Merritt College

The Computer Information Systems Department offers a variety of courses designed to give students both theoretical and hands-on experience in a wide variety of computer-related areas. The new associate degree programs — Applications (Software)  and Infrastructure (Hardware) — will allow you to be part of the solution to cyber crimes by joining  the rapidly growing field of cybersecurity. You will learn to protect computers, networks, programs, and data from unintended or unauthorized  access, change, or destruction. The programs are designed to give students cutting-edge skills and prepare  to enter the job market and gain or upgrade their computer skills for immediate employment needs.

Available Courses

This course list provides an overview of courses per college course catalogs. Not all of the courses listed use NETLAB+. For complete information, please see the individual college website.

CIS 1 - Introduction to Computer Information Systems - 4 units

General nature of computer hardware, software and systems: Hands-on applications include introduction to word processing, spreadsheet, database management and presentation software, and a brief introduction to web browsing and e-mail.

CIS 20 - Microcomputer Assembly Language - 4 units

Recommended preparation: CIS 6 or 12 or 26 (or any programming language).
Acceptable for credit: CSU Introduction to assembly language: Input/output operations, use of files, program flow controls, interaction with OS via interrupts, pointers and arrays, strings and structured programming, and related applications.

CIS 40 - Database Management - 4 units

Recommended preparation: CIS 1 or 5
Acceptable for credit: CSU Design, implementation, and maintenance of databases: Analysis of user requirements; building tables, queries, forms, reports, and other topics.

CIS 5 - Introduction to Computer Science - 5 units

Introduction to computer science: Architecture of digital computers, design of algorithms for solving various problems, and basic skills in computer programming.

CIS 51 - Introduction to Information Technology Project Management - 4 units

Recommended preparation: CIS 1
Acceptable for credit: CSU Project management fundamentals for technology development and implementation: Step-by-step guide to planning and executing IT projects including hardware and software; case studies with real-world IT scenarios; and information systems methodologies and industry standard best practices of standardized project management.

CIS 52 - Cloud Security Fundamentals - 3 units

Recommended preparation: CIS 1 or 5, and 55, 60, 72
Acceptable for credit: CSU New cloud computing paradigm: Implications for information security; differences in cloud computing service versus deployment models; associated security requirements and responsibilities.

CIS 53 - Intrusion Detection In-Depth: Compliance, Security, Forensics and Troubleshooting - 3 units

Recommended preparation: CIS 1 or 5, and 55, 60, 72
Acceptable for credit: CSU Host-based and network-based intrusion detection systems (IDS): Tools for information security practitioners; examination of information sources, analysis schemes, technical, and legal issues.

CIS 54 - IT Security Goals, Strategy, Policy, and Leadership - 3 units

Recommended preparation: CIS 1 or 5, and 55, 60, 71, 72
Acceptable for credit: CSU Business and management aspects of information security: Legal and regulatory aspects; strategic planning process; security policies, and management process for a secure information systems environment.

CIS 55 - Hacker Techniques, Exploits & Incident Handling - 3 units

Recommended preparation: CIS 1 or 5, and 71, 72
Acceptable for credit: CSU Cutting-edge insidious attack vectors: Responding to computer incidents and hands-on techniques for discovering security vulnerabilities.

CIS 56 - Secure Coding in Java and .NET - 3 units

Recommended preparation: CIS 1 or 5, and 55, 60, 71
Acceptable for credit: CSU Developing defensible applications: Java and .NET application developments using best practices to protect critical information.

CIS 57 - Web Application PEN Testing - 3 units

Recommended preparation: CIS 1 or 5, and 55, 60, 71
Acceptable for credit: CSU Ethical hacking: Designing secure, functional, and compliant software.

CIS 58 - Hacker Guard – Baseline Training for IT Administrators and Operations - 3 units

Recommended preparation: CIS 1 or 5, and 55, 60, 72
Acceptable for credit: CSU Security training for systems and network operations staff: First line of defense against unauthorized access to systems, applications, and networks.

CIS 59 - Applications in Information Security - 3 units

Recommended preparation: CIS 1 or 5, and 55, 60, 71
Acceptable for credit: CSU Architecture of web-based applications and security best practices: Authentication and authorization for accessing applications; managing common security vulnerabilities, security of data at rest and in transit.

CIS 6 - Introduction to Computer Programming - 5 units

Recommended preparation: CIS 5
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC Introduction to computer programming: Algorithm design, flow charting, and debugging; elements of good programming style. Course may be instructed in any programming language.

CIS 60 - Computer Forensics Fundamentals - 3 units

Recommended preparation: CIS 1 or 5, and 71, 72
Acceptable for credit: CSU Overview of computer forensics: Computer investigation processes; operating systems boot processes and disk structures; data acquisition and analysis; technical writing; review of computer forensics tools; ethics; and objectives of International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS) certification.

CIS 71 - Introduction to Information Systems Security - 3 units

Corequisite: CIS 1 or 5
Acceptable for credit: CSU Fundamental principles of information technology, security and risk management: Hardware, software, processes, communications, applications, and policies and procedures of organizational cyber security and risk management.

CIS 72 - Systems and Network Administration - 3 units

Corequisite: CIS 1 or 5
Acceptable for credit: CSU Design, development and support of server hardware and software technologies: Disaster recovery and security administration.

CIS 73 - Networking Concepts - 3 units

Prerequisite: CIS 1 or 5
Acceptable for credit: CSU Networking concepts: Network architecture, hardware, software, concepts, protocols and standards.

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