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CIS 100 Principles of Information Systems (3 credits)

An introductory course in computer fundamentals, covering computer hardware, software, and business applications. A significant portion of the course is devoted to the use of modern applications software packages such as word processing and spreadsheet software. The course involves extensive hands-on exposure to both time-sharing and microcomputer systems. Other topics include the evolution of the information-based society, the information processing cycle, and the processing capabilities of computers.

CIS 101 Computer Concepts: An Introduction (1 credit)

This course provides Computer Information Systems majors with an introduction to computer concepts and terminology to prepare them for subsequent courses. Topics covered will include binary, decimal, and hexadecimal number systems, analog and digital signals, data storage, transmission and processing methods, and networking. Topics will be covered at an introductory level. The course will be taught primarily online to introduce CIS majors to the experience of the electronic community. One lecture hour per week. Required for CIS majors enrolled in CIS 125. Co-requisite: CIS 125 or Permission of Instructor.

CIS 102 Internet Basics (3 credits)

An introductory course in the usage of the Internet, intended for non-majors and majors with little or no Internet experience. Students will learn how to use Web browsers, search engines, and e-mail. Different types of Web- delivered media will be presented and discussed, in additional to a general history of the Internet. Several issues will also be addressed, such as content evaluation, legality, ethics, and virus protection. Prerequisite: none.

CIS 103 Computer Communications Using Internet (1 credit)

Basic computer communications concepts are introduced. Course content includes the use of technology for communications, information retrieval, and verification. The local computer network and e-mail system will be introduced and heavily used to create a virtual student community. In addition, the responsibilities of electronic citizenship and techniques for proper behavior using shared resources will be learned and practiced.

CIS 106 An Introduction to Digital Media (3 credits)

This introductory-level course provides a basic hands-on approach for the production and assessment of a team-based digital media project. Utilization of the components found in various software programs will allow students to select a digitally-based group project utilizing various aspects of audio, video and digital media. A culminating project will be distributed via DVD, the Internet/World Wide Web, or some other appropriate channel/medium. A basic knowledge of computers and some background in music and/or musical theory would be helpful but is not required.

CIS 107 Computer Concepts and File Management (1 credit)

This course will cover general computer concepts, including computer hardware, operating systems, applications and connectivity, with an emphasis on the concepts and skills of effective data file storage and management. This course will not count as a curriculum elective in CIS or CSC programs. This course is not open to students who have successfully completed CIS 100. Successful completion of this course will satisfy the Computer Concepts portion of the Information Management competency.

CIS 108 Internet Concepts and Tools (1 credit)

This course will cover Internet concepts and skills, including how the Internet operates and ways that individuals connect to the Internet. Students will learn to effectively use Internet sites, such as Onondaga's Course Management site, search engines, and productivity and research sites. Tools used will include Email client and FTP client software. The course will also cover the potential risks to safety and security and ways to avoid them, as well as techniques for evaluating Web sites for trustworthiness. This course will not count as a curriculum elective in CIS or CSC programs. Successful completion will satisfy the Internet Concepts portion of the Information Management competency. Prerequisite: CIS 107 or equivalent proficiency met on a placement test.

CIS 109 Word Processing Skills (1 credit)

This course will teach students how to create and revise documents using word processing software. Skills will include document formatting, using tables and graphics, file format conversion, and citation tools. This course will not count as a curriculum elective in CIS or CSC programs. This course is not open to students who have successfully completed CIS 100. Successful completion will satisfy the Computer Concepts portion of the Information Management competency. Prerequisite: CIS 107 or equivalent proficiency met on a placement test.

CIS 119 Spreadsheet Software (1 credit)

This course will teach students how to create and revise spreadsheets using spreadsheet software. Skills will include using formulas, using formatting, inserting graphics, using common file formats, and creating graphs and charts. This course will not count as a curriculum elective in CIS or CSC programs. This course is not open to students who have successfully completed CIS 100. Prerequisite: CIS 107 or equivalent proficiency met on a placement test.

