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Administrative Unit: Computer and Mathematical Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: CISS 493
Course Title: Senior Seminar in Computer Information Systems
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: Culminating course required for Computer Information System (CIS) majors. Readings from the current literature. Requires original research project and paper. Grade of C or higher required. This course includes a program evaluation component. Prerequisites: CISS 325 (or CISS 320), CISS 350, CISS CISS 360, CISS 430 and senior standing.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): CISS 325 (or CISS 320), CISS 350, CISS 360, CISS 430 and senior standing.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall and Spring.
Course Objectives
  • To assess learning outcomes for the major.
  • To acquire and apply research and writing skills appropriate to the field of computer information systems.
    Measurable Learning
  • Conduct effective literature searches and create bibliographies pertinent to the current state of research in an area of computer information systems.
  • Identify a research direction within an area of computer information systems and write a preliminary research proposal which includes papers to be studied, a list of resources required for the project, and a timeline for the progress of the project.
  • Conduct research using a critical thinking skills and the synthesis of knowledge acquired from other courses.
  • Write effectively through the completion of a research paper of no less than 15 pages in length.
  • Speak effectively and professionally by defending their research orally to a group of their peers.
  • Critically analyze and discuss current literature in the field.
  • Demonstrate competence in required course areas including programming, algorithm design and analysis, data structures, systems analysis and design, assembly language, database design, construction and querying, and principles of accounting, principles of management, statistics and business finance.
    Topical Outline: The Major Field Test in Computer Science will be administered and students will prepare and defind a research paper of at least 15 pages in length as described below:
  • Conduct a literature search and create a bibliography identifying the current state of research in a field of interest.
  • Write a research proposal identifying topic to be studies, papers to be read, resources needed, and timeline.
  • Perform the work outlined in the research proposal and write the paper.
  • Orally present the research paper.

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 10

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Lawrence West Date: October 25, 2007
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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