Computing Studies & Information Systems

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CSIS 1150

Business Data Communications & Networking

This course makes an introduction to fundamentals of existing data communications technologies as well business opportunities and challenges presented by emerging data communications technologies. The course provides a balanced mix of business and IT management concepts. This course aims to develop a coherent understanding of the fundamental data communications concepts and technologies. Homework & research assignments are designed to expose students to practical applications of these concepts and technologies.
Students who have received credit for CISY 2345 or CISY 2346 will not receive further credit for CSIS 1150.

CSIS 1155

Hardware Maintenance Concepts

This course teaches the theory and the practice of how to manage, maintain, troubleshoot and repair personal computers. Both the hardware and the operating system software are considered in depth. To augment the two-hour weekly lecture, students are expected to read and study on their own in preparation for the weekly laboratory. In the laboratory, students are expected to install drives, memory, various circuit boards, drivers, and operating systems. Operating system management tools such as disk, account, and configuration management are considered. Some operating systems considered are DOS, Windows 9x/Me, Windows NT/2000/XP. Computer networks are introduced. This course is the foundation from which students can get CompTIA A+ certified.
Note: Students who have received credit for CISY2255 will not receive further credit for CSIS1155.

CSIS 1175

Introduction to Programming I

This course introduces students to computing science and programming. It includes fundamental concepts and terminology of computing science, program design and fundamental building blocks for programming in a high-level language. Topics cover, but are not limited to forms, properties, pseudo code, data types, arrays, operators, control structures, methods, classes, objects, and fundamental algorithms.

CSIS 1190

Excel for Business

This course gives students a brief introduction to information technology concepts before concentrating on essential Excel topics used in the business world. Information technology concepts covered include searching the Internet efficiently, managing files/folders, and computer security and backup. Excel topics include the basic fundamentals to advanced functionality, such as what-if analysis and macros. Word processing, database, and presentation software will be used as tools for presenting finished projects and assignments.
Note: Students who have received credit for CSIS 1110 or CSIS 1140 cannot receive additional credit for CSIS 1190.

CSIS 1275

Introduction to Programming II

This course is a thorough introduction to computer science and programming suitable for students with some programming background. Students will learn the fundamental concepts and terminology of computer science and acquire elementary programming skills in the Java programming language.
This course is intended for students who will major in computing science or a related program.


CSIS 1280

Multimedia Web Development

This course covers the fundamentals of Web site development and design using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Students will learn how to create structured websites using HTML, how to use the most up to date CSS styles to create responsive, visually-interesting pages and captivating graphical designs, and how to implement client-side script using basic concepts in JavaScript to access DOM elements and to validate web forms.

CSIS 2115

Communication Issues In Information Technology

The course covers interrelationships between programmers, users and other IT people. It includes a study of Agile, Scrum and Xtreme programming methodology and how their adaptive nature and people-first orientation has changed the way developers communicate with users. Other topics will include web page design using HTML, usability, technical research methods, presenting software demos, managing user expectations and understanding and working with various diagramming techniques. We will spend some time in discussing the impact of intercultural factors on global software development.

Course content and presentation focus on a practical process to technical communication. The course will be presented using multiple case studies and role playing to convey content and provide a learning environment suitable for this topic.

CSIS 2150

Advanced Networking With CCNA II, III

This course provides students with in-depth knowledge and practical skills in building a reliable Local Area Network (LAN) infrastructure within a corporate environment using CISCO routers and managed switches. Practical training will be focused on configuring LAN routers and managed switches. Topics include dynamic routing protocols, router configuration, access control list (ACL) and Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN). Students will develop practical skills in configuring and troubleshooting OSPF, EIGRP, VLSM and VTP protocols. This course includes Cisco Network Academy CCNA 2 & 3 modules.

CSIS 2175

Advanced Integrated Software Development

This is an intensive Java programming course. Students are assumed to have prior knowledge in Object Oriented Programming, data manipulation (text, binary, database), prior knowledge in GUI design, and event handling.

