Course Descriptions

ENGL112 Composition

This course develops writing skills through analysis of essays, articles and other written works that are used as models for writing practice and development. Writing assignments stress process approaches, development, organization, revision and audience awareness. Students use word processing and web based tools to develop written work.

PSYC110 Psychology

This course provides a foundation for understanding, predicting and directing behavior. Organized within a framework encompassing foundations, general topics and applications, the course provides an understanding of how psychological principles and concepts relate to professional and personal life. Topics include learning, attitude formation, personality, social influence, dynamics of communication, conflict resolution, motivation, leadership, and group roles and processes.

ENGL135 Advanced Composition

This course builds on the conventions and techniques of composition through critical reading requirements and longer, more sophisticated reports, including a documented library research paper. Assignments require revising and editing for an intended audience. Students are also taught search strategies for accessing a variety of print and electronic resources.

PSYC305 Motivation and Leadership

This course focuses on human motivation and leadership skills required to effectively manage groups and individuals. Topics include basic motivation principles, leadership styles, workplace stress and conflict, and the dynamics of group development.

MATH092 Basic Algebra

This prerequisite skills course first addresses polynomials, then moves to factoring skills and applying technology to solve various types of mathematical problems. Coursework also introduces graphing, number bases and elementary statistical techniques. Students apply their skills to a variety of application problems.

MATH114 Algebra for College Students

This course focuses on factoring polynomials; solving quadratic equations; systems of linear equations; radical expressions; and functions where linear and quadratic functions are emphasized using application problems and modeling.

ACCT301 Essentials of Accounting

This course is intended for students in technology-intensive programs, where understanding basic principles of finance and managerial accounting is essential to successful contribution to organizational achievement. Students are introduced to the accounting system, financial statements, and essential elements of cost and managerial accounting within the context of management decision-making. Capital investment analysis and other budgeting methods are studied in relation to goal attainment and organizational success. The effect of activities in the functional areas of business on organizationsí financial viability is emphasized.

CIS206 Architecture and Operating Systems with Lab

This course introduces operating system concepts by examining various operating systems such as Windows, UNIX and Linux. Students also study typical desktop system hardware, architecture and configuration.

ENGL227 Professional Writing

This course extends composition principles to writing in a career context. Through a process-oriented approach, students learn to create effective reports and correspondence. Major emphasis is given to the principles of professional writing in common applications. Studies include electronic communication and oral reporting. Students may also learn to create web pages for communication purposes.

MATH221 Statistics for Decision-Making

This course provides tools used for statistical analysis and decision-making in business. The course includes both descriptive statistics and inferential concepts used to draw conclusions about a population. Research techniques such as sampling and experiment design are included for both single and multiple sample groups.

SCI228 Nutrition, Health and Wellness with Lab

This course provides an overview of basic nutrients the body requires for health and life, and dispels common nutrition myths. The role of nutrition in various biological phases of the human life cycle, as well as psychological and sociological implications of food, are discussed. Students also learn how the scientific method of inquiry is used in the nutritional science and health fields. In the lab, students collect observational data, employ computer simulations, and prepare and sample various foods.

CIS170B Programming with Lab

This course introduces basics of coding programs from program specifications, including use of an integrated development environment (IDE), language syntax, as well as debugger tools and techniques. Students also learn to develop programs that manipulate simple data structures such as arrays, as well as different types of files. C#.Net is the primary programming language used.

CIS247A Object-Oriented Programming with Lab

This course introduces object-oriented programming concepts including objects, classes, encapsulation, polymorphism and inheritance. Using an object-oriented programming language, students design, code, test and document business-oriented programs. C#.Net is the primary programming language used.

CIS246 Connectivity with Lab

This course covers fundamentals of data communication and computer networking, including the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model. Network architecture and configurations such as local area networks (LANs) and wide area networks (WANs) are addressed.

CIS321 Structured Analysis and Design

This course introduces the systems analysis and design process using information systems methodologies and techniques to analyze business activities and solve problems. Students learn to identify, define and document business problems and then develop information system models to solve them.

HIST405 United States History

This course examines American history from the formation of the 13 original colonies to the present. Coursework addresses the struggle to define American citizenship and government, development of the nation and a national economy, and racial exclusion in American society. Also examined are the countryís transformation to a world power, Reconstruction, resurgence, recession and reform, principles of justice and the American experience.

CIS336 Introduction to Database with Lab

This course introduces concepts and methods fundamental to database development and use including data analysis and modeling, as well as structured query language (SQL). Students also explore basic functions and features of a database management system (DBMS), with emphasis on the relational model.

