Computer Information Systems Minor Requirements

Background:

Basic information technology and computer literacy skills are assumed as part of this program foundation. Should you feel that these might not be a part of your background, they can be achieved in a variety of settings here at Stonehill or other locations. (Please contact your academic adviser or the program director for assistance in assessing individual background needs.)

Code Course Credits

BUS 206

Quantitative Analysis

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Introduction to the techniques and reasoning processes of statistical analysis. Emphasis on statistical reasoning and critical analysis of statistical evidence. Statistical software is used to support computational tasks. Topics include study design, data collection, descriptive statistics, elementary probability, discrete and continuous distributions, confidence interval estimation, tests of hypotheses for numerical and categorical data, and simple linear regression.

Prerequisite(s): MTH 105 or MTH 119 or MTH 125.
Fulfills the Statistical Reasoning requirement.

3

Four Foundation Courses:

Code Course Credits

BUS 308

Decision Support Systems, Tools and Operations Management

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Study of characteristics and capabilities of current, interactive decision support systems in the business environment. Intensive development and hands-on practice with software to implement various standard mathematical models such as linear programming, decision analysis, time-series forecasting, project management, and elementary data mining. Considerable use of Excel and JMP software.

Prerequisite(s): BUS 206 or MTH 145 or MTH 225 or ECO 241 or PSY 261 and BUS 204 is recommended.

3

Choose one of:

Code Course Credits

BUS 310

Management Information Systems

Offered: Fall Semester

Concepts and principles of computer-based information systems in organizations. Topics include: management decisions and human information processing; review of computing fundamentals; varieties of computer-based information systems; systems life cycle. Readings, lectures, discussion, and case studies are used to explore concepts and their applications.

Prerequisite(s): Junior standing.

3

HCA 205

Computer Concepts for Healthcare

Offered: Spring Semester

Role of computers in healthcare: electronic health records, health IT, regulations imposed by Affordable Care Act, are some of the topics that will be examined.

3

BUS 316

Accounting Systems

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

In this course, students learn to think about accounting from a systems perspective, design accounting systems from a needs perspective, and evaluate them from a risk assessment perspective. Also, covers how accounting systems work, building ethical values into the accounting system, internal control concepts, leveraging the use of technology for competitive advantage, and system flowcharting. A significant group project and class presentation is required involving the evaluation of internal control using an interactive simulation.

Prerequisite(s): BUS 204 and BUS 206 or MTH 145 or MTH 225 or ECO 241 or PSY 261.

3

Choose one of:

Code Course Credits

BUS 307

Data Communications and Applications

Offered: Offered Periodically

Introduction to data communications in a business setting: issues facing users and managers involving communications among computers, local area and wide area networks, file transfers, utility services, and group projects. Covers both theory and direct experience with the latest versions of graphics-based programs: Windows, desktop publishing, visual presentations, and remote databases via Internet access.

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing.

3

VPG 305

Web Site Design

Offered: Fall Semester

This introductory course covers the processes involved in making visual communication for the web. Aesthetic concerns, conceptual skills, and technical/production procedures will be covered to facilitate understanding of and participation in the process of web design. Students will work through initial ideas to a finished presentation.Very basic HTML and an introduction to Adobe Dreamweaver willl be covered. Most of th eocurse will center on using Adobe Muse to work on design solutions for stated needs.

3

Choose one of:

Code Course Credits

BUS 309

Database Applications

Offered: Spring Semester

Explores the role of information systems in a small business setting. The theory and design of business systems prepare the students for extensive hands-on labs, developing applications using popular software packages.

3

CSC 325

Database Management Systems

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2015, 2017

Data Modeling using the Entity-Relationship approach. The Relational Model and Relational Algebra. SQL. Functional dependencies and normalization. Database design Process. Record storage and primary file organization. Index structures for files. Concurrency control techniques.

Prerequisite(s): CSC 211 (with a grade of C- or better).

3

Elective courses:

Choose at least ONE elective:

Code Course Credits

BUS 443

Entrepreneurial Strategies and Digital Marketing

Offered: Spring Semester

Survey of electronic commerce, including the process of buying and selling goods, services and information over networks, primarily using Internet technologies to manage various business processes. Emphasizes the managerial rather than the technological approach. Describes major advantages, limitations and risks. Topics include applications to business-to-consumer, business-to-business and intrabusiness applications.

Prerequisite(s): BUS 340, and Sophomore standing.
Course may be applied to the Entrepreneurship minor.

3

CSC 221

Computer Logic and Organization

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2015, 2017

The basics of digital logic design. Binary representation of information, Boolean algebra, truth tables, combinatorial logic, Karnaugh maps, memory elements, flip flops, latches, registers, RAM and variations. ALU's, control logic, and finite state machines. The design of a simple computer. Gates and their implementation with transistors and integrated circuits.

Prerequisite(s): CSC 103.

3

Note:

Some students may choose to utilize an Internship or Directed Study toward completing their CIS minor electives. Learning through this type of independent or particular experience is strongly encouraged.

However, sufficient CIS contribution should be demonstrated as a part of the program prior to applying for credit toward the minor.

Should you wish to choose one of these options, approval by your department chairperson and the program director should be received prior making a formal request for CIS elective credit.

If you feel that there is an additional course offering that should be included in the list of electives, please contact your advisor and/or the program director to arrange for a review of this course for possible assignment of credit toward the minor.