Introduction to Computer Based Systems
Provides students with both computer concepts and hands-on applications. Although little or no prior computer experience is required for this course, keyboarding proficiency is assumed. Topics include PC basics, file maintenance, and hardware and software components. Students will gain experience in the use of Windows, e-mail, the Internet, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation packages. The integration of software packages will also be covered.
Note: This course may not be taken for credit after completion of COMS 2003 or BUAD 2003.
Note: Credit by examination is offered to students who have notable experience with computers and MS Office applications. Information regarding this examination can be found at cs.atu.edu/coms1003.
Prerequisites: MATH 1113 or equivalent
An introduction to programming using the FORTRAN language with emphasis on numerical computing, including the use of scientific subroutine libraries.
Programming in BASIC
An introduction to programming using BASIC and/or Visual Basic.
Computer Applications for Technical Majors
Co-requisite: MATH 1113 or equivalent
The purpose of this course is to give the students in engineering, mathematics, chemistry, and other technical disciplines the prerequisite computer skills necessary to make effective use of the computer in their major degree programs where computer applications have been integrated into the course of study.
Web Publishing I
Prerequisites: COMS 1003 or BUAD 2003
This course focuses on how to develop web pages for display on the World Wide Web. Topics covered include markup languages, style sheets, links, images, multimedia, tables, forms, design issues, and other topics as appropriate. Students will learn how to publish a web site to a server and maintain the site.
Orientation to Computing, Information, and Technology
Co-requisite: MATH 1113 and COMS 1411
(Required of all students who have declared a major in computer science, information systems, and information technology). An introduction to the professions of computer science, information systems, and information technology. Topics include ethics, professionalism, and opportunities within the three fields as well as an overview of hardware, software, technology, and information systems concepts and terms.
Computer and Information Science Lab
Co-requisite: COMS 1403
An introduction to the computing resources of the department and the university.
Prerequisites: COMS 1003 or BUAD 2003
This course provides hands-on experience with several software applications. Topics include intermediate and advanced word processing and desktop publishing features; spreadsheet design, formulas, and charts; database design principles and implementation; presentation design and techniques; and integration among these applications. Students will be required to apply each package on a semester project related to their major.
Foundations of Computer Programming I
Prerequisites: MATH 1113, and either COMS 1403 and 1411 or consent of instructor.
An introduction to structured programming using C++. This is the beginning programming course for students majoring in computer science, information systems, and information technology. Programming principles covered in lecture are practiced in lab. Major topics include sequential, selection, and iterative control structures, functions, parameter passing, and file processing. Arrays are introduced as a structured data type.
Prerequisite: Minimum of 3 hour programming course.
This course introduces the student to script writing in several languages. The primary categories of scripts will be UNIX shell, text processing, and Perl. CGI Scripts, using Perl, will be introduced.
Foundations of Computer Programming II
Prerequisites: MATH 1113 and completion of COMS 2104 with a grade equal to or greater than a C.
Topics include multi-dimensional arrays, functions, string processing, classes, and records. Students are introduced to object-oriented programming using C++.
Prerequisites: COMS 2203, and COMS 2903
This course involves a study of abstract data structures and the implementation of these abstract concepts as computer algorithms.
Computer Organization and Programming
Prerequisite: COMS 2203 and ELEG 2134
Introduction to organizing and structuring hardware components of computers. Topics include internal data representation, data transfer and control, I/O, memory hierarchy, and programming in assembly.
Introduction to Databases
Prerequisite: COMS 1003 or 1403
This course develops a detailed understanding of a database software package developed for microcomputer applications. Topics include how to design, implement, and access a personal database. Entity relationship diagrams are emphasized in design. The use of macros, data conversion operations, linking, and complex selection operations are used in implementation. Advanced report generation mechanisms are covered along with custom-designed menus and user interfaces.
Web Publishing II
Prerequisites: COMS 1333 or consent of instructor.
