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BCIS 1305 (3 Credit Hours) New course added May 9, 2015
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC

Business Computer Applications
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: DREA 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standard in Reading.
Course Description: Students will study computer terminology, hardware, and software related to the business environment. The focus of this course is on business productivity software applications and professional behavior in computing, including word processing (as needed), spreadsheets, databases, presentation graphics, and business-oriented utilization of the Internet. This course will fullfill degree requirements established by the colleges of DCCCD only if this course has been successfully completed and the date of completion does not exceed 10 years. This course is cross-listed as BCIS 1405. The student may register for either BCIS 1305 or BCIS 1405 but may receive credit for only one of the two. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 1102025404


BCIS 1405 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC

Business Computer Applications
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: DREA 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standard in Reading.
Course Description: Students will study computer terminology, hardware, and software related to the business environment. The focus of this course is on business productivity software applications and professional behavior in computing, including word processing (as needed), spreadsheets, databases, presentation graphics, and business-oriented utilization of the Internet. This course will fullfill degree requirements established by the colleges of DCCCD only if this course has been successfully completed and the date of completion does not exceed 10 years. This course is cross-listed as BCIS 1405. The student may register for either BCIS 1305 or BCIS 1405 but may receive credit for only one of the two. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 1102025404


BCIS 1431 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC

Programming in BASIC I
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: BCIS 1405 or COSC 1401 or demonstrated competence approved by the instructor.
Course Description: Introduction to business programming techniques using Visual BASIC with an emphasis on the fundamentals of design, development, testing, implementation, and documentation. This course will fulfill degree requirements established by the colleges of DCCCD only if this course has been successfully completed and the date of completion does not exceed 10 years. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 1102025204


BCIS 2390 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC

Systems Analysis and Design
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: Any programming course or demonstrated competence approved by the instructor.
Course Description: Analysis of business information needs and preparation of specifications and requirements for appropriate data system solutions. Topics include information requirements analysis, specification development and writing, prototype evaluation, and network application interfaces. (2 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 1105015104


BCIS 2431 (4 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Advanced Programming in Visual BASIC
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: BCIS 1431 or demonstrated competence approved by the instructor.
Course Description: Advanced applications and business programming techniques using Visual BASIC. Topics include file access methods, data structures, modular programming, program testing, and documentation. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 1102025304


COSC 1301 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC

Introduction to Computing
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Course Description: Overview of computer systems hardware, operating systems, and microcomputer application software, including the Internet, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation graphics, and databases. Current issues such as the effect of computers on society, and the history and use of computers in business, educational, and other modern settings are also studied. This course is not intended to count toward a student''s major field of study in business or computer science. This course will fulfill degree requirements established by the colleges of DCCCD only if this course has been successfully completed and the date of completion does not exceed 10 years. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 1101015107


COSC 1309 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC

Logic Design
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Course Description: A discipline approach to problem solving with structured techniques and representation of algorithms using pseudo code and graphical tools. Discussion of methods for testing, evaluation, and documentation. COSC 1309 will satisfy the Associate in Sciences degree general elective requirement. This course will fullfill degree requirements established by the colleges of DCCCD only if this course has been successfully completed and the date of completion does not exceed 10 years. (3 Lec., 1 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 1102015107


COSC 1315 (3 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Computer Science I
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Course Description: This introductory course is designed to meet the requirements for a four-year degree with a major or minor in computer science, mathematics, or a scientific field. This course will focus on problem-solving using modular design techniques implemented with a structured programming language. This course will fulfill DCCCD''s degree requirements only if this course has been successfully completed and the date of completion does not exceed 10 years. This course is cross-listed as COSC 1415. The student may register for either COSC 1315 or COSC 1415 but may receive credit for only one of the two. (3 Lec., 1 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 1102015207


COSC 1330 (3 Credit Hours) New course added May 9, 2015
Offered at BHC, RLC

Computer Programming
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: COSC 1315 or COSC 1415 or demonstrated competence approved by the instructor.
Course Description: Introduction to computer programming in various programming languaes. Emphasis on the fundamentals of structured design, development, testing, implementation and documentation. Includes coverage of language syntax, data and file structures, input/output devices, and disks/files. COSC 1330 will satisfy the Associate in Sciences degree general elective requirement. This course will fullfill degree requirements established by the colleges of DCCCD only if this course has been successfully completed and the date of completion does not exceed 10 years. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 1102015207


COSC 1401 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC

Introduction to Computing
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Course Description: Overview of computer systems hardware, operating systems, and microcomputer application software, including the Internet, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation graphics, and databases. Current issues such as the effect of computers on society, and the history and use of computers in business, educational, and other modern settings are also studied. This course is not intended to count toward a student's major field of study in business or computer science. This course will fulfill DCCCD's degree requirements only if this course has been successfully completed and the date of completion does not exceed 10 years. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 1101015107


