Computer Information Systems at Aquinas College

Management Information Systems Major (BS)

Major Requirements: Forty-seven (47) semester hours.

  • At least twenty-one (21) 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.
CS151 Word Processing 1.0
CS152 Spreadsheets 1.0
CS153 Presentation Graphics 1.0
CS154 Database 1.0
CS156 Accounting Technology 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
CS242 Database Theory (CS154, CS170, CS180) 3.0
CS252 Advanced Spreadsheets (CS152) 1.0
CS300 Management Info Systems (CS151, CS170, CS180) 3.0
CS302 Systems Analysis (CS152, CS300) 3.0
CS332 Installing, Configuring, and Administering Windows Client (CS170) 3.0
CS413/BS413 Project Management (CS157, CS252, CS302) 3.0
CS435 Systems Design (CS153, CS302) (SC) 3.0
AG210 Principles of Accounting I 4.0
AG211 Principles of Accounting II (AG210) 4.0
BS201 Principles of Management 3.0
BS202 Principles of Marketing (sophomore status) 3.0



  • AG210 Principles of Accounting I (4) SS1

    Introduction to financial accounting and its application to the reporting needs of organizations. Topics include basic accounting processes and procedures, financial statement preparation and analysis, internal control, and the recognition and measurement of accounts included in financial reports. Recommended: MS114. Pre/Corequisite: CS152.

  • AG211 Principles of Accounting II (4) SS1

    An introduction to managerial accounting concepts and the use of accounting information for planning, control, and decision-making. Topics include costing of products and services, cost volume-profit analysis, budgeting, performance evaluation, and costs relevant to decision-making. Prerequisites: AG210, CS152

  • BS201 Principles of Management (3) SS1

    The focus is on the study of the origin and development of management theory, processes of management, decision-making, leadership, communication, social responsibility, and international management. Emphasis on application of management principles to managing organizations.

  • BS202 Principles of Marketing (3)

    An introduction to basic marketing concepts, including marketing strategy, pricing, promotional activities, product development, and physical distribution. Sophomore status required for traditional age students. Recommended: ES 211.

  • 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.

  • CS156 Accounting Technology (1)

    Accounting technology provides an opportunity for students to generate financial information for planning and decision-making using a leading full-service accounting information system. Students learn to create financial statements and supplemental schedules, budgets, graphical analysis, and other reports that facilitate the process of problem resolution.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.