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Course Descriptions

Core Courses:

CIS 504 Telecommunications for Managers. Examines the management and utilization of data communication technologies including technical components, configurations, applications, protocols, legal issues, software and management issues, Local Area Network (LAN) technologies, and security issues. Prerequisite: CIS 501 or approval of department head. Lab fee $15.

CIS 507 Systems Analysis for Managers. Investigates and compares various analysis approaches for application automation while highlighting management considerations for planning and developing automated systems. Systems life cycle models and case studies are used. Prerequisite: CIS 503 and 516 or approval of department head. Lab fee $15.

CIS 511 Managing Information Systems. Studies the management and use of information and technology as a resource to create competitive businesses, manage global operations, provide useful products and provide quality services to customers, whether public or private. Examines information systems management, intellectual property, privacy, organizational and societal impact, legal issues, ethics, security issues, decision making, strategic information systems, and organizational support systems. Prerequisite: CIS 501 or approval of department head. Lab fee $15.

CIS 516 Applied Database Management. Examines the objectives and methodologies of database management. Topics include data models, database design, data dictionaries, fourth generation programming languages, data integrity, security, and privacy. Students use a commercial database. Prerequisite: CIS 515 or approval of department head. Lab fee $15.

CIS 518 Quantitative Concepts in Computing. An examination of measurements related to software projects and applying measurement techniques to information technology related problems. Analyses of programs and selected algorithms are performed. A statistical program will be used to analyze data. Prerequisite: CIS 502 or approval of department head. Lab fee $15.

CIS 598 Research Methods in Information Systems. This course examines timely topics related to computer-based systems. The course develops research skills, problem-solving skills, applies the scientific method, refines presentation skills, and promotes team involvement. The course operates in a distributed team environment using the Internet as its communication vehicle. Prerequisite: CIS 501 or approval of department head. Lab fee $15.

Foundation Courses:

CIS 501 Computer Based Information Systems. Survey of concepts and applications of computers and information systems. Practice in use of modern productivity applications on personal computers. Lab fee $15.

CIS 502 Procedural Language Programming and Design. A study of the design and programming of business systems. Students will become familiar with the primary program design tools such as hierarchy charts, flowcharts, and pseudocode. A standard modular design becomes the crux of the programming experience. Topics include comparison, data validation, control breaks, and tables. Prerequisite: CIS 501 or department head approval. Lab fee $15.

CIS 503 Foundations of Computer Programming. Provides concepts and tools of computer programming that underlie the principles of computer systems. Emphasizes concepts that assist in the creation and support of Management Information Systems. Prerequisite: CIS 502 or approval of department head. Lab fee $15.

CIS 515 Principles of Database Design and Development. Survey of concepts and practices underlying the development of database systems. Included in the study are a historical review of database systems, development and normalization of database systems, and methods to query database systems. Prerequisite: CIS 501 or approval of department head. Lab fee $15.

Systems Development Electives:

CIS 525 Unified Modeling Language (UML). A study of the Systems Development Life Cycle using the Unified Modeling Language (UML) in an object-oriented software system environment. Students will model the elements, structure, and behaviors of object-oriented software systems using UML. Students will learn how to use UML to identify objects and classes, to capture requirements and define use cases, to extend and enhance visual models, and to model the details of object behavior with activity and state-chart diagrams. Students will also learn how to implement the UML models in a software system. Prerequisites: CIS 503 and 515 or department head approval. Lab fee $15.

CIS 527 Object Role Modeling. The ORM methodology is suited to describing the relationships that exist in a system. The concept of a system includes any set of objects that interact to solve a problem, thus creating a business process model. The class is team structured, and the teams are given a set of problems to solve that require a system level solution. Prerequisites: CIS 503 and 515 or approval of department head. Lab fee $15.

CIS 545 Extensible Markup Language (XML). This course studies well-formed XML and validated XML documents and the language facilities for working with hierarchical data. The class is composed of teams that are given life-like problems to describe with XML as well as transforming the XML data to an external presentation. Prerequisite: CIS 503 or approval of department head. Lab fee $15.

