Information Systems Specialization

With a specialization in Information Systems from the Forbes School of Business & Technology™ at Ashford University, you will learn to serve many technology needs of an organization. Through the Information Systems specific courses, you will prepare for a career in the information technology field. Learn about the tech world, and earn your information systems focused degree from an online university that keeps up with your fast-paced lifestyle. Through online courses and forward thinking mobile apps, you can stay connected no matter where your work takes you. Your specialization may require prerequisite course work. Please talk to your advisor for more information.

Program Disclosures

Information Systems Specialization for Undergraduate Degrees

Take advantage of a wide range of opportunities in one of the fastest growing areas in business organizations. You will increase both business and technical skills when you add an Information Systems specialization with the four (4), three (3) credit courses listed below to your undergraduate degree.

Degrees Offering the Information Systems Specialization

Undergraduate Information Systems Specialization Courses

INF 231 Programming Concepts

3 Credits

This course is an introduction to computer programming with focus on the program development process and concepts involved in use of a higher- level, object-oriented programming language. In this hands-on, virtual lab-based course, students will analyze, design, code, and test computer programs using the JAVA programming language. Different programming language designs will be explored including building web elements, mobile applications, computer programs, and commands to different machines. Computer hardware and associated technologies are discussed. Students will acquire hands-on experience in the programming process.

INF 322 Database Management Systems

3 Credits

This hands-on, virtual lab-based course introduces students to fundamentals of database management systems, techniques for the design of databases, and principles of database administration. Database management concepts, practices, and emerging trends are evaluated. In lab sessions, students will demonstrate the ability to build databases using enterprise DBMS products such as Oracle or SQL Server. Prerequisites: INF 231 and fulfillment of the Quantitative Reasoning core competency.

INF 325 Telecommunications & Networking Concepts

3 Credits

A study of real-time and distributed-processing computer networks including telecommunications, data transmission techniques (protocols), design, and implementation considerations. Prerequisite: INF 231 or permission of the instructor.

INF 340 Business Systems Analysis

3 Credits

This course is a study of the business systems analysis and development processes for information systems in organizations. The course is focused on information concepts and methodologies associated with the development of business information systems, and their effective application in solving business problems. Students examine the major issues involved in managing information technology within the contemporary business environment and the relationship between organizational structures and information technology. Prerequisite: Fulfillment of the Digital Literacy Competency

Information Systems Specialization for Graduate Degrees

An MBA in Information Systems is a graduate-level business administration degree specifically suited for information technology professionals. While pursuing an MBA in Information Systems, students study topics like database management, information processing, business software, and systems development. Graduates with Information Systems MBAs are prepared for a variety of careers within the tech industry and for technical management roles in non-tech businesses and organizations. They may become software product managers, IT directors, senior systems engineers, and operations managers.

Degrees Offering the Information Systems Specialization

Graduate Information Systems Specialization Courses

INF 620 Management of Information Systems

3 Credits

This course introduces the fundamentals of computer systems, the role of information processing in the business environment, and provides a basic overview of essential computer software. The course also provides an overview of systems development, operating systems and programming, database management, networking, and telecommunications all from a management perspective.

INF 630 Systems Analysis

3 Credits

This course addresses the many business systems issues unique to the information services function within organizations. Coverage includes information systems planning, managing the information infrastructure, justifying information technology investments, the costing of services and networks, evaluating information system performance, alternative information service delivery modes, managing distributed and end-user computing, project and operations management, systems security, and the management of information technology professionals.

INF 690 ISS Capstone Seminar

3 Credits

This course emphasizes the use of information technology to develop distinct competitive advantage in relations with competitors, customers, and suppliers, and with respect to products and services. Course participants examine strategies of actual companies and identify other strategies that can be deployed to gain competitive advantage in diverse settings. In addition, the course is cumulative in nature, integrating knowledge and information attained while completing the entire MBA curriculum. The capstone project requires generation and presentation of an organizational information systems strategic plan.