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Information Systems Degree - Information Systems

Management Information Systems Degree - MIS Degree Program Online Program OverviewProgram DetailsWhy Choose Franklin

Become a catalyst for technology-driven business improvements

Finish your bachelor’s degree in 2017! Apply now and start classes on Jan. 3. Other Winter Term start dates available.

As businesses march into the future, it's the firms that build competitive strength at the intersection of technology and business competencies that will have the edge. Leading the way are a new breed of managers that help companies navigate the effective and strategic use of technology.

Franklin University's Information Systems (IS) Major equips you to understand technology and harness that knowledge to help businesses gain competitive advantage. And, through Franklin's IS Degree Program, you'll be ready for your own advantage: a career in one of the fast-growing industries of the next decade.

Leverage technology to deliver game changing solutions

The capabilities of technology and the complexities faced by business create a powerful and inextricable link. Franklin's Information Systems major is designed for professionals who seek to better understand how organizations use information technology to improve operations, support decision making and strategically create completive advantage. The IS program allows you to choose from one of two highly in-demand disciplinary tracks: Analytics and Project Management. And for those who are intrigued about the intersection of both tracks, combining analytics with project management is a viable option that will increase your marketability.
 

Our Information Systems curriculum imparts the business savvy to understand the how and why of business operations, the technical depth to identify innovative uses of information systems, and the communication skills to mobilize cross-functional teams toward the implementation of game-changing solutions. That's why your coursework focuses on key areas including: analytics, project management, data and information modeling, requirements definition, business analysis, systems analysis, process re-engineering, agile project management, and technical communication
 

Gain specialized skills in analytics and project management

You'll be better prepared to tackle the complex issues businesses face in making evidence-based decisions as a result of Franklin's spotlight on analytics and project management throughout the Information Systems program coursework. You will have the opportunity to major in the fast-growing area of analytics or the well-established disciplined of project management. Through hands-on, group and individual projects, you'll gain practical experience on how organizations leverage information from large data sets to make decisions that impact cross-functional units of the organization. Employing agile project management methodologies, you will learn how technology is strategically deployed to support, grow and transform businesses. Choose to focus on data manipulation and information modeling, as part of the Analytics track or choose Project Management to learn methodological approaches to conceptualizing, planning and executing projects using current and emerging agile project management approaches.

Benefit from industry-leading curriculum taught by experienced faculty

Because our course offerings reflect the recommendations of computing professional societies, such as the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP), you can be confident your education reflects industry-leading standards.

You'll learn from real-world practitioners, too; professions with extensive years of experience in the field who teach, encourage, and inspire, helping you learn from their mistakes and build upon their successes. And because an expert advisory panel regularly reviews our curriculum, you can be assured that our Information Systems degree program is current and relevant, even in a rapidly changing information systems environment.

Earn your degree from a university built for busy adults

Earn your degree on your terms by taking classes 100% online or pursue available coursework at one of our Midwest locations. Regionally accredited and nonprofit, Franklin was built from the ground-up to satisfy the needs of adult learners. Our seamless transfer process and team of academic advisors will help ease your transition to becoming a student, while our flexible course schedules help to balance your education with work, family, and life. Get started on your future today!

