INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGY

 

Available On Campus and Hybrid.

Preparing the Next Generation of Information Systems Professionals.

A major or minor in Information Systems and Technology emphasizes the application of computing technology in today's workplace, and focuses on developing a combination of technical and business skills. 

Coursework

We will challenge you through coursework in programming, database and system design and project management.  At the same time, we will provide you with instruction in business areas such as financial information systems and enterprise resource planning (ERP).

Related Programs

Villanova's College of Professional Studies also offers a major in Computer Science and a combined BIS/MS in Software Engineering.

CPS also offers a Certificate in Information Systems and Technology that only requires 6 courses to complete. Students may enroll in this certificate program with or without completion of an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree. All courses can be counted towards completion of a degree in CPS.

 

CURRICULUM

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) Core = 45 Credits

Students must complete 45 credits/15 courses in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) Core Curriculum.

Information Systems and Technology Major = 30 Credits, 10 Courses

Required Courses (5 courses)

ISYT 1000: Introduction to Information Systems & Technology (3 credits)
ISYT 1100: Data and Information Management (3 credits)
ISYT 5000: Information Systems Capstone (3 credits)
CSC 1010: Programming for All (3 credits)
CSC 1020: Computing and the Web (3 credits)

Approved Electives (choose 5 courses)

CSC 1035: Databases for Many Majors (3 credits)
ODM 1100: Foundations of Strategic Management (3 credits)
ODM 2000: Essentials of Finance and Accounting (3 credits)
ODM 2040: Strategic Operations and Process Improvement (3 credits)
LDR 2030: Leading with a Digital Mindset (3 credits)
CPS 3000: Introduction to Project Management (3 credits)

ISYT 1000:  Introduction to Information Systems & Technology (3 credits): 

ISYT 1100: Data and Information Management (3 credits): 

ISYT 5000: Information Systems Capstone (3 credits):

CSC 1010 Programming for All (3 credits, required):  Programming fundamentals using the Python programming language: data, variables, selection, loops, arrays, input/output, basic graphics and functions. Object-oriented design: encapsulation, objects, classes and methods.

CSC 1020 Computing and the Web: Information representation and manipulation; file systems and directories; compatibility and data exchange; security and privacy; elements of computer architectures and operating systems; computer networks, the Internet, and the World Wide Web; web site design principles and creation; PC-based examples and illustrations.

CSC 1035 Databases for Many Majors (3 credits, required): No background in computing necessary. Design and implementation of your own database as a group project. Cooperative learning techniques to demystify key concepts: the relational model, normalization, the Entity-Relationship model and SQL.

CSC 1020 Computing and the Web (3 credits): Information representation and manipulation; file systems and directories; compatibility and data exchange; security and privacy; elements of computer architectures and operating systems; computer networks, the Internet, and the World Wide Web; web site design principles and creation; PC-based examples and illustrations.   

ODM 1100 Foundations of Strategic Management (3 credits): Overview of key principles and practices of strategic management. Examines topics such as establishing mission, vision, and direction, evaluating environmental influences, assessing industry and market trends, building organizational culture, leading effective teams, managing and leading change. Emphasizes the development and implementation of strategy across industries.

ODM 2000 Essentials of Finance and Accounting (3 credits): Introduction to basic standards and concepts underlying finance and accounting. Topics include balance sheets, income statements, cash flow statements, budgets, forcasts, and reporting.

ODM 2040 Strategic Operations and Process Improvement (3 credits): Introduces key components of operations management and strategy. Overview and analysis of tools, techniques, and methodologies of process improvement.

LDR 2030 Leading with a Digital Mindset (3 credits): Analysis of the implications of technology on leadership. The strategic role of technology in organizations. Information systems, e-commerce and their value to leaders.

CPS 3000 Introduction to Project Management (3 Credits)

Information Systems and Technology Minor = 15 Credits, 5 Courses

Required Courses (4 courses)

ISYT 1000: Introduction to Information Systems & Technology (3 credits)
ISYT 1100: Data and Information Management (3 credits)
CSC 1010: Programming for All (3 credits)
CSC 1020: Computing and the Web (3 credits)

Approved Electives (choose 1 course)

CSC 1035: Databases for Many Majors (3 credits)
ODM 1100: Foundations of Strategic Management (3 credits)
ODM 2000: Essentials of Finance and Accounting (3 credits)
ODM 2040: Strategic Operations and Process Improvement (3 credits)
LDR 2030: Leading with a Digital Mindset (3 credits)
CPS 3000: Introduction to Project Management (3 credits)

ISYT 1000:  Introduction to Information Systems & Technology (3 credits): 

ISYT 1100: Data and Information Management (3 credits): 

CSC 1010 Programming for All (3 credits, required):  Programming fundamentals using the Python programming language: data, variables, selection, loops, arrays, input/output, basic graphics and functions. Object-oriented design: encapsulation, objects, classes and methods.

CSC 1020 Computing and the Web: Information representation and manipulation; file systems and directories; compatibility and data exchange; security and privacy; elements of computer architectures and operating systems; computer networks, the Internet, and the World Wide Web; web site design principles and creation; PC-based examples and illustrations.

CSC 1035 Databases for Many Majors (3 credits, required): No background in computing necessary. Design and implementation of your own database as a group project. Cooperative learning techniques to demystify key concepts: the relational model, normalization, the Entity-Relationship model and SQL.

CSC 1020 Computing and the Web (3 credits): Information representation and manipulation; file systems and directories; compatibility and data exchange; security and privacy; elements of computer architectures and operating systems; computer networks, the Internet, and the World Wide Web; web site design principles and creation; PC-based examples and illustrations.   

ODM 1100 Foundations of Strategic Management (3 credits): Overview of key principles and practices of strategic management. Examines topics such as establishing mission, vision, and direction, evaluating environmental influences, assessing industry and market trends, building organizational culture, leading effective teams, managing and leading change. Emphasizes the development and implementation of strategy across industries.

ODM 2000 Essentials of Finance and Accounting (3 credits): Introduction to basic standards and concepts underlying finance and accounting. Topics include balance sheets, income statements, cash flow statements, budgets, forcasts, and reporting.

ODM 2040 Strategic Operations and Process Improvement (3 credits): Introduces key components of operations management and strategy. Overview and analysis of tools, techniques, and methodologies of process improvement.

LDR 2030 Leading with a Digital Mindset (3 credits): Analysis of the implications of technology on leadership. The strategic role of technology in organizations. Information systems, e-commerce and their value to leaders.

CPS 3000 Introduction to Project Management (3 Credits)

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

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Villanova allows students to transfer up to 60 credits from other regionally accredited institutions. Find out more about transfer credits and community college agreements.

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APPLICATION DEADLINES
Spring II Deadline  March 8
Summer I and III Deadline May 24
Summer II Deadline June 24

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BIS vs. BA

The primary difference between a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) degree and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree is the core curriculum that must be completed for each.

Students completing the BIS degree follow a 45-credit core curriculum. This provides more flexibility and choices in selecting classes.

Students completing the BA degree follow the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 50-credit core curriculum, which includes foreign language courses and science courses with a lab.

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