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 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 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 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 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 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 73 - Networking Concepts - 3 units

Prerequisite: CIS 1 or 5

Acceptable for credit: CSU
Networking concepts: Network architecture, hardware,
software, concepts, protocols and standards.

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 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 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 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.

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