate data-driven insight for decision-making and competitive strategy. Students gain knowledge and skills to manipulate and analyze large data sets. Topics include the strategic value of business intelligence and analytics, relevant concepts related to databases and data warehouses, data and text mining techniques, and business applications of data mining and analytics. Students use software tools to analyze large data sets.
 495

Management Information Systems

Project seminar
This course provides an introduction to IT infrastructure for students majoring in management information systems. Topics covered include computer and systems architecture, communication networks and the services and capabilities enabled by IT infrastructure solutions in an organization. It gives students the knowledge and skills they need for communicating effectively with professionals whose special focus is on hardware and systems software technology, and for designing organizational processes and software solutions that require in-depth understanding of the IT infrastructure capabilities and limitations. The course focuses on Internet-based solutions, computer and network security, business continuity, and the role of infrastructure in regulatory compliance.
 475
Project seminar
This course introduces students to the concepts of Information Systems (IS) security and development of organizational policies to implement IS security controls. IS security architecture and design, network, application and information security are examined. Security threats and vulnerabilities that affect different IS are identified and methods for controlling those threats are discussed. The students learn how IS security risk can be measured and subsequently managed through the process of business continuity planning and disaster preparedness. The course concludes by examining the standards in IS security and current regulatory and ethical considerations pertaining to IS security and risk management.
 569
Project seminar
This course focuses on integration of business processes across different functional areas in an organization. Students will learn about enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems and their role in integrating business processes within and across organizations. Through hands-on exercises, students will learn how to configure business processes within an organization using a contemporary ERP system, SAP. The course provides students an opportunity to study and compare integration of business processes using ERP systems in two organizations which culminates in a research paper and presentation to the class. Case studies, business simulation, and business process modeling are used to enhance student understanding.
 532
Project seminar
The course focuses on the use of data, statistical and quantitative analysis, and explanatory and predictive models to generate data-driven insight for decision-making and competitive strategy. Students gain knowledge and skills to manipulate and analyze large data sets. Topics include the strategic value of business intelligence and analytics, relevant concepts related to databases and data warehouses, data and text mining techniques, and business applications of data mining and analytics. Students use software tools to analyze large data sets.
 495
Project seminar
This course studies the integration of information systems solutions and business processes. Topics include how information and information systems relate to business processes; how organizations use information systems for competitive strategy, supply chain and resource management; and how information systems are developed and managed. The ethical implications of information systems and international dimensions of information systems use are also covered. Students apply knowledge acquired in this course to use contemporary software applications and an enterprise resource planning simulation to run their own simulated company.
 459
Project seminar
This course introduces students to analysis and design of business information systems. The course addresses the key concepts of user requirements, modeling and information systems project management. The course covers object-oriented requirements modeling approaches. A semester-long project provides students with the opportunity to integrate concepts in analyzing and designing an information system using a prototyping approach with a rapid application development tool. The project management component of the course exposes students to project feasibility analysis, project tracking, developing service requests and reporting minutes of meetings.
 493
Project seminar
This course emphasizes advanced programming concepts, development of web-based client server applications and integration of applications with enterprise systems. Topics include contemporary languages and methodologies used in the business community to support interoperable computer-to-computer interaction over a network. Students complete hands-on exercises, expand their personal e-portfolio of professional skills, and participate in an experiential learning project with an outside organization.
 505
Project seminar
This course examines the short-and long-term decisions that are made in manufacturing and service systems relating to the operations function. Emphasis is placed upon maximizing productivity, improving quality and discussing key issues within operations which are of relevance in a firm’s ability to remain competitive in a global economy. The course also covers global supply chain management aspects such as outsourcing/offshoring and strategic use of information systems. Students are given realistic exercises and gain hands-on experience using a contemporary enterprise information system.
 511
Project seminar

Studies fundamental concepts of data and information management with primary focus on database systems, including identifying organizational requirements, conceptual data modeling, logical and physical database design, SQL and database administration tasks. Other topics include business intelligence technologies, data quality management and emerging trends. This course requires completion of an application prototype on a currently popular DBMS.

