Computer Information Systems

Computer Information Systems Course Offerings

Computer Information Systems course offerings will be found under the 4 letter code of CIST in the course listings.

These courses do not apply toward either the Business Administration major or the Computer Science major .  See the Business Administration or Computer Science Course Descriptions for the computer information systems courses that apply toward the B.S. degree in Business Administration or Computer Science.

299 – Introduction to Computer Information Systems (3)

This course provides a foundational knowledge base for students in computer information systems. Topics include file structures, pseudocode, algorithms, and basics in procedural and object-oriented programming. The operating systems component includes reviews of popular operating systems, file management, and computer hardware. The Internet component introduces infrastructure of the Internet, electronic mail, FTP, creating web pages using HTML, and basics of e-business and e-commerce.

301 – Business Information Systems (3)

This course covers how organizations can use information systems strategically to reengineer business processes. Topics include theories, principles, and business cases about a variety of business applications supporting different organizational levels and functions.

401 – Database Systems (3)

Prerequisite: CIST 299 or equivalent. The course focuses on the principles of relational database design and data management. It covers application development in a database environment including evaluation, installation, maintenance, and administration of relational databases. The role of databases in the business environment is covered in detail with an advanced introduction to the concepts for modeling, designing, querying, and managing large databases.

440 – Computer Information Security (3)

This course equips students with a sound knowledge of the underlying principles of information security and provides them with the skills needed to analyze and evaluate information security problems, intrusion detection, firewalls, operational security, physical security, legal issues, steganography, and Internet security. Students explore security policies and models, cryptography, security in distributed systems, and malware prevention disaster recovery techniques. An emphasis is placed on current issues, future directions, and research areas of information security. (Credit is not awarded for both CIST 440 and MMIS 540.)

441 – Network Security and Cryptography (3)

Prerequisite: CIST 440 or equivalent. Topics include fundamentals of network security, security threats and vulnerabilities, viruses, cryptography, digital signatures, and key certification and management. In addition, this course covers areas such as access control, authentication, intrusion detection, firewalls, and virtual private networks. Wireless and mobile network security is covered in detail. (Credit is not awarded for both CIST 441 and MMIS 541.)

442 – Security Policy, Planning, and Assurance (3)

Prerequisite: CIST 440 or equivalent. This course covers policy, legal systems, ethical issues, physical security, disaster recovery, business continuity issues, and risk in information systems. Topics also include maintenance of essential business processes following a disaster, restoration of systems, assurance, and building systems with formal evaluation methods. (Credit is not awarded for both CIST 442 and MMIS 542.)

461 – Project Management for IT (3)

Prerequisite: Minimum of 18 credits in CIST course work or permission of instructor. This course covers methods for the analysis, design, and implementation of information technology projects from a project management and information systems perspective. Topics include investigating hardware and software needs, cost estimating, scheduling, and human resource management. Students are required to design feasibility plans based on current research. Principles, methods, tools and techniques available to assist managers in planning, implementing, and controlling projects are also discussed. Practical projects and the implications for managers are addressed.

471 – Special Topics (3-6)

Prerequisite: Topic dependent. Selected topics that reflect faculty specialization or program needs. Topics may include simulation techniques, parallel processing, and artificial intelligence. May be repeated for credit with a change in topic.

490 – IT Research Project (3)

Prerequisite: Minimum of 18 credits in CIST course work or permission of instructor. Students select, propose, and write a research paper on a topic related to computer information systems. The study may include data collection from actual field observations and is substantiated with a current literature review. The course culminates with an oral presentation accompanied by visual displays and a research paper.

491 – Directed Study (1-6)

Prerequisites: Senior standing and permission of Associate Dean for Faculty. This is an individual study under faculty direction on a topic of relevance to the Computer Information Systems concentration.

499 – Internship (1-6)

Prerequisites: Permission of internship director and Associate Dean for Faculty. Internships offer students opportunities to experience various fields of employment while working with a variety of organizations on important and challenging projects. These experiences augment classroom learning while allowing on-the-job training. Interested students should contact the Associate Dean for Faculty for additional internship information.