Accelerated Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science in Computer & Information Science (CIS)

The accelerated program in information systems is based on common structures and degree programs in the United States and Canada. It also meets the recommendation of the Association for Computing Machinery, which sets a variety of standards in technology fields, as well as graduate study programs.

There continues to be an increasing demand for college graduates who possess an information systems (IS) degree. Projections are for the needs to be further unmet over the next five years, as the gap widens for supplying skilled individuals to IS jobs. We are faced with a major shortage, not only with regard to providing players with these needed skills, but also with regard to providing new leadership in burgeoning areas, as IS has moved into the mainstream of our economic culture. Globalization of business markets adds the need for communication and project teamwork to become part of a graduate’s repertoire. Exhibiting the knowledge and skills that such an IS degree requires, graduates can expect to be in strong positions to compete for managerial and analytical positions in many fields, including software design, database management, network consulting and e-commerce business, to name a few.

Programming on mobile platforms is now included in CIS curriculum

Resources

Occupational Outlook: Computer and Information Systems Managers (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Albright College Faculty

  • Daniel J. Falabella, Ph.D.
    Professor of Computer Science
    B.S., St. Joseph's University
    M.A., Trenton State College
    M.S., Drexel University
    Ph.D., Temple University
    tel: 610-921-7772
    email: dfalabella@albright.edu

Overview

The Computer Science Department’s mission statement is “to produce quality students for pre-professional and graduate programs in information systems and computer science.” The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) model curriculum that the department follows is based on common structures and degree programs in the United States and Canada. The model is grounded in a fundamental body of computing and information systems knowledge. The curriculum assumes that students have prerequisite skills in software packages commonly used in organizational work or that these skills will be provided by remedial modules. The information systems coursework available to students can be organized programmatically in three levels:

  1. General courses in computer science and information systems. This level includes a survey course on fundamentals of information systems and a course on personal productivity with information technology suitable for all students. An information systems theory and practice course is provided for students who intend to major in IS or combine Information Systems with Management (ISAM).
  2. Specialized information technology and application design courses for majors in both CIS and ISAM. These courses cover information technology, structures for information systems applications, and the analysis and logical design of applications.
  3. Specialized application development, deployment, and project management courses for majors in both CIS and ISAM. These courses cover physical design and implementation of applications in both database and programming environments plus management of information systems projects.

Required Courses

78 credits in general studies & elective credits
48 credits in Computer Information Systems at Albright College

  • IST 905 Fundamentals of Information Systems
  • IST 910 Programming Module I
  • IST 915 Programming Module II
  • IST 936 Operating Systems
  • IST 940 Statistics
  • IST 941 Business Analytics
  • IST 945 Structural Analysis
  • IST 950 Logical Design
  • IST 931 Data Mining
  • IST 927 Data Visualization
  • IST 955 Database Management
  • IST 960 Advanced Database Concepts
  • IST 965 Data Communications
  • IST 971 Advanced Topics in CIS
  • IST 975 Project Management I
  • IST 980 Project Management II

Learning Goals

Information Systems, as an academic field, encompasses two broad areas: (1) acquisition, deployment, and management of information technology resources and services (the information systems function) and (2) development and evolution of technology infrastructures and systems for use in organization processes (system development). The model curriculum provides guidelines, a set of courses, source materials, curriculum design objectives, and knowledge elements.

The IS curriculum is designed to produce graduates equipped to function in entry level information systems positions with a basis for continued career growth. The curriculum reflects input from both industry and universities. It responds to industry requests for both increased emphasis in technical orientation and improved skill in individual and group interactions. The ISAM curriculum has formal information systems courses but also assumes use of prerequisite or corequisite courses in communications, mathematics and statistics, and business functions. The communications prerequisite courses should provide students with listening skills and the knowledge to be effective in written and oral communication. The mathematics and statistics prerequisites should provide basic quantitative and qualitative techniques. The business courses should cover common business functions, economics, and international considerations.

IS and ISAM students should be able to

  • demonstrate oral communication skills.
  • demonstrate written communication skills.
  • apply both quantitative and qualitative techniques.
  • have a basic understanding of the functions of organizations that they will be engaged with as they move through their careers in information technology.
  • organize and make presentations.
  • recognize the need for application of analytic methods.
  • formulate solutions to simple and complex problems.
  • apply system software lifecycle concepts.
  • apply design methodologies.
  • select and apply software tools for organizational solutions.
  • observe the need for paradigm shifts in the ever-changing IS field.