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Addenda to 2011-2012 Catalog:

NOTE: All addenda are applied to the above PDF version of the 2010-2011 catalog.

  1. 12/09/2011 p. 13. Registration deadlines modified
    • Spring 2012 semester Registration closing date changed from January 5, 2012 to January 3, 2012
    • Summer Session II Registration closing date changed from June 21, 2012 to June 18, 2012.
  2. 01/01/2012 p. 24-25, 29. Application fee amount changed
    • a. Page 24: Admission Requirements
      Correction: All applicants are required to submit a completed application package, as outlined below, with a nonrefundable $150 application fee
    • Page 25: Application Fee
      Correction: Each applicant is required to pay a nonrefundable $150 application fee.
    • Page 29: Note
      Correction: The only fee an agent is authorized to collect on behalf of VIU is the $150 application fee.
    • Page 29: Related Fees Table
      Service Provided Explanation Fee
      Application Fee Degree, Certificate, and ESL Programs $150
      Continuing Education Programs $20
      Postal Fee International $65
      Domestic $25
      Student Services Fee Special lectures and seminar series, sports and festivals, registration process, new student orientation, initial student ID, VIU clubs, student association, computer lab usage, VIU student e-mail, student events, movies and other activities. $75
  3. 2/21/2012 Addition on Distance Education Page 106

    IDENTITY VERIFICATION, PRIVACY, AND ACCESS: VIU clearly and appropriately states our requirements for the students to have access to the information systems necessary for them to engage in our distance learning program(s). This information is communicated to the students via their VIU email.

    VIU will verify identity of the students enrolled in online courses throughout the program by requiring them to maintain updated log in information with a password that only the student knows. Students will use this log in information to access all VIU information systems. From time to time, students may also be asked to participate in a live videoconference that would further serve to verify their identity; if so students will be provided all the information they need to participate in these identity verification sessions in advance.

    VIU will protect the students’ privacy in the identity verification process by maintaining industry standard information security practices and by adhering to federal and state regulations and legislation such as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

    There are no additional charges or fees associated solely with the verification of student identity.

  4. 02/01/2012 p. 97. Addition of new SCIS Graduate Certificates.
    C2. Graduate Certificate in Business Intelligence

    In a knowledge-intensive economy, success depends on an organization’s ability to understand trends in its data and exploit it to generate intelligence to gain or maintain competitive advantage. The Graduate Certificate in Business Intelligence (BI) Program is designed to meet the overwhelming need of the industry to transform raw data and information into business intelligence that is used to drive efficiency, maximize the technology investment and strengthen customer relationships. This certificate program enables managers and system/business analysts to understand how information can be accessed from corporate databases and data warehouses, and how models can be built for a broad variety of decision problems. The modeling techniques that are covered in the program range from traditional statistical models and optimization models to new techniques.

    Graduate Certificate in BI Program Objectives

    Graduates of this program will be able to:

    • Understand the importance of business intelligence
    • Identify factors that can impact organizational competitive capability
    • Discuss how to manage information more effectively than competitors
    • Identify the importance of informational quality and timeliness
    • Use business analytics to improve business processes

    Graduate Certificate in BI Program Prerequisites

    All new students in this certificate program need certain basic skills needed to complete it. Students who do not have the requisite background in business administration and information technology need to take some or all of the prerequisite courses before they begin work on the courses in the program.


    Course Code Course Name Credits
    Computing Concepts
    CMP 120 Programming Logic 3
    CMP 350 Database Concepts 3
    Business Concepts
    BUSS 301 Principles of Management 3
    BUSS 210 Introduction to Business 3

    Graduate Certificate in BI Degree Requirements

    The program consists of four (4) Core Courses and two (2) Elective courses. The elective courses provide the opportunity for the students to develop further competencies covered in the core courses, based on their area of interest.


