Computer Information Systems

Program Description

The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Computer Information Systems combines technical skills with the business proficiency needed today. A unique program, the BAS allows students who have already earned an AAS to build upon their technical specialties with essential learning courses and junior/senior level computer information coursework. This allows associate degree holders to gain a 4-year degree in approximately four additional full-time semesters, depending upon prior coursework. Computer information systems courses include coursework in data analytics, project management, systems analysis and design, database administration, networking, electronic commerce, productivity tools and decision support, as well as systems development and implementation, including programming and information systems theory. BAS students will be technically and academically prepared for management positions within information technology. Prospective students not holding an associate of applied science degree can begin their university career at CMU in a chosen field of study with a 2-year degree and then progress to a 4-year degree using the BAS.

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Computer Information Systems is a degree required as organizations face the challenges of technology management. The program provides graduates with business management skills and computer information expertise to manage computer systems in today’s organizations. As businesses increasingly rely on technology to provide a competitive advantage, employees with an understanding of both business concepts and computer systems are a necessity. Graduates of this program are employed in occupations such as systems analysts, analyst/programmers, database administrators, network administrators, web page designers, help desk specialists, and information technology managers. Graduates assist businesses with creating, obtaining, and maintaining computer information systems that solve problems and assist in facilitating routine business events. Computer information systems studies require students to examine computer systems from organizational, social, psychological and technical perspectives. Graduates from this program have taken a variety of courses that were developed based on national guidelines for quality degrees in information systems.

The Associate of Arts (AA) degree provides students an overview of computer information systems and business. By earning essential learning credits, the degree also positions students for completion of a four-year degree in business. The degree program includes the Colorado Statewide General Education Core and meets the lower-division general education requirements at most public institutions in Colorado. The AA degree with an emphasis in business computer information systems, in addition to providing students with all of their essential learning, is useful in providing students with a working knowledge of computer hardware and software. Common productivity tools such as presentation software, spreadsheets and database management software used in businesses are learned. If a student earns an associate’s degree, the computer information systems AA provides skills that can be used in the workplace immediately.

The Computer Information Systems Minor allows students majoring in other areas to enhance their degrees with information systems knowledge. Such graduates may use their expertise to help solve computer system problems for businesses. Since many businesses rely heavily on computer systems as decision-making tools, graduates with this minor have a competitive advantage. Additionally, many employees in numerous organizations find themselves daily using computer hardware and software as productivity tools within their positions. The computer information systems minor assists students in learning skills and background information that they will need in all occupations.

The Certificate in Decision Support Systems is designed to expose students and business managers to the knowledge and skills needed to use computer software to solve business problems, particularly in the support of business decision making. This certificate addresses the need of today’s managers to more fully manage the information systems functions of an organization. The certificate will provide students with an overview of information they would encounter if they went on to earn the minor in managerial informatics or the BBA concentration in information systems or the BS in computer information systems, each of which more fully prepares students to work in or manage the information systems functions of organizations.

The business department also offers the Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in business analytics.

Contact Information

Department of Business
Dominguez Hall 301
970.248.1778

CISB 101 Business Information Technology3 Credits

Introduction to computing and software, including computing systems in a business environment and applicable software.

CISB 205 Advanced Business Software3 Credits

Use of electronic spreadsheets and database management software. Lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on projects. Developing customized applications with macros in spreadsheets. Creating tables, reports, forms, and queries to creating appropriate relationships and developing customized database software applications.

CISB 206 Introduction to Business Application Programming3 Credits

Beginning programming with emphasis on solving problems in the context of business applications.

CISB 210 Fundamentals of Information Systems3 Credits

Exploration of information systems in a business environment. Use of information systems to improve business processes and organizational goals. Introduction to hardware, software, ethical issues, career opportunities, and organizational uses of information systems.

