Computer and Information Science, Associate of Science: Various Concentrations

Database Programming concentration

Network Security concentration

Web Development concentration

Program Overview

Computer programs tell the computer what to do, which database information to identify and access, how to process it, and what equipment to use. Programs vary widely depending upon the type of information to be accessed or generated.

This hands-on, interactive educational program equips students with the computer programming and information process skills required for career-entry positions in a wide range of positions. Students are introduced to a variety of operating system environments and programming languages.

Program Outcomes

Students in the Associate of Science in Computer and Information Science program learn how to create interesting web pages, write different kinds of programs, use and maintain databases, and install and secure computer networks. Students also learn to provide excellent customer service when assisting customers and clients with technical issues.

Upon completion of the Associate of Science in Computer and Information Science, graduates are able to:

  • Utilize organizational customer service plans.
  • Describe various aspects of business operations.
  • Identify the impact of information systems upon the operation of a business.
  • Utilize PC operating system concepts.
  • Effectively utilize PC productivity applications and concepts to include word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation graphics.
  • Construct a basic web page.
  • Comprehend installation of basic network hardware and software by applying industry-standard networking knowledge.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the professional and ethical responsibilities of an information system specialist.
  • Identify ethical uses of organizational data, applications, computers, and network operating systems.
  • Comprehend basic logical constructs such as flow charts and process diagrams in order to understand the operation and troubleshooting of information systems.
  • Apply program-specific knowledge for an individual subject area concentration (e.g., Network Security or Web Development) appropriate for an Associate of Science Degree.

For additional information about the program outcomes, please see the Student Consumer Information (link to: http://www.ecpi.edu/technology/?intcmp=technology-btn ) which provides additional information on the future careers, success, cost, and financing for this program. For information on the University Completion and Graduation Rates, please see Information About the University on the ECPI website (link to: http://www.ecpi.edu/services/about-ecpi-university/ )

In 1.5 years, through our year-round schedule, you can earn an Associate of Science in Computer and Information Science or an Associate of Applied Science in Computer and Information Science (South Carolina only).

Concentration Outcomes

  • Students in the Database Programming concentration area learn how to manipulate databases to create custom reports for business and industry, and they are able to provide support for the use, and maintenance of database tables.
  • Students in the Network Security concentration learn about installing, testing, and maintaining computer networks.
  • Web Development students learn basic web design skills and programming fundamentals.

About Computer and Information Science

Graduates with a computer and information science degree have many career options. They often implement computer software systems (including simulations, games, business applications, and other systems). They may test software applications to ensure their correct implementation. Graduates also may assist network architects with design, implementation, and maintenance of computer networks, including wireless networks.

Some positions may require background checks, drug screening, and/or security clearances, depending on the position and industry. Student must have a general education background related to database programming including: Database Development, ASP.Net, SQL, C#, Object Oriented Design, MS Access, SQL Server, Oracle, Java, HTM, and Web Development. Student should also have examples of work, as well as other related skills to include MS Office, OS, and Certifications.

Some entry-level job titles for associate’s degree graduates include Help Desk Analyst, PC Technician, Technical Support Analyst, Hardware Technician, Systems Administrator, Network Administrator, Programmer Analyst, entry- level Database Programmer, entry-level Programmer Analyst, entry-level Application Developer, entry-level Web Programmer, Assistant Game Programmer, entry-level Net Programmer. CIS graduates are required in many industries, so employment opportunities exist in military, business, medical, and government settings.

Recommended Certifications

Certifications are not required for completion of this program; however, ECPI encourages student to obtain all appropriate certifications to increase potential job opportunities. ECPI provides students in this program with vouchers which allow the student to take certification exams at a greatly reduced cost. Available certifications for this program include Microsoft and Oracle certifications, Linux+, A+, Network+, and Security+.

Program Outline

To receive the Associate of Science in Computer and Information Systems, student must earn 76 semester credit hours. The program requires a minimum of five semesters or 18 months of instruction. The Program requirements are as follows:

Program Requirements

Core Curriculum

21 semester credit hours

BUS102Fundamentals of Customer Service

3

BUS122Principles of Business & Management

3

CIS106Introduction to Operating Systems

3

CIS121Logic and Design

3

CIS150Networking I

3

CIS282Web Interface Design

3

CIS115Computer Applications

3

Arts and Sciences

22 semester credit hours

COM115Principles of Communication

3

ENG110English Composition

3

ENG120Advanced Composition

3

HUM205Culture and Diversity

3

MTH131College Algebra

3

PHY120Physics

3

PHY120LPhysics LAB

1

PSY105Introduction to Psychology

3

Self Integration and Computer Literacy

3 semester credit hours

COR090Career Orientation Seminar

0

FOR110Essentials for Success

3

Concentration Requirements

Database Programming

15 semester credit hours plus electives

CIS126Programming I

3

CIS203Code Design and Debugging

3

CIS215Programming II

3

CIS223Database I

3

CIS250Database Scripting I

3

Various Electives

15

Network Security

15 semester credit hours plus electives

CIS225Networking II

3

CIS202Introduction to Routing and Switching

3

CIS212Network Security Concepts

3

CIS245Windows Client and Server

3

CIS206UNIX Administration

3

Various Electives

15

Web Development

15 semester credit hours plus electives

CIS107Digital Imaging

3

CIS126Programming I

3

CIS213Web Client Scripting

3

CIS223Database I

3

CIS250Database Scripting I

3

Various Electives

15

Electives

Electives-

CIS107LDigital Imaging LAB

1

CIS126Programming I

3

CIS136Storyboarding for Animation

3

CIS142Cloud Computing Concepts

3

CIS203Code Design and Debugging

3

CIS204Intermediate Routing and Switching

3

CIS206UNIX Administration

3

CIS207Network Routing and Switching LAB

1

CIS215Programming II

3

CIS215LProgramming II LAB

1

CIS223Database I

3

CIS245LWindows Client and Server LAB

1

CIS250Database Scripting I

3

CIS251Advanced Windows Server

3

CIS252Fundamentals of Electronic Commerce

3

CIS256Windows Active Directory

3

CIS256LWindows Active Directory LAB

1

CIS266Intermediate Database

3

CIS266LIntermediate Database LAB

1

CIS274CIS Project I

4

CIS280CIS Project II

3

CIS290Externship-CIS III

3

CIS291Externship-CIS I-a

1

CIS292Externship-CIS I-b

1

CIS293Externship-CIS I-c

1

CIS294Externship-CIS II

2

CIS305Advanced UNIX Administration

3

CIS305LAdvanced UNIX Administration LAB

1

CIS311Web Site Management

3

CIS311LWeb Site Management LAB

1

CIS367Database Scripting II

3

CIS367LDatabase Scripting II LAB

1

EET110Electric Circuits I

3

EET250Computer Configuration I

3

EET251Computer Configuration II

3

EET282Wireless Security

3

Total Credit Hours:82