Undergraduate Degree Program

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 concentrate 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 170 Operating System 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 171 Business 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 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 252 Special Topics
Timely current topics of interest especially to junior and senior majors. 3 credits

CIS 276 Systems Analysis and Design
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 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. General Education choice for Part C. 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 379 Management of the Information Systems 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 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 to 12 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. This course is generally offered every other year. 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 386 Advanced Web Site 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 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 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.

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