Social Informatics – Minor

Minor in Social Informatics

The Social Informatics minor deals with the utilization, organization and control of information systems in society, in non-profit and non-business organizations. Its focus is on the interdisciplinary study of the design, uses and consequences of information technologies that takes into account their interaction with institutional and cultural contextual environments.

Through elective course within the minor students get an opportunity to deepen their understanding of using information technology in one of three important areas: sociology, social work, social sciences, environmental management or sustainable energy. A student will be able, upon completing the minor, to use information systems to collect and analyze data needed to enhance the productivity of medium and small organizations, governmental and non- profit agencies.

This minor requires 15 credits and is suitable for any Eastern Connecticut State University student, including transfer and non-traditional students studying through the School of Continuing Education.

I. Three Required Courses (9 cr.) Credits
BUS 205 Information Management 3
BIS 364 Introduction to Social Informatics 3
BIS 370 Systems Analysis and Design 3
II. One of the Following Courses (3-4 cr.) Credits
BIS 340 Business Data Communcations and E-Networks 3
BIS 361 Buisness Information Systems 3
BIS 362 Healthcare Informatics 3
BIS 365 Emerging Technologies and Business Applications 3
BIS 367 Human Computer Interfacing 3
BIS 375 Electronic Commerce 3
BIS 377 Organizational Website and Database Management 4
BIS 430 Enterprise Resource Planning 3
BIS 447 Business Intelligence and Data Solutions 3
III. One of the Following Courses (3 cr.) Credits
*Please refer to corresponding department for further details*
COM 300 Communication Law and Ethics 3
ECO 210 Economics and the Environment 3
ECO 315 Law and Economics 3
ECO 322 Environmental Economics 3
ECO 330 Labor Economics 3
ECO 335 Urban and Regional Economics 3
ENG 203 Writing for English Majors 3
ENG 300 Business/Technical Writing 3
EES 205 Sustainable Energy 3
EES 320 Environmental Management 3
HPE 209 Nutrition and Public Health 3
HPE 325 Hollistic Health 3
HIS 200 Historical Research/Writing 3
HIS 318 History U.S. Foreign Relations 3
PSC 205 Public Administration 3
PSC 305 Comparative Public Administration 3
PSY 325 Health Psychology 3
PSY 419 History/Systems of Psychology 3
SWK 311 Social Environment and Human Behaviour 3
SWK 312 Human Behaviour in the Social Environment 3
SOC 200 Sociological Social Psychology 3
SOC 325 Law and Society 3
SLM 320 Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Communications in Sports 3
SLM 341 Program Development and Evaluation 3
BIS 480 Independent Study 3
MAT 216 – Statistical Data Analysis

Multidisciplinary, data-driven course in applied statistics. Topics selected from exploratory data analysis (tables, graphs, central tendency and variation), correlation and regression, probability and statistical inference (confidence intervals and hypothesis testing). Emphasis placed on interpretation and analysis of real-data sets. Use of statistical computing software is integral to the course.

Prerequisite: LAC student with T1M or GER student with IIIA or SAT 550+

ECO 201 – Principles of Microeconomics

Study of individuals and firms as economic decision-makers, the social institutions that influence choice, and introduces economic way of thinking. Course emphasizes the use of microeconomic theory to analyze its role and applications in our daily lives including current issues such as the distribution of income, labor issues, international trade, the role of government, welfare economics, and the environment.

Prerequisite: LAC student with T1SS course or GER student

ECO 215 – Statistics for Business and Economics

A practical course in statistics with applications to economics, business and science. Emphasis placed on probability, probability distributions, statistical inference, correlation and regression.

Prerequisite: LAC student with T1M course or GER student

CSC 110 – Introduction to Computing and Problem Solving

This course seeks to build a foundation in computer science through the study of such topics as computer design, computer programming, information processing, and algorithmic solutions to problems. It provides the basis for today’s computer applications as well as the foundations for tomorrow’s applications, and will serve as a basis for beginning computer science students and others seeking an introduction to computer science and how it is applied to problem solving.

