Information Processing Specialist

Program Description

The Information Processing Specialist program provides students with highly marketable skills and the knowledge to meet ever-changing technology in business and industry. Students develop software application skills through the concentrated training in Adobe Creative Cloud and Microsoft Office softwares. The program includes an internship opportunity, in addition to leadership and personal development training through Phi Beta Lambda, a student organization for students enrolled in college programs focused on business-related careers.

Curriculum integrates word processing, database, spreadsheets, desktop publishing, and web development courses.  Students may complete the entire program on the Bismarck State College campus or may complete the program entirely online.  The one-year program is designed for students who wish to upgrade their computer application skills and focuses primarily on Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Cloud softwares.  The two-year program includes further database and web development training, internship opportunities, additional communication training, and other general degree requirements.

Preparation

Students should enjoy working with software applications, such as word processing, be detailed-oriented, enjoy problem-solving, and be interested in working in a back office setting. High school students should have successfully completed English and any available computer and business classes. Keyboarding skills are recommended.

Program Requirements

Those who complete the required curriculum for the two-year program earn an Associate in Applied Science degree. Completion of the one-year program leads to a Program Certificate.

Students should have basic keyboarding skills of approximately 35 words per minute (wpm) or greater or should enroll in BOTE 102 – Keyboarding I. This degree focuses on software applications and students should expect specific software requirements for many courses, including Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Cloud. Students are expected to either use BSC computer labs or purchase required software. Student should ask the instructor about any questions on the software requirements for a specific course. Selected BSC computer labs have all required software installed for this curriculum.

Career Opportunities

Information technology jobs are among the fastest growing in North Dakota. Advancements have profoundly influenced the kinds of jobs available and the way work is organized and performed. Placement includes working as an information-processing specialist in government agencies, educational institutions, law offices, sales offices, service agencies, insurance companies, or bank and investment firms.

Additional Information

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exams are part of the Information Processing Specialist program and offer students the opportunity to earn industry certifications.

 

Contact

Lynette Borjeson Painter • Tech Center 132C
701-224-5755
Lynette.Painter@bismarckstate.edu

BOTE 102. Keyboarding I

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: SPRING
Learning the alphanumeric keyboard on the personal computer with emphasis on skill building, letters, reports and tabulation.

BOTE 108. Business Mathematics

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
Review of fundamental processes and their application to business. Among topics studied are percentages, commissions, inventories, payrolls, taxes, interest, insurance, stocks and bonds.

BOTE 113. Elementary Anatomy and Physiology

Credits: 2
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
This is a first semester course and a concise course designed for medical administrative assistants and others who will not go into the biological sciences. Emphasis will be placed on a broad basic knowledge of the skin, bones, muscles, and nerves and the development of a vocabulary of common anatomical terms.

BOTE 114. Elementary Anatomy and Physiology

Credits: 2
Prerequisite: BOTE 113.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
This is a second semester course designed for medical administrative assistants and others who will not go into the biological sciences. Emphasis will be placed on a broad basic knowledge of the special senses, the heart, respiration, digestion, and reproductive systems. Students will develop a vocabulary of common anatomical terms.

BOTE 121. Business English

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALL
Business English grammar fundamentals which assist the college students in fulfilling a prerequisite for successful communication: a high degree of skill pertaining to the principles of grammar, usage, and basic sentence structure.

BOTE 122. Business English

Credits: 3
Prerequisite: BOTE 121.
Typically Offered: SPRING
A course in business English pertaining to a high degree of skill in sentence structure, punctuation, number style, spelling, word division, word usage, proofreading and editing. This theory is applied in transcribing business letters and memos by using the transcribing machine.

BOTE 152. Keyboarding II

Credits: 3
Prerequisite: Ability to key with proper technique 40+ words per minute.
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
This course uses the personal computer with selected software on concentrated drills to increase speed and accuracy. Students will also prepare letters, memos, reports, tabulations, as well as special problems.