COSC 1415 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, ECC, NLC, RLC

Fundamentals of Programming
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: DREA 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standard in Reading.
Course Description: Introduction to computer programming. Emphasis on the fundamentals of structured design, development, testing, implementation, and documentation. Includes coverage of language syntax, data and file structures, input/output devices, and disks/files. This course may use instructional examples and assignments form various programming languages including but not limited to C, Objective-C, C++, and/or Java. COSC 1415 will satisfy the Associate in Sciences degree general elective requirement. This course will fullfill degree requirements established by the colleges of DCCCD only if this course has been successfully completed and the date of completion does not exceed 10 years. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 1102015207


COSC 1430 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, RLC

Computer Programming
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: COSC 1315 or COSC 1415 or equivalent.
Course Description: Introduction to computer programming in various programming languages. Emphasis on the fundamentals of structured design, development, testing, implementation, and documentation. Includes coverage of language syntax, data and file structures, input/output devices, and disks/files. COSC 1430 will satisfy the Associate in Sciences degree general elective requirement. This course will fullfill degree requirements established by the colleges of DCCCD only if this course has been successfully completed and the date of completion does not exceed 10 years. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 1102015207


COSC 1436 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, ECC, NLC, RLC

Programming Fundamentals I
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: DREA 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standard in Reading.
Course Description: This course introduces the fundamental concepts of structured programming, and provides a comprehensive introduction to programming for computer science and technology majors. Topics include software development methodology, data types, control structures, functions, arrays, and the mechanics of running, testing, and debugging. This course may use instructional examples and assignments form various programming languages including but not limited to C, Objective-C, C++, and/or Java. This course assumes computer literacy. (This course is included in the Field of Study Curriculum for Computer Science.) COSC 1436 will satisfy the Associate in Sciences degree general elective requirement. This course will fullfill degree requirements established by the colleges of DCCCD only if this course has been successfully completed and the date of completion does not exceed 10 years. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 1102015507


COSC 1437 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, ECC, NLC, RLC

Programming Fundamentals II
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: COSC 1436 and college-level algebra or higher.
Course Description: This course focuses on the object-oriented programming paradigm, emphasizing the definition and use of classes along with fundamentals of object-oriented design. The course includes basic analysis of algorithms, searching and sorting techniques, and an introduction to software engineering processes. Students will apply techniques for testing and debugging software. This course may use instructional examples and assignments form various programming languages including but not limited to C, Objective-C, C++, and/or Java. (This course is included in the Field of Study Curriculum for Computer Science.) COSC 1437 will satisfy the Associate in Sciences degree general elective requirement. This course will fullfill degree requirements established by the colleges of DCCCD only if this course has been successfully completed and the date of completion does not exceed 10 years. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 1102015607


COSC 2425 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, ECC, NLC

Computer Organization
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: COSC 1436 or demonstrated competence approved by the instructor.
Course Description: The organization of computer systems is introduced using assembly language. Topics include basic concepts of computer architecture and organization, memory hierarchy, data types, computer arithmetic, control structures, interrupt handling, instruction sets, performance metrics, and the mechanics of testing and debugging computer systems. Embedded systems and device interfacing are introduced. (This course is included in the Field of Study Curriculum for Computer Science.) COSC 2425 will satisfy the Associate in Sciences degree general elective requirement. This course will fullfill degree requirements established by the colleges of DCCCD only if this course has been successfully completed and the date of completion does not exceed 10 years. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 1102015407


COSC 2436 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, ECC, NLC, RLC

Programming Fundamentals III
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: COSC 1437.
Course Description: Further applications of programming techniques, introducing the fundamental concepts of data structures and algorithms. Topics include recursion, fundamental data structures (including stacks, queues, linked lists, hash tables, trees, and graphs), and algorithmic analysis. This course may use instructional examples and assignments from various programming languages, including but not limited to C, Objective-C, C++, C#, and/or Java. COSC 2436 will satisfy the Associate in Sciences degree general elective requirement. This course will fulfill degree requirements established by the colleges of DCCCD only if this course has been successfully completed and the date of completion does not exceed 10 years. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 1102015707



Academic Courses
Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for transfer among community colleges and state public four year colleges and universities as freshman and sophomore general education courses.

WECM Courses
Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as workforce education (technical) courses offered for credit and CEUs (Continuing Education Units). While these courses are designed to transfer among state community colleges, they are not designed to automatically transfer to public four-year colleges and universities.


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