NHCC | North Hennepin Community College

Course Descriptions

CIS 1000    Electronic Keyboarding Communications     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This is an introductory course to develop mastery of the computer keyboard. Students will learn to type the alphabet, number, and symbol key by touch. Emphasis is on the mastery and the development of speed and accuracy sufficient to make the computer a communication tool. Simple tables, memos, business letters, and reports are covered. Most current version of Word will be used.



CIS 1101    Business Computer Systems I     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course develops computer and digital literacy and emphasizes its importance in today's businesses and society. Through hands-on experience students will gain an understanding of computer concepts, capabilities and applications and be able to implement this knowledge in their professional and personal lives. Computer applications covered include word processing, spreadsheets, presentation graphics, databases, windows/operating system, e-mail use and management, folder and file organization and use of the Internet. Computer concepts covered include understanding computers and mobile devices, how a computer works, managing files, computer and mobile device hardware components, digital safety and security, application programs, input and output devices, digital storage options, ethical practices and Internet basics. Hands-on experience will be provided on computers in the Windows environment using the Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Knowledge of the keyboard is recommended for this course. Check with your instructor for the software edition that will be used.



CIS 1102    Business Computer Systems II     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

Emphasis is on an in-depth understanding of the Microsoft Office Suite beyond the fundamentals of CIS 1101. Students will develop their skills with exercise-oriented learning by completing advanced training working with spreadsheets, word processing, presentation graphics, and relational databases. Students will complete an integrated application project incorporating several software applications into one final document. Computer concepts covered include communication networks, operating systems, the internet, database management, data security, computer careers, and background to become a productive, knowledgeable computer consumer and professional. Hands-on experience suitable for professional puposes or personal use will be provided on computers in the Windows environment using the Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. If you believe you have computer experience that is equivalent to the prerequisites of this course, CIS 1101, please contact the instructor for permission to register for this class. Prerequisites: CIS 1101 Check with your instructor for the software edition that will be used. If you believe you have computer experience that is equivalent to the prerequisites of this course, CIS 1101, please contact the instructor for permission to register for this class. Prerequisites: CIS1101 Check with your instructor for the software edition that will be used.



CIS 1200    Word Processing     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course introduces students to the word processing cycle and how word processing is used in the work place. This course is for anyone who needs to prepare their own business documents. Students will use the Microsoft Office Word application to create and edit business documents, enhance page layout, create tables, create reports, create columns, and create form letters and merge with a mailing list. Other topics covered include: styles, templates, mailing labels, drawing objects, graphics, and WordArt. After this course, the student would be prepared to take the Microsoft Office Certified Application Specialist Exam for Word. Knowledge of the keyboard is recommended for this course. Check with your instructor for the software edition that will be used.



CIS 1210    Desktop Publishing     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course introduces students to digital page layout using Adobe InDesign, the new emerging standard in page layout software. This course is for anyone who has to prepare professional business publications. Students will learn how to set type and use digital images to produce effective printed business publications including newsletter, advertising flyers, business forms, brochures, manuals, posters, and catalogues . Students will learn how to create and modify pdf files for electronic distribution of publications. Knowledge of the keyboard and Word Processing software is recommended for this course. Software used: Current version of Adobe InDesign



CIS 1220    Decision Making Excel     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course uses Microsoft Excel as a problem solving tool in analyzing and designing solutions for common business and organizational problems and then using that information to guide decision-making. This course is for anyone who has to analyze, share, chart and manage information to make more informed decisions. Problems are taken from management, accounting and finance, manufacturing and production, sales and marketing and human resources. Beginning to advanced spreadsheet concepts covered include creating, editing, formatting, printing and saving worksheets, creating charts, filtering lists, creating pivot tables, inventing macros, importing data, creating data tables, evaluating and using functions, constructing formulas, integrating worksheet data with other programs and ethical Excel practices. After this course, the student would be prepared to take the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): Excel Exam. Knowledge of the keyboard is recommended for this course. Check with your instructor for the software edition that will be used.