BOTE 171. Medical Terminology

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
This course is a study of prefixes, suffixes, and root words of medical terms and their meaning, spelling and pronunciation. Designed for medical administrative assistants and related areas.

BOTE 172. Medical Terminology

Credits: 3
Prerequisite: BOTE 171 or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: SPRING
A review of medical vocabulary, this course also covers aspects of pathology, surgical operations, and diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, with a greater comprehension of human anatomy and physiology. The course also covers medical abbreviations and the principal terms used in pharmacology and radiology.

BOTE 192. Experimental Course

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An experimental course is one that is being tested to determine its suitability for inclusion in the course catalog. Testing may continue for two semesters, after which the course should be discontinued or approved through the established college procedures, assigned a permanent course number and title, and included in the master catalog.

BOTE 194. Independent Study

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An independent study course is one designed jointly by the student and faculty member to address an advanced topic of particular interest to the student and in the instructor's field of expertise. The course, when developed, must be approved by the department chair as being relevant to the discipline and of sufficient rigor for the credits to be awarded.

BOTE 195. Service Learning

Credits: 1
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Designed to increase off-campus community involvement and awareness of civic responsibility, Service Learning gives students the opportunity to earn up to six semester hours of college credit while pursuing volunteer activities that have positive impact in the community. Some examples of activities that may serve as vehicles for Service Learning include: volunteer work at non-profit organizations (e.g., Kiwanis, Lions, etc.); serving as unpaid interns in local and state government; and organizing and participating in activities that are beneficial to the community as a whole (e.g. spring clean-up drives, neighborhood watch programs, meals-on-wheels, etc.). Students interested in Service Learning should discuss options with their academic advisors and/or faculty in areas related to the proposed activity.

BOTE 196. Study Tour

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Study Tour courses provide students with unique learning opportunities in locations, either foreign or domestic. These learning opportunities should be directly related to the academic field of study under which credits are to be awarded. Some students may not qualify for study tours if their travel abroad is restricted for legal reasons.

BOTE 197. Cooperative Education/Internship

Credits: 1-3
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 12.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Cooperative education and internships provide students with real-world experience in business and industry as they explore careers or gain experience in chosen fields of study. The work experiences must be directly related to the discipline under which the credits are to be awarded.

BOTE 199. Special Topics

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Special topics courses are developed by the faculty member to take advantage of unique learning opportunities that either are not repeatable (such as a presidential election) or address advanced topics not normally covered in the curriculum. Topics covered must be directly related to the discipline under which credits are to be awarded.

BOTE 209. Office Management

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALL
Introduction to office management concepts and technology, with emphasis on critical thinking, creative problem solving, professional development, leadership, teamwork, and other soft skills.

BOTE 210. Business Communications

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
A creative business letter-writing course with emphasis on vocabulary and review of grammar combined with computer skills to produce clear, concise, correct, courteous and complete business letters. Report writing, team presentation, and oral communication included.

BOTE 222. Medical Transcription I

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALL
First semester course. Arrangement of professional charts, medical records, history sheets, and laboratory reports dictated by a professional dictator and covering physicals, radiology, operations, pathology, and autopsies.

BOTE 251. Legal Transcription

Credits: 2
Typically Offered: SPRING
Development of the administrative assistant's skills in the area of legal transcription. Students gain understanding of letters, legal documents, and forms used in the legal office. Students learn how to plan and organize legal forms and documents used in the litigation process.

BOTE 253. Legal Office Procedures

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALL
This course familiarizes students with law office setup, ethics, mailing procedures, law office dockets, and communication skills. Emphasis on terminology and spelling. Emphasis will also be placed on law office procedures and the legal administrative assistant's responsibility to employers and clients.

BOTE 292. Experimental Course

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An experimental course is one that is being tested to determine its suitability for inclusion in the course catalog. Testing may continue for two semesters, after which the course should be discontinued or approved through the established college procedures, assigned a permanent course number and title, and included in the master catalog.

