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School of Computer and Information Sciences

Orientation for Beginning Freshmen and Transfer Students

January 5, 2005

School of CIS web site:

University of South Alabama web site:

Presentation and Handouts

Sign one of the Advising Block Removal Sheets



User Guide

Presentation Highlights

Differences in our 3 majors

PC courses and Advising

State Mandated General Education Requirements


Advising and Schedule Building Session

Student Folder Distribution

Declaration of Specialization

Counseling Sheet

Course Schedule Form

Advising with Faculty


Return Folder with completed forms

Review of Schedule

administration and staff

School of CIS

Administration and Staff


  • Michael Black
  • Debra Chapman
  • Angela Clark
  • Leo Denton
  • Tom Hain
  • Jerrolyn Hebert
  • Richard Johnson
  • Thomas Johnsten
  • Jeff Landry
  • David Langan
  • Herbert Longenecker
  • Dawn McKinney
  • Harold Pardue
  • Gene Simmons
  • Robert Sweeney
  • Michael Ward
  • Yan Zhou
  • David Feinstein, Dean
  • Roy Daigle, Coordinator – ISC,

Director of Graduate Program

  • Michael Doran, Coordinator – CSC, Computer Engineering
  • William Owen, Coordinator – ITE, Electronic Commerce
  • Kathy Ford, Administrative Assistant
  • Keith Lynn, System Administrator
  • Vickie Mitchell, Receptionist/Secretary
  • Jennifer Nelson, Receptionist
  • Theresa Thompson, Academic Records Specialist
mission statements
Mission Statements

The School of Computer and Information Sciences prepares graduates who are professionally competent, motivated tolife-long learning, and demonstrate ethical behavior in the computing sciences.

The School of Computer and Information Sciences provides an atmosphere for faculty to demonstrate research and teaching excellence.

The School of Computer & Information Sciences provides service in the computing sciences to our community and discipline.






Faculty Offices







Faculty Offices



Computer Science Classroom building (CSCB)

second floor - project labs

ground floor - laboratories

Centrally Located


FCW 20


CIS Courtyard

(CIS Social Events Site*)

*ACM Pizza Party, Semester Cookouts,etc

internship program
Internship Program
  • Opportunity to learn while earning $$$
  • Contact Dean Feinstein (
  • Partners
    • Clear Channel
    • Mobile County Emergency Management Agency
    • Mobile County Commission
    • Software Technology
    • IPSCO Steel
    • OMNI Phone
    • Mentor Graphics (ATI)
    • Southern Light
student chapter of the acm
Association of Computing Machinery

Oldest Professional Organization in Computing

Faculty Sponsor-Dr. David Langan (

USA Chapter is one of the most active on campus




Scholarship Awards in CIS

Special Projects


Pizza Party

Games Party

Annual Banquet


Student Chapter of the ACM
code of ethics and professional conduct
Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
  • Moral Imperatives
    • Contribute to society and human well-being
    • Avoid harm to others
    • Be honest and trustworthy
    • Be fair and take action not to discriminate
    • Honor property rights including copyrights and patent
    • Give proper credit for intellectual property
    • Respect the privacy of others
    • Honor confidentiality
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Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
  • Professional Responsibilities
    • Strive to achieve the highest quality, effectiveness and dignity in both the process and products of professional work
    • Acquire and maintain professional competence
    • Know and respect existing laws pertaining to professional work
    • Accept and provide appropriate professional review
    • Give comprehensive and thorough evaluations of computer systems and their impacts, including analysis of possible risks
computer and information sciences degree options undergraduate
Computer and Information SciencesDegree Options (Undergraduate)
  • BS in CIS
    • Specializations
      • Computer Science
      • Information Systems
      • Information Technology
  • BS in Computer Engineering (with Engineering)
computer and information sciences degree options graduate
Computer and Information SciencesDegree Options (Graduate)
  • MS in CIS
    • Specializations
      • Computer Science
      • Information Systems
  • Five-Year Program
    • BS in less than 4 years plus MS in 5 years
    • Apply in second semester of Junior year
    • GPA of 3.25
    • Composite of 1100 on GRE verbal and quantitative with at least 400 on each portion
    • Financial aid is available to those admitted to the program
    • See your coordinator to apply
features of our program

Three specializations: Computer Science, Information Systems, Information Technology

Solid Foundation in Computing

Programming skills (Java plus two additional languages)

Basics (Operating Systems, Networks)

