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Management Information Systems

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Computer Information Systems Degree - Master of Science

Curriculum prior to April 1, 2014

Major Requirements (36 credit hours)

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  • CIS 520 Survey of System Development

    This course provides an exploration of the human aspects of Cybersecurity. Topics include human behavior and interaction, motivation and influence, and social engineering. Emphasis on the human element of cyber incidents in relation to protecting information and technology assets.
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  • CIS 525 Business System Programming

    This course builds upon an introductory programming class. Students will be immersed in language syntax and the interactive PC environment. Emphasis will be on solving problems by deriving and implementing appropriate algorithms using object oriented concepts. Students will accomplish a programming project that will apply the concepts covered in the course. Prerequisite: CIS 242 or CIS 243
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  • CIS 535 Management and Design of Database Systems

    The major focus of this course is the relational model with a brief discussion of the hierarchical and network models. Database design using E-R Diagrams will be presented. Relational terminology and the theoretical concepts of the model, such as normalization, will be discussed. The Structured Query Language (SQL) will be used to manipulate the model. Students will prepare a small application using a Commercial Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS).
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  • CIS 540 Business Telecommunications

    This course provides an introduction to the fundamental technical principles of telecommunications and computer networks. The business challenges of managing communications resources are examined.
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Select eight courses from the following:

  • CIS 600E E-Commerce Enterprise

    This course explores how electronic commerce technologies are being used by organizations. It discusses issues of identifying opportunities for electronic commerce, strategies for conducting electronic business, and Internet technologies that thrive in the new economy in large and small companies alike. This course aims to integrate various electronic commerce development tools and technologies and develop strategies for their effective use through business organizations. It equips students with hands-on assignments, to evaluate and implement electronic commerce business models and projects.
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  • CIS 602A Intermediate Java Programming

    This course is designed to teach principles of Object-Oriented (OO) programming using Java. This course will cover the language syntax, OO concepts, and advanced features of the Java programming language. Prerequisite: CIS 242 or CIS 243
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  • CIS 603 XML Programming

    This course provides an in-depth introduction to programming on the World Wide Web using the Extensible Markup Language (XML).
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  • CIS 604 Advanced Networking Using Java

    This course is designed to teach principles of programming for the World Wide Web using Java technologies. The Java Enterprise Edition (JEE) specification governing these principles will be examined in detail. Prerequisite: CIS 602A
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  • CIS 605 Advanced Database Management

    The subject of database management will be approached in its role as the back end of client/server technology. The focus will be relational database management with specific emphasis given to the use of relational database as an enabling technology in the area of Online Transaction Processing and Online Analytical processing. The use of SQL query language will be a second significant subject. Issues of databases including concurrency will also be covered.
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  • CIS 621 Applied System Development and Design

    This course addresses the complex and evolving issues of effective systems development. Extends concepts presented in previous systems development courses with regard to all phases of the system development life cycle. Team-based and discovery based learning methods are stressed. Development projects will reflect actual problems provided by local industry. A formal software project management plan and schedule will be developed for the implementation and integration phases.
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  • CIS 633 Information Technology Project Management

    This course addresses the complex and unique issues related to effectively managing projects in an Information Technology context. Emphasis is placed on the knowledge areas specified by the Project Management Institute (PMI) in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). Team-based and discovery-based learning methods are stressed. Development projects reflect actual problems provided by industry. A formal software project management plan detailing the process groups of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing will be developed.
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  • CIS 634 ASP.NET

    This course covers the development of enterprise-class server-based Web applications using Microsoft's ASP.NET application development platform, Model-View-Controller (MVC) pattern, the common language runtime (CLR), the .NET Framework namespace class libraries, and Microsoft Visual Studio® .NET. Prerequisite: Strongly Recommended: CIS 525 or knowledge of C# or VB programming and familiarity with HTML.
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  • CIS 635 Principles of Human Computer Interface Design

    This course instructs students in the creation of effective graphical user interface (GUI) design. Various GUI operating systems and environments will be explored. Visual front-end design tools will be discussed. Students will conduct empirical evaluations of GUI designs.
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  • CIS 640 Advanced Telecommunications

    This problem solving course addresses design, system engineering, and integration issues associated with the development, deployment and use of systems which incorporate advanced and emerging telecommunication technologies. Typical problem scenarios will address increasing bandwidth needs, fiber optic technologies, new communications transfer modes, and mobile communications. Whenever possible, design problems will reflect real world problem situations provided by local industry. Prerequisite: CIS 540
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  • CIS 647 Network Systems

    This course explores network operating systems and network technologies using the latest products by Microsoft, Sun, Linux Project, and others.
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  • CIS 650 Accounting for IT Professionals

    This course is designed to provide an introduction to business issues associated with Information Technology. The course includes an introduction to financial and managerial accounting concepts as they apply to IT issues, including budgeting, costing, control, and performance evaluation.
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