Prerequisite: MAT 101 or Equivalent. Not open to students who have passed CSC 210

ACC 201 – Principles of Accounting

An introduction to the fundamental accounting concepts and generally accepted accounting principles. Emphasis is placed on understanding accounting as it is applied in serving the needs of business and society, the evolution of accounting, the basic accounting structure, and the preparation and interpretation of financial statements.

BUS 201 – Principles of Management

This course provides and introduction to the foundations of management. Instruction emphasizes the history of management; the practical use of theories, frameworks and models; integrating functional areas of business; and other special topics including: corporate culture, ethics, social responsibility, entrepreneurship; and international, public, and nonprofit management.

Prerequisite: ENG 100, 100P, 200, or HON 200

BUS 205 – Information Management

The course introduces the use of information technology for ethical problem solving and decision-making across all major functions of organizations. Particular attention is given to the critical analysis, organization, communication and presentation of information for organizational planning and control, with critical reflection on project work.

Prerequisite: LAC student with T1M course or GER student

CSC 210 – Computer Sci And Programming I

An introduction to the fundamental concepts of computer science and programming. Topics include data types, control structures, arrays, files, and an introduction to objects as well as debugging techniques and the social implications of computing. The course also offers an introduction to the historical and social context of computing and an overview of computer science as a discipline.

Prerequisite: LAC T1M

CSC 215 – Intro To Web Development

This course introduces students to the concepts and techniques of web development. Students will examine characteristics that make a web page unique and functionally effective. This course uses a hands-on approach that allows students to apply web development techniques to design their own web pages. Standard web development software products and markup language will be discussed. Web site implementation and problem solving strategies will also be covered.

Prerequisite: LAC student with T1M course or GER student

BUS 225 – Principles of Marketing

An introduction to the field of marketing. This course is designed to expose students to the elements of the marketing mix and processes involved in market planning and control. Concepts associated with buyer behavior, marketing information systems and product planning are discussed.

Prerequisite: ENG 100, 100P, 200, or HON 200

BUS 245 – Business Finance

Basic financial concepts of risk and return, time value of money, criteria for investment decisions, financial markets and securities, financing decisions, forecasting, asset management and dividend policy.

Prerequisite: ACC 201 and MAT 101 or Equivalent

BUS 260 – Operations Management

Fundamentals of production planning and control, quality control and facilities management. Focuses on management systems for greater competitiveness in manufacturing and the service sector.

Prerequisite: MAT 216 Or Equivalent Statistical Course

CSC 305 – Data Mining and Applications

Data mining is the process of extraction of implicit, previously unknown and potentially useful information from data. This course provides fundamentals of data mining and knowledge discovery including: knowledge representation, association analysis, clustering, predictive modeling, anomaly detection, visualization and so on. The emphasis will be laid on using techniques in different settings, including business, medicine, science and engineering, rather than developing new techniques or algorithms.

Prerequisite: LAC T1M

CSC 360 – Topics In Computer Science

The treatment of special topics in computer and information science.

Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor

BIS 361 – Business Information Systems and Web Technologies

This course provides an overview of Business Information Systems and related concepts in information technology. It includes transaction processing, enterprise resource planning, management information systems and electronic commerce. It describes the hardware, software, networks and telecommunications employed by these systems.

BUS 361 – Systems And Operations

This course provides an overview of the application of information systems in management operations for enabling better decision making. It incorporates related aspects of management theory and information technologies as well as practical uses of Organizational and Management Information and web technologies.

Prerequisite: None

BIS 362 – Healthcare Informatics

This course is designed to provide students with knowledge of the principles of healthcare informatics and a comprehensive understanding of the use of information systems in health care. Topics include health care data, information and knowledge, unification of health care terminology and coding systems, decision analysis in health care, electronic patient records, health care information systems implementation, security management, disaster recovery and ethical principles in health care informatics.

Prerequisite: Any LAC Tier II Applied Technology Course or equivalent.

