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Mobile Business and Technology

Graduate Certificate Program

Mobile Business and Technology

Program Description:

Interest in the use of mobile technology among organizations has seen a strong, upward trend over the past few years. The proliferation of smart phone and tablet devices has presented organizations with new challenges creating and developing a coherent strategy associated with this new innovation.  In order to create this strategy, organizations need an understanding of the mobile industry in general and specific technologies supporting the trend. People capable of creating and maintaining mobile technology strategies are needed, but the in-depth education necessary for these people is limited.

The Mobile Business and Technology certificate is designed to cover the mobile industry as well as the technologies, devices, operating systems, user interface design, and tools of mobile applications. The focus is on the mobile industry and technologies that allow an organization to make decisions in this dynamic domain.


 

Curriculum*:
The Mobile Business and Technology Certificate program consists of 12 credit hours -- two core courses and two of five elective courses. Students will be responsible for prerequisite knowledge as determined by course instructors and listed in the Graduate Catalog. With the approval of the department, appropriate courses may be substituted for a certificate course if that course is not available.

The core courses are:

  • IST 6335: Mobile Technology for Business
  • ERP 5240: Enterprise Portal and Mobile Application Development

 The elective courses are: (two must be chosen)

  • ERP 6610: Advanced Customer Relationship Management in ERP Environment
  • ERP 5310: Supply Chain Management Systems in an ERP Environment
  • ERP 5210: Performance Dashboard, Scorecard, and Data Visualization
  • IST 5652: Advanced Web Development
  • IST 5886: Human-Computer Interaction Prototyping

 

Course Descriptions:  (All courses are offered both on-campus and via distance.)

IST 6335: Mobile Technology for Business
Overview of mobile technology use in business environments. Topics include: mobile industry; mobile network & wireless standards; mobile devices; mobile web design & app development; social & user experience issues; mobile marketing & commerce. Project required. Cannot take both IST 4335 and IST 6335. Prerequisites: IST 3333 or equivalent, IST 3333 or equivalent, Graduate standing.

ERP 5240: Enterprise Portal and Mobile Application Development
This course provides conceptual foundation and hands on experience in web based applications development deployed through an Enterprise Portal and Mobile platform. SAP Netweaver Enterprise Portal and tools including Visual Composer, Web Dynpro, and Sybase Unwired Platform will be used for apps. Prerequisites: Programming knowledge and either ERP 2110 or preceded or accompanied by ERP 5110.

ERP 6610: Advanced Customer Relationship Management in ERP Environment
Identification (targeting), acquisition, retention, and development (expansion) of (profitable) customers. Effective and efficient management of customers, using IT. SAP CRM, SAS BI tools, and Sybase mobile application development are used. Research paper and presentation required. Prerequisite: ERP 2110 or preceded or accompanied by ERP 5110.

ERP 5310: Supply Chain Management Systems in an ERP Environment
The course studies the need for supply chain integration and the challenges of managing complex interfaces using the systems approach for the planning, analysis, design, development, and evaluation of supply chain. SAP's ERP ECC, SCM, BW, and Sybase Unwired Platform are used to deploy SCM apps. Prerequisite: ERP 2110 or preceded or accompanied by ERP 5110.

ERP 5210: Performance Dashboard, Scorecard, and Data Visualization
This course will study different performance management systems including dashboards, management cockpit, scorecards, and strategy maps in an organization. SAP's BW, BusinessObjects Xcelsius, Crystal Reports, Sybase Unwired Platform will be used to develop the applications.  Prerequisite: ERP 2110 or preceded or accompanied by ERP 5110.

IST 5652: Advanced Web Development
Advanced Web development techniques to provide dynamic interaction; methods for extracting and delivering dynamic information to/from Web servers - a hands-on approach. Emphasis on interaction with servers; mobile software development; processing of graphics & web video. Project work is required. Prerequisites: IST 1551, IST 4654.

IST 5886: Human-Computer Interaction Prototyping
This course covers methods and tools for creating low and high fidelity prototypes of IT systems as well as design concepts, including best practices and guidelines for different form factors (e.g., desktop vs. mobile).  Prerequisites: IST 4654 or web design experience; preceded or accompanied by IST 5885. 

* Curriculum is subject to change. Please contact the department for up-to-date information on courses. Other courses approved by the department may be substituted for any of the above listed courses on a case-by-case basis. The administrative coordinators must approve the substitution prior to enrolling in the course.



Admission Requirements

The graduate certificate program is open to all individuals holding a BS, MS or PhD degree in areas such as business, social sciences, technology, engineering, or related disciplines. In order to receive a Graduate Certificate, the student must have an average graduate cumulative grade point of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale in the certificate courses taken. Students admitted only to the certificate program will have non-degree graduate status but will earn graduate credit for the courses they complete. The core courses will be offered at least once per year. The courses in the certificate program will be offered such that students can complete the program in a timely manner. If the four-course sequence approved by the graduate advisor is completed with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, the student will, upon application, be admitted to the Master of Business Administration or to the Master of Science in Information Science and Technology. The certificate courses taken by students admitted to the program will count toward the MBA program or the MS in Information Science and Technology degree program.  

Once admitted to the Certificate program, a student will be given three years to complete the program as long as a B or better average is maintained in the courses taken.

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