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Department of Computer Information Systems

Department of Computer Information Systems

Data Processing and Info Systems

Data Processing and Info Systems


DPIS-D 120 Introduction to Microcomputers (3 cr.) 

 Hardware survey includes a brief history of microcomputers, CPU operations and types, primary and secondary memories. I/O and commercially available systems. Software topics include programming languages and application programs. Systems applications include demonstrations of graphics, sound, and control apparatus. (Occasionally)

DPIS-D 150 Procedures and Problem Solving (3 cr.)

 P: MATH-M 014 or higher A systematic examination of problem perception and problem-solving techniques with an emphasis on data processing and information systems applications. Includes the study of structured methodologies and various heuristic and algorithmic procedures. By providing training in problem solving independent of a programming language, the student will be better prepared to use these skills in programming and computer applications classes that assume their mastery. (Spring, Summer II)

DPIS-D 250 Multimedia (3 cr.)

P: CSCI-A 106 Covers the development of CD and graphics-based presentations such as would be made by corporate trainers, system developers, elementary/secondary school teachers, and marketing professionals. Students will use image capture, scanning, and audio capture to create projected presentations in class.


DPIS-D 290 Microcomputer Database Software and Applications (3 cr.)

 P: CSCI-A 106 or consent of instructor Review of different database models available for microcomputers: flat file, relational (including structured query language [SQL]), personal information managers (PIMS), and Hypertext. Includes simulated and actual hands-on experience. Application design and implementation stressed. (Fall)


DPIS-D 305 Advanced Networking Systems and Administration (3 cr.)

 P: CSCI-A 247, CSCI-C 106 This course provides a comprehensive study of Local Area Networks (LANs). Topics include the study of LAN communication protocols, the Open Systems Interconnect (OSI) model, client/server operating system architectures, basic security services, and systems administration concepts. Students design, construct, and administer a LAN using a popular network operating system. (Spring)


DPIS-D 330 Object-Oriented System Analysis Plus Design (3 cr.) 

P: CSCI-C 106 and DPIS-D 150 Descriptive and analytical tools of systems analysis used with computer systems, subsystems, and functional modules to define data flow, control, and process requirements: flowcharting, data flow diagrams, functional decomposition, interviewing, questionnaires, systems and data models with an emphasis on object-oriented design. Credit not given for both DPIS-D 330 and (CSCI-A 107, CSCI-C445 or DPIS-D 230). (Fall)


DPIS-D 345 Database Systems Management and Design (4 cr.)

 P: DPIS-D 330 or consent of instructor The theory and practice of Database Management Systems (DBMS); information manage­ment; database models—hierarchical, network, relational—current DBMS; distributed processing; database administration, design, evaluation, acquisition, and implementation; use of DBMS by analysts, programmers, and end users. Students will use a DBMS. (Spring)


DPIS-D 350 Data Processing Management (3 cr.) 

P: CSCI-A 302 or CSCI-C 307 or CSCI-C 320 or CSCI-A 346 or consent of instructor The functions and duties of a manager of a data processing organization or information system. Includes studies of the various types of organizations, techniques of preparing and maintaining budgets, personnel management, and management techniques as applied to data processing environments. (Spring)


DPIS-D 390 Individual Computer Application Laboratory (1-3 cr.) 

P: 300 or 400 level course in DPIS or CSCI Student will design, program, verify, and document a special project assignment selected in consultation with the instructor. This course may be taken several times up to a maximum of 6 credits. Prior to enrolling, students must arrange for an instructor to supervise their course activity. Credit not given for both CSCI-C 390 and DPIS-D 390 in excess of 6 credits. (Occasionally)


DPIS-D 401 Computer Resource Research (3 cr.)

 P: CSCI-C 106 or consent of instructor In-depth study of the practical computer information systems research methodologies. Computer hardware / software / personnel evaluation and selection. Procedures, resources, and tradeoffs. (Occasionally)


DPIS-D 410 Computer Simulation and Modeling (3 cr.) 

P: CSCI-C 307 or CSCI-C 343 An examination of the construction of various types of computer science models and simulations to include scheduling and forecasting, queuing, and process control. (Occasionally)


DPIS-D 446 Application Development without Programmers (3 cr.)

P: CSCI-A 106 and DPIS-D 330 or consent of instructor The economics, resistance, functional components, and implications of this developing trend: where conventional development is necessary; software for application development without application programming; information centers; application development by analysts and end users; future prospects. Students will complete practical exercises. (Spring)


DPIS-D 490 Current Directions in Data Processing and Information Systems (3 cr.)

P: departmental major with senior standing A survey of current computer systems and an examination of state-of-the- art applications that significantly improve workplace productivity; e.g., information management and decision-support systems, office automation, communication networks, knowledge-based information systems. Students will investigate one area in depth. (Fall—every other year)