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Curriculum

General Education 60 crs
Common Core 12 crs
ENG110 College Writing

ENG110

College Writing - 3 Credits

This course is designed to develop and refine the analytical/critical reading skills and the substantive writing skills of freshmen.  This intensive writing class will focus on writing essays of varying length and expose students to the various rhetorical modes of writing that will contribute to their success in university courses and their chosen careers.

3 crs
ENG120 College Writing II

ENG120

College Writing II - 3 Credits

College Writing II looks to expand upon the writing skills attained in ENG110. As a student-centered course, students explore their own writing in peer, group, and self-review skill sessions. Students enhance self-editing skills and increase awareness of the revision skills needed in both college coursework and in careers. The course will further develop students' understanding of the writing process from pre-writing to final draft. This course encourages students to have their writing evaluated across the curriculum. The course culminates in a research essay and portfolio of original work.

Pre-requisite: ENG110.


    Prerequisite: ENG110
3 crs
COM107 Introduction to Communications

COM107

Intro to Communications - 3 credits

This introductory course will focus on the knowledge and skills that students need to become competent communicators.  This information and these skills will include speaking, listening, media literacy, computer-mediated communication, cultural sensitivity, workplace communication, group dynamics, and critical thinking.  Students will prepare and present speeches and group projects that utilize media and technology.  Emphasis will be place on personal, social and workplace interaction both individually and in group settings.

3 crs
CIS112 Introduction to Computing

CIS112

Introduction to Computing - 3 Credits

This course strives to meet the high level of computer literacy required of all students earning a degree from the university. Special emphasis is placed on the ethical use of computer technology for information analysis and communications. Computer units introduce the Internet, Windows, word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software. Students who feel they have attained computer literacy and earn 70 percent on an exemption exam may substitute any other 3-credit course for this core requirement. 

Students may prove competency by passing a waiver examination.  No credit is granted if the requirement is waived.


    Students may prove competency by passing a waiver examination. No credit is granted if the requirement is waived.
3 crs
 
Liberal Arts Electives 24 crs
History Elective 3 crs
CIS340 Computer Ethics

CIS340

Computer Ethics - 3 Credits

This course strives to stimulate consciousness to meet the challenges arising from ethical dilemmas involving the misuse of technology. In a seminar format, violations of confidentiality and personal privacy, software piracy, computer viruses, abuse of Internet resources such as e-mail, ethical systems building, and vendor-client issues are explored.

Prerequisite: CIS112

3 crs
Social Science Elective 3 crs
Performance, Written, or Fine Arts Elective 3 crs
Elective 3 crs
Elective 3 crs
Elective 3 crs
Elective 3 crs
 
Math 6 crs
MAT105 Quantitative Methods

MAT105

Quantitative Methods - 3 Credits

This course surveys topics in elementary algebra, personal finance, probability, and statistics. Topics include solving algebraic equations, solving ratio and proportion problems, applications involving percentage and interest, applying the definition of probability, measures of central tendency, descriptive statistics, frequency distributions, graphical representation of data, and applications of the normal distribution. Topics focus on real-life situations, decision making skills, and problem solving. Some working knowledge of elementary algebra is expected. Course requires subscription to a supplementary online program. Scientific or graphing calculator strongly recommended.


OR
MAT120 College Algebra

MAT120

College Algebra - 3 Credits

This course provides a deeper understanding of the concepts of algebra including function applications, inequalities in two variables, matrix operations, linear programming, quadratic and polynomial applications, and solving rational and radical equations. Course requires subscription to a supplementary online program.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of two years of High School Algebra or the equivalent.


    Prerequisite: C or better in MAT102 or Department Permission
3 crs
MAT220 Statistics I

MAT220

Statistics - 3 Credits

This course offers students an opportunity to experience statistics as it would occur in various settings. Topics are presented through real life case studies and include an overview of the fundamentals of statistics, collective and descriptive statistical techniques, data collection and sampling, the normal distribution and probability, hypothesis testing, population inferences, simple linear regression, and correlation. An understanding of basic algebra is required. Course requires subscription to a supplementary online program. Scientific or graphing calculator and access to a spreadsheet program is recommended.

