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Computer Information Systems Degree - Bachelor of Applied Science


Major Requirements (37 credit hours)

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Core (28 credit hours)

  • MA 240 Applied Statistics

    Provides the theoretical basis and the problem solving experience needed to apply the techniques of descriptive and inferential statistics, to evaluate such daily inputs as organizational reports and to improve decision making over a wide range of areas. Topics include: Descriptive Measures; Distribution Shapes; Concepts of Probability of Discrete and Continuous Random Variables; Hypothesis Testing of One, Two Samples; Chi-Square and F-Test; Regression; Anova; Using Excel, Minitab, TI 83+ or SPSS for Solving & Interpreting Statistical Problems. Prerequisite: MA101 (4 credit hrs)
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  • 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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  • CIS 305 Management and Design of Database Systems

    The major focus of the course will be 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.
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  • CIS 310 Information Systems

    This course provides a foundation for the managerial considerations of acquiring and operating information systems. Students are introduced to existing and emerging information systems and their impact on competitive advantage, reengineering business processes, and decision making.
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  • CIS 321 Structured System Analysis and Design

    This project-based course focuses on the use of tools and methodologies applied to structured system analysis and design. Emphasis is placed on the traditional approaches, for example, system flow charting and entity relationship diagrams. Students will complete a variety of analysis design specifications and a project implementation plan for a simulated business system.
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  • CIS 340A Business Telecommunications

    This course will explore the fundamental technical principles of telecommunications and computer networks and then examine the business challenges of managing communications resources.
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  • CIS 406 Information Security

    This course is designed to provide an introduction to information security. Current trends in information security will be explored. Students will be introduced to sources of threats and vulnerabilities as well as methods for optimizing system security. Legal and ethical issues associated with information security will be examined, as well as how those issues are addressed within the context of an organization.
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  • CIS 433 Information Technology Project Management

    This course provides students with an introduction to program management as it relates to Information Technology. Students develop formal project plans based on actual problems provided by industry. Emphasis is placed on the knowledge areas specified by the Project Management Institute (PMI) in the publication, A Guide to Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®Guide). Both discover-based and team-based activities are used to focus on program management as a discipline.
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  • CIS 451 Information Systems Strategy, Management and Acquisition

    This course focuses on the strategic role of information technology and information systems within an organization. Topics include managing and integrating information system, defining information infrastructure and system to support organizational structure, assessing the impact of information systems and emerging technologies, and creating management procedures and policies to protect business assets. The dynamic, increasingly globalized and technology intensive nature of business environments in today's society is explored from a management perspective.
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Beyond the Core courses, choose one Emphasis (9 credits) OR choose three electives courses (9 credits). Electives courses include any 300- or 400- level CIS courses offered beyond the Core courses, and CYBR 311, 312, 320, 411, 420.

Emphasis Options (9 credits each):

Application Development Emphasis

Choose three courses from those listed below:

  • CIS 353 Intermediate C# Programming

    This course builds upon an introductory programming class. Object-oriented design concepts and techniques are explored. Topics covered include classes, objects, function overloading, inheritance, sequential files in object-oriented programs, exception handling, GUI objects and controls, and debugging concepts. An applied, practical problem-solving approach is emphasized. Prerequisite: CIS 242 or CIS 243
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  • CIS 402A 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 337 Web Scripting

    This course provides a broad coverage of Web tools needed to create well designed web sites. Students will learn the fundamentals of server-side scripting creating dynamic web pages that interface with a database while emphasizing vendor-neutral Web standards.
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  • CIS 434 ASP.NET

    This course focuses on developing, debugging, and deploying data-driven server-side Web applications using the Microsoft Visual Studio® .NET environment and the Microsoft .NET platform to create an ASP.NET Web application that delivers dynamic content to a Web site. Prerequisite: CIS 355. Recommend familiarity with HTML.
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  • CIS 302 Fundamentals of Mobile Application Development

    This course provides an introduction to the concepts associated with mobile technologies. Current mobile technologies are compared and contrasted. Topics include architecture, design, development, and deployment of mobile applications in order to introduce students to the fundamentals of mobile technologies and applications. Prerequisites: GAME 207 or CIS 242 or CIS 243 or instructor permission.
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  • CIS 303 Android Operating System Mobile Application Development