Students will learn Java application development using packages, classes, abstract, interface, inner classes, file i/o, graphical user interface, database connectivity, and many more.

CSIS 2200

Systems Analysis & Design

This course provides an introduction to information systems analysis techniques. The student will be provided with the skills that are necessary for the analysis and design of information systems, and will apply these skills in a step-by-step manner leading from the recognition of a problem to the implementation of a solution on a case study.

CSIS 2250

Enterprise Networking with CCNA lV

This course extends a student’s networking knowledge from SOHO environment into a large scale enterprise level network. The student will learn network design principles and practical skill in designing and building a scalable internetworking enterprise network using Wide Area Network (WAN) technologies. Topics include advanced IP addressing, NAT, PAT, DHCP, Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP), Integrated Service Digital Network (ISDN), and Frame relay configuration. It covers topics on network management, troubleshooting and network optimization. This course also covers Cisco Network Academy CCNA 4 module and a case study.

CSIS 2260

Operating Systems

This course introduces the major components of operating systems, such as memory management, processor management, process management and file management. Emphasis will be placed on system performance under different design alternatives. Some popular operating systems, such as Windows, Unix/Linux, and Android may be used to illustrate their implementations. Students are required to work on at least two operating systems. This course is suitable for students who wish to learn more about the operating system process under different system environments, such as mobile, desktop and server environments. This course may involve group work.

CSIS 2270

Virtualization and Computer Networking

This course introduces students to virtualization and networking technologies. Students are required to set up and configure software systems for server and desktop virtualization provisioning. Students will also gain hands-on experience in configuring network devices and using packet capturing tools for network monitoring and program debugging. Other topics include TCP/IP and related protocols, subnet planning, and virtual LANs. This course is suitable for students who would like to gain practical knowledge on system virtualization and enterprise network operation. This course may involve group work.

CSIS 2280

Web Server Administration

This course introduces students to web server administration. Students learn to install, administer, update and secure an Internet and/or Intranet web site. At least two web servers: Apache and Internet Information Server will be used. Also, students will learn some Linux and Windows Server commands.

CSIS 2300

Database I

This course will provide the student with knowledge of database concepts. Emphasis will be placed on database design, development and querying using DBMS installed on both LAN and cloud environments. Concepts covered include ER modelling, normalization, and database design theory. Hands on activities will allow students to create, maintain and query various databases. An introduction and overview of stored procedures, triggers and data warehousing will also be covered.

CSIS 2350

Network Server Administration

This course provides a hands-on training on server administration under a global networked environment. Students will be introduced to a variety of popular Network Operating Systems (NOS) such as Novell Netware, Windows Server and Linux based server. Topics include RAID configuration, Active Directory, network file systems, network printing, DNS, DHCP, email server, web server, remote access service and network resources management. Students will be trained to install and configure popular NOS including Windows server and one other NOS.
Note: Students who received credit from CISY 3445 will not receive any additional credit from this course.

CSIS 2365

ASP .NET

This course will provide a solid understanding of many of the features and capabilities of Microsoft's ASP.NET technology in the development of dynamic web sites. Topics will include technology overview, definition and uses of classes in Visual Basic, toolbox controls, managing style, data validations, interaction with SQL databases, AJAX, and LINQ.
Note: Students who have received credit for CISY 2365 will not receive further credit by taking CSIS 2365.

CSIS 2375

Programming Techniques

Beginning with the syntax of the C++ language, the course proceeds to designing and implementing applications from a variety of disciplines using diverse programming techniques. Application areas may include selections from business data processing, operating systems, networking, simulation, graphics, language analysis, and artificial intelligence techniques as used in such areas as expert systems and gaming. A variety of design and programming methodologies will be used such as object-oriented, procedural, functional, and data-driven.

CSIS 2380

Web Based Scripting

This course will introduce students to server-side scripting using popular scripting tools such as Perl or PHP. Emphasis will be placed on training students in applying scripting techniques to build and administer database driven dynamic web content and e-commerce solutions in an Apache web hosting environment.

