Information Science Curriculum and Course Schedule

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As part of Great Valley’s ongoing quality academic enhancement efforts, the master of science in information science (MSIS) degree program was recently updated. The new curriculum is listed below. The curriculum schedule for students admitted prior to fall 2012 is available using this link.

NOTE: The links below in the Schedule columns go to University Park's website. Although the course numbers, times, and availability on that site are accurate, their course descriptions and prerequisites are not the same as ours. Please use the course descriptions and prerequisites linked from the Course # column on this page to learn about Penn State Great Valley's offerings and prerequisites.

Students admitted fall 2009 or after must successfully complete the SARI (Scholarship and Research Integrity) requirement of the Penn State degree in order to graduate. For an overview of the SARI requirements, please visit the following link:
'Engineering SARI Program'

Summer 2014 registration opens Monday, February 3.

To access the Schedule of Coursesclick here

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Foundation Courses (Preparatory courses to be taken if required for admission)

Course #

Course Name

Schedule

Schedule

IST 441 

Information Retrieval and Organization

N/A

N/A

SWENG 400

Special Topics: Introduction to Software Studio

N/A

N/A

18-Credit Core Curriculum 

Course #

Course Name

Schedule

Schedule

IN SC 431

Information Systems Architecture

Spring 2014

N/A

IN SC 521

Database Design Concepts

N/A

N/A

IN SC 525 

Applied Data Mining

N/A

N/A

IN SC 526 

Business Process Management and Integration (Previously offered as IN SC 597 - Business Process Management)

Spring 2014

N/A

INFSY 560 

Data Communications Systems and Networks (Previously offered as IN SC 497 - Network Management I)

N/A

N/A

INFSY 563 

Network Security (Previously offered as IN SC 497 - Fundamentals of Information Security)

Spring 2014

N/A

REQUIRED 3-CREDIT CAPSTONE COURSE 

IN SC 539

IT Systems Seminar

N/A

Summer 2014

Students take select 12 credits of electives from the following: 

Course #

Course Name 

Schedule 

Schedule 

CSE 543

Computer Security

N/A

N/A

IN SC 480 

Software Development Lifecycle

N/A

N/A

IN SC 497

Special Topics: Business Intelligence

N/A

Summer 2014

IN SC 497

Special Topics: Enterprise Architecture

N/A

Summer 2014

IN SC 497

Special Topics: Fundamentals of Telecommunications

N/A

N/A

IN SC 497

Special Topics: Large-Scale Databases & Warehouses

Spring 2014

N/A

IN SC 497

Special Topics: Network Management II
(Prerequisite: Data Communications Systems & Networks or Network Management I)

N/A

Summer 2014

IN SC 531

Information Technology Law

N/A

N/A

IN SC 561

Web Security and Privacy

N/A

N/A

IST 454

Computer and Cyber Forensics (Previously offered as IN SC 497 Computer Forensics)

N/A

N/A

IST 516

Web and Internet Information Retrieval

N/A

N/A

S T S 589

Ethics and Values in Science and Technology

N/A

N/A

SWENG 497

Special Topics: Domain Specific Languages

N/A

N/A

SWENG 497

Special Topics: Software Documentation

N/A

Symmer 2014

SWENG 497

Special Topics: Software Integration

N/A

N/A

SWENG 497

Special Topics: Tools and Processes for Software Engineering (with Division permission)

N/A

Summer 2014

SWENG 537 

Software System Design (with Division permission)

Spring 2014

N/A

SWENG 541

Advanced Database Design Concepts

N/A

N/A

SWENG 545

Data Mining

N/A

N/A

SWENG 568

Enterprise Integration

N/A

N/A

SWENG 569

Service Oriented Architecture (Previously IN SC 597)

N/A

N/A

SWENG 586

Requirements Engineering

N/A

N/A

SWENG 826

Applied Human-Computer Interaction (previously offered as SWENG 497 - Human Computer Interface)

Spring 2014

N/A

SYSEN 505

Technical Project Management

Spring 2014

N/A

SYSEN 507 

Systems Thinking

Spring 2014

N/A

SYSEN 550

Creativity and Problem Solving I

Spring 2014

N/A

SYSEN 552

Creativity and Problem Solving II
Prerequisite: SYSEN 550

Spring 2014

N/A

SYSEN 554

Problem Solving Leadership
Prerequisites: SYSEN 550 and SYSEN 552

N/A

N/A

SYSEN 555

Invention and Creative Design

N/A

N/A