Computer Information Systems at Aquinas College

Computer Information Systems Major (BS)

>Two-Year Rotation of Courses
*Two year course rotations are not binding and are subject to change

Major Requirements: Sixty (60) semester hours.

  • At least twenty-four (24) semester hours must be taken at Aquinas.
  • A maximum of six (6) semester hours of Independent Study, Life Experience, and Field Experience may be applied toward the major.
  • All courses must be taken as letter grades except CS397 and CS460 (these may be taken as Credit/F grades).
  • Only courses with a grade of C or better will count toward the major.
AQUINAS REQUIREMENTS
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
CS158 Web Page Design 1.0
CS170 Principles of Operating Systems (coreq. CS180) 3.0
CS180 Structure and Logic (corequisite CS170) 4.0
CS182 Data Structures with C# (CS180, MS151 or MS252) 4.0
CS220 Survey of Programming Languages (CS158, CS182) 3.0
CS242 Database Theory (CS154, CS170, CS180) 3.0
CS244 Web Programming with Databases (CS220, CS242) 4.0
CS252 Advanced Spreadsheets 1.0
CS258 Advanced Web Page Design 1.0
CS300 Management Info Systems (CS151, CS170, CS180) 3.0
CS302 System Analysis (CS152, CS300) 3.0
CS332 Installing, Configuring, and Administering Windows Client (CS170) 3.0
CS334 Managing and Maintaining a Windows Server Environment (CS332) 4.0
CS336 Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Windows Server Network Infrastructure (CS334) 3.0
CS338 Designing Security in a Windows-Based Network Environment (CS336) 3.0
CS/BS413 Project Management (CS157, CS252, CS302) 3.0
CS397 Field Experience (CS182) OR CS 460 Practicum Information Technology (CS244, CS258, CS435, CS308, CS336) 3.0
CS435 Systems Design (CS153, CS302) (SC) 3.0
MS151 Elementary Statistics or MS252 Statistics 3.0

 

Courses

  • CS151 Word Processing (1) T

    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) T

    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) T

    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.

  • CS158 Web Page Design (1)

    This hands-on lab course covers web page design using Adobe Dreamweaver. Basic HTML coding is introduced, but programming experience is not a prerequisite. Some prior experience with computers and the Internet, however, is presumed. Students must have access to the Internet and an email account outside of class. (Aquinas student accounts are available.) Course projects introduce skills such as using templates, integrating graphics and images, forms, and frames.

  • 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.

  • CS182 Data Structures with C# (4)

    Programs using classes, objects, error handling, arrays, and array-based lists will be designed coded, debugged, and tested using the Windows GUI interface and the C# programming language. Prerequisites: MS151, CS180.

  • CS220 Survey of Programming Languages (3)

    Fundamental concepts of programming in low- and high-level languages, compiled and interpretive languages, procedural and non-procedural languages will be studied. As this is primarily a programming course, students will be designing, writing, testing, and debugging programs in several languages. Prerequisites: CS158, CS182.

  • 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.

  • CS244 Web Programming with Databases (4)

    Students will design and implement an application using a database engine and a programming language that supports web development. Students will study and use advanced SQL statements, and will be required to design, code, debug, and test a web-based application. Prerequisites: CS220, CS242.

  • CS252 Advanced Spreadsheets (1)

    This course is the second of two courses in spreadsheets. It is designed to teach advanced topics such as advanced formulas, list management, templates, object linking and embedding, macros, Visual Basic for Applications, data validation, and pivot charts and tables. Prerequisite: CS152.

  • CS258 Advanced Web Page Design (1)

    This course is the second of two courses in web design. It is designed to teach advanced topics such as XHTML formatting, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Flash, Fireworks, JavaScript and dynamic HTML and animation. Prerequisites: CS158.

  • 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.

  • CS308/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.

  • CS334 Managing and Maintaining a Windows Server Environment

    An introduction to a Windows server operating system. Students will be required to install, configure, and maintain a Windows server operating system. Students will study LANs, WANs, VPN, the OSI model, security, memory management, backup strategies, and sharing of system resources. Network accounts for users, computers, and printers will be created and tested. Prerequisite: CS332.

  • CS336 Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Windows Server Network Infrastructure (3)

    The study of the Windows server operating system as part of a larger network. Concepts of integrating several domains, enterprise networks, and mixed operating system environments are studied. Students will install and configure Windows Servers for DHCP, DNS, WINS, Windows Software Update Service, and Remote Access (via VPNs). Troubleshooting of TCP/IP and other network issues will be addressed. Prerequisite: CS334.

  • CS338 Designing Security in a Windows-Based Network Environment (3)

    The study of basic network security practices using a Windows-based network configuration. Students learn to craft and implement a set of security policies based on an analysis of possible threats. Authentication, access control, public-key encryption, IIS security, server/workstation hardening, and intrusion-detection topics will be addressed. Prerequisite: CS336.

  • CS397 Field Experience (Variable)

    Up to three (3) semester hours of internship or experience in a field directly related to Computer Information Systems, negotiated between major advisor and student. Prerequisite: Approval of the department chairperson, CS244, CS258, CS304, CS308, CS336.

  • 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, CS308/BS413, CS336.

  • MS151 Elementary Statistics (3) QR

    Designed primarily for students who have had no more than two years of high-school mathematics or its equivalent. Includes the fundamental concepts of descriptive and inferential statistics. Prerequisite: MS107. This course is not accepted for the General Education Mathematics requirement.

  • MS252 Statistics (3)

    Designed for students who have had at least three (3) years of high-school mathematics or its equivalent. Topics to be covered include frequency distributions, variability, probability, sampling, estimation, testing, hypotheses, analysis of variance, regression and correlation analysis, and nonparametric tests. (Course counts as three (3) semester hours toward a minor, but only one (1) semester hour toward a major.) Prerequisite: MS114.This course is not accepted for the General Education Mathematics requirement.