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Computer Science and Information Systems Courses for Spring 2005
NOTE: If you’re just looking for a second Computer Science course, take 112 or 114. If
you later decide you want to minor in Information Systems (IS) or Computer Science
(CS), they can both count for either minor.
See reverse for complete course descriptions, and see the college web pages for exact times, etc.
CSIS-110, Introduction to Computer Science: First course for CS majors; also required for the minor in
Information Systems and the minor in Computer Science. Offered every semester. No prerequisites.
CSIS-112, Database Applications for Business: An excellent second course in Computer Science for any
business student who needs another one. Also counts toward the Information Systems minor and the
Computer Science minor. Typically offered in the Spring. Prerequisite: CSIS-010 or 110.
CSIS-114, Management Information Systems: Also a good second course for business students needing
another one. Counts toward Information Systems minor and Computer Science minor. Typically offered
every semester. Prerequisite: CSIS-010 or 110.
CSIS-120, Introduction to Programming: Prerequisite: CSIS-110.
CSIS-013, Computer Ethics, 1 credit: Can count toward either minor, in combination with other courses.
First-time offering, no prerequisites.
CSIS-030, Introduction to Computing with SPSS: Statistics prerequisite; can count for either minor.
Why should I minor in IS?
The IS minor, developed in consultation with the School of Business, helps prepare you for the job market
and for some graduate programs in IS. Many employers and graduate schools seek people who are skilled
in solving problems using computer applications (for example, it qualifies you to sit for the NY State grade
18 programmer/analyst exam). The IS minor gives you the opportunity to develop these additional
marketable skills and provides you with some depth of understanding of the role of information systems to
support decision-making and operational control of business practices. You will learn how to develop
information systems to meet business requirements and how to manage information as a resource. You will
gain a basic knowledge of computing, networking, databases, electronic information resources, and of the
Internet that can be used to solve problems in a variety of contexts.
Requirements for IS minor: CSIS-010, CSIS-110, CSIS-112 (Spring only), CSIS-114, CSIS-116 (Survey
of Information Technology, Fall only), and one additional course (ACCT-470, CSIS-120, CSIS-200, CSIS201, or CSIS-210).
Why should I minor in CS?
Many employers and graduate schools are seeking people with skills in Computer Science. With a minor in
Computer Science, you can state with confidence that you know how to program and use computers at a
reasonable level of sophistication. This minor is useful in the job market (for example, it qualifies you to
sit for the NY State grade 18 programmer/analyst exam) and as a part of your preparation for graduate
school in IS or CS. You will also learn analysis and problem-solving skills that can be applied to many
other disciplines.
Requirements for CS minor: six Computer Science courses, at least three numbered 120 or above.
Turn over for course descriptions 
CSIS—013. Computer Ethics 1 credit
This course is a survey of the ethical issues involved in computing. Topics studied will include
data access, privacy, security, hacking, copyright and intellectual property issues, email, etc. The
focus will be on identifying and analyzing ethical problems related to computing, as well as on
ways to foster ethical decision-making in computing-centered situations. No prerequisites.
CSIS—030. Introduction to Computing with SPSS 3 credits
An introduction to the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences, a step by step instruction of the
procedures used and an understanding of the printed output. Data preparation for the input of
variables, format statements, system and program output, correlation coefficients, data plots, chisquare and distribution tests, analysis of variance and covariance are some of the subjects
studied. Prerequisite: An introductory statistics course (ATDV—110 or equivalent). Computer
Science majors cannot apply this course to the major but may only take it as computer science
elective credit. Computer use fee. (ATTR: ARTS)
CSIS—110. Introduction to Computer Science (2 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory) 3
credits
An introduction to Computer Science with an emphasis on problem solving, algorithm
development, and design and testing of solutions using a functional programming language. In
particular, the course will emphasize techniques for modular design and testing of programs,
including techniques for reducing a large problem to smaller one. Other topics include general
computer organization, information representation, efficiency of solutions, and a brief introduction
to declarative programming techniques. No prerequisites. Lab fee. (CORE:AQ)
CSIS—112. Database Design and Applications for Business 3 credits
This course introduces the concepts and practices of database design and use from a business
perspective. Topics to be covered include data models (object, entity-relationship, and relational,
for example), database design techniques, data dictionaries, query languages (e.g. SQL, QBE),
requirements analysis, legacy systems, databases for decision support, presentation techniques
(forms, web pages, etc.), and basic information on database use in a business setting. The
course includes hands-on use of a common business database management system to illustrate
and emphasize the concepts. Prerequisite: CSIS—010 OR CSIS—110. Computer use fee.
CSIS—114. Management Information Systems 3 credits
An introduction to fundamental management issues and information system principles involved in
the analysis, design, and implementation of management information systems. Topics include
business information system planning, technology architecture, database design, systems
development, decision support systems, internal control, and computer security and disaster
planning. In order to provide an opportunity for students to develop a facility for applying the
knowledge gained in the course, case studies will be used extensively. Prerequisite options:
CSIS—010 or CSIS—110.
Turn over for general information on CSIS for Spring 2004 