Associate of Science in Computer Information Systems
The Associate of Science in Computer Information Systems degree (CIS) is modeled after nationally developed curriculum guidelines. The program is accessible to both full and part-time students, offering skills development for those presently employed in the field and those seeking to enter the field for the first time. The curriculum provides courses in hardware, operating systems, networking, programming applications development, web application design, and information systems.
The degree offers an optional internship experience designed to provide the student with practical, hands-on experience in the information technology area that the student has selected.
Students completing the degree will be prepared to become entry-level programmers, network administrators, or Web application specialists. Students completing the associate of science degree may opt to transfer to a baccalaureate program in business administration or computer information systems and may transfer some courses toward a baccalaureate in computer science.
Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems
The Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems is an applied computing degree whose graduates will be prepared for careers as programmers, network administrators, information system developers, and information technology managers.
The degree will help meet the growing demand for information technology professionals in Central Maine and beyond. Based on the national contemporary information systems curriculum (IS ‘2002/IS2010’), the UMA curriculum provides a core of computer science and discrete mathematics, hardware and operating systems, networking, management information systems, information systems modeling, database design, applications development, management of information technology, and the impact of computing.
Core foundation courses are complemented by over twenty electives. The object-oriented paradigm and networked applications are emphasized across the curriculum, as are listening skills, oral and written, presentations, and teamwork.
The program requires an internship experience to provide real-world work experience desired by employers for students without previous information technology experience.
The modernized check sheet, effective fall 2014, has a consistent set of core requirements for the A.S. B.S. and P.B.S in Computer Information Systems with five areas of concentration as well as a “no concentration” option.
The Health Informatics Certificate is a 31-credit hour program designed to assist health information managers leverage information technology in the healthcare field. As information technology becomes integrated with the delivery of healthcare options, the demand for health care professionals to manage electronic medical records steadily rises.
The certificate coursework will prepare students in an information technology program with no previous healthcare experience or students in a healthcare program with no previous technology training to apply for positions that require an understanding of both IT and the healthcare field.
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Add contemporary skill sets to your Web development toolbox with hands-on training in the most popular open-source technologies.
- Design, develop, and maintain Web sites using scripting languages or Web authoring tools and content management systems
- Create graphic design elements such as text effects, badges, icons, logos, buttons, animated images, banners, and menus
- Write effective Web page content
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- Increase site visibility with Search Engine Optimization (SEO) policies
- Perform Web usability testing
- Secure Web applications and social media
- Prepare a pricing matrix for Web development services
According to projectlogin.com, there are currently 920 jobs for skilled Web professionals in Maine and that number is expected to increase by 90 new positions by 2020. The median salary for 2012 was $54,200 with diverse employment opportunities and flexible schedules.
- Freelance Web design and development services
- Join a Web Development Team and focus in your area of Web expertise
- Become a Web usability specialist
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- Continue your education to earn an Associate or Bachelor Degree in Computer Information Systems with a concentration in Web Design and Development
Earn your academic credential while learning marketable Web development and graphic design skills. Complete your Web Design Certificate on a flexible schedule — completely online.
The Information Systems Security Certificate is a 33-credit hour program designed to help prepare individuals for the challenging world of information security. IT systems are increasingly under attack from a broad range of threats, and the impact from attacks are significant. Failure to properly protect an organization can cause significant loss of revenue, customers, jobs, as well as possibly forcing an organization to go out of business. The certificate in Information Systems Security will allow students to acquire and apply various methods, tools, technologies, and processes to help secure an organization.
The certificate coursework will help prepare students for positions in information assurance and information security analysts. Employment of information security analysts is projected to 22 percent from 2010 to 2020 according to the US Bureau of Labor. Personnel trained in information security are needed to project the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information resources and the infrastructure that enables the sharing of information.
The courses required for the certificate integrate information security topics with computer information systems.
The Computer Information System minor is designed to allow students in other disciplines to earn a credential in the information technology area, which will enhance their marketability as technology skills are required in almost any career field.
The Computer Networking minor is designed to allow students in other disciplines as well as computer information students to earn a credential to show that they have taken a concentration of networking classes that range from basic concepts to network management, background in network protocols, advanced networking skills, and security principles. The need for networks is increasing as more and more business get connected or update technology. The networking industry needs skilled workers that understand networking concepts and how to apply them to the job. To work as a network analyst/administrator a student would need a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related discipline with a concentration in networking or the ability to demonstrate that he/she has taken more than a few basic networking courses.
The Information Systems Security minor is designed to allow students in other disciplines as well as computer information system students to earn a credential in the information security area, which will enhance their marketability as security skills are essential in protecting sensitive information and securing organizational assets. Personnel trained in information security are needed to protect the confidentially, integrity, and availability of information resources and the infrastructure that enables the sharing of information.
Post Baccalaureate in Computer Information Systems
The Post Baccalaureate in Computer Information Systems is a bachelor’s degree available to students who currently hold a baccalaureate degree in another academic field. It is designed to meet the needs of individuals who originally prepared in another discipline, but who now desire a credential that will support a career in information science (IS) and/or technology (IT). This is an ideal option for those students who want to make a career change or to learn contemporary computing skills to meet the changing IT demands of their current position.
The Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems is an applied computing degree whose graduates will be prepared for careers as programmers, information system developers, and information technology managers. Based on national contemporary information systems curriculum (IS ‘2002/IS2010’), the UMA curriculum provides a core of computer science and discrete mathematics, hardware and operating systems, networking, management information systems, information systems modeling, database design, application development, management of information technology, and the impact of computing on culture.
The program offers an internship component to provide real-world work experience desired by employers for students without previous information technology experience.