CIS 1230    Business Presentations: PowerPoint     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course introduces students to business presentation concepts and applications using the most current PowerPoint software. This course is for anyone who has to or wants to prepare engaging and effective business presentations. Students will plan, organize, prepare and produce professional quality presentations to meet organizational and business needs. Features studied include customizing a presentation, design templates, slide layouts, custom slide animation and transitions, using multimedia, charts and diagrams, integration, and tools for producing multiple outputs including publishing to the web. This course will provide a thorough understanding of PowerPoint's most important tools and features. After this course, the student would be prepared to take the Microsoft Office Specialist Exam for PowerPoint. NOTE: Knowledge of the keyboard is recommended for this course.



CIS 1240    Information Management: Access     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

In this course students will learn how to plan, design, create, query, create forms and reports, export to and import data from and maintain a database. This course is for anyone who has to make more informed decisions by effectively tracking, reporting, and sharing information. Applications will be taken from a variety of business and organizational scenarios. Students will integrate databases with Excel and Word. Students will learn how databases interact with other applications (including the Internet) and can become the foundation for an e-commerce web site. Students will develop an understanding of how an effective database supports the business decision-making process. After taking this course, the student would be prepared to take the Microsoft Office Specialist Exam for Access. Completion of CIS 1101 or prior database experience is recommended for this course.



CIS 1250    Photoshop Essentials for Business     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This is an introductory course in business computer graphics. This course is for anyone who has to prepare digital images for business publications for print or for the Web. Students will learn how to use Photoshop's tools to create and enhance digital images. Students will create images from composites as well as separate document objects into layers. Course content will include techniques to retouch photos, i.e. removal of red eye, softening blemishes and imperfections, and elimination of unwanted items from digital photographs. Students will learn how to prepare and save images in different formats for different purposes, such as for use on the Web, in print and in other computer programs. Recommended: Knowledge of the keyboard



CIS 1260    Business Communications and Technology     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course provides students the knowledge to become successful communicators in a business environment through improving and practicing written, oral, face to face, and virtual technology based communication skills, processes, and strategies. This class will incorporate the effective use of Web-based communication, video conferencing, e-mail etiquette, presentation skills, presentation technologies, teleconferencing, and telephone usage. Students will also apply improved verbal, nonverbal, listening, writing, team, conflict, and negotiation skills in organizational situations. This course is for any student wishing to increase their business communication effectiveness in a global and technological business environment. Recommended: Completion of ENGL 1201 College Writing I and CIS 1101 Business Computer Systems I.



CIS 1300    Introduction to Internet     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course develops a basic understanding of the Internet and the World Wide Web using a popular browser such as Internet Explorer. Students will search the web; download, save and print web pages; learn and use search tools to find information quickly; create a favorite or bookmark and organize their favorite web sites; learn about communication on the Internet using email, accessing newsgroups and chat rooms; learn how to email attachments and download files from their email; and discuss personal security on the Internet. Hands-on exercises will give students the opportunity to apply these concepts. This course will give students an introduction to the capabilities of the Internet. Knowledge of the keyboard is recommended for this course.



CIS 1310    The Whole Internet     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course provides a comprehensive understanding of the Internet. This course is for anyone who wants to use the internet effectively, efficiently and safely, understand the uses of the Internet, create web pages and also increase their confidence and knowledge. Students will learn about the basic technology that supports the internet, effectively use e-mail and other types of communication, explore virtual communities and web tools, use search engines and directories to find information on the internet, evaluate the quality of web resources, locate software, explore e-commerce concepts, learn how to use the internet safely, manage common security threats and create web pages. Students will use e-mail, a class web site, and other web based tools to develop proficiency. The course explores current internet innovations. Previous exposure to the internet is not required.



CIS 1320    Web Tools     Credits  2         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This class focuses on exploring, evaluating and learning how to use the latest tools and applications on the Internet. You will explore your interests and build a portfolio to demonstrate what you can do using innovative web based tools. Some of the tools and applications may include: Marketing and Business, Professional Networking, Virtual Environments, Bookmarking, Social Networks, Multimedia, Photos and Digital Images, Employment and Jobs, Collaboration, Video-Sharing Sites, Podcasts, Wikis, Blogs, Content Aggregation and Management, Organization, Games and Entertainment and more. This course is for anyone who wants to increase their internet skills and knowledge and understand current web tools. Some knowledge of the internet is required such as ability to use email and search engines. If you need more internet knowledge before taking this class, CIS 1310 The Whole Internet is recommended. The course may be modified as class needs dictate and to incorporate current events.



