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School of Business Administration

Systems Analysis and Design

The certificate in Systems Analysis and Design provides career-switching preparation for individuals interested in systems analysis and design but do not have the required undergraduate coursework.  It also provides preparation for individuals whose expertise is in other areas (e.g. marketing, finance, accounting, health care, manufacturing, etc.) to become knowledgeable contributors to teams that are responsible for developing information systems to support their primary area of expertise.

The free-standing Certificate Program is comprised of nine graduate credit hours consisting of MBA 664, MBA 665, and one of two electives: MBA 668 or MBA 616.  Note that the nine credit hours do not include any prerequisites that must be satisfied for specific courses.  Prerequisites that do not count toward the credits for the Certificate Program have equivalent courses offered at the undergraduate level.  Transfer hours may be used toward such prerequisites but not toward any of the nine credit hours required for the Certificate Program.


MBA 664. Database Management. 3 Hours. Introduction to databases and their management. File organization and data structures; database management systems; major data models; conceptual, logical, and physical database design; data definition and manipulation with SQL; data administration; and client/server and distributed databases. SQL-based software tool for database project. Prerequisite(s): MBA 660 or equivalent.

MBA 665. System Analysis & Design. 3 Hours. Introduction to concepts and techniques for analyzing and designing systems. Appropriate activities will be performed and models created for the analysis and design phases of the development life cycle. Systems development project using a CASE tool. Prerequisite(s): MBA 660 and MBA 664. 

MBA 668. Advanced Website Development. 3 Hours. This course covers issues involved in developing Web sites for business usage. Issues covered or investigated include: site layout, implementation and management, good site design practices, connecting Web sites to company data, and processing secure transactions across the Web. Prerequisite(s): HTML and a high-level programming language required or Instructor permission.

MBA 616. Project Management for Professionals. 3 Hours.  Project-oriented work makes up the bulk of managerial activity in organizations and consequently knowledge of project management principles is valued highly. This course offers a broad review of issues and approaches to contemporary professional project management useful for any MBA student and future manager.  By focusing on the “PMBOK”, i.e., the body of knowledge as specified by the Project Management Institute (PMI), it also builds a foundation for students who wish to take the professional certification exam for either the CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management) or the PMP (Project Management Professional, which requires 4,500 hours of project management experience) certificates.*  Prerequisite(s): MBA 611 and MBA 612.

*Note: PMI Certification Exams are administered/awarded by the Project Management Institute


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