Information Systems

Program Overview

Students with a major in information systems develop a solid understanding of the use, design, development, and management of information systems and information technology. Rider's information systems courses are designed to give students the opportunity to develop and manage a variety of projects that can be applied to real business settings immediately.

Increasingly, organizations that seek individuals with an information systems specialization expect excellent organizational, communication, interpersonal and analytical skills. All information systems students are encouraged to participate in a full semester co-op or summer internship experiences during their junior year.


Curriculum Overview

The required freshman-level information systems core course trains students to apply practical knowledge in their use of computer-based productivity tools. Core courses also allow students to develop an understanding of enterprise integration applications such as SAP R/3.  The courses also explain the value of electronically integrating the major functional areas of an organization in order to facilitate more effective management decision-making.
 

Students gain an understanding of the enabling information technologies (IT) that organizations use to develop and sustain a strategic and competitive position in the marketplace. Students also learn about the benefits and drawbacks of adopting and using these information technologies.
 

Students with a major or a minor in information systems will be able to demonstrate their understanding of information technology by applying their technical knowledge and skills to provide a practical solution to a business problem, business need or business opportunity. 

Students who satisfactorily complete a minimum of three courses with at least one-third SAP hands-on content in each course have the opportunity to earn the SAP Student Recognition Award Certificate. Click here to learn more about this certificate program.


Degree Offered 

  • B.S.B.A. in Information Systems

Contact:

Jia Shen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chairperson
Sweigart Hall 369
(609) 895-5535
jiashen@rider.edu

Program Website:  www.rider.edu/academics/colleges-schools/cba/undergraduate/information-syst…

Associated Department:  Department of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management

Related Programs:

Information Systems Major Requirements

(21 credits)

Required Core
CIS 200Web Application Development I3
CIS 270Networking and Telecommunications3
CIS 330Database Management3
Electives
Select four of the following:12
Web Application Development II
Into to Game Design & Development
Business Graphics
Object-Oriented Programming
Data Structures & Cmptr Archit
Integrated Business with SAP
Computer Forensics
Systems Administration
User-Centered Design
Electronic Commerce
Practical Business Analytics with Excel
Data Mining
Systems Analysis and Design Project
Adv. Sem in Global Outsourcing
Project Management
The Co-Operative Experience 1
Selected Topics: Game Design and Dev.
Enterprise Security
Enterprise Systems Configuratn
Computer Information Systems Internship
Total Credits21
1

 The total credits that count towards the major from the internship and co-op experience cannot exceed 3.

2

For graduation, the student must achieve an overall GPA of 2.0 in the major, with no course grade less than “C-”.

Information Systems Minor Requirements

(15-credit program available to all Rider University students)
 

Gateway Course3
Information Systems Essentials
Required Courses6
Select two of the following three courses:
Web Application Development I
Networking and Telecommunications
Database Management
Electives6
Select any two CIS courses from the following to fulfill the remaining requirements:
Web Application Development II
Into to Game Design & Development
Business Graphics
Object-Oriented Programming
Data Structures & Cmptr Archit
Integrated Business with SAP
Computer Forensics
Systems Administration
User-Centered Design
Electronic Commerce
Practical Business Analytics with Excel
Data Mining
Systems Analysis and Design Project
Adv. Sem in Global Outsourcing
Project Management
The Co-Operative Experience
Selected Topics: Game Design and Dev.
Enterprise Security
Enterprise Systems Configuratn 1
Computer Information Systems Internship
Note
1. The maximum number of credits students may use to count towards another Minor (e.g., Business Analytics Minor), is six (i.e., two courses including CIS 185).
2. Not available to Information Systems Majors.
Total Credits15
1

Permission of instructor required

Academic Plan of Study

The following educational plan is provided as a sample only.  Rider students who do not declare a major during their freshman year, who change their major, or those who transfer to Rider will follow a different plan to ensure a timely graduation.  Each student, with guidance from his or her advisor, will develop a personalized educational plan.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Fall SemesterCredits
CIS 185 Information Systems Essentials 1 3
CMP 120 Expository Writing 2 3
MSD 105 Quantitative Methods for Business 3 3
Natural Science Elective 3
Social Science Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
CBA 102 Career Plan & Perspective I 4 1
Humanities Elective 3
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
ECO 200 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
MKT 200 Marketing Principles 3
MSD 200 Statistical Methods I 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall Semester
ACC 210 Introduction to Accounting 3
CBA 202 Career Plan & Perspect II 4 1
CIS 200 Web Application Development I 3
ECO 201 Principles of Microeconomics 3
MGT 201 Fund Management & Org Behavior 3
MSD 201 Statistical Methods II 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
ACC 220 Managerial Uses of Accounting 3
CIS 270 Networking and Telecommunications 3
COM 290 Professional/Strategic Speech 3
FIN 220 Introduction to Finance 3
Global/Cultural Liberal Arts Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall Semester
BUS 300 Social & Legal Environment Bus 3
CBA 302 Career Plan & Perspect III 4 1
CIS 330 Database Management 3
Global/Cultural Liberal Arts Elective 3
Leadership Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
CIS 385 Management Information Systems 3
MSD 340 Production and Operations 3
CIS Major Elective 3
International Business Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall Semester
CIS Major Elective 3
CIS Major Elective 3
International Busines Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
BUS 400 Strategic Mgmt and Policy 3
CIS Major Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credits120
1

