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CIS 1001 - Computer Science Principles ( Foundations: VFMA - Mathematics ) - 4 cr.
Focuses on engaging students in activities that show how computing changes the world. By learning the central ideas of computer science and computational thinking, students will learn to be creative, collaborative, and innovative in developing technical solutions to problems. The course includes learning to create mobile apps to solve those problems, examining how computing has impacted society, and analyzing large data sets.


CIS 1205 - Technology Ethics - 4 cr.
Examines ways technology challenges traditional ethical, legal and social concepts. This includes issues generated by the use of computers and computer networks, including the Internet and the World Wide Web. Topics for consideration include: privacy, security, computer crime, software piracy, copyrights, intellectual property, free speech, access to information/ censorship, Ecommerce, computers and gender and civil liberties in cyberspace. No prerequisites.


CIS 1777 - Independent Study - 0-4 cr.
Addresses a special need, interest or opportunity and are not a part of the regular curriculum.


CIS 2011 - Computer Architectures - 4 cr.
Introduces computer architecture, students discover how computers are designed and built as well as how they execute programs. By investigating the mechanism and components of computing, the principles of their operation and the relationship between software and hardware, students formulate an understanding of the basis for current design and enterprise architecture.

Prerequisite Course: CIS 1001


CIS 2085 - Programming I with Java - 4 cr.
Introduces object-oriented programming using the Java language, a cross-platform Internet programming language. The course examines the nature of programming and its use in solving problems. Students learn to read and write programs using standard programming structures, including input/output, control statements, loops and methods. No prerequisite.


CIS 2087 - Programming II with Java - 4 cr.
Continuation of object-oriented programming. The course deals with problems involving arrays and teaches techniques and methods to handle files and structures. This course expands on the object concepts introduced in CIS 2085. C or better in CIS 2085.

Prerequisite Course: CIS 2085


CIS 2777 - Topics - 0-2 cr.
Addresses a special need, interest or opportunity and are not a part of the regular curriculum.


CIS 2999 - Independent Study - 1-4 cr.
Selected area of interest on which to concentrate. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.


CIS 3034 - Client-Side Web Development - 2 cr.
Provides an introduction to creating web applications with a rich client-side interface. The course focuses on the use of standards-compliant programming techniques and innovative approaches to user experience design. Gives students practical experience in working with current and emerging web technologies for the client-side of applications. Prerequisite: CIS 2085 or consent of instructor.

Prerequisite Course: CIS 2085


CIS 3089 - Data Structures & Algorithm An - 4 cr.
Studies fundamental concepts of algorithm analysis and the specification and implementation of data structures and data types are introduced. Topics include linked lists, stacks, queues, binary search trees, sorting, searching and graphs. C or better in CIS 2087.

Prerequisite Course: CIS 2087


CIS 3107 - Database Modeling - 4 cr.
Provides an understanding of fundamental concepts in the management of data, hands-on experience with a small-scale database management system, and an awareness of the application of business data base management systems. Lab exercises involve use of a relational DBMS to load, update and retrieve information from a database.

Prerequisite Course: CIS 1001


CIS 3108 - Systems Analysis & Design - 4 cr.
Focuses on the five phases of the systems development life cycle. Topics include: preliminary investigation, physical and logical documentation, detailed investigation of requirements and alternative specifications, analysis and design techniques, implementation considerations, development of logical and physical data flow diagrams, data modeling, prototyping, CASE tools and the use of Gantt and PERT charts. A sample project is introduced and is integrated using the SDLC methodology.

Prerequisite Course: CIS 1001


CIS 3115 - Machine Learning for Data Science ( Integrations: VINS - Natural Science ) - 4 cr.
Explores how machine learning algorithms are applied to data science problems. This includes examining how data is used within the scientific method to justify hypotheses, but also how poor data can result in machines the discriminate against some populations. Students will look at a wide range of classification and regression problems from business, healthcare and the arts. Students will implement machine learning algorithms using current tools that require minimal programming and learn to analyze and visualize data and write clear descriptions of their processes and analysis of their work.


CIS 3205 - Information Systems - 4 cr.
Explores the ways computer-based information technologies and systems are used to address specific organizational needs. Students will become familiar with the terms, concepts, and issues in information technology management; become involved in the process of developing and modifying information systems which support crucial problem solving and decision-making in organizations; and conduct data analysis using common techniques.

Crosslist Course: CIS 2105


CIS 3230 - Game Design and 3D Modeling - 4 cr.
Introduces the diverse tasks required for 3-D game development. An overview of the game design industry and game development processes lead to development projects that use leading development tools. Sophisticated 3-D models are created using modeling software and incorporated into the development projects. Assessment is based on student's understanding of the methodologies, use of the development tools, and aesthetics of the designs.