Flexibility in Personal Interests

Electives from CSC, ISC, ITE for any specialization choice

Choice of project types in Senior Design

Support Knowledge/Skills

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Mathematics and Statistics

Problem Solving/Scientific Approach

Specialization Area supporting courses

Life-Long Learning

Features of Our Program
overview of our program

Freshman Programming


OS, Networks, etc




Junior/Senior: Specialization Area Courses

Junior/Senior: Elective Courses

Capstone Senior Project Design

Overview of Our Program
computer science

A discipline that involves understanding

    • the design of computers and computational processes
    • information transfer and transformation
    • how to make processes efficient and endow them with some form of intelligence
    • advancing the fundamental understanding of algorithms and information processes
    • the practical design of efficient, reliable software to meet given specifications.
  • Program Emphasis
    • Problem solving—abstraction and generalization
    • Mathematics
    • Natural Sciences
information systems

A discipline that centers on

    • the development of systems to improve the performance of people in organizations
    • problem identification, analysis, and decision making at all levels of management
    • the analysis of the evolving role of information and organizational processes
    • the design, implementation and maintenance of the information systems that form the backbone of today’s global economy
  • Program Emphasis
    • Problem solving—practical applications
    • Database, Systems Analysis and Design
    • Language of Business
information technology

A discipline that centers on the use of state-of-the-art, computer-based tools

    • to deliver computing technology to knowledgeable workers in widely diverse situations
    • to support end-users in complex network and World-Wide-Web environments
    • to develop new technology solutions by using the different technologies developed by the computer engineers, computer scientists, and information scientists
  • Program Emphasis
    • Problem solving—practical applications
    • Breadth knowledge in technology applications
    • Depth Knowledge in at least one applied area associated with a complementary focus area such as communication, art, business, e-commerce.
interaction with a dbms csc view
Interaction with a DBMSCSC View
  • How to build a tool that will allow many options for database modeling?
  • General enough to solve basic database type problems
    • Modeling objects and relationships
    • Preparing report formats
    • Allowing for multiple ways of accessing the stored data
interaction with a dbms continued ite view
Interaction with a DBMS (continued)ITE View
  • Solve a simple to moderately complex problem involving a database application
    • Student database for phone/addresses
    • Supplier-parts
  • Typical Characteristics
    • Small number of tables, relationships, reports
    • Short period of time to design, deploy, test, and complete the project
    • Small number of users—often a one-person, one computer application
    • Simple accessibility and security requirements
    • Small monetary investment
    • Can be discarded or redone in a short period of time
interaction with a dbms continued isc view
Interaction with a DBMS (continued)ISC View
  • ISC view
    • Solve a complex problem involving a database application
      • Student Information System for maintaining student academic history, course and class schedules, degree information, class enrollment, curriculum models, etc
    • Typical Characteristics
      • Large monetary investment
      • Large number of tables, relationships, reports
      • Lots of time to design, deploy, test, and complete the project
      • Large number of users—often an implementation group of ISC and ITE professionals (e.g. the computer center) working with a variety of end-users in an organization (e.g. students, faculty, deans, financial aid, admissions, registrar, housing)
      • High level of secured access to the data
      • Will be used and maintained for a long period of time (years)
laptop ownership policy
Laptop Ownership Policy*
  • All students enrolled in CIS 120, 121, 122, 123, 230, 401,501, 403, 503 and ITE 285 must have a laptop for use in these and following courses
  • Policy was effective beginning Fall, 2001
  • Specifications (minimums are given below)
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 or Celeron 2.4 GHz+, Intel Pentium-M 1.3 GHz+, or AMD Athlon XP 2400+
    • Hard Drive: 20 GB or greater
    • CD ROM: 24X or greater, CD-RW recommended
    • RAM: 256 MB minimum, 512 MB recommended
    • Network: Ethernet 10BaseT required, Wireless 802.11b/g required
    • Modem: 56K V.90
    • Cabling: Phone and Ethernet patch cables
  • “Wet ports” to connect to campus networks will be available for student use at many locations on campus

* According to the 2004-2005 Bulletin

general degree requirements
General Degree Requirements
  • Degree Discipline Areas
    • Communications
    • Fine and Performing Arts and the Humanities
    • Social Sciences
    • Natural Sciences
    • Mathematics and Statistics
    • Required supporting courses (ISC students)
    • CIS Core courses and Elective courses
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General Degree Requirements
  • Professional Component Courses
    • PC courses are required 1XX and 2XX courses in discipline areas associated with a specialization degree requirements
    • Designated in the Bulletin and on Check Sheets with PC
    • All PC courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better BEFORE enrolling in junior and senior CIS courses
    • Always address PC and CIS courses FIRST during your Advising and Course Scheduling
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General Degree Requirements*
  • Communications (All Specializations)
    • (pc) EH 101 English Composition I
      • (ACT 27 EXEMPT)
    • (pc) EH 102 English Composition II
    • (pc) CA 110 (Speech)
    • (pc) CA 275 (Small Group Communication)
    • EH 372 (Technical Writing)