This course is a continuation of COMS 1333. Students are introduced to multimedia design concepts and software. Multimedia applications and design tools are used to create and maintain multimedia products such as dynamic graphics, animation, interactive websites, and video.
Networking and Architecture Laboratory
Co-requisite: COMS 2703
Laboratory exercises repairing and networking computers.
Computer Networks and Architecture
Prerequisites: COMS 1411 and COMS 1403
Co-requisite: COMS 2700
This course covers how to install and administer a local area network and connect it to the Internet. Topics include network architecture, hardware, and software, along with popular protocols for establishing connectivity for sharing resources such as printers and files. Participation in a designated lab outside of the regularly scheduled meeting time is required.
Survey of Operating Systems
Prerequisites: COMS 1411; COMS 1003 or COMS 1403
Several Operating Systems (such as Unix, Microsoft, AS/400) will be examined with regard to the user's view of the system. This view includes the types of files supported, the kinds of operations that can be performed on files (from the shell and from programs), the mechanisms for starting and controlling processes (i.e. running programs), some basic utility programs that a beginning or intermediate level administrator would need to use.
Introduction to Computer Forensics and Security
Prerequisite: COMS 2703
Co-requisite: COMS 2713
An introduction to the fundamentals of computer forensic technology. The course emphasizes techniques for identifying and minimizing the threats to, and vulnerabilities of computer systems. These techniques include methods and tools for tracking suspicious activity, for recovering and preserving digital media, and for doing post-mortem analysis.
Programming in C
Co-requisite: MATH 1113
Not for majors. This course involves the design, coding, debugging, and implementation of programs using the C language. The UNIX operating system is introduced.
Note: May not be taken for credit after the successful completion of COMS 2104.
Business Application Programming using COBOL
Prerequisites: COMS 2203
This course involves the analysis, design, development, testing, implementation, and maintenance of business application programs using the COBOL language. Topics include traditional data file organization, access, and processing methodologies. Additional topics include data validation, tables, sorting, searching, screen I/O, and report-based output. Programs are developed in PC and IBM mid-range computing environments.
Discrete Structures for Technical Majors
Prerequisite: MATH 1113
Fundamental mathematical concepts related to computer science, information systems, and information technology, including logic and proof techniques; sets, sequences, relations, and functions; combinatorics; algebraic structures and Boolean algebra; trees and graphs.
COMS 2981, 2982, 2983, 2984
Prerequisite: Permission of the department.
This course will be offered on an "as-needed" basis to cover those topics and subject areas in computing that are emerging in a technological sense, but that do not yet warrant the addition of a new course to the curriculum. This course may be repeated for credit if course content differs.
Implications of Technology on Society
Prerequisite: Junior standing
This course explores social, legal, philosophical, political, economic, and constitutional issues related to information technology. The focus will be on those issues faced as members of a complex technological society and as professionals in a technology-related field. Extensive research on current issues is expected.
Prerequisite: COMS 2163
This course expands on the concept of CGI programming introduced in COMS 2163. Topics include features of web forms and CGI processing via a scripting language. Basic database interaction and Server- Side Includes (SSI), client-side implementation of pop-up windows, form validation, cookies, security, and other concepts will also be discussed.
Advanced Data Structures and Algorithm Design
Prerequisite: COMS 2213 and 3913
Concepts, implementation, and application of B trees, AVL trees, hashing, graphs, and other abstract data structures will be studied.
Implementation of e-Commerce
Prerequisites: COMS 2333 and 3163
This course covers technical issues involved in developing online stores. The primary emphasis of this course will be the design, implementation, and configuration of the "shopping carts" used for online business. Particular attention will be paid to areas of security, privacy, and protection.
Prerequisites: COMS 2003 (or equivalent) and COMS 2213
This course covers the design and development of event-driven programs using an object-oriented visual programming language such as Visual Basic.
Administering and Using the IBM Platform
Prerequisites: COMS 2104 or consent of instructor.
