Robb Sombach

Associate Executive Professor, Department of Accounting and Business Analytics

Contact

Associate Executive Professor, Department of Accounting and Business Analytics
Email
sombach@ualberta.ca

Courses

BTM 311 - Management Information Systems

Introduction to all major areas of information systems. Technology and file systems, organizational and behavioral issues, datamodeling, databases, expert systems, systems analysis, systems development life cycle, etc. Development of analytical skills which can be brought to bear on BTM problems. Notes: Students are expected to have basic familiarity with microcomputer applications (word processing, spreadsheets, personal data base, presentation graphics, personal information manager, email, web browser). The lab component will be taught for up to 10 weeks.

Fall Term 2021 Winter Term 2022
BTM 413 - Systems Analysis and Design

Examination of the critical stages of the systems development process. These include the initiation, planning, analysis, design, implementation and maintenance of information systems needed to support business functions in organizations. The concepts of life cycle, requirements definition, analysis and design methods, and computer-assisted software engineering (CASE) tools are presented. Specific modeling techniques such as process models, data models and logic models are examined in detail. Hands-on experience with a high-end CASE tool are provided. Prerequisite: BTM 311.

Fall Term 2021
BTM 417 - Telecommunications in Business

An introduction to fundamental concepts required to understand and apply telecommunication technologies within a business environment. Emphasizes the principles of those technologies to familiarize the students with the fundamental concepts and terminology of telecommunications. Telecommunications equipment, networks, protocols and architectures are introduced and discussed regarding their relevance and impact on business-oriented organizations. Also introduces managerial aspects such as planning, design and performance of telecommunication systems. Prerequisite: BTM 311.

Fall Term 2021
BTM 418 - Electronic Commerce

An examination of the development of electronic commerce in business across a number of different sectors. Using a process modelling approach, traditional vs. electronic business transactions are discussed in business-to-business and business-to-consumer modes; strategies for e-commerce are developed with a focus on the appropriate technical architecture to support business in an electronic marketplace. In particular, requirements of payment systems, and issues of security and privacy are discussed as key considerations in implementation. The course uses software development tools in the implementation of these electronic commerce strategies. Prerequisite: BTM 311.

Fall Term 2021
BTM 419 - Systems Development Using Advanced Software Tools

Covers the physical design and implementation of computer systems with modern software development tools. Is a continuation of the systems analysis and design topics introduced in BTM 413 and uses the outcomes of the logical systems analysis and design process to create the actual system. Prerequisite: BTM 413. Corequisites: BTM 415 and CMPUT 175, or consent of Department. Note: There will be a lab component for up to 12 weeks during the term. Credit may not be obtained for both BTM 419 and CMPUT 301 or 401.

Winter Term 2022
BTM 426 - Technology-Enabled Business Process Management

Focuses on the major operational activities and tasks that have come to be called business processes. Will identify and categorize key business processes, demonstrate process mapping as a method of business process analysis, and demonstrate process redesign principles as a way to better manage these processes. Will feature the role of IT in process redesign. Prerequisite: BTM 311.

Winter Term 2022
BTM 495 - Individual Research Project I

Special Study for advanced undergraduates. Prerequisites: consent of Instructor and Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Program.

Fall Term 2021
BTM 611 - Seminar in Information Systems

Introduction to all major areas of information systems. Technology and file systems, organizational and behavioral issues, data modeling, databases, expert systems, systems analysis, systems development life cycle, etc. Development of analytical skills which can be brought to bear on BTM problems. Notes: Students are expected to have basic familiarity with microcomputer applications. There will be a lab component during the term.

Fall Term 2021
BTM 613 - Systems Analysis and Design

This course examines the critical stages of the systems development process. These include the initiation, planning, analysis, design, implementation and maintenance of information systems needed to support business functions in organizations. The concepts of life cycle, requirements of definition, analysis and design methods, and computer assisted software engineering (CASE) tools are presented. Specific modeling techniques such as process models, data models and logic models are examined in detail. Hands-on experience with a high-end CASE tool is provided.

Fall Term 2021
BTM 618 - Electronic Commerce

An examination of the development of electronic commerce in business across a number of different sectors. Using a process modelling approach, traditional vs. electronic business transactions are discussed in business-to-business and business-to-consumer modes; strategies for e-commerce are developed with a focus on the appropriate technical architecture to support business in an electronic marketplace. In particular, requirements of payment systems, and issues of security and privacy are discussed as key considerations in implementation. The course uses software development tools in the implementation of these electronic commerce strategies.

Fall Term 2021

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