Computer Information Systems  

CIS 411 - Introduction to Computer Applications
Credits: 4.00
Beginning course on computer technology, specifically microcomputer systems. Emphasis is on (1) using computers to manage information for personal and professional applications and (2) the impact of computer information technology on today's society. Software applications used include word processing, spreadsheets, database, and graphics. Independent lab activities are a major part of the course content. No prior computer experience is required. No credit if credit has been received for DCE 491; 492; CS 401.

CIS 425 - Introduction to Computer Programming
Credits: 4.00
This course is an introduction to computer programming and problem solving. This course will be divided into two parts. The first will cover algorithm development using Qbasic in the DOS environment. Emphasis will be on variables, expressions, iteration, conditionals, functions and files. The second will integrate the procedural techniques learned in part one into the event-driven Windows environment using Visual Basic. Emphasis will be Graphics User Interface issues and their relation to sub-programs. Assignments are drawn from applications in a wide range of business contexts. Students need familiarity with the Win95 operating system. Completion of CIS 411 is recommended. No credit for students who have completed CS 505. Special fee.

CIS 490 - Doing Research on the Internet
Credits: 1.00
This course will investigate the various resources and Internet tools for the purposes of research and documentation. Students will learn to use resources available through Telnet, FTP, Listserves, Usenet, and WWW to locate specific topics of research interest. Searching techniques and criteria for evaluating the document's credibility will also be covered. Lab activities are designed to locate, document, and evaluate the electronic materials. No previous computer experience is necessary.

CIS 495 - Introduction to Web Authoring
Credits: 1.00
This course provides an overview of the basic steps for creating Web documents. Topics include using HTML syntax conventions, techniques to format text and page elements, present graphics, create internal and external links, and organize the page content with lists and tables. Students will also learn the file structure for organizing a web site. A basic text editor is used to enter HTML code. Students should be familiar with Windows98 and a browser. No credit for students who have completed CS 403.

CIS 510 - Computer Information Systems
Credits: 4.00
Investigates the role and impact of computer applications on information systems in general and specifically as applied to business requirements. Surveys the components of an information system; explores information systems in areas such as manufacturing, medicine, education, and government; discusses the issues of computerizing information resources. Directs attention to information systems in business and identifies the need for and function of formal systems development methodologies. Students investigate the steps involved in transaction processing and develop a prototype of a business information system using a DBMS application. Prereq: CIS 411, CS 406, CIS 415;/or permission.

CIS 515 - Multimedia: Introduction and Applications
Credits: 4.00
Examines the history and underlying theory behind computer integration of text, sound, video, and graphics. Topics include: hardware and software requirements, design criteria, analysis of current hypertext, and multimedia applications in education and business. Students gain practical experience in developing multimedia applications on the Macintosh platform.

CIS 520 - Database Management Concepts
Credits: 4.00
Introduces students to the basic concepts of file and database organization. Special emphasis on understanding the steps involved in designing a database and using a relational model to define, search, report, and maintain a database. Discusses database security, integrity, and concurrency control. Also addresses the current trends in database development, such as distributed databases, natural language processing and expert systems, and object oriented databases. Emphasis focused on the design and use of a relational model with practical experience using a DBMS application. Prereq: CIS 411; or permission.

CIS 542 - Operating System Applications
Credits: 4.00
Introduction to operating system concepts with relevant lab experiences. Operating systems for both micro- and mainframe computers; available utilities; the generation of batch files for operation of a LAN. Operating systems covered may include MS-DOS, UNIX, and VAX VMS. Prereq: CIS 411; CS 406;/ or permission.

CIS 550 - Networking Computers
Credits: 4.00
This course explores the fundamentals of data communications and networking requirements for an organization, including the standard layers of network organization; network technologies; architectures and protocols for WAN, LAN, and Internet systems. Includes issues of security, design, management, and future developments, particularly in a business environment. Designed as an introduction to network technology and systems. Knowledge of computer hardware and operating systems is required. Prereq: CIS 411, CIS 510, CIS 542, or permission.

CIS 590 - Introduction to Javascript
Credits: 2.00
An introduction to Javascript for adding interactivity to web pages. The course will survey the basic language features including data types, statements, functions, control structures, objects and events. Students will learn to code specific enhancements to a web page such as pop-up windows, rolling banners and cookies. Basic understanding of HTML is required and additional programming experience and/or one of the following: CS 403, 410, CIS 425, 495.

CIS 599 - Special Topics
Credits: 1.00 to 4.00
Topics covered will vary depending on contemporary computer topics, programmatic need, availability and expertise of faculty. Barring duplication of subject, may be repeated for credit.