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*IAI (Illinois Articulation Agreement) - An agreement among participating Illinois colleges and universities to help Illinois college students transfer credit as easily as possible. See an advisor in the Advising and Counseling for additional information, or read about the IAI at www.iTransfer.org.

Computer Information Systems

CIS090 - Computers for New Users
Course focuses on introductory computer skills and basic terminology. Content includes starting the computer; desktop configuration; management of files and folders; searching the Internet; send, receive and attach a file to an email; create,format, edit, save, and print documents; create, format, edit, chart, save, and print spreadsheets. Intended for those with little to no experience in operating the hardware and commonly used software applications.
2 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 1)
Fee: $15

CIS101 - Introduction to Computer Information Systems
Course introduces computers and information systems. Content includes fundamental concepts of hardware and software as applied to computers in a business environment; programming, operating systems, the Internet, data communications, systems development life cycle, and information systems; use of typical software packages including word processing, spreadsheeting, database and presentation graphics. Hands-on experience with personal computers in labs.Intended for those seeking a career as a computer professional, an understanding of the role of Information Systems in the business community, or introductory “end user” computer skills. Recommended: High school algebra, MAT070, or equivalent skills.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $10

CIS103 - Computer Software and Concepts
Course introduces business application software and fundamental concepts of computer hardware. Hands-on experience in word processing, spreadsheeting,database development, presentation graphics, digital imaging and photo editing, diagramming software, Windows operating system, computer security, and Internet (Web browsers, email, and Web site development) software. Intended for students seeking careers as Information Technology (IT) professionals or forthose needing exposure to various software applications. Recommended: High school algebra,MAT070, or equivalent skills.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 3)
Fee: $30

CIS111 - Fundamentals of the Internet
Course focuses on understanding the structure of the Internet, how it works, and issues surrounding its use. Content includes hands-on activities, examination and application of theoretical concepts, as well as use of Internet basics, Web browsers, URLs, Web pages, search engines, navigation tools, transferring files, electronic mail, discussion lists and newsgroup usage, “netiquette,” and ethical, legal, security, and societal issues.Recommended: CIS 101
2 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 0)
Fee: $25

CIS113 - Introduction to Programming using Visual Basic .NET
Course introduces programming concepts using hierarchy charts, program flowcharts, pseudocode, and the Visual Basic .NET programming language to solve business-related problems. Content includes fundamentals of structured programming, arithmetic calculations, decision making, looping, data input and output, numeric and string variables, functions and procedures, arrays, file creation, data retrieval, and developing and debugging Visual Basic programs. Object-oriented theory and terminology will be introduced. Recommended: CIS 101 or CIS 103 or comparable computer knowledge and one year of high school algebra or equivalent.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $45

CIS116 - Introduction to the MS-Windows Operating System
Course presents theoretical and hands-on instruction using the Microsoft Windows operating system environment. Content includes customizing the environment, optimizing performance, managing file systems, optimizing disks, performing file and folder operations, evaluating system performance, exploring the Windows registry, using troubleshooting tools, enhancing the computer’s security, and evaluating installation issues. Recommended: CIS101 or CIS103 or comparable experience.
2 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 1)
Fee: $20

CIS118 - Introduction to The UNIX Operating System
Course teaches theoretical and hands-on instruction using the UNIX operating system environment. Content includes basic UNIX operating system concepts, terminology, file management, general utility commands, command processor (shells), and editors. Recommended: CIS 101 or CIS 103 or comparable computer experience.
2 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 0)
Fee: $20

CIS123 - Introduction to COBOL Programming
Course introduces programming using the COBOL programming language to solve businessrelated problems. Content includes program developmentand design using arithmetic calculations, decision making, looping, reports, subroutines, data validation and sequential file systems. Recommended: CIS 101 and CSC 155 or CSC 156 or comparable programming knowledge.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 2)
Fee: $45

CIS131 - Building a Web Page
Course introduces theoretical and hands-on instruction on the processes needed to create customized and interactive Web pages. Content includes commands (tags) to create, format, and link documents; tables, graphics, styles, forms, scripts, multimedia, and other features of a Web page; guidelines of effective Web presentation in designing a Web page, and Web site organization.Recommended: CIS111 or concurrent enrollment in CIS111, and ability to manage files and folders using Windows.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 4; lab: 1)
Fee: $25