BOTE 294. Independent Study

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An independent study course is one designed jointly by the student and faculty member to address an advanced topic of particular interest to the student and in the instructor's field of expertise. The course, when developed, must be approved by the department chair as being relevant to the discipline and of sufficient rigor for the credits to be awarded.

BOTE 296. Study Tour

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Study Tour courses provide students with unique learning opportunities in locations, either foreign or domestic. These learning opportunities should be directly related to the academic field of study under which credits are to be awarded. Some students may not qualify for study tours if their travel abroad is restricted for legal reasons.

BOTE 297. Cooperative Education/Internship

Credits: 1-3
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 12.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Cooperative education and internships provide students with real-world experience in business and industry as they explore careers or gain experience in chosen fields of study. The work experiences must be directly related to the discipline under which the credits are to be awarded.

BOTE 299. Special Topics

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Special topics courses are developed by the faculty member to take advantage of unique learning opportunities that either are not repeatable (such as a presidential election) or address advanced topics not normally covered in the curriculum. Topics covered must be directly related to the discipline under which credits are to be awarded.

CIS 102. Computer Software Applications - Word

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
Provides hands-on operation of personal computers with the word processing software, Microsoft Word. Students should have keyboarding skills before enrolling in the class. This class prepares students to take the Microsoft Office Specialist exam for Word 2016. Students will need access to Word 2016 software for this course. The program is included in the Office 2016 suite. The software is available as a free download through BSC email accounts and in computer labs on campus. The MOS exam is required for completion of the course. Final grade is not based upon whether student passes or fails MOS exam.

CIS 104. Microcomputer Database

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
This is an introduction to the planning, design and programming of database systems using software designed for database management, Microsoft Access. Students should have keyboarding skills before enrolling in this class. This class prepares students to take the Microsoft Office Specialist exam for Access 2016. Students will need access to Access 2016 software for this course. The program is included in the Office 2016 suite. The software is available as a free download through BSC email accounts and in computer labs on campus. The MOS exam is required for completion of the course. Final grade is not based upon whether student passes or fails MOS exam.

CIS 105. Microcomputer Spreadsheets

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FASPSU
Provides hands-on operation of personal computers with the spreadsheet software, Microsoft Excel. Students should have keyboarding skills before enrolling in class. This class prepares students to take the Microsoft Office Specialist exam for Excel 2016. Students will need access to Excel 2016 software for this course. The program is included in the Office 2016 suite. The software is available as a free download through BSC email accounts and in computer labs on campus. The MOS exam is required for completion of the course. Final grade is not based upon whether student passes or fails MOS exam.

CIS 107. Linux Fundamentals

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
This course introduces students to the Linux operating system. It provides practical skills using command line utilities, managing processes and file systems, as well as installing and maintaining software. In addition to gaining practical Linux experience, this course helps to prepare students for the CompTIA Linux+ certification exams.

CIS 128. Microcomputer Hardware I

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
Students learn the functionality of hardware and software components as well as suggested best practices in maintenance and safety issues. The students, through hands-on activities and labs, learn to assemble and configure a computer, install operating systems and software, and troubleshoot hardware and software problems. In addition, this course helps students prepare for the CompTIA A+ certification.

CIS 130. Presentations

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
This class provides hands-on production of researching, creating and delivering electronic business presentation projects using Microsoft PowerPoint. Students should have keyboarding skills before enrolling in this class. This class prepares students to take the Microsoft Office Specialist exam for PowerPoint 2016. Students will need access to PowerPoint 2016 software for this course. The program is included in the Office 2016 suite. The software is available as a free download through BSC email accounts and in computer labs on campus. The MOS exam is required for completion of the course. Final grade is not based upon whether student passes or fails MOS exam.

CIS 147. Principles of Information Security

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
This course introduces students to the field of information security. Topics covered include basic security principles, terminology, legal and ethical issues, as well as examining security from business and personal perspectives.

