Information Systems and Business Analytics (ISBA)

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What is Information Systems and Business Analytics (ISBA)?

LMU's Information Systems and Business Analyticst major helps students understand how computer technology meets the information needs of organizations at the operational, tactical, and strategic levels.

The study of information systems goes beyond the technology of computer software to understanding problem-solving and decision-making processes. These can involve finding innovative ways to move information and data from source to user, from market to analyst, or from abroad to headquarters and back.

ISBA students become data analysts who use information technology and quantitative tools to communicate effectively – often with people who don’t understand the workings of computer networks, databases, and application software. 

What do Information Systems and Business Analytics majors do?

Information Systems and Business Analytics students examine the role of technology in the competitive workplace, core technologies that affect the operation and management of a business, emerging trends and strategies in information technology, key hardware and software technology, computer security and safeguard issues, and computer and networking ethics.

Information Systems and Business Analytics review computer software to solve operational problems and difficulties encountered in the production of goods and services. Students use quantitative decision-making techniques and methodologies to make critical assessments. They learn linear programming, forecasting, process and layout strategy, location analysis, aggregate planning, simulation, and inventory management. 

Is this major right for you?

You might be a ISBA major if you:

  • Enjoy information technology
  • Like to help friends and family with computer problems
  • Are organized and disciplined
  • Like being on the cutting edge
  • Are patient and analytical 

About our faculty

Our faculty members are experts in fields such as artificial intelligence, knowledge management, database management, computer applications in developing countries, outsourcing, e-Business strategy, computer interface design, computer simulation modeling, risk analysis of warning systems, and supply chain management.

Faculty members sit on editorial boards; consult in the corporate, higher education and media worlds; and are members of guilds such as the Association for Artificial Intelligence and the Operational Research Society of Great Britain. Faculty members are active researchers and writers whose works are published in the Journal of Organizational Change Management, International Journal of Electronic Business, and the Wiley Encyclopedia of Electrical and Electronics Engineering

About our students and graduates

Our students benefit from first-rate faculty, superb facilities, and good connections to the world-class business and professional networks of Southern California.

LMU students majoring in ISBA prepare for careers in developing and managing information systems applications for business, government, and education. Given the rapid technological change in this area, this career path promises to be exciting for those who enjoy meeting new intellectual challenges in the workplace, solving problems, and participating in business decision-making at the strategic, tactical, and operational levels. Demand for ISBA graduates is often intense and salaries are attractive. 

Representative courses

Our offered courses have included:

  • Computers in Business
  • Management Information Systems
  • Production Operations Analysis
  • Database Management Systems
  • Object Oriented Systems Analysis and Design
  • Data Communications and Networks
  • Management Support Systems
  • Financial Modeling for Decision Support
  • Total Quality Management
  • Electronic Business
  • Calculus
  • Introductory Statistics
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Internship
  • Independent Studies 

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