CIS 185 can be taken in the Fall or Spring of year 1

2

Students may be required to take CMP 115 Intro to Expository Writing based on placement. CMP 115 counts as a 3-credits Free Elective

3

Students may be required to take MSD 104 Intro to Quantitative Methods based on placement. MSD 104 counts as a 3-credit Free Elective.

4

Transfer Students can take MGT 336 Career Managment (3 credits) as a substitute for the Career Planning sequence.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Fall SemesterCredits
CIS 185 Information Systems Essentials 3
CMP 120 Expository Writing 3
ECO 200 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
MSD 105 Quantitative Methods for Business 3
Science Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
JTerm
MKT 200 Marketing Principles 3
 Semester Credit Hours3
Spring Semester
CBA 102 Career Plan & Perspective I 1
CIS 200 Web Application Development I 3
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
ECO 201 Principles of Microeconomics 3
MSD 200 Statistical Methods I 3
Free Elective 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Summer Semester
ACC 210 Introduction to Accounting 3
Humanities Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Year 2
Fall Semester
CBA 202 Career Plan & Perspect II 1
COM 290 Professional/Strategic Speech 3
FIN 220 Introduction to Finance 3
MGT 201 Fund Management & Org Behavior 3
MSD 201 Statistical Methods II 3
Global/Cultural Liberal Arts Elective 3
Social Science Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours19
JTerm
Free Elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours3
Spring Semester
ACC 220 Managerial Uses of Accounting 3
CBA 302 Career Plan & Perspect III 1
CIS 270 Networking and Telecommunications 3
CIS 385 Management Information Systems 3
Global/Cultural Liberal Arts Elective 3
Leadership Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Summer Semester
Free Elective 3 3
Free Elective 4 (or CIS-491 Internship as a CIS Major Elective 4) 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Year 3
Fall Semester
BUS 300 The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business 3
CIS 330 Database Management 3
MSD 340 Production and Operations 3
International Business Elective 3
Major Course Elective 1 3
Major Course Elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
JTerm
Free Elective 5 3
 Semester Credit Hours3
Spring Semester
BUS 400 Strategic Mgmt and Policy 3
Free Elective 6 3
International Business Elective 3
Major Course Elective 3 3
Major Course Elective 4 or Free Elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Credits120
  • Assumes no AP or other credits transferred into Rider University.
  • Students are required to take 6 credits of International Business Electives which can be fulfilled as major courses or as free elective courses.
  • Business Honors students will have a different sequence.
  • Global/Cultural Liberal Arts Elective can be satisfied by courses that are designated as global/cultural, including language courses at the 101-level or above.
  • For the Leadership Elective, choose from LDP 398 Co-op Experience Seminar, LDP 200 Foundations of Leadership, LDP 220 Service Learning Through MOB, MGT 355 Team Management, or MGT 363 Management Skills.
  • Students are strongly suggested to complete a credit-bearing experiential course (e.g., internship, co-op, study tour, study abroad, ENT 448 Seminar in Small Business Consulting, ECO 450 Seminar in Economic Research).

Courses and Descriptions

CIS 185 Information Systems Essentials 3 Credits

This course will enable students to use Microsoft Excel and Access to design and create complex applications to support effective decision making. Students will use Excel to design and create spreadsheets to support business analytics. Access will be used to understand, design, create, and utilize relational databases.