CIS 152. Cascading Style Sheets

Credits: 3
Prerequisite: CIS 154 or CIS 230 or Departmental Approval.
Typically Offered: SPRING
Students will learn how to format Web pages using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Concepts covered are HTML markup and document structure, the anatomy of a CSS rule, inline, embedded and external style use, contextual selectors, classes, ids, attribute selectors, pseudo-classes, font and text properties, style inheritance, the box model, positioning elements, basic and advanced page layouts, creating navigation menus, forms, stacking context and z-index, CSS3 and designing for mobile technology.

CIS 154. Web Design Theory

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALL
Students will learn how to create and manage their own Web pages using current Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), and CSS. Students will learn to write code manually, as well as use graphical user interface (GUI) authoring tools. Course content includes marketing and implementing fundamental design concepts, validating code, and the planning phases of good Web design.

CIS 164. Networking Fundamentals I

Credits: 4
Typically Offered: FASPSU
This course focuses on learning the fundamentals of networking. Students will learn both the practical and conceptual skills that build the foundation for understanding basic networking. By the end of the course, student will be able to build simple LANs, perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement IP addressing schemes.

CIS 165. Networking Fundamentals II

Credits: 4
Prerequisite: CIS 164.
Typically Offered: SPRING
This course focuses on learning the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a small network. Students learn to configure a router and a switch for basic functionality. By the end of this course, students will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches. Some topics include RIPv1, RIPv2, single-area OSPF, virtual LANs, and inter-VLAN routing in IPv4 and IPv6 networks.

CIS 192. Experimental Course

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An experimental course is one that is being tested to determine its suitability for inclusion in the course catalog. Testing may continue for two semesters, after which the course should be discontinued or approved through the established college procedures, assigned a permanent course number and title, and included in the master catalog.

CIS 194. Independent Study

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An independent study course is one designed jointly by the student and faculty member to address an advanced topic of particular interest to the student and in the instructor's field of expertise. The course, when developed, must be approved by the department chair as being relevant to the discipline and of sufficient rigor for the credits to be awarded.

CIS 195. Service Learning

Credits: 1
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Designed to increase off-campus community involvement and awareness of civic responsibility, Service Learning gives students the opportunity to earn up to six semester hours of college credit while pursuing volunteer activities that have positive impact in the community. Some examples of activities that may serve as vehicles for Service Learning include: volunteer work at non-profit organizations (e.g., Kiwanis, Lions, etc.); serving as unpaid interns in local and state government; and organizing and participating in activities that are beneficial to the community as a whole (e.g. spring clean-up drives, neighborhood watch programs, meals-on-wheels, etc.). Students interested in Service Learning should discuss options with their academic advisors and/or faculty in areas related to the proposed activity.

CIS 196. Study Tour

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Study Tour courses provide students with unique learning opportunities in locations, either foreign or domestic. These learning opportunities should be directly related to the academic field of study under which credits are to be awarded. Some students may not qualify for study tours if their travel abroad is restricted for legal reasons.

CIS 197. Cooperative Education/Internship

Credits: 1-3
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 12.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Cooperative education and internships provide students with real-world experience in business and industry as they explore careers or gain experience in chosen fields of study. The work experiences must be directly related to the discipline under which the credits are to be awarded.

CIS 199. Special Topics

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Special topics courses are developed by the faculty member to take advantage of unique learning opportunities that either are not repeatable (such as a presidential election) or address advanced topics not normally covered in the curriculum. Topics covered must be directly related to the discipline under which credits are to be awarded.

CIS 202. Advanced Software Applications

Credits: 3
Prerequisite: CIS 102, CIS 105 and CIS 130.
Corequisite: CIS 104.
Typically Offered: SPRING
Provides hands-on experience with the powerful integration capabilities of the Microsoft Office suite. Students enrolled in this course must have access to Microsoft Office 2016, specifically Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint for the duration of the entire course. The software is available as a free download through BSC email accounts and in computer labs on campus. Students who have not completed all prerequisites should discuss options with their advisor.