    This course provides an introduction to the Android Software Development Kit (SDK) Application Programming Interface (API) associated with mobile technology libraries for the Android operating system. Mobile applications are developed and tested using an Android emulator. Prerequisites: CIS 302
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Business Intelligence Emphasis

Choose three courses from those listed below, including CIS 422:

  • CIS 421 Enterprise Information Intelligence

    This course provides an introduction to the field of enterprise information intelligence at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels. Topics include the functional areas of enterprise intelligence, the value, regulation and protection of data as an organizational asset, data requirements, research, integrity, analysis and reporting, and other topics relevant to the field of business intelligence.
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  • CIS 422 Introduction to Business Intelligence

    This course provides an introduction to the broad range of skills necessary for successful collection, development, and management of Business Intelligence (BI) at the enterprise level. Topics include: business analytics, organization memory, information integration, insight creation, and presentation capability as well as additional issues germane to the current and future BI environment.
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  • CIS 423 Data Mining

    This course explores fundamental data mining strategies. Topics include recognizing patterns and making predictions from an applications perspective, and methods for visual presentation of complex data sets. Emphasis is placed on identification of patterns, trends and differences from data sets across categories, space and time. Coverage includes hands-on experimentation with data mining and visualization algorithms. Prerequisite: CIS 422
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  • CIS 424 Web Analytics

    This course introduces key concepts, techniques and practices on Web analytics. Data analysis methodologies and Web analytics tools are explored with emphasis on strengthening a Web site's marketing presence and productivity, improving the customer experience, and promoting data-driven decision making. Coverage includes hands-on experimentation with Web analytics tools. Prerequisite: CIS 422
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Cybersecurity Emphasis

Choose three courses from those listed below:

  • CIS 311 Network Security

    This course provides an introduction to the goals, functional processes, tools, and techniques associated with network security. Discussion includes devices such as firewalls, intrusion detection mechanisms, and Virtual Private Networks (VPNs). Telecommunications and networks security protocols used to prevent, detect, and correct potential vulnerabilities associated with both the outsider and insider threat are also explored.
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  • CIS 312 Securing Access Control

    This course provides an introduction to the concepts associated with configuring identification and authentication. Discussion includes comparison of various access models, and how passwords, smart cards and biometric devices can assist in securing system access and ensure confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data. Other technologies such as remote authentication and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) are also explored.
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  • CYBR 320 Operational Security

    This course focuses on the skills required to operate a security program within an organization. Coverage includes the practical application of security practices in an operational environment. Topics include security structure, leading security projects, policy management, human factors of security, and physical security methods.
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  • CIS 411 Assessments and Audits

    This course explores the principles of risk assessment, vulnerability analysis, and auditing. Discussion includes the use of these principles to evaluate the effectiveness of information security controls. Topics include threat and asset identification, countermeasures and safeguards, acceptable risks, and vulnerabilities. The auditing concepts of technical, physical, and administrative controls are also introduced along with how these controls are measured for effectiveness.
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  • CYBR 420 Cyber Investigations and Forensics

    This course examines basic methods of investigation, information acquisition, and management of Internet and computer forensic cases. Topics include record-searching, note taking and report writing, and using scientific methodology in Cyber investigations. Coverage also includes basic tools and techniques for forensic analysis of computers, networks systems, and mobile devices.
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Networking Emphasis

  • CIS 341A Cisco Networking

    This course introduces Internetworking through the study of Cisco routing and switching. Students will learn how to install, configure, operate, and optimize networks that use Ethernet, TCP/IP, Wide Area Network protocols, and Cisco network hardware. This course follows the Cisco curriculum leading to testing for the Cisco Certified Network Associate certification. Prerequisite: CIS 340A or CIS 351
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  • CIS 348B Implementing and Managing Network Infrastructures

    This course covers Microsoft Windows networking from the perspective of a system or network administrator. The topics covered include network configuration, IP address assignment, name resolution, routing, Internet Protocol Security (IPSec) and certificates, remote access, and managing and monitoring network access of local and wide area networks.
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  • CIS 349B Implementing and Maintaining Active Directory Structures

    In this course students will plan, implement, and troubleshoot a Microsoft Windows Server Active Directory® services infrastructure. Students will work with a Windows Server directory service environment, including forest and domain structure, Domain Name System (DNS), site topology and replication, organizational unit structure and delegation of administration, Group Policy, and user, group, and computer account strategies. Students will learn how to manage computer services structures within an organization and become familiar with human to computer interaction.
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