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Computer Information Systems Degree - Master of Science

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Degree Information

The Master of Science in Computer Information Systems degree focuses on developing students who desire an advanced Information Systems degree to further their knowledge and experience for professional growth. By earning Bellevue University’s Computer Information System Degree, you will be prepared with the know-how to effectively analyze, evaluate, and implement available computer technologies that are useful for organizations.

The curriculum covers key Information Systems development approaches, infrastructure technologies, programming languages, and enterprise data systems that apply to the Information System profession. In addition, with elective choices available in Cloud Computing, Information Security Management, Advanced JAVA programming, Human Computer Interface Design, and more, you have options for your specific professional goals.

With the Master of Science in Computer Information Systems you will be able to pursue a number of opportunities across a variety of fields within the public and private sectors. To complete this 36 credit hour degree program, you will take 15 semester hours of foundation courses and 21 semester hours of core courses. If you have no previous computer courses, you also may be required to take an additional prerequisite programming course.

Prerequisites

  • CIS 242 Introduction to Programming Using Java

    This course introduces the concepts of structured programming using Java. The course covers the basics of the Java programming language syntax, to include designing, coding, documenting, and debugging programs. Additional topics covered will be elementary data structures, input/output statements, selection, iteration, methods, and one-dimensional arrays. Students will write programs using all of the before-mentioned topics.
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  • CIS 243 Introduction to Programming Using C#

    This course is designed to introduce the concepts of structured programming. How programs and programming languages work, and the purposes and practices of structured programming are discussed. Designing, coding, documenting, and debugging programs using elementary data structures, input/output statements, selection and iteration, functions, and one-dimensional arrays are covered in detail.
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Curriculum

Major Requirements (36 credit hours)

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Foundation

  • CIS 515 IT Infrastructure

    This course focuses on the fundamentals of telecommunications including data, voice, image, and video formats. Coverage includes the concepts, models, architectures, protocols, standards, and security for the design, implementation, and management of digital networks. Emphasis is on the IT infrastructure to serve organizational needs in a rapidly changing competitive and technological environment.
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  • CIS 520 Survey of System Development

    This course introduces the concepts for information systems analysis and design with an emphasis on structured development combined with an introduction to object-oriented analysis and design principles.
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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 RDBMS.
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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 nine 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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Core

Select seven 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 on using a relational database as an enabling technology in the area of Online Transaction Processing and Online Analytical processing. The use of the PL/SQL as it relates to database administration and development will be studied. Issues of database security will be a secondary emphasis.
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  • CIS 608 Information Security Management

    This course addresses the issues relating to successful information security management. Topics include access control systems, network and software security, management practices, risk management, protection mechanisms, business continuity planning, and legal and ethical issues. The course allows for analysis of current security management models.
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  • CIS 611 Cloud Computing

    This course focuses on the architecture and security associated with cloud computing. Emphasis in placed on key drivers which lead to cloud computing adoption and issues associated with cloud computing governance. Additional topics will include infrastructure security, identity and access management, cloud services, data security and storage, and auditing and compliance. Prerequisites: Graduate Standing
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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 introduced to students in CIS 520 regarding 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 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

    The practice of effective Graphical User Interface (GUI) design will be a foundation of this course. Various GUI operating systems and environments will be explored. Visual front-end design tools will be discussed. The overall focus of this course will be the visual front-end portion of multi-tiered systems.
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  • CIS 644 Managing Project Risks

    This course is designed to teach the importance of risk management in projects and provide information about the tools needed to effectively assess and monitor risks throughout the project lifecycle. Emphasis is placed on managing risks associated with project changes and risks associated with information technology projects. Topics covered include recurring issues that lead to failure in IT projects, methods for addressing recurring issues, and assessing risk impact. Prerequisite: CIS 433 or CIS 633 or acceptance into the Master of Project Management (MPM) degree program.
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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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