CIS 204. Database Design and Structured Query Language (SQL)

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALL
This course provides students with a foundation in database design and provides the technical skills required to read and write SQL queries.

CIS 206. Database Implementation and Administration

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
This course provides students with the knowledge and skills required to install, configure, administer and troubleshoot client-server database management systems.

CIS 208. Database Programming

Credits: 3
Prerequisite: CIS 204 or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
This course provides students with the technical skills required to program a database solution, using stored procedures, SQL, and proper database design principles.

CIS 209. Data Warehousing

Credits: 3
Prerequisite: CIS 208.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
This course provides students with the technical skills required to plan, implement, and maintain a data warehouse.

CIS 210. Desktop Publishing

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALL
A layout and design course using Adobe Creative Suite software to produce a variety of desktop publishing application projects. Students should have keyboarding, basic computer file management, and word processing skills before enrolling in this class. Students enrolled in this course must have access to the required software listed in the syllabus for the duration of the course. Required software is available in selected BSC computer labs for student use or for purchase at the BSC Bookstore at academic pricing. It is recommended, but not required, that CSCI 101 be taken with CIS 210 if these basic computer skills are needed.

CIS 211. Database Programming Project

Credits: 3
Prerequisite: CIS 208.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
This course requires students to produce a comprehensive database programming project. Design issues, implementation, and database troubleshooting will be discussed.

CIS 212. Microsoft Windows Operating System Client

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
The course helps learners to gain the knowledge and skills to install, configure, customize, optimize, and troubleshoot the Microsoft Windows operating system in a stand-alone and network environment. This course provides a foundation for Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification.

CIS 213. Implementing Microsoft Windows Server Applications

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
This course introduces the learner to the Microsoft Windows Server and the application server technologies it supports. This course provides a foundation for Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification.

CIS 214. Implementing a Microsoft Windows Active Directory Infrastructure

Credits: 3
Prerequisite: CIS 216.
Typically Offered: FALL
This course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to install, configure, and administer Microsoft Windows Active Directory services. The course also focuses on implementing Group Policy and performing the Group Policy-related tasks that are required to centrally manage users and computers. This course provides a foundation for Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification.

CIS 215. Implementing a Microsoft Windows Server Environment

Credits: 3
Prerequisite: CIS 216.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
This course introduces the learner to Microsoft Windows Server and the networking technologies it supports. The learner will become familiar with networking and operating system concepts and the common tasks required to administer and support the Microsoft Windows operating system in a network environment. Windows Server 2008 is the current focus of the class. This course leads to the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) and Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) certifications.

CIS 216. Implementing a Microsoft Windows Network Infrastructure

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: SPRING
This course helps learners who will be responsible for configuring, managing, and troubleshooting a network infrastructure that uses the Microsoft Windows Server products. Students will learn how to install and manage a Microsoft Server and it roles. DHCP, DNS, RRAS, and File and Print services will be explored along with other roles and services. This course can help provide a foundation for the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) and Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) certifications.

CIS 221. Networking Essentials

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALL
This course introduces students to the concepts and terminology of data communications, local area and wide area networks, communications hardware, standards, media, signaling concepts, data communication, error prevention, detection and correction. Course prepares students to write the Network Technology Associate exam. This CIW exam is required and students will be assessed an exam fee. Final grade is not based on whether student passes or fails certification.

CIS 223. Linux System Administration

Credits: 3
Prerequisite: CIS 107 or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: FALL
This course covers topics relating to the administration of Linux computer systems. It provides experience in user management, task scheduling, system logging, shell scripting, system security, and other common system administration tasks. In addition to gaining practical Linux experience, this course helps to prepare students for the CompTIA Linux+ certification exams.