CIS 120 Advanced Principles of Information Systems (3 credits)

The continuation of CIS 100. Topics include graphics, simple software and hardware management, operating systems, presentation graphics, database applications and current issues in computing and information science that have an impact on today's society. Hands-on modules include projects with current operating systems, a database management system and a collaborative project integrating concepts and techniques learned over the semester. Prerequisite: CIS 100 or Permission of Instructor.

CIS 125 Fundamentals of Computer Information Systems (3 credits)

This is the first course for CIS majors or any student interested in exploring the professional field of Computer Information Systems. The course covers the concepts of computing principles and advanced data use. Topics include software and hardware management tools and techniques, file management, presentation software, database applications and concepts, and current issues in computing and information systems having an impact on today's society. The lessons will be presented using traditional classroom lessons and hands-on computer projects. A collaborative project integrating concepts and techniques will be performed by all students.

CIS 130 Foundations of the Internet (3 credits)

In this first course in the Web Technology sequence of courses, students will be introduced to Web development concepts and principles. Foundation topics include protocols, Linux commands, file management, remote access, and file transfer. Additionally, students will learn current industry-standard html/xhtml,cascading style sheets, image editing for web optimization, and the use of various editors. Students will be provided with a Web server account for their use. Additionally, Web accessibility will be discussed and incorporated.

CIS 151 Technology and Organizations (3 credits)

This is a course on the impact of technologies related to work and organizations. It addresses both the unintended and intended outcomes of technology. Students examine the changing nature of time demands, the relationship between the organization and its members, the "labor saving" device, quality of work life, computer misuse, repetitive strain injuries, and other topics.

CIS 170 Network Fundamentals (3 credits)

This course introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of computer networks. It uses the OSI and TCP layered models to examine the protocols and services used in networking. Students will be introduced to structured IP addressing and Ethernet.

CIS 230 Web Site Design and Development (4 credits)

This course will expand upon CIS 130 and will focus on principles of design in the authorship of Web pages. As the focus shifts from basic Web page creation to designing full Web sites, so too will the tools shift from HTML editors to WYSIWYG editors. A topic of discussion will be the issue of accessibility. Further development topics include intermediate to advanced HTML code, intermediate graphics manipulation, JavaScript, Flash and other multimedia, and an introduction to dynamic content. Prerequisite: CIS 130.

CIS 231 Advanced Web Servers (4 credits)

Students will learn advanced Web management techniques, with an emphasis on server-side issues. Students will add interactivity to their Web sites through the use of forms and server side scripting. A further exploration of dynamic content will be included. Additionally, students will work with server side databases, including stored procedures. Finally, students will configure and manage a Web server, including virtual hosting, troubleshooting and security. Prerequisite: CIS 125 or Permission of Instructor.

CIS 271 Internetworking I (4 credits)

This course expands upon Network Fundamentals advances into Routing and Switching. Students will explore the architecture, components, and operation of Cisco routers, and learn the principles of routing and the routing protocols RIP, EIGRP, and OSPF. They will learn the technologies and protocols needed to design and implement a converged switched network, including virtual LANs, VTP, inter-VLAN routing, and Spanning Tree Protocol. Prerequisite: CIS 170. 3 lecture hours and 2 laboratory hours.

CIS 272 Internetworking II (3 credits)

This is an advanced course in networking that explores WAN technologies and integrating network services. Students learn how to implement and configure data link protocols and how to apply WAN security concepts, principles of traffic, access control, and addressing services. A focus on detecting, troubleshooting, and correcting common network implementation issues will be covered to prepare students for the CCNA examination. Prerequisite: CIS 271.

