Computer Information Systems at Aquinas College

CIS Networking Minor

Minor Requirements: 

Twenty-two (22) semester credit hours:

  • CS170
  • CS180
  • CS242
  • CS332
  • CS334
  • CS336
  • CS338

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.

  • 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.

  • CS334 Managing and Maintaining a Windows Server Environment

    An introduction to a Windows server operating system. Students will be required to install, configure, and maintain a Windows server operating system. Students will study LANs, WANs, VPN, the OSI model, security, memory management, backup strategies, and sharing of system resources. Network accounts for users, computers, and printers will be created and tested. Prerequisite: CS332.

  • CS336 Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Windows Server Network Infrastructure (3)

    The study of the Windows server operating system as part of a larger network. Concepts of integrating several domains, enterprise networks, and mixed operating system environments are studied. Students will install and configure Windows Servers for DHCP, DNS, WINS, Windows Software Update Service, and Remote Access (via VPNs). Troubleshooting of TCP/IP and other network issues will be addressed. Prerequisite: CS334.

  • CS338 Designing Security in a Windows-Based Network Environment (3)

    The study of basic network security practices using a Windows-based network configuration. Students learn to craft and implement a set of security policies based on an analysis of possible threats. Authentication, access control, public-key encryption, IIS security, server/workstation hardening, and intrusion-detection topics will be addressed. Prerequisite: CS336.