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2022-23 RCC Catalog

CIS-Computer and Information Science

Career and Technical Courses

CIS60 (2 credits)
PC Basics I

Designed for students with little or no previous experience with computers. Introduces basic computer fundamentals through lecture, demonstrations and hands-on experience with a personal computer. This course will cover basic hardware terminology, popular Internet technologies, email, online course skills, basic file management operations, word processing, and spreadsheets and may include other applications. Additionally, introduces students to basic computer concepts and terms and the practical applications of microcomputers in life. Course is graded on a pass/no pass basis. Course does not transfer.

CIS120 (2 credits)
Concepts in Computing I

Students will learn Windows Interface, file management skills and how to use word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Additionally, professional email correspondence, Internet, best practices to safety on the Internet, Blackboard usage and basic Windows operating systems fundamentals will be covered. Prerequisite: CIS60 as needed.

CIS125DB (3 credits)
Database Management Systems

Designed for students in any discipline, this course includes a hands-on approach to develop competency in basic and advanced concepts and commands of database management. Students will learn to design, set up, and print a variety of forms and reports. Software to be used to develop materials is Microsoft Access. Prerequisites: MTH60 or MTH63 or BT160, and CIS120 or documented proficiency or BA131.

CIS125PT (2 credits)
Effective Presentations

Includes a hands-on approach to develop competency in basic and advanced concepts and commands of effective presentations. Students will also learn techniques for developing and creating presentations that engage the audience, illustrate ideas, and use media effectively. Software used to develop presentations in the course is Microsoft PowerPoint. The course does not fulfill degree or certificate requirements for computer proficiency. Prerequisites: BA131 or CIS120 or documented proficiency, and BT113 or WR115 or documented placement score.

CIS125SS (4 credits)
Spreadsheet Applications

Course is designed for students in any discipline. Includes hands-on approach to developing competency in basic and advanced concepts and commands of spreadsheet software. Students will learn to design, set up, and print a variety of spreadsheet applications. Microsoft Excel will be used to develop materials. Emphasis is placed on using spreadsheet data for problems analysis. Dual numbered as BA285. Prerequisites: MTH65 or BT160 (higher math recommended), and BA131 or CIS120 or documented proficiency.

CIS125V (1 credit)

Introduces diagramming software using Microsoft Visio Professional. Applications and projects are designed for both business and technical professional skill development. Students learn to develop any of the following: flow charts, organizational charts, office layouts, website diagrams, network diagrams, and building and electrical plans. Course projects will be flexible, and students will select from topics appropriate to their areas of study. Course does not fulfill degree or certificate requirements for computer proficiency. Prerequisite: CIS120 or equivalent computing experience, or documented proficiency.

CIS125WW (3 credits)
Word Processing Applications (Microsoft Word)

Provides training in Microsoft Word 2019 software. Covers the use of creating, editing, and formatting functions for various business documents. Other topics include formatting pages, headers, footers, columns, advanced character formatting, tables, charts, merged correspondence, managing shared documents, graphics, references, and specialized tables. Prerequisite: BA131 or CIS120 or documented proficiency.

CIS140 (4 credits)
Introduction to Operating Systems

Develops competency in basic and advanced concepts and commands of the three industry-standard operating systems. Emphasis is placed on installation and conductivity of the operating systems. Topics include the comparison of various operating systems (Windows, Linux and Apple), input/output control, introduction to the command line, software and operating systems installation, customization, and windowing environments. Designed for students in any discipline. Prerequisite: CIS120 or documented computer proficiency.

CIS179 (4 credits)
Introduction to Networks

Serves as a general introduction for students who need a foundation in current networking technology and a general overview of computer networks and concepts. Network topics include design essentials, media, interface cards, communications and protocols, architectures, operations, local area networks (LANs) and wide area networks (WANs), troubleshooting, and resources. Prerequisite: CIS120 or documented computer proficiency.

CIS195 (4 credits)
Web Authoring I

Introduces students to Web page and website development, moving on to working with cascading style sheets. Students will learn HTML and CSS for creating special effects and styling. Students will create HTML forms and tables, and will learn how to embed multimedia including the use of audio and video elements. Prerequisites: CIS120 or documented proficiency and MTH60 or higher-level math. Corequisite: WR121.

CIS196 (4 credits)
Web Authoring II

Follows CIS195 and introduces students to advanced concepts of website design and creation using HTML and CSS. Students will develop Web pages and websites and work with cascading style sheets (CSS). Course will include instruction on building a website using techniques of graceful degradation and progressive enhancement. Includes instruction on guidelines for content, style, structure, and accessibility. New structural elements are covered including the Canvas element, validation, HTML forms, audio, video, CSS3, geolocation, rich Internet applications, local storage, and multiscreen media queries. Prerequisite: CIS195.