CSIS 2475

Data & Control Structures

This course focuses on dynamically allocated structures such as lists, hash tables, stacks, queues, trees, and graphs. The time and space complexity of algorithms is considered throughout. Programs are written in C++.

CSIS 3110

Hardware Maintenance & Advanced Computer Applications

This course introduces students to hardware maintenance and introductory networking concepts. In the laboratory, the students will install drives, memory, various circuit boards, drivers, and operating systems. Also, the students develop mastery of advanced Microsoft-Office skills. Integration of data from different Microsoft-Office applications will be covered.

CSIS 3150

Network Security

This course provides the student with fundamental understanding of network security from a network administrator’s perspective. The student will learn the concepts and technologies required to secure a network. Viruses, worms and Trojans are discussed and the student will learn to implement secured network infrastructure and security policy. Topics include risk analysis, network protocols, architecture security, types of attacks, authentication, encryption, network security applications and appliances, firewalls, virtual private network and intrusion detection system. The student will learn how to make networks secure with the use of tools to analyze traffic and study attacks.

CSIS 3155

Network Security

This course provides the student with fundamental understanding of network security. The student will learn the concepts and technologies required to secure a network. Viruses, worms and Trojans are discussed and the student will learn to implement secured network infrastructure and security policy. Topics include risk analysis, network protocols, architecture security, types of attacks, authentication, encryption, network security applications and appliances, firewalls, virtual private network and intrusion detection system. The student will learn how to make networks secure with the use of tools to analyze traffic and study traffic attacks.

CSIS 3175

Introduction to Mobile Application Development

In this course, students will learn to develop mobile applications to solve business problems. Topics covered include different software platforms, tools for development, user interface, and database handling for mobile applications.

CSIS 3190

Business Support Systems with Excel

In this course, students will build on their knowledge to apply advanced Excel features to create unique business support systems (BSS). Topics include Advanced Functions (Business, Statistics, Logical), Macro's, Power Pivot Tables, User Defined Functions (UDF), What-If Analysis tools and Power BI Dashboards. This is a case-based course where students will be presented with real world capstone business problems and create multifaceted business systems using Excel and the agile system development methodology.

CSIS 3270

Advanced Networking

This course introduces students with knowledge and skills on designing, setting up and managing enterprise networks. Topics include subnet planning with classless IPv4 addresses, dynamic routing protocols, spanning tree protocols, wireless LAN (WLAN) technologies and deployment, and IPv6 migration techniques. Students will gain hands-on experience in configuring routers and switches, setting up network access controls, and carrying out site survey for WLAN. This course is suitable for students who would like to gain practical knowledge on designing and maintaining enterprise networks.

CSIS 3275

Software Engineering

This course will introduce the student to software engineering in a practical competency-based context. Topics covered in this class will help the student in familiarizing themselves with the discipline of Software Engineering in a modern context.

This course will take a lecture/lab classroom approach by introducing the students to the theory and concepts of software engineering and then implementing them in various labs and finally re-enforced using a fully implemented software project.

Topics that will be covered include: Managing software projects, Software development life-cycle, Version Control, Software teams, Software Process and Metrics, WhiteBox and Blackbox Testing, Unified Modeling Language (UML) for Object-Oriented Design, Design Patterns, Architectural Patterns and Software.

Students will participate in all of the common aspects of software engineering through a term project to apply the concepts they learn. Theory and concepts will be re-enforced with a Lab component followed by implementation requirements in a team-based context for the students term project.

CSIS 3280

Web Based Scripting

This course will introduce students to server-side scripting using popular scripting tools such as Perl or PHP. Emphasis will be placed on training students in applying scripting techniques to build and administer database driven dynamic web content and e-commerce solutions in an Apache web hosting environment.


CSIS 3290

Fundamentals of Machine Learning in Data Science

In this course, students will learn to apply machine learning concepts to analyze data and make predictions. Students will learn how to collect and wrangle data, to explore data using statistics and visualizations, to transform data for further modeling, to model data using machine learning algorithms to predict data patterns, and to evaluate these model-based predictions. Students will be expected to have prior experience with fundamentals of programming.

