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COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES (CIS)

 

All prerequisites must be passed with a minimum grade of “C”.
 
CIS 100 Information Technology in Society 1 cr
A discussion of the impact of information technology on personal, local, national, and global issues. Not to be taken with CIS 110. No prerequisites.
 
CIS 110 Introduction to Computer and 3 cr
  Information Sciences
An introduction to information technology. A discussion of the social, ethical, economics, and philosophical implications of computing. Exposure to a representative set of applications. Not to be taken with CIS 100. No prerequisites.
 
CIS 120 Problem Solving and Programming Concepts I
3 cr
Introduction to the design of algorithms and their implementation in a high-level programming language. Topics include: algorithm design strategies, programming concepts, programming environment, data structures, searching and sorting methods, and internal representation of data types. Prerequisite: MA 112 or an ACT score of 22 in Mathematics. Corequisite: CIS 122.
 
CIS 121 Problem Solving and Programming Concepts II
3 cr
Continuation of CIS 120. Topics include: design concepts, abstract data types, use of object libraries, dynamic storage allocation, stacks, queues, link lists, random access files, testing and software engineering practices. Prerequisites: CIS 110 and 120. Corequisite: CIS 123.
 
CIS 122 Problem Solving and Programming
1 cr
Concepts I Lab
Computer laboratory component for CIS 120. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in CIS 120.
 
CIS 123 Problem Solving and Programming
1 cr
Concepts II Lab
Computer laboratory component for CIS 121. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in CIS 121.
 
CIS 150 Introduction to Computer Applications
3 cr
This course is designed to provide a broad-based introduction to the use of computers to enhance personal productivity. Topics to be covered are use of a graphical user interface, word processing, spreadsheet analysis, basic image management related to documents and reports and the fundamentals of Internet publishing. No prerequisites.
 
CIS 190 Computer and Information Sciences
1 cr
Special Topics
Selected topics in computer and information sciences. Prerequisite: Permission of the specialization coordinator.
 
CIS 227 Numerical Computation I
3 cr
Floating point numbers, representation, and errors; software tools for scientific computing; elementary problems in scientific computing. Prerequisite: MA 126.
 
CIS 228 Digital Logic and Computer Architecture
3 cr
Topics include: Boolean algebra, minimization techniques, combinatorial and sequential circuit analysis, memory organization, microprocessor concepts, and system architecture. Prerequisite: CIS 121.
 
CIS 230 Advanced Data and File Structures
3 cr
Extension of elementary data structures as covered in CIS 121, techniques to organize and access collections of data. Definition, implementation, and use of Classes and Abstract Data Types (ADT). The use of ADT’s and objects for solving CIS problems. Network, hierarchical, and relational data models leading to Database Management Systems. Topics include: recursion, search trees, algorithmic complexity, advanced searching and sorting algorithms, and graphs. Prerequisite: CIS 121.
 
CIS 231 Software Engineering Principles
3 cr
Models, techniques, and tools used in project management. Topics include: software development process, task scheduling, estimation and progress measurement. Coordination of development teams. Standards, testing plans, configuration management, metrics and use of CASE tools, systems delivery and maintenance strategies. Prerequisite: CIS 230.
 
CIS 235 Programming Language Seminar
3 cr
Fundamentals of syntax and style for a relevant, or current programming language. Includes application development in that language. Prerequisite: Knowledge of a programming language.
 
CIS 250 Advanced Computer Applications
3 cr
This course provides continuing coverage of advanced office technologies. Areas of emphasis include: e-mail, the WWW, searching for information on the Web, developing a visual graphics-based presentation, and data management using a database management tool. Students will be required to complete computer-based labs in these areas. Prerequisites: CIS150 or placement by exam.
 
CIS 321 Data Communications and Networking
3 cr
An introduction to data communications, computer networking, and network operating systems. Topics include: basic concepts of data transmission, network architectures, communications devices, and communications protocols. Prerequisite: CIS 121.
 
CIS 322 Operating Systems
3 cr
This course covers the development of operating systems that control computing systems. Topics include: file systems, process management, scheduling, memory management (real and virtual), security, and concurrency. Case studies of operating systems are examined. Prerequisite: CIS 121.
 
CIS 324 Database Design, Development, and 3 cr
Management
Analysis, design, and development of desktop database systems. Coverage of normalization concepts, DBMS models, E-R/ Semantic modeling, and query processing. Prerequisite: CIS 121 or ITE 285.
 
CIS 401 Accelerated Programming
3 cr
This course presents programming concepts in an accelerated manner. Coverage includes ADT’s, classes and class libraries, and simple data structures such as linked lists, stacks, queues. Laboratory assignments will be done in a high-level, object-oriented language. This course does not count towards a graduate degree in CIS. Prerequisite. Prior programming experience desired and permission of Coordinator.
 
