College of Information Science and Technology

ISQA Concentrations

The ISQA faculty has developed a series of concentrations to assist students as they work to complete the program.  Concentrations consist of coordinating elective courses.  Students may choose to take courses that make up a concentration, or not, as they see fit.  Concentrations are not minors in the traditional sense, but rather reflect areas of demand in the community.  If you have any questions regarding these concentrations, please call the ISQA Department at (402) 554-3770.

Students pursuing a concentration are to complete a ‘Change of Academic Program’ form, secure appropriate signatures and submit the form in person at the Registrar’s office.

i-Business Application Development & Management Concentration

The i-Business Application Development & Management Concentration will provide students with the technical, organizational, and managerial background to plan, develop, and manage Internet-based applications. The concentration includes courses that provide students with an understanding of the issues, concepts, and technologies involved in establishing and implementing a corporate strategy for electronic business.  These courses address issues of organizational strategy, process reengineering, and supporting information systems architecture. Students will also learn and apply technical skills needed to develop Internet-based distributed applications.  This concentration consists of 18 credit hours.   

This concentration consists of 18 credit hours.

Prerequisite Courses

CIST 2100 Organizations, Applications, and Technology (IS&T Core)
ISQA 3310 Managing the Database Environment (MIS Core)
ISQA 4110 Information Systems Development (MIS Core)
ISQA 4120 Systems Design and Implementation (MIS Core)

Core Courses (6 hours)

ISQA 4180 E-Commerce
ISQA 3210 Advanced Technology for Personal Productivity

Elective Courses (9 hours)- Student can select only 3 courses in consultation with an advisor

CIST/IASC 3600 Information Security and Policy
ISQA 3520 GUI Design
ISQA 4000 Special Topics in ISQA (Topic MUST be related to i-Business. Prior approval from the Undergraduate Program Committee is required to use this course in the concentration.)
ISQA 4100 Information System Architecture and Organization
ISQA 4190 Business Process Re-Engineering with Information Technology
ISQA 4910 Introduction to Project Management

Capstone Course (3 hours)

ISQA 4380 Distributed Technologies and Systems

Global IT Leadership and Management

The education and training of globally savvy professionals in science, engineering and information technology (IT) is important for the long-term viability of many American firms today. Future business leaders must:

  • appreciate the challenges and opportunities of IT management in the context of 21st century global organizations;
  • understand the international aspects of IT leadership and management as a basis for integrating a global and multi-cultural view; and
  • learn about the various roles, responsibilities, skills, and concepts essential to being a successful IT manager in the context of a dynamic technological environment, workforce diversity, global economy, and concern for ethics and social responsibility in the development & deployment of systems.

The College of Information Science and Technology (CIST) and UNO’s International Studies and Programs (ISP) have joined to offer an interdisciplinary “Global IT Leadership & Management” (GITLM) specialization both in the International Studies (INST) undergraduate program and the CIST undergraduate program in Management Information Systems. The GITLM specialization will foster the integration of technology and internationalization through an interdisciplinary program offered through intercampus collaboration with UNO’s sister-universities in Norway, India, Germany, Austria, China, and other partner institutions around the world. GITLM will bring a global perspective to the Information Technology (IT) curriculum and add a technology component to the international studies (INST) major. This Global IT Leadership and Management specialization/concentration consists of 18 credit hours.

This concentration consists of 18 credit hours.

Prerequisite Courses

CIST 1400 Intro to Computer Programming
CIST 2100 Organizations, Applications, and Technology
ENGL 1160 Eng Comp II–pre/co-req for CIST 3100
GEOG 1020 Human Geography
INST 2130 Introduction to International Studies
PSCI 2210 International Relations
ECON 2200 Microeconomics
ECON 2220 Macroeconomics

Core Courses (15 hours)

ISQA 3310 Managing the Database Environment
ISQA 3420 Managing in a Digital World
ISQA 3910 Introduction to Project Management
ISQA 4380 Distributed Systems & Technologies
CIST 3200/INST 3000 Study abroad experience in GITLM (For those students who are unable to study abroad, this course may be replaced by taking ISQA 4130, Information Technology for Development)
ISQA 4950 Capstone Course - Global IT Leadership & Management. (Pending approval)

Information Assurance Concentration

The Information Assurance concentration supplements and extends the Management Information Systems (MIS) curriculum by focusing on the foundational principles, worked examples, theory, and skills necessary to analyze, design, and construct secure information systems.  These courses address the fundamental technologies, policy, assurance, and ethics involved in the protection of information systems.  Hands-on experience is gained through numerous laboratory exercised associated with each course.  The concentration is designed to accommodate students with either a CS or MIS background.