CSIS 3300

Database II

This course will continue on from CSIS 2300 exploring advanced features of database systems. Topics covered will include indexing; query processing and optimization; transaction processing; denormalization; star schema; DW/OLAP cubes; security. NoSQL and MapReduce will also be covered.

CSIS 3360

Fundamentals of Data Analytics

In this course, students will gain the basic understanding of the emerging Data Analytics field. The students will be required to work with real-world examples using current computing tools. Integral to the course is a group project where students will complete a variety of tasks including: requirement elicitation; developing hypothesis; data exploration; dimensional analysis; identifying metrics; and visual presentation of results.

CSIS 3375

UX Design in Mobile Applications

This course provides students the opportunity to learn and explore developing mobile applications from the perspective of human-computer interface (HCI), user experience and interaction design concepts. The course would cover four general areas: essentials of designing interactive systems, techniques for designing interactive systems, contexts for designing interactive systems, and foundations of designing interactive systems.

CSIS 3380

Advanced Web Programming With JavaScript & AJAX

This course provides the fundamental knowledge necessary to design and develop
dynamic Web pages using JavaScript. Students will learn the fundamental aspects of the JavaScript programming language and how to program using document object model application programming interface (DOM API) to modify, traverse, and append nodes to web documents. The course will also introduce students to client-side JavaScript libraries (e.g., jQuery), frameworks (e.g., Angular.js), and design patterns (e.g., MVC pattern) and how client-side scripts interact with server-side programs using Ajax. Furthermore, the course will introduce students to back-end concepts and tools for end-to-end (i.e., full-stack) JavaScript web development, including back-end JavaScript frameworks (e.g., Node.js), REST concepts and NoSQL databases. Students will learn how to architect, develop, test, secure, deploy and manage a RESTful Web Service. Comprehensive hands on exercises are integrated throughout the course to reinforce learning and develop real competency.

CSIS 3475

Data Structures & Algorithms

The purpose of this course is to provide the students with solid foundations in the basic concepts of programming: data structures, data abstraction and algorithms. The main objective of the course is to teach the students how to select, design and implement data structures, abstract data types and algorithms that are appropriate for problems that they might encounter. This course offers the students a mixture of theoretical knowledge and practical experience. It also develops skills of the modular approach to produce maintainable, documented and tested Java applications. Java is the programming language used for implementation.

CSIS 3495

Applied Research Project

This course enables students in the Computing Science And Information Systems Program to acquire practical experience in defining, designing, developing and implementing a special computer systems project. Each student, in consultation with a faculty advisor, will select an appropriate computer project. Project topics may vary from in-depth research to systems analysis and design development proposals. The student will learn more about technical documentation. Project management fundamentals will also be covered.
(*) It is recommended that a student should have obtained 45 credits towards a CSIS diploma before attempting this course.
Note: Students who have received credit for CISY 3495 will not receive further credit by taking CSIS 3495.

CSIS 3540

Client Server Systems

This course will provide the student with practical knowledge of developing and implementing client-server systems. Topics will include DDL, DML, host based processing, designing complex queries, stored procedures, triggers, using object-oriented programming and ADO .NET frameworks. Use of LINQ and lambda expressions will be covered. The course will use Visual Studio and C# to build client-server systems.


CSIS 3860

Data Visualization

In this course, students will learn the skills to present analytics results in a clear, concise and visually appealing manner. This hands-on course will introduce students to various tools and techniques of data visualization, visualization best practices, and common pitfalls. Use of Data Visualization tools such as Tableau is adopted in this course for the hands-on skills. Students will also work on building targeted dashboards based on their audience’s need. Other tools such as d3.js, dc.js, Google Charts, etc. are also introduced to reflect on the variety of data visualization tools available for a data analyst to visualize the results of analysis.

