Major Information Systems (66 credits)

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Offered by: Management     Degree: Bachelor of Commerce

Program Requirements

This 30-credit Major prepares students for the multitude of IT-related career opportunities available in industry. It employs a blend of theoretical concepts, hands-on tools, and actual case studies to train students to identify business problems and opportunities, analyze business processes, and develop and implement information systems to support them. The IS Major covers a variety of topics including strategic planning and investment in information technologies, analysis, design, and deployment of information systems, understanding the opportunities and challenges of web-based businesses, and managing resistance to IT-initiated changes in organizations.

Graduates of this program may expect to find employment as business or systems analysts, consultants, IS quality assurance specialists, and project managers in diverse industries, including banking, insurance, manufacturing, retailing, and consulting.

All B.Com. students take a Core curriculum in addition to this Major.

Required Courses (54 credits)

Management Core (36 credits)

  • ECON 295 Macroeconomic Policy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : This applied macroeconomics course focuses on current and recurrent macroeconomic issues important in understanding the public policy environment in which firms make their decisions. Topics include national accounts; national income determination; economic growth and fluctuations; money, monetary policy and financial markets; international trade and finance.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Mayssun El-Attar Vilalta, Moshe Lander (Winter)

    • Corequisite: MGCR 293

    • Restriction: For B.Com. students

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking ECON 209, ECON 330D1/D2 or ECON 352D1/D2.

    • Continuing Studies: requirement for CMA, CGA, I.C.B., the EA of AACI, and the CRA

    • Continuing Studies: not open to full-time day students

  • MGCR 211 Introduction to Financial Accounting (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Core : The role of financial accounting in the reporting of the financial performance of a business. The principles, components and uses of financial accounting and reporting from a user's perspective, including the recording of accounting transactions and events, the examination of the elements of financial statements, the preparation of financial statements and the analysis of financial results.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Summer 2018

    Instructors: Ralph Cecere, Hongping Tan, Kevin Paul Parent, Seunghwan Oh (Fall) Dongyoung Lee, Kevin Paul Parent (Winter) Kevin Paul Parent, Ming Liu (Summer)

    • Continuing Studies: requirement for CMA, CGA, the EA of AACI, and the Institute of Internal Auditors

  • MGCR 222 Introduction to Organizational Behaviour (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Core : Individual motivation and communication style; group dynamics as related to problem solving and decision making, leadership style, work structuring and the larger environment. Interdependence of individual, group and organization task and structure.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Summer 2018

    Instructors: Chantal Westgate, Alfred M Jaeger, Sharyn Sepinwall, Maya Sharma, Nathalie-Michele Sylvain (Fall) Chantal Westgate, Maya Sharma, Katherine Malo, Raghid Al Hajj, Mallika Banerjee (Winter) Mallika Banerjee, Chantal Westgate (Summer)

    • Continuing Studies: requirement for CMA, CGA, the EA of AACI, and the Institute of Internal Auditors

  • MGCR 271 Business Statistics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Core : Statistical concepts and methodology, their application to managerial decision-making, real-life data, problem-solving and spreadsheet modeling. Topics include: descriptive statistics; normal distributions, sampling distributions and estimation, hypothesis testing for one and two populations, goodness of fit, analysis of variance, simple and multiple regression.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Summer 2018

    Instructors: Juan Camilo Serpa, Angelos Georghiou, Wei Qi (Fall) Glenn Zabowski (Winter) Cheng Zhu (Summer)

    • Prerequisite: MATH 122 and 123 or equivalent

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking MATH 204, MATH 324, PSYC 204, ECON 227, ECON 257

    • You may not be able to receive credit for this course and other statistic courses. Be sure to check the Course Overlap section under Faculty Degree Requirements in the Arts or Science section of the Calendar.

  • MGCR 293 Managerial Economics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Core : The course focuses on the application of economic theory to management problems and the economic foundations of marketing, finance, and production. Attention is given to the following topics: price and cost analysis; demand and supply analysis, conditions of competition.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Summer 2018

    Instructors: Taweewan Sidthidet, K Sheikholeslami Salmasi, Tariq Nizami (Fall) Taweewan Sidthidet, K Sheikholeslami Salmasi (Winter) K Sheikholeslami Salmasi (Summer)

    • Restrictions: Not for credit for students who have taken or are taking any of the following: ECON 208, ECON 230D1/D2 and ECON 250D1/D2.

    • Continuing Studies: requirement for CMA, CGA, the EA of AACI, and the CRA

  • MGCR 331 Information Systems (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Core : Introduction to principles and concepts of information systems in organizations. Topics include information technology, transaction processing systems, decision support systems, database and systems development. Students are required to have background preparation on basic micro computer skills including spreadsheet and word-processing.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Summer 2018

    Instructors: Richard George Donovan, Graham H Thorpe (Fall) Richard George Donovan, Warut Khern-am-nuai, Graham H Thorpe, Junyi Yang (Winter) Ghazaleh Aghili Dehkordi (Summer)

    • Prerequisite (Continuing Studies): CMSC 101 Mathematical Tools for Management Professionals or equivalent Basic computer skills including DOS, Spreadsheets and Word-processing and Database.

