The Catholic University of America

Course Descriptions

Metro: Computer/Management Information Systems (MIS)

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MIS 105: Introduction to Information Technology

3.00 Credits

A survey of basic microcomputer operation and software with hands-on experience in operating systems, spreadsheets, database management, and management analysis. Not open to students with previous credit for MBU 220.

MIS 107: Application of Information Technology

3.00 Credits

A continuation of MIS 105; emphasizes more in-depth cases in MS Word, MS Excel, MS Access, MS Power Point, and MS Outlook to create impressive business documents, financial statements, database systems, daily schedule, and presentations. Students will explore all the programs in the suite with their interactions with each other and will also learn how to create Web pages simply by converting MS programs to HTML. Prerequisite: MIS 105.

MIS 108: Information Systems and Personal Productivity

3.00 Credits

no description available

MIS 110: Introduction to Programming

3.00 Credits

Basic concepts of programming with procedural languages. Not open to students with previous credit for CSC 105.

MIS 135: Desktop Publishing

3.00 Credits

Students will learn to design professional-quality typeset documents with multiple input files, typographical control, inserting pictures, and more complex works. Using PageMaker as a versatile program, they will also produce electronic publishing; documents that are meant to be viewed electronically, not in print. Not open to students with previous credit for MBU 135. Prerequisite: MIS 105.

MIS 201: Introduction to Health Informatics

3.00 Credits

This course introduces students to the concepts and practices of health informatics in various health care environments. Topics addressed include: introduction to the health informatics discipline; types of information systems used in health care; data standards, classifications and coding systems, and nomenclature; uses of information systems in addressing clinical and managerial issues in health care, information systems design and engineering; and, new opportunities and emerging trends.

MIS 202: Informatics, Databases, and the System Lifecycle

3.00 Credits

no description available

MIS 203: Advanced Health Informatics

3.00 Credits

no description available

MIS 204: Medical Terminology & Anatomy - Health Info Techn

3.00 Credits

This course deals with issues and trends in the field of health informatics, with primary emphasis on elements of medical terminology. Individuals preparing to work in the health informatics environment must be able to apply proper terminology and spelling for major pathological conditions. Students begin developing a medical vocabulary through a study of roots, prefixes, and suffixes, and practices of correct pronunciation and usage of terms related to the following body systems: musculoskeletal, integumentary, gastrointestinal, urinary, male and female reproductive, blood, lymphatic, immune, cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, mental and behavioral health, special senses such as eye and ear, and endocrine.

MIS 206: Medical Coding & Billing I

3.00 Credits

To provide the tools needed to enhance careers in the healthcare coding and reimbursement industry through gaining skills and proficiency as a Medical Coding Specialist. The program includes critical knowledge in medical coding while providing a unique perspective of the healthcare field. Course instruction will include usage of CPT, HCPCS, and ICD-9 codes according to the guidelines and up-to-date information regarding federal health care regulations.

MIS 207: Medical Coding & Billing II

3.00 Credits

The curriculum focuses on reimbursement and the payment systems appropriate to outpatient and ambulatory reimbursement. Emphasis is placed on medical claims processing and regulatory requirements.

MIS 208: Electronic Health Records I

3.00 Credits

Introduces the basic concepts and functions, as well as technological requirements and challenges, of Electronic Health Records. Addresses the importance of EHRs to the healthcare industry, implementation of EHR systems, privacy and security considerations, health information technology standards, and software options. Medical office procedures, requirements and customer service are also addressed.

MIS 209: Electronic Health Records II

3.00 Credits

Reviews the basic and advanced concepts and functions, as well as technological requirements and challenges, of Electronic Health Records within a hospital setting. Addresses the importance of EHRs to the healthcare industry, implementation of EHR systems, privacy and security considerations, health information technology standards, and software options. Medical office procedures, requirements and customer service are also addressed.

MIS 213: Information Systems Theory and Practice

3.00 Credits

Prerequiste: MIS 210.

MIS 230: Local Area Networks

3.00 Credits

A study of basic concepts of local area networks (LAN) focusing on communication media: cable, radio, satellite and fiber optic links, hardware and interface standards, network topologies and switching techniques, and design of a simple data communications network. Not open to students with previous credit for MBU 230. Prerequisite: CSC 104, MBU 130, or MIS 104.

MIS 235: Essentials of Web Design

3.00 Credits

Students will learn the essentials of web design, strategic site design planning, and the elements of building great web sites. Prereq. MIS 109

MIS 236: Multimedia Concepts and the Web

3.00 Credits

"Multimedia" is a generic term covering many forms of paperless publication, including Internet and Web sites, digital presentations, CD-ROMS, and DVD's. Students and professionals are now expected to understand and utilize these new technologies that are reshaping our service and information society. Students will gain a sophisticated understanding of new media and interactive technologies and what skills are needed to effectively manage multimedia content.

