Computer Information Systems at Aquinas College

CIS Analyst Minor

Minor Requirements:

Twenty-five (25) semester credit hours:

  • CS170
  • CS180
  • CS242
  • CS300
  • CS302
  • CS304
  • CS308
  • CS332

In general, for a CIS minor to be declared in conjunction with another major or minor at Aquinas, no more than one third of the courses (typically 2 courses or a maximum of 8 credits) may overlap.


  • CS170 Principles of Operating Systems (3)

    Fundamental concepts in operating systems and how they are used in computing will be explored. Hands-on exposure to Windows and a UNIX-type operating system are included. A study of disk layouts and management as well as memory management will be presented. Windows and UNIX command prompt manipulation will complete the requirements. Co-requisite of CS180 recommended.

  • CS180 Structure and Logic (4)

    Fundamental concepts in structured object-oriented programming. Structures include sequence, selection, repetition, writing, and the use of methods and objects. Programs will be designed using the Warnier-Orr diagramming tool. Designs will be coded, debugged, and tested using a programming language. Co-requisite of CS170 recommended.

  • CS242 Database Theory (3)

    Introduction to concepts and technology of database management systems; physical data organization; hierarchical, network, and relational models; reading and writing basic structured query language (SQL) statements using a commercial relational database management system. Prerequisites: CS154, CS170, CS180.

  • BS300/CS300 Management Information Systems (3) SS1

    This course presents an overview of various frameworks for information systems and systems development. Topics include formal systems theory for management problem solving, decision support systems, project management methodologies, feasibility analysis, and IT/IS governance. Practical application is included, using various analysis tools and software environments to create systems proposals, data models, and project plans. Prerequisites: CS151, CS170, CS180.

  • BS302/CS302 Systems Analysis (3) SS1

    This course is the second of two courses in business systems analysis using structured methodologies. Topics include process modeling, data flow diagramming, and object-oriented analysis. Practical application is included, using various analysis tools and software environments to create process models, various object-oriented models, and candidate design proposals. Prerequisites: CS152, CS300.

  • CS304 Systems Design (3)

    This course implements the logical models created in Systems Analysis. Topics include data analysis, event analysis, interface design and prototyping, and post-implementation and support. Practical application involves implementation of specific process analysis and design including physical network architecture modeling, input and output graphical user interface design prototyping, program design, and documentation and presentation of design to an audience. Prerequisites: CS153, CS302.

  • CS308 Project Management (3)

    Explores management techniques for information systems projects. Includes task identification, staffing, scheduling, security, risk identification and management, performance evaluation, and implementation methodologies. Hands-on use of a project management software package, as well as team competition in a simulated project management (software-driven) experience is included for practical application of skills. Prerequisites: CS157, CS252, CS302.

  • CS332 Installing, Configuring, and Administering Windows Client (3)

    An introduction to a Windows client operating system. Students will be required to install, configure, and maintain a Windows client operating system. Students will study security, memory management, priorities, and sharing of system resources. Prerequisite: CS170.