Academic Catalog

Computer Information Systems (CIST)

CIST 299  - Introduction to Computer Information Systems  (3 Credits)  

This course provides a foundational knowledge base for students in computer information systems. Topics include file structures, pseudocode, algorithms, and basics in procedural and object-oriented programming. The operating systems component includes reviews of popular operating systems, file management, and computer hardware. The Internet component introduces infrastructure of the Internet, electronic mail, FTP, creating web pages using HTML, and basics of e-business and e-commerce.

CIST 301  - Business Information Systems  (3 Credits)  

This course discusses how organizations can use information systems strategically to reengineer business processes. Topics covered include theories, principals and business cases about a variety of business applications supporting different organizational levels and functions.

CIST 441  - Network Security & Cryptography  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: MIST 411 or equivalent. Topics include fundamentals of network security, security threats and vulnerabilities, viruses, cryptography, digital signatures, and key certification and management. In addition, this course covers areas such as access control, authentication, intrusion detection, firewalls and virtual private networks. Wireless and mobile network security is covered in detail. (Credit is not awarded for both CIST 441 and MMIS 541.)

CIST 442  - Security Policy, Planning, and Assurance  (3 Credits)  

This course covers policy, legal systems, ethical issues, physical security, disaster recovery, business continuity issues, and risk in information systems. Topics also include maintenance of essential business processes following a disaster, restoration of systems, assurance, and building systems with formal evaluation methods. (Credit is not awarded for both CIST 442 and MMIS 542.)

CIST 471  - Special Topics  (1-3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: Topic dependent. Selected topics that reflect faculty specialization or program needs. Topics may include simulation techniques, parallel processing, and artificial intelligence. May be repeated for credit with a change in topic.

CIST 490  - IT Research Project  (3 Credits)  

Students select, propose, and write a research papers on a topic related to computer information systems. The study may include data collection from actual field observations and will be substantiated with a current literature review. The course culminates wih an oral presentation accompanied by visual displays and a research paper.

CIST 491  - Directed Study  (1-6 Credits)  

This is an individual study under faculty direction on a topic of relevance to the Computer Information Systems concentration.

CIST 499  - Internship  (1-6 Credits)