Gain The Skills Employers Desire

  • Data Analytics
    • Perform data collection, including removal of erroneous elements, using appropriate tools and techniques
    • Evaluate, through the use of a variety of quantitative, modeling and analytics tools, the quality of data collected
    • Interpret, after accounting for data quality, the results of further modeling and analysis processes in terms of describing current conditions, predicting possible future conditions and prescribing approaches to redirecting current business processes to achieve desired future conditions
  • Requirements Analysis
    • Collaborate with business stakeholders and technical teams in defining and documenting requirements for developing technology-based solutions
    • Develop and evaluate user and system requirements, applying insights from use cases and test scenarios
    • Analyze, specify, and create detailed requirements definition documentation, including conceptual data models, process flows, and user interface (UI) mockups
    • Conduct requirements verification and validation sessions to gain input and approval from business and technical stakeholders
    • Act as technical, business, and team liaison in effectively communicating user and functional requirements
  • Business Intelligence
    • Mine appropriate sources for data useful in determining current trends in specific business and market arenas
    • Apply effective tools and techniques such as data visualization, description and summarization to analyze available data for insights into current trends in specific business and market arenas
    • Interpret the results of trend analysis to predict future trends and prescribe possible means to increase profits, lower costs, and ultimately move ahead of, or stay abreast of market competitors
    • Communicate effectively to organization stakeholders the issues uncovered by trend analysis and prescribe possible means for handling those issues usefully for the organization
  • Reporting Analytics
    • Perform data collection, including removal of erroneous elements, using appropriate tools and techniques
    • Evaluate, through the use of a variety of quantitative, modeling and analytics tools, the quality of data collected
    • Interpret, after accounting for data quality, the results of further modeling and analysis processes in terms of describing current conditions, predicting possible future conditions and prescribing approaches to redirecting current business processes to achieve desired future conditions
    • Work effectively and collaboratively with project stakeholders to identify and prioritize project requirements
    • Apply business and technical knowledge to review workflow, documentation and user surveys, and analyze data to identify a solution to a business issue
    • Create use cases, graphic models and story boards using industry standard tools to document the project requirements
    • Create software requirements specification documents
    • Create and apply appropriate requirements test plans and test cases
    • Work with various stakeholders to collaboratively assess business opportunities, identify problems, and recommend technology-based solutions
    • Assess business opportunities, identify problems, and recommend technology-based solutions
    • Manage needs assessments and cost-benefit analyses, aligning technology strategies with business objectives
    • Conduct elicitation sessions in order to better understand business problems
    • Analyze business requirements to determine how to functionally meet requirements by applying information systems technology
    • Review business case and statement of work documents to ensure achievable deliverables and address risks
    • Validate proposed technical designs, ensuring alignment with business needs
    • Analyze organizational needs regarding data, information and knowledge
    • Create specific reports, such as data-driven digital dashboards using effective textual and visual techniques for showing current and predicted status of business processes to guide future business decisions
    • Develop processes for creating and maintaining reporting mechanisms that meet defined needs
    • Develop and apply training practices for organizational staff in order to support the gathering and reporting of pertinent data, information and knowledge
  • Business Analysis
    • Assess business opportunities, identify problems, and recommend technology-based solutions
    • Manage needs assessments and cost-benefit analyses, aligning technology strategies with business objectives
    • Conduct elicitation sessions in order to gain better understanding of business problems
    • Analyze business requirements to determine how to functionally meet requirements
    • Review business case and statement of work (SOW) documents to ensure achievable deliverables and address risks
    • Validate proposed technical designs, ensuring alignment with business needs
  • Systems Analysis
    • Define objectives and prepare implementable systems design specifications that accurately translate the given business requirements
    • Lead application lifecycle development, including systems evaluation, development of new applications, and application maintenance
    • Analyze functional needs and establish priorities for systems design, modification, or implementation to promote effective operations and/or outcomes
    • Define objectives and prepare implementable systems design specifications that accurately translate the given business requirements
    • Investigate multiple means of deriving input data, selecting the most accurate, feasible, and economic method
    • Translate compliance and regulatory requirements into detailed functional specifications for procedural or system changes and enhancements
    • Devise or modify procedures to solve problems, such as equipment capacity, limitations, and operating times
  • Process Reengineering
    • Understand and document current business processes
    • Use assessment tools to solicit stakeholder input in identifying process improvement opportunities
    • Evaluate and present recommendations for process improvement initiatives
    • Create and apply process improvement and re-engineering methodologies and principles to meet requirements and efficiently deliver processes
    • Understand and document current business processes as to costs, efficiency, accuracy, and quality of outputs
    • Use assessment tools to solicit stakeholder input in identifying process improvement opportunities
    • Apply state-of-the-art process re-engineering methodologies and principles to re-think and re-design business processes so that costs are reduced, while efficiency, accuracy and quality of outputs are increased
  • Technical Liaison
    • Act as liaison between stakeholders and technical teams, providing strategic counsel to determine the most effective processes and solutions
    • Report the status of the program or initiative to appropriate team members, management, and executives
    • Coordinate and facilitate design discussions among partners, technical leads, quality assurance engineers, and other team members
    • Define development, change, and communication processes, incorporating them into project approach
  • Technical Documentation
    • Gather, organize, synthesize, and summarize technical information and business process changes
    • Capture processes and procedures, create documents, presentations, and visual media, and present technical information to non-technical users
    • Create user and instruction manuals, help documents, FAQs, tutorials, and presentations on a variety of documentation projects
    • Review and maintain technical documentation, making revisions, corrections, and updates as necessary
  • Project Management
    • Facilitate information technology projects through business assessment processes, from development through implementation
    • Translate project objectives into team assignments, specific tasks, and measurable milestones, establishing operational objectives and work plans
    • Manage systems development tasks and resources, ensuring projects are delivered on time, within budget and as specified
    • Communicate project status updates to team members, business partners, sponsors, management, and other interested parties, overseeing issues management, tracking, and resolution
    • Create and maintain project-based documentation, including timelines, budget, project plans, risk assessments, performance requirements, and status reports
    • Support project teams during project release and implementation