    Area # of Courses Credit Hours
    Core Courses 4 12
    Elective Courses 2 6
    Total 6 18

    Graduate Certificate in IS Core Courses:

    The Core Courses provide students with the essential skills and knowledge needed by all information systems professionals. Each candidate must satisfactorily complete the following four (4) Core Courses (12 credits):


    Course Code Course Name Credits
    CMP 552 Information Systems 3
    CMP 553 Analysis, Modeling and Design 3
    CMP 556 Database Systems 3
    CMP 570 Enterprise Information Systems 3

    Graduate Certificate in IS Elective Courses

    In addition to Core Courses, students are required to choose two (2) additional Elective Courses according to their interests from the following:

    Code

    Course Name

    Credits

    CMP 558 Information Systems Security 3
    CMP 591 Graduate Internship Level I 3
    CMP 640 Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence 3
    CMP 680 Organizational and Social Dimensions of Computing 3

    C4 Graduate Certificate in Information Systems Management (ISM)

    The Graduate Certificate in Information Systems Management (ISM) develops students' abilities to conceptualize and manage the design and implementation of high-quality information systems. The curriculum focuses on the concepts, methods and practical applications of information systems in the global workplace.

    The graduates will be able to manage the in-house and outsources development of information systems and perform effectively as both producer and consumer of information systems services. Program graduates will demonstrate professional competencies that will make them valuable contributors and managers of cross-functional global teams working together in implementing change processes and innovation in the organizations by introducing, managing, and updating new and existing information systems.

    Graduate Certificate in ISM Program Objectives

    The program objectives of the Graduate Certificate in ISM fall in two general categories: technical, and organizational. Upon completion of the program, the graduates will be able to:

    I. Technical Domain

    • Use a variety of sources and means to maintain currency with the principal categories of business information systems and software infrastructure tools and frameworks.
    • Make appropriate design choices as the result of analysis regarding system and service properties

    II. Organizational Domain

    • Manage the in-house and outsources development of information systems and perform effectively as both producer and consumer of information systems services.
    • Manage business processes through a process of analysis, design and optimization in response to organizational needs.
    • Employ best practices in planning, budgeting, scheduling and leading information systems projects and programs.

    Employ best practices in evaluating, engaging and managing third party providers.

    Graduate Certificate in ISM Program Prerequisites

    All new students in this certificate program need certain basic skills needed to complete it. Students who do not have the requisite background in business administration and information technology need to take some or all of the prerequisite courses before they begin work on the courses in the program.

    Course Code Course Name Credits
    Computing Concepts
    CMP 120 Programming Logic 3
    CMP 350 Database Concepts 3
    Business Concepts
    BUSS 301 Principles of Management 3
    BUSS 210 Introduction to Business 3

    Graduate Certificate in ISM Degree Requirements

    The program consists of four (4) Core Courses and two (2) Elective courses. The elective courses provide the opportunity for the students to develop further competencies covered in the core courses, based on their area of interest.

    Area # of Courses Credit Hours
    Core courses 4 12
    Elective courses 2 6
    Total 6 18

    Graduate Certificate in ISM Core Courses

    Course Code Course Name Credits
    CMP 552 Information Systems 3
    CMP 553 Analysis, Modeling and Design 3
    CMP 610 Managing IS Development 3
    CMP 611 Global Information System Development 3

    Graduate Certificate in ISM Elective Courses

    Code Course Name Credits
    CMP 591 Graduate Internship Level I 3
    CMP 612 IT Project Management 3
    CMP 614 Management Information Systems in Supply-Chain Management 3
    CMP 620 Information Technology Governance 3
    CMP 630 Information Technology Audit and Forensics 3

    C5 Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Audit and Compliance

    Businesses today operate in complex technology-based environments. To ensure efficiency and accuracy in information systems and for prevention of fraudulent practices, businesses require their information systems and processes to be audited. Stakeholders need assurance of confidentiality, integrity and availability of data. The Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Audit and Compliance (ITAC) courses enables students to learn security concepts and understand how IT related risks can be minimized through security and control measures. Students will also develop an understanding of major regulatory requirements.