3 crs
 
Science 3 crs
Elective 3 crs
 
Open Electives 15 crs
  
Leadership Course 3 crs
LCS105 Elements of Organizations

LCS105

Elements of Organization - 3 Credits

Students need a basic understanding of how organizations work in order to manage their personal and professional lives. This course provides an interdisciplinary perspective on the foundations underlying all organizations (businesses, non-profit and governmental organizations) specifically as they relate to the nature of: management and leadership, economics both domestically and internationally, ethics, social responsibility, entrepreneurship, human resource management, marketing/advertising, e-commerce, information technology, accounting, investments, money and personal finances.

3 crs
 
Major, Core and Concentrations 51 crs
Designated Writing Course 3 crs
CIS311 Technical Writing in CIS

CIS311

Technical Writing in CIS - 3 Credits

This course is designed to teach technical communication skills and strategies needed to prepare and disseminate information in business and professional settings. This course offers practice in delivering oral presentations, and creating effective written and visual designs including electronic media, user manuals, formal technical reports, Web pages, and online help guides. This course emphasizes a systematic writing process, and it provides a practical study in mechanics, visual rhetoric, punctuation, grammar, and usage.

Prerequisite: ENG110, ENG120


    Prerequisite: ENG110, ENG120
3 crs
 
Major Core 18 crs
CIS120 Introduction to Information Technology

CIS120

Introduction to Information Technology - 3 credits

This course is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of information technology (IT). Students gain practical knowledge of IT systems and the different frameworks in which IT is managed in business. Topics include computer architecture and organization, application platforms, database management, Web technologies, and network configurations. In addition, the course examines the history of information technology and its impact on society.

Prerequisite: CIS112


    Prerequisite: CIS112
3 crs
CIS200 Programming Fundmentals VBI

CIS200

Programming Fundamentals VBI - 3 Credits

This course provides opportunities to practice the critical organizational and logical skills required when using data structures for writing programs in high level programming languages. Planning tools for modularity and data structures are introduced.

Prerequisite: CIS112 


    Prerequisites: CHS112
3 crs
CIS213 Project Management I

CIS213 

Project Management I  -  3 credits

This course introduces students to essential project management tools and methodology.  Course topics highlight modern PM techniques for managing applications development projects from initiation through delivery.   Emphasis is on business strategies that focus on planning, organizing, and controlling significant activities of software project management. 

Prerequisites: CIS112 and CIS120


    Prerequisites: CIS112, and CIS120
3 crs
CIS337 Networking in Business

CIS337

Networking in Business - 3 Credits

Emphasis in this course is placed on networked-based information technology (local and wide-area networks) used to gain efficiency and effectiveness for competitive advantages and for building new strategic relationships.

Prerequisites: CIS112, CIS230 or CIS240 strongly recommended.


3 crs
CIS415 Information Resource Management

CIS415

Information Resource Management - 3 Credits

This seminar provides a broad overview of information systems management with particular attention to planning, organizing, and controlling user services and managing the computer information systems development process. The case study approach is used. Oral and written reports are required.

Prerequisite: Senior standing in either CIS or Management.


    Prerequisite: Senior standing in either CIS or Management
3 crs
CIS450 Seminar in CIS

CIS450

Seminar in CIS - 3 Credits

This course provides the opportunity to do in-depth research on a topic of individual interest in CIS in order to integrate and assimilate information issues. It is the capstone course for the major and enables students to prepare documents representing their accomplishments, perceptions, and expertise for future evaluation. Frequent meetings between students and instructor serve to focus and direct the study.

Prerequisites: 21 credits in CIS and senior standing.


    Prerequisites:21 credits in CIS and senior standing
OR
CIS398 Internship in CIS

CIS398

Internship in CIS - 3 Credits

This course provides students with practical experience in CIS within private or public sectors under the supervision of a practicing professional. Students are required to spend 15 hours per semester in seminar meetings and work at least 90 hours per semester in a computer facility.

A journal describing daily activities is required.

Prerequisites: 18 credits in CIS and at least Junior standing.