MIS 237: Intermediate Web Design Concepts

3.00 Credits

no description available

MIS 238: E-Business

3.00 Credits

This course provides an introduction to e-business strategy and the development of e-business solutions. Focuses on the linkage between organizational strategy and informational technologies to implement a variety of business models. Presents organizational value and supply chain concepts, types of business relationships, consumer issues involved in e-commerce systems (e.g., shopping carts, interface designs), hardware and software system components, and ethical issues involved in electronic business.

MIS 240: Management Information Systems

3.00 Credits

A survey course covering all aspects of the management perspective of implementing a corporate information system; the development of user requirements using business process reengineering/system planning methods; the process of selecting the appropriate hardware, software and communication systems; and the implementation and maintenance of the system. Uses real world case studies to cover state-of-the-art technical solutions. Not open to students with previous credit for MBU 240. Prerequisite: MIS 104.

MIS 260: Multimedia Authoring/Software

3.00 Credits

An introduction to multimedia using two authoring systems. Issues include hardware requirements, facility support, cost of development, time to develop, limitations of authoring tools, and screen design. Internet resources, such as discussion groups, developers, and forums, are integrated into the course. Not open to students with previous credit for MBU 260. Prerequisite: MIS 104 and MIS 105.

MIS 280: Data Stuctures

3.00 Credits

no description available

MIS 300: Graphics for the Web

3.00 Credits

Introduces students to a variety of design techniques for creating professional-looking Web graphics and graphic layouts. Students will learn to create their own original graphics for the Web using industry-standard software.

MIS 314: Fundamentals of IT System Technologies: Hardware and Software

3.00 Credits

The course provides an introduction to computer components, laptops and portable devices, wireless connectivity, security and safety, environmental concerns, and diagnostic tools. Prerequisite: MIS 105

MIS 319: Unix/Linux for Users and Administrators

3.00 Credits

Unix/Linux for Users and Administrators is an introductory course to practical Unix and Linux,covering basics of two similar operating systems. It is aimed at Unix novices with limited or no experience in operating systems other than indows.Topics include: Unix shells and shell commands;File systems;Ownerhip and Mask; File manipulation; Processes; Common Unix/Linux graphical interfaces; Vi editor;Unix communication;Grep Sed and Awk;Bourne Shell scripting; Unix and Linux Administration

MIS 321: Operating Systems

3.00 Credits

Development of operating systems, implementation techniques, multiprogramming and multiprocessing, memory management, performance considerations, inter-process communication and interfaces, and deadlocks. Includes an introduction to operating systems such as UNIX, NT, Windows, DOS, and MacOS. . Prerequisite: MIS 105.

MIS 322: Computer Organization and Systems

3.00 Credits

no description available

MIS 323: Data Communication and Network Security

3.00 Credits

Covers the various concepts of business data communications and data processing, the application of these ideas in computer networks, basic principles of telecommunications technology, computer network technology, data management in distributed database systems, and management of the technical and functional components of telecommunications technology. Prerequisite: MIS 105.

MIS 325: Project Management

3.00 Credits

Teaches the student how to plan and implement a business/computer project from the beginning stages of design through planning, development of specifications, the use of flow charts, and reporting techniques. Prerequisite: MIS 105.

MIS 326: Project Management II

3.00 Credits

Prerequisite: MIS 325.

MIS 327: Introduction to Software Engineering

3.00 Credits

Teaches traditional analysis and design through dataflow analysis and the system development life cycle approach. Includes methods of structured analysis and design, with emphasis on gaining an ability to use the various tools associated with systems analysis. Emphasizes use of the project team in producing specifications of current systems, and developing and implementing a new system. Prerequisite: MIS 105.

MIS 334: An Introduction to Security & Security Awareness

3.00 Credits

This course focuses on security issues and how security integrates into the enterprise. Various aspects of employee involvement, security training, ethics, and trust are highlighted. Security concepts and issues that face industries today are defined and discussed.

MIS 335: Introduction to Information Security

3.00 Credits

no description available

MIS 336: C Language

3.00 Credits

Introduces the student to structured programming techniques. No prior programming is needed for this course; provides adequate introduction and usage of the seven control structures with which a program can be written. The student will write programs as early as the second class of the semester. Includes using arrays, structures, and pointers; prototyping, building and calling functions, and using standard C library; dynamic memory allocation; repetition structures (while, for, do/while); and selection structures (if, if/else, switch). Not open to students with previous credit for MBU 336. Prerequisite: MIS 104, or MIS 105, or MIS 107.

MIS 337: C++ Language

3.00 Credits

A comparison of Object-Oriented programming to C structured programming concepts and how C++ strong typing and classes complements C. Includes C++ declaration of function, specifications, and using the standard IO functions cout and cin, as well as stream manipulation for formatting outputs. Also includes using arrays, structures and pointers; prototyping, building, and calling functions; using standard C++ library; dynamic memory allocation; repetition structures (while, for, do/while), selection structures (if, if/else, switch); new classes definition; encapsulating public functions and data members; object declaration, accessing and modification; and inheritance. Prerequisite: MIS 336.