CIS 200 Web Application Development I 3 Credits

In the early 1990s, Tim Berners-Lee created a set of technologies to allow information sharing at the CERN particle accelerator in Europe. These technologies dramatically changed the face of computing and became what we know today as the Web. Understanding how to develop and manage applications for the Web is a requirement for the information system professional. Because of the ease of development, deployment, maintenance and general scalability of Web applications, this approach to building and managing applications has become the de facto standard for business application development. This class will examine Web application development in detail. Through a combination of lecture and labs, students will learn the architecture of Web applications, how to develop Web pages using HTML and CCS, how to control user interaction with those pages using the JavaScript programming language. The programming basics of variable declaration and usage, program flow of control, function declaration and calling, and object usage and declaration will also be shown. The use of the JQuery Javascript library to ease the development of Web pages will also be shown.

CIS 220 Web Application Development II 3 Credits

In the early 1990s, a set of network technologies was combined to create a platform for application development. These technologies are now referred to as the Web. Because of the ease of development, deployment, maintenance, and scalability of Web applications, this approach to building and managing applications has become the de facto standard for business application development. Understanding how to develop and manage applications for the Web is vital for information systems professionals. This class will examine Web application development in detail. Through a combination of lecture and labs, students will learn the architecture of Web applications, how to develop Web pages using the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and managing user interaction in those pages using the JavaScript programming language. The process of creating dynamic web pages using the PHP programming language on the Web server will also be taught.

Prerequisite(s): CIS 200.

CIS 255 Into to Game Design & Development 3 Credits

The basic concepts, logic, techniques, tools, and vocabulary associated with interactive, digital game and simulation development will be explored through a combination of lectures, discussions, and hands-on learning. Knowledge and skills derived can be applied to a wide variety of business and other organizational settings globally for interactive simulations, games, and education.

CIS 260 Business Graphics 3 Credits

Basic color theory, t ypography, and page/slide layout are presented. Students utilize presentation, word processing and photo editing applications to create and edit various documents through hands-on labs and projects.

Prerequisite(s): CIS 185 or permission of instructor.

CIS 270 Networking and Telecommunications 3 Credits

This course provides an introduction to business data communications and networking. The Internet and OSI models are discussed. Network technologies include local area networks, backbone, wide area networks, and the Internet. Introduction to network design, security, and network management are also provided.

Prerequisite(s): CIS 185.

CIS 300 Object-Oriented Programming 3 Credits

Students will learn the basic concepts of object-oriented programming as contrasted with traditionally structured programming and will develop applications using the Java programming language.

Prerequisite(s): CIS 200.

CIS 309 Data Structures & Cmptr Archit 3 Credits

An introduction to linked lists, stacks, queues, trees, pointers, and sorting and searching algorithms. Students will learn the technical details of data storage and manipulation along with the concepts of program execution, and will use tools such as hex-editors and debuggers.

Prerequisite(s): CIS 185 or permission of instructor.

CIS 315 Integrated Business with SAP 3 Credits

This course provides an introduction to enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems and addresses how integrated information systems improve business operations. Students will learn about functional business areas and business processes, and understand the problems inherent in un-integrated enterprise information systems. Using SAP software and case studies, students will learn how ERP systems are being used to facilitate integrated, real-time management decision making.

Prerequisite(s): CIS 185 and ACC 210.

CIS 319 Computer Forensics 3 Credits

Students will use computers to obtain and analyze evidence found on storage devices such as those confiscated under warrant, and learn how to trace digital activities. Criminal and investigative procedures will be explored in depth.

Prerequisite(s): CIS 185.

CIS 320 Cloud Computing Administration 3 Credits

Students will learn the process of creating or provisioning a cloud computing environment. Content will include the provisioning of operating system resources in a cloud environment, operating system installation, configuration and maintenance. Virtualization, the process of creating multiple operating system environments on a single piece of hardware will be covered in some detail. Troubleshooting problems in the virtualization environment and in the operating system environment will also be covered. Hands-on labs will be used throughout. Both Windows and Linux operating systems will be used.

Prerequisites: CIS 185.

CIS 325 User-Centered Design 3 Credits

This course introduces students to the design and evaluation of interactive and internet-based devices and systems, including methods to understand user needs and requirements, design and prototype alternative systems, and evaluate system usability. Topics include interaction design, human factors, requirement gathering techniques, protocol analysis, usability testing, and heuristics evaluation.

Prerequisite(s): Junior standing.

CIS 330 Database Management 3 Credits

This course involves the study of computer databases. Major topics include relational databases, use of the structured query language (SQL) to query relational databases, and design and maintenance of relational databases.

Prerequisite(s): CIS 185.

CIS 340 Electronic Commerce 3 Credits

Students will learn about the broad range of Internet business technologies; develop the skills necessary to create and administer successful electronic commerce projects; and understand the associated benefits, and risks of electronic commerce business models.

Prerequisite(s): CIS 185.