You must speak with your academic advisor as well as the Career Services Office before registering.


    Prerequisites: 18 credits in CIS and at least Junior standing
3 crs
 
Directed Electives 15 crs
CIS300/400 Directed Elective 3-4 crs
CIS300/400 Directed Elective 3-4 crs
Directed Elective  
Directed Elective  
Directed Elective  
 
Concentrations 15 crs
 
Career and Self-Awareness 6 crs
CSS101 College Success Seminar: Learning Across the Lifespan

CSS101

College Success Seminar: Learning Across the Lifespan - 3 credits

This course provides theoretical bases and practical strategies for lifelong learning. Students will become aware of university resources, as well as the policies and procedures critical to success at Post. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, study skills, analytical reading, effective writing, reasoning, problem-solving, time management and strategies for college success necessary to support learning in a university environment. Students will analyze their own learning abilities and styles and develop effective practices for learning throughout their lifetime. Students will explore their motivations and the external determinants that affect their educational, personal, and career success. Students will learn the role of active learning in a successful life.

3 crs
PSS301 Professional Success Seminar: Work, Life and Career Development

PSS301

Professional Success Seminar: Work, Life and Career Development – 3 credits

This course provides practical approaches to managing one’s career, working with others in teams, understanding other’s perceptions of one’s performance, managing upwards and sideways for success, maneuvering through a changing work environment and global marketplace, and networking inside and outside of one’s organization. Students will explore the changing global environment of business and the skills and knowledge that tomorrow’s workforce will demand.

3 crs
 
Grand Total 120 crs


Database Management Concentration 15 crs
CIS351 Web I

CIS351

Web I  -  3 credits

This introductory course provides students with practical methods and skills to plan, design, and develop an interactive Website.  Emphasis is on using essential principles and techniques for building an effective Web layout and user interface.   The course will conclude with the submission of a final project demonstrating the rudiments of Web development.

Prerequisites: CIS112, or CIS312 or permission of the instructor.


    Prerequisites: CIS112, or CIS312 or permission of the instructor
3 crs
CIS422 Database I

CIS422

Database I  -  3 credits

Principles and methodologies of database design are presented with the objective of developing a basic database model for a personal computer.  Students are required to build a database system that demonstrates basic menus, input screens, queries, and reports.  Emphasis is on relational theory, SQL concepts, and database integrity.

Prerequisites: CIS112; CIS120, CIS312, CIS360, and CIS230 are strongly recommended


    Prerequisites: CIS112, CIS120, CIS312, CIS360, and CIS230 are strongly reccommended
3 crs
CIS424 Database II

CIS424

Database II  -  3 credits

This course reinforces topics introduced in Database I and initiates building complete database systems using Microsoft Visual Basic and Oracle. Students are required to submit a final project that includes planning and creating an operational, menu-driven, customized database management system. 

Prerequisites: CIS112, CIS120, CIS200, CIS230, CIS312, CIS412, and CIS422 are strongly recommended.


    Prerequisites: CIS112, CIS120, CIS200, CIS230, CIS312, CIS412, and CIS422 are strongly recommended
3 crs
CIS427 Database III

CIS427

Database III - 3 Credits

This course reinforces topics introduced in the Database II course. This course provides advanced knowledge of relational database management systems (RDBM) and distributed databases.  Practical exercises will be used to highlight RDBM strategies; develop Oracle PL/SQL-based applications; diagnose problems; and improve database performance. 

Prerequisites: CIS112, CIS120, CIS200, CIS230, CIS312, CIS412, CIS422, and CIS424 are strongly recommended.


    Prerequisites: CIS112, CIS120, CIS200, CIS230, CIS312,CIS412, CIS422, and CIS424 are strongly recommended
3 crs
CIS429 Database IV

CIS429

Database IV  -  3 credits  

This course reinforces themes introduced in Database III and highlights essential techniques in Oracle database performance tuning.  Practical exercises will be used to formulate SQL queries and tune SQL statements for optimal performance.   Topics include performance diagnostics and tuning; using tuning tools and utilities; using triggers to customize information management in the Oracle database; managing memory; and tracking and managing dependencies. 

