Computer Information Systems Program

The Computer Information Systems Program provides a comprehensive education that combines a core set of general education courses with specialized courses in Computer Information Systems. Each course is developed with the input of technology professionals, ensuring exceptional career relevance. Graduates will gain real-world knowledge and skills.

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Semester 1

EN110 - Achieving Academic Excellence 

This course will help students sharpen skills that will help in achieving maximum learning as they complete their degree programs. Taking this course will unlock students' undiscovered potential and will help them discover their multiple intelligences and best ways to learn. This course will also help students uncover strengths and build from them, as well as explore the areas where they might change behaviors to ensure college success.
Credit Hours: 3

SP180 - Principles of Public Speaking 

This course teaches the students fundamental principles while emphasizing skills development in the practice of public speaking. It covers purposes, methods and steps in preparing speeches, develops communication skills in listening, speech criticism, audience analysis and writing, and provides effective delivery techniques to present a variety of speeches.
Credit Hours: 3

EN120 - English Composition I  

This course offers an introduction to basic writing skills that is especially relevant to academic assignments. It focuses on paragraph development and organization in conjunction with a review of basic grammar and mechanics. The course also covers the construction of multi-paragraph essays, the development of writing style and tone, and techniques for critically editing and revising one's work.
Credit Hours: 3

C10 - Introduction to Computers  

Introduction to Computers provides students with foundational skills and knowledge needed for today's technology-based careers. Students learn the components of systems—from the CPU and memory to input devices and peripherals—and how these components interact with an operating system to perform critical tasks. Keeping current with fast-changing computer technologies, this course will discuss the computer technologies today that are allowing the creation of a virtualized mobile workforce. It will explore how computers connect to the Internet, what services can be found online, and what dangers exist in the form of viruses, Trojans, and other malware. The course will also familiarize the student with the basics of today's office productivity applications and help to establish a foundation for working with these different types of applications, including spreadsheets, word processors, and presentation-creation tools.
Credit Hours: 3

K01 - Windows Operating Systems  

This course provides a full exploration of how Microsoft Windows affects the PC desktop and works with files, disks, data, and applications. Topics include personalizing your computer, printers and hardware devices, the Internet and networking, network security, and troubleshooting techniques.
Credit Hours: 3

Semester 2

EN130 - English Composition II  

This course provides an introduction and extensive guidelines for writing multi-paragraph essays in a college environment. In this way, EN130 will help you to better comprehend and assimilate the wide range of written communications that are vital to professional callings in commerce, industry, government, law enforcement, and healthcare—not to mention reports, documents, essays, and books associated with the universe of academic disciplines and the various areas of scientific research. For, as it turns out, the basics of the writing process apply to all forms of academic and professional communications.
Prerequisite for C02
Credit Hours: 3

General Education Elective (Science 100-200 Level)   K02 - MS Office Applications I  

This course is designed to help the student get started in the world of computing. Students will learn about similarities among Office applications and will focus on Word and Excel, the word processing and spreadsheet programs included in Microsoft Office.
Credit Hours: 3

K03 - MS Office Applications II  

In this course, students will focus on Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook, which respectively are the database, presentation, and e-mail/scheduling programs included in Microsoft Office. PowerPoint is a graphics and audio-visual application and is the most visual and creative of the Microsoft applications. Access is a database system for retaining and using essential information, and Outlook is an e-mail program used for sending and receiving messages.
Credit Hours: 3

K11 - Database Processing  

This is an introduction to the design and development of databases, using data modeling tools, normalization, structured query language (SQL), database application design, and Internet technology.
Credit Hours: 3

Semester 3

General Education Elective (Behavioral/Social Science 100-200 Level)   General Education Elective (Humanities/Fine Arts 100-200 Level)   K07 - Computer Programming I  

This is the first of two courses designed to familiarize students with computer programming and Visual C#. Students will be exposed to fundamental programming concepts and will be introduced to object-oriented programming by way of the C# development language. This is an ideal course for business and systems analysts, as well as those simply wishing to learn a programming language.
Credit Hours: 3

K08 - Computer Programming II  

This is the second of two courses designed to familiarize students with computer programming and Visual C#. Students will be exposed the foundations of the Internet and Web development. The course focuses on a variety of critical elements, including arrays and structures, styles and validator controls, ASP.NET, the Visual Studio Environment, reading from and writing to data files, and the concepts behind object-oriented programming.
Credit Hours: 3

K09 - Web Site Design  

This course provides an introduction to the effective use of web page design principles, the basics of HTML coding, website strategies, how to maintain web pages, creating an online brand, e-commerce, and the online customer.
Credit Hours: 3

Semester 4

C17 - College Mathematics or MA240 - College Algebra*  

C17: This is a comprehensive review of mathematical skills and concepts commonly used in academic and vocational applications. Topics include whole numbers, fractions, decimal notation, ratios and proportions, percents, statistics and measurement, geometry, real numbers, and algebra.
Credit Hours: 3

MA240: This course introduces the major concepts of college-level algebra. The course begins with basic concepts such as sets and numbers but quickly moves into intermediate algebra topics, emphasizing concepts most often used in computer science. The student will gain extensive experience in evaluating and manipulating expressions, equations, inequalities, and functions.
Credit Hours: 3

SO245 - Social Impact of Technology  

This course examines the broad implications of technological innovation on social organization in terms of personal, political, economic, and environmental issues. Topics covered include technological progress within society, issues of energy use and creation, positive and negative environmental impacts of technology, the use of technology in war and politics, social responsibility, personal health, and economic development.
Credit Hours: 3

K12 - Systems Analysis and Design  

This is an examination of the computer systems development environment, from planning and selecting the systems through implementation and operation. Students also learn how to determine and structure system requirements, design the human interface, and design the database.
Credit Hours: 3

Elective (100-200 Level)  

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*If students expect to complete a bachelor's degree, MA240 is required.

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Program Description

The Associate of Science in Computer Information Systems program is designed to provide students with a well-rounded education by combining a core set of general education courses with specialized courses in Computer Information Systems. The program lays the foundation for a broad base of knowledge with general education courses in a variety of subject areas. In addition, courses within the program discipline, such as Windows Operating Systems, Computer Programming, and Web Site Design focus on preparing students for careers within the computer information field.

Program Objectives

After completing the Computer Information Systems program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a foundation of computer and information systems knowledge, technical skills, and a basic understanding of computer applications.
  2. Display proficiency with various Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of computer programming, design and development of databases, use of data modeling tools, structured query language (SQL), and Internet technology.
  4. Demonstrate the effective use of Webpage design principles, the basics of HTML coding, and how to create and maintain basic Web pages.
  5. Demonstrate an ability to organize and access information strategically, work as part of an information technology team, and use the Internet to foster the effectiveness of systems.
  6. Identify and apply the fundamental principles of public speaking, speech criticism, audience analysis, and effective delivery techniques.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the broad implications of technological innovationon social organization in terms of personal, political, economic, and environmental issues.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency with English composition, including the ability to develop essays, and revise and edit one's work.
  9. Demonstrate basic mathematical skill by describing mathematical reasoning and logic as the basis for data analysis, and by applying the major concepts of college-level algebra.
  10. Be prepared to enter Ashworth College’s bachelor’s degree programs without any additional academic preparation.

The Ashworth College Computer Information Systems program includes self-paced lessons, instructor guidance and online exams that make learning a pleasure. Call 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online today.