CIS 549 Topics in Programming. Develops programming proficiency in a modern programming language. Students complete many programming assignments to achieve necessary knowledge and skills. May be repeated once for credit as topics vary. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor. Lab fee $15.

E-Business Electives:

CIS 579 The Technology of E-Business. A study of the technical and business considerations for creating and operating an electronically based business. Students will study the environment from an operational and legal perspective, analyze the technologies available and implement an e-commerce project integrating database, web pages, and script languages. Prerequisite: CIS 501, or approval of department head. Lab fee $15.

CIS 580 E-Business Application Development. This course examines issues related to supporting a business that uses the Internet and other on-line implementations. The course operates in a team environment simulating a business organization and requires the team develop and implement database and Internet technologies. Prerequisites: CIS 503 and 516 or approval of department head. Lab fee $15.

Multimedia Electives:

CIS 560 Multimedia Application Development. Theory and application of the multimedia application development process. A review of the principles of user interface, design, graphic design, and interactivity including the appropriate application of these principles to multimedia will be conducted. Students will explore computer-based multimedia development tools and their use in the creation of various types of multimedia applications. The planning, design, production, and evaluation of interactive multimedia projects for delivery through a variety of media will culminate the course of study. Prerequisite: CIS 501 or department head approval. Lab fee $15.

CIS 561 Multimedia: Desktop Publishing. Theory and application of the multimedia application development process to desktop publishing. A review of the principles of typography and design including the appropriate application of these principles to desktop publishing will be conducted. An exploration of computer-based desktop publishing tools and their use in the creation of various types of products. The planning, design, production, and evaluation of desktop publishing projects for delivery through a variety of media will culminate the course of study. Prerequisite: CIS 560 or approval of department head. Lab fee $15.

CIS 562 Multimedia: Audio and Video. Theory and application of the multimedia application development process to the creation of video projects. A review of the principles of design and video-related equipment operation including the appropriate application of these principles to video projects will be conducted. An exploration of computer-based audio and video editing tools and their use in the creation of various types of products. The planning, design, production, and evaluations of video projects for delivery through a variety of media will culminate the course of study. Prerequisite: CIS 560 or approval of department head. Lab fee $15.

CIS 563 Multimedia: Graphics and Animation. Theory and application of the multimedia application development process to creation of graphics-related projects. A review of the principles of graphic design and the appropriate application of these principles to motion and still graphics projects will be conducted. An exploration of computer-based graphics and animation editing tools including their use in the creation of various types of graphics-related products. The planning, design, projection, and evaluation of graphics-related projects for delivery through a variety of media will culminate the course of study. Prerequisite: CIS 560 or approval of department head. Lab fee $15.

CIS 564 Multimedia: Authoring. Theory and application of the multimedia application development process to the creation of interactive multimedia-based projects. A review of the principles of user interface design and interactivity and the appropriate application of these principles to interactive multimedia-based projects will be conducted. An exploration of computer-based multimedia authoring and scripting tools and their use in the creation of various types of interactive multimedia-based projects. The planning, design, production, and evaluation of interactive multimedia-based projects for delivery through a variety of media will culminate the course of study. Prerequisite: CIS 560 or approval of department head. Lab fee $15.

CIS 565 Multimedia: Web Development. Theory and application of the multimedia application development process of the creation of web-based authoring and scripting tools and their use in the creation of various types of web-based projects. The planning, design, projection, and evaluation of interactive web-based projects for delivery through a variety of media will culminate the course of study. Prerequisites: CIS 560 or approval of department head. Lab fee $15.

CIS 566 Computer-Based Training. Theory and application of the multimedia application development process to the creation of computer-based training. A review of the principles of instructional design and the appropriate application of these principles to interactive computer-based training will be conducted. An exploration of computer-based multimedia authoring and scripting tools and their use in the creation of various types of computer-based training projects. The planning, design, and production, and evaluation of computer-based training projects for delivery through a variety of media will culminate the course of study. Prerequisite: CIS 560 or approval of department head. Lab fee $15.

