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Computer Information Systems Courses

CIS 103 Applied Computer Technology

2-2-3
Credit Hours: 3

This course is an exploration of modern computer technology used for communication, collaboration, problem solving, decision making, and increasing personal productivity. Topics covered include word processing, electronic spreadsheet and presentation software; library information systems; collaboration and social networking software; data communications and networking; and ethical issues related to technology. CIS 103 is a Windows-based course.
Additional course fee: $85.

CIS 105 Computer Systems Maintenance

3-2-4
Credit Hours: 4

This course provides students with basic knowledge, practical skills, and experience in installing and supporting computer operating systems. It also prepares students for CompTIA A+220-802 and Microsoft MCTS Exam 70-680 certification exams.
Additional course fee: $85.

CIS 106 Introduction to Computer Programming

3-2-4
Credit Hours: 4

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of object-oriented computer programming using the Python programming language. The course covers the logical design of computer programs, simple input and output, data checking, formatting reports, and simple mathematical processing, such as counting, summing and finding minima and maxima. This is the first programming course taken by CIS majors and is a good introductory course for anyone interested in exploring computer programming.
Additional course fee: $85.

CIS 114 JavaScript

3-2-4
Credit Hours: 4

This course provides students the knowledge and skills necessary to design and develop client-side scripts used to build dynamic websites and applications. JavaScript models such as data types, control structures, functions and objects are studied. Students will learn basic HTML and CSS and how to write beginner and intermediate scripts. Additionally, students are presented with advanced JavaScript topics, incorporating module development, distributed computing and security. Students are exposed to real-world examples of JavaScript and will construct interactive and dynamic client-side applications.
Additional course fee: $85.

CIS 130 Web Page Design I

2-2-3
Credit Hours: 3

This course will provide students with a solid foundation for building dynamic web pages. It introduces students to Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) for structuring and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for styling, defining, and formatting web pages. 
Prerequisite: CIS 103.
Additional course fee: $85.

CIS 140 Principles of Desktop and Electronic Publishing

2-2-3
Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to the hardware, software and terminology involved in using computer technology to improve the visual impact and effectiveness of communication materials. The course includes discussion of typography, color theory and basic design principles. It provides hands-on computer experience with page composition software from the entry through intermediate levels. This course can be beneficial for anyone desiring to produce professional quality materials to communicate in a variety of media, encompassing both digital and print.
Additional course fee: $85.

CIS 150 Network Technology

3-2-4
Credit Hours: 4

This course in networking and data communications covers fundamental concepts and skills in computer network technology, including installation and configuration of network hardware and software, network topologies, network managementand and security. This course is designed to help students prepare for the for the CompTIA Network + (Net+) certification exam.
Additional course fee: $85. 

CIS 152 Introduction to Cybersecurity

2-2-3
Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces students to the field of cybersecurity. Students are introduced to various security topics, including Internet security, malware, vulnerability, cyber terrorism, cyber fraud, cyber detectives, firewalls, privacy, policies/procedures, mitigation strategies to potential cyber threats, and legal and regulatory aspects of cybersecurity. Lectures and projects promote understanding of cyber threats and security.
Prerequisite: CIS 150, which may be taken concurrently.
Additional course fee: $85. 

CIS 155 Principles of Operating Systems

2-2-3
Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces students to the basics of modern operating systems. Students learn concepts, commands and operations in popular operating systems (OS), such as Microsoft Windows and Linux/Unix operating systems. This course emphasizes basic hands-on skills in the following areas: OS hardening, operations and commands, accessing and installing application software, managing files and folders, troubleshooting, controlling and configuring the user environment, security configuration and disaster recovery.
Additional course fee: $85. 

CIS 202 Advanced Word Processing

2-2-3
Credit Hours: 3

This is a course in the development and application of advanced word processing skills through classroom exercises and simulations. Topics include object linking and embedding and other advanced word processing features that will increase productivity. Students will demonstrate an understanding of interpersonal skills and ethical issues important for modern office professionals.
Prerequisite: CIS 103 or OA 106.
Additional course fee: $85.