CSIS 4050

Advanced Object Oriented Programming for Business Applications

This course will provide the student with practical knowledge of developing and implementing business related applications using the latest Microsoft coding innovations. Topics will include DDL, DML, host-based processing, designing complex queries, triggers, and extensive coverage of ADO.NET. Along with the coverage of database access using Relational and Non-relational database(s), these topics will be covered: XML and XML integration with ADO.NET. The course will use Visual Studio .NET to build Advanced Windows Applications.

Note: For CSIS programs, students can receive credit for one of: CISY 3540/CSIS 3540 or CSIS 4050.

CSIS 4150

Digital Forensics

This course will provide a foundation of concepts in digital forensics including theory, technical tools and methodologies employed in this area. It is aimed at students with limited or no prior exposure to digital forensics. The students are expected to have prior knowledge of networking and network security concepts.
The students will learn digital forensics concepts, tactical issues, the methodologies used, and the tools needed to perform forensics investigations. Digital forensics for computers, networks, cell phones, GPS, the cloud and the Internet will be discussed. Students will get hands-on laboratory experience in using various digital forensic tools such as Autopsy/The Sleuth Kit, OSForensics, EnCase, FTK, Cellebrite, BlackLight or equivalent to apply the concepts learned in the course.

CSIS 4175

Mobile Application Development II

This course provides students the opportunity to learn and develop advanced Android applications. It covers threading and asynchronous processing, services, connecting to local and remote database, notifications, common Android APIs.

Majority of the coursework would be in the form of programming projects. The students would be given several case studies/projects that they need to analyze, assess/evaluate, design, and implement.

CSIS 4260

Special Topics in Data Analytics

Students will learn about emerging technologies and trends in Data Analytics. This course is divided into several modules. Each module represents a specialized body of knowledge focusing on the technical aspects of the 4V's of big data ( Volume, Velocity, Variety, and Veracity) as well as policy and other aspects such as privacy and ethics. Students will also get a chance to research state-of-the-art Data Analytics in an industry of their choice. This course will provide students the required breadth to jumpstart their career in the Data Analytics field.

BLAW 1000

Special Topics in Data Analytics

Students will learn about emerging technologies and trends in Data Analytics. This course is divided into several modules. Each module represents a specialized body of knowledge focusing on the technical aspects of the 4V's of big data ( Volume, Velocity, Variety, and Veracity) as well as policy and other aspects such as privacy and ethics. Students will also get a chance to research state-of-the-art Data Analytics in an industry of their choice. This course will provide students the required breadth to jumpstart their career in the Data Analytics field.

CSIS 4270

Cloud Infrastructure

This course is designed to introduce the concepts of Cloud Computing. The course will expose students to three different perspectives of Cloud Computing: the theoretical, the technical, and the commercial perspectives. A variety of real case studies and existing market cloud-based tools will be identified and studied to provide students with an overview of Cloud Computing applications. Student will also look into more in-depth considerations for planning, designing and migrating to Virtualized Data Centres (VDC) and Cloud environments.

CSIS 4280

Special Topics in Web/Mobile Application Development

This course focuses on emerging technologies in web and mobile application development. Students will learn key architecture and design patterns for mobile application development, handling of sensors, Bluetooth, NFC (Near Field Communication), cloud integration, web/REST (Representational State Transfer) services and latest frameworks to create secure Android apps. Students will also develop, test and debug cross-platform apps and learn to reuse and share code across different platforms. Using a project based approach, students will get hands-on experience in building native/cross-platform apps ranging in social media, games, education, and location-aware apps. Students should have prior knowledge in developing mobile apps using Android and Java and CSIS 4175 is recommended.

CSIS 4495

Applied Research Project

This course enables students in Computing Studies and Information Systems Programs to acquire practical experience in defining, designing, developing and implementing a special computer systems project. Projects will be done individually or in small groups in consultation with the instructor. The instructor will work with each individual or group to select an appropriate computer project. Project topics may vary from in-depth research to systems analysis and design development proposals. The student will learn more about technical documentation. Project management fundamentals will also be covered.