Computer Information Systems

Computer Information Systems

The Computer Information Systems area of the Business Division at MCCC offers associate degrees in accounting, app development, computer science, cybersecurity and information assurance, office professional, PC support technician and system administration specialist. Certificates are offered in app development, PC support technician and system administration specialist.

CIS: Accounting/CIS

The associate of applied science degree with specialization in accounting/CIS has a dual focus in combining accounting and computer courses. Students completing this program of study will have entry-level skills in both career areas

Career Opportunities

Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, which requires publicly listed companies to establish and maintain internal control standards, has placed the combined skill set in accounting and systems in high demand for over a decade. This associate of applied science degree will help to provide the students with the entry level skills for a career in this combined field.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all degree requirements, graduates of this program should be able to:

  • Develop the communication, teamwork, and leadership skills necessary to function productively and professionally.
  • Understand the importance of life-long learning, and be prepared to learn and understand new technological developments in their field. 
  • Perform financial accounting functions using proper format and procedure based on GAAP.     
  • Perform managerial accounting functions using proper format and procedure.      
  • Prepare, analyze, and interpret financial statements and reports for service, merchandising and manufacturing companies.    
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of taxation.    
  • Demonstrate professional business communication skills.   
  • Perform accounting functions and applications in both a “manual” and a computerized environment.

CIS: App Development

The associate of applied science degree with specialization in app development is designed to train students in Web and mobile app development.

This certificate program focuses on Web and mobile app development.

CIS: Computer Science

The associate of applied science degree with specialization in computer science is designed to train students for the area of computer programming in an engineering/science environment.

Career Opportunities

Entry-level programming positions.

Also, this program will prepare students well for transfer opportunities in the area of computer science.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all degree requirements, graduates of this program should be able to:

  • Demonstrate and utilize necessary technical knowledge and skills both in breadth and depth, to pursue the practice or advanced study of computer science.
  • Understand the importance of life-long learning, and be prepared to learn and understand new technological developments in their field.
  • Understand the ethical and technical context of their computer science contributions and their obligations therein.
  • Develop the communication, teamwork, and leadership skills necessary to function productively and professionally.

CIS: Cybersecurity and Information Assurance

The associate of applied science degree in computer information systems with a program designation of cybersecurity and information assurance is designed to provide an opportunity for students to acquire the foundational skills needed for an entry-level position supporting corporate security operations. The term “information assurance” encompasses the scientific, technical and management disciplines required to ensure computer and network security.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program will potentially be prepared for entry-level employment as: 

  • Computer emergency response team operations 
  • Computer forensics 
  • Cyber crime investigation 
  • Cryptography 
  • Defensive information operations 
  • Information assurance systems and product acquisition 
  • Information assurance training education and management 
  • Systems/network administration and operation 
  • Threat and vulnerability assessment (includes risk management) 
  • Threat intelligence 
  • Web security

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all degree requirements, graduates of this program should be able to:

Programming
Utilize basic programming skills.
Server Operating Systems
Use, install, configure, manage, troubleshoot and maintain a server operating system.
Client Operating Systems
Install, configure, use, troubleshoot and maintain microcomputer operating systems.
Network
Demonstrate a basic understanding of networks and computer security in the business environment. Configure basic TCP/IP networking services on computers in the workplace.
Security
Examine and apply the fundamental techniques of computer security.
Identify and explain risk and potential security issues.
Demonstrate responsible computer use as it deals with social, political, legal and ethical issues in today's electronic society.
Demonstrate foundation knowledge of information security/assurance within the organization.
Demonstrate knowledge of the profession, its organizations, goals and leadership roles, literature/publications, issues, and research foundations.
Demonstrate knowledge of security objectives and policy development

CIS: Office Professional

The associate of applied science degree with specialization as a computer information systems office professional is designed to provide comprehensive preparation for office employment. The curriculum emphasizes communication skills as well as office applications software usage.

Graduates of this program will be prepared for entry-level employment in corporate offices, law firms, medical offices, the hospitality industry, educational administrative offices, and administrative departments of state or local governments.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program will potentially be prepared for entry-level employment as:

  • Administrative coordinators
  • Administrative specialists
  • Executive administrative assistants
  • Office administrators
  • Customer support specialists
  • Office managers

Basic keyboarding abilities and proper “touch typing” skills are required to be successful in these programs.

