Learning and Development

Professional Enhancement Program (PEP) in Information Processing

This program was established in 1995 to provide professional clerical development opportunities for BSU credit. It is a certificate program requiring 12 semester hours of BSU course work offered by the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management in the Miller College of Business.

Reason to Enroll in this Program

It is an opportunity to upgrade and master information processing skills which enhance current job performance and additional employment opportunities.

Requirements to Gain Admission as a BSU Student

If you have a high school diploma or a G.E.D. and have not been enrolled in a secondary school for at least two years, obtain a "Non-Degree Application" from the Office of Admissions; complete and submit the application to the Office of Admissions. (Non-Degree student admission is typically for students who have never been enrolled in college or a post secondary institution.)

Employees currently enrolled who have been admitted as regular students are also eligible for this program. Participants in PEP have four years from enrollment into the first course to complete the program.

Required Courses

ISOM 125 (This course must be taken first.)

ISOM 125 (3 hours) Microcomputer Applications for Business
Provides skill development using computer-based end user software to solve business problems with word processing, presentation graphics, spreadsheets, and basic database management. Emphasis on learning basics of operating systems and application software packages.

ISOM 135 (3 hours) Business Information Systems
Introduction to various concepts and techniques of information systems with application to solving managerial problems with emphasis on their scope, use, and evaluation. Topics covered include business systems and information flow, application of computer-based information systems, managerial decision-making processes, and mutual influence of organizations and information systems. Prerequisite: proficiency test required or ISOM 125.

ISOM 226 (3 hours ) Business Systems Application Development
Introduction to the concept of creating business information systems using case studies with application software to provide information needed to resolve business problems. Emphasis on critical thinking and understanding how problems are recognized, analyzed, designed, and created using rapid systems development methods. Prerequisite: ISOM 135. ISOM 249

ISOM 249 (3 hours ) Foundations of Business Communication
The course provides pre-business majors with a cornerstone course designed to develop the interpersonal, analytical, written, and presentation skills needed to succeed in upper division business courses and on the job. Prerequisite: ISOM 125; ENG 104 or 114; sophomore standing. Open to pre-business and business majors and business minors or by special permission.

Course Fees

Use of the Ball State University Fee Remission Program (free tuition) is available for eligible BSU employees for these undergraduate classes.

Program Administration

This program is administered by the Office of Learning and Development.

Certificate of Achievement

Upon completion of the program, apply for your Certificate of Achievement by contacting the Associate Director of Human Resources, Learning and Development, University Human Resource Services (5-1819).