CIS363B Web Interface Design with Lab

This course introduces web design and basic programming techniques for developing effective and useful websites. Coursework emphasizes website structure and navigational models, practical and legal usability considerations, and performance factors related to using various types of media and tools such as hypertext markup language (HTML), cascading style sheets (CSS), dynamic HTML (DHTML) and scripting. Extensible HTML (XHTML) and JavaScript are the primary software tools used.

CIS407A Web App Development with Lab

This course builds on analysis, interface design and programming skills learned in previous courses and introduces basics of design, coding and scripting, as well as database connectivity for web-based applications. A programming language such as Visual Basic.Net, C++.Net or C#.Net is used to implement web based applications. ASP.Net is the primary software tool used.

LTRE424 Science Fiction

This course develops studentsí appreciation and understanding of science fiction stories, novels and films. Textual analysis highlights language and narrative techniques, including characterization, plot, setting, metaphor and other elements. Works are also evaluated in relation to their social and historical contexts, with particular focus on science and technology developments.

CIS355A Business App Programming with Lab

Building on analysis, programming and database skills developed in previous courses, this course introduces fundamental principles and concepts of developing programs that support typical business processing activities and needs such as transaction processing and report generation. Students develop business oriented programs that deal with error handling, data validation and file handling. Java is the primary programming language used.

CIS339 Object-Oriented Analysis and Design

Building on the foundation established in CIS321, students explore techniques, tools and methods used in the object-oriented approach to developing applications. Students learn how to model and design system requirements using tools such as Unified Modeling Language (UML), use cases and scenarios, class diagrams and sequence diagrams.

MGMT404 Project Management

This course enhances studentsí ability to function in a project leadership role. While exploring the project life cycle, they gain experience in budget and timeline management. Project management software is used to design project schedules using methods such as bar charts, program evaluation review technique (PERT) and critical path method (CPM) to produce project plans to apply to the solution of case studies.

SEC280 Principles of Information Systems Security

This course provides a broad overview of information systems security in organizations. Topics include security concepts and mechanisms; mandatory and discretionary controls; basic cryptography and its applications; intrusion detection and prevention; information systems assurance; and anonymity and privacy. Various types of controls used in information systems, as well as security issues surrounding the computer and computer-generated data, are also addressed.

SEC370 Web Security

This course examines issues involved in protecting web-based applications from external threats while safeguarding customer privacy and accessibility. Students examine external threats to an organizationís systems and develop strategies that support systems and business goals.

WEB320 Principles of E-Commerce

This course provides comprehensive coverage of a broad spectrum of e-commerce principles, models and practices. Topics include Internet marketing and retailing; payment and order fulfillment; and various e-commerce models such as business-to-business (B2B) and consumer-to-consumer (C2C).

WEB460 Advanced Web Application Development with Lab

This course builds on basics of design, coding and scripting, as well as database connectivity for web-based applications. Coursework introduces concepts of data interchange, message exchange and web application components. A programming language such as Java, C++.Net or Visual Basic.Net is used to implement business related web-based applications.

CIS470 Senior Project

Working in teams, students apply knowledge and mastered skills, including problem-solving techniques and project-management methods, to an applications-oriented project. The project provides real-world experience by integrating systems analysis, programming, testing, debugging, documentation and user interfacing techniques.

LAS432 Tech, Society, and Culture

In this capstone course, the relationship between society and technology is investigated through reading, reflection, research and reports. The course identifies conditions that have promoted technological development and assesses the social, political, environmental, cultural and economic effects of current technology. Issues of control and ethical considerations in the use of technology are primary. Discussion and oral and written reports draw together studentsí prior learning in specialty and general education courses.

CARD405 Career Development

Career planning strategies and resources are explored to prepare students for a successful job search and to maximize potential for advancement and long-term professional growth. Students perform self-assessment and goal-setting activities, and apply research and evaluation skills to execute job search and career advancement strategies. Each student assembles a professional portfolio highlighting achievements, goals and concrete plans.

WEB375 Web Architecture with Lab

Building on networking concepts and principles explored in CIS246, this course introduces students to web architecture and connectivity. Topics include Internet protocols such as transmission control protocol/Internet protocol (TCP/IP); domain name server (DNS); simple mail transfer protocol (smtp), hypertext transfer protocol (http) and file transfer protocol (ftp); and design of an Internet or corporate intranet infrastructure to meet specific needs.