    Graduate Certificate in ITAC Program Objectives

    Upon completion of the program, the graduates will be able to:

    • Assess risks to information and information systems
    • Perform audit planning, information collection techniques and forms of evidence
    • Understand nature and frameworks on corporate governance for IT
    • Evaluate the applicability of the components and processes of miscellaneous regulatory documents, and methodologies
    • Perform access controls, process controls and internal audits

    Graduate Certificate in ITAC Program Prerequisites

    All new students in this certificate program need certain basic skills needed to complete it. Students who do not have the requisite background in business administration and information technology need to take some or all of the prerequisite courses before they begin work on the courses in the program.

    Course Code Course Name Credits
    Computing Concepts
    CMP 120 Programming Logic 3
    CMP 350 Database Concepts 3
    Business Concepts
    BUSS 301 Principles of Management 3
    BUSS 210 Introduction to Business 3

    Graduate Certificate in ITAC Degree Requirements

    The program consists of four (4) Core Courses and two (2) Elective courses. The elective courses provide the opportunity for the students to develop further competencies covered in the core courses, based on their area of interest.

    Area # of Courses Credit Hours
    Core courses 4 12
    Elective courses 2 6
    Total 6 18

    Graduate Certificate in ITAC Core Courses

    Course Code Course Name Credits
    CMP 552 Information Systems 3
    CMP 558 Information Systems Security 3
    CMP 620 Information Technology Governance 3
    CMP 630 Information Technology Audit and Forensics 3


    Graduate Certificate in ITAC Elective Courses

    Code Course Name Credits
    CMP 553 Analysis, Modeling and Design 3
    CMP 570 Enterprise Information Systems 3
    CMP 591 Graduate Internship Level I 3
    CMP 640 Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence 3
  5. 02/01/2012 p. 119. Addendum to Graduate Computing Courses.

    • CMP 612 IT Project Management (3)
      Prerequisite: Prerequisite: CMP 552 Information Systems
      Internship / CPT Qualified

      This course focuses on information technology project management and the unique challenges for managers. This course covers the principles, process, purpose and strategies of project management for an IT project. Students will learn the roles and responsibilities of participants on a typical IT project management team as well as how to manage clients, resources, budget, scheduling, and other items from project conception and planning to project implementation and evaluation. This course will utilize PMI project management framework in organizing projects, tracking costs and time expenditures, managing quality and risks, evaluating human resources requirements, and overcoming potential objectives.
    • CMP 614 Management Information Systems in Supply Chain Management (3)
      Prerequisite: None
      This course explores the following topics: Integrating information systems technology in manufacturing environments; the role of information systems in supporting manufacturing decision-making processes; manufacturing imposed issues in information processing; and emerging information systems technology affecting manufacturing operations.

  6. 02/01/2012 p. 9, 28, 104, 105. Addition of SCIS Graduate Certificates to SCIS Program List.
    • Graduate Certificate in Business Intelligence
    • Graduate Certificate in Information Systems
    • Graduate Certificate in Information Systems Management
    • Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Audit and Compliance
  7. 02/01/2012 p. 9, 28, 99. Deletion of IT Specialist Certificate Program.

    Effective February 1, 2012, VIU no longer accepts new enrollments for this program.

  8. 02/22/2012 p. 39. Full-Time Students Section Replaced with the Following.

    Full-time Students: For Fall and Spring semesters, a full-time course is 9 semester credits for graduate level programs and 12-15 semester credits for undergraduate level program. ESL students must study for 20 hours per week to be considered a full-time student. For Summer Sessions, undergraduate students registered for 6 or more credit hours per session and graduate students registered for 3 or more credit hours per session are considered full-time students. ESL students must study for at least 20 hours per week to be considered as a full-time student. Full-time students pay full-time tuition and fees. Certification by the Registrar’s Office of any student as full-time requires that the student be engaged in full-time academic study. Certification will not be warranted merely by payment of full-time tuition. Students not attending classes full-time will not be certified as such.

  9. 02/27/2012 pp. 13-14. The Summer Session I and II 2012 Academic Calendar Modified.

