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Computer Information Systems Undergraduate Courses

All courses required for the CIS major are full semester, three credit-hour courses, some of which focus on concepts and others on applied technology.

CS150 Introduction to Data and Information Management

Prerequisite(s): IT 101

The course introduces information management and relational databases; data collection, storage, and retrieval; query/report design and generation; logical database structures; basic transaction architecture; and systems analysis for database design.

CS180 Programming Fundamentals

Prerequisite(s): IT 101

Students will develop basic programming and problem solving skills through a variety of assignments that explore the use of fundamental control and data structures using the Java programming language. Students learn about the concepts of classes and objects without being exposed to the advanced principles of object orientation. Testing and debugging techniques, the development of sound programming logic, and the writing of well-structured code are also emphasized.

CS213 The World Wide Web

Prerequisite(s): IT 101

Note: This course cannot be used toward the CS major. It can be used toward the minor or toward art/science electives.

This course explores the World Wide Web as an educational resource. Emphasis is on the use of HTML and JavaScript as programming tools to develop web pages that include text, graphics, animation, internal and external linkages, frames, forms and, with JavaScript, alert boxes, remote windows, events and cookies. In addition, such concepts as the architecture of the web, the use of browsers, effective search strategies, multimedia and web security are addressed to familiarize the student with the web as a business tool and resource. Teaches a contemporary IT technology by using a computer-based software package. Students are expected to perform operational excercises to gain experience and facility with the particular technology designated for this course section. Students have a broad choice of technology appropriate for those with some experience beyond IT 101.

CS240 Business Processing and Communications Infrastructure

Prerequisite(s): IT 101

A detailed overview of information technology infrastructure components used by modern organizations: underlying principles, concepts, and terminology of computer architecture and digital communication networks; Organization of computer hardware, data representation, input/output, instruction sets, file and memory organization, and operating - enabling evaluation of the hardware capabilities and performance of a computer system; Assembly, compilation, and execution of computer programs will be addressed as the basic operations of a computer system at the machine level. Foundational technologies and fundamental principles of digital communication: ISO, IETF, and IEEE standards, concepts relevant to physical, data link, and network layers of communication including analog and digital signaling, communications media, data representation, communications protocols, and addressing.

CS280 Object-Oriented Application Development

Prerequisite(s): CS 180

This course teaches object-oriented programming and development using the Java programming language. Students will complete several programming assignments designed to reinforce their comprehension of object-oriented concepts, including encapsulation, class hierarchies, and polymorphism. Developing both Java applications and applets will strengthen their understanding of abstract classes and interfaces, event-driven programming, and exception handling. This course will include required lab sessions and regularly scheduled lab hours.

CS350 Database Management Systems

Prerequisite(s): CS 150 or AC 340 (AIS or ISAC majors)

This course is a comprehensive introduction to data management in organizations. It establishes the data management foundation in the computing and AIS majors. Topics include conceptual and logical data modeling, entity relationship and relational data modeling and database design and implementation using the SQL programming language. Students will complete exercises in database modeling, design and programming.

CS360 Business Systems Analysis and Modeling

Prerequisite(s): CS 150

This course begins with business functional analysis and ends with object oriented information systems design. Students are introduced to tools and techniques enabling effective analysis, design and documentation of an information system. The student learns formal methodologies that form the basis of object-oriented systems engineering practices. Models that focus on the articulation of business functions, integrating process, data and behavioral abstractions from the core of formal methods in systems development using the Unified Modeling Language (UML).

CS401 Directed Study in Computer Systems

Prerequisite(s): Department chairperson's permission

Permits superior students to study special topics. Allows repetition for credit.

CS402 Advanced Computing Topics Seminar

Prerequisite(s): CIS senior-level standing or instructor's permission

Note: Not offered regularly. Check with department chair for availability.

Discusses current topics in computing based on readings in the professional literature, guest speakers, and field and individual research projects.

CS421 Internship in Computer Systems

Prerequisite(s): CS 350 and CS 360 and status as CIS sixth-semester full-time major with at least two full semesters at Bentley University.

Provides an opportunity to develop an extensive project relating computer systems concepts to a specific organization in combination with a work assignment. Involves both full-time employment with an organization and close work with a faculty member.

CS440 Advanced Net-Centric Computing

Prerequisite(s): CS 180, CS 240

Building on the foundation of CS240, CS440 provides the students with an in-depth understanding of the planning, design, implementation, and operation of organizational information technology infrastructures. It covers network and transport layer protocols and related addressing and routing issues at a detailed level. The course focuses on network and systems architecture design for the entire enterprise at the campus, metropolitan area, and wide area network levels. It helps the students understand issues related to ensuring business continuity, including network and IT systems security and management. It pays special attention to the integration of processing, storage, and communication capabilities, and the continuing convergence of telecommunications and networking technologies in the enterprise context.

CS460 Applied Software Project Management

Prerequisite(s): CS 360; recommended completion of CS 350

Students learn and experience the process of information systems development through managing team dynamics and performing software engineering project management. Specific topics discussed include the value of different software development life cycles, project management tools and techniques, software process management practices and software quality management practices. This course fuses students' prior IT and business education, preparing them to launch their professional IT careers.

CS476 E-Business Infrastructure and Policy

Prerequisite(s): CS 350

This course examines the network and computer technology that is the World Wide Web. It covers Internet architecture: domain name service, HTTP, FTP, packet switching, TCP/IP, XML, DHTML, media formats, search engines and industry standards. It covers web site management: servers, load balancing, security, hacking, spoofing, encryption and fire walls. It reviews the social, business and governmental environment that enables and constrains web commerce. Students implement an E-Business application by developing a fully functional business web site using the database skills and theory learned in the IT minor (or CS major) prerequisite courses.

CS480 Advanced Application Development Techechnology

Prerequisite(s): CS 280 or Instructor's Permission

This course gives CIS majors the opportunity to explore emerging application development technologies. The instructor will choose a particular development technology to present or students will be assigned emerging technologies in the commercial arena to investigate.

IT101 Information Technology and Computer System Concepts

Provides a comprehensive and current introduction to information technology in general and computer system concepts and personal computers in particular. Focuses on the role and underlying concepts of computer technology in the information age. Personal, organizational and social implications of information technology are explored. Problem-solving skills using Microsoft Office software and the World Wide Web are also developed. The World Wide Web will be extensively used as the platform for conceptual understanding.