Master of Science in Computer Information Systems focus area in Computer Networks

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The Master of Science in Computer Information Systems focus area in Computer Networks provides students with a broad foundation in information technology (IT), and an in-depth understanding of computer data communication and modern networking. The six core courses include a comprehensive, introductory networking course that covers digital communications, local area, wide area, wireless, and other network technologies. The core also includes courses in databases, math for IT, strategic IT, software development, and systems analysis and design. The Computer Networks focus area courses provide students with a comprehensive understanding of network design and implementation, network performance analysis and management, network security, and the latest networking technology. The program is designed to empower students with extensive knowledge and hands-on experience to analyze, design, procure, manage, and implement cutting-edge computer networking solutions and technologies.

Students who complete the Computer Information Systems master’s degree concentration in Computer Networks will be able to demonstrate:

  • Advanced knowledge in the analysis and documentation of requirements for architecture, design, and implementation of computer applications systems.
  • Proficiency in software and computing skills as they pertain to the design and implementation of database systems, data communications, systems analysis, and design.
  • Competence sufficient to identify current and emerging information technologies that may have strategic value for enterprise; assess where those technologies have value; and manage the implementation of those technologies in the enterprise.
  • Advanced knowledge of data communication protocols and networks; of issues involved in multi-access media, including wired and wireless; performance analysis of networks; and management of large networks.
  • Proficiency in data communication protocols and networks, including error control and flow control, distributed synchronization, error detection and correction, and forwarding and techniques to implement it.
  • Competence sufficient to design, specify, and develop data transfer protocols for specific purposes; design, specify, plan, and define networks of any size; and analyze, evaluate, and select network technologies.

Degree Requirements—On Campus

Core Curriculum

(Six courses/24 credits)

MET CS 546 Quantitative Methods for Information Systems
Fall ‘14

The goal of this course is to provide Computer Information Systems students with the mathematical fundamentals required for successful quantitative analysis of problems in the field of business computing. The first part of the course introduces the mathematical prerequisites for understanding probability and statistics. Topics include combinatorial mathematics, functions, and the fundamentals of differentiation and integration. The second part of the course concentrates on the study of elementary probability theory, discrete and continuous distributions. 4 cr  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Kohn FLR 109 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Kohn FLR 109 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
BCL IND Parrott U 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
BHA IND Staff S 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
MET CS 625 Business Data Communication and Networks
Fall ‘14

This course presents the foundations of data communications and takes a bottom-up approach to computer networks. The course concludes with an overview of basic network security and management concepts. 4 credits.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Arena SMG 228 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Arena SMG 228 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
BCL IND Donham S 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
BHA IND Staff U 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
MET CS 669 Database Design and Implementation for Business
Fall ‘14

Students learn the latest relational and object-relational tools and techniques for persistent data and object modeling and management. Students gain extensive hands-on experience using Oracle or Microsoft SQL Server as they learn the Structured Query Language (SQL) and design and implement databases. Students design and implement a database system as a term project. class. 4 credits.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Maiewski FLR 109 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Maiewski FLR 109 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET CS 682 Information Systems Analysis and Design
Fall ‘14

Object-oriented methods of information systems analysis and design for organizations with data- processing needs. System feasibility; requirements analysis; database utilization; Unified Modeling Language; software system architecture, design, and implementation, management; project control; and systems-level testing.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
AT IND Guadagno CAS 214 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
D1 IND Guadagno CAS 214 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET CS 782 IT Strategy and Management
Fall ‘14

This course provides an overview of contemporary I.T. management. It explains the relevant issues of effectively managing information services. The course highlights areas of greatest current and potential application of I.T. to business needs and reviews electronic business, enterprise business systems, and decision support systems.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Arakelian MCS B19 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Arakelian MCS B19 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Arakelian ARR

And one of the following:

MET CS 520 Information Structures
Fall ‘14

This course covers the concepts of object-oriented approach to software design and development using the Java programming language. It includes a detailed discussion of programming concepts starting with the fundamentals of data types, control structures methods, classes, applets, arrays and strings, and proceeding to advanced topics such as inheritance and polymorphism, interfaces, creating user interfaces, exceptions, and streams. Upon completion of this course the students will be able to apply software engineering criteria to design and implement Java applications that are secure, robust, and scalable.

