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Advanced Auditing   (ACC-415)   3.00 s.h.  

Course Description
Advanced Audit provides an in-depth analysis of current auditing issues, especially those involved in completing the audit: auditors' reporting responsibilities, internal control over reporting for public companies, the requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and auditing of information technology systems. In addition, the course focuses on compliance concepts and techniques, detailed attestation and review services, and the professional judgment process model for auditing financial statements. Recognized standards, such as the International Auditing Standards (IAS) and the Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS), are discussed in detail.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Analyze management and auditors' responsibilities for assessing internal control effectiveness.
  • Explain auditors' responsibility regarding subsequent events, contingent liabilities, and going concern considerations.
  • Analyze types of attestation services and generally accepted attestation standards.
  • Apply concepts and techniques of auditing a firm's electronic commerce.
  • Apply a professional judgment process framework for financial statement audits.
  • Apply concepts and techniques for compliance audits.
  • Apply the generally accepted government auditing standards.
  • Explain the purpose and the structure of international auditing standards.
  • Analyze the differences among auditing standards issued by the AICPA, PCAOB, and GAO.

 
Principles of Loss Prevention   (AOJ-136)   3.00 s.h.  

Course Description
Examines the application of the concepts and procedures that serve to prevent losses due to waste, accidents, error, crime, and unethical practices. Professional status of loss-control manager, loss control technology, electronic security systems, disaster planning, and fire protection and safety are reviewed

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the basic terms in security management and its theories.
  • Examine the use of monitoring and detection equipment.
  • Analyze the levels and types of personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Examine the history and importance of the Incident Management System (IMS)
  • Compare and contrast management and leadership
  • Evaluate the technologies of security systems, information security, and asset protection methodologies, and construct a reasonable view through critical thinking, to draw logical conclusions towards objective perspectives
  • Explain the concept/theory of deterrence in business Security
  • Relate and associate historical, economic, equity and social perspectives of security measures and associate them to contemporary needs of loss prevention.

 
Graphic Design III   (ART-333)   3.00 s.h.  


Course Description
Basic introduction to the principles of layout including grid systems and their use. Introduction to methods used to turn a design into a finished printed piece including basic understanding of printing and beginning past-up and mechanicals.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Document the use of Typography and design in publications of any type of size.
  • Explain the use of a grid system for page layout.
  • Explain the characteristics, classification and applications of advanced type in such uses as custom spacing kerning and tracking.
  • Explain a thorough knowledge of type styles, fonts, families and characteristic; ligatures and white space, visual hierarchy.
  • Document the creation of art in publications.
  • Explain the preparation of words and art for publication.
  • Document and explain color printing, separations, bleeds, varnishes die cuts, and other special effects.
  • Document and explain electronic prepress file preparations.
  • Document how to organize words and images in design layouts using typographic structural systems, alignments and grids.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of tools and technology, including their roles in the creation, reproduction, and distribution of visual messages. Relevant tools and technologies include drawing, offset printing, photography, and time-based and interactive media.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of design history, theory and criticism from a variety of perspectives including those of art history, linguistics, communication and information theory, technology, and the social and cultural use of design objects.

Through the portfolio assessment process, student will articulate and provide evidence of the following learning outcomes: 10-12 works are appropriate for this level. Most students will have a good deal more than that. In other cases, there may be less works, but the deeper conceptual/historic content of the works are to be revealed in the narrative about those works.

 
Introduction to Computer Information Systems   (CIS-102)   3.00 s.h.  

Course Description
A survey of the basic concepts, principles, and procedures in computer information processing.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Describe the history of computers and information systems, as well as current and future technology.
  • Explain the hardware, software and technologies related to networking and e-commerce, digital media, e-commerce, systems analysis and design, as well as programming.
  • Describe the steps needed for designing an Ideal System for a Home Office or Small Business and configuring an ideal computer system (hardware/software, including email, Internet access, file management, virus protection, etc.) for a home office or small business.

 
Computer Concepts and Applications   (CIS-107)   3.00 s.h.  

Course Description
Computer Concepts and Applications provides an overview of computers, focusing on historical development; hardware; application software; communications; Internet use; how to purchase, install, and maintain a computer; information systems; system analysis and design; programming; careers in the computer field; security, ethics, and privacy issues; and multimedia. The "laboratory" portion of the course features the use of Microsoft Office and Windows.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Demonstrate basic competency using Microsoft Office 2010 applications and Windows 7
  • Evaluate how computers are used
  • Distinguish between application and system software
  • Evaluate communication networks and databases
  • Appraise the uses of the Internet
  • Differentiate between system development and program development
  • Judge security, privacy and ethical issues related to information technology
  • Contrast input and output devices.

Available by TECEP exam.  
Management Information Systems I   (CIS-301)   3.00 s.h.  

