Curriculum

Computer Information Systems Major (51 Credits)

CIS 170 Operating Systems Concepts

An introduction to computer operating systems, this course teaches techniques for setting up files and directories, backing up files, and organizing programs on a microcomputer. The course teaches practical instruction in Windows. This course is generally offered every other year. 3 credits

CIS 172 Database Development

A detailed description of the use of databases in business and practical instruction in the development of databases on the microcomputer. Topics include table creation, sorting, indexing, and reporting. Students develop an understanding of the uses of databases in business and the management of a database on a microcomputer. Microsoft Access is used. This course is generally offered every other year. 3 credits

CIS 174 Introduction to Programming

An introduction to computer programming. This course concentrates on developing good techniques for planning, developing, and maintaining computer programs. These include: the development of algorithms, structures coding techniques, and testing techniques. The course includes practical instruction in writing programs on the microcomputer using Visual Basic. 3 credits

CIS 276 Systems Analysis and Development

An introduction to analyzing and designing computer systems for business. Topics include cost benefit analysis, input/output design, file design, data flow diagramming, and project management. Students will learn to work effectively as a member of a project team designing a complex computer system. This course is generally offered every other year. 3 credits

CIS 325 Data Communications

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the technologies and products related to communications systems. It will include management issues related to network planning, implementation, and administration. Among the topics covered are: distributed data processing, communication techniques, network design, and security. 3 credits

CIS 330 Issues in Computer Ethics

An introduction to ethical decision-making as it relates to computer technology. This course includes the investigation of Internet-related and on-the-job issues. Items addressed include privacy and freedom of speech issues, intellectual property rights, the creation and maintenance of computer databases, and computer-related criminal activities. Generally offered twice each year. 3 credits

CIS 379 Management of the IS Function

In this course, students study the principles of managing an information systems service function in business. Topics include: objectives, organization, client relations, cost allocation, computer center operations, legal issues, and the application development process. This course is generally offered every other year. 3 credits

CIS 382 Computer Networks

A study of the hardware and software used in local area networks. Includes study of the use and maintenance of network operations systems. 3 credits

CIS 383 Internet and Web Publishing

This course covers the basics of the Internet, including the World Wide Web. Students create their own websites with multiple related pages, links to other sites, and complex graphics and photographs. Course includes HTML, Dreamweaver, and Flash. This course is generally offered every other year. 3 credits

CIS 385 Information Systems Security

A study of security policies, models, and mechanisms for secrecy, integrity, and availability. Topics include operating system models and mechanisms for mandatory and discretionary controls; data models, concepts, and mechanisms for database security; basic cryptography and its applications; security in computer networks and distributed systems; and control and prevention of viruses. Concentration will be placed on the related legal issues. This course is generally offered every other year. 3 credits

CIS 388 Project Management

This course covers principles, practices, and techniques for the management of business and technology projects. Topics include: project planning, scheduling, performing cost estimates, risk analysis, implementation and control, and project termination. This course uses the Microsoft Project Management software package extensively. 3 credits

CIS 393 Senior Computer Project

The graduating senior undertakes a major research project in the field of CIS, which includes on-site inquiry and the writing of a senior thesis on the basis of research. P: Senior standing. This course is generally offered twice each year. 3 credits

Five of the following courses:

CIS 115 Computer Essentials

A general description of the use of computers in business and an introduction to solving practical business problems using the microcomputer. Topics include basic computer architecture, input/output devices, and storage devices. Microcomputer topics concen- trate on five areas: word processing, spreadsheets, databases, graphics, and communications. Microsoft Office is used. This course is designed for those who feel they need an introductory computer course. This course is generally offered twice each year. 3 credits

CIS 171 Spreadsheet Development

A detailed description of the use, design, and development of complex spreadsheets to solve business problems. Topics include graphing, macro development, and other advanced spreadsheet features and techniques. Principles of good spreadsheet design are emphasized throughout the course. Special emphasis will be placed on accounting software applications. Microsoft Excel is one of the packages used in this course. This course is generally offered once a year. 3 credits