CIS132 - Cascading Style Sheets
Course expands basic development of Web pages. Content focuses on the use of Cascading Style Sheets to present the content of a well structured XHTML document.Recommended: CIS131 or working knowledge of HTML/XHTML
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $15

CIS133 - Introduction to Handheld Computers
Course introduces handheld computers, also known as PDAs, using devices running the PalmOS operating system. Content includes using the data book, address book, to-do list, memo pad, calculator, using the stylus to input information, pre-installed applications, and installing new software applications.
2 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 0)
Fee: $20

CIS143 - Introduction to SQL
Course provides theoretical and hands-on instruction on data server technology. Content includes relational databases concepts, SQL syntax, SQL commands to create and maintain database objects and to store, retrieve, display, query, and manipulate data, functions, blocks of application code that can be shared by multiple forms, reports, and data management applications; and commands to execute blocks of code. Recommended: CAB 140 or comparable experience with a representative database software package, and knowledge of a programminglanguage.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $40

CIS145 - Database Fundamentals I
Course provides a foundation in the administrative tasks performed by a database administrator. Topics include Oracle database architecture and how each component functions and interacts. Students will learn how to design, develop, install, maintain, manage, and troubleshoot an Oracle database. Performance monitoring, database security, user management, and backup/recovery techniques will be discussed. This class prepares the student for the Oracle Database Administrator Certified Associate exam.Recommended: CIS143 or comparable knowledge.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 4; lab: 1)
Fee: $40

CIS148 - Introduction to Database Driven Web Sites
Course provides a general introduction to the basic framework of a database-driven web site. Content includes sample databases and a popular, industry standard software tool for creating site definitions; and to plan, develop, and implement a web database application.Recommended: CAB170 or equivalent knowledge.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $25

CIS152 - Web Development Tools
Course introduces Web development tools, including HTML editors and Web site managers as well as graphics manipulation tools. Content includes use of these tools to create interactive Web Sites which integrate style sheets, DHTML components and Javascript.Recommended: CIS 131 with minimum grade of C
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 2)
Fee: $25

CIS171 - Advanced Web Page Development
Course expands basic development of Web pages to build additional interaction and functionality into them. Content includes style sheets, data-base queries, basic scripting, applets, and Dynamic HTML as incorporated into the Web page code; Web site organization and navigation strategies.Recommended: knowledge of basic programming concepts CIS 131
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $15

CIS180 - Introduction to Visual Basic .NET Programming
Course introduces programming using the Visual Basic .NET programming language to solve business-related problems. Content includes program development and design, object-oriented programming, screen design, structured programming techniques, and event-driven programming using objects. Programming assignment concepts include arithmetic calculations, decision making, looping, soft and hard copy display, subroutines and functions, data validation, working with arrays, introductory concepts of file creation and dataretrieval and accessing, updating, and querying data in a database. Recommended: CIS 101 or CIS 103 or comparable computer knowledge;CSC 155 or CSC 156 or comparable programming knowledge.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 2)
Fee: $45

CIS188 - Active Server Pages
Course introduces Active Server Pages (ASP+). Content includes hands-on activities and lectures to increase familiarity with developing advanced Web applications using Active Server Pages (ASP+); advanced Internet architecture, using advanced Web development tools; the Active Server Page model, processing forms, integrating Web applications with data; and other server based applications, configuring Web applications, and using Web services to integrate Web applications.Recommended: CIS232 and CIS248, with minimum grade of C.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 2)
Fee: $25

CIS201 - Information Systems for Business
Course explores the types of information used in business, the flow of information through an organization, and a framework for examining characteristics of Accounting Information Systems in relation to other information system components. Content includes transaction processing systems, internal management reporting, and the day-to-day operational support. Course also covers Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC).Recommended: CIS 101 or CIS 103 and four credits of CIS courses
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $10

