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The Information Systems Engineering and Management Ph.D. Program creates information systems thinkers and leaders with the ability to add to the body of knowledge and practice in today’s and tomorrow’s academic, public, and private organizations.

There are two phases of the doctoral program at HU: an initial learning phase that can include coursework, seminars, research, and fieldwork that contributes to the student’s knowledge in the program of study; and a second research phase that focuses on the student’s original research culminating in his/her final dissertation defense. Upon a student’s defense of his/her dissertation as well as completion of all other milestones and graduate requirements, the student will be awarded the doctoral degree in his/her program of study.

Program Goals

The Information Systems Engineering and Management program will produce Ph.D. graduates who:

Doctorate Program Admissions Process

The Information Systems Engineering and Management (ISEM) area of the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is seeking applicants for the Ph.D. program in ISEM that can add to the diverse backgrounds and research interests of its current students. Ideal applicants should have a master’s degree in Information Systems Engineering, Information Systems, or a closely related field of study with prior coursework or a strong background in the following areas:

A faculty admission committee will evaluate each applicant’s candidacy once all admissions materials have been received. The following are requirements in addition to those that are part of the general doctoral admissions requirements:

Program Lead

 Michael (Shane) Tomblin, Ph.D.

Michael (Shane) Tomblin, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Enterprise Engineering and Healthcare Informatics

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Program Courses

This program requires a total of 36-48 semester hours: 9-21 semester hours of graduate and doctoral Breadth courses (listed below), 9 semester hours of doctoral Depth courses, 6 semester hours of Doctoral Research Seminar, and 12 semester hours of the dissertation process. The semester hour value of each course appears in parentheses ( ).

ISEM 503 – Artificial Intelligence Prin & Apps (3 credits)

Interdisciplinary presentation of artificial intelligence as a coherent body of knowledge to acquaint the student with the key concepts and applications in business, science and engineering. The course covers models of intelligent behavior, including problem solving, knowledge representation, reason, planning, decision making, learning, perception, pattern recognition, action, communication and interaction. Recent developments in knowledge management, expert systems, computer-aided consulting and integrated intelligent systems are covered through a wide range of case studies, examples, and hands-on experiments.

Prerequisites: ISEM 500
Corequisites: None

ISEM 530 – Analysis & Design Modern Info Sys (3 credits)

This course prepares the student to analyze business information systems in the digital age and to build models and logical designs that can be later implemented. The emphasis will be on the business processes and business requirements needed to build conceptual models that help in analysis of business requirements. This course prepares the student to design complex systems and to build applied designs and architectures.

Prerequisites: ISEM 500
Corequisites: None

ISEM 540 – Enterprise Architecture & Integr (3 credits)

Modern digital enterprises are characterized by increased automation, mobile services, extended B2B operations with global business partners, and on-demand business services. The main issue in such enterprises is to architect and integrate a very wide range of services quickly and effectively. This course presents a ‘systems’ perspective based on service oriented architecture (SOA) that combines processes, people and technologies, and highlights the role of information and communication technologies, enterprise models, and emerging SOA standards in developing flexible and integrated business architectures.

Prerequisites: ISEM 500
Corequisites: None

ISEM 580 – Special Topics in Info Syst Engr Mg (3 credits)

This course explores a topic or collection of topics of special interest that is timely and in response to critical or emerging topics in the broad field of information systems engineering and management.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None

ISEM 700 – Smart Enterprises and Strategic (3 credits)

Smart Enterprises are the next generation of digital enterprises that heavily rely on artificial intelligence (AI) to deal with customers, suppliers/partners, government agencies and employees. This course highlights advances in research, technologies, systems, and applications as related to intelligent digital enterprises such as smart cities, smart towns, smart healthcare, smart islands, industry4.0, and automated planning environments. The emphasis is on “strategic intelligence” (SI) that refers to the intersection of Business Intelligence, Knowledge Management, and Competitive Intelligence for improving the strategic decision making in Smart Enterprises. Instead of intelligence on one sector, SI concentrates on intelligence that cuts across multiple sectors. The course will use case-based and project-based approaches for discussion and assignments but the focus is on research directions in this broad area of work. Students will be expected to produce a research paper as the final output of this course.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None

ISEM 706 – Research Methods in ISEM (3 credits)

This course will build on the introduction to research methods provided in GRAD 509 to examine and practice advanced methods of research and study design. Topics covered will include research theorizing and model development, instrument development and validation, structural equation modeling, multivariate techniques, grounded theory, action research, multi-methods, and significant study of design science research.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None

ISEM 730 – Advanced Systems Engineering (3 credits)

This course will introduce students to the discipline of “Large Scale Systems Engineering”. Also referred to as “Requirements Driven Development” as well as “Systems Engineering”, it represents a disciplined technical and management process by which abstract complex problem descriptions are successfully transformed into fully developed, tested and deployed systems. We will discuss the “art” and “science” of the Large-Scale Systems Engineering discipline. Evolution of Systems Engineering and Advances in Systems Science are discussed. Specialized concepts involved in developing human-engineered complex systems are reinforced primarily through student research and writings. This is a research-focused course that demands extensive student research and academic writing as well as advanced mathematical techniques such as optimization and stochastic processes.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None

ISEM 780 – Doctoral Research Seminar I (0 credits)

This course provides support to doctoral students within their specific domains of research. Led by the faculty advisor for that domain, the course is designed to provide a forum where faculty and students can come together to discuss, support, and share the experiences of working in research. Research topics in the broad area of information systems engineering and management will be discussed. Topic areas may concentrate on industry sectors (e.g., health, education, manufacturing, transportation, energy, environment, agriculture and others), emerging digital technologies and their impacts on the digital enterprises, and/or latest developments in systems engineering principles such as planning, architectures, integration, engineering/re-engineering, and engineering management. Each topic area will be studied in-depth to educate the students in conducting independent research.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None

ISEM 799 – Doctoral Studies (Thesis) (0 credits)

This is an individual study course for doctoral students that culminates in a Ph.D. Thesis. Content to be determined by the student and the student’s Doctoral Committee. May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Advancement to candidacy is a prerequisite of this course.
Corequisites: None

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