Computer Information Systems

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree

This program is for students pursuing a two-year degree with the intent of eventual employment in the computer industry with aspirations of attaining the position of (1) computer programmer, (2) programmer/analyst, or with further study (3) computer systems analyst. Programmers are responsible for writing a detailed set of logically ordered instructions that tell the computer to perform the necessary tasks, in the correct sequence, to process data into useful information. Systems analysts are responsible for the analysis of existing systems and the design development and installation of new or redesigned systems that provide information necessary to successfully operate businesses and other organizations. Students receive sufficient background in business and accounting to seek entry-level employment in the information processing environment. This program articulates with the B.A.S. degree in Technology Management offered by NAU-Yuma Branch Campus.

Program Purpose

Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in computer information systems that will prepare them to obtain an entry-level position within the field and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Learning Outcomes

  • Effictively use a modern office suite, operating system, and computer for everyday needs.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the potential dangers and ethical concerns of using a computer and the Internet.
  • Create logical designs for programs and other processes.
  • Create programs from either logical representations or information directly obtained from users using a modern programming language.
  • Create data stores from either logical representations or information directly obtained from users using a modern database.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how the business world and computers affect each other.
  • Maintain a modern small business computer, including repairs and upgrades.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to use networks effectively for a business and design and maintain a smaill network.