CIS203 - Managing Information Systems
Course focuses on how to analyze and manage the fundamentals of a computer information system, with emphasis on design, implementation, control, evaluation, and strategic use. Content includes hands-on experience with business software and Enterprise Resource Systems, emphasizing the managerial and strategic aspects of information technology. Course provides an overview of the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) and/or development/purchase of an information system. Student completes an in-depth business needs analysis, including software and hardware recommendations, plus procedures, prototypes, and a Request for Proposal.Recommended: CIS 201 and four additional CIS course credits.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $10

CIS204 - Introduction to System Analysis and Design
Course introduces the systems development life cycle of a computer system. Content includes the investigation, analysis, design, implementation and evaluation phases of a business system, tools (e.g. CASE) and techniques used by the systems analyst. Recommended: CIS 101 or CIS 103 and one programming language course or concurrent enrollment in one programming language course.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $10

CIS205 - Documentation and Technical Writing
Course explores various types of written communications used in the computer environment. Content includes steps, techniques and tools necessary to produce a variety of documents while using the basic skills necessary for clear,succinct writing. Focus is on development of computer documentation such as user manuals, technical reports, standards manuals and feasibility studies. Recommended: Knowledge of any programming language and EGL 101; studentshould have a basic understanding of the tools and functions in using a computer in a business environment.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

CIS208 - Visual Basic for Applications
Course introduces programming using Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). Content includes using VBA to automate or customize operations in a Word, Excel, Access, or PowerPoint; use of the Visual Basic editor to code, compile and execute programs. Content includes working with variables, decision making, looping, functions, procedures, arrays, and debugging. Recommended: CIS103 or CAB135 and CAB140, ability to manage files using Windows, and MAT070 or one year of high school algebra.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 2)
Fee: $45

CIS209 - Database Programming for PCs
Course offers instruction in designing and developing a business application using a representative microcomputer database management package. Content includes macros, VBA programming, database security, and complex queries,forms, and reports to complete a database case study that demonstrate analysis, design, and development of a business application. Recommended: CAB 140 or comparable knowledge of database software.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 4; lab: 1)
Fee: $45

CIS210 - Visual Basic .NET Programming for Files and Databases
Course concentrates on writing programs that use files and databases to enter, store, and display data. Content includes various data controls, grids, and data bound controls used with the access technologies provided by Visual Basic; principles of database usage, use of Structured Query Language (SQL) to provideaccess to data, Data Access Objects, Remote Data Objects, ODBC, and Active X Data Objects. Recommended: CIS 180 and CAB 140, or consent of instructor, department coordinator or chair.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 2)
Fee: $45

CIS211 - Java Programming
Course continues to develop the knowledge needed to write object-oriented, interactive, business-related applications and applets using the Java programming language. Topics include inheritance, polymorphism, exception handling, graphical user interfaces and event-handling, input/output streams, collections, and generic programming. Students will code, compile, execute and debug Java programs. Fundamental of Java programming will be reviewed. Recommended: CSC155 (C++) or CSC156 (Java) or ability to write programs using an object-oriented language (e.g. Java, C#, Visual Basic).
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 2)
Fee: $45

CIS213 - Advanced Topics in Visual Basic .NET Programming
Course concentrates on writing complex programs using Visual Basic .NET concepts and commands. Content includes object-oriented concepts and design, configuring Visual Basic, user interfaces, .NET Framework controls, add-ins and utilities, dynamic control and object creation, creating a multiple document interface application (MDI), using the Windows API, Registry and INI files, Web Services, adding an Online Help system to applications, and deployment of applications. Recommended: CIS 180 or comparable programming knowledge or consent of instructor, department coordinator or chair.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 2)
Fee: $45

CIS214 - Web Site Maintenance and Management
Course presents technical and people management skills needed to set up and maintain a Web site. Content includes hands-on activities and lectures to increase familiarity with technical and Web development skills required to setup and maintain both Internet and Intranet Web sites. Involves team work in Web site development, to create, plan, implement, test and evaluate Web sites.Prerequisite: CIS 171, with minimum grade of C
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 2)
Fee: $45

CIS215 - Assembly Language for The Microcomputer
Course introduces Intel microprocessor assembly language instruction set. Content includes assembly, link and executing code to write business-oriented programs and subroutines to include such concepts as screen manipulating,table searching, disk processing, calling assembly language subroutines, communicating with programs written in higher-level languages, debugging techniques and machine language execution. Recommended: Knowledge of anyprogramming language.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 2)
Fee: $45