    SUMMER Session I 2012:
    Academic Programs (Apr 30 - Jun 23);
    ESL Program (May 1 - Jul 11)

    Academic Programs
    (8-week)

    ESL Program
    (10-week)

    Registration for Summer session I opens Apr 2 Apr 2
    New Student Orientation Apr 25 Apr 25
    Registration closes Apr 26 Apr 26
    First day of classes Apr 30 May 1
    Last day to add/drop course(s) May 4 May 4
    Memorial Day, VIU is closed May 28 May 28
    Last day to withdraw with a grade of "W" Jun 1 Jun 13
    Last day to apply for Summer I 2012 graduation Jun 1 -
    Last day of classes (including the final exams) Jun 23 Jul 11
    Grades are available on MyVIU Jun 25 Jul 16
    Changes to incomplete grades are due to Registrar Aug 3 Aug 3

    SUMMER Session II 2012:
    Academic Programs 8 weeks (Jun 25 - Aug 18);
    ESL Program (Jun 25 - Aug 16)

    Academic Programs
    (8-week)

    ESL Program
    (7.5-week)

    Registration for Summer session II opens Jun 1 Jun 1
    Registration closes Jun 18 Jun 18
    New Student Orientation Jun 20 Jun 20
    First day of classes Jun 25 Jun 25
    Last day to add/drop course(s) Jun 29 Jun 29
    Independence Day, VIU is closed Jul 4 Jul 4
    Last day to withdraw with a grade of "W" Jul 27 Jul 27
    Last day to apply for Summer II 2012 graduation Aug 1 -
    Last day of classes (including the final exams) Aug 18 Aug 16
    Grades are available on MyVIU Aug 20 Aug 20
    Changes to incomplete grades are due to Registrar Oct 5 Oct 5
  10. 03/06/2012 p. 111. Correction to the MBA 621 Trading and Risk Management Course Description.

    MBA 621: Trading and Risk Management (3)
    Prerequisite: MBA 511 Managerial Finance
    Internship / CPT Qualified
    This course will cover the different financial markets and trading theories that different market participants use to profit from moves in the market. Unlike an investments course, this class will focus more on the economic and psychological factors that move secondary markets instead of advanced calculations based on efficient market theory.

  11. 03/12/2012 p.28 and 105. New Tuition Structure.

    Effective with the Summer 2012 academic semester, VIU will no longer have different tuition rate for part-time and full-time enrollment. The current full-time tuition rate will apply as tuition rate for both full-time and part-time tuition rate. Tuition and Fees section on the Catalog will be amended to reflect this on page 28-29 and page 114.

  12. 05/01/2012 p. 82. Addition of new program, MS in Information Systems Management. Master of Science in Information Systems Management (MISM)

    Master of Science in Information Systems Management (MISM)

    The Master of Science in Information Systems Management (MISM) has been designed to address the urgent needs of hiring managers in the information systems area with regard to the skill sets of information systems managers. The graduates will be able to manage the in-house and outsources development of information systems and perform effectively as both producer and consumer of information systems services. Program graduates will demonstrate professional competencies that will make them valuable contributors in cross-functional teams, able to keep their skills fresh as the industry develops, with a clear understanding of their roles as responsible professionals in a complex business, policy and social context. Program graduates will be responsible, ethical professionals who understand the economic, organizational, policy and social dimensions of their work in this dynamic and complex field.

    MISM Program Objectives
    The program objectives of the Master of Science in Information Systems Management fall in three general categories: Technical, organizational and cross-cutting knowledge, skills and dispositions. Upon completion of the program, the graduates will be able to:

    I. Technical Domain

    • Use a variety of sources and means to maintain currency with the principal categories of business information systems and software infrastructure tools and frameworks.
    • Design appropriate software system and service structures in response to application needs, organizational environment and the available components, tools or services.
    • Make appropriate design choices as the result of analysis regarding system and service properties

    II. Organizational Domain

    • Manage the in-house and outsources development of information systems and perform effectively as both producer and consumer of information systems services.
    • Manage business processes through a process of analysis, design and optimization in response to organizational needs.
    • Employ best practices in planning, budgeting, scheduling and leading information systems projects and programs.
    • Employ best practices in evaluating, engaging and managing third party providers.

