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Computer Information Systems Degree Curriculum

Major Requirements

Required Courses        

CS 150    Introduction to Data and Information Management  (3 Credits)

Pre-Req: 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.

CS 180    Programming Fundamentals  (3 Credits)

Pre-Req: 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.

CS 240    Business Processing and Communications Infrastructure (3 Credits)    

Pre-Req: 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.

CS 350    Database Management Systems     (3 Credits)

PREQ: CS 150 or (AC 340 for AIS or ISAC major) or (MA 346 for DA 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.

CS 360    Business Systems Analysis and Modeling (3 Credits)

PREQ: (CS 220 or CS 150) or (AC 340 & AIS or ISAC major).

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).

Focus: CI

CIS Major Electives

Any 3-credit CIS course, not otherwise required, can fulfill the CIS elective requirement (except CS 213).

CS 230 Introduction to Programming with Python     (3 credits)

Pre-Req: IT 101

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of programming and algorithmic thinking using the Python programming language. Students learn the fundamental constructs and key concepts that are common to all modern programming language using this relatively straightforward, popular, and versatile language. Their understanding is reinforced throughout the course by the development of several standalone applications, in which the importance of writing efficient, clear, and well-structured code is also emphasized. This course is intended for any motivated student interested in learning how to program. No prior knowledge of Python or other programming languages is required.

CS 280 Object-Oriented Application Development     (3 credits)

Pre-Req: 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.

CS 299 Experimental Course in CS     (3 credits)

Pre-Req: IT 101.

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.

CS 380 Multi-Tiered Application Development     (3 or 4 credits)

Pre-Req: CS 150 & (CS 180 or CS 213).

This class provides a hands-on introduction to a number of tools and technologies that are utilized to develop e-business applications and considers the impact of these technologies on e-business solutions. It assumes the student has basic proficiency in programming (e.g., JavaScript or Java) and basic Web-site use and introduces tools to develop dynamic, data-driven Web applications. The primary objective of the course is to learn how to develop database driven web applications that enable businesses to interact with their customers, employees and suppliers. This will be a hands-on course and numerous programming assignments and related project work will be expected.

CS 401 Directed Study in Computer Systems     (1 to 3 credits)

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

CS 402 Advanced Computing Topics Seminar     (3 credits)

Pre-Req: CS 213 or CS 180.

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

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

CS 421 Internship in Computer Systems     (3 credits)

PREQ: CS 350 or CS 360 & CC6 CS major. May not register on the web. See internship coordinator to register.

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.

CS 440 Advanced Net-Centric Computing     (3 credits)

Pre-Req: 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.

CS 460 Applied Software Project Management     (3 credits)

Pre-Req: CS 360.

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.

CS 480 Advanced Application Development Technology     (3 credits)

Pre-Req: CS 280

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.

Other Courses

Additional Computer Information Systems degree courses include:

  • Advanced Computing Topics Seminar
  • Applied Software Project Management
  • Directed Study in Computer Systems
  • E-Business Infrastructure and Policy
  • Internship in Computer Systems
  • Introduction to Data and Information Management
  • Technology and Computer Information Systems Concepts
  • Web Technologies and Trends
  • The World Wide Web