Course Description
Management Information Systems provides an overall picture of information systems in the conduct of business. The course covers the organization and management of a networked enterprise, the infrastructure of information technology, the necessary support systems for the digital company, and the building and managing of information systems in a global business environment.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Explain the nature and importance of information systems in business.
  • Analyze business processes and their relationship to information systems.
  • Assess the impact of information systems on the success of organizations.
  • Analyze the relationships among ethical, social, and political issues raised by information systems.
  • Identify and evaluate challenges posed by managing information technology infrastructure.
  • Evaluate the role of information policy and administration in the management of data resources.
  • Assess the significance of telecommunications networks and networking technologies for information systems.
  • Design solutions for the ethical, social, and security issues faced by the digital firm.
  • Explain the way that information technology works to coordinate functions, as in supply chain management.
  • Analyze the impact of e-commerce and Internet technology on information integration and dispersal.
  • Discuss knowledge management and evaluate systems used for management and decision support.
  • Evaluate the challenges of building information systems.
  • Analyze the elements of effective project management.
  • Evaluate the issues involved in developing global information systems.

Available by DSST exam. 
Management Information Systems II   (CIS-302)   3.00 s.h.  

Course Description
Information-user's role in effective and efficient implementation and design of an MIS: topics include planning and control systems, the economics of information, and implementation of an integrated system. organizational implications of information technology, and relevant hardware and software computer applications.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Understanding of programming languages and applications development facilities
  • Understanding of database management systems (DBMSs)
  • Understanding of computer-assisted systems engineering (CASE)
  • Familiarity with appropriate use of a representative set of personal productivity software
  • Information system concepts and processes
  • Systems theory and systems development and information systems design
  • Database theory, design, and management
  • Information and function analysis
  • Systems implementation and testing strategies
  • Organization theory and behavior relevant to MIS
  • Functional business areas such as finance, accounting, and marketing, served by information systems
  • Information systems management
  • Project management
  • Change management
  • Legal and ethical aspects of information and information systems
  • Professional conduct in the information systems field
  • How management information systems enhance decision-making
  • Ability to assist in defining and planning information systems
  • Eliciting information requirements for applications and assist in designing information systems
  • Ability to implement non-complex (routine) information systems applications
  • Managing information systems development and operations
  • Students shall be able to communicate effectively orally and in writing including the preparation and presentation of expected outputs from the analysis, design, implementation, and maintenance phases of information system development

 
Database Management   (CIS-311)   3.00 s.h.  

Course Description
Provides students with fundamental concepts of databases and Database Management Systems (DBMS). It offers terminology, conceptual approaches and practical approaches when designing and implementing different database types. Students will learn design considerations and solutions with a DBMS, using various industry standards and models available. Analytical and problem-solving skills will be strengthened. The material also includes common tools and techniques utilized to optimize performance and secure the database and related resources. Other topics covered include: Entity Relationship Diagrams (ERD) Structured Query Language (SQL) Information and Decision-Making Data Normalization. (CIS-311) 3.00 s.h

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Explain the nature and importance of database systems in business.
  • Analyze business processes and their relationship to database systems.
  • Assess the impact of database systems on the success of organizations.
  • Analyze the relationships among ethical, social, and political issues raised by database systems.
  • Identify and evaluate challenges posed by managing database technology infrastructure.
  • Evaluate the role of information policy and administration in the management of data resources.

 
Fundamentals of Information Technology   (CMP-202)   3.00 s.h.  

Course Description
Provides an overview of the fundamental ideas and principles behind information systems. The course approaches traditional computer concepts from a managerial perspective geared to the requirements of businesses and organizations. Within this context students use case studies to analyze and discuss design concepts and approaches to managing information and implementing technology solutions. The course introduces students to the role of information systems in business, society and private life, to the role of critical decision makers, and to important decision support tools. It further addresses core ethical issues, principles and procedures. Students are expected to develop critical thinking as well as analytical and problem-solving skills.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Describe the different types of information systems and structures.
  • Explain the requirements for systems development and methods.
  • Evaluate the basic functions and attributes of an information system.
  • Identify the functions of various types of information systems.
  • Articulate and discuss the role and responsibilities of all levels of staff and professionals within an information systems function.
  • Apply traditional and nontraditional management techniques and applications to both for-profit and not-for-profit businesses and organizations.
  • Analyze the management structures, principles, concepts, ethics, and techniques required to implement an effective information system.

 
Public Relations Planning   (COM-374)   3.00 s.h.  

Course Description
Introduces the components of a comprehensive public relations campaign: research, audience, identification, message construction, channel selection and evaluation. Working with clients, students create and write an entire program for a variety of challenges, including image change, new product or service introduction, information, recruitment, crisis management, employee relations, persuasion and others.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Learn the components of a comprehensive public relations campaign.
  • Compare several different types of public relations campaigns with regard to: audience identification.
  • Examine the variety of skills necessary for writing in the public relations campaign arena.
  • Analyze the ways in which written communication in public relations campaign writing has changed in the United States.
  • Assess the ways in which changes in technology have influenced the role of written communications in public relations campaign writing.
  • Recognize the challenges involved in public relations campaign writing.
  • Evaluate several examples of public relations campaign writing that you have written for clarity, accuracy, message construction and channel selection.
  • Plan a public relations campaign recognizing a problem and a solution that addresses the components and challenges learned.

 
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