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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 ( IX: Philosophy ) - 4 cr.
An examination of 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.

CIS 2011 - Hardware/Software Systems - 4 cr.
A survey of technical topics related to computer systems with emphasis on the relationships between computer hardware, system software and application software. It explores different operating systems (with an emphasis on Microsoft Windows), hardware configurations, memory management techniques, and networking. Prerequisite: CIS 1004

Prerequisite Course: CIS 1001

CIS 2041 - Computer Visual Design ( VIII: Fine Arts ) - 4 cr.
Focuses on use of leading software packages to create original artwork and manipulate digitized photographic images. Software tools and techniques are demonstrated; principles of composition and design are illustrated. Evaluation is based on creativity, originality, aesthetics, use of fundamental design principles, mastery of technique, and overall effectiveness of designs. Prerequisite: ART 1124 and/or ART 1107 recommended.

Crosslist Courses: ART 2041, CTA 2041

CIS 2085 - Programming I with Java ( V: Analytical Reasoning ) - 4 cr.
An introduction to 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. Prerequisite: CIS 2085.

Prerequisite Course: CIS 2085

CIS 2777 - Topics - 0-2 cr.
Selected topic of contemporary importance in the field. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

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 3048 - C#.NET Programming - 2 cr.
Intended as an introduction to C++ for students who have some background in computers and programming. This course gives students experience in the use of the main features of C++: input/output, loops, functions, and arrays. Prerequisite: CIS 2087.

Prerequisite Course: CIS 2087

CIS 3049 - Advanced C#.NET Programming - 2 cr.
Intended as a follow-on course to those who have taken CIS 3048. It continues with advanced topics in C++ such as arrays, classes, and techniques and methods to handle files and structures. Prerequisite: CIS 3048.

Prerequisite Course: CIS 3048

CIS 3089 - Data Structures & Algorithm An - 4 cr.
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. Prerequisite: 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: CIS 1007.

Prerequisite Course: CIS 1001

CIS 3108 - Systems Analysis & Design - 4 cr.
An in-depth focus 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: CIS 3107.

Prerequisite Course: CIS 3107

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.

CIS 3230 - Game Design and 3D Modeling - 4 cr.
An introduction to 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: CIS 2085.

CIS 3285 - Software Design - 4 cr.
An introduction to 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: CIS 2085 and CIS 3108.

Prerequisite Courses: CIS 2087, CIS 3108

CIS 3287 - Software Quality Assurance - 4 cr.
Growing competition is increasing the demands on software quality, which calls for rigorous quality assurance. In this course the students will learn the life cycle of software quality assurance, its goals, benefits, standards, related models and costs. Students will learn that the software quality is not only code-weighted but also depends on several other attributes that make software of high quality. Prerequisite: CIS 2085 and CIS 3108.

Prerequisite Courses: CIS 2087, CIS 3108

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. Prerequisites: CIS 2087 or consent of instructor.

Prerequisite Course: CIS 2087

CIS 3777 - Topics - 0-4 cr.
Selected topic of contemporary importance in the field. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. CIS 4030:Advanced Database: Oracle 4 cr. Exploration of advanced database topics using the Oracle tool set. The topics covered include creating, viewing and modifying tables, using views, reports, forms and database administration. Prerequisite: CIS 3107.

CIS 3999 - Independent Study - 1-4 cr.
Independent Study.

CIS 4032 - Telecommunications & Networks - 2 cr.
Study of concepts, systems, services and applications of telecommunications and networks with an emphasis on local area networks and the Internet. Equips students with technical and operational tools needed to work with networks and interface with telecommunications specialists. Prerequisite: CIS 2011.

Prerequisite Course: CIS 2011

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.
An 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: CIS 3108.

Prerequisite Course: CIS 3108

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.
Students either (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. Prerequisite: CIS 4333 and consent of supervising faculty member.

Prerequisite Course: CIS 4333

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.
Selected topic of contemporary importance in the field. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

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