CIS 203 Microsoft Excel with Macro Programming

2-2-3
Credit Hours: 3

Thorough study of the world's most popular numerical processing software, the electronic spreadsheet. Includes basic, intermediate and advanced techniques that can be utilized to solve a wide range of financial and scientific problems without the need for customized programming. The course includes extensive use of macro programming to increase productivity by automating repetitive operations. It also covers the use of macros to provide customized solutions for specific problems.
Prerequisites: CIS 103 or departmental approval.
Additional course fee: $85.

CIS 204 Fundamentals of Linux and Unix

2-2-3
Credit Hours: 3

This course teaches the foundations of using Linux and Unix operating systems. In practice we will be using Linux systems in this class. Linux is very similar in underlying structure to Unix and is based on Unix, so many of same ideas translate directly from Linux to Unix systems. This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts and operations needed to use common Linux distributions such as Fedora and Debian. Course topics include file and directory management, user account management, using the bash shell, shell scripting, working with desktop environments, and Linux/Unix networking basics. Students will also be briefly introduced to application software, such as e-mail, Web browser and word processing software.
Prerequisite: CIS 105 or CIS 155.
Additional course fee: $85.

CIS 205 Database Management Systems

3-2-4
Credit Hours: 4

An introduction to relational database management systems and database programming for personal computers using Microsoft Access. The course covers fundamental database design and programming techniques and provides hands-on exercises for applying the techniques to real-world problems.
Prerequisite: CIS 103 or (CSCI 111 and CSCI 112).
Additional course fee: $85.

CIS 230 Web Page Design II

2-2-3
Credit Hours: 3

This course provides beginning to intermediate level instruction in Dreamweaver, the current industry standard HTML generator software. Macromedia Dreamweaver is a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) HTML generator that contains a powerful collection of tools for creating and managing Web content. Through lecture and hands-on exercises, the student develops the skills necessary to create functional and well-designed Web pages and Web sites. Instruction is provided in features of the Dreamweaver interface, the basics of page creation as well as advanced skills such as the use of layers, behaviors, cascading style sheets and templates. Instruction is provided on using Dreamweaver to create advanced Web pages such as frame pages and Web pages with forms. Instruction is also provided in using Dreamweaver features to publish Web pages and Web sites to a Web server. Throughout the semester, emphasis is placed on using Dreamweaver to implement the Web design concepts taught in CIS 130.
Prerequisite: CIS 130.
Additional course fee: $85.

CIS 231 Adobe Flash

2-2-3
Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to develop skills necessary to create Rich Internet Applications. Students will learn the terminology, concepts and development process involved in creating web-based multimedia applications using Adobe Flash. Flash is a development tool used to incorporate graphics, animation, sound, video and text into interactive experiences such as websites, games and product demonstrations that are used to inform, educate and to entertain. This course covers the objectives specified by Adobe for their Flash associate professional certification.
Prerequisite: CIS 130 with a grade of C or better.
Additional course fee: $85.

CIS 252 Windows Server Configuration

3-2-4
Credit Hours: 4

Through lecture and hands-on experience, this course develops the skills students need to configure the current Microsoft Windows Server Operating System. Topics covered include user accounts, domains, security, print and file services, DHCP, network shares, login scripts and remote access. This course combined with CIS 253 provides the foundation for pursuing the Microsoft Server Certification.
Prerequisite: CIS 150.
Additional course fee: $85.

CIS 253 Windows Server Administration

3-2-4
Credit Hours: 4

Through lecture and hands-on experience, this course helps students develop the skills needed to configure the current Microsoft Windows Server Operating System. Topics covered include Active Directory, group policies, roaming profiles, distributed file system, powershell, FSMO and other server topics. This course combined with CIS 252 provides the foundation for pursuing the Microsoft Server Certification.
Prerequisite: CIS 252.
Additional course fee: $85.

