Information Management Executive Track 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:

credits of primary core coursework

credits of secondary core coursework

credits of electives

credits of exit requirements

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

Primary Core Coursework

IST 621: 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 625: Enterprise Risk Management - 3 Credits
This course provides 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
Students in this course gain insight into project management as a professional discipline in information and communication technology. This course is an introduction to roles, activities, methods, and tools that are common in information systems projects.



Secondary Core Coursework

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

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 654: Information Systems Analysis – 3 Credits
This course focuses on automated tools and technologies and methods of systems analysis through decomposition and modeling. Students practice project management and systems analysis techniques as well as structured methodologies. Students eventually apply what they learn in a final group project.


IST 659: Data Administration Concepts and Database Management – 3 Credits
This course covers the definition, development, and management of databases for information systems. Students learn data analysis techniques, data modeling, schema design, query languages and search specifications.


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


IST 707: Data Analytics – 3 Credits
This course introduces students to data mining 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 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 introduces students to business intelligence (BI) concepts and techniques to effectively build a BI solution. Students focus on how to use data warehouses as a BI solution to make better organizational decisions.



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. Students will be able to choose from an array of electives to complete the program, such as:

IST 718: Big Data Analytics – 3 Credits
This course presents a broad introduction to analytical processing tools and techniques for information professionals. Students develop a portfolio of resources, demonstrations, recipes, and examples of various analytical techniques.


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)
Immersions allow students to meet and collaborate with their peers, learn from guest speakers who are industry experts, and participate in workshops. Immersions are held on campus on the first Friday through Sunday of the semester starting in July and October 2017. Students are required to attend at least one immersion during the degree program.

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