Prerequisites: CIS112, CIS120, CIS200, CIS230, CIS312, CIS412, CIS422, CIS424, and CIS427 are strongly recommended


    Prerequisites: CIS112, CIS120, CIS200, CIS230, CIS312, CIS412, CIS422, CIS424, and CIS427 are stongly recommended
3 crs

 

CIS Electives
Choose five of the following courses or select a CIS Concentration or CIS Certificate option:
CIS120 Introduction to IT

CIS120

Introduction to Information Technology - 3 credits

This course is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of information technology (IT). Students gain practical knowledge of IT systems and the different frameworks in which IT is managed in business. Topics include computer architecture and organization, application platforms, database management, Web technologies, and network configurations. In addition, the course examines the history of information technology and its impact on society.

Prerequisite: CIS112


    Prerequisite: CIS112
3 crs
CIS230 Programming VBII

CIS230

Programming VBII - 3 Credits

This course applies structured techniques to programming business applications in Visual Basic.  Emphasis is on using Visual Basic programming language to build business applications that access and manipulate databases, display and print reports. 

Prerequisites: CIS112 and CIS200


    Prerequisites: CIS112 and CIS200
3 crs
CIS317 Decision Support/Expert Systems

CIS317

Decision Support Systems/ Expert Systems - 3 Credits

Management strategies utilizing computer support systems, simulations, decision modeling tools, and sample expert systems resulting in improved decisions for all levels of management are examined.

Prerequisites: CIS112, CIS312, and junior standing.


    Prerequisites: CIS112, CIS312, and junior standing.
3 crs
CIS337 Networking in Business

CIS337

Networking in Business - 3 Credits

Emphasis in this course is placed on networked-based information technology (local and wide-area networks) used to gain efficiency and effectiveness for competitive advantages and for building new strategic relationships.

Prerequisites: CIS112, CIS230 or CIS240 strongly recommended.


    Prerequisites: CIS112, CIS230 or CIS240 strongly recommended
3 crs
CIS340 Computer Ethics

CIS340

Computer Ethics - 3 Credits

This course strives to stimulate consciousness to meet the challenges arising from ethical dilemmas involving the misuse of technology. In a seminar format, violations of confidentiality and personal privacy, software piracy, computer viruses, abuse of Internet resources such as e-mail, ethical systems building, and vendor-client issues are explored.

Prerequisite: CIS112


    Prerequisite: CIS112
3 crs
CIS350 Web Design

CIS350

Web Design - 3 Credits

In this course, students will go through the entire process of planning and building well-designed interactive web sites using HTML and Web authoring tools. Emphasis is on designing the functional features and aesthetic qualities of a web site.  

This course may not be substituted for a programming language.

Prerequisites: CIS112, CIS312 or permission of the instructor.


    Prerequisites: CIS112, CIS312 or permission of the instructor
3 crs
CIS351 Web I

CIS351

Web I  -  3 credits

This introductory course provides students with practical methods and skills to plan, design, and develop an interactive Website.  Emphasis is on using essential principles and techniques for building an effective Web layout and user interface.   The course will conclude with the submission of a final project demonstrating the rudiments of Web development.

Prerequisites: CIS112, or CIS312 or permission of the instructor.


    Prerequisites: CIS112, or CIS312 or permission of the instructor
3 crs
CIS360 Systems Analysis I

CIS360

Systems Analysis I - 3 Credits

This course introduces an overview of the traditional systems development life cycle and emphasizes prototyping for the continuous improvement of technology-based systems.

Prerequisites: CIS112, CIS200 or CIS420 are strongly suggested.


    Prerequisites: CIS112, CIS200 or CIS420 are strongly suggested
3 crs
CIS361 Systems Analysis II

CIS361

Systems Analysis II - 3 credits

This course examines advanced system analysis techniques for determining business information systems requirements. Topics include object-oriented analysis, agile analysis, prototype development, quality control, and configuration management. Emphasis is on the development and maintenance of software systems. This course builds on Systems Analysis I.