BUS 363 – Introduction To Six Sigma

This course is an introduction to the data driven Six Sigma problem solving methodology. The Six Sigma tools and techniques for product and process improvement are covered. The course is structured around the five phases of the DMAIC model for improving quality and performance: Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control. Topics include six sigma goals, lean principles, theory of constraints, design for six sigma, quality function deployment, failure mode and effects analysis, project management basics, data and process analysis, probability and statistics, measurement systems and process capability.

Prerequisite: None

BIS 364 – Intro To Social Informatics

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the field of social informatics. Emphasis will be on developing a comprehensive ability to use technology and analyze the role of IT in broader social context. It has a hands-on component in a computer laboratory as well.

Prerequisite: BUS 205

BIS 365 – Emerging Techs & Bus Apps

Novel integrations of new technology innovations in a variety of business environments are radically affecting business information systems, organizations, careers, and lives around the globe. This course examines a number of new information technologies and focuses on developing skills necessary for serving on technology advisory or project committees and for evaluating and strategizing potential innovative business applications.

Prerequisite: BUS 205

BIS 367 – Human-Comp Interface Health-IS

Prerequisite: None

BIS 368 – Inter-Org. Info Systems

This course examines the complex issues of inter-organizational health information management including access, control, ownership and transfer between health institutions and groups within health organizations. The role of interdependencies and healthcare management challenges, inter-organizational decision support systems, privacy, regulation, and information sharing for monitoring disease prevention, analyzing treatment effectiveness and in medical research studies will be examined in the course along with the competing needs and perspectives of patients, healthcare providers, health delivery institutions, community/public health care delivery support networks and payers. Effective change management and technical strategies for overseeing information transfer and integration will also be discussed.

Prerequisite: BIS 362 or BIS 370 or Permission of Instructor

BIS 370 – Systems Analysis and Design

Provides basic techniques for systems design and development focusing on the links between BIS systems and their users. Explores the roles of systems analysts and project managers, and the modeling and design tasks that they face. Includes implementation of application packages and enterprise resource planning.

Prerequisite: BUS 205

BIS 375 – Electronic Commerce

This course provides a basic overview course of electronic commerce uses of the worldwide web with primary attention given to business uses of the Internet – both business-to- consumer (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B). The course focuses on three stages of business Internet presence and customer contact: corporate presence, interactions and transactions highlighting common and unique aspects of both B2C and B2B contexts. Special emphasis is given to competitive market strategy implications of e-commerce integrating customer/client data and electronic business processes, which facilitate purchasing, selecting suppliers, ordering goods and services, customer relationship management, payment processing, and supply-chain partnering.

Prerequisite: BIS 361

CSC 249 – Visual Basic .NET

This course introduces the student to the exciting world of Windows, Internet and WWW scripting environment with the new Visual Studio and .NET platform. The students will also investigate Visual Basic as an event-drive, object-oriented computer scripting means for distributed processing. In this hands-on activity based course students will gain problem solving experiences by exploring Visual as a computer aided tool and eventually develop skills required to be an efficient problem solver in their future professional life by using appropriate Information Technology. The experience gained by completing the laboratory experiments and assignments will enhance their critical thinking ability to create innovative solutions to real world problems.

Prerequisite: LAC Student with T1M Course or GER Student

CSC 251 – Net Centric Computer

An introduction to the structure, implementation, and theoretical underpinnings of computer networking and the application that have been enabled by that technology. Topics include communication protocols, networking, client-server computing, Web-based technologies, data compression, network management, wireless and mobile computing.

Prerequisite: CSC 210

BIS 377 – Organizational Website & Database Management

Provide students an opportunity to acquire and integrate multiple skill sets and knowledge in 1) creating and managing effective databases for business and other organizations; and in 2) developing and managing database driven websites that meet the needs of modern business and community organizations in the Internet Age.

Prerequisite: BUS 201, BUS 225 & LAC student with at least two Tier II courses or GER student

Pre or Co-Requisite: BIS 370

BIS 340 – Business Data Communications & eNetworks

Presents the fundamental concepts of data communications, networking, distributed applications, network management and security in a way that relates specifically to the business environment and business management. Includes network structure and flow control.