CIS 226. Linux Network and Security Administration

Credits: 3
Prerequisite: CIS 223 or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: SPRING
This course provides experience installing, configuring, securing, and administering Linux network services. Topics include DNS servers, web servers, network file sharing, and other common network communication components. In addition to gaining practical Linux experience, this course helps to prepare students for the LPIC-2 Linux Network Professional certification exams.

CIS 230. Electronic Publishing

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
In this course, you will learn step-by-step instructions and in-depth explanations of the features of Adobe Dreamweaver CC. Concepts include working with text, images, links, tables, forms, CSS and publication of websites. Students enrolled in this course must have access to the required software listed in the syllabus for the duration of the course. Required software is available in selected BSC computer labs for student use or for purchase from Adobe.

CIS 231. Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: CIS 154 or CIS 230, and ENGL 110 or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: FALL
Students will learn the basic principles of optimizing Web sites for improved performance in search engine results, ultimately enhancing the marketability of their Web site products and/or services. Students will further develop a basic understanding of the history of search engines, differences in search engine and directory results, and applied practices in structuring HTML and page content to increase the website's visibility to the consumer.

CIS 235. DB Design for Web Applications

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALL
This course introduces students to SQL and the query use within databases. Students will develop queries for information retrieval using SQL, including the use of operators, clauses, predicates, functions, concatenated fields, calculated fields, crosstab queries, parameter queries, updates and joins.

CIS 241. Digital Forensics Fundamentals

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
This course introduces students to digital forensics. Topics covered include the investigative process, preservation of evidence, computer and mobile forensics issues, as well as working with forensics.

CIS 250. Advanced Web Design

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: CIS 154 and CSCI 122 or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: SPRING
Students will learn how to add JavaScript to their Web pages. Concepts covered include variables, expressions, operators, functions, methods, objects, events, control structures, windows, forms, strings, arrays, cookies, DHTML, and AJAX.

CIS 251. Site Design

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: CIS 154 and CIS 230.
Typically Offered: SPRING
This course offers continued study in the design and development of website projects. Students will create up to three websites for inclusion in student portfolios.

CIS 252. XML

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: CIS 154 and CIS 104, or CIS 235 or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: SPRING
This course will introduce students to Extensible Markup Language (XML). Concepts covered include document type definitions (DTDs), schemas, namespaces. Other topics covered include the use of XML in application software, such as Microsoft Office suite.

CIS 253. PHP

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: CIS 154 and CIS 250 or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: SPRING
Students will learn how to design dynamic, data-driven Web pages using PHP. Concepts covered include variables, constants, data types, expressions, operators, functions, controls structures, strings, forms, files, directories, arrays, databases and MySQL.

CIS 255. Computer and Network Security

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: SPRING
This course introduces students to technologies and practices used to secure computers and networks. Topics covered include cryptography, authentication, VPNs, and other aspects of enterprise security. Extensive networking and operating system knowledge is recommended. In addition to practical security-related experience, this course helps to prepare students for the CompTIA Security+ certification exam.

CIS 256. Web Portfolio

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: CIS 154 and CIS 230.
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: SPRING
This course will be taken both at the Freshman and Sophomore level. The Freshman level course will begin development of a student web portfolio through focus on development aspects for redesigning web pages and networking with the web development community. Students will redesign web pages from prior work, and complete community networking activities, including conducting informational and mock interviews with web development professionals. The Sophomore level course continues with the development of the student web portfolio through website creation for nonprofit organizations and/or business.

CIS 257. JavaScript with jQuery

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALL
Build today's dynamic, mobile, interactive web sites using jQuery, a popular and widely-used open source JavaScript library of prewritten JavaScript. Learn to use jQuery's special controls to make image slide shows, fade-ins, calendars, and tabbed folders. Use jQuery to select elements, wrap elements sets, and customize and change web page styles, appearance, visibility, text, and HTML. Learn to test for and handle browser differences, mark up Cascading Style Sheets, build advanced navigation widgets including accordion, tabbed, and slider widgets and validate web forms. Prequisites: CIS 152, CIS 154 and CIS 250.