 538
Project seminar
e course continues with systems development in an enterprise environment with an emphasis on governance and strategy. The course focuses on topics such as developing system and network architectures, capturing data, process and security requirements, designing user interfaces and documentation, implementing systems and planning for transition and training. Moreover, the course covers international governance standards using case examples from global companies. Governance topics include global strategy development, business alignment, strategic planning and other IS frameworks. The course provides students with the opportunity to earn the Information Systems Analyst (ISA) designation, an internationally recognized professional certification.
 489
Other course
This internship exposes the student to a real life learning experience. Students are hired by an organization for the specific objective of gaining work experience in that organization. The paid or unpaid internship position should be relevant to the student's major, and is worked out between the organization and the student. Completion of this internship helps students partially attain the following goals of the College of Business. May not be used to satisfy major requirements. Approval of the department chair required.
 445

Master of Business Administration - Information Systems Management

Project seminar
For graduate students only. This course provides an integrated view of managing information systems and operations. Case studies and the SAP enterprise system are used to address key concepts. The course covers the strategic use and development of information systems as well as providing hands-on experience with enterprise systems. Emphasis is placed on managing the supply chain and its impact on strategic planning. The course addresses each element in the operation of a successful supply chain including having the right quantity, quality, location, time, price and information at each stage of the supply chain process. Both classroom and alternative instructional methods may be employed.
 499
Project seminar
For graduate students only. This course is a study of project management using the systems approach to problem solving. This course covers the nine project management knowledge areas. Contemporary project management software is used to illustrate all concepts. The course covers management of multiple projects, new product development, and large technology programs. Information-processing methods such as the Design Structure Matrix are used to analyze task dependencies. Methods for managing uncertainty in project management are covered. Students use case studies, readings and software applications to learn the sophisticated techniques and management designs used to effectively manage risk and uncertainty, financial exposure and human constraints.
 505
Project seminar
For graduate students only. Leading companies compete on analytics. This course focuses on using data, statistical and quantitative analysis, explanatory and predictive models, and data-driven insight to support decision-making and actions. Students gain knowledge and skills to manipulate and analyze large data sets for the purpose of business intelligence and decision-making. Topics include the strategic value of analytics and building analytical capabilities, relevant concepts related to databases and data warehouses, data and text mining techniques, and business applications of data mining and analytics. Students apply analytic technologies to explore and analyze large data sets.
 467
Project seminar
For graduate students only. This course examines enterprise system concepts with a focus on understanding how enterprise systems integrate information across business functional areas. Students will learn the fundamentals of a current Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) application (SAP). The use of enterprise systems at both the transaction processing level and the managerial level is covered. Case studies, business simulation, and hands-on exercises with an enterprise system are used to enhance student understanding. Configuration of an enterprise system for business processes is covered. Students will prepare a comparative analysis of two enterprise systems.
 455
Project seminar
For graduate students only. The course presents an integrated approach to managing IT organization by guiding the participant though a process of effectively aligning, investing, measuring, deploying and sustaining the strategic and tactical direction of IT organizations in 21st-century businesses. The course leverages and integrates current and emerging industry best practices, standards guidelines and leading company case studies. Students will learn how to develop and evaluate an IT management plan by studying an IT organization in a contemporary business as part of the semester-long project.
 420
Project seminar
For graduate students only. This course focuses on innovation's role in 21st-century organizations. It addresses the need for a systemic approach to building innovation capabilities and the challenges of integrating the many facets of innovation management. Leading innovators and building innovative organizations are covered from both a theoretical and applied approach. Topics addressed include fundamental theories of innovation; developing an innovation strategy; innovation as a business process; the role of the innovation context including leadership and organization, culture and values, people and skills, and processes and tools; and assessing and improving innovation performance.
 472
Project seminar
For graduate students only. This course is a survey of quantitative techniques used in business decision-making, including linear programming, forecasting, decision analysis and queuing analysis. Students will develop spreadsheet models that enable these techniques to utilize the data available to them and apply the results to business decisions.
 509
Project seminar
For graduate students only. Most business planning begins with a forecast. We cover the most helpful forecasting models, whether you are a financial analyst, an operations manager, an accountant, a marketer, a human resources manager or an entrepreneur. We use actual historical data much like the data you encounter in practice. The models are explained as procedures that you may replicate with your own data. In particular, we study moving-average, exponential smoothing, regression (simple and multiple), time-series decomposition and ARIMA models, as well as techniques for combining forecasts and data mining. We use Excel-based ForecastX, one of the most widely used forecasting software in practice.
 502

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Chair/Professor, Information and Technology Management. Alhourani also serves as the SAP coordinator at The University of Tampa. He is also a SAP Certified Business Associate with SAP ERP 6.0. Alhourani is also certified to administer the HEC Montreal ERP Simulation Game using SAP enterprise software. Farouq Alhourani specializes in operations management, service operations management, supply chain management and total quality management. His research interests lie in group technology for cellular manufacturing, lean production, manufacturing systems, quality control and total quality management. Alhourani has published articles in the International Journal of Production Research , Decision Sciences Journal and Journal of Manufacturing Systems . He also published articles for teaching innovation in service operations management and lean production in the Journal of Information Systems and Operations Management Education . Alhourani is also the author of a forthcoming textbook in operations management.

 

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