This course is an introduction to the operations of the IBM midrange computer system. Topics include architecture, system security, user interface, and work management. Coverage will also extend to applications and programming using an introduction to DB2 and RPG.
Human Factors in Information Technology
Prerequisites: Junior standing in a computing major or instructor consent.
A study of the major factors involved in Human-Computer Interaction. A system- oriented, multi-disciplinary approach to understanding the human considerations in the design, testing, implementation, and administration of computer-based systems and information technology.
Principles of Management Science
Prerequisites: BUAD 2053 and junior standing.
An introduction to management science analytical techniques, including such topics as the simplex method of linear programming, dual problem and sensitivity analysis, and integer programming. Emphasis is placed on the application of these methods using case studies and examples from the area of finance, marketing, and production. Applicable management science software will be used.
Prerequisites: COMS 2213 and 2223
This course explores the fundamental concepts upon which modern operating systems are based. Topics include CPU, memory, file and device management, concurrent processes, protection mechanisms, and distributed systems. Several important algorithms will be implemented by the student.
Computer Applications in Accounting and Business
Prerequisites: COMS 2003 or equivalent, ACCT 2013, Junior standing.
Topics to be covered include intermediate and advanced microcomputer applications in business.
Systems Software and Architecture
Prerequisites: COMS 2703 and junior standing.
This course covers the implementation of production operating systems, the fundamentals of digital logic, and machine architecture.
Note: This course does not count as credit toward a degree in Computer Science.
Advanced Discrete Structures
Prerequisities: COMS 2203, COMS 2903
Advanced topics in discrete mathematics applicable to modeling, analysis, and computer theory. Topics include relations, graphs, analysis of algorithms, and computability.
Quality Management in Information Technology
Prerequisites: BUAD 2053 and COMS 4203
The study of quality management and quality assurance with regard to the analysis, design, development, and implementation of information systems and information technology. Topics include measurement techniques and standards, including ISO 9001 and other associated best practices regarding process management and process improvement.
Systems Analysis and Design I
Prerequisite: COMS 4203
The application of concepts, tools, procedures, and techniques involved in the development of information systems. Emphasis is placed on the systems approach to problem solving, user involvement, the management of quality, project control, and teamwork.
Systems Analysis and Design II
Prerequisites: COMS 4033 and either COMS 4133, 4163, or 4313
A continuation of COMS 4033, with emphasis on the application of the theory and techniques covered in the previous course. Students will research, analyze, design, implement, test and document a complete system. Students will complete and present their final system project as a team.
Information Systems Resource Management
Prerequisites: Junior standing in information systems, information technology, or computer science.
A study of the principles and concepts involved in the management of organizational maintenance of all information resources, including hardware, software, and personnel. Includes coverage of departmental functions within computer services and information systems. Additional topics include legal, ethical, and professional issues, quality management, and the strategic impact of information systems.
IT Project Administration
Prerequisite: Junior standing in information technology, information systems, or computer science.
This course provides a thorough introduction to the art and science of Project Management, as applied in the domain of information technology. Theories, best practices, and tools of project management are studied in relation to the completion of a successful project life cycle.
Organization of Programming Languages
Prerequisites: COMS 2213, COMS 2223, and COMS 3913
This course emphasizes the comparative structures and capabilities of several programming languages. Major emphasis will be placed on language constructs and the run-time behavior of programs.
Application Program Development
Prerequisites: COMS 2213 and COMS 2853
Object-oriented application development. Topics include 00 Programming, three-tier design, and model-driven development. The course involves a major individual programming project. Students will develop and present their own large-scale application program.
Personal Software Engineering
Prerequisite: COMS 3213
Formal methods for software specification. Program analysis, verification, and testing. Principles of software design. Object-oriented program implementation. Personal software process and product measurements. Program documentation. Software tools. Each student will implement a large application.