CIS 402 Accelerated Operating Systems
3 cr
Computer Architecture
This course presents computer architecture and operating systems concepts in an accelerated manner. Coverage includes machine and assembly languages, functioning of a simple processor, machine-level data flow, microprogramming, I/O, interrupts and processing drivers, memory management, dynamic process scheduling, and multitasking. This course does not count towards a graduate degree in CIS. Prerequisite. Prior programming experience desired and permission of Coordinator.
 
CIS 403 Accelerated Data and File Structures
3 cr
This course applies advanced programming concepts and techniques to data structures such as linear and linked lists, trees, records, files and database. Sequential and random access file processing methods; searching and sorting methods. Laboratory assignments will be done in a high-level, object-oriented language. This course does not count towards a graduate degree in CIS. Prerequisite: CIS 401.
 
CIS 404 Accelerated Networks and Communications
3 cr
This course presents network and communications concepts in an accelerated manner. Coverage includes signaling concepts, communication devices, switching, network architectures and protocols, OSI reference model, network management and planning. This course does not count towards a graduate degree in CIS. Prerequisite: CIS 402.
 
CIS 405 Programming Languages
3 cr
This course examines formal language concepts of programming languages including syntax and basic grammars. Language features such as data types and structures, control structures, and data flow will be studied. Laboratory assignments include the use of high-level languages, as well as the use of windows API. Prerequisite: CIS 403.
 
CIS 406 Information Systems in Organizations
3 cr
An examination of the relationship of information systems in organizations and the impact on people in the organization with respect to planning and decision making. Other topics covered include general systems theory, data security and integrity, application access control, project management, and large group behaviors. Prerequisite: CIS 402, 403, 404.
 
CIS 407 Database Programming
3 cr
This course examines implementation and access of databases via event-driven applications developed with visual programming tools. Other topics covered are elementary ER modeling, data integrity, referential integrity, report development, interface design. This course does not count towards a graduate degree in CIS. Prerequisite: CIS 403.
 
CIS 439 Windows Programming
3 cr
This course continues and expands the study of programming begun in either ITE 285 or CIS 121. Concepts previously learned are extended to application programming in the windows (GUI) environment. Students will make use of the OLE, DDE, AI features of windows in programming projects. Students will write and use their own DLL’s in producing user interfaces and applications projects. Prerequisite: CIS 230 or ITE 285.
 
CIS 490 Computer and Information Sciences
3 cr
Special Topics
Advanced selected topics in computer and information sciences. Prerequisite: Permission of the chair.
 
CIS 494 Directed Study
1-3 cr
May be taken for a maximum of six (6) credits, only three (3) of which may be applied to the CIS major or minor. Prerequisite: Permission of the specialization coordinator.
 
CIS 496 Computer and Information Sciences Internship
1-4 cr
CIS internship program is designed to give advanced students practical experience in the computer industry. Students will work on sponsored projects with faculty advisors. Credit may apply to degree with approval of the chair. Prerequisites: GPA of 2.75 or better and approval of the dean.
 
CIS 497 Senior Project I (W)
2 cr

Development of requirements definitions, architectural design specifications, detailed design specification, testing plan, and documentation for the software and/or hardware components of a comprehensive project. CIS 497 will have problem analysis, feasibility, logical design, and project plan as deliverables. Both oral and written reports will be required. Senior standing and instructor permission are required. CIS 497 and 498 must be taken in consecutive semesters. Prerequisite: Professional Component Standing and nine (9) hours of upper division course work in the area of specialization as specified below:

Computer Science: CSC 333 and six (6) hours of approved upper division courses.
Information Systems: ISC 353, ISC 360 and three (3) hours of approved upper division courses.
Information Technology: ITE 474, ITE 480 and three (3) hours of approved upper division courses.
CIS 321, CIS 322, and ITE 370 will not be considered as approved upper division courses.

 
CIS 498 Senior Project II (W)
3 cr
Development of requirements definitions, architectural design specifications, detailed design specifications, testing plan, and documentation for the software and/or hardware components of a comprehensive project. CIS 498 will have project tracking, testing systems user documentation, software installation, and project demonstration as deliverables. Both oral and written reports will be required. Senior standing and instructor permission are required. CIS 497 and 498 must be taken in consecutive semesters. All students must complete the graduate exit interview with the Dean. Prerequisite: CIS 497.
 
