Computer Information Systems at Aquinas College

Computer Information Systems Courses

CS150 Technology Concepts (1)

This course provides students with the opportunity to become aware of the concepts of workplace and personal technology, as well as technology trends and how they impact personal and professional life. The unique role of the individual in the development, use, ethics and security of technology is highlighted. This course utilizes an e-book and online resources as well as classroom presentation and discussion. Students of all skill levels, backgrounds, and career goals will benefit from these vital topics.

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.

CS155 Internet (1)

This hands-on lab course covers a variety of Internet concepts such as email, search strategies, browser software tips, basic web page design, and ethical/ legal issues related to the Internet. No prior Internet experience is required, but some basic experience with computers is helpful. Students must have access to the Internet and an email account outside of class. (Aquinas student accounts are available.) Students with extensive prior Internet experience or those interested in web page design should consider taking CS158 instead of this course.

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.

CS159 Desk-Top Publishing (1)

This hands-on lab course covers desktop publishing concepts and application using Microsoft Word, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Adobe Dreamweaver. Experience and knowledge of basic word processing skills are beneficial. Course projects introduce skills such as creating templates, integrating graphics and images, designing newsletters, and formatting multi-section documents.

CS160 MIDI Music Publishing (1) AC

This course is designed to teach anyone, even non-musicians, how to create professional-looking music scores quickly with the aid of the computer for personal use, and for transporting music to other instruments. This course is currently taught using FINALE software. The course also discusses the principles of MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) Sequencing, and Analog vs. Digital Recording.

CS161 Image Editing (1)

This hands-on lab course covers the creation and editing of professional quality graphics. These graphics can be used to enhance web pages, professional presentations (with photography), and other non-chart graphics. Students will scan, manipulate, and compress digital images. The course is currently taught using Adobe software.

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.

CS198 Independent Reading (Variable)

Individually-negotiated program of readings for non-majors in a selected topic established by contract between the instructor and the student.

CS210 Introduction to Algorithms (2)

This course focuses on techniques for constructing correct and efficient algorithms, as well as on tools to reason about the algorithms. Students will analyze, design, and develop programmatic solutions to selected problems. Class will include discussion of problem-solving strategies and existing solutions, with the majority of the time spent programming and testing the possible solution(s). This is a credit/no-credit course. Prerequisite: CS182.

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.

CS251 Advanced Word Processing (1)

This course is the second of two courses in word processing. It is designed to teach advanced topics such as mail merge, envelopes, web forms, macros, Visual Basic for Applications, indexing, table of contents, and newsletters. Prerequisite: CS151.

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.

CS254 Advanced Database Technology (1)

This course is the second of two courses in database technology. It is designed to teach advanced topics such as object linking and embedding, subforms, switchboards, pivot tables and charts, reporting and forms, Visual Basic for Applications, and database administration. Prerequisite: CS154.

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.

CS260 Advanced Midi Music Publishing (1)

This course is designed to enhance the FINALE experience gained in CS160 by giving the student working knowledge of MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) Sequencing and Digital Audio Recording techniques through the use of a powerful computer-based Digital Audio Workstation software product known as Sonar X-1. Students will learn how to record, edit, mix and master professional musical tracks and export to mp3 and CD formats. Prerequisite: CS160.

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.

CS304 Systems Design (3)

This course implements the logical models created in Systems Analysis. Topics include data analysis, event analysis, interface design and prototyping, and post-implementation and support. Practical application involves implementation of specific process analysis and design including physical network architecture modeling, input and output graphical user interface design prototyping, program design, and documentation and presentation of design to an audience. Prerequisites: CS153, CS302.

CS306 COBOL (3)

Input, output, and data movement statements; arithmetic statements, conditional statements, perform statements. Application of COBOL to problems involving sequential files, report writing, and sort/merge. Prerequisite: CS182.

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.

CS310 Special Topics in Computer Information Systems (variable)

Offered when needed as timely issues concerning information technology arise.

CS317 Java Programming for Teachers (3)

The creation and management of applications using Java. Students will write applications in Java, using objects and advanced data structures including stacks, queues, linked lists, and binary trees. Prerequisite: CS182.

CS327 Computer Graphics (3)

Computer graphics standards; 2-dimensional graphics primitives including point, line, and polygon; translation, scaling, and rotation; graphical icons; applications in windowing environments; business graphics including bar chart and pie chart; introduction to 3-dimensional graphics; use of a graphics software package. Students write programs to create and manipulate graphical entities. Prerequisites: CS258, CS182.

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.

CS398 Independent Reading (Variable)

A student may apply to take an Independent Reading course towards major or minor requirements. An outline should be prepared by the student and submitted to one of the faculty in the program. Upon the faculty’s approval, a contract is signed between student and faculty member for a specified work to be done by the student in a specified period of time for a specified number of semester hours. Upon the completion of the work by the student, the faculty member will submit a letter grade. Prerequisite: CS182.

CS399 Independent Project (Variable)

A student may apply to take an Independent Project course towards the major or minor. An outline should be prepared by the student and submitted to one of the faculty in the program. Upon the faculty’s approval, a contract is signed between student and faculty member for a specified work to be done by the student in a specified period of time for a specified number of semester hours. Upon the completion of the work by the student, the faculty member will submit a letter grade. Prerequisite: CS182.

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.

CS460 Practicum in Information Technology (3)

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, CS304, CS308, CS336.

CS4XX Systems Design (3) SC

This course implements the logical models created in Systems Analysis. Topics include data analysis, event analysis, interface design and prototyping, and post-implementation and support. Practical application involves implementation of specific process analysis and design including physical network architecture modeling, input and output graphical user interface design prototyping, program design, and documentation and presentation of design to an audience. Prerequisites: CS153, CS302.