The Management of Information Systems major at Grace College integrates technology and business, creating a well-rounded graduate who is ready to make a contribution in either information systems or business administration. This major is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to pursue careers that utilize technology skills within an organizational setting. Careers can include networking, systems analysis, computer programming, web development, desktop support, database administration, systems administration and systems management. Important skills include communication, problem solving and critical thinking.
Examples of courses in this major:
Surveys the four major managerial functions: planning, organizing, leading and controlling. Within a biblical framework, students examine developments from scientific management to ethics, diversity, social responsibility and globalization.
Students advance their skill and confidence in using the workbook, database and output capabilities of Microsoft Excel. Focus is on understanding the advanced features of Excel, key issues of design, and advanced output capabilities of spreadsheet programs.
This course builds on the concepts learned in ISM 1150. Students will use an object-oriented programming language to build programs that solve given problems.
This course is designed to introduce the student to the rapidly changing networking and data communications arena. Topics covered include the OSI model, LAN and WAN hardware and software, networked operating systems, protocols, design and implementation.
This course focuses on the management of information systems within an organizational setting. During the course, students will experience the systems development life cycle as they create an information system. The course utilizes both object oriented and traditional methods for creating business models.
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
B.S. in Computer Science and Business Administration, Grace College; M.B.A., Stetson University; D.B.A., Anderson University
Prior to coming to Grace in 1998, Rick Koontz spent nine years as manager of information systems for Scholastic Book Fairs in Lake Mary, Florida. In addition to his teaching, Dr. Koontz is the Chair for the Business Department here at Grace College and the academic director of the Management of Information Systems program.
B.A. in Business, Goshen College; M.B.A., Indiana University; D.B.A., Anderson University, Anderson, Indiana; South Bend CPA
Having worked in public accounting (staff accountant), healthcare accounting (corporate controller) and nonprofit accounting (chief financial officer), Roger Stichter has a broad accounting background at various levels of responsibility. He has taught at Grace College for over 14 years. He enjoys spending time with his wife and seven children, bicycling (he has biked from San Diego to Savannah, Georgia and recently took a 750-mile trip around Michigan), fishing and spending time researching the lifestyle of generosity. He recently completed his D.B.A. in accounting at Anderson University (Anderson, Indiana).
B.A. in Business Administration, Cedarville University; M.B.A., University of Baltimore; D.B.A., Cleveland State University
Jeffery Fawcett serves as dean of the School of Business and professor of marketing. He came to Grace College in 2011, bringing 24 years of experience in Christian higher education. Prior to beginning his teaching career, he worked as a consultant in Washington, D.C. on contracts with the Naval Sea Systems Command and the Federal Aviation Administration. Fawcett is active in the Christian Business Faculty Association.
B.A. in Political Science and History, Parsons College; M.P.A. in Public Administration, Ball State University; M.B.A. in Finance, University of Saint Francis; D.B.A., Northcentral University
Prior to coming to Grace in 2012, Alan Grossnickle spent five years at the University of Saint Francis, where he developed the Entrepreneurship program and taught business courses. He has extensive experience as the former CEO/president and founder of Caremet, Inc. dba Miller's Merry Manor healthcare facilities, which was the largest independent healthcare organization in Indiana. He lives in Warsaw with his wife and has two sons and three grandchildren.
B.S. in Business Administration , University of Dayton; M.B.A., University of Dayton; D.M., University of Maryland
Roger Bingham comes to Grace College with more than 16 years in higher education. Prior to his current position, he served in leadership roles in the Ivy Tech Community College system covering Student Affairs, finance and facilities. Bingham has also worked for private industry and the federal government. His family includes his wife and three teenage children.
Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), University of Kentucky; M.B.A., University of Cincinnati; Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
Kenneth McEwan joins the Grace faculty as full-time instructor of finance in the School of Business. He previously worked at Rolls-Royce Aircraft Engines. His last position there was director of Finance Business Partnering. Prior to this role, he was vice president of finance for the Helicopter Engines business and finance director for Engineering and Technology. McEwan also held finance positions at GM Military Vehicles Operation, GM Allison Transmission and at the University of Cincinnati as a teaching assistant. He has served as president of the Board of NICA ministries, when he supervised two missionaries in Nicaragua; as treasurer of the Woodruff Place Foundation; and was on the board of trustees at New Hope Christian Church. He enjoys golf, kayaking, hiking and cross-country skiing. Kenneth and his wife, Robin, live in Winona Lake.
Some of the positions you can obtain:
If you are a good communicator who also likes problem solving and thinking logically, this might be a good career for you. Programmers work individually or in teams to create the software that helps keep businesses and other organizations functioning efficiently. Other careers involving computer programming include: systems developer, software engineer, web developer and programmer/analyst.
A systems analyst integrates business knowledge and technology to solve problems or improve organizational operations. The systems analyst works within the organization to understand business problems and then design operational solutions. The systems analyst spends a large portion of their time working with people, so good communication skills are a must. Technology skills also come into play when the systems analyst designs a solution. Students wanting to pursue a career as a systems analyst should consider mixing information systems with business administration and/or accounting.
The Internet and electronic commerce (e-commerce) generate lots of data. Computer databases that store information are found in nearly every industry. Data must be stored, organized and managed. Database administrators work with database software to find ways to do this. They identify user needs, set up computer databases and test systems. They ensure that systems perform as they should and add people to the system as needed. Database administrators often plan security measures. Data integrity, backup and security are critical parts of the job.
What others are saying:
When I first attended Grace, it amazed me how much the professors truly want the best for their students. Over the past three years, the professors in the School of Business have genuinely cared about my future. From the classroom to advising meetings to the hallway, they create relationships with their students and help provide the best opportunities available. They want to see me graduate. They want to see me succeed. I am not just another student who may or may not pass their class, but a person they truly care about.
- Justin Farrell, B.S. Business Administration/Management of Information Technology, 2012
The Business curriculum was well rounded with plenty of new concepts to try. I loved all the professors. They were all very professional, likable and awesome!
- Richard Herbert, B.S. Information Systems and Youth Ministry, 2012