MCS  COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

MCS 210 CONCEPTS OF DATABASE SYSTEMS 3 cr
The study of database concepts, including data design and the management of data as a corporate resource. Students are to develop typical business applications with graphical user interfaces in a windows environment, using a relational database and fourth generation languages.
Prereq: MCS 171 and an overall g.p.a .of 2.50.

MCS 220 CONCEPTS OF PROGRAMMING 3 cr
This course teaches students professional software development
using object-oriented program design and the Java programming language. Coverage includes correct business programming style and documentation, program debugging and testing, database and file processing, event-handling, and graphical user interfaces.
Coreq: MCS 210.  Prereq: COMPSCI 172 and an overall gpa of 2.50.

MCS 231 CONCEPTS OF DATA STRUCTURES 3 cr
This course is an introduction to data structures, using the Java programming language. It covers static and dynamic implementation of data structures, including lists, stacks, queues and trees. It emphasizes object-oriented design and programming methodology, including inheritance and polymorphism, and applies these in the development of large programming projects.
Prereq: MCS 210 and MCS 220 and an overall g.p.a. of 2.50.

MCS 232 CONCEPTS OF COBOL WITH FILE STRUCTURES 3 cr
The COBOL language is taught and then used to study file organizations at both the logical and physical level in order to provide a firm foundation for the future study of database and information systems. Sequential, indexed, and relative files are discussed. Hashing and the implementation of complex file structures is discussed. Students act as maintenance programmers updating and modifying existing programs.
Prereq: MCS 231 and an overall g.p.a. of 2.50.

MCS 325 CLIENT/SERVER - LOCAL AREA 3 cr
This course is designed to give students familiarity with distributed computing in a local area environment. Students are to gain "hands-on" experience in simple network management. They also are to learn and use an event-driven, object-oriented programming language to exchange data with other applications in a local area networking environment.
Prereq: MCS 231 and an overall g.p.a. of 2.50.

MCS 331 SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND DESIGN 1 3 cr
In this course, the student learns to analyze the business organization as a system, to structure both the information and processes of a business or organization, and to complete the systems development process through the logical design phase. The course utilizes an object-oriented methodology for the systems development process. The student begins a team project that is completed in 950-431.
Coreq: MCS 325 and MCS 245 or MATH 231 or MATH 342. Prereq: MCS 231 and an overall g.p.a. of 2.50.

MCS 391 MCS COOPERATIVE PROGRAM 3 cr
The student is to work as an information systems professional in a business or government organization and report on the experience to the MCS faculty and fellow students.
Prereq: Consent of MCS Cooperative Program Coordinator and an overall g.p.a. of 2.50.

MCS 425 WEB DEVELOPMENT 2              3 cr
This course teaches students how to develop Web applications using Java technologies. The course focuses on design and implementation of distributed applications for the Internet and/or intranets. Topics include object-oriented distributed systems and technologies, database access, security, advanced Java programming, and technical design issues for e-Commerce systems.
Prereq: MCS 325 and an overall gpa. of 2.50.

MCS 431 SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND DESIGN 2 3 cr
This course is a study of the principles and activities associated with the physical design and implementation of computer based information systems using object oriented methodologies. It includes object-oriented decomposition, system testing, documentation, system security, conversion and implementation. The student completes the team project started in 950-331.
Prereq: MCS 331 and an overall g.p.a. of 2.50.

MCS 475 NETWORK ENGINEERING 3 cr
This class will explore the OSI (Open Systems Interconnection) networking model, standard networking protocols, and network architecture including implementation, administration and maintenance. Students will also gain "hands-on" networking experience by installing and setting up a network operating system, building a small LAN, and managing network servers.
Prereq: MCS 325 or consent of instructor and an overall g.p.a. of 2.50. Unreq: COMPSCI 475.

MCS 496 SPECIAL STUDIES 3 cr
Repeatable for a maximum of 9 credits in major/degree.
Prereq: Consent of instructor.

MCS 498 INDEPENDENT STUDIES 1-3 cr
Repeatable.
Prereq: Approval of the MCS Coordinator and the faculty member supervising the course. Completion of at least four MCS core courses and an overall g.p.a. of 2.50.

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