Computer Information Systems – Coursework

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Computer Information Systems: Can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em
Face it, you’re a GEEK! You love to code, you love bugs, you love computers. Fortunately, these days geeks rule. So you’ve decided to embrace your inner geek and pursue a career in computer information systems. First, you need the creds.

Computer Information Systems personnel manage the computer-related activities of a company. Qualified staff is needed to oversee network security, run Internet operations, devise database and network systems that make workers more efficient and productive, develop products or services, aid project management, install hardware and software, and satisfy other information needs. Thus, there is a need for staff on all levels, from support to the executive.

Most courses in computer information programs combine business and technical knowledge. Students will learn the information needs of different organizational structures, what technology infrastructures are appropriate in a given situation, how to analyze system needs, design and implementation, human-computer interaction, communications between computers and different data formats, and information security.

Specific coursework depends on your ultimate career goals and whether or not you want to specialize. For example, if you want to manage the computer information systems for an organization, you will most likely need a master’s degree and extensive work experience.
Possible degrees include:

  •  Associate of Arts/ Science in Information Systems
  •  Bachelors: Bachelor’s of Science in Business/Information Systems; Bachelor’s of Science in Technology Management; Bachelor’s Information Systems Security
  • Masters: Master’s of Science in Information Systems – Decision Support System Management; Master’s in Business Administration – Information Systems Management.

Classes may include Accounting, Management, Marketing, Project Management, Introduction to Computer Information Systems, Database Design & Implementation, Database Administration, Networking Fundamentals, Visual Basic, and Systems Analysis & Design.

These days, Computer Information Systems personnel can be found in almost every industry, in every company in the country from the small family-owned business to the large corporation. However, geeks like to be around other geeks.

According to the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, 23 percent of support staff and almost 90 percent of managers work in computer-related industries. Think Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft, or Intel. Other industries that employ a large percentage of computer information personnel include financial firms, insurance firms, and government agencies, i.e. organizations that have a large amount of personal and valuable information that needs to be secured.

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