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Management Information Systems

SWCC's management information systems program is one of the few programs in Iowa with a good balance between business and computer courses.  The management information systems program prepares students to effectively manage people, technology, and change within an organization.  The curriculum teaches how to best use technology to solve business problems and provide strategic advantages.  Having such a diverse background provides students opportunities to fit into many possible positions within an organization.

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AAS Associate of Applied Science Degree 

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is a specialized degree that can be used for immediate entry into the workplace.  Emphasis is placed on competence of applying basic principles, theories, and occupational skills.  These are two-year programs.

A certificate or diploma is a credential showing completion of a select group of courses that focus on job skills preparation in a 9– or 10–month format. These programs may be used toward completion of an AAS degree.

Potential Careers

  • Help desk services
  • Technical services
  • Corporate trainer
  • Office manager
  • Information technology manager

Special features of the MIS program include:

  • Leadership opportunities for students.
  • Unique combination of business and computer courses.
  • Marketable graduates, especially to smaller/local organizations.
  • Wide array of possible career opportunities.
  • Possibility of double majors due to diversity of courses.
  • Coursework lays the foundation for continued education in a variety of program areas.

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  • ACC 131 Principles of Accounting I
  • BUS 102 Introduction to Business
  • CIS 121 Introduction to Programming Logic
  • CSC 110 Introduction to Computers
  • MGT 101 Principles of Management
  • BCA 152 Comprehensive Spreadsheets
  • BUS 121 Business Communications
  • BUS 130 Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • CIS 604 Visual Basic
  • CIS 650 PC Operating Systems
  • BCA 167 Comprehensive Databases
  • BUS 161 Human Relations
  • BUS 185 Business Law I
  • CIS 755 Management Information Systems
  • CSC 135 Digital Communications
  • BUS 238 Business Problem Solving
  • CIS 339 Advanced Data Base and SQL
  • CIS 750 Project Management
  • ECN 115 Personal Finance
  • WBL 110 Employability Skills

Click on the course number in the list above to view the course description. This may not be a complete list of courses that may be included for the Management Information Systems program. To see all courses in a semester-by-semester plan, view the Management Information Systems program course outline.

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Degree requirement advising sheet

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Analyze and evaluate how organizations use information systems.
  • Describe basic theories, concepts, methods, and terminology used in information systems.
  • Describe the various types of information systems used in organizations.
  • Distinguish between the various types of information systems.
  • Conduct ethical analysis of information systems issues and take responsible action.
  • Utilize technology to solve business problems.
  • Interpret how information systems are used strategically and tactically in business.
  • Describe the typical hardware, software, data and telecommunications used in information systems.

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