Management Information Systems

John W. Broere, Instructor

Thomas H. Fuller Jr, Professor

Clinton A. Staley, Professor

Principia’s Department of Computer Science offers a minor in management information systems. The science of computing is a rapidly growing field of study. Computers are used in almost every facet of life, and a grasp of their fundamentals can lead to challenging and rewarding activity in many fields.

The minor in management information systems is designed to prepare students to work with business programming, emphasizing a professional approach. Students in this minor will study methodologies for complex software system development, database management, database design, and professional ethics.

The Computer Science Department also offers both a B.S. and a B.A. in computer science. A student may not earn both a major in computer science and a minor in management information systems. To complete a major or minor offered by the Computer Science Department, a student must earn a cumulative average of 2.000 or higher for the courses (required and elective, within the department or outside it, such as math and engineering) taken for that program.

CSCI 170Intro to Computer Science4.0 SH[GESN]

Modern computing concepts, components, history from the abacus to the modern PC. Introduction to computer arithmetic, logic, circuits, a low-level language and a high-level language, elementary systems, peripherals, networks and ethics. Encourages presentation development and delivery. Addresses the fear of technology. Does not teach computer applications (such as word processing) but explores the science of computing. Does not count toward the CSCI major or the MIS minor.

CSCI 171Introduction to Programming4.0 SH[GESN]

Focus on fundamental concepts of problem solving by analyzing problems and using a computer language (C++, Java, or Python) as a tool to design, code, document, and test solutions, learned through textbook study, lectures, examples, and considerable practice in the computer science programming laboratory. Professional approaches are emphasized. (A student may receive credit for only one of the courses CSCI 171 or CSCI 181.).

CSCI 181Accelerated Intro Programming2.0 SH[  ]

Students entering the computer science program with considerable programming experience may take this course as a replacement for CSCI 171 as a major requirement.
Prerequisite: successful completion of a programming competency test. (A student may receive credit for only one of the courses CSCI 171 or CSCI 181.).

CSCI 182Intro to Data Structures4.0 SH[  ]

In-depth coverage of programming concepts, with emphasis on data structures, including arrays, structs, class objects, stacks, queues, and lists. Algorithms and complexity analysis for searching and maintaining sorted and unsorted lists. Explicit pointer data type and dynamic allocation of memory. Introduction to object-oriented programming and recursive functions.
Prerequisite: CSCI 171 or CSCI 181.

CSCI 201Programming Strategies1.0 SH[  ]

Open to students with at least two programming courses who would like to gain a knowledge of team-oriented programming strategies that enable them to solve problems quickly and accurately. This knowledge is useful in many fields of problem solving, but will also prepare them for the ACM Scholastic Programming contest. The course emphasizes fast analysis, design, and coding. May be taken up to four times.

CSCI 220Programming Languages4.0 SH[  ]

A survey and comparison of programming languages, learned through study and considerable programming practice. Intended to form the programming language basis for courses in object-oriented programming and database management systems.
Prerequisite: CSCI 182.

CSCI 240Object-Oriented Programming4.0 SH[  ]

Students design, code, document, and debug computer programs using classes, object-oriented design, inheritance, polymorphism, and recursion. They demonstrate problem-solving skills using object-oriented concepts.
Prerequisite: CSCI 220.

CSCI 263Computer Software Architecture3.0 SH[  ]

Topics include assembler language programming, system organization, parallelism and serialization, pipelining, memory management, recursion, and microprocessor design.
Prerequisite: ENGR 262.

CSCI 310Software Engineering3.0 SH[  ]

Methodologies for developing and maintaining large complex software systems. Case studies and team exercises are included. Focus on complete software life cycle, including specification, design, implementation, testing, debugging, and documentation.
Prerequisite: CSCI 171 or CSCI 181.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

CSCI 320Database Management Systems4.0 SH[  ]

The utilization of database systems within organizational settings. Includes features of database management systems, various data models, database design, normalization, SQL, query optimization, various indexing techniques, and data integrity and recovery issues.
Prerequisite: BUAD 215 or CSCI 240.

CSCI 324Web Development4.0 SH[  ]

Design and development of client and serverside web applications, using libraries, and technologies relevant as of the time of course offering. Coverage of scripting language concepts including closure, dynamic typing, and prototypes. The class is project-oriented, and students will complete a significant web application.
Prerequisite: CSCI 320.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

CSCI 330Operating Systems3.0 SH[  ]

The inner workings of several popular multiprogramming operating systems are compared. Topics include processor scheduling, device management, memory management, and parallel processing.
Prerequisite: CSCI 263.

CSCI 333Computer Networking3.0 SH[  ]

Introduction to Local Area and Wide Area computer networks. Topics include network topologies, ISO protocols, Ethernet, TCP/IP, and network support for distributed computing. The course emphasizes the science of networking (as opposed to network administration).
Prerequisite: CSCI 171 or CSCI 181.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

CSCI 340Advanced Algorithms4.0 SH[  ]

Survey of algorithms, with an emphasis on the application of algorithmic theory to the solution of practical problems. Categories include algorithm taxonomy, greedy algorithms, dynamic programming, divide-and-conquer, and intelligent search. Various specific algorithms exemplifying these categories are drawn from a variety of application areas such as compression, encryption, graph problems, sorting, computational geometry, and string matching.
Prerequisite: CSCI 240.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

CSCI 380Compilers4.0 SH[  ]

Concepts necessary for designing and developing a compiler. Topics include lexical analysis, parsing, semantic analysis, symbol table management, and code generation. Students will implement a small compiler as a project.
Prerequisite: CSCI 240 and CSCI 263.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

CSCI 390Topics in Computer Science1.0-5.0 SH[  ]

Topics will vary from year to year based on the needs and interests of students and instructor. All offerings will involve in-depth study of a specific topic, software design, the construction of working software, and self-instruction in addition to standard instruction. May be taken more than once if topics are different.
Prerequisite: CSCI 240.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

CSCI 410Capstone Proposal1.0 SH[  ]

Students research and prepare a capstone proposal in preparation for completing a computer science capstone project. The proposal must be approved by the computer science faculty prior to taking CSCI 415.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

CSCI 415Capstone3.0 SH[  ]

A student-designed project with a significant programming component which pulls together the student's major. Choices include independents, internships, or group projects.
Prerequisite: CSCI 410.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

CSCI 421Computer Issues Seminar3.0 SH[  ]

An examination and discussion of pressing computer issues facing society. Topics include personal impact, societal impact, artificial intelligence, privacy, and ethics. Majors from other disciplines are encouraged to take this course if they have taken any other computer science course.
Class Level Restriction: Senior only.