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Management of Computer Information Technology

The Management of Computer Information Technology curriculum leads to an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree. The primary goal of the program is to prepare students for transfer to a baccalaureate program in Computer Information Systems, Information Technology, Business Administration or a related field. The curricular focus is a set of courses that develop business managers who understand and implement information management methods that are joined with automation to support business decision making. The curriculum emphasizes the use of technology to manage information and business processes. Upon receiving the associate’s degree, students are prepared to obtain employment as computer support specialists at an entry- or mid-level position. Further education is recommended for students who wish to advance to higher level positions.

Electives are to be selected form the CIS course offerings above CIS 105 but in any case are not to include CIS 100, CIS 101 or CIS 102. Directed electives should be based on transferability to the student’s intended transfer institution. Non-CIS courses may also be selected with the guidance of an academic advisor.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Use technology effectively to communicate and analyze information related to computer information systems and business management processes.
  • Design and implement computer information systems for business analysis.
  • Demonstrated a broad knowledge of computer information systems terminology and practices, including those related to networking and data communications technology.
  • Explain basic principles of project management.
  • Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of business activities and the role of data and information technology in these activities.

Program Entry Requirements:
This program is open to interested students. New students are normally required to take the College’s placement test at their time of entry. Students identified as needing developmental work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses as part of their degree program.

Students who have had prior computer-related experience may be placed in more advanced courses after consultation with and approval of the department head.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:
A minimum of 63 credit hours as prescribed must be satisfactorily completed with a grade point average of at least 2.0 (“C” average).

Students wishing to transfer to a particular college or university should, with the help of an advisor, review that institution’s requirements and/or existing articulation agreements with the College so that program courses may be chosen appropriately. In particular, students should check math requirements at the college or university to which they plan to transfer.

Management of Computer Information Technology Course Sequence

Course Number and Name Prerequisites Credits Gen Ed Req. and Corequisites

First Semester

CIS 103 – Applied Computer Technology   3 Tech Comp
ACCT 101 – Financial Accounting   4  
Math Elective – MATH 118 or above   3 Mathematics
ENGL 101 – English Composition I   3 ENGL 101
MNGT 121 – Introduction to Business1   3  

Second Semester

CIS 105 – Computer Systems Maintenance   4  
ACCT102 – Managerial Accounting ACCT 101 with the grade of "C" or better 3  
ENGL 102 – The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 ENGL 102, Info Lit
Science Elective   3/4 Natural Science
CIS 106 – Introduction to Computer Programming   4  

Third Semester

CIS 150 – Network Technology   4  
MNGT 141 – Principles of Management1 MNGT 121 3  
CIS 205 – Database Management Systems CIS 103 4  
Social Science Elective   3 Social Sciences
Humanities Elective   3 Humanities

Fourth Semester

CIS 270 – Systems Analysis and Design CIS 205 4  
ECON 181 – Principles of Economics (Macroeconomics)
ECON 182– Principles of Economics (Microeconomics)
Directive Elective2   3  
Directive Elective2   3  

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate: 63

General Education Requirements
All General Education requirements are met through required courses (as indicated above) except for the Writing Intensive requirement, the Interpretive Studies requirement and the American/Global Diversity requirement. Therefore, in order to graduate, students in this program must choose one course that is designated Writing Intensive, one course that is designated Interpretive Studies and one course that is designated American/Global Diversity. The same course may be used to fulfill more than one of these requirements. View the courses that fulfill all degree requirements and receive a more detailed explanation of the College's general education requirements to help in your selection.

  1. This course may transfer as a general elective depending on the transfer institution.
  2. Electives are to be selected with the guidance of an academic advisor. Directed electives are to be chosen from the CIS course offerings above CIS 105 (these electives may not include CIS 100, CIS 101 or CIS 102) and should be based on transferability to the target institution. However, non-CIS course offerings may be selected depending on students' career and transfer goals. The student should confer with the transfer counselor, representative(s) from the intended transfer institution and the CT department head or CT advisor.

For More Information Contact:
The Division of Business and Technology, Room C1-9, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 496-6164; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.