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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION WITH A MAJOR IN
MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS
IN THE RED MCCOMBS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2004-2006



Dean George Gau of the Red McCombs School of Business has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following proposed changes to the degree requirements in the Department of Management Information Systems in the Red McCombs School of Business chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006. The faculty of the school approved the proposed changes on October 29, 2003. The dean approved the changes and submitted them to the secretary on November 7, 2003. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive application and primary interest to a single college or school.

The edited proposal was received from the Office of Official Publications on December 5, 2003, and was sent to the Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review from the Office of the General Faculty on December 11, 2003. The committee forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty on February 26, 2004, recommending approval. The authority to grant final approval on behalf of the General Faculty resides with the Faculty Council.

If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by the date specified below, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If objection is filed within the prescribed period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its next meeting. The objection, with reasons, must be signed by a member of the Faculty Council.

To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General Faculty by noon on March 5, 2004.


<Signed>

Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council




This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council Web site (http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/) on February 27, 2004. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.

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PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION WITH A MAJOR IN
MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS
IN THE RED MCCOMBS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2004-2006



On page 54, under the heading DEGREES, in the PROGRAM DEGREE REQUIREMENTS section in the Red McCombs School of Business chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2002-2004, make the following changes:


MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS

There is a great demand for individuals with knowledge about both business and computer applications. Through a series of business core courses and business computer courses, the program in management information systems is intended to prepare a professional who can fully appreciate the complexity of information system design. The graduate is expected to have both the technical and the managerial knowledge to solve fundamental business problems in inventory control, production, forecasting, finance, cost accounting, and other areas. Courses are designed to provide a foundation in the integration of hardware, software, and business functional analysis for business systems.

[ADMISSION]

[Students interested in pursuing the management information systems major must submit an application by May 1 to be considered for admission for the following fall semester, or by December 1 to be considered for admission for the following spring semester. To be eligible for consideration, the student must have completed at least forty-five hours of college coursework, including Business Administration 101, 102, and 324, Communication Studies 306M, Economics 304K and 304L, Mathematics 408K or 408C, Mathematics 408L or 408D, and Management Information Systems 304, 310, and 325. (Because business courses are restricted to business students, transfer students are usually enrolled in the Red McCombs School of Business for one year to complete the required courses before being admitted to the management information systems major.) The student must also have completed the foreign language requirement for the BBA degree and must have removed any admission deficiencies. International students must have an acceptable TOEFL score. Admission to this major is competitive and is based on the applicant’s University grade point average and on other relevant factors. Admission may be restricted by the availability of instructional resources.]


RATIONALE: Change in the business economy and in particular the technology sector of business have dramatically decreased the number of students interested in Management Information Systems as a major. There is no longer a need for controlling enrollment in the major and therefore no need for an admission process.


The requirements of this program are

1. The Bachelor of Business Administration degree requirements on pages 47-49.

2. The following courses: [Management 374,] Management Information Systems 304, 325, 333K, 365, [and] 374, and 375.

3. Three additional semester hours of upper-division coursework in management information systems.

[3.] 4. Additional elective coursework, if necessary, to provide a total of at least [121] 120 semester hours.


RATIONALE: Management 374 was included in the curriculum as a capstone course for the major. The Management Information Systems faculty has since developed a course more specific to the major and more appropriate for the students. The MIS faculty is adding an MIS elective to increase the strength of the program.

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The increase in hours in the field will add depth to the program resulting in students being better educated in the field. The students have a choice of courses that will help them define their career interests in the field. This course will fill the three hours left vacant by the deletion of the FIN 354.

The deletion of BA 102 reduces the total hours to 120.