School of Leadership and Professional Advancement

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Pittsburgh, PA 15282
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Information Technology Course Descriptions

MSIT 641 - Information System Security and Assurance

 This course addresses the identification, analysis and provision of mitigating controls with respect to information technology systems risk management. It addresses all aspects of information technology including computer installations, application development and maintenance, networks and the management of different types of information technology projects. Special attention is devoted to the particulars of the ISO Layers Security, Database Management Systems, Enterprise Resource Planning Systems, and Electronic Commerce systems. Case studies are used to develop an understanding of the establishment and enforcement of risk mitigating controls to assist management in the successful operation of the business.

MSIT 642 - Systems Analysis and Delivery

 This course has two primary focuses.  In the first, students learn about methods, tools, and techniques used in structured systems analysis and design.  The system development life cycle concept, prototyping, data modeling, and the role of user involvement are also covered.  The second area stresses information systems managerial practices.  The Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) is the framework used for applying these practices.  This includes establishing and utilizing both system and process measures to continually monitor the information systems function.  Implementation and maintenance, quality assurance, and process re-engineering are also explored.

MSIT 643 - Information Systems Strategy and Governance

This course has two primary emphases.  The first is on the strategic management of IS. Potential IS impacts on the organizational environment are studied using current theory and historical examples.  The students’ understanding of IS architecture, IS governance, and IT portfolios are challenged and expanded.  The second area stresses a more technical, tactical level of IS management.  Distributed systems are presented using both organizational and technical frameworks.  The management of telecommunications, information resources, and operations are covered.

MSIT 646 - IT Regulatory and Ethical Issues

This course addresses contemporary issues related to standards and regulations that impact the IT environment. Students are introduced to management audit procedures to anticipate, respond, and comply with legislation that affects the management of information resources.

MSIT 648 - IT Program and Project Management

This course provides students with an in-depth examination of IT program and project management, including the tools and techniques used in the development and implementation of business systems and technologies.  Students learn how to evaluate, prioritize, plan and control IT projects.  Students also explore the management of program issues such as operations and project outsourcing, capacity management, contingency planning, stakeholder and change management and risk management.

MSIT 690 - Special Topics in IT: IT Frameworks

Today’s information systems groups are pressured to deliver business centric services quicker, more efficiently, and more effectively.  Businesses are turning to a number of best practice frameworks to achieve those goals.  This course is intended to introduce key best practice frameworks for Information Systems Management (ISM) and Quality Service Management (QSM), how they can apply to an organization and how they complement each other.  Frameworks that are addressed in this course are ITIL, ISO20000, ISO27000, CMMI, CobiT, PMBOK, ISO9000:2001 and Six Sigma.

MSIT 690 - Special Topics in IT: E-Business

This course is designed to familiarize individuals with current and emerging electronic commerce technologies using the Internet. Topics include Internet technology for business advantage, managing electronic commerce funds transfer, reinventing the future of business through electronic commerce, business opportunities in electronic commerce, electronic commerce Web site design, social, political and ethical issues associated with electronic commerce, and business plans for technology ventures. The purpose of this course is to educate a new generation of managers, planners, analysts, and programmers of the realities and potential for electronic commerce.