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CIS - Computer & Information Systems Major



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CIS - Computer & Information Systems Major Courses

Major Requirements
BUSN101 Introduction To Business (3 Credits)
A survey of business intended to give the student a general knowledge of the modern business world, provide a basis for choosing a field of specialization, and acquaint him or her with numerous business areas. (Offered every semester.)
MATH106 Finite Mathematics (3 Credits)
This course will strengthen the mathematics skills of those students who must use mathematics in their major, such as business, biology, or the social sciences. Topics will include functions, systems of linear equations, matrices, linear programming, probability and statistics, and mathematics of finance including compound interest. Prerequisite: One and one-half years of high school algebra or the equivalent. (Offered every semester.)
CIST140 Introductory Computer Programming (3 Credits)
This course will introduce students to computers and programming. It will begin with a study of computer hardware and software relationships, and a review of common operating systems in use today, with a detailed review of microcomputer operating systems. Then programming language construction and principles will be covered, culminating in problem solving and algorithm development in a high level computing language with several programming projects. Serves also as the entry point for a major in management information systems. Prerequisite: CIS 105 or proficiency. (Offered spring semester.)
CIST210 Programming and Data Structures I (3 Credits)
Using a modern high-level programming language, this course introduces algorithmic problem solving, basic control structures, basic data structures, and procedural abstraction. Prerequisites: MTH 111 and CIS 140, or MTH 115. (Offered fall semester.)
CIST305 Applied Lab in IT (3 Credits)
This course will research oriented topics in the design and implementation of computer systems. Specific topics are determined by current literature and by student and faculty interest. This course may be repeated two times for a total of nine credits. Prerequisite: CIS/DM140. (Offered spring semester of even calendar years.)
CIST315 Networking & Communication (3 Credits)
This course will introduce the student to the principles of data telecommunication and applications of data communications in current practice, including the Internet, distributed processing and databases, corporate data repositories, and the impact of improved telecommunications on business practice. Prerequisite: CIS 210. (Offered spring semester of odd calendar years.)
CIST325 World Wide Web Programming (3 Credits)
This course is designed to teach methods of programming for the World Wide Web. The student will learn about the technologies that are available and will create software that performs functions on an actual web site. Prerequisites: CIS/DM140. (Offered fall semester of even calendar years.)
CIST330 Database Management (3 Credits)
Provides the student with an ability to describe the theory of operation of various Data Base Management Systems (DBMS) and the capability of using several of the more frequently encountered DBMS's which are available for computer systems. The student will also study methods of database administration. Prerequisite: CIS 210 or CIS 240. (Offered spring semester.)
CIST340 System Analysis/Application Design (3 Credits)
Introduction to the principles and tools of formal systems analysis and systems design. Students will apply design techniques and tools to case studies regarding software development. Prerequisite: CIS 330. (Offered fall semester of odd calendar years.)
CIST345 Managing Technical People (3 Credits)
Students in this course will learn the concepts and the techniques that are necessary to lead and motivate a team of technical people. Also, methods of finding and developing technical talent will be covered. Prerequisite: MGT 321. (Offered spring semester.)
BUSN360 Professional Leaders/Ethics/Develop (3 Credits)
This course examines how national and local managers explain the development of their careers with a particular emphasis on leadership development, ethics, and the integration of faith in their management practice. These, together with the course material and group projects, help students develop appropriate career skills. In addition to the weekly speaker summaries, students write a business case study, make microfinance loans to overseas entrepreneurs, and develop individual career plans, resumes, and job search skills. Prerequisite: MGT 101.
BUSN367 Quantitative Approaches: Business (4 Credits)
A study of various quantitative approaches to decision making in business. Selected topics include linear programming, economic order quantity, and statistical decision making techniques. Prerequisite: Any statistics course. (Offered spring semester.)
CIST405 Practicum (4 Credits)
In this course the student applies theories and skills learned in the major. Each experience should include significant learning opportunities related to the student's major field. Two supervisors are involved, a work supervisor and an academic supervisor. Registration must occur prior to the activity. Forty to sixty hours of work experience is required for each credit awarded. The experience may be paid or unpaid. Letter grades will be assigned unless otherwise stated in the departmental description. Students must consult with their academic supervisor at least twice during the experience. A learning experience summary paper following departmental guidelines is required as well as a final interview with the academic supervisor. A maximum of twelve credits may be applied to the degree. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing with a 2.0 G.P.A., 18 semester credits completed in the field and departmental approval.
BUSN409 Business: Our Ethical Calling (2 Credits)
A capstone course for all business majors, involving independent and group work in selected areas, guest speakers, a research project, and discussion as an essential learning activity. Emphases include business ethics, entrepreneurship as a calling, and development of a career and lifestyle philosophy. Meets the general education writing intensive requirement. Prerequisite: Senior status. (Offered every semester.)
Choose Two Courses (Courses Required: 2)
ACCT101 Financial Accounting (3 Credits)
Nature and purpose of accounting; basic accounting concepts and procedures, double entry bookkeeping, methods of processing, summarizing and classifying financial data; balance sheets and income statements. (Offered every semester.)
MRKT201 Marketing (3 Credits)
The present marketing system is described, analyzed, and evaluated through study of consumers, marketing functions, institutions, and commodities. The motivation of mass markets through advertising and personal selling is given special attention. (Offered spring semester.)
ECON202 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 Credits)
For second year business students, emphasizing economic principles, national income, employment, inflation, and fiscal and monetary policy. Prerequisite: ECON 201. (Offered spring semester.)
BUSN321 Management of Organizations (3 Credits)
Develops a systematized body of managerial thought suitable to all business situations through understanding of planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling functions. (Offered fall semester.)
Economics Elective
ECON101 Survey of Economics (3 Credits)
This course will help students to produce enough to support themselves and family, consume resources and products wisely, provide for their own future needs, support government's appropriate role in our productivity, and consider the needs of their children, and enable them to live productive lives. (Offered fall semester.)
ECON201 Principles of Microeconomics (3 Credits)
The beginning of the one-year economics principles course, emphasizing profit maximizing for the firm, how government regulation affects business, and growth/environment questions. Moderate emphasis on mathematical analysis. Prereq: MTH 106 (Offered fall semester.)
ECON202 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 Credits)
For second year business students, emphasizing economic principles, national income, employment, inflation, and fiscal and monetary policy. Prerequisite: ECON 201. (Offered spring semester.)
ECON352 Modern Economic History (3 Credits)
An interdisciplinary course organized for studying backgrounds to current economic problems in context with related social, political, and religious issues. (Offered irregularly.)
ECON353 Environmental Economics (3 Credits)
Students will study two kinds of environmental issues: resource conservation and pollution of the environment. In both cases students will consider whether markets can achieve the best results for humankind, or whether stated intervention and control to keep us safe and healthy. Prerequisite: ECON201. (Offered irregularly.)

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