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COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES (CIS)

 

All Pre-requisites must be passed with a minimum grade of C.
CIS 010 Computer Proficiency Exam 0  cr
The purpose of this course is to administer the Computer Proficiency Exam (CPE) for enrolled students. The CPE consists of multiple choice and performance-based questions for general computer, internet, WWW, e-mail, and office application concepts. Performance-based questions require a series of actions in a simulated environment to demonstrate specific skills being assessed. No outside materials or assistance from the applications' Help files are allowed.
 
CIS 101 Freshman Seminar CIS 2 cr
A course for first-time students that assists with maximizing the student's potential to achieve academic success and to adjust responsibly to the individual and interpersonal challenges presented by college life for a major in the School of Computing. Taught in small groups, the course provides an introduction to the nature of higher education and a general orientation to the functions and resources of the University and the School of Computing. Extensive reading and writing assignments relevant to the student's first year experience are required.
 
CIS 110 Introduction to Computer and 3 cr
  Information Sciences
An introduction to information technology using a programming language to study applications in text searching, in real-time 3-D animation, and in sound production. A discussion of social, ethical, and philosophical implications of computing. No Pre-requisite.
 
CIS 115 Beginning Programming 4 cr
A first course in programming using a visual, event-driven programming language.  Coverage includes algorithmic problem solving, fundamentals of programming, procedures, decisions, repetition, and arrays. Pre-requisite: MA 112 or MA 125 or MA 267, or a Math-ACT score of 23 or higher, or a Math Placement Test score of 80 or higher.
 
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 Pre-requisites.
 
CIS 155 Educational & Social Computing 3 cr
This course provides a hands-on approach that focuses on the use of current and emerging computing technologies. Topics include: Use of the University adopted Learning Management System (LMS), Google Apps, Google Docs, safe computing practices, and current trends in social networking.
 
CIS 190 Computer and Information Sciences
1-3 cr
Special Topics
Selected topics in computer and information sciences. Pre-requisite: Permission of the specialization coordinator.
 
CIS 210 Introduction to C++ Programming
3 cr
Introduction and fundamentals of C++ programming, input-output operations, variables, data types, arithmetic expressions, control statements, looping, functions, arrays, pointers, strings, structures, and abstract data types. co-requisite: MA 125.
 
CIS 211 Advanced C++ Programming
1 cr
Advanced concepts in C++ Programming, constructors, destructors, classes and operation overloading. Pre-requisite: CIS 210 or MA 233.
 
CIS 227 Numerical Computation I
3 cr
Floating point numbers, representation, and errors; software tools for scientific computing; elementary problems in scientific computing. Pre-requisite: MA 126.
 
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. Pre-requisite: 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. Pre-requisites: CIS 150 or placement by exam.
 
CIS 300 Information Technology in Society 1 cr
A discussion of personal, local, national, and global impact of information technology on ethical, legal, and social issues. Pre-requisite: Junior standing in the School of Computing.
 
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. Pre-requisite: ISC 245 or ITE 271 or CIS 120.
 
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. Pre-requisites: MA 112, or a Math-ACT score of 23 or higher, or a Math Placement Test score of 80 or higher, or ISC 245 or ITE 271.
 
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. Pre-requisite. 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. Pre-requisite. 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. Pre-requisite: CIS 401.
 
CIS 439 Windows Programming
3 cr
This course continues and expands the study of programming begun in either ITE 285 or CSC 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. Pre-requisite: CSC 230 or ITE 285.
 
CIS 490 Computer and Information Sciences
3 cr
Special Topics
Advanced selected topics in computer and information sciences. Pre-requisite: Permission of the Specialization Coordinator.
 
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. Pre-requisite: Permission of the Specialization Coordinator.
 
CIS 496 Computer and Information Sciences Internship
0-3 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 dean. Pre-requisites: GPA of 2.75 or better and approval of the dean.
 
CIS 497 Senior Project (W)
3 cr
Development and documentation of a comprehensive software and/or hardware project. Oral and written reports will be required. Senior standing and instructor permission are required. This course is to be taken by seniors in the semester they plan to graduate. Pre-requisites: EH 372 or EH 387 and application for graduation during the semester requested and completion of the following required courses according to major:
Computer Science: CSC 333 and CSC 340
Information Systems: ISC 360
Information Technology: ITE 370
  
*Those seniors who plan to graduate in the summer should take this course during the spring semester before their summer graduation.
 