CIS 258. Advanced PHP

Credits: 3
Prerequisite: CIS 253.
Typically Offered: SPRING
Students will learn more advanced PHP techniques for session management, validation, and authentication. Advanced web application features such as shopping carts, a content manager, web forums and connecting to web services are discussed.

CIS 267. Intermediate Networking I

Credits: 4
Prerequisite: CIS 165 or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: FALL
In this course, students learn to configure advanced router and switch functionality. Topics covered include single-area OSPF, multi-area OSPF, and the EIGRP routing protocols. STP, default gateway redundancy, and EtherChannel are also addressed. This is the third of four courses providing a foundation for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification.

CIS 268. Intermediate Networking II

Credits: 4
Prerequisite: CIS 267, or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: SPRING
In this course, students learn to connect networks together. Topics covered include Wide Area Networks, Frame Relay communication, broadband connectivity, and site-to-site VPNs. This is the fourth of four courses providing a foundation for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification.

CIS 269. Cybersecurity and Computer Networks Capstone

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: SPRING
A capstone course for the Cybersecurity and Computer Networks program. This class prepares students to enter the IT workforce. Students will work on a final project, resumes, job shadowing, electronic portfolio, and other employment related topics. It is recommended that students take this course during their last semester in the Cybersecurity and Computer Networks program.

CIS 270. Advanced IP Routing

Credits: 4
Prerequisite: CIS 268, CCNA certification or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
This course teaches the advanced skills required to implement and support enterprise-class IP routing networks. Topics covered include advanced EIGRP, advanced OSPF, route optimization, and BGP. This is the first of three courses leading to the Cisco Certified Professional (CCNP) Routing and Switching certification.

CIS 272. Advanced IP Switching

Credits: 4
Prerequisite: CIS 268, CCNA certification, or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
This course teaches the advanced skills required to implement and support enterprise class switched networks. Topics covered include scalable network design, advanced STP, implementing inter-VLAN routing, first hop redundancy and supporting high availability. This is the second of three courses leading to the Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Routing and Switching certification.

CIS 273. Advanced IP Network Troubleshooting

Credits: 4
Prerequisites: CIS 270 and CIS 272 or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
This course teaches students to maintain and troubleshoot enterprise IP networks. Skills learned include the planning and execution of regular network maintenance, as well as support and troubleshooting using technology based processes and best practices. This is the third of three courses leading to the Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Routing and Switching certification.

CIS 282. Ethical Hacking and Network Defense

Credits: 3
Prerequisite: CIS 255 or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
This course provides experience securing computer network resources. The tools and methodologies attackers use will be examined, as well as defenses against them.

CIS 292. Experimental Course

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An experimental course is one that is being tested to determine its suitability for inclusion in the course catalog. Testing may continue for two semesters, after which the course should be discontinued or approved through the established college procedures, assigned a permanent course number and title, and included in the master catalog.

CIS 294. Independent Study

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An independent study course is one designed jointly by the student and faculty member to address an advanced topic of particular interest to the student and in the instructor's field of expertise. The course, when developed, must be approved by the department chair as being relevant to the discipline and of sufficient rigor for the credits to be awarded.

CIS 296. Study Tour

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Study Tour courses provide students with unique learning opportunities in locations, either foreign or domestic. These learning opportunities should be directly related to the academic field of study under which credits are to be awarded. Some students may not qualify for study tours if their travel abroad is restricted for legal reasons.

CIS 297. Cooperative Education/Internship

Credits: 1-3
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 12.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Cooperative education and internships provide students with real-world experience in business and industry as they explore careers or gain experience in chosen fields of study. The work experiences must be directly related to the discipline under which the credits are to be awarded.

CIS 299. Special Topics

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Special topics courses are developed by the faculty member to take advantage of unique learning opportunities that either are not repeatable (such as a presidential election) or address advanced topics not normally covered in the curriculum. Topics covered must be directly related to the discipline under which credits are to be awarded.