*Note: The 18 credit hour Information Assurance concentration may be taken through Computer Science or Management Information Systems. 

This concentration consists of 18 credit hours

Prerequisite Courses

CIST 1400 Introduction to Computer Programming
CSCI 1620 Introduction to Computer Science II
CSCI 1840 Advanced Topics in “C”
CIST 2100 Org. Apps. & Tech
MATH 1930 Calculus for Mgr. Life & Soc. Scienc
MATH 2030 Discrete Mathematics
ISQA 3300 File Structures for Information Systems OR CSCI 3320-Data Structures

Core Courses (18 hours)

CIST 3110Information Technology EthicsISQA 3400Business Data CommunicationsORCSCI 3550Communication NetworksCIST/IASC 3600Information Security and PolicyCIST/IASC 4360Foundation of Information AssuranceCIST/IASC 4370Security AdministrationCIST/IASC 4540Computer Security Management

IT Audit and Control Concentration

The IT Audit and Control Concentration is available only to MIS majors and provides student with the technical, organizational, accounting/auditing, and managerial background to plan and conduct IT audit and control activities.  The concentration will cover the following conceptual area:  business risks an the management of business risk, IT risk as a component of business risk, the need to manage IT risks, basic type of controls required in a business system in order to control IT risks, controls associated with top management, system development, quality assurance, boundary controls, and communications.  Issues associated with new system control risks created by the use of the internet for business applications and electronic business will also be covered in one or more courses.  Students will learn and apply and integrate technical, managerial and conceptual skills needed to plan and conduct IT audits and establish appropriate controls.   This concentration consists of 18 credit hours.

This concentration consists of 18 credit hours.

Prerequisite Courses

ACCT 2010 Principles of Accounting I
ACCT 2020 Principles of Accounting II
CIST 2110 Org Apps & Tech or
BSAD 3100 Management Information Systems

Required Courses (9 hours)

CIST 3110 IT Ethics
ACCT 4080 Principles of Auditing
CIST 3600 Information Security and Policy

Elective Courses (6 hours)

Note: This list of electives is not exhaustive. Students can take other courses as electives in consultation with their undergraduate advisor.

ACCT 4060 Advanced Managerial Accounting
ACCT 4090 Advanced Auditing
ACCT 4000 Special Topics in Accounting (Topic MUST be related to IT Audit and Control. Prior approval from the ISQA department is required to use this course in the concentration.)
ISQA 4000 Special Topics in ISQA (Topic MUST be related to IT Audit and Control. Prior approval from the ISQA department is required to use this course in the concentration.)
ISQA 4500 Independent Study in ISQA (Independent Study Topic MUST be related to IT Audit and Control. Prior approval from the department is required to use this course in the concentration.)
ISQA 4510 Internship in ISQA (Internship experience must be directly related to IT Audit and Control. Prior approval from the ISQA department is required to use this course in the IT Audit and Control concentration.)
ISQA 4190 Process Reengineering with IT
ISQA 4910 Introduction to Project Management

Capstone Course (3 hours)

ISQA 4590 IT Audit and Control

Internet Technologies (iT) Concentration

The Internet Technologies (iT) concentration supplements the Management Information Systems (MIS) by focusing on the expertise needed to implement solutions that involve contemporary Internet technologies and software applications. The concentration is designed to accommodate the differing backgrounds of MIS and CS majors. The requirements of either the MIS or CS majors provide the background necessary to pursue the iT concentration. The concentration makes extensive use of existing MIS and CS courses, building on what has been accomplished in these programs. The iT concentration provides extensive hands-on, project-based experience for the students.

This concentration consists of 18 credit hours.

Core Courses (6 hours)

CSCI 2850 Programming on the Internet
CSCI 3830 Advanced Java Programming

Elective Courses (9 hours)- Student can select only 3 courses in consultation with an advisor

CIST 2910 Multimedia Systems
ISQA 3310 Managing the Data Base Environment
ISQA 3400 Business Data Communications
ISQA 3520 Graphical User Interface Design
CIST 3600 Information Security and Policy
ISQA 4000 Special Topics in ISQA (Topic MUST be related to Internet Technologies. Prior approval from the Undergraduate Program Committee is required to use this course in the concentration.)
ISQA 4180 Electronic Commerce
ISQA 4300 Database Administration
ISQA 4730 Decision Support Systems
ISQA 4880 Systems Simulation and Modeling
ISQA 4890 Data Warehouse and Data Mining

Capstone Course (3 hours)

ISQA 4900 Internet Systems Development