CIS218 - Advanced Operating Systems Using UNIX
Course concentrates on advanced concepts in working with the UNIX operating system environment. Content includes advanced UNIX utilities, shell script programming (Bourne, C, Korn), networking, basic “C” language programming and UNIX system administration. Recommended: CIS 118 or comparable knowledge.
2 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 0)
Fee: $20

CIS220 - Introduction to C Programming
Course introduces procedural-oriental programming using the C programming language to solve business-related problems. Content includes writing, compiling, executing, and debugging programs, essential elements of the language, syntax, operators, data types, program controls, pointers, arrays, structures, and unions,input/output, and disk processing. Recommended: Knowledge of any programming language.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 2)
Fee: $45

CIS227 - C# Programming
Course introduces programming using the C# programming language to solve business-related problems. Content includes program development and design, visual and object-oriented programming, screen design, structured programmingtechniques, and event-driven programming using objects. Programming assignment concepts include arithmetic calculations, decision making, looping, reports to screen and paper, subroutines and functions, interactive processing, working with arrays, and introductory concepts of file creation and access. Recommended: CIS 113 or CSC 155 or CSC 156 or comparable programmingknowledge.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 2)
Fee: $45

CIS228 - UNIX Administration
Course offers instruction in installation, support, and administration of a UNIX operating system in both server and workstation configurations. Content includes UNIX and Web server installation, system startup/shutdown, hardware configuration, disk and file system structure, package management, TCP/IP networking, system management and security, X-Windows usage andconfiguration, user management, UNIX printing, system performance measurement and tuning, UNIX Kernel “hacking,” and UNIX utilities. Recommended: CIS 218, CNS 105 or comparable knowledge.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $40

CIS230 - C++ Programming for Business Applications
Course introduces programming using the C++ programming language to solve business-related problems. Content includes program format, data types, function declarations, preprocess or directives, arithmetic and relational operators, and fileinput and output. Object-oriented programming is introduced. Not intended for transfer credit. Recommended: CIS 220 or C programming experience.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 2)
Fee: $45

CIS231 - Advanced Java Programming
Course examines topics in various Java technologies. Content includes inner classes, multithreading, reflection, collection classes, Swing, TCP/IP networking, Java database connectivity (JDBC), remote method invocation (RMI), CORBA (interactive data language), servlets, and Java server pages (JSP). Studentswill be able to develop distributed object applications and write Web pages using advanced server side programming through servlets and Java server pages. Recommended: CIS 211 or comparable knowledge.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 2)
Fee: $45

CIS232 - Web Scripting
Course combines hands-on activities and lectures to increase familiarity with developing web applications with JavaScript, PHP, XML, or another contemporary web language. Content includes enhancing web pages using interactive features; manipulating built-in objects; and validating and processing forms. Course can be repeated on different topics up to three times for up to 12 twelve credits.Recommended: CSC 155 or CSC 156, and CIS 171, each with minimum grade of C, or consent of instructor, coordinator or department chair.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 2)
Fee: $15

CIS236 - Project Management
Course introduces principles of Project Management as defined by the ProjectManagement Institute (PMI). Content includes experiential exercises and team participation to gain experience with computer-based project management procedures, and to increase basic familiarity with state-of-the-art project management software. Credit cannot be received in both CIS 236 and MGT 236.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $10

CIS238 - UNIX Network Services Administration
Course covers UNIX network services and administration using the LINUX operating system. Content includes: network technology and terms; TCP/IP installation and configuration; network hardware installation; secure INETD “super daemon” installation and TCPD wrappers; configuration of network services - Domain Name Services (DNS); DHCP; Apache (Web server); SMTP/SENDMAIL; File Transfer Protocol (FTP) server, Network File Server (NFS); SAMBA (Windows Network Server); Secure Shell (SSH); Secure Socket Layer; firewalls and packet filters; and packet sniffers and intrusion detections systems. Credit cannot be received in both CIS 238 and CNS 238. Recommended: CIS 228 or comparable knowledge.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $40

