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, presentation, and database management software; collaboration and networking software; the Internet of Things; and ethical issues related to technology. This is a Windows based hands-on course.
Computer Information Systems Courses
CIS 103 - Introduction to Information Technology
CIS 105 - Computer Systems Maintenance
This course provides students with knowledge, skills, and experience in installing and supporting the Microsoft Windows operating system. It helps prepare students for CompTIA A+ certification and provides a foundation for related Microsoft certifications.
CIS 106 - Introduction to Computer Programming
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.
CIS 130 - Web Page Design I
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.
CIS 150 - Network Technology
This course introduces fundamental networking theory and practice, including basic networking infrastructure, topology, and terminology; the OSI model; installing and configuring client systems and peripheral devices; configuring and troubleshooting network connections; and maintaining network security. This course should help students prepare for CompTIA Network + (Net+) certification.
CIS 152 - Introduction to Cybersecurity
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.
CIS 150 may be taken concurrently
CIS 155 - Principles of Operating Systems
This course introduces students to commands and operations in several commonly used operating systems, such as Microsoft Windows, Linux/Unix, Mac OS, and mobiles device operating systems. Topics include installing software, file management, configuring the user environment, device installation, security configuration, OS hardening, troubleshooting common operating system problems, and disaster recovery.
CIS 200: Apple App Development I
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of developing native applications for Apple platforms such as iOS. Students will learn details of Apple mobile platforms and programming languages and develop programs using Apple specific development environments. Emphasis will be placed on building apps intended for distribution on phones or tablets.
CIS 201 - Apple App Development II
This course teaches the development of native applications for Apple platforms such as iOS. Students will learn development techniques and practices suitable for producing real-world apps designed for devices such as phones and tablets. Students expand on the ideas from CIS 200: Apple App Development I and learn to work with remote data and advanced object oriented concepts.
CIS 204 - Fundamentals of Linux and Unix
This course introduces students to the installation, use, and maintenance of widely-used derivatives of the UNIX operating system, such as the Fedora and Debian distributions of Linux. Topics include file management, user account management, bash shell commands, shell scripting, working with desktop environments, peripheral device connectivity, and Linux/Unix networking basics. Students will also be introduced to common application software for these environments.
CIS 205 - Database Management Systems
As an introduction to relational database management systems and database programming for computers using modern enterprise database servers, this course covers fundamental concepts in database design, database modeling techniques, and Structured Query Language (SQL) programming techniques while providing hands-on exercises in which students apply these concepts and techniques to real-world problems. The course introduces the Structured Query Language (SQL database language), Data Manipulation Language (DML), Data Definition Language (DDL), Data Control Language (DCL), and store procedure programming. It also includes concepts for building frameworks for high performance web applications in multi-tier environments. Students will implement a relational database from initial requirements and conceptual design (ER Diagram) to the physical database in a modern enterprise relational database management system (RDMS).
CIS 211 - Android App Development I
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of developing native applications for Android devices. Students will learn details of Android mobile platforms and programming languages. Emphasis will be placed on building apps intended for distribution on phones or tablets. Students will learn techniques and apply them to design mobile user interfaces and apply standards to create intuitive, usable and efficient applications.
CIS 212 - Android App Development II
In this course, students learn the process of developing native applications for Android devices. Students learn development techniques and practices suitable for producing real-world apps designed for devices such as phones and tablets. Students expand on the ideas from CIS 211: Android App Development I and work hands-on with remote data, data storage and device sensors.
CIS 230 - Web Page Design II
This course provides a survey of current professional trends in front-end web development. Students will develop websites using techniques common in the professional sphere. Additionally, students will collaborate and present their work to enhance communication and speaking skills. Topics include responsive web design, prototyping, user interface design, content management systems, and CSS and HTML preprocessors.
CIS 244 - Server-Side Web Development
This course exposes students to the ideas of web application development using server-side programming languages. Concepts such as dynamic web page creation, authentication, database integration, security, and data processing will be covered. Students will apply these concepts to solve real-world problems by building functioning web-based applications that can be accessed via a web browser.
CIS 252 - Managing Network Servers
This course is an introduction to the knowledge and skills required to set up, maintain, troubleshoot, secure and support server hardware and software. This course helps students prepare for CompTIA's Server+ certification.
CIS 256 - Network Routing and Switching
This course is an introduction to the knowledge and skills required to set up, maintain, troubleshoot, secure and support computer network routers and switches. This course helps students prepare for Cisco's CCNA certification.
CIS 259 - Computing and Network Security
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.
CIS 150 with a grade of "C" or better
CIS 261 - Cyber Investigation
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.
CIS 270 - Systems Analysis and Design
This course provides an introduction to System Analysis and Design. Topics include analyzing the business case, requirements modeling, data and process modeling, and development strategies, with an increased focus on object modeling and project management. Students will also learn about output and user interface design, data design, system architecture and implementation, and system operation, support, and security.
CIS 271 - Information Technology Project Management
This course integrates theory, practice, and hands-on exercises to present an understandable view of the many concepts, skills, tools, and techniques involved in IT project management. Students will learn how effective project management and the use of software can help to manage projects, especially information technology projects.
CIS 274 - Ethical Hacking & Penetration Testing
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.
CIS 288 - Cloud Computing
This course teaches the fundamental concepts of cloud computing using hands-on, lab-based exercises. Students will learn to provision servers using automation tools, develop and deploy web applications to cloud-based services and to virtualized infrastructure. Students will be presented with a survey of existing cloud providers and infrastructure and will plan the deployment of an application as a final project.