CISB 211 Introduction to Cybersecurity3 Credits

Introduction to cybersecurity in a business environment. Topics include policy and governance, frameworks, risk and asset management, data loss prevention, access control management, and cybersecurity incident response.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

CISB 221 Introduction to Digital Forensics3 Credits

Introduction to computer and digital forensics. Topics include network, hardware, and operating principles of computers and mobile devices, as they pertain to digital forensics and cybersecurity investigations. Special application on applying digital forensics principles to real world case studies.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

CISB 241 Introduction to Business Analysis3 Credits

Introduction to descriptive, predictive and inferential analysis techniques, data interpretation, business research skills, and techniques for analysis and modeling of business problems in the workplace, using appropriate software.

Prerequisites: MATH 113 or higher.

Equivalent Course(s): STAT 241

CISB 260 Information System Architecture3 Credits

Principles and applications of information systems hardware and systems software. Theoretical underpinnings, installation, configuration, and operation emphasized.

Prerequisites: CISB 210.

CISB 295 Independent Study1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 6 credit hours.

CISB 305 Solving Problems Using Spreadsheets3 Credits

Critical analysis and problem solving using tools in spreadsheets. Decision support utilizing spreadsheet tools covered by hands-on cases, book tutorials and lecture materials. Structured problems, semi-structured problems and what-if scenarios explored.

CISB 306 Solving Problems Using Databases3 Credits

For students who have minimal background in databases. Assists in understanding the importance of data management in organizations through hands-on experience in solving business problems using relational database management software.

CISB 309 Enterprise Systems3 Credits

Theoretical and practical issues of enterprise systems within organizations. Demonstrates how enterprise systems integrate information and organizational processes across functional areas with a unified system comprised of a single database and shared reporting tools.

Prerequisites: CISB 210.

CISB 310 Enterprise Architecture3 Credits

Enterprise IT solutions, applications, infrastructure and fit within business organizations.

Prerequisites: CISB 309.

CISB 311 Fundamentals of Cloud Security3 Credits

Introduction to cloud-based cybersecurity and related concepts. Topics include architectural concepts and design requirements, cloud data security, cloud platform and infrastructure security, cloud application security, and cloud computing legal compliance. Special application on applying learned principles to real world case studies.

Prerequisites: CISB 211.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

CISB 315 Information Systems Infrastructure3 Credits

Information systems infrastructure, computer architecture and communications networks in an organizational context.

Prerequisites: CISB 210.

CISB 331 Advanced Business Programming3 Credits

Procedural and object-oriented software engineering methodologies using modern business languages. Emphasis on data definition and measurement, record and file processing, report generation and other traditional business information systems applications using modern methods of top-down, structured design. Other concepts include developing screen editors, abstract data types, and data structures including sequential, random and indexed files.

Prerequisites: CISB 206 or CSCI 110.

CISB 341 Quantitative Decision Making3 Credits

Application of inferential statistics to realistic business situations; use of quantitative tools to enhance business decision-making ability. Descriptive statistics for data summarization, probability theory, distributions, estimation, and index numbers with emphasis on hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, regression/correlation, time series, and introduction to operations research and linear programming.

Prerequisites: MATH 113 or higher, and CISB 241 or STAT 241.

CISB 342 Data Mining and Visualization3 Credits

Application of data mining and visualization tools to business related data sets. Using a blend of data mining and visualization techniques, hands-on experience will be gained in discovering how data can inform the business decision-making process.

Prerequisites: CISB 205, CISB 241 or STAT 241, and CISB 341.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

CISB 343 Big Data Analytics3 Credits

Analysis of large data sets for emergent patterns using modern software tools. Topics can include: NoSQL, cloud computing, and text mining tools.

Prerequisites: CISB 205, CISB 241 or STAT 241, and CISB 341.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

CISB 392 Information Systems Theory and Practice3 Credits

Exploration and application of Information System theory for organizational success. Examination of managerial, user, and IS professional roles within information systems.

Prerequisites: CISB 210.

CISB 393 Cooperative Education3-12 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 15 credit hours.

CISB 395 Independent Study1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 6 credit hours.

