CIS 283 Business Systems Applications (3)

Catalog Description:

This course acquaints students with a variety of ways in which computer applications are created, evaluated and used in a business environment. Students will participate in the application development process using an object-oriented language such as Visual Basic. (Offered fall semester, odd years.) CIS 181 Computer Programming I, CIS 190 Strategic Use of Information Technology or equivalent.


CIS 181 Computer Programming I, CIS 190 Strategic Use of Information Technology or equivalent.


Required Course Materials:

Jeffrey J. Tsay, Visual Basic.NET Programming Business Applications with a Design Perspective, Prentice Hall, 2008 (free online at

Course Coordinator:

Robert A. Kilmer, Associate Professor of Business Information Systems and Management

Course Audience:

Business Information Systems students can choose to take this course as their second required programming course. Computer Science students can take this course as one of the upper level BIS courses that meets part of their Computer Science requirements.

Course Objectives:


  1. To develop the ability and desire to be a life-long learner of information systems and computer programming.
  2. To understand fundamental information science and computer programming principles and concepts and develop the proficiency in their application to be prepared for graduate study and the professional world.
  3. To be able to design, create, test and debug computer applications for solving business problems.
  4. To gain confidence and ability to effectively and efficiently work collaboratively in teams in learning and doing computer programming in a business environment.
  5. To demonstrate effective oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills to communicate facts, concepts and ideas about computer programs and computer programming in a business environment.
  6. To develop a biblical work ethic and the ability and desire to help others and receive help from others when doing computer programming work.
  7. To have a Christian faith-based approach to moral decision-making and to be aware of the principle laws and ethical issues involving computer programming.



Topics include how to program in visual basic,Net, visual basic controls and events, variables, built in functions, numeric and string data, bit-wise operations, data entry, multiple forms, menus, programming decisions, input/output and procedures, repetition, programming in teams and ethics in programming.



Revised: October 2013 (textbook); February 2013 (course numbering); (BK) September 2010

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