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: Handson applications include introduction to word processing, spreadsheet, database management and presentation software, and a brief introduction to web browsing and e-mail.

CIS 106A - Routing and Switching Networks - 3 units

Introduction to network and inter-network (Internet) architecture: Identification of structures, components, and models that permit devices on separate networks to inter-operate; use and application of standards such as Open Systems Interconnection (OSI); transport Control Protocol (TCP), and Internet Protocol (IP).

CIS 106B - Scaling Networks - 3 units

Architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches: Controlling the flow of information between complex networks; configuration and troubleshooting of routers and switches for advanced functionality with OSPF, EIGRP, and STP in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks; implementing a WLAN in a small-to-medium network.

CIS 106C - Connecting Networks - 3 units

Management of Wide Area Networking (WAN) Technologies and Services: Creation of complex and converged networks and applications; establish selection and performance criteria for network devices; monitor and troubleshoot network devices; resolution of common issues with data link protocols, IPSec and virtual private network (VPN) operations.

CIS 108 - Scripting for Systems Automation and Data Analysis - 3 units

Command line tools for automation and analysis: Integration of tools including UNIX/Linux shell, Python, and domain specific libraries for operations automation in DevOps and analysis in Data Science & Machine Learning; emphasis on acquisition of broadly applicable skills including files and correct modes of access use for distinct categories of files, file attributes, passing of variables, error handling, and exchange of result codes between application components.

CIS 110 - Information and Communication Technology Essentials - 4 units

Fundamentals of computer hardware, software, and networking: Security, assembly of information systems through configuration and integration of Information Technology components.

CIS 40 - Database Management - 4 units

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

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

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

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

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

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

Developing defensible applications: Java and .NET application developments using best practices to protect critical information.

CIS 57 - Web Application PEN Testing - 3 units

Ethical hacking: Designing secure, functional, and compliant software.

CIS 58 - Hacker Guard: Baseline Training for IT Administrators And Operations - 3 units

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

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

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

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

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

Design, development and support of server hardware and software technologies: Disaster recovery and security administration

CIS 73 - Networking Concepts - 3 units

Networking concepts: Network architecture, hardware, software, concepts, protocols and standards.

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