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2016-2017 Course Catalog 
2016-2017 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Information Systems, Object Oriented Concentration, AAS

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The Business Information Systems program concentrations are intended for the student who is interested in an entry-level programming career in a client/server environment or in the areas of electronic commerce, mobile device technology or database applications. There are excellent career opportunities in the PC-related programming fields, as well as the newer fields of electronic commerce, mobile development and databases.

The BIS degree will enable a student to study a variety of different areas related to PC programming and associated applications. This program emphasizes flexibility to allow a student to take courses that relate to specific areas of interest. It is also possible for the student to take coursework from several different but related areas of study. For example, many electronic commerce applications use databases as an integral part of their business. These combined skills will give the student a more marketable background in this competitive field.

Information Technology careers require more diversity of skills and abilities than in the past. Employers are looking for employees with a variety of skills in related areas. Many projects today require a variety of computer-related skills and business knowledge. This degree will address those demands through more flexible course selection and exposure to a variety of programming skills and tools.

More information concerning this program is available online at https://www.dmacc.edu/it/Pages/cis.aspx.

Locations: Ankeny, Urban

Selected courses in this program are offered at other campuses.

Students start any term.

Program Entry Requirements

1. Complete an application for admission.
2. Satisfy the assessment requirement.
3. Attend any required information/registration session.

Graduation Requirements

To earn a Business Information Systems A.A.S. degree, with Mobile Developer Concentration  , Object Oriented Programmer Concentration, or Website Programmer Concentration  , a student must complete all coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Semester 3

Semester 4

Total Credits Required to Complete the Degree - 64

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$147.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

Costs Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4
Books (approximate) 680 625 725 650

Approximate total for program: $12,088*

*Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

You may work as an entry-level junior programmer or assistant programmer. Tasks may include:

  • Analyzing problems and design solutions.
  • Writing computer software for a variety of business applications.
  • Editing and correcting computer software.
  • Assessing and identifying user’s needs.
  • Using a variety of information technology skills to design, create and implement business solutions.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Meet deadlines and handle pressure.
  • Communicate software and system design orally and in writing.
  • Follow instructions.
  • Work without supervision.
  • Concentrate for long periods of time.
  • Ability to visualize the problem and design a solution.
  • Create factual data from abstract concepts.
  • Ability to learn multiple concepts and techniques in different formats.

What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice?

  • Coursework represents current technologies that are changing rapidly.
  • You will have a skilled trade.
  • Consider additional courses in related areas such as Graphic Arts for E-commerce, combining database and E-Commerce,
  • combining database and additional programming courses, etc.
  • Employers value experience, which many students gain through internships.

What are the salary expectations?

Programming The median annual wage for computer programmers was $74,280 in May 2012. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $42,850, and the top 10 percent earned more than $117,890. Most computer programmers have a bachelor’s degree; however, some employers hire workers with an associate’s degree. Most programmers specialize in a few programming languages. Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills. In May 2012, the median annual wage for applications software developers was $90,060. The median annual wage for systems software developers was $99,000 in May 2012. Employment of software developers is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. The main reason for the rapid growth is a large increase in the demand for computer software. Salary Information Source: U.S. Bureau Of Labor Statistics http://www.bls.gov/home.htm.

Related Certificates: Network Security Manager  , Informatics  , Computer Languages, Diploma  , Database Specialist  , Mobile Development Technology (Apple  or Android  ). Completion of the related certificate combined with the BIS degree can increase employment opportunities.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in employment, hiring practices or the provision of services, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy and marital status), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability and genetic information. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law. Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Campus Provost’s office, the Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. For information about the ADA, the Section 504/ADA Coordinator may be contacted at 515-964-6857.  For Title IX questions and concerns contact 515-964-6850. (2016)

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