* According to the 2004-2005 Bulletin

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General Degree Requirements*
  • Fine and Performing Arts and Humanities (All Specializations)
    • (pc) PHL 121 (should have MA 112)
    • One Literature course from
    • One Fine & Performing Arts course


    • Additional hours from Fine and Performing Arts and Humanities
      • CSC 3 additional hours—can be used to complete a literature sequence
      • ITE 6 additional hours—can be used to complete a literature sequence
      • ISC 0 additional hours

* According to the 2004-2005 Bulletin

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General Degree Requirements*
  • Social Sciences
    • CSC - 12 credit hours
    • ISC - 6 hours of a History Sequence
    • ITE - 12 credit hours
  • All students must have either a literature or a history sequence
    • But….because of Alabama mandates for courses, ISC students must have the History sequence

* According to the 2004-2005 Bulletin

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General Degree Requirements*
  • Natural Sciences
    • CSC 16 hours of courses
      • designed for majors
      • one sequence plus two courses
    • ISC 8 hours (any two with lab)
    • ITE 8 hours (sequence with labs)

* According to the 2004-2005 Bulletin

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General Degree Requirements
  • Mathematics and Statistics
    • Critical to success in CIS
    • Initial CIS courses rely on problems in mathematics to develop programming skills and to develop problem solving skills in CIS
    • Must be Calculus-ready to enter CIS 267
      • Math Placement score of at least 75
      • MA 112 (or higher) with “C” or better
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(pc) MA 125

(pc) MA 126

(pc) MA 267

+ one more


(pc) MA 120 OR

(pc) MA 267


(pc) MA 267

* According to the 2004-2005 Bulletin



ST 315


(pc) BUS 245 OR

(pc) ST 210


(pc) BUS 255 OR

ST 335 OR

ST 340

* According to the 2004-2005 Bulletin

General Degree Requirements*
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General Degree Requirements*
  • Required supporting courses (ISC students) Information Systems Environment
  • Required Courses
    • (pc) ACC 211—Accounting Principles I
    • (pc) ECO 215—Principles of Microeconomics
    • (pc) ECO 216—Principles of Macroeconomics
    • MGT 300—Management Theory and Practice
    • MGT 340—Organizational Behavior
  • Business/Management electives—3 approved courses

* According to the 2004-2005 Bulletin

cis freshman sophomore courses
CIS Freshman/Sophomore Courses


Calculus Ready:

ACT: 22 or MA 112

(pc) CIS 110

(pc) CIS 120, 122

(pc) CIS 121, 123




(pc) ITE 271

(pc) ISC 245

(pc) CIS 230

(pc) ITE 285

(pc) ITE 272

(pc) CIS 231

(pc) CIS 231

(pc) ITE 285

  • All Students MUST (Mandatory) be advised
    • Fall Semester - for Spring
    • Spring Semester - for Summer and Fall
  • Advising is not Scheduling!
    • Scheduling is deciding… When to take a class this semester?
    • Advising is deciding… What is best to be taken? Which semester a course should be taken? What electives support your objectives for the degree?…
  • Failure to be advised results in
    • delayed registration
    • poor class selection
student advising responsibilities
Student Advising Responsibilities
  • Preparing for advising involves
    • Studying the catalog for specialization requirements
      • contains descriptions of all programs and
      • all courses in all programs
    • Preparing a plan for completing your degree
    • Adjusting the plan each semester as necessary
    • Focusing on PC courses
      • PC courses are required 1xx and 2xx courses in a specialization area
      • All PC courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better before enrolling in junior and senior CIS courses

“I didn’t know it was required!”

will NOT help you graduate

course load
Course Load
  • Minimum full-time load is 12 hours/semester
  • Each specialization requires completion of 128 semester hours
  • To complete the BS in CIS in 4 years for 2 semesters a year requires

128/8 =16 hours/semester

  • For transfer students, the time will be reduced by the number of credit hours that are applied to your check list for your specialization
  • Students with a reduced load may attend during the summer to complete degree requirements in 4 years
schedule building
Schedule Building
  • Decide how many credits you can carry
  • Select a balance between technical & non-technical courses
  • Always choose pc courses first
  • Start your mathematics courses immediately
  • Build your schedule from the least frequently offered to the most frequently offered
  • Consider time for travel, study, work, etc.
placement in math courses

Note: The math placement web site contains information about MA 110—MA 110 is not an acceptable math course for any major in the School of CIS.

contact us main office phone 251 460 6390

Dean: David L. Feinstein

Computer Science: Michael Doran

Information Systems or Graduate Program: Roy Daigle

Information Technology:

William Owen


School of Computer and Information Sciences

University of South Alabama or

Contact Us!Main Office Phone: (251) 460-6390