CIS 350 Practical Business Analytics with Excel 3 Credits

CIS 350 – Practical Business Analytics with Excel is a required course for the proposed Business Analytics minor. This course will provide the student with an opportunity to gain proficiency in analyzing and visualizing data using Excel. The learning experience includes not only classic tools, such as pivot tables and VLOOKUP, but also more advanced Excel data tools such as building Excel data models, creating data mash ups, and using the Power Pivot add-in. The course also requires students to complete a data analysis project along with a presentation about the business insights drawn from the data analysis results. The project requires students to understand the business problem, identify and apply the appropriate analytic and visualization tools, and communicate the insight in an intuitive and effective manner.

Prerequisite(s): CIS 185, MSD 200 & MSD 201.

CIS 360 Data Mining 3 Credits

This course deals with modern technologies for data analysis. Hands-on exercises for data retrieval, data visualization and predictive analytics will be carried out using up-to-date methodologies and software tools. The full data mining life cycle will be covered from recognizing business problems and opportunities amenable to data mining analysis through deploying and monitoring solutions.

Prerequisite(s): CIS 185.

CIS 370 Systems Analysis and Design Project 3 Credits

Topics include modeling techniques and methodologies to address the planning, analysis, design, and implementation of high quality systems, delivered on time and within budget. Using rapid application development tools, students will also construct an operational system within the span of a single semester. Issues and tools related to the management of project teams are also discussed.

Prerequisite(s): CIS 330.

CIS 375 Adv. Sem in Global Outsourcing 3 Credits

The course is aimed at generating a comprehensive understanding of the emergent domain of global business process outsourcing. Variously referred to as knowledge process outsourcing, IT-enabled services outsourcing, and business services outsourcing, the industry has seen enormous growth over the last decade and continues to grow. India commands the single largest share of this market but South Africa, Eastern Europe, Philippines, Morocco and Egypt have all emerged as other contenders in this global sector. The course is divided into four modules: the political economy of global outsourcing, process modeling, outsourcing management, and industry analysis. Please note: Students will not receive credit for both CIS 375 and GSC 375.

Prerequisite(s): junior standing.

CIS 385 Management Information Systems 3 Credits

The course focuses on the management and use of information systems and technology for the strategic and operational advantage of the firm. Students explore the business value of information resources including current communication, database, as well as hardware and software technologies. GSC 385 can fulfill the CIS 385 requirement for all business majors. Please note: Students will not receive credit for both GSC 385 and CIS 385 without prior approval by the Dean's office.

Prerequisite(s): CIS 185 and junior or senior standing.

CIS 390 Project Management 3 Credits

This course introduces students to general project management, the process of organizing resources to achieve business goals. Topics include the identification, approval, analysis, and general management of complex business projects. Project management tools, reports, techniques, and approaches will be covered.

Prerequisite(s): CIS 185.

CIS 399 The Co-Operative Experience 6 Credits

The co-op program provides students with an opportunity to work full-time in a company and apply what they have learned in their computer information systems and other business classes. It also enhances students’ employment opportunities since many employers use a co-op program as a first step before they hire full-time employees. Eligible students include junior computer information systems majors with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in any computer information systems coursework completed prior to submission of the co-op application. Three of the co-op credits can be applied toward the computer information systems major, and three credits can be applied toward business or free elective requirements. Grading is on a pass/fail basis.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of two of the three courses: CIS 200, CIS 270, and CIS330.

CIS 410 Selected Topics in Information Systems 3 Credits

Information and communication technologies are evolving rapidly and continually. The Special Topics course facilitates the exploration of a selected topic (or combination of topics) that represents a recent technological advance with important and direct implications in the field of computer information systems. Current research, readings, lectures, discussions and/or hands-on computer experience or other appropriate measures will be employed to stimulate student learning.

Prerequisite(s): to be determined by instructor.

CIS 420 Enterprise Security 3 Credits

This course introduces students to computer security. Coverage includes hardware, software, and network security issues. Through hands-on labs students will learn how computer systems can be comprised and how computer professionals can prevent and provide counterattacks for security intrusions.

Prerequisite(s): CIS 270 or permission of instructor.

CIS 430 Enterprise Integration 3 Credits

The major focus of this course includes the forces driving enterprise integration as well as the management decisions associated with the design and implementation of enterprise systems. Students will use SAP ERP extensively to configure, build, test, and implement an enterprise system for a real business environment from the ground up.

Prerequisite(s): CIS 315.

CIS 490 Independent Research and Study 1-4 Credits

Topic to be approved by professor and chairperson. Available for juniors and seniors. No more than 12 credits allowed toward graduation.

Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor.

CIS 491 Computer Information Systems Internship 3 Credits

This is an honors course that provides the student with approximately two months of supervised employment with participating companies. Students are given a variety of information technology experiences. They are required to complete a term paper and/or to make an oral presentation to the faculty. Grading is on a pass/fail basis.

Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor.

MSD 104 Intro to Quantitative Methods 3 Credits

The aim of this course is to give students the preparation in algebra needed for successful completion of other required courses in management sciences and the functional areas of business administration. Topics covered include linear and quadratic equations and functions, systems of linear equations, exponential functions, logarithms, linear inequalities, radicals, percent change, scientific notation and scientific digits.

MSD 105 Quantitative Methods for Business 3 Credits

The aim of this introductory course is to acquaint students with a number of basic mathematical techniques that will enhance their ability to become effective decision-makers in a realistic business environment. Topics covered include linear equations and inequalities, linear programming, summation notation, geometric series, counting techniques, event probability and discrete random variables. Where appropriate, these tools will be illustrated with examples chosen from business settings.

Prerequisite(s): MSD 104 or a passing grade on the Math Placement Exam.

MSD 110 Math for Actuarial Science I 3 Credits

The first of two courses designed to give the actuarial science student the necessary background in calculus. Topics include a brief review of a function, and introduces limits and continuity, the derivative and its applications, implicit differentiation, differentiating an inverse function, differentials, related rates, curve sketching, optimization problems, L’Hopital’s rule, and an introduction to the indefinite integral. Fall.

MSD 111 Math for Actuarial Science II 3 Credits

A continuation of MSD 110. Topics include the definite integral and the fundamental theorem of calculus, change-of-variable theorems, the area between two graphs, integration by parts, improper integrals, infinite series, partial differentiation of a function of two variables and its optimization applications, and the double integral of a function of two variables.

MSD 200 Statistical Methods I 3 Credits

This course is designed to give the student an understanding of continuous random variables, the elements of statistical inference, and an introduction to how these tools may be useful in one’s attempt to reach intelligent conclusions in real-world settings. The focus is on the normal random variable, descriptive statistics, sampling distributions, and the frameworks of estimation and hypothesis testing, particularly as they apply to inference for unknown population means and proportions in the one- and two-sample settings.

Prerequisite(s): MSD 105 or equivalent.

MSD 201 Statistical Methods II 3 Credits

The sequel to Statistical Methods I is designed to prepare the student to be able to recognize a variety of additional common inferential scenarios, select and apply appropriate techniques in their analyses, and be aware of the usefulness of computer packages in performing certain relatively complicated statistical calculations. the course covers the one-way analysis of variance, Chi-square tests for non parametric inferences, and regression analysis. Students are expected to submit, for evaluation, the analysis of a real-world data set.

Prerequisite(s): MSD 200.

MSD 320 Quantitative Methods for Business Forecasting 3 Credits

A study of the various quantitative techniques applicable to the problems of forecasting that occur in business and industry. Topics may include the regression techniques of causal modeling, as well as the moving average, exponential smoothing, and Box-Jenkins approaches of time series analysis. All methods are illustrated with the use of realistic forecasts.

Prerequisite(s): MSD 201 or MTH 341.

MSD 325 Regression/Analysis Variance 3 Credits

This course examines the use of applied linear statistical models to adequately describe practical relationships in business and economics. The implementation of a popular statistical computing package to analyze realistic data sets is an important component of the course. Topics include simple and multiple linear regression, model diagnostics and remedial measures, and the analysis of variance.

Prerequisite(s): MSD 201 or MTH 341.

MSD 340 Production and Operations 3 Credits

This course introduces the concepts and techniques of designing and managing manufacturing and service systems and their operations effectively and efficiently. Major topics include product and process design, facility location, forecasting, aggregate planning, inventory management, supply chain management, project management, just-in-time systems, quality assurance, linear programming, and the transportation problem. Current issues such as productivity, global competitiveness, and quality are also discussed.

Prerequisite(s): MSD 105 or MSD 110, MSD 200 or MTH 340, MSD 201 or MTH 341.

MSD 490 Independent Research and Study 3 Credits

Topic to be approved by professor and chairperson. Available for juniors and seniors. No more than 12 credits allowed toward graduation.

MSD 491 Summer Mgt Sciences Internship 3 Credits

An honors course that provides the student with approximately two months of supervised employment with participating companies. Students are given a variety of work experiences. They are required to complete a term paper and to make an oral presentation to the faculty. Grading is on a pass/fail basis.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.