    III. Crosscutting Domain

    • Analyze social and other external impacts along with relevant legal, regulatory, ethical and professional issues in business and technical decision-making.
    • Communicate effectively with technical, business and user/customer audiences.
    • Develop depth in a selected area of expertise.

    MISM Program Prerequisites

    All new MISM students need certain basic skills to succeed in the MISM program. Students who do not have the requisite background in business administration and information technology need to take some or all of the prerequisite courses before they begin work on the Core Courses.

    Course Code

    Course Name

    Credits

    Computing Concepts

    CMP 120

    Programming Logic

    3

    CMP 350

    Database Concepts

    3

    Business Concepts

    BUSS 301

    Principles of Management

    3

    BUSS 210

    Introduction to Business

    3

    MISM Degree Requirements
    The program consists of seven (7) Core Courses and five (5) Elective courses. The elective courses provide the opportunity for the students to develop further competencies covered in the core courses, based on their area of interest.

    Area

    # of Courses

    Credit Hours

    Core courses

    7

    21

    Elective courses

    5

    15

    Total

    12

    36

    MISM Core Courses

    Course Code

    Course Name

    Credits

    CMP 551

    Research Methods

    3

    CMP 552

    Information Systems

    3

    CMP 553

    Analysis, Modeling and Design

    3

    CMP 610

    Managing IS Development

    3

    CMP 611

    Global Information System Development

    3

    CMP 620

    Information Technology Governance

    3

    CMP 680

    Organizational and Social Dimensions of Computing 

    3

    MISM Elective Courses

    Code

    Course Name

    Credits

    CMP 556

    Database Systems

    3

    CMP 558

    Information Systems Security

    3

    CMP 560

    Software Engineering

    3

    CMP 570

    Enterprise Information Systems

    3

    CMP 591

    Graduate Internship Level I

    3

    CMP 612

    IT Project Management

    3

    CMP 613

    Technology and Development of E-Business

    3

    CMP 614

    Management Information Systems in Supply-Chain Management

    3

    CMP 630

    Information Technology Audit and Forensics

    3

    CMP 650

    Software Architectures

    3

    CMP 672

    Special Topics in Information Systems

    3

    CMP 691

    Graduate Internship Level II

    3

    CMP 696

    Independent Study

    3

    CMP 697

    Independent Study

    3

    CMP 698

    Master Thesis I

    3

    CMP 699

    Master Thesis II

    3

    CAR 600

    Career Planning and Development

    3

    Pre-MISM Program

    Students who have earned their bachelor’s degree with less than 120 undergraduate credits can be given conditional admission to the MISM program, provided they enroll in and successfully complete the Pre-MISM courses. Successful completion of the Pre-MISM courses will allow these students to complete the undergraduate credit requirement of 120, and enter into the MISM program.

    The following courses represent Pre-MISM program requirements. If a Pre-MISM Core course has been completed in prior study, students can select alternative courses from the Pre-MISM Electives to fulfill the credit requirements. If none of the Pre-MISM Electives is an option, then student may take other courses at the School of Computer Information Systems or the School of Business, with the approval of the Dean.

    Pre-MISM Courses

    Pre-MISM Core Courses

    1. ACCT 201 Principles of Financial Accounting
    2. BUSS 210 Introduction to Business
    3. BUSS 301 Principles of Management
    4. BUSS 312 Organizational Theory and HR Management
    5. CMP 110 Introduction to Computing
    6. CMP 120 Programming Logic
    7. CMP 230 Discrete Mathematical Methods for Computing
    8. CMP 350 Database Concepts

    Pre-MISM Elective Courses

      • BUSS 340 International Business
      • CMP 210 Programming I
      • CMP 355 Programming with C/C++
      • ENG 301 Business English

  13. 05/01/2012 p. 9, 28, 114. Addition of new program to SCIS Program List.

    Masters of Science in Information Systems Management

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