The Tippie College of Business has implemented a change in the format of two Business Core classes that will become effective Fall 2020. MSCI:3005 Information Systems and MSCI:3000 Operations Management will each be offered as 2-semester-hour courses. The courses will be offered off-cycle.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is the schedule changing for MSCI:3000 Operations Management and MSCI: 3005 Information Systems?

Both MSCI:3000 Operations Management and MSCI:3005 Information Systems courses are reducing from 3-semester hours each to 2-semester hours each. The classes will be 8 weeks each.

  • First 8 weeks of the semester: MSCI:3000 Operations Management
  • Second 8 weeks of the semester:MSCI:3005 Information Systems

Why did the course schedule change?

Tippie is always on a path of continuous improvement to better serve our students. Reducing the number of semester hours required and increasing the efficiency of course delivery has three main benefits:

  1. It reduces the number of required semester hours and length of time to complete the existing business core. This reduction allows students to get into their major courses sooner and have meaningful internship experiences earlier. These internship experiences are vital to both our students and companies who hire them.
  2. Tippie has updated and added new core requirements that allow our students to remain competitive with graduates from competing peer colleges. Reducing the required hours in these two courses will enable students to meet any new core requirements without adding additional time to their graduation plans.
  3. Efficiencies in course delivery will have the ancillary benefit of creating more opportunities in computer labs for other courses. These efficiencies will enable new opportunities for delivery of existing classes and create space for creating new courses.

What are the differences between the 3-semester hour class and the 2-semester hour class?

For both courses, we have modernized the curriculum. We reviewed our plans with alumni (both recent and established), corporate partners, companies that hire our graduates, advisory boards, and other academics. Our goal in these discussions was to determine the current necessary topics for each course. Each course has content updates to reflect what we learned, and the teaching methods will allow maximum efficiency in content delivery.

What if I have already completed one or both MSCI:3000 Operations Management and MSCI:3005 Information Systems?

If you have already completed or received transfer credit for one or both courses, you have met the requirement for that course. You do not need to retake the course(s).

I am currently enrolled in both MSCI:3000 Operations Management and MSCI:3005 Information Systems. What should I do?

Continue your enrollment in the courses to follow your academic plan. Changing your registration can significantly affect your course sequencing and has the potential to impact your graduation timeline. If you have concerns about this, please contact your academic advisor before making a change.

I am currently enrolled in either MSCI:3000 Operations Management or MSCI:3005 Information Systems and I have not yet taken the other course. What should I do?

Continue your enrollment in the courses to follow your academic plan. Complete the course that you are currently enrolled in. Then, in a future semester register for the other course. Changing your registration can significantly affect your course sequencing and has the potential to impact your graduation timeline. If you have concerns about this, please contact your academic advisor before making a change.

I plan to take MSCI:3000 Operations Management and/or MSCI:3005 Information Systems in spring 2020. Should I take them in the spring or wait until the new format in fall 2020?

Enroll in the classes to continue following your academic plan. Do not delay taking these courses, as it might impact your graduation timeline. Availability of these courses will be limited in Fall 2020, so it is important to remain on track with your plan of study.

I plan to take one or both of these courses at another institution. What are my options?

Courses previously approved as equivalent to MSCI:3000 Operations Management or MSCI:3005 Information Systems will continue to count as equivalent. You can check for approved equivalent courses in the area you will be enrolling in Transferology. Be sure to check with your advisor before taking any classes at another institution. Note: if you do not see the course you are looking for, it may not have been reviewed yet, so see your advisor.

I need to repeat either MSCI:3000 Operations Management or MSCI:3005 Information Systems. What are the second-grade-only options?

Students planning to use a second-grade-only option for either of the courses will complete them in the new schedule format. If you second grade-only option either of these courses under the new format, you will earn 2-semester hours instead of 3-semester hours.

If you need to repeat MSCI:3000 Operations Management, you will attend that class as scheduled during the first eight weeks of the semester. If you need to repeat MSCI:3005 Information Systems, you will attend that class as scheduled during the second 8 weeks of the semester.

Can I take MSCI:3000 Operations Management or MSCI:3005 Information Systems in different semesters?

You can, but if there are not special circumstances, it is not recommended. We designed these courses so you can cover two essential business topics in the same lecture and discussion section time slots - over the course of one semester.

If you do decide to take the courses in different semesters, you will attend a class for either the first 8 weeks or second 8 weeks of the semester. For example, if you choose to take MSCI:3000  Operations Management in the fall, this class runs for the first half of the semester. Then if you enroll in MSCI:3005 Information Systems in the spring semester, this class runs for the second half of the semester.

Will there be honors sections of these courses?

Currently, there are no honors sections planned for neither MSCI:3000 - Operations nor MSCI:3005 - Information Systems.

Will these courses be available online?

There will be no online offering of MSCI:3000 Operations Management or MSCI:3005 Information Systems during the fall and spring semesters. The courses will be offered online during the summer term, but with limited enrollment.

What are the prerequisites for this new format of MSCI:3000 Operations Management or MSCI:3005 Information Systems?

The prerequisites for these courses have not changed. See MyUI for a full list of approved equivalents to the prerequisite courses.

What about courses where MSCI:3000 Operations Management or MSCI:3005 Information Systems was previously a prerequisite?

Nothing will change. Those courses will accept this new course format as their prerequisite.

What tools can I use to update my academic plan?

Your degree audit is the best tool to use when making your academic plan. You can also use a major planning sheet alongside your degree audit to review prerequisites and sequencing. Your academic advisor is a great resource to review your plan and answer your questions. Regardless of which course you take, no additional action will be required from you to update your degree audit.

I have additional questions. Whom do I talk to about this change?

If you have questions about how this change may affect your academic plan, please contact your academic advisor. If you have questions about the course please contact the Business Analytics and Information Systems, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Mike Colbert (michael-colbert@uiowa.edu).