Date of Award

Spring 5-1-2006

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS)

First Advisor

Wayne Pauli

Second Advisor

Ronghua Shan

Third Advisor

Haomin Wang


Information and communication technology (ICT) has become one of the basic building blocks of modern society; providing assistance in every facet of life including academic operations throughout higher education. The applications of Information Technology are accelerating the transformation of the global economy by improved speed, capacity and processing of data. These technologies and applications bear the potential of a massive progress, particularly in school management and administration; it underpins the success of academic activities by providing efficient infrastructure and at the same time adds value to the processes of learning. The Internet, with the aid of creative websites, is the driving force for most technological development and advancement today. We are now living in a world where information printed on paper is getting out of date; yet the MSIS Plan of Study at Dakota State University is presently mostly paper-based and cumbersome. This project aims to eliminate the paperwork and replace it with a simplified automated web-based system that ensures fast and efficient work flow delivering results with the use of the internet and web technology. Manually printing and completing the MSIS Plan of Study at Dakota State University and the stress of submitting the Plan of Study by graduate students, is an unnecessary burden on both graduate students and coordinator. It is imperative to maximize the technology in place for the benefit of both the graduate students and staff as it posits a more simplified approach to implementing day to day school administration and academic activities. The primary goal of this project however, was to implement a web-based MSIS Plan of Study System for graduate program at Dakota State University. Graduate students will be able to complete and submit their Plan of Study online. It is design to enable the program coordinator and program director to access the submitted Plan of Study and be able to modify any changes to MSIS courses and the Course Rotation so as to simplify plan of study activities. This goal was accomplished by integrating database into WebPages, giving room for quick update and maintenance of MSIS Courses. The web-based MSIS Plan of Study System was developed using ASP.NET 2.0; the latest version of Microsoft Active Server Pages with Visual Basic Web Developer programming tool and Microsoft Access database.