Courses Offered Online

Oakton offers a variety of online courses (see list below); however, the College does not offer all courses every semester. For the current semester's courses, go to the class schedule. The class schedule provides more complete information, including course description, instructor, course fee,* and textbook required.

*Fees vary per course.

CAD Computer-Aided Design
College Studies
Computer Apps for Business
Computer Information Systems
Computer Science
Early Childhood Education
Earth Science
Elder Care Support
Geographic Information Systems
Global Business Studies
Health Information Technology
Horticultural Therapy
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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

Computer Information Systems

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: $5

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 computers security, and evaluating installation issues. Recommended: CIS101 or CIS103 or comparable experience.
2 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 1)
Fee: $5

CIS131 - Web Page Development
Course introduces theoretical and hands-on instruction on the processes needed to create customized and interactive Web pages using HTML and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Content includes commands (tags) to create, format, and link documents tables, graphics, styles, forms, multimedia (audio, video), navigation bar, introduction to scripting, and other features of a Web page and guidelines for designing effective Web pages and Web sites.Prerequisiste: Recommended: CIS111 or concurrent enrollment in CIS111 and ability to manage files and folders using Windows OR consent of instructor or Program Coordinator
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 4; lab: 1)
Fee: $5

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: $10

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: $10

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: $25

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: $20

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: $20

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

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: Successful completion of CIS 201 or CIS 203 or instructor consent. Recommended: Hands-on experience using Windows software and keyboarding skills.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 2)
Fee: $50

CIS257 - Apps Programming for Apple Mobile Devices
Course covers the fundamentals needed to develop iOS applications for the iPad and iPhone mobile platforms. Introduced is Swift (the programming language), Xcode (the development environment), and Cocoa Touch (the framework for building software programs). Content includes program design and development, designing user interfaces including swipe gestures and rotation, visual and object-oriented programming, and event-driven programming using user interface objects and controls. Learn to sell apps in Apples App store.Recommended: CIS 101, and CSC 155 (C++) or CSC 156 (Java) or CSC 157 (Python) or comparable programming knowledge or consent of the instructor or program coordinator.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 2)
Fee: $20

CIS258 - Apps Programming for Android Mobile Devices
Course covers the fundamentals needed to develop Android applications for mobile devices. The Java for Android programming language and Eclipse (the development environment) will be used. Topics include designing and developing user interfaces, layouts, development tools, recognize gestures and touches, display text and images, store data, and graphics. Recommended: CIS 101, and CSC 155 (C++) or CSC 156 (Java) or CSC 157 (Python) or comparable programming knowledge or consent of the instructor or program coordinator.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 2)
Fee: $20

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