CIS199 (variable credits)
Special Studies: Computer Science

Offered in a number of formats: workshop, seminar, or independent study. May also be offered as a scheduled course and cover topics in computer science or related subjects. Prerequisites:  May vary depending on subject offerings.

CIS225 (4 credits)
Computer End-User Support I

Prepares students for training and supporting end-users in a variety of organization settings. Topics to be discussed include the end-user support function in an organization, techniques for developing and delivering training modules, and techniques for providing ongoing technical support to end users. Emphasis is on solving problems with users (debugging, troubleshooting, and interaction with users) with actual and/or simulated functions of a computer support department. Prerequisites: CIS140 and CIS179 and WR115 or designated placement score. Recommended prerequisite: WR121.

CIS227 (3 credits)
PC Hardware Fundamentals and Repair

Provides students with theory and hands-on exploration towards the maintenance and repair of personal computers. Students will become familiar with the necessary tools and equipment involved in computer servicing and the specifics of hardware upgrades. Provides students with the competencies needed to pass the hardware segment of the A+ Certification exam. Topics include troubleshooting, upgrading, IRQ/Memory conflicts, safety, Electrostatic Discharge (ESD), fundamental electronics measurement, and proper documentation techniques. Prerequisites: CIS140 and MTH60 or MTH63 or higher-level math.

CIS240 (4 credits)
Advanced Operating Systems

This course gives students an in-depth coverage of the skills needed to configure and manage identity with Windows Server 2016. Students will have an in-depth knowledge of Windows Server 2016 identity-related services, including Active Directory, user and group accounts, Group Policy, Active Directory Certificate Services, and advanced identity solutions such as Active Directory Federation Services and Active Directory Rights Management Services. Prerequisite: CIS140.

CIS240LX (4 credits)
Advanced Operating Systems - Linux

This course is intended for students who want to learn about the Linux operating system and prepare to pass the Linux+ certification exam from CompTIA. It does not assume any prior knowledge of Linux and is geared toward those interested in systems administration as well as those who will use or develop programs for Linux systems. The course provides comprehensive coverage of topics related to Linux administration, including Linux distributions, installation, application management, X-Windows, cloud technologies, networking, and security. Formerly offered as CIS240L. Prerequisite: CIS140.

CIS279 (4 credits)
Network Operating Systems

Covers concepts related to network operating systems – specifically Windows Server. Topics include server hardware, user and group management, network file management, group policy, network printing, server maintenance, Domain Naming Services (DMS), Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), and system backup and restore. Prerequisites: CIS140 and CIS179.

CIS280 (variable credits)
Cooperative Work Experience / Computer Information Sciences

Cooperative Work Experience is an educational program that enables students to receive academic credit for on-the-job, experiential learning based on skills acquired in their programs. Together, the instructor, employer, and student establish learning objectives that specify the significant and appropriate learning which is expected to result from the work experience. This course offers a career-related experience for students working for an approved employer. As a capstone course, it should be completed within the last two terms of a certificate or degree program. Prerequisite: CWE courses require prior arrangements with faculty or the Department Chair.

CIS284 (4 credits)
Network Security Fundamentals

Introduces the beginning concepts of computer and network security and threats. Introduction to security principles, common network and system attacks and defense technologies and techniques will be covered. Topics will also include basic cryptography, mobile device security, wireless network security, security policies, authentication, Internet communication security, and other security related topics. Prerequisites: CIS179, or documented Network+ certification.

CIS285 (4 credits)
Network Security II

Provides the foundation for understanding the key issues associated with protecting information assets, determining the levels of protection and response to security incidents, and designing a consistent, reasonable information security system, with appropriate intrusion detection and reporting features. The purpose of the course is to provide the student with an overview of the field of information security and assurance. Students will be exposed to the spectrum of security activities, methods, methodologies, and procedures. Coverage will include inspection and protection of information assets, detection of and reaction to threats to information assets, and examination of pre- and post-incident procedures, technical and managerial responses, and an overview of the information security planning and staffing functions. Prerequisites: CIS140 and CIS284 or Instructor approval.

CIS299 (variable credits)
Special Studies: Computer Information Sciences

Offered in a number of formats: workshop, seminar, or independent study. May also be offered as a scheduled course and cover topics in computer science or related subjects. Prerequisites: May vary depending on subject offerings.

2022-23 RCC Catalog