CIS 281 Computer Information Systems Internship (1 credit)

This course is designed to provide work experience directly related to the student's area of study in Computer Information Systems. Internships are available throughout the local community. A learning contract containing specific educational objectives that relate both to the work experience and the field of study will be developed between the student and the Faculty Internship Coordinator. Course requirements include a minimum of 60 work-hours for 1 credit. Each student must maintain a Work/Research Journal to record hours worked and duties performed. A summary reflection presentation/paper/project will be prepared and delivered by the student at the completion of the Internship. The student's performance will be evaluated by the Faculty Internship Coordinator based on accomplishment of the objectives in the learning contract and satisfactory evaluations by the employer/site supervisor. No experiential credit will be given for previous work or research experience. Prerequisites: minimum GPA of 3.0, sophomore standing, and approval of the Faculty Internship Coordinator.

CIS 282 Computer Information Systems Internship (2 credits)

This course is designed to provide work experience directly related to the student's area of study in Computer Information Systems. Internships are available throughout the local community. A learning contract containing specific educational objectives that relate both to the work experience and the field of study will be developed between the student and the Faculty Internship Coordinator. Course requirements include a minimum of 120 work-hours for 2 credits. Each student must maintain a Work/Research Journal to record hours worked and duties performed. A summary reflection presentation/paper/project will be prepared and delivered by the student at the completion of the Internship. The student's performance will be evaluated by the Faculty Internship Coordinator based on accomplishment of the objectives in the learning contract and satisfactory evaluations by the employer/site supervisor. No experiential credit will be given for previous work or research experience. Prerequisites: minimum GPA of 3.0, sophomore standing, and approval of the Faculty Internship Coordinator.

CIS 283 Computer Information Systems Internship (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide work experience directly related to the student's area of study in Computer Information Systems. Internships are available throughout the local community. A learning contract containing specific educational objectives that relate both to the work experience and the field of study will be developed between the student and the Faculty Internship Coordinator. Course requirements include a minimum of 180 work-hours for 3 credits. Each student must maintain a Work/Research Journal to record hours worked and duties performed. A summary reflection presentation/paper/project will be prepared and delivered by the student at the completion of the Internship. The student's performance will be evaluated by the Faculty Internship Coordinator based on accomplishment of the objectives in the learning contract and satisfactory evaluations by the employer/site supervisor. No experiential credit will be given for previous work or research experience. Prerequisites: minimum GPA of 3.0, sophomore standing, and approval of the Faculty Internship Coordinator.

CIS 286 Systems Analysis and Design (3 credits)

This course is the capstone course for Computer Information Systems majors, requiring students to integrate techniques and concepts learned from their other coursework. The course will focus on the phases of the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC), and the roles and responsibilities that a systems analyst performs throughout the SDLC process. Students will be expected to work in collaborative, self-directed teams to produce comprehensive projects, culminating in a thorough, concise study of a simulated environment that will be used to research and create a system design. Students will also be expected to present their projects in a professional manner, demonstrating the ability to deliver technical information to a non-technical audience. Prerequisite: CIS 125 or Permission of Instructor.

CIS 291 Information Technology Support I (4 credits)

This course will prepare students to work with users of computer software and hardware. Topics include basic hardware components, configurations, installations, troubleshooting, preventative maintenance, safety concerns, and customer service issues. Software issues such as installation and upgrading, BIOS configurations and settings, diagnostic tools and maintenance will also be covered. This detailed hands-on approach will prepare students to take the A+ certification examination administered by the Computer Technology Association (CompTIA). There will be no experiential credit granted for this course. Students will receive 3 hours of instruction and 1 lab hour per week. Prerequisite: CIS 125 or Permission of Instructor.

CIS 292 Information Technology Support II (4 credits)

A continuation of CIS 291, this capstone course will prepare the student for working with, and training users in the use of modern software and hardware. Students will learn hardware and software maintenance techniques, including advanced troubleshooting, network and desktop security, and software maintenance. In addition, students spend 30 hours during the semester as an unpaid intern at a local business or non-profit organization troubleshooting hardware and software problems, doing technical research, and learning about the organization they're working at. There will be both individual and team assignments. There will also be no experiential credit granted for this course. Students will receive 2 hours of instruction, and perform 4 hours of internship practicum per week. Prerequisite: CIS 291 or Permission of Instructor.