MIS 338: Internet Architecture

3.00 Credits

A comprehensive course designed to provide background information as well as hands-on practice. Topics include the history of the Internet, Internet topology (hardware, software, and communications), current Internet applications (browsers, search engines, and e-mail), and Internet uses (web page design, navigating the Internet for personal and professional research). Not open to students with previous credit for MBU 338. Prerequisite: CSC 104, MBU 130, or MIS 104; command of the Windows '95 operating system.

MIS 339: Advanced Internet

3.00 Credits

This course is designed to introduce students to the basics of creating graphics and designing layouts for professional web sites. Students will learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to create original graphics for the web, and then apply them using web site development tools Macromedia Dreamweaver and Flash. Prerequisite: MIS 338.

MIS 340: Practicum In Web Site Technologies

3.00 Credits

Students work in teams on an organization's Web site to enhance it through the incorporation of sound e-business, design, and database concepts.

MIS 341: Practicum In Info and Org Security

3.00 Credits

Students work in teams on a problem involving information secruity submitted by a local organization, applying the concepts and methods discussed throughout the program.

MIS 345: Java Language

3.00 Credits

Introduces the student to JAVA language, its relationship to other languages such as C and C++, application development resources, JAVA program structure, packages and libraries, variables and data types, operators and precedence, methods, arrays, strings, and program flow. The student will learn how to design, program, and execute JAVA programs. Prerequisite: MIS 336 or MIS 337.

MIS 346: Intensive Java

3.00 Credits

no description available

MIS 351: Security Technologies & Threat Detection Prevention & Avoidance

3.00 Credits

The main focus of this course is an overview of software technologies such as firewalls and web servers with add-in security devices and applications. Various software intrusion applications such as viruses and worms will be discussed. A review of the techniques used by the anti-virus vendors and freeware offerings to protect electronic assets from harm or other compromise is highlighted.

MIS 352: Security Policies,Disaster Recovery, Risk Management

3.00 Credits

This course examines the necessity of security policies and the role of employees in the enactment and management of security procedures. Students will explore and discuss various security policies and the role of risk management and disaster recovery in the formulation of security procedures. The course concludes with security policies regarding incident response, forensics, and the rules of evidence.

MIS 353: Information Privacy, Ethics and the Law

3.00 Credits

This course begins with the legal protection and enforcement of the issues regarding Internet and local access computer security and information privacy. The most important statutes, regulations, and court cases that establish rights and liabilities for information privacy are discussed. The use and protection of corporate and client information assets are examined with regard to ethical and legal usage.

MIS 354: Threat Perception & Evaluation Psychology

3.00 Credits

Employees are front-line monitors and sensors to organizational threat. They use their personal abilities to perceive, identify, and evaluate threat using first impression analysis as a function of organizational security. Students will be exposed to cognitive and behavioral aspects of assessing environmental threats and preemptive decision making. Case studies, tools, and evaluation techniques will be utilized to underscore the intuitive and cognitive nature of threat perception and prevention.

MIS 355: Organizational Security and Terrorism

3.00 Credits

Feelings of security have changed into feelings of insecurity. The workplace, once an extension of our safety net, is now more vulnerable to personal attack, property attack, vandalism, information theft, and now, terrorism. Students discuss the role of the security manager and employees in the identification, analysis, and response to a variety of human and natural crises. Case studies and literature research aid in the examination of threats resulting from riots, demonstrations, product tampering, work stoppage activities, terrorism, and natural disasters.

MIS 356: Malicious Software

3.00 Credits

no description available

MIS 357: Netware Securities Technologies

3.00 Credits

no description available

MIS 431: Database Management Systems

3.00 Credits

A comprehensive beginning course on the Relational Database System covering three major areas: industry trends, relational database theory, and database applications. Industry trends addresses the major vendor database engines, CASE tools, industry leaders and industry direction. Database theory includes RDBMS structure, normalization, SQL (Structured Query Language), data modeling, and design. Database applications analyzes the distributed databases, data warehousing, data marts, data mining, multimedia, object and intelligent databases. Not open to students with previous credit for MBU 431. Prerequisite: MIS 105.

MIS 451: Database Management Systems I-SQL

3.00 Credits

Develop skills in writing PL/SQL procedures, functions and packages. PL/SQL is the heart-of Oracle development and will be used to write program units and database triggers using supplied packages. Learn how to use these program units in your web applications aaas server-side programs.

MIS 453: Database Management Systems II/ PL-SQL

3.00 Credits

This course offers students an extensive introduction to data server technology. The class covers the concepts of relational databases and the powerful SQL and PL/SQL programming languages. Students are taught to create and maintain database objects to store, retrieve, and manipulate data. Demonstration and hands-on practice reinforce the fundamental concepts. This class is preparation for both Oracle Application Developer and Database Administration certification exams.

MIS 457: Design and Implementation: Emerging Environments

3.00 Credits

In this highly interactive course, students will learn about those new technologies that will most likely impact today's business environments. In addition to reviewing the technological foundations of each emerging technology, students will learn the technology's architecture and develop an understanding of the technology's practical applications. Prerequisites: MIS 110, MIS 431.

MIS 460: IT Applications: Synthesis of Theory and Practice

3.00 Credits

no description available