Department of Business Computer Information Systems

Main Departmental Office

Business Administration Building, 336

P.O. Box 305249

Denton, TX 76203-5249

(940) 565-3110

John C. Windsor, Chair

Graduate Faculty: Becker; Clayton; Golladay, Guynes, CDP; Jayakumar; Kappelman; Kvanli, CQE; Pavur; Pohl, Prybutok, CQE, CGA; M. Richards; T. Richards, CQE; Ryan, Spalding; Spence; Vanecek, CDP, CISA, PE; Vedder; Windsor, CSP; Yellen, CDP.

Research

Faculty in the Department of Business Computer Information Systems (BCIS) are pursuing research in areas dealing with computer information systems, decision technologies, information technologies, management science and statistics. Research in the computer information systems and information technologies areas spans the broad spectrum from technical issues to managerial and behavioral issues. Topics currently being investigated by faculty in the department include database systems, distributive systems, networks, fourth-generation languages, decision-support systems, evaluation of psychometric factors in systems design, artificial intelligence, research dealing with information centers, software engineering and end-user computing.

Faculty in decision technologies and management science are engaged in research in the areas of statistics, quality control and operations research. Research topics include analysis of forecasting models, mathematical programming, sampling and the effects of correlation on observations in experimental designs. In addition, a major research emphasis has been placed on statistical quality control and reliability.

Research efforts by BCIS and Management Science (MSCI) faculty are supported by the Information Systems Research Center and the Center for Quality and Productivity.

Degree Programs

The Department of Business Computer Information Systems offers graduate programs leading to the following degrees:

Master of Science

Background Requirements

The program has no background requirements other than those required of all students by the College of Business Administration, nor does it assume or demand knowledge of COBOL. However, if an incoming student has no prior knowledge of COBOL, the major language for business applications, the BCIS department strongly urges taking one or more of these three courses.

Program Admission Requirements

Major in Information Technologies

For admission into the Master of Science program with a major in information technologies, a student must first meet the admission requirements of the College of Business Administration. In addition, the student must
score in the 40th percentile or above in both the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Management Admission Test.

Major in Decision Technologies

Students seeking a Master of Science with a major in decision technologies management science must satisfy the requirements of the College of Business Administration.

Doctor of Philosophy

Background Requirements

In addition to the College of Business Administration background requirements, the Department of Business Computer Information Systems requires that students have a general background in business computer information systems. This background may be acquired through undergraduate programs, professional experience or completion of the following courses offered by the department.

Program Admission Requirements

For admission into the Doctor of Philosophy program with a major in business computer information systems, a student must first meet the admission requirements of the College of Business Administration. In addition, the student must score in the 40th percentile or above in both the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Management Admission Test or the Graduate Record Examination. Only a limited number of qualified students are admitted each year.

Major in Management Science

Students seeking the Doctor of Philosophy degree with a major in management science must satisfy the requirements of the College of Business Administration. In addition, the student must be in the 75th percentile or above on the quantitative section of the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Only a limited number of qualified students are admitted each year.

Courses of Instruction

All Courses of Instruction are located in one section at the back of this catalog.

Course and Subject Guide

The "Course and Subject Guide," found in the Courses of Instruction section of this book, serves as a table of contents and provides quick access to subject areas and prefixes.

Undergraduate Catalog Department of Business Computer Information Systems

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