Prerequisites: COMS 2003, COMS 2203 and COMS 2903
Problems associated with common data processing systems, reasons for database system development; objectives such as data, device, user, and program independence; hierarchical, network, and relational models; data structures supporting database systems; operational considerations such as performance, integrity, security, concurrency, and reorganization; characteristics of existing database systems.
Prerequisite: COMS 4203
This course develops a comprehensive foundation in the planning, implementation and execution of database management polices and procedures. Topics include installation, storage and replication implementation, security management, indexing and performance tuning, and backup and recovery.
Prerequisites: COMS 2213 and MATH 4003
Developing algorithms to do line drawing, two and three dimensional displays, clipping and windowing, and hidden line removal. Other areas will include graphic I/O devices, display processors, and data structures for graphics.
Prerequisites: COMS 2213 and COMS 4203
This course provides in- depth coverage of client/server concepts. The student will use object-oriented visual programming tools and SQL in the construction of client/server programs. Emphasis will be placed on the proper design of server databases and on programming techniques used in event- driven environments.
Web Server Administration
Prerequisites: COMS 2333 and COMS 2733
The tools and techniques needed to administer a web server. Installation, configuration, and administration of a variety of web servers on different platforms.
Prerequisites: COMS 2213 and junior standing
General concepts, wide overview of AI history, and development and future of AI. Implementation of AI techniques using the LISP and or PROLOG languages. Additional topics include pattern recognition. natural language processing, learning process, and robotics.
Prerequisites: COMS 2223, 3213 and 4103
This course covers syntax translation, grammars and parsing, symbol tables, data representation, translating control structures, translating procedures and functions, processing expressions and data structures, and multipass translation. Students will design a computer language and implement the compiler.
Prerequisites: COMS 2213 and either COMS 3703 or COMS 3903
This course is intended to give the student practical experience in the implementation, modification, and maintenance of system software.
Data Communications and Networking Lab
Co-requisite: COMS 4703
Students will complete network lab exercises in support of COMS 4703.
Data Communications and Networks
Prerequisites: COMS 2703, COMS 2903; COMS 2223 or COMS 3903.
Co-requisite: COMS 4700
Basic elements and functional aspects of the hardware and software required to establish and control data communications in a stand-alone or network environment. Topics include communication protocols, media, network topologies, and system support software. Participation in a designated lab outside of the regularly scheduled meeting time is required.
Heterogeneous Networks Lab
Co-requisite: COMS 4713
Students will complete network lab exercises in support of COMS 4713.
Prerequisite: COMS 4703
Co-requisite: COMS 4710
The student will design, develop, implement and manage numerous heterogeneous networking operating system environments. Required policies and procedures are examined and developed. Networking tools required for the development of a seamless heterogeneous networking environment are studied and applied.
Prerequisite: COMS 2213 and 3 hours of Statistics.
Three hour programming course and junior/senior classification. An introduction to simulation methodology as it applies to the analysis and synthesis of systems. Design of simulation experiments and the analysis of data generated therefrom. Random sampling of the Monte Carlo method are used to develop computer procedures for simulated sampling. A broad range of applications is discussed.
COMS 4951, 4952, 4953, 4954
Undergraduate Research in Computer and Information Science
Offered: On demand
Prerequisite: Departmental approval
Advanced students carry out independent research activity relating to a significant problem in a major field of study. Supervised by faculty member. Formal report and presentation required. One to four credits depending on problem selected and effort made.
COMS 4981, 4982, 4983
Seminar in Computer and Information Science
Prerequisite: Permission of department
A directed seminar in an area of computer and information science. Seminars will focus on topics relating to emerging technologies which are beyond the scope of other computer and information science courses. This course may be repeated for credit if course content differs.
COMS 4991, 4992, 4993, 4994
Special Problems in Computer and Information Science
Prerequisite: Permission of department
This course will allow the student to work individually or as part of a small team to study and design practical computerized systems in order to solve problems of particular interest. This course may be used to offer a variety of subjects that strengthen the student's knowledge in areas not covered by other course offerings.
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