CIS 252 Special Topics

Timely current topics of interest especially to junior and senior majors. 3 credits

CIS 278 Advanced Database Development

A continuation of database development taught in CIS 172, emphasis is on the development of databases on the microcomputer using programming techniques. A large project is used to teach both programming skills and management techniques. Microsoft Access is used. P: CIS 172. This course is generally offered every other year. 3 credits

CIS 301 Technology and the Arts

This course includes all forms of creative expression and their evolution through digital technology. It demonstrates the connection between the arts, humanities and technology that continue to influence today’s digital society. This course is generally offered every semester. This course meets the “W” course requirement and General Education choice for Part C. 3 credits

CIS 315 Healthcare and IT

Information technology is transforming the delivery, management and economics of health care. This course will explore the technologies tha support health care information systems,such as software applications;system analysis and design;data management;networks and data communication; and system standards and security. Particular attention will be paid to the benefits and challenges of informatin technologies in medical record keeping;remote diagnosis and treatment;and improving efficiency and quality of care. 3 credits

CIS 320 Computer Forensics I

This course is designed as an introduction to computer forensics. It will cover the basic concepts of cyber crime and information systems forensics, and provide a solid foundation for more advanced computer forensic concepts. P: CIS 385. This course is generally offered every other year. 3 credits

CIS 321 Computer Forensics II

This continuation course will introduce students to advanced information systems forensics techniques. It will include the processes involved in searching hardware, computer programs and data for evidence. P: CIS 320. This course is generally offered every other year. 3 credits

CIS 380 Internship

This is a field-based course in which students gain on-site employment experience in a local business establishment for 120 contact hours per 3 credits. The student is responsible for maintaining an integrative journal and completing other academic requirements. A student may repeat this course only once, and the second internship must be in a different place of employment. P: 12 credits in the Business Administration and Management Department plus junior or senior standing. 3 credits

CIS 386 Advanced Website Development

Using advanced HTML, students create complex World Wide Web sites for a private corporation and a government entity. Topics include network considerations, CGI programs, and JavaScript. P: CIS 383. This course is generally offered every other year. 3 credits

CIS 387 Electronic Commerce

This course explores current e-commerce technologies using the Internet. Topics include: technological challenges, business plans, legal and regulatory considerations, business strategies, global e-business, and social, political and ethical issues. This course is generally offered every other year. 3 credits

CIS 390 Independent Study

Intensive individual work in area of concentration. P: Junior or senior standing and permission of Department Chairperson. Hours and credits to be arranged. 3 credits

BE 135 Business Communications

This introductory course in written and oral communications will enable students to become more effective business communicators. Special focus is given to selecting and using visual aids and PowerPoint to enhance presentations. This course meets the “W” course requirement. This course is generally offered twice each year. 3 credits

BE 161 Financial Accounting

In this introductory course, we will introduce students to accounting principles and procedures, and to the processes by which financial transactions are recorded, classified, and analyzed to help business decision-makers. Students will learn to prepare and interpret financial statements. This course is generally offered once a year. 3 credits

BE 391 Business Policy Seminar

The objective of this capstone course is to provide students with the opportunity to integrate knowledge gained from all other business courses through the analysis of case studies and simulations. Students learn to formulate strategic decisions that guide the future direction of the organization. This course meets the “W” course requirement. P: Senior standing and completion of BE 135, BE 161, BE 204, MG 131, and MG 231. This course is generally offered twice each year. 3 credits

MG 131 Principles of Management

Students are introduced to the basic functions of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling the organization effectively and efficiently. Additional topics include social responsibility of the organization, decision-making, interpersonal skills, and organizational change. This course is generally offered once a year. 3 credits

AR 114 Graphic Design I

An introduction to page layout and design as it relates to constructed documents including books, posters, and brochures. Provides an overview of the field of commercial art including advertising, web design, and art direction. Offered every semester. 3 credits

AR 201 Introduction to Computer Art

An introduction to imaging using windows based tools. The course explores digital bit mapped and vector systems to create two-dimensional works for paper and the web. Offered yearly. 3 credits