A-to-Z Index


Course Descriptions


Course Descriptions (CIS, Business Analytics/OM)

Computer Information Systems

CIS/IA 210. Introduction to Global Competitive Intelligence. 3 credits.
This course will focus on the tools and methods for the analysis and interpretation of business data related to external competitors and internal performance management in a global environment. Students will develop skills in data retrieval, manipulation, analysis and interpretation. Not open to students pursuing a major or minor in CIS. Not open to any major in the COB other than International Business.

CIS 221. Principles of Programming. 3 credits.
Instruction and practical experience in writing computer programs using object oriented design and event driven logic. Projects will include the use of control structures (sequence, selection and iteration) as well as file and array processing logic. Students will be required to demonstrate competency in the design of object-oriented solutions and the implementation of event driven logic to solve real-world business problems.  Not open to students who have taken CS 239.

CIS 301. Operating Systems and Server Administration. 1 credit.
This is a lab-based course that introduces the student to operating systems and server administration in a business environment.  Students will learn the basic functions of an operating system through the hands-on use of Linux and Windows.  Additionally, students will acquire hands-on server administration skills in order to better understand the operational and security demands of business applications. Prerequisites for declared CIS minors: COB 204 and junior or senior standing.  Prerequisite or corequisite for CIS majors:  COB 300.

CIS 304. Enterprise Architecture. 3 credits.
This course explores the analysis, design, implementation, evaluation, and management of enterprise IT solutions.  Emphasis will be placed on planning and modeling the enterprise.  Topics include functional modeling, physical architecture design, security planning and recovery issues, project management, emerging technologies, and ethical, financial, and global considerations. Prerequisite or co-requisite: COB 300 or admission to the CIS minor.

CIS/CS 320. Computing and Telecommunications Networks. 3 credits.
This course focuses on the underlying principles of telecommunications and how these principles are deployed to provide efficient and secure networks for providing voice, data, and video services. Emphasis is placed on understanding basic routing, switching, and data aggregation techniques; information security strategies; and understanding how basic information systems applications utilize telecommunications services.  Prerequisite: for CS majors: CS 139. Corequisite for CIS majors and minors: CIS 304. Prerequsite for ISAT majors: ISAT 252.

CIS 330. Database Design and Application. 3 credits.
A study of the tools and techniques of database analysis and design including the implementation of the design using common database management system models. Not open to students who have taken CS 474. Prerequsite for CIS majors: CIS 221 with a "C" or better; prerequisite or corequisite:  COB 300.  Prerequisites for CIS minors:  CIS 221 with a "C" or better and junior or senior standing.

CIS 331. Intermediate Computer Programming. 3 credits.
Study of concepts and techniques used in structured programming for business applications including program specification, design, development, testing, implementation and documentation. Topics include report processing, file processing and updating, programming for batch and interactive environments, data validation, array processing and software engineering principles. Prerequisites or corequisites for CIS majors and minors:  CIS 330

CIS 354. Advanced Visual Basic Programming. 3 credits.
Advanced course in Visual Basic programming. Emphasis will be placed on Object-Oriented programming, sequential and random data files and error trapping. Other topics covered will include data access objects, client server, printing in VB and Crystal Reports. Prerequisite: CIS 221 with a grade of "C" or better.  Prerequisite or corequisite:  CIS 330.

CIS 361. Computer Information Systems Internship. 0 credits.
To enable sutdents to gain valuable work experience in a CIS-related field. Requires 300 hours of approved computer information systems work experience. All work sites must be pre-approved.  Prerequisites: CIS major and COB 300.

CIS/BSAN 363. Business Process Management. 3 credits.
This course covers the fundamental principles of successful process management for business applications and its role in identifying and communicating system requirements during a project life cycle. Students will learn to map process flows, analyze operational variables and evaluate the effects of random variation. Emphasis will be placed on modeling process dynamics with discrete-event simulation software and applying statistical-based methodologies to support the design, analysis and control of business processes to improve performance.  Prerequisites: COB 291 or equivalent and junior or senior standing.

CIS/BSAN 364. Decision Support Systems. 3 credits.
This course provides students with an understanding of computer-based information systems which enhance the decision making capabilities of managers. Students will learn to extend the capabilities of Microsoft Office using Visual Basic for Applications and build decision support systems.  Prerequisites:  COB 291 or equivilant and junior or senior standing.

CIS 366. Web Development. 3 credits.
This course is an introduction to the development of Web pages and websites. The three major topics covered are HypetText Markup Language (HTML), the principles of design for websites and the use of a programming language for web development. Prerequisites or corequisites for CIS majors:  COB 300 and CIS 221 or equivalent with a grade of "C" or better.  Prerequisites for declared CIS minors:  CIS 221 or equivalent with a grade of "C" or better and junior or senior standing.

CIS 411. Computer Forensics for Business. 3 credits.
Study of the tools and techniques required to analyze the current and past contents of computer data storage devices. The course will cover the structure and formats of storage devices and the techniques used to manage storage devices and data. Analysis will include the audits of computer activity and audits of operating system logs. Prerequisites or corequisites: CIS 301 and junior or senior standing.

