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Administrative Unit: Computer and Mathematical Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: CISS 492
Course Title: Senior Seminar in Management Information Systems
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Required culminating course for graduation as a Management Information Systems (MIS) major. Readings from current literature. Requires original research project or paper. Grade of C or higher required. This course includes a program evaluation component. Prerequisites: CISS 325 (or CISS 320), CISS 365, CISS 430 and senior standing.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

CISS 325 (or CISS 320), CISS 365, CISS 430 and senior standing.

Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall and Spring.
Text(s): No texts are required.

Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Write a research paper on a current issue in management information systems.
  2. Evaluate and present a current issue in management information systems.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Conduct effective literature searches and create bibliographies pertinent to the current state of research in an area of management information systems.
  • Identify a research direction within an area of management information systems and write a preliminary research proposal which includes papers to be studied, a list of resources required for the project, and a timeline for the project.
  • Conduct research using critical thinking skills and the synthesis of knowledge acquired from other courses.
  • Write effectively through the completion of a research paper of no less than 15 pages in length.
  • Speak effectively and professionally by defending their research orally to a group of their peers.
  • Critically analyze and discuss current literature in the field.
Culminating Experience Statement:

Material from this course may be tested on the Major Field Test (MFT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree. 
During this course the ETS Proficiency Profile may be administered.  This 40-minute standardized test measures learning in general education courses.  The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.


Recommended maximum class size for this course: 10

Library Resources:

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Prepared by: Suzanne Tourville Date: April 14, 2015
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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