Computer Information Systems (CIS)


CIS 201. Introduction to Information Technology and Analytics. 3 Credit Hours.

Information technology has become deeply integrated with every business function. This course covers the role of Information Technology in supporting business process and major enterprise wide strategic initiatives, including Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Supply Chain Management (SCM), and e-Business. It examines the competitive impact of evolving technologies such as Mobile Computing and Social Networking. The course also covers the social, ethical, and security issues that arise with the use of technology. Various business scenarios/problems are presented to teach students how to use IT to formulate, analyze, and solve problems and to enhance their analytical skills. Students apply what they have learned and compete "team-to-team" in a sponsored course-wide analytical case.
Session Cycle: Fall, Spring
Yearly Cycle: Annual.

Spring 2017CIS 201A3677MWF9:00am - 9:50am(J. Allen)
Spring 2017CIS 201AE3678M6:30pm - 9:10pm(S. Fiore)
Spring 2017CIS 201B3679MWF1:00pm - 1:50pm(A. Chaudhury)
Spring 2017CIS 201C3680TTh9:30am - 10:45am(J. Prichard)
Spring 2017CIS 201CE3681T6:30pm - 9:10pm(K. Barr)
Spring 2017CIS 201D3682MWF12:00pm - 12:50pm(D. Gamelin)
Spring 2017CIS 201E3683TTh11:00am - 12:15pm(C. Zhang)
Spring 2017CIS 201F3684TTh9:30am - 10:45am(C. Zhang)
Spring 2017CIS 201H3686MWF8:00am - 8:50am(P. Casey)
Spring 2017CIS 201I3687TTh3:30pm - 4:45pm(A. Bodell)
Spring 2017CIS 201JE3685Th6:30pm - 9:10pm(K. Maymon)

CIS 201G. Introduction to Global Information Technology and Analytics. 3 Credit Hours.

The world has changed dramatically in the past decade. One driving force behind this change is information technology that now connects virtually every part of the world and fundamentally changes the way all business is conducted. This course will provide a foundation of information technology concepts and application development in a global context. Students are expected to learn how various information technologies can be used to strengthen the business competitiveness globally, how information culture may vary in different countries, and how this variation may impact the adoption of information technologies. Students are expected to learn managerial issues pertaining to development of global information systems. Students will gain experience with database and spreadsheet tools (Access and Excel) which are necessary to be more productive in a global environment.
Prerequisites: BSIB major and GFOB 100G
Session Cycle: Spring
Yearly Cycle: Annual.

Spring 2017CIS 201GA3688MWF11:00am - 11:50am(D. Greene)
Spring 2017CIS 201GB3689MWF10:00am - 10:50am(R. Siedzik)
Spring 2017CIS 201GJE3690Th6:30pm - 9:10pm(G. Haupt)

CIS 203. Honors Business Information Technology and Analytics. 3 Credit Hours.

This course introduces students to the key role that information technology plays in business organizations. Major topics include business information systems, information ethics and social issues, security, database fundamentals, telecommunication, e-commerce, m-commerce and traditional and emerging systems development methodologies. Students will also gain experience in developing a functional database application for a business case and then use the data in the database to create spreadsheet analyses to solve business problems related to the different business functions contained in the business case such as finance, marketing and management.
Prerequisites: Honors Program
Session Cycle: Spring
Yearly Cycle: Annual.

Spring 2017CIS 203HN3691MWF9:00am - 9:50am(A. Chaudhury)

CIS 301. Legacy Systems Programming. 3 Credit Hours.

Using COBOL students will learn how to write, debug, and test a variety of business programs involving legacy systems. Structured programming design will be emphasized. Program activities include report design, sequential file processing, relative file processing, and indexed sequential file structure.
Prerequisites: CIS 201 or CIS 203
Session Cycle: Fall
Yearly Cycle: Alternate Years.

CIS 305. Using Technology for Effective Decision Making. 3 Credit Hours.

This course prepares students to analyze data and solve real-life business problems using spreadsheets and other relevant software. It challenges students to use critical thinking and analysis to find efficient and effective solutions to real-life situations. In addition, it teaches students to deal not only with immediate problems, but the inevitable "what if" scenarios that occur in business situations. Case problems from diverse fields of business, such as accounting, finance, marketing, and operations management, will provide additional practice in a real-world context.
Prerequisites: CIS 201 or CIS 203 and junior standing
Session Cycle: Fall
Yearly Cycle: Annual.

CIS 312. Mobile Device Application Programming. 3 Credit Hours.

This is a course in programming methodologies for mobile applications. Students apply a program development process involving problem definition, graphic design methodologies, and pseudo coding. The course will be devoted to writing, debugging, testing, and deploying a variety of applications for mobile devices. Topics include software development kits for mobile applications, Java, and mobile website development.
Session Cycle: Spring
Yearly Cycle: Annual.

CIS 314. Visual Basic Programming. 3 Credit Hours.

This is a course in programming methodologies using the popular Visual Basic.Net Language. Students apply a structured program development process involving problem definition, graphic design methodologies, and pseudo-coding. The course will be devoted to writing, debugging, testing and documenting a variety of programs for business applications. This course will provide students with the background and foundation for their continuing development as programmers.
Prerequisites: CIS 201 or CIS 203 and junior standing
Session Cycle: Spring
Yearly Cycle: Annual.

Spring 2017CIS 314CE3692T6:30pm - 9:10pm(D. Gannon)

CIS 332. E-Business Models. 3 Credit Hours.

