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MIS Updates and Changes

Accommodating, Updating, and Expanding MIS

MIS 310 gets a “face lift”

Our completely re-designed BBA MIS core class (MIS301/301H – formerly MIS310) brings case-based learning of hardware, software, and communication ecosystems and includes extensive hands-on experience in Excel modeling and data analytics. It plays a critical role in exciting students about the MIS major. This class, now taught by Joshua Rock, Katie Gray, Ashish Agarwal, Wen Wen, and myself is probably among the highest-rated core classes at McCombs. Clint Tuttle, who joined us two years ago, teaches the foundation class (MIS302F) modeled after MIS301/301H, and he has the highest student evaluation ever recorded in that class. No wonder he received the Texas Exes Teaching Award the very first semester!

New electives for MIS students

As I discussed in the inaugural newsletter, we made special effort to introduce business analytics, cloud computing, and mobile application development into our curriculum. We now have a good mix of these topics in our core and electives classes.  

  • Edward Doan, our adjunct faculty who works at Google, is teaching an enterprise computing class that includes the Java programming language, app development on the Android platform, and cloud sourcing.
  • Professor Anitesh Barua will be teaching an elective on Social Media Analytics for the first time this coming spring semester. 
  • Professor Maytal Saar-Tschansenky teaches a Data Mining and Business Intelligence class both in fall and spring semesters.
  • Professor Ashish Agarwal teaches a popular elective on IT and Supply Chain Management using SAP. 
  • Joshua Rock, who joined us last year as a full-time lecturer, is revamping the Data Communication class (MIS365). He is introducing mobile computing, cloud computing, virtualization, and other relevant topics in this class. He will soon attend Apple’s iOS platform application development training to incorporate platform-based application development.

Increasing Flexibility Within the Major

We have made one change to the curriculum that is consistent with the school’s effort to provide greater flexibility to students. We now have five required classes (MIS304, MIS325, MIS333K, MIS374, and MIS375) and allow students to take 2 out of 4 electives to complete MIS major requirement. This flexibility allows students to focus on either technical classes or business analytics classes. The strategic IT class – MIS375 – is now a declared writing intensive class that Professors Huseyin Tanriverdi and Anitesh Barua teach.

Great Faculty

I am also proud to inform you that we have some of the most well known researchers, including Professors Andrew Whinston, Sirkka Jarvenpaa, Anitesh Barua, Reuben McDaniel, and Huseyin Tanriverdi making profound impact on electronic commerce, security, open innovation, healthcare, social networks, data mining, and the business value of IT. We have featured two of our young faculty – Professors Maytal Tschansky and Wen Wen – followed by a brief description of faculty research in this newsletter

I am also pleased to announce that Professor Anitesh Barua received the University of Texas Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award early this semester. I am hoping Katie Gray and others will be recognized for their teaching excellence soon.

Hiring Stats are looking up!

The number of employers on campus to hire our graduates continues to trend up. During 2011-2012, 49 companies made offers to 97 MIS majors. Leading recruiters included E&Y, HP, KPMG, Deloitte, PwC, Accenture, Protiviti, and Pariveda Solutions. Nearly 95 companies made internship offers to 137 MIS major during the same period. Many more companies are reaching out to us looking for MIS graduates. This is indeed great news for our graduates. More recently, a small IT consulting firm has extended offers to eight MIS majors with a total compensation (including signing bonus) of $70,000. The value of our students and the program is best reflected by our placement.