CIS 498 CIS Senior Seminar 0 cr

A series of mini-seminars designed to prepare graduating seniors for transition to professional careers in computing or graduate study and to assess student learning outcomes in the curriculum. Mini-seminars would include, but would not be limited to: resume development, mock interviews, interview tips and techniques, career planning, professionalism and ethics in the workplace, and advanced graduate study and professional development. Each student will be required to complete a senior exit exam, a senior exit survey, and an exit interview with the dean of the School of Computing and the coordinator for the student's program. Co-requisite: CIS 497. Pre-requisites: EH 372 and application for graduation during the semester requested and completion of the following required course according to major:
Computer Science: CSC 333 and CSC 340
Information Systems: ISC 360
Information Technology
: ITE 370

 
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. Pre-requisite: 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. Pre-requisite: Graduate Standing.
 
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. Pre-requisite: CIS Graduate Professional Component.
 
CIS 530 Information Assurance and IT Auditing 3 cr
This course covers the understanding and managing of risks and threats to information and information systems. This includes protecting and defending information and information systems by ensuring through authorization and other concepts such as accessibility, secrecy, reliability, and authentication. Pre-requisite: CIS Graduate Professional Component.
 
CIS 535 Digital Forensic Analysis 3 cr
This course provides students with advanced tools, techniques, and methodologies for accumulating, securing, analyzing, managing, and reporting evidence related to a forensics examination.  The professional communication and presentation of the results of forensic investigations will be emphasized. Pre-requisite: CIS Graduate Professional Component.
 
CIS 538 Operating Systems Concepts and Security 3 cr
This course examines the concepts of operating systems such as memory and virtual memory management, as well as processor, process, device, and file management.  Topics include the management and organization of network operating systems and operating system security and ethics.  Students will manage, configure, and secure operating systems such as Windows, Unix, and Linux in laboratory environments. Pre-requisite:  CIS Graduate Professional Component.
 
CIS 539 Windows Programming 3 cr
The practice and principles of developing interactive desktop computer applications. Aspects to be covered will include graphical user interfaces; use of sophisticated widget, container, and utility libraries; event-driven programming; two-dimensional graphics; in-memory database; and deployment.
 
CIS 540 Network Security Management 3 cr
This course examines network and web security issues including: risks and threats, system access points, hardware and software defense methods, and organizational security policies. The course will cover the analysis of systems for vulnerabilities, the implementation of security procedures, the monitoring of systems for security breaches, and the recovery or restoration of breached systems.  Pre-requisite: CIS Graduate Professional Component.
 
CIS 590 Computer and Information Science
3 cr
Special Topics
Advanced selected topics in computer and information sciences. Pre-requisite: Permission of the Director of SoC Graduate Studies.
 
CIS 594 Directed Study
3 cr
May be taken for a maximum of three credits to count towards the degree. Pre-requisite: Permission of the Director of SoC Graduate Studies.
 
CIS 595 Computer and Information Sciences
1-3 cr
Research Development
Development of the research proposal for master’s thesis. Pre-requisite: Permission of the Director of SoC Graduate Studies and CIS 518.
 
CIS 596 Computer and Information Sciences
0-3 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. Pre-requisite: Permission of the Director of SoC Graduate Studies.
 
CIS 597 Computer and Information Sciences
1 cr
Graduate Seminar
This course prepares graduate assistants in the School of Computing to provide support and assistance to faculty for research and instruction in School of Computing. Topical coverage includes but is not limited to: graduate assistant expectations and responsibilities, protection of student educational information (FERPA), practical skills in assisting in computing instruction, graduate assistant best practices, and tips from faculty and experienced graduate assistants. This course does not count towards a graduate degree in CIS. Pre-requisite: Permission of the Director of SoC 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. Pre-requisite: CIS 595, approval of thesis proposal by the student’s thesis committee and by the Director of SoC Graduate Studies.

 

 


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