ACC 420 – Accounting Info Technology

This course introduces the student to accounting information technology and business solutions. It also provides an overview of the concepts, objectives, and importance of properly designed systems. Students learn to design, create, update, query and maintain accounting databases. The hands-on portion of the course reinforces the lecture material with examples from real applications.

Prerequisite: ACC 301, ACC 302, ACC 310; Consent of Instructor.

BIS 430 – Enterprise Resource Planning & E-Business

An exploration of the strategic opportunities provided by electronic technologies for restructuring businesses and implementing enterprise resource planning, to improve productivity and performance in the marketplace.

Prerequisite: BIS 370

BIS 441 – Bus. Continuity & Security

Prerequisite: BIS 370

BIS 442 – Information Tech Project Mgmt

This course focuses on the management of information technology projects. The body of knowledge of project management including terms, tools, and techniques will be covered as well as how it specifically applies to information technology projects. The course will also use case studies of successful and unsuccessful information technology projects to illustrate key factors that contribute to project success or failure.

Prerequisite: BIS 361; BIS 370 Recommended

BIS 447 – Bus Intelligence & Data Solution

The course focuses on utilizing data management and analysis techniques used in organizational decision support and business intelligence systems. This is done by introducing a variety of business-data management techniques and tools including decision modeling utilizing spreadsheets, decision analysis tables, advanced Structured Query Language, online analytical processing, business objects, business data mining for business intelligence, as well as business data warehouse management. Common business decision making and support problems and tasks found in the healthcare and public services sectors such as client management, determining employee skill needs, and relevant general organizational decision support problems in accounting, finance and operations will be used as examples.

Prerequisite: BIS 377 or Permission of Instructor

BIS 461 – Seminar on Information Systems and Business Strategies

Capstone course in business information systems open only to seniors. Focuses on the entrepreneurial and administrative tasks of a general manager who must formulate and implement strategy for a new or established business. Involves strategies for developing or modifying a firm’s business model in light of the capabilities of information systems and the remaking of markets and management processes.

Prerequisite: BIS 377 or Permission of Instructor

CSC 491 – Computer Internship

Computer Internship.

Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor

BIS 490 – Internship in BIS

Written approval from Department Chairperson, Instructor, and Dean. Intensive field work experience in Business Information Systems. Assignments in private, nonprofit and public institutions, involving supporting activities specifically focused on BIS development, implementation and management. Students should schedule the equivalent of at least one full day per week.

Prerequisite: GPA of 2.5 or better and Consent of Instructor

BIO 228 – Introduction To Public Health

This course first introduces students to public health and various public health systems and regulating agencies within state, national, and international borders. Secondly, microbes are viewed as potential threat to individual and community safety. Thirdly, aspects of environmental (soil and water) pollution, water and food security and their impact on community health and public safety are explored. The course delves into the epidemiology of emerging infectious diseases, aspects of infectious and non-infectious disease surveillance systems and the role of technology and communications as tools in the delivery of public health services. Finally, smoking and cancer are studied as public health threats. This course is for undergraduate students with an interest in graduate studies and/or employment in the public health delivery and management sectors.

Prerequisite: LAC student with T1NS course or GER student

HPE 209 – Nutrition And Public Health

An examination of current issues in the nutritional status of populations and their impact on public health. Controversies in public health nutrition and the factors that influence stakeholders’ positions. The focus will be on population-based nutrition as opposed to individual nutritional choices. Will examine how issues and trends in food production, food supply, and food safety affect public health.

Prerequisite: LAC student with T1SS course or GER student

PSY 325 – Health Psychology

Health psychology is a diverse and rapidly growing field that applies psychological principles to all aspects of health behavior. This course examines the theoretical, empirical, and historical bases for health psychology, as well as the ways in which it is currently applied by health professionals. Topics covered will include all the effects of stress, the determinants of addictive behavior, the impact of psychological factors on physical health, doctor-patient relationships, and the causes and treatment of chronic pain.

Prerequisite: PSY 100