ERP Courses

Pilot Courses.
BCIS 338. Business Information Systems. Requirement for all majors in the college
BCIS 458. Knowledge Management and Decision Support. Business elective for all majors
BCIS 502. Business Information Systems for Managers. Requirement in the MBA program
ACCT 351. Accounting Systems. Requirement for accounting and IS majors and elective for other majors

Three courses added to the curriculum.
BCIS 485. Enterprise Resource Planning. One of three courses business students may take to fulfill their requirement for a course on business integration
BCIS 560. ERP and Business Processes
BCIS 495. Enterprise Information Portals. This course is required in the enterprise systems minor

Course Numbers, Titles, Descriptions and Learning Objectives

BCIS 338-Business Information Systems

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to make the students knowledgeable of/about fundamentals underlying the design, implementation, control, evaluation and strategic use of modern, computer-based information systems for business data processing, office automation, information reporting, decision-making and electronic commerce.  While some of the effort will be devoted to hands-on work with business software, the major emphasis will be the managerial and strategic aspects of information technology.


  1. Terminology.  The student will be able to explain the meaning of terms used to describe common techniques and concepts in business information systems.
  2. Skill.  The student will successfully use microcomputer productivity software to solve typical information systems problems.
  3. Advanced Information Systems Concepts. The student will be able to describe the ways in which computers are and will be used in business and management. These concepts include telecommunications, electronic commerce, data warehousing and mining, artificial intelligence and future directions of computer-based information systems.
  4. Behavioral and Organizational Issues.  The student will be able to identify and suggest appropriate responses to managerial and organizational issues stemming from development, implementation and use of computer-based information systems.
  5. International Issues.  The student will recognize the reality of implementing international information systems, including economic and cultural differences.
  6. Social and Ethical Issues.  The student will understand the major social and ethical issues involved in the development and use of information technology.

BCIS 458-Knowledge Management and Decision Support

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The discovery of knowledge from data. The process of discovering meaningful correlations, patterns, and trends (knowledge) by sifting through large amounts of data stored in repositories using pattern recognition technologies.


  1. Terminology.  Students will be able to explain the meaning of terms used to describe common techniques and concepts in data mining.
  2. Problem Recognition. Students will be able to identify business problems amenable to data mining and translate the business problem into a data mining problem.
  3. Data Acquisition/Preparation. Students will learn how to extract data from organizational databases and prepare the data for analysis.
  4. Data Analysis. Students will be able to identify and apply appropriate data mining techniques to develop data mining solutions to business problems.
  5. Scope of Application. Students will learn that data mining can be applied to wide variety of problems to include:
    1. Public sector. Governments around the world use data mining to explore massive data stores, improve citizen relationships, detect occurrences of fraud such as money laundering and tax evasion, detect crime and terrorist patterns, and enhance the expanding realm of e-government.
    2. CRM. Customer relationship management can be improved thanks to smart classification of customer types and accurate predictions of churn. Data mining has successfully helped businesses attract and retain the most valuable customers in a variety of industries.
    3. Web mining. With powerful sequencing and prediction algorithms, programs such as Clementine contain the necessary tools to discover exactly what guests do at a Web site and deliver exactly the products or information they desire. From data preparation to modeling, the entire data-mining process can be managed using data mining.
    4. Drug discovery and bioinformatics. Data mining aids both pharmaceutical and genomics research by analyzing the vast data stores resulting from increased lab automation. Clustering and classification models help generate leads from compound libraries while sequence detection aids the discovery of patterns.

BCIS 502 – Business Information Systems for Managers

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Analysis of information systems as integral parts of business organizations, including the responsibility of management to understand their capabilities and uses in handling the organization’s information flow and providing appropriate information for decision makers. Open to graduate students only.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Help you acquire the knowledge and skills you will need to become a knowledgeable participant in the information systems decision-making activities of your organization.  Toward that end, this course addresses the basic concepts relevant to the use and management of information within an organization.  Specific learning objectives include understanding:

  1. The impact of information systems on organizations, their structure, processes and employees.
  2. Information systems as strategic resources.
  3. Information systems architecture and infrastructure.
  4. The impact of the internet on business.
  5. The information systems organization.
  6. Knowledge management and its application to business.
  7. Project management in the context of information systems.
  8. Ethical considerations in the use of information and information systems.

ACCT 351 – Accounting Systems

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Accounting information systems (AIS) as processors of data for financial reporting and control of economic organizations.  The place of the accounting function in the management system.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: Course mastery will enable you to serve organizations in the areas of:

  1. Recording of historical financial and non-financial events related to accounting;
  2. Design and application of technology to financial and non-financial information management;
  3. Risk assessment and assurance related to fraud and errors in information processing;  and
  4. Internal controls and security in AIS.

As a result of learning experiences with accounting databases in the course, you will be able to design and build accounting system components for small and medium-sized businesses and other organizations and, with some additional on-the-job training, will be able to serve as a member of a team implementing such systems as Oracle PeopleSoft and SAP, in even the largest of organizations. IS students will learn how to apply knowledge of data bases to accounting applications, and accounting students will learn ways to systematize accounting information for decision making; other students will gain a richer understanding of the capabilities of the information systems that support strategic and tactical decisions.

BCIS 485/560 – Enterprise Resource Planning

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course covers concepts in enterprise resource planning (ERP), including business processes across the functional areas of an organization.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: The student who successfully completes this course will know:

  1. Business processes common to most businesses–order processing, inventory management, and procurement.  How a business process often spans different functional areas of the business: accounting, marketing, material management, etc.
  2. Master and transactional data and their purpose within an organization;
  3. How enterprise systems, such as SAP, integrate business functional areas into one enterprise-wide information system.

The issues involved in implementing an ERP system.

The main focus of this course is to show how ERP systems integrate business processes across functional areas and support business management and performance analysis.  For example, the sales order process includes recording an order, possibly scheduling production or purchases to fill the order, scheduling delivery, invoicing the customer and recording payment.  Financial accounting, production and material management (supply chain management), marketing and human resources are functional areas affected by the sales order process and an ERP system integrates the flow of data and documents from one functional area to the next  throughout the process.  This course will also examine how ERP systems evolved from early computer systems and manufacturing, the implications of legislation, such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, for businesses with ERP systems and will evaluate the benefits and costs of implementing an ERP system. Example software, such as SAP, will be used extensively to illustrate how ERP systems work.

BCIS 495 – Enterprise Information Portals

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Enterprise information portal (EIP) is a framework for integrating information, people and processes across organizational boundaries using web-based technologies..

Students will explore the wide range of options to integrate ERP solutions, third-party applications, legacy systems, databases, unstructured documents, internal and external Web content and collaboration tools.

Additional course information will be added shortly.