Management Information Systems Concentration

Why choose Information Systems?

Major in Management Information Systems (MIS) if you enjoy technology and working with people. Our MIS majors are problem solvers and assist firms to be more competitive via the use of technology.

Student Presentation

Typical careers for Information Systems graduates are:

Systems analyst (design and implement new software applications)
Web-based application developers
Network administrators
Software programmers
Database administrators
Information technology consultants
End-user support and consultants
Technical sales professionals

MIS Graduate Statistics
65% of recent graduates are working in the IT field
15% of recent graduates have gone on to graduate school.


The process of developing information systems involves an array of people, from the end-users, to IS specialist such as system designers, database administrators, network administrators and programmers. The analysis and design is performed by the systems analyst, which requires a thorough understanding of the work and processes being supported. The systems analyst must communicate well with the end-user and other professionals. It is then the programmer's job to code the new system using various programming languages.

Many new system applications are developed using databases and internet technologies. The MIS curriculum teaches students how to design and create highly effective and efficient databases. The curriculum also builds the skill set of the graduate on the newer programming techniques for web-based systems as well as a basic understanding of the technologies required to access applications across local and wide area networks.

Required Courses

Recent MIS Graduate

Student Learning Outcomes
Suggested Course Flow Chart
Undergraduate Degree Program Worksheets & Option Sheets

MIS Courses

MIS 213. Introduction to Information Systems and Technology (3) Survey of information systems use in organizations and the information technologies used to implement them. Scope includes hardware, software, and telecommunications concepts. Projects stress the use of computer applications to support decision-making, financial analysis, data management, oral and written communications.

MIS 216. Introduction to Business Application Development (3) An introduction to computer programming in a business context using a modern high level programming language. Topics include program flow constraints, programming logic, objects, and other basic programming techniques. Emphasis is on good style, and the creation of high-quality applications that help the organization.

MIS 310. Web Page Development - Client Side (3) Prerequisite: CSC105 or MIS 213 or consent of department chair. Study of the design and creation of basic Web pages in the business environment. Topics include page structure, human computer interface design, style sheets, reusability, and design basics. An emphasis is placed on best industry practice.

MIS 311. Information Systems Structures (3) Prerequisites: ACG 201 and MIS 213 and admission to Cameron School of Business. This course is intended for non-information systems majors. Scope includes the systems development life cycle, process modeling, and data modeling. Projects focus on methods for documenting information system structure and methods for managing and accessing data.

MIS 312. Information Systems Hardware and Software (3) Prerequisite: MIS 213 or consent of instructor. Principles and application of computer hardware and software will be presented through lecture of the underpinnings, installation, configuration, and laboratory experiences. This course will provide the technology background for system developers to understand tradeoffs in architecture for effective use in a business environment. Networked computing systems and various operating systems will be covered.

MIS 315. Management of Database Systems (3) Prerequisite: MIS 213 . Study of the design and administration of database systems in a business environment. The relational model is used along with database management software to facilitate the communication and distribution of data and its conversion into information, with an emphasis on sound design principles. Topics include entity-relationship modeling, normalization, and the structured query language (SQL).

MIS 316. Computer Concepts and Applications (3) Prerequisite: MIS 216 or CSC 121 or another programming language course approved by the department chair. Intermediate programming in a two-tier, event driven, rapid application development context. Emphasis is on writing high-quality code that is easy to debug, test, and maintain, culminating in database interaction.

MIS 317. Technology of E-Business (3) Prerequisite: MKT 441 and admission to Cameron School of Business. A study of current technologies impacting a firm�s ability to create and maintain an e-business presence. The course has two major topic thrusts. The first focus is the hardware necessary to support e-business, including telecommunication concepts, networks, wireless Web, firewalls, secure servers, and Internet protocols and standards. The second focus is the current advances in Web languages to enable transactions to be more transparent between companies. (This course does not satisfy any requirements or electives for students pursuing an IS option.)

MIS 318. Global Information Systems (3) Prerequisites: MIS 213 , INB 300 . Study of cultural, governmental, and technical factors in global information systems management. Technical topics include distributed architectures, international standards, localization mechanisms, and integration models. Non-technical topics included governmental, infrastructure, and cultural factors, and methods of managing distributed resources.

MIS 323. Business Telecommunications (3) Prerequisite: MIS 213 . A study of the role of telecommunications in businesses, including relevant terminology, concepts, hardware, software, protocols and architectures. Topics include the design, purchase, integration, and use of telecommunications technologies and systems. Emphasis placed on local area network technologies.

MIS 324. Network Security Management (3) Prerequisite: Junior Standing and (MIS 213 or CSC 121 ). Examination of current standards of due care and best business practices in Information Security. Focus is on evaluation and selection of optimal security posture. Topics include evaluation of security models, risk assessment, threat analysis, organizational technology evaluation, security implementation, disaster recovery planning and security policy formulation and implementation.

MIS 411. Information Systems Analysis (3) Prerequisite or Corequisite: MIS 315 and admission to Cameron School of Business. An introduction to processes and methods used for identifying and documenting information requirements and developing system specifications. Topics include the systems development life cycle, analysis tools such as flowcharts and data flow diagrams, and techniques for effective written communication. Case studies are used.

MIS 413. Information Systems Design (3) Prerequisite: MIS 316 and MIS 411 and admission to Cameron School of Business. Involves the analysis, design and implementation of a real world project emplying a 3-tier development process. New skills introduced include advanced web development concepts, emerging web tools, and project management. Topics expanded are database design, systems analysis and design, UML, and technical communication.

MIS 415. Emerging Information Technologies (3) Prerequisite: MIS 213 and admission to Cameron School of Business. A study of current technologies impacting a firm�s ability to create and maintain a competitive advantage through the use of information systems technology. Topics may include hardware and software technologies that support the development of interactive Internet applications.

MIS 491. Directed Individual Study (1-3) Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing and consent of the department chairperson and admission to Cameron School of Business. Directed Independent Study Form

MIS 495. Seminar in Information Systems (3) Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing and consent of the department chairperson and admission to Cameron School of Business. This course may be repeated under a different subtitle.

MIS 498. Information Systems Internship (1-6) Prerequisite: Senior status and consent of faculty supervisor and admission to Cameron School of Business. Involves the application of quantitative and systems skills developed in the academic environment to problems in a real-world operating environment. The participant will receive practical training and experience under the guidance of the staff of a local business or government organization and a faculty supervisor. Available internships are filled on a competitive basis.

MIS 499. Honors Work (2-3) Prerequisite: Senior standing and admission to Cameron School of Business. Independent work for honors students.

UNC Wilmington | 601 S. College Road, Wilmington NC 28403 | 910.962.3000 | About this Site | Copyright Notice | Feedback | Page maintained by:  T. Janicki [ janickit AT uncw DOT edu ]