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Business Information Systems Professional Certificate Program with Externship

Program includes National Certification & an Externship Opportunity

The Business Information Systems Professional

As technology becomes more and more a part of everyday business, the systems and programs used by different organizations and the people who understand the ins and outs of these systems are in higher and higher demand. Business Information Systems Professionals are experts in the various technology and programs used by businesses all of over the globe. These professionals take care of the technology to ensure it works seamlessly for executives, management and business professionals at all levels. By keeping a watchful eye on the technology successful companies use every day and devising solutions to increase productivity and efficiency, the rest of an organization’s professionals can focus on their specific roles, not having to worry about technology malfunction or difficulty.

The Business Information Systems Professional Program

The Business Information Systems Professional program examines the intricacies and uses of information technology from a business enterprise perspective. Students will explore the individual components and of business information technology systems, their interconnectivity, as well as the development of such components based on particular business types. Students will understand how various information systems are useful to enhance productivity and facilitate management practices. This program also introduces the various information and communications technologies available and explains how information systems are used to solve problems and make better business decisions.

Program Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Analyze the purpose, components, and issues related to common business information systems
  • Explain specific ways an organization uses information
  • Describe the components, purposes, and key issues related to common business computer hardware, operating systems, and application software
  • Identify and describe the components of a database system and how databases are used in business
  • Explain fundamental networking concepts
  • Analyze the purpose, components, and issues related to common business information systems
  • Examine the roles and responsibilities associated with information systems management
  • Analyze the components of a security program for information systems
  • Discuss how information systems concepts are applied in your personal and professional life
  • Use Microsoft Office


  • Distinguish between data and information
  • Define information systems
  • Explain the importance of information at various levels of an organization
  • Describe the component parts of an information system
  • Describe various roles in organizational information systems


  • List examples of business processes
  • Explain the relationship between business processes and information systems
  • Define process model
  • Describe the components of a business process
  • Explain business processes transformations


  • Explain the role of organizational strategy in creating information systems
  • Explain Porter's Five Forces Industry Analysis model
  • Explain Porter's Generic Strategies model
  • Explain Porter's Value Chain model
  • Explain how a competitive advantage can be accomplished through the use of information systems


  • Identify benefits related to databases and database management systems
  • Explain why businesses use databases and database management systems
  • Identify different data types and their uses
  • Define terms related to databases and database management systems
  • Explain the difference between a database and a database management system
  • Explain the basic responsibilities of database administration
  • Explain the importance of collecting data for future decision making


  • Outline factors to consider in systems development
  • Describe various system development approaches
  • Describe each phase of the system’s development life cycle


  • Explain the purpose of prototyping
  • Explain object-oriented systems development
  • Define rapid application development
  • Explain agile methods
  • Explain extreme programming


  • Explain the purpose of functional systems within an organization
  • Identify types of functional systems
  • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of a functional system
  • Explain the purpose of cross-functional systems
  • Compare the advantages and disadvantages of various cross-functional systems
  • Explain the purpose of cross-organizational systems
  • Compare the advantages and disadvantages of cross-organizational systems
  • Define supply chain
  • Explain the difference between supply chain profitability and organizational profitability
  • Explain the four drivers of supply chain performance


  • Describe different ways computers communicate and transmit information
  • Define computer communication and networking terms
  • Explain different kinds of networks and their topologies


  • Define cloud computing
  • Explain the organizational use of cloud computing
  • Define Web 2.0
  • Compare the benefits and limitations of using Web 2.0 in an organization


  • Describe different e-commerce models
  • Describe the impact of the Internet on commerce
  • Explain the technology needed to support e-commerce


  • Explain the importance of information systems management
  • Analyze the role of the information technology department in information systems management
  • Explain the importance of ethics in information systems
  • Analyze various organizational approaches to managing ethics


  • Identify the types of threats to information systems
  • Explain how an organization can keep its information secure
  • Explain the importance of backing up data
  • Explain the purpose of a disaster recovery plan

Note: This program can be completed in 6 months. However, students will have online access to this program for a 24-month period.

Education and National Certifications

  • Students should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.
  • There are no state approval and/or state requirements associated with this program.
  • There is a National Certification exam available to students who successfully complete this program:
    • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification Exam

National Certification

Upon successful completion of this Auburn University program, students would be eligible to sit for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exam. Although there are no state approval, state registration or other state requirements for this program, students who complete this program at Auburn University will be prepared and are eligible to sit for this national certification exam. Students who complete this program are encouraged to complete the externship option with their program. Students who complete this program can and do sit for the MOS national certification exams and are qualified, eligible and prepared to do so. Auburn University works with each student to complete the exam application and register the student to take their national certification exam.

Externship / Hands on Training / Practicum

Although not a requirement, once students complete the program, they have the ability to participate in an externship and/or hands on practicum so as to practice the skills necessary to perform the job requirements of a professional in this field. Students will be assisted with completing a resume and/or other requirements necessary to work in this field. All students who complete this program are eligible to participate in an externship and will be placed with a participating organization near their location. Auburn University works with national organizations and has the ability to place students in externship opportunities nationwide.

Note: No refunds can be issued after the start date published in your Financial Award document.