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Computer Information Systems

Computer Information Systems (CIS)

As a graduate of the CIS program, you will be able to plan, design, build, and explain the operations of computer systems and networks to members of a wide range of orga- nizations, as well as to install, configure, program, protect, administer, and apply sys- tems and applications to aid them in making decisions and in performing their missions more effectively and efficiently. In addition to learning about computer information sys- tems and how they are used, you will gain soft skills that organizations require for suc- cess today, such as team-working, decision making, visual modeling, project manage- ment, non-technical communications, and understanding business processes.

The CIS program at UIW was created to provide you with a broad base of theoretical and experiential knowledge and skills. The courses are based on guidance from pro- fessional organizations and regional businesses about what knowledge and skills they wanted from our graduates. We listened. Then we created this program and we have continually upgraded and updated it to include new technologies and the ways comput- er information systems are used throughout the world, reflecting the ubiquitous nature of computing today.

Career Opportunities

What organizations do not use computers today? Who is not affected by computer technology? What business or organization does not need someone who is comfort- able with computer hardware, software, and networking and who has learned the valu- able soft skills of team-working, written and oral communications, and project manage- ment, and who knows enough about business to be able to apply computer technology to aid them to succeed in their mission? You know the answer! That is why, as a gen- eral rule, graduates of the CIS program at UIW have had no problem obtaining interest- ing and frequently lucrative jobs with a future in the San Antonio and surrounding area.

Program Highlights

CIS courses are integrated so that the knowledge and skills gained in one are built upon in the next course. For example, in CIS 2328 you assemble a computer, learn to install and administer operating systems on it in CIS 2340 and CIS 2350, learn to net- work it in CIS 2335 and CIS 3340, and learn information systems and network security with them in CIS 4340 and CIS 4370. You also learn how organizations use comput- ers, starting with programming in CIS 2330, progressing to telecommunications in CIS 3367, website and database design and development in CIS 3310, CIS 3368, and CIS 4368, Web 2.0 and virtual environments technologies in CIS 3380 and CIS 4380, and systems analysis & design and management of technology in CIS 3362 and CIS 4310. Additionally, all courses include individual and group projects and may include commu- nity applications to connect students to their world.

MAJOR – Required Courses
The following courses are required for all CIS students:

  • CIS 1301 – Computer Information Systems
  • CIS 2325 – Personal Productivity Applications
  • CIS 2328 – Hardware and Systems Software
  • CIS 2330 – Programming Languages I
  • CIS 2335 – Network +
  • CIS 2340 – Windows Operating Systems
  • CIS 3350 – Linux Operating Systems
  • CIS 3362 –Systems Analysis & Design
  • CIS 3367 – Networks & Telecommunications
  • CIS 3368 – Website Design & Development
  • CIS 4190 – Seminar in Computer Information Systems
  • CIS 4310 – Management of Technology
  • CIS 4340 – Computer Systems Security

MAJOR – CIS Concentrations
Select Two of the following Four CIS Concentrations:     

Concentration – Website & Database Development

  • CIS 3310 – Database Management Systems
  • CIS 4368 – Website Programming & Databases

Concentration – Computer Programming

  • CIS 3330 – Programming Languages II
  • CIS 4330 – Object-Oriented Programming

Concentration – Network Security

  • CIS 3340 – Client-Server Networking
  • CIS 4370 – Computer Network Security

Concentration – Communications Technologies

  • CIS 3380 – Emerging Web Technologies
  • CIS 4380 – Virtual Environments

MAJOR – Supporting Courses
The following courses are required for all CIS students:

  • BINF 2332 – Introduction to Information Systems
  • ECON 2301 – Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 2302 – Principles of Microeconomics
  • ACCT 2301 – Accounting for Non-Majors or any ACCT course

CIS MINOR
15 credits, including the following required courses:

  • CIS 2325 – Personal Productivity Applications
  • CIS 2328 – Hardware and System Software
  • CIS 2330 -- Programming Languages I
  • CIS 2335 -- Network+
  • Either CSI 2340 – Windows OS or CIS 2350 – Linux OS

Plus any two of the following:

  • CIS 3310 - Database Management Systems
  • CIS 3330 Programming Languages II
  • CIS 3340 – Windows Client-Server Networking
  • CIS 3362 -- Systems Analysis and Design
  • CIS 3367 -- Networks & Telecommunications
  • CIS 3368 – Website Design & Development
  • CIS 3380 – Emerging Web Technologies

Contact
Phil Youngblood
CIS Program Director
Office: JB103
youngblo@uiwtx.edu
SL: Vic Michalak / LinkedIn / Facebook / Google+

 


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