CIS 111 Online Computer Information Systems

Course Description

This course provides an overview of the fundamental concepts and terminology of computer information systems including lab experience with current computer applications.

Computer Requirements

  • Operating System: Windows 7 or later
  • Hardware: Intel i5 or faster, 4 GB of RAM
  • Software: Microsoft Office 2016 Professional
  • Browser: Latest Firefox
  • Internet connection, an email account
  • Note: Do not use the AOL Browser with Canvas. It does not work well and can be very unstable.

Availability of On-Campus Computers

If you do not have access to above hardware/software at home, On-campus computers with required hardware/software for students use are available in the second floor computer lab (Room B202) in the Business Building. The primary storage device used in the CIS Computer Lab is a USB Flash Memory Storage Device. All students enrolled in this class are eligible to use the computer lab for unlimited number of hours during the term of the course.  The lab is fully staffed with certified instructors and lab technicians to assist you with your work.

CIS Lab Location and Hours

  • CIS Computer Lab Room BUS-202
  • Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday Closed
  • Phone: (714) 484-7215 (voice mail), (714) 484-7214
  • Email:

Textbook and Supplies

  • TEXT: Discovering Computers 2017 by Vermaat, Shelly Cashman Series
  • LAB MANUAL: Microsoft Office 2016 Lab Manual by McKnight (Fall 2016 Edition)
  • 4 GB USB flash drive

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the role of computers in modern society.
  2. List the elements of an information system.
  3. Identify how information systems are used in business.
  4. Specify the advances in technology that characterize each of the four generations of computers.
  5. Identify the parts of the central processing unit and how they work together.
  6. Identify the types and uses of input and output devices.
  7. List the similarities, differences, advantages, and disadvantages of magnetic storage devices.
  8. List the advantages and disadvantages of the five network systems in teleprocessing.
  9. List the advantages and disadvantages of using prewritten software.
  10. Identify the components and functions of operation systems.
  11. Describe those measures that can be taken to ensure the integrity of information systems and protect them from improper access.
  12. Describe the system development process as a tool in the selection of a personal computer.
  13. Identify the social issues and trends that relate to how computers will affect society in the near future.
  14. Use word processing software on a personal computer to create, edit, and print a document.
  15. Use spreadsheet software on a personal computer to project potential solutions to common problems found in the work environment.
  16. Create, access, update and generate reports using file management software on a personal computer.
  17. Specify how to access and connect to the internet.

Student Learning Outcome

  1. Upon completion of Computer Information Systems, the student should be able to:
    a. Use Microsoft Word software to insert/format a table, insert a picture, and format a document with 70% accuracy.
    b. Use Microsoft Excel software to create formulas and format a worksheet with 70% accuracy.
    c. Use Microsoft Access software to create a query, form, and report with 70% accuracy.
  2. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to understand concepts related to hardware, software, network, security, ethics and privacy with 70% accuracy.

Classroom Procedures

The class is conducted through an educational environment called Canvas. It can be accessed through this specific web address:

The first page you will see is the Canvas page. You may want to bookmark this page. Click the Login button. Use your myGateway username and password to login. The next page is the My Cypress College page. Under the section, My Courses, click on the course name, CIS111: Computer Information Systems.

When you first enter the site you will see the Announcements page. Here you will find instructions about how to proceed.

Tips for Online Success

The successful online student is independent, self-motivated, willing to learn in isolation, willing to ask questions as soon as questions arise, good with written instructions, good at expressing himself in writing, aware of technology as a convenience and a barrier.

Academic Honesty Policy

Students are expected to abide by ethical standards in preparing and presenting material which demonstrates their level of knowledge and which is used to determine grades. Such standards are founded on basic concepts of integrity and honesty. The policy can be found in the Cypress College Catalog. Each student is expected to do his own work. Copying or submitting work not your own may result in failure and dismissal from this class. Also you can go to the Cypress College website and find the Academic Honesty Policy.

Student Grievances

Please contact me if you have questions or concerns during the course. I am sure we can resolve any concern which may prevent you from successfully completing this course. Contact me first with any problem. If the problem cannot be resolved between the two of us, you can refer to the Student Grievances section on the Cypress College Catalog.

Student Services

Online students have access to the same student services as on-campus students. Disability Support Services (DSS) and Health Center are also available to any students at Cypress College. For more on student services, please refer to college website here.

Academic Advising/Counseling:

Online students have access to the same student services as on-campus students. For more on student services, please refer to college website at Counseling.

Disability Support Services (DSS)

Students with disabilities who have been found eligible for course accommodations through DSS should contact their online instructor as soon as they register for an online course. They should also contact the DSS Counselor and request that s/he send the instructor verification of their need for accommodations. For more information, see:  DSS