    • Restriction: Fall sections restricted to BCom students

    • Continuing Studies: requirement for the Institute of Internal Auditors, CMA, CGA

    • A special seminar will be available to those students who do not possess the above basic computer skills, at the students' own expense.

  • MGCR 341 Introduction to Finance (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Core : An introduction to the principles, issues, and institutions of Finance. Topics include valuation, risk, capital investment, financial structure, cost of capital, working capital management, financial markets, and securities.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Summer 2018

    Instructors: Adolfo De Motta, Minh Quy Truong (Fall) Vadim di Pietro, Minh Quy Truong (Winter) Vadim di Pietro (Summer)

    • Corequisite: MGCR 271 or equivalent

    • Continuing Studies: requirement for CMA, CGA, the EA of AACI, and the Institute of Internal Auditors

  • MGCR 352 Principles of Marketing (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Core : Introduction to marketing principles, focusing on problem solving and decision making. Topics include: the marketing concept; marketing strategies; buyer behaviour; Canadian demographics; internal and external constraints; product; promotion; distribution; price. Lectures, text material and case studies.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Summer 2018

    Instructors: Hamid Etemad, Thomas Dotzel, DaHee Han, Mary Dellar, Hee Ryung Kim (Fall) Yi Lu, Nathan Yang, Charles Royce, Robert H S Soroka (Winter) Mary Dellar, June Soo Lee (Summer)

    • Continuing Studies: requirement for the Institute of Internal Auditors, and the Canadian Institute of Management

  • MGCR 360 Social Context of Business (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Core : This course examines how business interacts with the larger society. It explores the development of modern capitalist society, and the dilemmas that organizations face in acting in a socially responsible manner. Students will examine these issues with reference to sustainable development, business ethics, globalization and developing countries, and political activity.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Summer 2018

    Instructors: Nii Antiaye Addy, Lindsay Holmgren, Glen Whelan, Stephane Ethier (Fall) Saku Mantere, Lindsay Holmgren, Jan J Jorgensen, Stephane Ethier, Glen Whelan (Winter) Glen Whelan (Summer)

  • MGCR 382 International Business (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Core : An introduction to the world of international business. Economic foundations of international trade and investment. The international trade, finance, and regulatory frameworks. Relations between international companies and nation-states, including costs and benefits of foreign investment and alternative controls and responses. Effects of local environmental characteristics on the operations of multi-national enterprises.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: Jan J Jorgensen, Donald Melville, John Saba (Fall) John Saba, Donald Melville, Nicholas Matziorinis (Winter)

  • MGCR 423 Strategic Management (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Core : An integrative and interdisciplinary introduction to strategy formation and execution. Concepts, tools, and practical application to understand how firms leverage resources and capabilities to gain competitive advantage in dynamic, contemporary industries. Strategic positioning, organizational design, and managerial action for the long-term success of businesses and positive social and ecological outcomes.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Summer 2018

    Instructors: Gregory Bryan Vit, Donald Melville, Karl James Moore, John Gradek, Stephane Ethier, Billy Mandelos, Anita Nowak (Fall) Gregory Bryan Vit, Kwangjun An, John Gradek, Billy Mandelos, Imane Tabbara (Winter) Atefeh Ramezankhani, Christian Keen Henon (Summer)

    • Restriction: Open to U2, U3 students only

    • Continuing Studies: requirement for CMA, CGA, the Institute of Internal Auditors, and the Canadian Institute of Management - in addition to these, the course "Introduction to Business," CGMG 282 is also required for C.I.M.

  • MGCR 472 Operations Management (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Core : Design, planning, establishment, control, and improvement of the activities/processes that create a firm's final products and/or services. The interaction of operations with other business areas will also be discussed. Topics include forecasting, product and process design, waiting lines, capacity planning, inventory management and total quality management.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Summer 2018

    Instructors: Pouya Ebrahimi, Kenneth MacKenzie (Fall) Brian E Smith, Beste Kucukyazici, Shanling Li, Zafer Yilmaz (Winter) Elcin Ergin (Summer)

    • Prerequisite: MGCR 271 or equivalent

    • Requirement for the Canadian Institute of Management

Major (18 credits)

  • INSY 331 Managing Information Technology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Information Systems : Tools and concepts necessary to manage information systems in an organization: hardware/software/telecom administration, knowledge discovery/management, web-technologies, and computer security. Focuses on both mechanical aspects of IT and conceptual understanding with regard to impact on business organizations.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: Emmanuelle Vaast (Fall) Emmanuelle Vaast, Assia Lasfer (Winter)

  • INSY 333 Systems Analysis and Modeling (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Information Systems : First two phases of the software development life cycle. Techniques used to conduct system requirement analysis, practical application of the analyst role in identifying operational problems, defining information system requirements, working with technical and non-technical staff, and making recommendations for system improvement.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: Kunsoo Han (Fall) Kunsoo Han (Winter)

