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Information Systems, Certificate in (Post-baccalaureate undergraduate certificate)

Special requirements

Students cannot be accepted into a program until they have completed all the requirements for their bachelor’s degree and have achieved at least a 2.5 GPA in their undergraduate work.

After acceptance in the program, certificate candidates are required to complete a minimum of 24 credit hours of their program at VCU.

Academic regulations for School of Business post-baccalaureate undergraduate certificates
The academic standards posted at pubapps.vcu.edu/bulletins/prog_search/?uid=10023&iid=31020&did=20406 apply to students in the undergraduate certificate program.

INFO 160 Digital Literacy: Computer Concepts, Internet, Digital Devices is a prerequisite for INFO 202. INFO 202 Introduction to E-business Technologies is a prerequisite for INFO 350, INFO 364 and INFO 370. MATH 211 Mathematical Structures is a prerequisite for INFO 350, INFO 364 and INFO 370. INFO 202 and MATH 211 cannot be used as electives within the information systems post-baccalaureate program. Exceptions to prerequisite courses require recommendation of the adviser and permission of the department chair.

The Certificate in Information Systems is designed for students who hold bachelor’s degrees in fields other than information systems and who wish to continue their education in information systems but are not pursuing a graduate degree at this time. Candidates for the certificate are required to complete a total of 30 hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, including the courses listed below or their equivalents, with a minimum of 24 credit hours of study in information systems to be taken at VCU.

The certificate is designed to provide more than a basic knowledge of information systems. Specifically, persons completing the program are expected to achieve competency in understanding information systems terminology, concepts and principles; computer program design, writing and testing; systems analysis/design through proper application and knowledge of current hardware and software; and planning and carrying out system development and the management of information systems. Students acquiring these skills are well-received in the business community and in governmental organizations.

For additional information, please visit the School of Business website at business.vcu.edu/undergrad/postbac-is.html.

Degree requirements for Information Systems, Certificate in (Post-baccalaureate undergraduate certificate)

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:

  • Apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline. 
  • Analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution. 
  • Design, implement and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component or program to meet desired needs. 
  • Function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
  • Understand professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities.
  • Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • Analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations and society.
  • Recognize the need for and be able to engage in continuing professional development.
  • Use current techniques, skills and tools necessary for computing practice.
  • Understand the processes that support the delivery and management of information systems within a specific application environment.
Certificate requirements (30 credits) Credits
   
INFO 300 Information Technology Infrastructure 3
INFO 323 Ethics, Social and Legal Issues in Information Systems 3
INFO 350 Intermediate Programming 3
INFO 361 Systems Analysis and Design 3
INFO 364 Database Systems 3
INFO 370 Fundamentals of Data Communications 3
INFO 461 Information Systems Planning and Project Management 3
INFO 465 Projects in Information Systems 3
Upper-level electives 3
   
Total minimum requirement 30
   
Sample outline Credits
(Most students are enrolled part time. Students planning full-time enrollment should consult with the program adviser.)  
   
Fall semester, first year  
INFO 300 Information Technology Infrastructure 3
INFO 361 Systems Analysis and Design 3
Total 6
   
Spring semester, first year  
INFO 350 Intermediate Programming 3
INFO 370 Fundamentals of Data Communications 3
Total 6
   
Fall semester, second year  
INFO 323 Ethics, Social and Legal Issues in Information Systems 3
INFO 364 Database Systems 3
Total 6
   
Spring semester, second year  
INFO 461 Information Systems Planning and Project Management 3
Elective 3
Total 6
   
Fall semester, third year  
INFO 465 Project Information Systems 3
Elective 3
Total 6
   
Total minimum requirement 30

Electives — (three credits each)
INFO 320 Business Intelligence and Data Mining
INFO 450 Advanced Programming
INFO 451 Advanced Technology for E-business
INFO 463 Business Process Engineering (spring only)
INFO 468 Information Engineering (fall only)
INFO 472 Infrastructure Services (fall only)
INFO 474 Advanced Networking and Security
INFO 491 Topics in Information Systems
INFO 492 Independent Study in Information Systems
INFO 493 Internship in Information Systems

The following course combinations are recommended for students who wish to concentrate the focus of their electives:
Application development: INFO 450 and 451
Business analysis: INFO 463 and 468
Information and communications technology: INFO 472 and 474

 

 

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