CIS 1400    Windows/Operating Systems     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course introduces students to operating systems through hands on experience and covers the basic to advanced features of Windows. Topics will include safeguarding your personal computer, customizing your desktop, using online help, organizing and managing files, creating and customizing your shortcuts, implementing a backup strategy, optimizing disks, troubleshooting computer problems, evaluating system performance, installing and troubleshooting software and hardware, updating the Windows registry. Discussions will also cover other operating systems. Knowledge of the keyboard is recommended for this course.



CIS 1500    Developing Computer Keyboarding Skills     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course will focus on developing mastery of the electronic keyboard and the microcomputer. Specifically, as a result of this course, you will use proper keyboarding techniques to attain the speed and accuracy necessary to use the computer as an effective communication tool.



CIS 1510    Introduction to Computers and Basic Word Processing     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course introduces students to the personal computer and the Microsoft Office Word application. Students will develop an understanding of how a computer works and the basic hardware and software needed for computer processing. Microsoft Office Word will be used to develop basic word processing skills. Students will create, format, print and save documents and learn how to find files already saved. Hands on exercises will give the opportunity to apply concepts. Knowledge of the keyboard is recommended for this course. Check with your instructor for the software edition that will be used.



CIS 1520    Spreadsheets     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course introduces students to the problem solving capabilities of Microsoft Office Excel spreadsheet software. Students will plan and format spreadsheets and analyze data. Topics covered include worksheet formatting; charting data; and using formulas and functions to perform calculations and analyze data. Hand on exercise will give the opportunity to apply these concepts. Knowledge of the keyboard is recommended for this course. Microsoft Office Excel will be used. Knowledge of the keyboard is recommended for this course. Check with your instructor for the software edition that will be used.



CIS 1530    Business Graphics     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course is designed to introduce students to delivering a presentation using computer presentation graphics. This course will give students an introduction to the capabilities of Microsoft Office PowerPoint. Students will learn how to plan and organize an effective presentation. Hands-on exercises will give the opportunity to apply these concepts utilizing Microsoft PowerPoint. Knowledge of the keyboard is recommended for this course.



CIS 1700    Project Management Software Tools     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course provides students with an understanding of the technology, concepts and process that supports project management. This course is for anyone who wants to develop project management software application skills in order to be more effective and efficient. Emphasis will be on a practical skill-building approach to project management software, concepts and process so students will apply knowledge to new problems, think critically and creatively, work collaboratively in teams and develop skills that can be applied outside the classroom. This course will include using project management software to bring about the successful completion of specific project goals and objectives.



CIS 1990    Computer Information Systems Mgmt Special Topics     Credits  1-4         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course will provide flexibility in offering an in-depth review of topics of immediate importance and topical interest. These topics will go beyond the introductory courses in examining specific aspects of the subject matter.



CIS 2010    CIS Internship     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This is a capstone course for students in a Business Computer Systems & Management or Individualized Studies programs. It includes practical, on-the-job training in a business or organizational environment under executive supervision and related learning activities. Internships are arranged on the basis of the student's interests and career goals. Recommend student contact instructor before registering. Recommend: A minimum of 9 credits in CIS, ACCT, or BUS. Recommend: Minimum of 9 credits from CIS, Acct or BUS



CIS 2310    Introduction to E-Commerce     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course introduces students to the key strategic business and technological elements of electronic commerce. Students will explore the theory, practice and technology of conducting business over the internet and the World Wide Web. This course is for students who want to put their business on the internet, work at companies that want to do business over the internet, want to know more about business and the internet or want to know more about emerging e-commerce technology. Students will focus on applying key concepts through hands-on real world e-commerce planning and web site development. Topics covered include identifying e-commerce opportunities, marketing and selling on the internet, building a web presence, designing a web site, improving efficiency and reducing costs through business-to-business activities, using social networking to connect with customers and suppliers, exploring mobile commerce opportunities, analyzing electronic commerce software, hardware and commerce service providers, investigating electronic payment systems, examining electronic commerce security, thinking globally, scrutinizing legal, ethical and tax issues and planning. Also includes identifying current issues in e-commerce and emerging technology. Experience with programming languages or creating web sites is not required. NOTE: Computer and internet knowledge recommended