CISB 396 Topics1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 15 credit hours.

CISB 410 Project Management3 Credits

Processes, techniques and tools of project management. Evaluating, initiating, planning, staffing, executing, controlling, and closing projects using project management software.

Prerequisites: CISB 210 is a prerequisite or corequisite if the student has reached junior status.

CISB 442 Systems Analysis and Design3 Credits

Analysis and logical design of information systems. Practice in project management during team-oriented analysis and design of a departmental level system.

Prerequisites: CISB 210, CISB 309, CISB 315 (may be taken concurrently), CISB 410, and CISB 206 or CSCI 110 or CSCI 111, or permission of instructor.

CISB 451 Database Administration3 Credits

Continuation of CISB 442 Systems Analysis and Design. Covers development and implementation of conceptual and detailed physical system design using proper database tools and methods.

Prerequisites: CISB 205, CISB 442, and ACCT 202.

CISB 460 Electronic Commerce Systems3 Credits

Comprehensive examination of electronic commerce, how it is conducted and managed, and its opportunities, limitations, issues and risks. Coverage of technological infrastructure that supports e-commerce systems, plus the implications of such systems in the business environment. Exercises include exploration of e-commerce web sites and features, plus discussion and demonstration of state-of-the art e-commerce tools.

Prerequisites: CISB 210 or permission of instructor.

CISB 470 Management of Information Systems3 Credits

Reviews the development of analyzing information use by organizations with different types of information systems. The conceptual foundations of information systems and the development, operation, management, uses, parties, control, structure, and impact of these systems will be addressed. Analysis and design of information systems is stressed through case study projects, emphasizing the role of computing in information systems and design of computer-based systems, expert systems, decision support systems and executive information systems.

Prerequisites: Junior or senior status.

CISB 471 Advanced Information Systems3 Credits

Capstone course for the BS in CIS, the BAS in CIS, and the BBA IS concentration. Integrates management information needs, decision-making criteria, and design of interactive user interfaces. Design and development of computerized management control systems for major functional modules of an organization investigated, utilizing database management systems, distributed processing and structured systems development.

Prerequisites: CISB 210, CISB 310, CISB 315, CISB 331, CISB 410, CISB 442, CISB 451, and CISB 470; or permission of instructor.

CISB 491 Directed Readings in Computer Information Systems1-3 Credits

Study of a leading edge topic within Computer Information Systems under direction of CIS faculty. Prior to registering, the student must meet with the CIS instructor to determine a topic and a method for reporting. For each credit hour registered, the student will read and report on at least 200 pages of scholarly readings.

Prerequisites: CIS major, junior or senior status, and permission of instructor.

CISB 493 Cooperative Education3-12 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 15 credit hours.

CISB 495 Independent Study1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 6 credit hours.

CISB 496 Topics1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 15 credit hours.

CISB 500 Management of Information Systems3 Credits

Reviews the development of an overall framework for analyzing the use of information by organizations along with examples of different types of information systems. The conceptual foundations of information systems and the development, operation, management, uses, parties, control, structure, and impact of these systems will be addressed. The analysis and design of information systems is stressed through case study and projects, emphasizing the role of computing in information systems and design of computer-based systems, expert systems, decision support systems and executive information systems.

CISB 505 Advanced Project Management3 Credits

Processes, techniques and tools of project management. Evaluating, initiating, planning, staffing, executing, controlling, and closing projects using project management software. Projects, writing, and presentation to demonstrate mastery at the graduate level.

Prerequisites: CISB 210 and permission of instructor.

CISB 560 Electronic Commerce Systems3 Credits

A comprehensive examination of the modern paradigm of electronic commerce, how it is conducted and managed, and its major opportunities, limitations, issues, and risks. Coverage of technological infrastructures that support e-commerce systems, plus the implications of such systems in the business environment. Exercises will include exploration of e-commerce web sites and features, plus discussion and demonstration of state-of-the-art e-commerce tools.

Prerequisites: Graduate status at Colorado Mesa University.