Prerequisites: CIS112, CIS230 or CIS240, CIS356 or permission of the instructor.


    Prerequisites: CIS112, CIS230 or CIS240, CIS356 or permission of the instructor
3 crs
CIS370 Global E-Commerce

CIS370

Global E-Commerce - 3 Credits

Students are introduced to the theory and practice of electronic commerce emphasizing how computer technology presently influences online business strategies and initiatives.

Prerequisites: MGT105, CIS112, CIS317 suggested.


    Prerequisites: MGT105, CIS112, CIS317 suggested
3 crs
CIS415 Information Resource Mgt.

CIS415

Information Resource Management - 3 Credits

This seminar provides a broad overview of information systems management with particular attention to planning, organizing, and controlling user services and managing the computer information systems development process. The case study approach is used. Oral and written reports are required.

Prerequisite: Senior standing in either CIS or Management.


    Prerequisite: Senior standing in either CIS or Management
3 crs
CIS420 Database Management Systems

CIS420

Database Management Systems - 3 Credits

An overview of database modeling is presented with the objective of mastering one database management system for personal computers. Each student will prepare a complete database system by designing menus, input screens, queries, and output reports. Also covered are database selection and administration.

Prerequisites: CIS112, CIS312, CIS230, and CIS360 strongly recommended.


    Prerequisites: CIS112, CIS312, CIS230, and CIS360 strongly reccommended
3 crs
CIS422 Database I

CIS422

Database I  -  3 credits

Principles and methodologies of database design are presented with the objective of developing a basic database model for a personal computer.  Students are required to build a database system that demonstrates basic menus, input screens, queries, and reports.  Emphasis is on relational theory, SQL concepts, and database integrity.

Prerequisites: CIS112; CIS120, CIS312, CIS360, and CIS230 are strongly recommended


    Prerequisites: CIS112, CIS120, CIS312, CIS360, and CIS230 are strongly reccommended
3 crs
CIS423 Advanced Database Management

CIS423

Advanced Database Management Systems - 3 Credits

This course reinforces topics introduced in the first course and initiates building complete database systems using Visual Basic and Oracle. The final project requires the creation of an operational, menu-driven, customized database system.

Prerequisites: CIS112, CIS312, CIS420. CIS230, CIS360, and CIS412 strongly recommended


    Prerequisites: CIS112, CIS312, CIS420, CIS230, CIS360, and CIS412 strongly recommended
3 crs
CIS425 Computer Control and Audit

CIS425

Computer Control and Audit - 3 Credits

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of auditing and controlling computer information systems. Emphasis is placed on the design and application of controls within computer information systems. This course may be used to fulfill either a CIS or Accounting elective.

Cross listed with ACC425. Prerequisites: CIS312 or CIS430 for CIS students.


    Cross listed with ACC425. Prerequisites: CIS312 or CIS430 for CIS students
3 crs
CIS430 Accounting Information Systems

CIS430

Accounting Information Systems - 3 Credits

This course introduces the system flow of financial information in the contexts of the system development process and the actual applications of computer technology to record keeping and information gathering functions. Applications studied include procurement and receiving, inventory control, accounts payable, marketing and shipping, billing and collections, etc. Case studies and a hands-on computer project are required. This course may be used to fulfill either a CIS or Accounting elective.

Cross listed with ACC430.  Prerequisites: ACC303 or at least junior standing for CIS majors.


    Cross listed with ACC430. Prerequisites: ACC303 or at least junior standing CIS majors
3 crs
CIS450 Seminar in CIS

CIS450

Seminar in CIS - 3 Credits

This course provides the opportunity to do in-depth research on a topic of individual interest in CIS in order to integrate and assimilate information issues. It is the capstone course for the major and enables students to prepare documents representing their accomplishments, perceptions, and expertise for future evaluation. Frequent meetings between students and instructor serve to focus and direct the study.

Prerequisites: 21 credits in CIS and senior standing.


    Prerequisites: 21 credits in CIS and senior standing
3 crs

 


The university reserves the right to change or update the curriculum at any time. The university will notify students of any changes officially through the university website.