CIS 420. Computer-Based Networking. 3 credits.
An introduction to computer-based networks that incorporates data, voice and video traffic between computer systems and users. Topics include the theory, design and operation of local area networks, wide area networks and private branch exchange systems. Prerequisite: CIS 320.

CIS 424. Computer Security Management. 3 credits.
Instruction and discussion in the design, development and implementation of a computer security program including legal and ethical considerations. Prerequisites: CIS 221 and CIS 304.

CIS 428. Mobile Computing and Security. 3 credits.
The development of mobile software applications using current environments and frameworks is the primary objective of the class. Several different development and programming environments and platforms will be included as will the actual deployment of the application to a wireless device. An important aspect of the class will be the security implications of deploying mobile devices.  Prerequisites: "C" or better grade in CIS 221 and CIS 331 as prerequisite or corequisite.

CIS 434. Information Technology Consulting. 3 credits.
This course investigates the tools used by and skills necessary for information technology consultants. The class will use a team-oriented project approach. Teams will be assigned professional consulting firms as manager/mentors and will work with their manager/mentor firm to complete projects that cover each phase of the consulting life cycle. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

CIS 454. Systems Analysis and Design. 3 credits.
An introduction to the techniques of systems analysis and design. Emphasizes concept of system life cycle and importance of users in system design. Prerequisite:  Declared CIS major or minor.  Corequisite or prerequisite:  CIS 330.

CIS 463. Business Intelligence. 3 credits.
This course provides a comprehensive discussion of advanced database techniques, data warehousing, online analytic processing (OLAP), data mining, data visualization, decision support systems (DSS), artificial intelligence (AI) methods and other business intelligence (BI) topics. Students gain practical experience using contemporary BI tools and technologies, and apply sound design principles for creating intelligent solutions to realistic business problems. Prequisite: Grade of "C" or better in CIS 330.

CIS 464. Information Systems Project Management. 3 credits.
Students will develop knowledge and expertise applying techniques and tools used by systems analysts and project managers to plan and manage information systems implementations. Prequisites or corequisites for CIS majors:  COB 300 and CIS 221 or equivalent with a grade of "C" or better.  Prerequisite for declared CIS minors:  CIS 221 or equivalent with a grade of "C" or better and junior standing.

CIS 466. Advanced Web Development. 3 credits.
This course provides students with understanding and practical experience in server-side programming issues for Web-enabled database and e-commerce application development. Principal topics include receiving and responding to requests from browsers, connecting to database servers via middleware software, and scripting business rules and application logic on a Web server. E-commerce business issues, security implementations and object-oriented design are also covered. Prerequisites: CIS 366 and CIS 330 or permission of the instructor.

CIS 484. Information Systems Development and Implementation. 3 credits.
Comprehensive development and implementation of enterprise-level systems using object-oriented methodologies, database driven architectures, systems analysis and design procedures, and project management skills. Topics covered will include advanced programming techniques, database processing, GUI design and object communication and a comprehensive group capstone project. Prerequisites: CIS 331 with a grade of "C" or better and CIS 330 with a grade of C or better.  Corequisite:  CIS 454.

CIS/BSAN 490. Special Studies in Computer Information Systems or Business Analytics. 3 credits. An advanced course in information and/or business analytics designed to give qualified students an opportunity to complete independent study under faculty supervision. Prerequisites: Senior standing, recommendation of the instructor and written approval of the department head prior to registration.

CIS 498. Special Topics in Computer Information Systems. 3 credits.
An advanced course designed to allow exploration of current topics in computer information systems.  Course content will vary. See adviser for current content. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

CIS 499. Honors. 6 credits.
Year course. 

Business Analytics and Operations Management

OM 360. Operations Management. 3 credits.
Offered as needed. An introduction to the operations function in business. Topics include facility design, job analysis and design, forecasting, production planning, quality management, inventory management, scheduling and project management. Prerequisites: CIS/COB 291 and junior standing.

BSAN 391. Quantitative Business Modeling. 3 credits.
This course addresses a wide range of complex business problems through quantitative modeling and appropriate computer applications, especially spreadsheets. Approaches include optimization and sensitivity analysis, multi-objective decision making and risk analysis. Prerequisites: COB 291 or equivalent and junior or senior standing.

BSAN 393. Predictive Analytics and Data Mining. 3 credits.
This course focuses on quantitative techniques and computer applications that allow the extraction of useful, previously unrecognized information from large data sets for predictive purposes.  By effectively sifting through databases such as those generated by many businesses, data mining allows the analyst to recognize potentially important patterns, and to target business opportunities.  Prerequisites: COB 291 and junior or senior standing.

BSAN 498. Special Topics in Business Analytics. 3 credits.
An advanced course designed to allow exploration of current topics in business analytics.  Course content will vary. See adviser for current content. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

CIS/BSAN 496. Internship in Information Technology and Management Science. 3 credits.
Offered fall and spring. An advanced course designed to give supervised practical experience in an operating data processing environment. Does not count toward the major. May be repeated. Pass/Fail only. Prerequisites: CIS/MS major and permission of the director.