  • INSY 341 Developing Business Applications (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Information Systems : Fundamental programming techniques, concepts, and data structures. Discusses modularization and maintainability. Emphasis on facilitating communication and understanding between systems analysts and programmers to support decision-making.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Animesh Animesh (Winter)

  • INSY 432 IT in Business (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Information Systems : Discusses the role of the information systems department within an organization, information systems resource management, staff organization and leadership, strategic systems, planning, and end-user computing. Focuses on key IT trends in industries such as banking, insurance, manufacturing, retailing & distribution, and health.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Diego Mastroianni Dela Corte (Fall)

  • INSY 437 Managing Data & Databases (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Information Systems : Management of organizational data, implementation of database management systems, and the roles and responsibilities of data management personnel. Explores different models of data representation with an emphasis on the relational model; simple and complex SQL queries.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Animesh Animesh (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: MGCR 331

    • Management: students are encouraged to take this course as early as possible in their program.

  • INSY 450 Information Systems Project Management (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Information Systems : Practical principles of project management essential to successful IS development projects or other complex undertakings within an organization; includes methods for defining, planning, and scheduling activities and resources. Discusses managerial and behavioural issues.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Larry Tansey (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: MGCR 331 or permission of Instructor and approval of the BCom Office

    • Restrictions: Restricted to U2 and U3 students.

Complementary Courses (12 credits)

Selected from the following:

  • BUSA 499 Case Analysis and Presentation (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Business Admin : Integration of core knowledge and practice for preparing and presenting case studies, including professor coaching, preparation and presentation feedback, presentation skills, leadership skills, team building skills, analytical skills, logical thinking, debating, persuasive communications and cross discipline work.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: Richard George Donovan (Fall) Richard George Donovan (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: BCom Core and 3.0 CGPA or better.

  • INSY 332 Accounting Information Systems (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Information Systems : Accounting cycles and information flows and the systems that manage those flows. Principals of systems development and data management as relates to accounting information. Relationship between accounting applications and transaction processing systems. Practical experience with accounting packages.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: MGCR 331 and MGCR 211

    • Continuing Studies: requirement for CGA, CMA and the Institute of Internal Auditors

  • INSY 339 IT Consulting (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Information Systems : Examination of the full "life-cycle" from initial contact to project termination. How an IT consultant manages their practice.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Richard George Donovan (Winter)

  • INSY 430 IT in Financial Markets (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Information Systems : How IT has impacted various parts of the financial services sector including stock markets, brokerage houses, retail banking and insurance.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • INSY 431 IT Implementation Management (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Information Systems : Exposure to a variety of real-life strategic and operational issues that arise when implementing IT. It may involve the selection process of an information technology, its introduction, implementation, management and/or improvement.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Liette Lapointe (Winter)

  • INSY 434 Topics in Information Systems 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Information Systems : Current topics in the area of information systems.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • INSY 440 E-Business (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Information Systems : Build the knowledge base and skills needed to face today's electronic business challenges, opportunities, and issues. Explore important concepts, models, tools and applications related to e-business.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Pano Mark Xinos (Fall)

  • INSY 442 Business Intelligence and Data Analytics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Information Systems : Introduction to the methods and tools for analyzing business data to improve business decision-making, focusing on extracting business intelligence by analyzing data and online content for various business applications.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: Takumi Shimizu, Qianran Jin (Fall) Genevieve Bassellier (Winter)

    • Prerequisites: MGCR 271, MGCR 331

    • Restriction(s): Not open to students who have taken INSY 434 when the topic was ‘Business Intelligence’. Only open to U2 and U3 students.

  • INSY 444 Online Communities and Open Innovation (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Information Systems : This course is intended to help students learn about and analyze the phenomena of online communities and open innovation. The potential of OI to revolutionize markets and businesses will be a core part of the course.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Samer Faraj (Fall)

  • INSY 454 Technological Foundation for E-Commerce (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Information Systems : Technology trends and vocabulary pertaining to current technology developments in E-Commerce. Practical IT skills in web application design, including ASP, XML, etc. Discusses business issues affected by the introduction of e-technologies.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: MGCR 331

    • Restriction: A basic understanding of HTML is necessary.

  • INSY 455 Technology and Innovation for Sustainability (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Information Systems : The role of information and other technologies in the size and nature of an organization’s environmental ‘footprint’. Achieving sustainability through strategic innovation, such as digitization, recycling, reuse of materials, sustainable design, LEED certifications, smart grids and energy metrics. Analyzing the environmental benefits and hidden costs of novel technologies.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Emmanuelle Vaast, Assia Lasfer (Winter)

    • Restriction: Open only to U2 and U3 students.

* Students wishing to take BUSA 499 or a course substitution as a complementary course must seek prior approval from the IS Area Coordinator.

Desautels Faculty of Management—2017-2018 (last updated Aug. 23, 2017) (disclaimer)