Prerequisite Course: CIS 2087


CIS 3285 - Software Design - 4 cr.
Introduces software engineering and the processes for building software systems. The course examines the software lifecycle and the methods used to manage software projects. Students learn to create software designs from user requirements using UML, convert these design into software, and test and maintain this software. Since software design entails significant interactions between parties, people management and team management methods are explored including analysis of the ethical implications of the software design process.

Prerequisite Course: CIS 2087


CIS 3287 - Software Quality Assurance - 2 cr.
As our society’s dependence on software grows, so does the importance of software quality. Software failures can have catastrophic effects on companies and people. In this course, students learn the principles of Software Quality Assurance, how to write test plans, and how software quality fits into a project’s development methodology.

Prerequisite Course: CIS 2085


CIS 3334 - Mobile Device Programming - 4 cr.
Develop applications for a variety of resource constrained devices such as cellular phones, pagers and personal digital assistants (PDAs). Students will explore the creation of graphical user interfaces, data storage, network access and game development. Activities include creating applications for mobile devices using both high-level and low-level industry standard interfaces and developing a distributed application over a wireless network.

Prerequisite Course: CIS 2087


CIS 3542 - Emerging Technologies in Information Systems - 3 cr.
Allows students to research an emerging technology in the Information Systems field. The student will present a proposal, research, and implement an emerging technology and demonstrate a working project. Research and project management skills will be enforced

Prerequisite Course: CIS 2512


CIS 3777 - Topics - 0-4 cr.
Addresses a special need, interest or opportunity and are not a part of the regular curriculum.


CIS 3999 - Independent Study - 0-4 cr.
Independent Study.


CIS 4034 - Server-Side Web Development - 4 cr.
Provides an introduction to web site administration and the use of a web development IDE for the creation of database driven web applications. The course focuses on server-side programming and database access for web applications; giving students practical experience with current development environments. Pre- or co-requisite: CIS 2087 and CIS 3107 or consent of instructor.

Prerequisite Course: CIS 2085


CIS 4041 - Web Design - 4 cr.
Explore the design principles that characterize successful Web sites and use modern tools for creating Web sites. Design issues will include the differences between print and electronic media, working within the limits of the technology, and how the user's contexts and goals affect Web design. Web sites will be critiqued from both an aesthetic and functional standpoint and students will be required to design and build fully functional Web sites. No prerequisites; CTA/CIS 2041 recommended.

Crosslist Course: CTA 4041


CIS 4042 - Computer Security - 2 cr.
Overview of different computer security threats and measures that can be taken to make computers more secure. Hands on experience with a wide range of security techniques will be used to show the various threats to computer systems. Both technical and management solutions to security problems will be discussed. Student will be required to sign a code of conduct at the start of class given the sensitive nature of the material covered. This course will attempt to cover the major aspects of security including: risk management, access control, security architecture, physical security, telecommunications security, cryptography, business continuity, and disaster recovery.

Prerequisite Course: CIS 2011


CIS 4108 - Project Management - 2 cr.
An introduction to project management and the supporting techniques and tools. The course exposes students the project management process, the deliverables produced while managing a project, and the collaborative nature of the project environment.


CIS 4109 - Capstone Project - 4 cr.
An in-depth systems development lifecycle practicum. Students work in teams to analyze, design, implement and document a complete information system. Most projects come from systems design requests from the local community.

Prerequisite Course: CIS 4108


CIS 4115 - Artificial Intelligence with Robotics - 4 cr.
Gives students an in depth understanding of modern artificial intelligence methodologies, techniques, tools and results. Students learn the theoretical and conceptual components of this discipline. Topics covered: history of AI, search techniques, knowledge representation, reasoning, natural languages, machine learning, robotics, neural networks and expert systems. Students implement the above topics by means of computer programs written in laboratory. Interactions between artificial intelligence and other disciplines will be explored.

Prerequisite Course: CIS 2087


CIS 4444 - Research Project - 1-4 cr.
(1) Design and carry out their own research project in an area of special interest or (2) participate in an ongoing research project developed by a faculty member. For student-initiated projects, the student develops the research proposal, conducts the research and reports the research in standard APA format. For faculty-initiated research, students work one-on-one with the faculty member as part of his/her research team of students. Students will present the results of their research to other CIS students and faculty.


CIS 4555 - Systems Development Internship - 0-16 cr.
A capstone experience integrating knowledge and skills gained through other programming and systems development courses. Involves significant participation in software development projects in a real or simulated business setting. The experience must be equivalent to 150 hours of work experience for each block of 4 credits. Prerequisite: consent of department internship coordinator.


CIS 4777 - Topics - 0-8 cr.
Addresses a special need, interest or opportunity and are not a part of the regular curriculum.


CIS 4999 - Independent Study - 0-4 cr.
Selected area of interest on which to concentrate. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.