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The Certificate in Computer Systems program is designed to provide a broad background in business computer information systems and to develop the technical skills needed to stay competitive in this challenging field.  The program will be of particular benefit to programmers and to management information systems analysts.  The certificate is awarded by the Division of  Continuing and Internatinal Education and the Department of Computer Information Systems upon the successful completion of 18 credits.

Required Courses (12 Credits)

CIS 320 Introduction to Programming
Covers the fundamentals of programming logic and structured programming principles including problem solving, algorithm design, and program development using Visual Basic

CIS 360 Analysis of Information Systems
This course provides an overview of the systems development life cycle (SDLC). Topics include: concepts, tools, and techniques of systems analysis; data modeling; process modeling; CASE tools; and the role of the system analyst in the organization.
Students will work in groups to analyze an application system for a business related problem.
Prerequisite or co-requisite: CIS 320

CIS 361 Design of Information Systems
A continuation of CIS 360, topics include: concepts, tools, and techniques of systems design; prototyping; file/database design; and physical process modeling.  Students will work in groups to design an application system for a business related problem.
Prerequisite: CIS 360

CIS 423 Database Management Systems
This course covers the fundamental concepts of database management systems using Oracle DBMS.  Topics include: database theory and terminology, logical modeling, normalization, SQL language, database design and implementation, database administration, data security, database transaction/concurrency, and data backup.
Prerequisite: CIS 360

Electives  (6 credits) Choose two of the following:

CIS 324 Object Oriented Programming in Java
This course introduces the fundamental concepts of the JAVA programming language and the techniques of Object Orientation.  Topics include: data abstraction, encapsulation, inheritance, polymorphism, Java class library, graphics/GUI, exception handling, multithreading, multimedia, files and streams, Internet applets, application development, integrated development environment, and interactive program debugging.
Prerequisite: CIS 322

CIS 430 Business Telecommunications
This course introduces the subject of voice and computer networks and their use in business application.  Topics include: local and long distance telephone networks, client-server networks, network hardware and software, distributed computing, key issues in network management, and the fundamentals of data communication.
Prerequisite: CIS 320 or equivalent

CIS  491 Topics in Computer Information Systems
Topics in selected areas of specialization.

CIS  493 Fundamentals of IT Project Management
This course covers project management as applied to planning, implementing and controlling networking, information systems, telecommunications, and e-commerce projects.  It is intended to provide an in-depth understanding of project management principles and techniques required to successfully identify and mange project scope, time cost, quality, and human resources; develop skills to effectively manage and work in teams; learn how to manage complex projects using the Microsoft Project 2000 software tool in a hands-on environment; and obtain extensive up-to-date information resources through the use of the Internet.  The labs are designed to learn by using realistic and technically accurate project management scenarios.  Class project deliverables follow the course learning modules, and a final project presentation is required:
Prerequisite: CIS 360

CIS  494 Web Application Technology
Various Topics: See current semester course offerings for more details.