Information Systems Concentration
Goodman School of Business
Information Systems Concentration
A concentration in information systems provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to analyze business processes and identify ways to improve those processes through innovative application of information technologies. Management Information Systems examines the use, management, and impact of information technologies on businesses and consumers.
Nature of work & types of jobs:
- Business Analyst
- Database Administrator
- Project Manager
- Telecommunications Specialist
Positions of Recent Grads:
- Systems Business Analyst
- Business Process Specialist
- Process Analyst
- Program Support Coordinator
- Head of Sustainability Analytics
- Business Review Specialist
The following are examples of career paths in information systems:
Business Process Analysis: Analysts determine and develop application solutions to maximize business processes. There are many areas of specialization, including feasibility analysis, web design, process or data modeling, change management, training, and process design.
Consultants work with client organizations to enhance organizational performance through the application of process change and information systems. They develop and manage a wide range of projects such as optimizing the IT infrastructure and applications. Many consulting firms also offer technology outsourcing for clients.
Client Services Support have a variety of different responsibilities such as upgrading software, replacing hardware, system set up for new employees, providing user support, performing virus scans, etc. They may work with servers, networks or storage which may require learning new operating systems or software and acquiring new certifications.
Software: working with software includes building databases, interfaces, and applications which support business processes. MIS grads, especially those with courses in Computer Science, may start as junior programmers. Eventually, they may become a senior software developer which involves designing, taking specs and writing new software.
Project Managers manage a team of people who are engaged in systems development, maintenance and/or implementation for major applications. Entry level positions include junior project manager or a project administrator on a large project.
A concentration in Information Systems provides knowledge and hands-on experience in quantitative reasoning, system design and analysis, data management, e-business, and emerging technology issues required for employment in various industries. Upper-year courses offered at Brock include:
- ITIS 3P91-Quantitative Methods for Information Systems
- ITIS 3P98-Fundamentals of Database Design & Management
- ITIS 4P21-Data Mining Techniques & Applications
- ITIS 4P22-e-Business Applications
- ITIS 4P25-Systems Analysis & Design
- ITIS 4P26-Supply Chain Management
- ITIS 4P27-Advanced Topics in Information Systems
Courses in applied computing are also available:
- APCO 2P01-Personal Computers & Networks
- APCO 2P32-File & Database Systems
- APCO 2P89-Internet Technologies
Make sure to note any prerequisites required before registering for courses.
Both work and volunteer experience can help you gain the necessary skills to get a job in the field of information systems.
Recommended Club(s) on Campus:
Associations, Volunteer Organizations, and Other Resources
- Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS)
- Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC)
- IT Careers
You are also encouraged to attend the following events, hosted by the BCDO:
- “How To Get A Job In…” Series – meet alumni and industry professionals
- Networking Breakfast – meet employers from different companies and find out about job opportunities
- Analytical Skills
- Innovative & Creative
- Problem Solving
- Technological Competency
- Monitor & Assess Future Trends in Technology
- Conduct Systems Analysis & Design
- Quantitative Competency
- Ability to Improve Business Processes
- Time Management
- Design, Construct, & Operate Databases
The choice of information systems as my concentration was one of the best decisions I've ever made. The Goodman School of Business has allowed me to leverage the opportunities provided by both co-op and the information systems concentration to make me ready for today’s job market. I've had unique experiences as a data consultant and as an SAP Project Manager in the field. The program has exposed me to advanced information security topics, data analytics, and e-business systems, all of which have taught me skills that are in high demand across North America. I'm excited to enter the workforce full-time, and optimistic about applying my schooling in new business situations.
-Glyn Holmes, BBA Information Systems student
Having chosen Information Systems as my major, I have been given a number of unique opportunities to both observe and take part in the exponentially growing areas of business analytics, and Information Security Management. I am currently working on an independent study project with Dr. Anteneh Ayanso, Associate Professor of Information Systems, in which we are linking traditional Customer Relationship Management (CRM) to Social Media CRM (SCRM). Through research and active engagement with business professionals via social media channels, we are working towards providing firms with an actionable framework for achieving measurable business objectives, such as, increased revenues and lead generation. Brock has provided me with the critical thinking and analytical skills necessary to operate in today’s super demanding business world, where mission critical is, having the right information, at the right time, in the right format.
-Derek Visser, BBA Information Systems student