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MIS Big Data Elective, BUS4 118s - Sections 01 and 02

For Fall 2017, the MIS Elective 118S – Special Topics is the course on Big Data, one of the hottest topics in the job market today. Big Data is “the fuel” for the Data Science/Analytics you’ve been hearing so much about.  In recent semesters, MIS students taking this course say that being able to discuss the Big Data tools they learned in class and being able to show their team’s project in job interviews has gotten them noticed by employers and has often tipped the balance in getting offers.

In this course you’ll analyze Yelp’s actual review dataset for 11 cities–4.1 million reviews and data on the businesses being reviewed & the users reviewing them. Working in a team, you’ll learn how to frame a data question and then “wrangle,” query, and visualize the data to answer your team’s question. You’ll use industry-leading, cutting edge tools including a cloud-based implementation of Apache Spark as well as OpenRefine from Google for “data wrangling” and Tableau for visualization. Using these tools, you’ll be analyzing massive datasets to answer questions about Yelp’s users, their reviewing patterns, and the businesses they review. 

These skills are in high demand now as companies scramble to hire the talent that can visualize data-based answers and communicate results to management. If you are curious about how you can use Big Data to answer business questions, take the Big Data course as an intro to this exciting career path. 

For Fall 2017, the 118s Big Data course (Topics in MIS in the course catalog) is offered at the following times:

Tuesday/Thursday 12:00 – 1:15  (Section 01)

Tuesday/Thursday 1:30 – 2:45  (Section 02)

CIO Scholarship Foundation

The School of Information Systems & Technology  at San Jose State University is pleased to announce a scholarship opportunity sponsored by the CIO Scholarship Foundation. The foundation represents a local non profit organization of IS executives that strives to enhance future leadership in the information systems and technology fields by supporting students studying in related fields throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

This year we will award two one-time scholarships of $2000 each to deserving San Jose State undergraduate students majoring in Management Information Systems, Computer Science and/or Computer/Software Engineering. In addition to being declared as one of these majors, eligible candidates must be in "Good Standing," academically, with a 2.5 GPA or better. Also, candidates must be available to attend the CIO Scholarship Fundraiser event in Livermore, 12pm-8pm, October 16, as a guest of honor.

Applications are due no later than 12:00pm on Thursday, September 10, 2015.

To apply, complete the form at the following link, including an essay (500 words max) to make a succinct and compelling case for how this award would help you toward the scholarship's goal of developing the next generation of information technology leaders in the Bay Area.   

CIO Scholarship Application

Applications ALSO REQURE an email to the selection committee chair, Dr. Timothy Hill ( with the subject line "CIO Fund Scholarship Application". An up to date resume must be attached, along with all transcripts of your college-level coursework at SJSU and elsewhere.

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