Computer Information Systems at Aquinas College

Computer Information Systems Analyst Minor

Minor Requirements: Thirty (30) semester hours.

  • At least twelve (12) semester hours must be taken at Aquinas.
  • No more than six (6) combined semester hours of Independent Study, Life Experience, and Field Experience.
  • For a CIS minor to be declared in conjunction w/another major or minor, no more than two (2) courses or a maximum or eight (8) semester hours may overlap.
  • Only courses with a grade of C or better will count toward the minor.
CS151 Word Processing 1.0
CS152 Spreadsheets 1.0
CS153 Presentation Graphics 1.0
CS154 Database 1.0
CS157 Introduction to Project Management 1.0
CS170 Principles of Operating Systems (coreq. CS180) 3.0
CS180 Structure and Logic (corequisite CS170) 4.0
CS242 Database Theory (CS154, CS170, CS180) 3.0
CS300 Management Info Systems (CS151, CS170, CS180) 3.0
CS302 Systems Analysis (CS152, CS300) 3.0
CS435 Systems Design (CS153, CS302) (SC) 3.0
CS/BS413 Project Management (CS157, CS252, CS302) 3.0
CS332 Installing, Configuring, and Administering Windows Client (CS170) 3.0


  • CS151 Word Processing (1)

    This hands-on lab course covers basic word processing functions such as editing, formatting, and printing using Microsoft Word. Course projects introduce skills such as header/footers, cover pages, tables, and research paper style. This course would be beneficial to all students who need to improve their understanding of document creation and editing.

  • CS152 Spreadsheets (1)

    This hands-on lab course covers basic spreadsheet functions such as simple formulas, formatting, and print layout using Microsoft Excel. Course projects introduce skills using a variety of formulas and basic functions, charts, and absolute addressing. This course would be beneficial to any students with a desire to analyze numerical data, manage finances, perform simple statistics, or generate charts and graphs.

  • CS153 Presentation Graphics (1)

    This hands-on lab course introduces presentation graphics software. Microsoft PowerPoint is used to create and edit on-screen “slide” presentations, handouts, and overhead transparencies. Course projects introduce skills such as adding clipart, creating custom backgrounds, and maximizing transitional effects. This course would be beneficial to any students who will be making presentations in other courses, in future business settings, or for educational purposes.

  • CS154 Database (1)

    This hands-on lab course covers basic database and file management functions using Microsoft Access. It is a software application class, not a programming course, and introduces skills such as creating reports, setting up input forms, and looking up database information. Database software packages are used to create and manage data files such as employee records, inventory files, names and addresses, and business contact lists. This course would be beneficial to students of all backgrounds.

  • CS157 Intro to Project Management (1)

    This hands-on lab course covers the basic functions of project management software. Some of the topics covered include breaking your project into phases, identifying critical tasks, managing costs and resources, viewing and printing reports, managing the critical path, and refining project plans.

  • CS170 Principles of Operating Systems (3)

    Fundamental concepts in operating systems and how they are used in computing will be explored. Hands-on exposure to Windows and a UNIX-type operating system are included. A study of disk layouts and management as well as memory management will be presented. Windows and UNIX command prompt manipulation will complete the requirements. Co-requisite of CS180 recommended.

  • CS180 Structure and Logic (4)

    Fundamental concepts in structured object-oriented programming. Structures include sequence, selection, repetition, writing, and the use of methods and objects. Programs will be designed using the Warnier-Orr diagramming tool. Designs will be coded, debugged, and tested using a programming language. Co-requisite of CS170 recommended.

  • CS242 Database Theory (3)

    Introduction to concepts and technology of database management systems; physical data organization; hierarchical, network, and relational models; reading and writing basic structured query language (SQL) statements using a commercial relational database management system. Prerequisites: CS154, CS170, CS180.

  • CS300/BS300 Management Information Systems (3)

    This course presents an overview of various frameworks for information systems and systems development. Topics include formal systems theory for management problem solving, decision support systems, project management methodologies, feasibility analysis, and IT/IS governance. Practical application is included, using various analysis tools and software environments to create systems proposals, data models, and project plans. Prerequisites: CS151, CS170, CS180.

  • CS302/BS302 Systems Analysis (3)

    his course is the second of two courses in business systems analysis using structured methodologies. Topics include process modeling, data flow diagramming, and object-oriented analysis. Practical application is included, using various analysis tools and software environments to create process models, various object-oriented models, and candidate design proposals. Prerequisites: CS152, CS300.

  • CS413/BS413 Project Management (3)

    Explores management techniques for information systems projects. Includes task identification, staffing, scheduling, security, risk identification and management, performance evaluation, and implementation methodologies. Hands-on use of a project management software package, as well as team competition in a simulated project management (software-driven) experience is included for practical application of skills. Prerequisites: CS157, CS252, CS302.

  • CS332 Installing, Configuring, and Administering Windows Client (3)

    An introduction to a Windows client operating system. Students will be required to install, configure, and maintain a Windows client operating system. Students will study security, memory management, priorities, and sharing of system resources. Prerequisite: CS170.

  • CS435 Systems Design (3) (SC)

    Students will form teams and select an application to design, code, test, debug, install, and document. The students on each team must demonstrate their academic learning over the previous three and one-half years in the other courses in the major. This is a credit/no-credit course. The instructor serves as the consultant, subject matter expert, and evaluator of the application completed by each team. Prerequisites: CS244, CS258, CS435, CS413/BS413, CS336.