2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [NOTE!!!! THIS IS AN ARCHIVED CATALOG. FOR THE CURRENT CATALOG, GO TO CATALOG.NIU.EDU]
Operations Management and Information Systems (OMIS)
The Department of Operations Management and Information Systems (OM&IS) prepares students for professional careers relating to the analysis, design, implementation, and management of operations and information systems in organizations. The operations and information management program stresses the integration of business process improvement with the application of information technology. All OM&IS majors take courses in project management, database management systems, decision analysis, as well as process and quality management. The OM&IS curriculum is designed to support the skills associated with effective problem solving, teamwork, communication, and leadership.
In addition, students pursue one of two areas of study: Business Process Analysis or Business Systems Analysis. Business Process Analysis prepares students for entry-level positions as business process analysts. Courses in the Business Process Analysis area of study focus on the concepts, processes, and strategies associated with supply chain management, managing service organizations, and enterprise systems.
Business Systems Analysis prepares students for entry-level positions as business systems analysts. Courses in the Business Systems Analysis area of study focus on the analysis, design, and implementation of information technology solutions that support organizations in a global networked environment.
Operations Management and Information Systems Learning Goals and Objectives
Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Operations and Information Management program are expected to achieve these learning goals and objectives in addition to the College of Business Undergraduate Learning Goals and Objectives.
Graduates with a Bachelor’s degree in Operations and Information Management will produce innovative solutions to deliver products and services more efficiently and effectively in today’s business environment.
Our graduates will have:
1. Processes: To Provide The Student With The Knowledge to Manage Business Processes
- Conceptualization: The student will conceptualize business as a collection of processes.
- Process Evaluation: The student will illustrate proficiency with business process evaluation.
- Process Improvement: The student will exhibit the ability to improve business processes.
2. Technology: To Provide The Student With The Knowledge to Apply Information Technology Effectively
- Hardware: The Student Will Display An Understanding of Hardware Technology
- Software: The Student Will Display An Understanding of Software Technology
- Data: The Student Will Display An Understanding of Data Technology
- Networking: The Student Will Display An Understanding of Network Technology
3. Managing Projects: To Provide Students With Experience In Solving Business Problems.
- Project Management: The student will demonstrate an ability to manage a project.
- Project Integration: The student will be able to improve processes through the application of information technology appropriately.
Satisfactory completion of UBUS 310 as evidenced by a grade of C or better is required before a student majoring in operations and information management is allowed to enroll in any 300- or 400-level OMIS course (except OMIS 351 and OMIS 352). To be retained as a major in the department, a student may not repeat more than two OMIS courses.
All operations and information management majors must satisfactorily complete a portfolio of a selected collection of their operations management and information systems assignments to be turned in no later than the last week of classes in the semester that they plan to graduate. Instructions for portfolio content may be found in the Department of Operations Management and Information Systems.
OMIS prerequisites are met only by obtaining a grade of C or better. (It is necessary to repeat an OMIS prerequisite in which a grade below C was earned before taking the next course in the sequence.)
To graduate as an operations and information management major, a student must earn a grade of at least C in each course required in the major, which includes courses in the business core, required OMIS courses, and all electives required for the major.
Upper-level (300- or 400-level) OMIS courses will not be accepted from other educational institutions without permission from the department.
OMIS 458, Internship in Operations and Information Management, cannot be permanent employment, cannot be taken as the last course in the program, and cannot be applied as elective credit in the program.
Internships in Operations and Information Management
Operations and information management majors of junior-year standing are encouraged to apply for the department internship program. Applications are evaluated by the department chair and internship coordinator on the basis of a minimum 2.75 overall GPA and a 3.00 GPA or above in the major, recommendations from the business community, and relevance of the proposed internship to professional career needs. Individual internships of 3 semester hours may be repeated for a maximum of 6 semester hours of internship credit. All internships must be approved by the department and supervised by the internship coordinator. In order to gain the full benefit of an internship experience, enrollment in the program will be limited to those positions created as internships or cooperative education experiences. Permanent positions will not count as internships. Credit earned in this program may not be used to satisfy operations and information management elective requirements. Additional information regarding the operations and information management internship program is available in the department office.
Operations Management and Information Systems Faculty
Chang Liu, D.B.A., Mississippi State University, professor, chair
Gerald R. Aase, Ph.D., Indiana University, associate professor
Charles E. Downing, Ph.D., Northwestern University, Distinguished Teaching Professor
Jung Young Lee, Ph.D., Michigan State University, assistant professor
Yipeng Liu, Ph.D., University of Florida, assistant professor
Brian G. Mackie, Ph.D., University of Iowa, associate professor
Kathleen L. McFadden, Ph.D., University of Texas, Arlington, professor
Charles G. Petersen, Ph.D., Indiana University, professor
Nancy L. Russo, Ph.D., Georgia State University, professor
Andrew J. Setterstrom, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University, assistant professor
Elizabeth R. Towell, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, associate professor