CIS 569 Multimedia: Project Management. Theory and application of project management techniques to multimedia application development. A review of the principles of project management and the appropriate application of these principles to multimedia-based projects. An exploration of computer-based project management tools and their use in the management of multimedia-based projects. The planning, design, projection, and evaluation of complex interactive multimedia-based projects for delivery through a variety of media will culminate the course of study. Prerequisites: CIS 560 and six hours from CIS 561, 562, 563, 5643, 565, 566 or approval of department head. Lab fee $15.

Other CIS Courses:

CIS 510 Technology Planning for Educators. Designed to provide educational leaders with an understanding of the technology planning process. An examination of the theories, practices, and competencies required to effectively design, implement, and evaluate a technology plan for instructional and administrative purposes within a school district. The development of a comprehensive technology plan will culminate the course of study. Prerequisite: CIS 501 or department head approval. Lab fee $15.

CIS 512 Technical Support Management and Operations. Students study issues of organizing and staffing a technical support help desk. Students explore the numerous management techniques and operational concepts that businesses and governmental organizations use to manage successful technical support activities. Students survey the wide array of commercially available technical support software. In addition, students experience working with the public to deliver technical support in an operational environment. Prerequisite: CIS 501 or approval of department head. Lab fee $15.

CIS 517 Special Topics. A study of various issues, products, and technology current to computer information systems. May be repeated once for credit as topics vary. Prerequisites: Varies with topic. Lab fee $15.

CIS 519 Decision Support Systems. An examination of the fundamentals of management support systems. Includes an examination of Decision Support Systems and other collaborative systems, Executive Support Systems, Expert Systems and Intelligent Systems. Lab fee $15.

CIS 520 Seminar on Computer Based Systems. Topics will vary according to timeliness and special needs. May be repeated once for credit as topics vary.

CIS 551 IT Project Management. Studies the genesis of project management and its importance to improving the success of information technology projects. Project management concepts and techniques are emphasized, and students are required to apply these concepts by working on a group project as a project manager or active team member. Prerequisites: CIS 511 or approval of Department Head/Instructor

CIS 552 Decision Analysis Tools. The application of advanced decision analysis tools in solving financial, statistical, and managerial decision-making problems. The learning outcomes from this course will include mastery in applying spreadsheet-based functions to a variety of organizational problems. Prerequisite: CIS 511 and knowledge of basic spreadsheet functions. Lab fee $15.

CIS 576 Network Administration and Design (LAN). Studies of communications architectures, protocols and interfaces. Communications networking techniques such as circuit switching, message switching, packet switching, broadcast network and inter-networking are explored. Prerequisites: CIS 5043 or approval of department. Lab fee $15.

CIS 578 Network Design and Administration (WAN). Studies network installation planning, preparing the hardware, installing a network operating system, configuring the user environment, creating the user interface, establishing network security, establishing printing services, network administration, network utilities, maintenance techniques, monitoring performance. trouble shooting and configuring the network for maximum efficiency. Prerequisite: CIS 576. Lab fee $15.

CIS 586 Problems. (Credit variable) This course offers students the opportunity to study CIS topics and perform research within the student's area of interest as directed by the responsible professor. May be repeated as topics vary for a maximum of 6 semester hours. Prerequisite: Approval of the department head.

CIS 588 Thesis. Scheduled when the student is ready to begin the thesis. No credit until the thesis is accepted. Prerequisites: CIS 518, 598, consent of major advisor or approval of department head.

CIS 590 Selected Topics in CIS. (Credit variable) An examination of various topics in the Computer Information Systems area with focus on current and recent developments. May be repeated as topics vary for a maximum of 6 semester hours. Prerequisite: Approval of department head.

CIS 595 Research Project with Laboratory. Independent study course in specific areas of Information Systems. May be repeated for credit once when topics change. Prerequisites: Approval of department head. Lab fee $15.

CIS 599 Internship. Supervised work experience in an information technology-related position with a public or private organization. May be repeated for a total of 6 hours credit. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of prefix CIS courses or equivalent and approval of internship coordinator or department head. Field experiences fee $75.