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Computer Information Systems Undergraduate Courses
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.
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.
CS299 Experimental Course in CS
Experimental courses explore curriculum development with specific content intended for evolution into a permanent course. A topic may be offered twice before it becomes a permanent course. Students may repeat experimental courses with a different topic for credit.
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 & CS major or CS minor) or (AC 340 & AIS or ISAC majors only)
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. Students learn 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 form the core of formal methods in systems development using the Unified Modeling Language (UML).
CS380 Multi-Tiered Application Development
Prerequisite(s): CS 150 and (CS 180 or CS 213).
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, Advanced Net-Centric Computing provides 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 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 Technology
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
This course provides a comprehensive and current introduction to information technology in general and computer system concepts and personal computers in particular. It focuses on the role and the 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.