Computer Information Systems (CIS) | Albright College

Computer Information Systems (CIS)

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems (CIS)

Albright College’s School of Professional Studies approaches computer information systems from three levels:

  • General computer science and information systems courses
  • Specialized information technology courses, such as Artificial Intelligence
  • Specialized application development courses, such as Mobile Platform Development

Skills Employers Seek Most

Surveys of America’s corporate sector show that executives and hiring managers are looking for college graduates who adapt well to change, communicate effectively, think critically and analytically, and interact constructively with others.  In other words, they’re looking for graduates of programs like Albright’s School of Professional Studies.

In today’s competitive market, employers are looking for more in computer information systems hires: more know-how, more abilities and more potential.  In the business world, it’s simply not enough to just be a computer geek.  You also need communication skills to succeed.  Labor market analytics company Burning Glass analyzed 1.9 million job postings for computer information systems related roles to find out the top skills employers seek in their new hires.  All of these skills-technical and baseline- are emphasized at Albright College.

 

The accelerated program in computer 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.

Employment Projections: Computer Information Systems

12% projected employment growth of computer support specialist jobs and 21% projected employment growth of computer system analysts occupations from 2014 to 2024.

 

-United States Bureau of Labor Statistics 

 

118,600 new computer support specialists and computer systems analyst occupations fro 2014 to 2024.

-United States Bureau of Labor Statistics 

 

Programming on mobile platforms is now included in CIS curriculum

What are the benefits of accelerated learning?

Learning in an accelerated course format allows adult learners to focus on one subject at a time.  While the class is condensed into five to seven weeks, the learning outcomes and objectives are the same as those in a standard 15-week course.  This means that students have increased out-of-classroom work or instructional equivalencies, which can be completed at home, during the lunch hour, or whenever your scheduled allows.


Resources


Albright College Faculty

Daniel J. Falabella, Ph.D.
Professor of Computer Science & Program Chair
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


Required Courses

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

  • Fundamentals of Information Systems
  • Programming Module I
  • Programming Module II
  • Operating Systems
  • Statistics
  • Business Analytics
  • Structural Analysis
  • Logical Design
  • Data Mining
  • Data Visualization
  • Database Management
  • Advanced Database Concepts
  • Data Communications
  • Advanced Topics in CIS
  • Project Management I
  • Project Management II

Albright College: Who Are We?

Founded in 1856, Albright College educates creative, curious students to become adaptable, global citizens who discover and reach their full potential.  Close faculty mentorship, numerous experiential learning options, and a diverse, supportive and nurturing community of scholars and learners help students exceed their own expectations and graduate with a commitment to a lifetime of service and learning.


Learning Goals

 

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.

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.