Information Management for Executive-Status Students Course Catalog

For students with six or more years of appropriate full-time professional management experience in the information management field, the iSchool offers a condensed, 30-credit program of study that can be completed in 15 months. The curriculum consists of:

9
credits of primary core coursework

9
credits of secondary core coursework

9
credits of electives

3
credits of exit requirements

Some requirements can be waived on the basis of a student’s professional full-time work experience.

Primary Core Coursework

Management Strategies and Users Track

IST 614: Management Principles for Information Professionals – 3 credits
Students cover basic ideas, concepts, and perspectives of management as they apply to the information professions. Students learn to understand and apply basic principles of organization theory and behavior and managerial techniques needed to improve organizational effectiveness.

IST 618: Information Policy – 3 Credits
Students gain an overview understanding of public policy issues that affect the information, library, and telecommunication sectors. These include privacy and security, intellectual property, freedom of expression, communications access, and public sector information. Students learn to apply economic, legal, and political science concepts to policy analysis.

IST 621: Information Management and Technology – 3 credits
This course is an information and technology management overview with a focus on digital transformation. Students learn how information and technology managers create organizational, technological, and personal capabilities to succeed in a rapidly changing digital world.

IST 625: Enterprise Risk Management – 3 Credits
This course offers students a multidisciplinary perspective of risk assessment, modeling, and management. Topics include concepts of personal accountability versus governance and policy; how organizations define and measure risk and loss; and plan for contingencies.

IST 645: Managing Information Systems Projects – 3 Credits
This course covers project management as a professional discipline in information and communication technology. Students are introduced to roles, activities, methods, and tools and will critically review and apply principles.

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IST 654: Information Systems Analysis – 3 Credits
This course covers the concepts and methods of systems analysis through decomposition and modeling. Students gain extensive practice with structured methodologies, systems analysis, and project management techniques, and are introduced to automated tools and technologies. There is a group project to apply skills.

Technological Infrastructure Track

IST 623: Introduction to Information Security – 3 Credits
Students will learn the basic concepts and technologies of information security. Students who successfully complete this course will have a comprehensive overview of information security with some hands-on experience.

IST 659: Data Administration Concepts and Database Management – 3 Credits
This course will cover the definition, development, and management of databases for information systems. Students learn data analysis techniques, data modeling, schema design, query languages, and search specifications. This course also covers an overview of file organization for databases and data administration concepts and skills.

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IST 687: Introduction to Data Science – 3 Credits
This course introduces information professionals to fundamentals about data and the standards, technologies, and methods for organizing, managing, curating, preserving, and using data. Students discuss broader issues relating to data management, quality control, and publication of data.

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Secondary Core Coursework

Executive-status students can choose nine (9) credits from the lists below, selecting all credits from one track, or from a mix of all four.

Data Science Track

IST 652: Scripting for Data Analysis – 3 Credits
This course covers scripting for the data analysis pipeline. Acquiring, accessing, and transforming data in the forms of structured, semi-structured, and unstructured data.

IST 664: Natural Language Processing – 3 Credits
Students will learn linguistic and computational aspects of natural language processing technologies. Lectures, readings, and projects in the computational techniques are required to perform all levels of linguistic processing of text.

IST 707: Data Analytics – 3 Credits
This course introduces students to data analytics techniques, real-world applications, challenges involved in these applications, and future directions of the field. There is an optional hands-on experience with commercially available software packages.

IST 718: Big Data Analytics – 3 Credits
This course is a broad introduction to big data analytical and processing tools for information professionals. Students will develop a portfolio of theoretical and practical resources for several real-world case studies.

IST 719: Information Visualization – 3 Credits
Students in this course are given a broad introduction to data visualization for information professionals. Students develop a portfolio of resources, demonstrations, recipes, and examples of various data visualization techniques.

IST 722: Data Warehouse – 3 Credits
This course is an introduction to concepts of business intelligence (BI) and the practice/techniques in building a BI solution. Focuses are on how to use data warehouses as a BI solution to make better organizational decisions.

IST 736: Text Mining – 3 Credits
Students are introduced to concepts and methods for knowledge discovery from large amounts of text data, and the application of text mining techniques for business intelligence, digital humanities, and social behavior analysis.

IST 769: Advanced Database Administration Concepts and Database Management – 3 Credits
This course provides an in-depth analysis of databases and database management system architecture, building complex database objects, database applications using forms and reports, data warehouses, establishing and implementing database security, and tuning databases for optimum performance.

Information Security Track

IST 625: Enterprise Risk Management – 3 Credits
This course offers students a multidisciplinary perspective of risk assessment, modeling, and management. Topics include concepts of personal accountability versus governance and policy; how organizations define and measure risk and loss; and plan for contingencies.

IST 636: Leading Issues in Information Security – 3 Credits
This course covers today’s leading issues and challenges in information security, and focuses on social, ethical, management, and global perspectives that are related to current technology trends.

IST 704: Applied Information Security – 3 Credits
Students will learn applications of information security including hands-on experiences. Students who successfully complete this course will understand how information security technology is applied to real systems.

Policy and User Track

IST 618: Information Policy – 3 Credits
Students gain an overview understanding of public policy issues that affect the information, library, and telecommunication sectors. These include privacy and security, intellectual property, freedom of expression, communications access, and public sector information. Students learn to apply economic, legal, and political science concepts to policy analysis.

IST 662: Instructional Strategies and Techniques for Information Professionals – 3 Credits
Students are introduced to information literacy models for application to instruction in information organizations. This course focuses on strategies and techniques for designing, presenting, and evaluating information technology training and training materials for real clients.

Systems Solutions Track

IST 625: Enterprise Risk Management – 3 Credits
This course offers students a multidisciplinary perspective of risk assessment, modeling, and management. Topics include concepts of personal accountability versus governance and policy; how organizations define and measure risk and loss; and plan for contingencies.

IST 645: Managing Information Systems Projects – 3 Credits
This course covers project management as a professional discipline in information and communication technology. Students are introduced to roles, activities, methods, and tools and will critically review and apply principles.

Watch the Managing Information Systems Projects Course Overview

IST 654: Information Systems Analysis – 3 Credits
This course covers the concepts and methods of systems analysis through decomposition and modeling. Students gain extensive practice with structured methodologies, systems analysis, and project management techniques, and are introduced to automated tools and technologies. There is a group project to apply skills.

Watch the Information Systems Analysis Course Overview

Electives

All graduate-level iSchool IST courses are acceptable electives toward the MSIM program. Every semester, the iSchool offers “Selected Topics” courses, listed as IST 600 or IST 700, that can count toward the program. These courses are offered based on sufficient interest of a topic and not covered by standard curriculum but of interest to faculty and students in a particular semester. In addition, students can take up to nine elective credits from other schools at Syracuse University, such as the Whitman School of Management and the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

Please note that any course not selected for the Secondary Core may be taken as an elective. A single course may not be counted toward more than one single curriculum requirement.

 

Exit Requirements

IST 755: Strategic Management of Information Resources – 3 Credit Capstone
Students integrate and apply the knowledge they have learned to case studies, projects, and other high-level assignments that allow them to draw from their previous courses on critical information resource management areas.

Immersion – Required (Not for Credit) 
This two- to three-day residency workshop, offered twice per calendar year, presents emerging topics in the information studies field, and is organized and coordinated by a lead faculty member at the iSchool. Designed to bring together students from all graduate programs, workshop topics and presentations feature guest speakers from commercial, government, community, and educational organizations. Students in the MSIM program, including those designated as executive-status, must complete one residency workshop during the duration of their program of study.

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