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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 Objectives
  • To assess learning outcomes of the major.
  • To acquire and apply research and writing skills appropriate to the field of management information systems.
    Measurable Learning
  • 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.
    Topical Outline: The Major Field Test in Business and a Departmentally-constructed exam covering core computer courses will be administered. Students will prepare and defend a research paper of at least 15 pages in length as described below.

  • Conduct a literature search and create a bibliography identifying the current state of research in an area of interest.
  • Write a research proposal identifying the topic to be studied, papers to be read, resources needed, and timeline.
  • Perform the work outlined in the research proposal and write the paper.
  • Orally defend the research paper.

    In this course instructors are to assess learning outcomes for the major and report these outcomes to the Executive Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs office and department chairs on an electronic form to be provided. The Major Field Test for the discipline is administered during this course if applicable. The Academic Profile test of general education learning is administered during this course if applicable.
    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

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    Prepared by: Lawrence West Date: November 1, 2005
    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 objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. 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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