Program Outcomes

1. Demonstrate an understanding of basic bookkeeping and rudimentary accounting principles as needed by an office professional.
2. Perform accounting functions and applications in both a “manual” and a computerized environment.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of essential structures of a business and the basic business principles that might guide a business operation.
4. Communicate in a business-like manner using multiple modes of professional communication.
5. Demonstrate an understanding of computer usage as it deals with social, political, legal and ethical issues in today’s electronic society.
6. Use word processing software to correctly edit, format, proofread and complete business documents.
7. Use word processing software to create complex documents containing graphics and tables with minimal direction.
8. Create and prepare spreadsheets, presentations, and databases using office software applications.
9. Conceptualize and create a variety of complex desktop publishing documents using standard graphic design software.

Certificate Program: Office Specialist

In addition to the associate degree with the Computer Information Systems Office Professional designation, Monroe County Community College offers a certificate program in computer information systems office specialist. The college recognizes that many employers place value on a certificate which authenticates specialized preparation. Courses taken under the certificate programs are applicable to the associate degree. Those who complete this certificate program will typically be prepared for entry- level employment as administrative coordinators, receptionists, data entry specialists, administrative specialists, executive administrative assistants, office administrators, customer support specialists and office managers.

The CIS office specialist certificate will help prepare a student to sit for MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist) certification tests. Upon successful completion of MOS certifications, specialist positions may be available in IT business applications, office support, office services, IT field technician services and customer service. This certificate program focuses on knowledge and skills that are essential for today’s computer technicians.

Basic keyboarding abilities and proper “touch typing” skills are required to be successful in these programs.

CIS: PC Support Technician

The associate of applied sceince degree with specialization as a PC support technician is designed to train studnets in PC hardware maintenance and various PC operating systems.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program will potentially be prepared for entry-level employment as:

  • Computer user support specialists
  • Computer support specialists
  • Network support specialists
  • Software support specialists
  • Hardware support specialists

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all degree requirements, graduates of this program should be able to:

  • Perform routine maintenance on the different computer hardware and operating systems in today’s businesses.
  • Update and upgrade different computer hardware and operating systems in today’s businesses.
  • Recommend and implement different computer systems and operating systems in today’s businesses.
  • Trouble-shoot and fix computers and their peripherals along with their operating systems that are used in today’s businesses.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of networks and computer security in the business environment.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Utilize basic programming skills.

CIS: System Administration Specialist

The associate of applied science degree with specialization as a system administration specialist is designed to train students in LAN, Windows Server networking, hardware maintenance, data communication concepts, various PC operating systems and administration fundamentals.

Career Opportunities  

Graduates of this program will potentially be prepared for entry-level employment as: 

  • Computer system administrators 
  • Network administrators 
  • Network operating system specialists 
  • System/software administrators

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all degree requirements, graduates of this program should be able to: 

Applications
Use and configure essential office applications including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and database software. Understand the evolution of technology and its basic concepts.
Client Operating Systems
Install, configure, use, troubleshoot and maintain microcomputer operating systems.
Programming
Utilize basic programming skills.
Server Operating Systems
Use, install, configure, manage, troubleshoot and maintain a server operating system.
Security
Examine and apply the fundamental techniques of computer security .Identify and explain potential security issues.
Network
Demonstrate a basic understanding of networks and computer security in the business environment. Configure basic TCP/IP networking services on computers in the workplace.
Professional Practices
Plan for the future and design a solution based on user requirements. Explain business continuity, back up and disaster recovery. Understand troubleshooting and quality consumer support.

CIS Transfer Programs 

The Business Division Computer Information Systems (CIS) area currently has one 2+2 transfer degree program with the University of Michigan at Dearborn and two 2+2 transfer degree programs with Eastern Michigan University. In addition, we have one 3+1 transfer degree program with Siena Heights University.

The 2+2 transfer degree program means you complete one of the specified associate of applied science CIS degree programs at MCCC and then you can transfer seamlessly to one of the specified four-year universities to earn a bachelor of science in computer and information systems, a bachelor of science in computer engineering or a bachelor of business administration in computer information systems.

The 3+1 transfer degree program with Siena Heights University means you complete any of the associate of applied science in computer information systems degree programs and take an additional 30 hours of MCCC CIS and/or other MCCC courses at MCCC’s tuition rate and then transfer seamlessly to Siena Heights University to take the final 30 hours of Siena Heights courses (right here on the MCCC campus) to earn a bachelor of applied science degree.

Computer Information Systems Contact Information

William Hilliker

Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems
Phone Icon (734) 384-4148

Zachary Moore

Instructor of Computer Information Systems
Phone Icon (734) 384-4149