E-Business is doing business activities over an IT platform that uses Internet-related protocols. E-Business activities include not only the business to consumer direct selling over the web but also business-to-business logistics, and all the back-end computer activities within the firm that use Internet protocols. Business organizations are implementing radical changes in the marketing, advertising, and delivery of their products and services. Through the implementation of electronic business technology, organizations are extending their boundaries beyond traditional "bricks and mortar" establishments to a new virtual marketplace that has global reach. Conventional business practices in the areas of advertising, marketing, production, and customer service are being radically transformed by this new platform that permits world-wide connectivity on 24/7 basis. Students will explore the competitive, economic, and global aspects of E-Business and will develop on-line projects and business plans.
Prerequisites: CIS 201 or CIS 203 and junior standing
Session Cycle: Varies
Yearly Cycle: Annual.

Spring 2017CIS 332A3696MF2:00pm - 3:15pm(A. Chaudhury)

CIS 341. Database Management System Principles. 3 Credit Hours.

This course focuses on the principles of database design and application development in a database environment. Topics will include foundations of the database approach, objectives of this approach, advantages and disadvantages of database processing. A major emphasis will be placed on the Relational Database Model and will include techniques for designing and normalizing a Relational Database. Student projects will include developing application software using a database system. Second-semester junior standing is required. This is a required course for CIS concentrators and minors.
Prerequisites: CIS 201 or CIS 203 and junior standing
Session Cycle: Spring
Yearly Cycle: Annual.

Spring 2017CIS 341A3693TTh3:30pm - 4:45pm(K. Sousa)
Spring 2017CIS 341B3736TTh12:30pm - 1:45pm(K. Sousa)

CIS 361. Interactive Digital Media. 3 Credit Hours.

This is an introductory level, hands-on, lab-based course where students will use electronic tools to create real-time digital media and web content. Dreamweaver, Flash, Illustrator and Photoshop will be used to build navigation schemes, sound, pictures, illustrations, animation and video. Prior knowledge of these tools is not necessary for successful completion of the course.
Session Cycle: Spring
Yearly Cycle: Annual.

CIS 391. Computer Information Systems Internship. 3 Credit Hours.

CIS internships give students the opportunity for supervised employment in an area where they can apply the information system principles and techniques they have studied through our curriculum. Interns work at least ten hours per week, meet periodically with a supervising faculty member, and prepare a substantive report on their work experience.
Prerequisites: CIS 341 and Junior standing is required.

CIS 441. Systems Analysis and Information Technology Consulting. 3 Credit Hours.

Programming is only a small part of designing information systems. A systems analyst works like an investigative journalist, gathering information about the business problem so that an effective technology solution can be designed and constructed. This course teaches you what to look for and how to find it. You will learn structured techniques and less-structured guidelines which will aid in the search for understanding of the organization, its existing systems, and the proposed system. Programming design techniques are also covered. Teams of students will develop a plan for building a complete computer information system for a real or fictitious company. This is a required course for CIS and IT majors.
Prerequisites: IT 330 or CIS 341 and senior standing
Session Cycle: Fall
Yearly Cycle: Annual.

CIS 470. Managing Global Information Resources. 3 Credit Hours.

Information systems provide the framework for decision making across the functional areas of an organization and are major enablers of globalization. This course provides a foundation in the principles and concepts of managing information resources in a global environment. The course focuses on alternative approaches to managing information resources such as computers, communication networks, software, data and information in organizations. Students will learn how multinational corporations are using IT to develop business solutions and obtain competitive advantage. Emphasis will be placed on viewing the organization in a global perspective, with the associated technological, cultural and operational issues that influence information resource management. Several real-world cases will be used to enhance students' understanding of the course materials.
Prerequisites: CIS 201 or CIS 203 and Senior standing
Session Cycle: Fall
Yearly Cycle: Annual.

Spring 2017CIS 470A3715MWF11:00am - 11:50am(K. Mentzer)

CIS 472. IT Security and Risk Management. 3 Credit Hours.

IT Security provides an introduction to information security to prepare students for their future roles as business decision-makers. This course includes both the managerial and the technical aspects of IT security with an emphasis on the role of management. The organizing principle of the course is that information security is a problem for management to solve and not simply a matter of technology.
Prerequisites: CIS 201 or CIS 203 and senior standing
Session Cycle: Spring
Yearly Cycle: Alternate Years.

CIS 497. Directed Study in Computer Information Systems. 3 Credit Hours.

This course provides an opportunity for senior computer information systems majors to do independent, in-depth study or research. The student works on an individual basis under the direction of a member of the CIS Department. Normally the course requires the student to develop a substantial paper or project.
Prerequisites: permission of instructor and department chair.

CIS ST300. Special Topics in CIS Data Management in the Age of Big Data. 3 Credit Hours.

The main objective of this course is to provide students with an overview of the design and implementation of distributed, parallel databases that are capable of handling massively large data sets that may contain billions of rows of data. Students will be introduced to big data concepts and processing architectures for large data. Topics will include data warehouse, database components and architecture, data distribution, SQL, access, storage and data protection, and database tools and utilities.
Prerequisites: CIS 201 or CIS 201G or CIS 203.

CIS ST301. Special Topics in CIS Introduction to Managerial Issues in Information Security. 3 Credit Hours.

Securing business information is critically important, yet very difficult for modern organizations. This introductory course provides students an overview of information security management issues that must be addressed by organizations as new technologies such as cloud services and Internet of Things are changing the IT environment. Students will gain an understanding of security risks and protection of data and networks. As complex IT environments are difficult to protect, students also discuss how to respond to security incidents.
Prerequisites: CIS201 or CIS203 or CIS 201G.