MET CS 200 Fundamentals of Information Technology; recommended to students with no programming background. Or Instructor's Consent.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Kalathur FLR ARR T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Kalathur FLR ARR T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Kalathur ARR
MET CS 601 Web Application Development
Fall ‘14

This course focuses on building core competencies in web design and development. It begins with a complete immersion into HTML essentially XHTML and Dynamic HTML (DHTML). Students are exposed to Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), as well as Dynamic CSS. The fundamentals of JavaScript language including object-oriented JavaScript is covered comprehensively. AJAX with XML and JSON are covered, as they are the primary means to transfer data from client and server. 4 credits.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Sheehan FLR ARR M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Heda FLR ARR M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Students who have completed courses on core curriculum subjects as part of their undergraduate degree program must replace the corresponding core courses with electives. It is recommended that each replacement course be in the same technical area as the original core course. Students who have work-related experience in any of the core curriculum courses may apply for a waiver by submitting appropriate documentation. When a course waiver is granted, the student must substitute a graduate-level elective for the core course.

Concentration Requirements

In addition to the MS in Computer Information Systems Core Curriculum (24 credits), students pursuing a concentration in Computer Networks must also take the following concentration requirements and electives:

Required Computer Networks Courses

(Four courses/16 credits)

MET CS 635 Network Design and Implementation

Computer Networks continue to grow and diversify at unprecedented rate. Much of that diversification is in how the media are utilized. One can not truly understand networking, analyze alternatives or design good networks without a solid founding in how the media are utilized. This course will explore current and expected media technologies with the intent of understanding what they offer and the trade-offs they present. The course will cover both wireline (Ethernet, DOCSIS, MPLS, ATM) and wireless (802.11, Wi-Max, Zigbee, Bluetooth, etc). The course will analyze the technologies to consider their error characteristics, support for quality of service, congestion control, and security, and their manageability.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET CS 690 Network Security
Fall ‘14

This course will cover advanced network security issues and solutions. The main focus on the first part of the course will be on Security basics, i.e. security services, access controls, vulnerabilities, threats and risk, network architectures and attacks. In the second part of the course, particular focus and emphasis will be given to network security capabilities and mechanisms (Access Control on wire-line and wireless networks), IPsec, Firewalls, Deep Packet Inspection and Transport security. The final portion of the course will address Network Application security (Email, Ad-hoc, XML/SAML and Services Oriented Architecture security. As part of our course review we will explore a number of Network Use Cases. 4 credits.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Skorupka MCS B23 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET CS 695 Enterprise Information Security
Fall ‘14

The course provides an in-depth presentation of security issues in computer systems, networks, and applications. Formal security models are presented and illustrated on operating system security aspects, more specifically memory protection, access control and authentication, file system security, backup and recovery management, intrusion and virus protection mechanisms. Application level security focuses on language level security and various security policies; conventional and public keys encryption, authentication, message digest and digital signatures. Internet and intranet topics include security in IP, routers, proxy servers, and firewalls, application-level gateways, Web servers, file and mail servers. Discussion of remote access issues, such as dial-up servers, modems, VPN gateways and clients.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Jacobs FLR ARR M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Jacobs FLR ARR M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET CS 775 Advanced Networking
Fall ‘14

In-depth coverage of the architecture, interfaces, protocols, and technologies of high-speed broadband networks. Topics include broadband wide-area network (WAN) technologies such as gigabit routers with IP switching, MPLS, ATM and Frame Relay; broadband LAN technologies: Fast Ethernet and Ethernet Switching, Gigabit Ethernet, and FDDI; broadband access technologies: DSL and Cable modems, as well as discussion of network performance, congestion control and traffic management, provision of different levels of quality of service (QoS),resource reservation, unicast and multicast routing, and multimedia compression and security in broadband networks. Students are required to complete a research project in one of the advanced Internet technologies. Labs on network performance analysis.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Day MCS B23 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Degree Requirements—Online

Degree requirements for the online MS in Computer Information Systems concentration in Computer Networks can be viewed here.

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