CIS241 - Database Management
Course introduces management of database systems including design, development, implementation, recovery, and security of databases. Content includes database models, entity-relationship (E-R) modeling, normalization,data warehousing; an introduction to SQL; the database life cycle, transaction management, distributed databases, client/server systems; using databases in e-commerce and on the Internet, and the role of the database administrator.Recommended: One programming course and CAB 140 or comparable knowledge.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $10

CIS245 - Database Fundamentals II
Course continues to develop the knowledge needed to perform the tasks of a database administrator. Topics include methods to backup, restore, and recover the database given various different scenarios, transporting data between databases and the utilities used, networking concepts and configuration parameters, solving common network problems, and configuring network parameters to allow the database clients to communicate with the database server. This course leads to the Oracle Database Administrator Certified Professional certification.Recommended: CIS145 or comparable knowledge.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 4; lab: 1)
Fee: $40

CIS247 - Performance Tuning
Course focuses on maximizing the performance of the database from the design to using the database in a production environment. Course focuses observing, defining, and diagnosing the problem, and implementing a solution using various methods, techniques, and diagnostic tools. Students will learn how to observe, monitor, identify, troubleshoot, tweak, and resolve common performance-related problems. This course leads to the Oracle Database Administrator Certified Professional certification.Recommended: CIS245 or comparable knowledge.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 4; lab: 1)
Fee: $40

CIS248 - Web Database Management
Course introduces Web database technologies. Content includes hands-on activities and lectures to increase familiarity with methods used to create dynamic Web applications that interact with a data source, such as a relational database. Elective for majors of World Wide Web program.Recommended: CIS 171 and CAB 140, with minimum grade of C.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 2)
Fee: $45

CIS249 - Introduction to ERP Systems
Course introduces SAP, Enterprise Resource Planning. The course is intended to explain how the fundamental business processes interact within an ERP system in the functional areas of; sales and distribution, materials management, production planning, financial accounting, controlling, and human resource management. Students may not receive credit in both BUS 249 and CIS 249.Prerequisite: BUS101 or CIS201 or CIS203.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 2)
Fee: $40

CIS251 - Computer Information Systems Internship
Course consists of direct work experience in a computer information systems related environment at an approved business or industrial firm applying knowledge and skills learned to their daily assigned responsibilities. The student will meet with a Computer Information Systems instructor who will evaluate their on-the-job technical skills. Arrangements for the work experience will be worked out in conjunction with the Computer Information Systems coordinator. Inaddition, the student will discuss work-related situations with the instructor. Prerequisite: Completion of a minimum of 15 credits in CIS, CAB, or CNS with a grade of C or better in each course and consent of instructor, department coordinator, or program chair.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 10)

CIS253 - Project Management Certification Preparation
Course offers an intensive review of project management concepts and the application of these concepts to various business scenarios in preparationfor the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam. Students cannot receive credit for both CIS 253 and MGT 253. Recommended: CIS 236 or MGT 236 or comparable knowledge or consent of instructor.
2 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 0)

CIS255 - Technology Tools in the Classroom
Course introduces the educator to integrating the personal computer into the classroom to enhance instruction and classroom management by using avariety of software programs, hardware devices, and the Internet and its components (World Wide Web, e-mail, downloading, FTP). Content includeshands-on activities using technology to develop an electronic presentation, develop a grade spreadsheet, develop a student database, use various methods to electronically communicate, build a Web site, use multimedia, use publisher’selectronic materials, evaluate software, use the Internet for finding information and research, manage a personal computer system, and use additional hardware devices for learning purposes. Course not designed to transfer as an Educationdegree requirement. Recommended: Previous experience using a personal computer.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 2)
Fee: $30

CIS261 - System Configuration Using SAP
Course provides students with fundamental knowledge and hands-on experience with enterprise systems: design; configuration; implementation; and deployment of an ERP system within a contemporary business environment. Prerequisite: CIS 249
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 2)
Fee: $40

CIS290 - Topics in Computer Information Systems
Course covers a variety of different topics current with technological advances in Computer Information Systems. Topics will be identified for each section of the course and students may repeat the course three times with different topics.Prerequisite may vary by topic.
1-4 Credit Hours (lecture: 1-4; lab: 1-4)

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