Online courses in information systems management may be available as stand-alone continuing education options or as part of larger certificate or undergraduate and graduate degree programs in management information systems or information technology. Courses may be available entirely online or in hybrid format. Online students typically access and submit assignments, communicate with professors and peers and take part in discussion boards through distance learning platforms, such as Blackboard.
Distance learning courses in information systems management usually require some software tools, such as the Microsoft Office suite of applications. Some courses that integrate practicum work may require students' experiences to be verified by a proctor.
Students learn how to design, implement and supervise information systems. Students can choose to focus on one area of professional interest or complete a broad spectrum of study, and classes cover a variety of topics, including the following:
- Security issues in networking
- Communications and technology
- Database management
- Programming languages
- Hardware and software applications
Here are some examples of specific courses offered as part of an information systems management program:
Perspective on Information Systems
This course examines various types of information systems and how these systems support the activities of organizations and individuals. Students get an overview of the knowledge domains that make up the information systems discipline.
Database management courses cover basic database design, integrity, programming and manipulation. This course examines the techniques and concepts related to relational database systems and the entity-relationship model. Students also develop an understanding of several commercial query languages.
A human-computer interaction course emphasizes the evaluation and design of human-computer interfaces. In other words, this class helps information systems professionals make the use of technology easier and more efficient. Students explore iterative design through prototyping, task analysis techniques for gathering design information and formative and summative usability testing.
Individuals interested in learning more about information systems management can complete an online certificate program; online undergraduate and graduate degrees are also available. Students study such topics as database management, communications and technology and network security.