CIS 256 Cisco Routing Technology

3-2-4
Credit Hours: 4

This course in networking and data communications explains fundamental concepts and engages students in practical projects that develop skills in computer Cisco Routing Technology, including installation and configuration of network hardware and software, network topologies, network management, and security. This course is designed to help students prepare for the Cisco CCENT and CCNA certification exams.
Prerequisite: CIS 150
Additional course fee: $85. 

CIS 257 Advanced Cisco Routing and Switch Technology

3-2-4
Credit Hours: 4

This course in networking and data communications includes advanced concepts and engages students in practical projects that enhance skills in Cisco Routing Technology as augmented by equipment called “Switches.” Cisco routing and VLAN security and advanced routing protocols are evaluated and implemented. This course is designed to help students prepare for the Cisco CCENT and CCNA certification exam(s).
Prerequisite: CIS 256.
Additional course fee: $85.

 

CIS 259 Computing and Network Security

3-2-4
Credit Hours: 4

This course provides an introduction to computing and network security. It is intended to meet the needs of students and professionals who want to master practical network and computer security. Those seeking to pass the Computing Technology Industry Association's (CompTIAs) Security+ certification exam will find the course's approach and content especially helpful because the Security+ objectives will be covered in the course, and if mastered, will prepare the student to pass the certification exam.
Prerequisite: CIS 150 with a C or better.
Additional course fee: $85.

CIS 261: Cyber Investigation

2-4-4
Credit Hours: 4

This course focuses on the principles and hands-on technical skills to provide students with a solid foundation in the field of cyber investigation. Students will learn how to collect, preserve, examine and analyze cyber evidence for possible use in civil or criminal cases. Students will also learn the role of evidence in detecting and prosecuting cyber crimes, cyber terrorism, traditional and violent crimes, civil cases, fraud and other related offenses. Discussions and hands-on activities familiarize students with relevant cyber investigative techniques.
Prerequisite: CIS 155.
Additional course fee: $85.

CIS 270 Systems Analysis and Design

3-2-4
Credit Hours: 4

This course provides an introduction to the analysis and design of modern computer-based information systems, including analysis of the need for computer-based information systems in particular organizational situations, the design of those systems and the design of the processes used to create and implement such systems. Students will receive instruction in conducting feasibility studies, managing projects and presenting proposals and reports.
Prerequisite: CIS 205.
Additional course fee: $85.

CIS 274: Ethical Hacking & Penetration Testing

2-4-4
Credit Hours: 4

This course continues and expands students' understanding of issues related to cybersecurity. Students learn more advanced skills, such as ethical hacking/penetration testing, security testing and systems/network defense and countermeasures. Students learn how to protect networks by utilizing the techniques that attackers use to compromise network and systems security. Students learn how to protect network/systems through hands-on lab activities utilizing the same tools and methods that intruders use to break into networks/systems. Topics include: hacker methodology and tools, how hackers operate, and setting up strong countermeasures to protect networks/systems.
Prerequisite: CIS 152 and CIS 259.
Additional course fee: $85.

CIS 297 Network Technology and Management Capstone

3-2-4
Credit Hours: 4

Students engage in a group project in which they respond to a Request for Proposal (RFP) engaged by a fictitious company. The RFP will encompass a multifaceted process involving the management of implementation processes required to address the needs of the RFP. The results of the RFP will include including needs analysis, equipment and software identification, budget expenditures, staffing requirements, technical reports, timelines, project assignments within groups and network design schematics and diagrams. At the conclusion of the accumulation of required elements, students will behave as if the fictional company has selected and accepted their proposal response and bid, resulting in the creation of a miniature network infrastructure addressing the needs of the fictitious company. Throughout the project, practical implementation and application of management principles and network technologies required in business and other corporate environments will be evaluated and assessed. Elements of the finished network infrastructure and documentation will include functioning servers of various types (i.e., video, e-mail, web and database servers) combined with wired and wireless Wide Area Network (WAN) technologies. The course is highly advantageous for those who desire gaining employment at the network administrator or mid-management level in a technical department or enterprise.
Prerequisites: CIS 253, CIS 257, ENGL 117, which may be taken concurrently, and MNGT 142, which may be taken concurrently.
Additional course fee: $85.