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Mobile Business and Technology
Department of Business and Information Technology
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.
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 - taught spring semester
- ERP 5240: Enterprise Portal and Mobile Application Development - taught spring semester
The elective courses are: (two must be chosen)
- ERP 6610: Advanced Customer Relationship Management in ERP Environment - taught fall semester
- ERP 5310: Supply Chain Management Systems in an ERP Environment - taught fall semester
- ERP 5210: Performance Dashboard, Scorecard, and Data Visualization - taught spring semester
- IST 5652: Advanced Web Development
- IST 5886: Human-Computer Interaction Prototyping - taught fall semester
Please check the semester wise Schedule of Classes for a current listing of the courses available for distance students.
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.
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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Students applying for a business project management graduate certificate will need the following:
- Completed Application
- $55 One-time Application Fee
- Statement of Purpose
Complete the Online Application. When you start your application select "Graduate Online/Distance" and then select which certificate you are applying for. Don't forget to list your current employer and company location on the application.
Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires that all certificate programs must disclose particular Gainful Employment information to current and prospective students. The information that is provided in the disclosure includes the estimated cost of the certificate program as well as on-time graduation and job placement rates for this particular certificate program. The disclosure information is based on data from the 2016-17 school year (defined as the period between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017)
Graduate certificates were designed as a gateway to a master’s degree. If a student earns a B or better in each certificate course they may continue for the graduate degree (in the corresponding department), without needing to submit GRE/GMAT scores, or letters of recommendation*. A student does not need to continue on for the graduate degree, however most do. Graduate certificates were designed for working professionals who have real life work experience and may not have time to take the GRE/GMAT. Admission requirements for the graduate certificate program are also more relaxed than the graduate degree. This graduate certificate may act as a gateway to the following master’s programs:
(Applicants must indicate which program they wish to use the certificate as a gateway for when initially applying for the certificate).
*Completion of a graduate certificate program does not automatically guarantee admission into a corresponding graduate degree program. To continue in a master’s degree program, you must apply. Click here for details and check with academic department for program specific details and requirements.
All courses are offered through distance education in a short condensed format, typically 5-8 weeks in length, over the internet, via live streaming video; collaborative learning software includes WebEx and Blackboard; classes are archived online for review and easy access.
Course Management Software: Blackboard.
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