CIS 499 Computer and Information Sciences
1-6 cr
Senior Honors Project
Under the advice and guidance of a faculty mentor, honors students will identify and carry out a research project, relevant to the field of computing, that will lead to a formal presentation at the annual Honors Student Colloquium. The senior honors project will be judged and graded by three faculty chaired by the honors mentor. This course is required for Honors recognition and may be repeated for up to six credit hours. Prerequisite: Completion of an approved project prospectus and permission of the appropriate coordinator.
 
CIS 500 Basic Computing Principles and Applications
3 cr
Introduction to computers and computer applications. Components of a computer system will be presented. Word processing, system design and implementation, and programming concepts will be introduced. Not to be taken for CIS graduate credit. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.
 
CIS 501 Accelerated Programming
3 cr
This course presents programming concepts in an accelerated manner. Coverage includes ADT’s, classes and class libraries, and simple data structures such as linked lists, stacks, queues. Laboratory assignments will be done in a high-level, object-oriented language. This course does not count towards a graduate degree in CIS. Prerequisite. Prior programming experience desired and permission of Coordinator.
 
CIS 502 Accelerated Operating
3 cr
Systems Computer Architecture
This course presents computer architecture and operating systems concepts in an accelerated manner. Coverage includes machine and assembly languages, functioning of a simple processor, machine-level data flow, microprogramming, I/O, interrupts and processing drivers, memory management, dynamic process scheduling, and multitasking. This course does not count towards a graduate degree in CIS. Prerequisite. Prior programming experience desired and permission of Coordinator.
 
CIS 503 Accelerated Data and File Structures
3 cr
This course applies advanced programming concepts and techniques to data structures such as linear and linked lists, trees, records, files and database. Sequential and random access file processing methods; searching and sorting methods. Laboratory assignments will be done in a high-level, object-oriented language. This course does not count towards a graduate degree in CIS. Prerequisite: CIS 501.
 
CIS 504 Accelerated Networks and Communications
3 cr
This course presents network and communications concepts in an accelerated manner. Coverage includes signaling concepts, communication devices, switching, network architectures and protocols, OSI reference model, network management and planning. This course does not count towards a graduate degree in CIS. Prerequisite: CIS 502.
 
CIS 505 Programming Languages
3 cr
This course examines formal language concepts of programming languages including syntax and basic grammars. Language features such as data types and structures, control structures, and data flow will be studied. Laboratory assignments include the use of high-level languages, as well as the use of windows API. Prerequisite: CIS 503.
 
CIS 506 Information Systems in Organizations
3 cr
An examination of the relationship of information systems in organizations and the impact on people in the organization with respect to planning and decision making. Other topics covered include general systems theory, data security and integrity, application access control, project management, and large group behaviors. This course does not count towards a graduate degree in CIS. Prerequisite: CIS 503, 502, 504.
 
CIS 507 Database Programming
3 cr
This course examines implementation and access of databases via event-driven applications developed with visual programming tools. Other topics covered are elementary ER modeling, data integrity, referential integrity, report development, interface design. This course does not count towards a graduate degree in CIS. Prerequisite: CIS 503.
 
CIS 518 CIS Research Methodologies
3 cr
A review of computer and information science literature and research topics. Techniques for defining research goals will be described. Students will be expected to identify a research area and conduct a complete review of the literature. Prerequisite: CIS Graduate Foundation Courses.
 
CIS 590 Computer and Information Science
3 cr
Special Topics
Advanced selected topics in computer and information sciences. Prerequisite: Permission of the Director of CIS Graduate Studies.
 
CIS 594 Directed Study
3 cr
May be taken for a maximum of three credits to count towards the degree. Prerequisite: Permission of the Director of CIS Graduate Studies.
 
CIS 595 Computer and Information Sciences
1-3 cr
Research Development
Development of the research proposal for master’s thesis. Prerequisite: Permission of the Director of CIS Graduate Studies.
 
CIS 596 Computer and Information Sciences
1-3 cr
Graduate Internship
CIS graduate internship program is designed to give graduate students practical experience in the computer industry. Students will work on sponsored projects with faculty advisors. Up to three (3) hours may be counted toward the degree. Prerequisite: Permission of the Director of CIS Graduate Studies.
 
CIS 598 Computer and Information Sciences Project
1-3 cr
Approved investigation of original problems under direction of a faculty member. This course may be repeated for a maximum of three (3) hours of credit towards the degree. Prerequisite: Permission of the Director of CIS Graduate Studies.
 
CIS 599 Computer and Information Sciences Thesis
1-3 cr

This course may be repeated for a maximum of six (6) credits. A thesis committee will provide direction during the thesis. Prerequisite: CIS 595, approval of thesis proposal by the student’s thesis committee and by the Director of CIS Graduate Studies.

 

 


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