The Management of Information Systems major at Grace College is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to pursue careers that utilize technology skills within an organizational setting. This double major integrates technology skills with business administration concepts.
This double major provides numerous opportunities within an organizational setting. Careers can include networking, systems analysis, computer programming, web development, desktop support, database administration, systems administration, and systems management. Important skills include communication, problem solving, and critical thinking. This program integrates technology and business, creating a well-rounded graduate who is ready to make a contribution in either information systems or business administration.
Examples of courses in this major:
Surveys the four major managerial functions: planning, organizing, leading and controlling. Within a biblical framework examines developments from scientific management to ethics, diversity, social responsibility and globalization.
Students advance their skill and confidence in using the workbook, database and output capabilities of Microsoft Excel. Focus is on understanding the advanced features of Excel and key issues of design and advanced output capabilities of spreadsheet programs.
This course builds on the concepts learned in ISM1150. Students will use an object-oriented programming language to build programs that solve given problems.
This course is designed to introduce the student to the rapidly changing networking and data communications arena. Topics covered include the OSI model, LAN and WAN hardware and software, networked operating systems, protocols, design, and implementation.
This course focuses on the management of information systems within an organizational setting. During the course, students will experience the systems development life cycle as they create an information system. The course utilizes both object oriented and traditional methods for creating business models.
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
B.S. in Computer Science and Business Administration, Grace College; M.B.A., Stetson University
Prior to coming to Grace in 1998, Professor Rick Koontz spent nine years as Manager of Information Systems for Scholastic Book Fairs in Lake Mary, Florida. In addition to his teaching, he is academic director of the Management of Information Systems program. He is currently working on a D.B.A. in management from Anderson University.
B.A. in Business, Goshen College; M.B.A., Indiana University; D.B.A., Anderson University; South Bend C.P.A.
Having worked in public accounting (staff accountant), health care accounting (corporate controller), and non-profit accounting (chief financial officer), Professor Roger Stichter has a broad accounting background at various levels of responsibility. He has taught at Grace College for over 14 years. He enjoys spending time with his wife and 7 children, bicycling (he has biked from San Diego to Savannah and recently took a 750+ mile trip around Michigan), fishing, and spending time researching the lifestyle of generosity. He recently completed his D.B.A. in accounting at Anderson University.
B.A. in Business Administration, Cedarville University; M.B.A., University of Baltimore; D.B.A., Cleveland State University
Dr. Fawcett serves as Dean of the School of Business and Professor of Marketing. He came to Grace College in 2011 bringing 24 years of experience in Christian higher education. Prior to beginning his teaching career he worked as a consultant in Washington, D.C. on contracts with Naval Sea Systems Command and the Federal Aviation Administration. Dr. Fawcett is very active in the Christian Business Faculty Association.
B.A. in Political Science and History, Parsons College; M.P.A. in Public Administration, Ball State University; M.B.A. in Finance, University of Saint Francis
Prior to coming to Grace in 2012, Professor Grossnickle spent five years at the University of Saint Francis where he developed the Entrepreneurship program and taught business courses. He has extensive experience as the former CEO/President and founder of Caremet, Inc. dba Miller's Merry Manor health care facilities which was the largest independent health care organization in Indiana. He lives in Warsaw with his wife and has two sons and three grandchildren. He is presently completing a doctorate in Business Administration at Northcentral University.
B.S. in Business Administration , University of Dayton; M.B.A., University of Dayton; D.M., University of Maryland
Roger Bingham comes to Grace College with more than 16 years in higher education. Prior to his current position, he served in leadership roles in the Ivy Tech community College system covering Student Affairs, finance and facilities. Dr. Bingham has also worked for private industry and the federal government. His family includes his wife and three teenage children.
Bachelor of business Administration (B.B.A.), University of Kentucky; M.B.A., University of Cincinnati; Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
Professor McEwan joins the Grace faculty as full-time instructor of finance in the School of Business. He previously worked at Rolls-Royce Aircraft Engines with his last position being Director of Finance Business Partnering, prior to this role he was Vice President Finance for the Helicopter Engines business and Finance Director Engineering and Technology. Mr McEwan also held finance positions at GM Military Vehicles Operation, GM Allison Transmission and at the University of Cincinnati as a teaching assistant. He has served as president of the Board of NICA ministries overseeing two missionaries in Nicaragua, as treasurer of the Woodruff Place Foundation, and was on the board of trustees at New hope Christian Church. He enjoys golf, kayaking, hiking, and cross-country skiing. Kenneth and his wife Robin have been married 31 years and have 3 children and 3 grandchildren.
Some of the positions you can obtain:
If you are a good communicator who also likes problem solving and thinking logically, this might be a good career for you. Programmers work individually or in teams to create the software that helps keep businesses and other organizations functioning efficiently. Other careers involving computer programming include: systems developer, software engineer, web developer, and programmer/analyst.
A systems analyst integrates business knowledge and technology to solve problems or improve organizational operations. The systems analyst works within the organization to understand business problems and then design operational solutions. The systems analyst spends a large portion of their time working with people, so good communication skills are a must. Technology skills also come into play when the systems analyst designs a solution. Students wanting to pursue a career as a systems analyst should consider mixing Information Systems with Business Administration and/or Accounting.
The Internet and electronic commerce (e-commerce) generate lots of data. Computer databases that store information are found in nearly every industry. Data must be stored, organized, and managed. Database administrators work with database software to find ways to do this. They identify user needs, set up computer databases, and test systems. They ensure that systems perform as they should and add people to the system as needed. Database administrators often plan security measures. Data integrity, backup, and security are critical parts of the job. (http://www.bls.gov/k12/computers01.htm)
Network administration involves keeping systems and devices connected and working together. Network administration requires an understanding of how computers communicate and function. Network administrators also secure their networks and work with organizational staff to ensure that their systems are operating correctly. Additional careers within network administration include: Security Administration, Server administration, Communications Administration, Network Technician, Desktop Support, and Help Desk Technician.
What others are saying:
When I first attended Grace, it amazed me how much the professors truly want the best for their students. Over the past three years, the professors in the School of Business have genuinely cared about my future. From the classroom, to advising meetings, to the hallway, they create relationships with their students and help provide the best opportunities available. They want to see me graduate. They want to see me succeed. I am not just another student who may or may not pass their class, but a person they truly care about.
—Justin Farrell, B.S. Business Administration/Management of Information Technology, 2012
The Business curriculum was well rounded with plenty of new concepts to try. I loved all the professors. They were all very professional, likable, and awesome!
—Richard Herbert, B.S. Information Systems & Youth Ministry, 2012