Career Opportunities

  • Data Analyst

    Data Analysts collect, organize, model, analyze and interpret data using advanced quantitative and analytics tools and strategies.

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  • Requirements Analyst

    Requirements Analysts work with various stakeholders to collaboratively define and document business requirements.

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  • Business Intelligence Analyst

    Business Intelligence Analysts interpret and apply data visualization, descriptive and summary data for predictive and prescriptive purposes.

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  • Reporting Analyst

    Reporting Analysts develop systems and standards for business reports, such as data-driven digital dashboards showing current and predicted status of business processes to guide future business decisions.

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  • Business Analyst

    Business Analysts work with various stakeholders to collaboratively assess business opportunities, identify problems, and recommend technology-based solutions.

     

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  • Systems Analyst

    Systems Analysts translate business requirements to system/functional requirements for implementation by application developers.

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  • Process Reengineering Analyst

    Process Reengineering Analysts re-think and re-design workflows in an organization to reduce costs and increase efficiency, accuracy and quality to better support the organization’s mission.

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  • Technical Documentation Specialist

    Technical Documentation Specialists create and maintain manuals, operating instructions, and other documents for computer hardware and software as appropriate for a variety of audiences.

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  • Technical Liaison

    Technical Liaisons bridge the gap between business and technology interests by representing the needs of business-side staff, as well as the needs of technical planning groups as appropriate to ensure the needs of both parties are addressed.

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  • Information System Project Manager

    Information System Project Managers plan and direct projects aimed at the implementation of new and/or improved information system technologies to support business needs, requirements and processes.

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Employment Outlook

In 2015 there were 28,343 job openings related to Information Systems. The previous year, 13,181 students completed programs in Information Systems.

Source information provided by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) - June 2016

Our Recipe For Your Success

Academic & Industry Experts

Classes are taught and designed by credentialed professionals with real-world experience.
 

  • Programs are designed by combining the insight of industry leaders with the academic expertise of our faculty, ensuring what you learn translates into on-the-job success.

  • Academic concepts and theories are brought to life through our teaching faculty’s professional expertise, and can be immediately applied in your career.

  • Faculty with industry experience teach our courses, not graduate students or life-time academics, so you learn not only the theories behind the practice but also how to apply them in real-world situations.

Relevant & Consistent Curriculum

What you learn is a reflection of the program you choose, not the format in which it’s applied.
 

  • All programs are designed for learning outcomes to flow from the program level into actual coursework.

  • This top-down approach allows credentialed professionals to customize assignments based on trending industry topics without deviating from a program’s core outcomes.

  • Regardless of your professor or the format of your class, you receive the same quality education.

Hands-On Learning Experience

Franklin's coursework teaches not only theories and concepts, but also how they apply to practical situations.

 

  • Professional course designers ensure that class activities such as learning simulations, case studies, interactive videos, and group exercises are relevant and appropriate.

  • A curriculum development team is dedicated to making sure all courses are intuitively designed so content is taught in a logical manner that facilitates your success in the classroom and beyond.

Continuously Evolving Programs

Consistent program reviews ensure our programs stay at the forefront of industry trends.
 

  • Survey results and feedback from student and faculty assessments are reviewed regularly so that our programs are always improving and up-to-date.

  • A structured review process helps identify industry gaps that guide curriculum enhancements allowing our academic and industry experts to regularly implement new industry trends.

  • Regular assessment provides hard data that is used to improve student learning and teaching methods.

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