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Computer Information Systems: Business Software Specialist II

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Computer Information Systems: Business Software Specialist II - Certificate (B36)

The Business Software Specialist II consists of advanced courses which expand on skills in the programming and the operation of computers. This certificate can also be the means for advancement to higher-level positions in an expanding field. Instruction includes hands-on experience with computers, business software applications, and web design.

Work and Employment

The rapid spread of computers and computer-based technologies in recent years has generated a need for skilled, highly trained workers. Computers have become essential to the operation of stores, banks, colleges and universities, government agencies, hospitals, factories, and many other profit and non-profit entities in our society. Employment is expected to grow as organizations seek new applications for computers and improvements to the software already in use.


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Program Contacts at Sauk Valley Community College

  • Academic Advising, 815-835-6354
  • Greg Noack, Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems, 815-835-6434

Total Hours Required - 22 Hours

Major Field Requirements

  • CIS100 - Basic Keyboard & Doc Proc ( 2 Semester Hours)

    Instruction in keyboard and machine control techniques with the objective of developing a mastery of the keyboard and skill in producing basic and academic reports. Prerequisite: None 2 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 4 lab/week

  • CIS104 - Word Processing Software ( 2 Semester Hours)

    This course will familiarize the user with advanced features of word processing. Course emphasis will include: document creation, document deleting and document printing, editing, formatting with fonts, margins, columns, citations, creating and formatting tables, graphics, themes and building blocks, merging, multipage, styles and templates, references, footnotes, integration with Excel and Access, building forms, collaborating and tracking documents customizing Word, Watermarks CIS 109 or consent of instructor 2 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 1 lec/2 lab

  • CIS106 - Spreadsheet Software ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This introductory course is designed to acquaint the student with the process of using personal computers to solve spreadsheet problems. In addition to providing the student with a working knowledge of the basic and advanced capabilities of spreadsheet software, the student will be exposed to the use of problem-solving techniques for situations in which spreadsheet solutions are appropriate. Prerequisite: CIS 109 or consent of instructor 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec, 2 lab/week

  • CIS108 - Database Software ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This introductory course is designed to acquaint the student with the use of Windows-based database management system to solve problems. In addition to providing the student with a working knowledge of the basic and advanced capabilities of a Windows database management system, the student will be exposed to the use of problem-solving techniques for situations in which database management solutions are appropriate. Prerequisite: CIS 109 or consent of instructor 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec, 2 lab/week

  • CIS109 - Introduction to Computers ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This introductory course consists of the study of computer hardware, software, operating systems and communications, networking, Internet, systems and program development life cycles and their role in business decision making. The use of Internet, multimedia, security, and ethics will be emphasized throughout the course. In addition, laboratory experience will be gained with a survey of Microsoft Windows and business computer software applications programs in word processing, electronic spreadsheets, database management, presentation graphics, and Internet. Prerequisite: None. Students having no experience with computers are encouraged to first take OAS 103-Keyboarding. 3 Semester hour(s) Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): BUS 902 Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec, 2 lab/week

  • CIS132 - Cloud Productivity ( 2 Semester Hours)

    This introductory course is designed to acquaint the student with the use of cloud-based office productivity applications for collaboration, file sharing, project management, note-taking, communication, and organization. Laboratory experience will be gained with a survey of tools including: Google Apps, Microsoft Office 365, Evernote, cloud-based drives, and web conferencing tools. Both desktop and mobile tools will be utilized when applicable. Best practices for the business office and security will be emphasized. Prerequisite: CIS 101 or CIS 109 (concurrent enrollment accepted), or consent of instructor. 2 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 1 lec/2 lab/week

  • CIS134 - Website Creation & Management ( 3 Semester Hours)

    An introductory course in the fundamentals of web site design and development. Topics include web site planning, typography, images, multimedia elements, publishing, and promoting and maintaining a website. Students will create a functional, effective, and visually appealing web site using a content management system. This class does not use an HTML editor. Prerequisite: CIS 101 or CIS 109 or consent of instructor 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours 2 lec/2 lab/week

  • CIS143 - Desktop Publishing Software ( 3 Semester Hours)

    An introduction to desktop publishing in which students will learn to manipulate, edit, store and plot both text and graphic information. Students will also learn how to develop and use artistic graphics necessary to produce business forms, charts, reports, newsletters, brochures and magazines utilizing the microcomputer. 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 1 lec/4 lab

  • CIS148 - Business Presentation Graphics ( 1 Semester Hours)

    This course focuses on creating effective and attractive presentation media for business presentations. The student will learn the basics of a software package specifically designed for presentation graphics. In addition to providing the student with a working knowledge of the graphics capabilities of various software packages, the student will be exposed to the use of problem-solving techniques for situations in which graphic solutions are appropriate. Prerequisite: CIS 109 or consent of instructor. 1 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: .5 lec, 1 lab/week

Suggested Program 1 year accelerated

First Semester - 10 Hours

  • CIS100 - Basic Keyboard & Doc Proc ( 2 Semester Hours)

    Instruction in keyboard and machine control techniques with the objective of developing a mastery of the keyboard and skill in producing basic and academic reports. Prerequisite: None 2 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 4 lab/week

  • CIS109 - Introduction to Computers ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This introductory course consists of the study of computer hardware, software, operating systems and communications, networking, Internet, systems and program development life cycles and their role in business decision making. The use of Internet, multimedia, security, and ethics will be emphasized throughout the course. In addition, laboratory experience will be gained with a survey of Microsoft Windows and business computer software applications programs in word processing, electronic spreadsheets, database management, presentation graphics, and Internet. Prerequisite: None. Students having no experience with computers are encouraged to first take OAS 103-Keyboarding. 3 Semester hour(s) Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): BUS 902 Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec, 2 lab/week

  • CIS132 - Cloud Productivity ( 2 Semester Hours)

    This introductory course is designed to acquaint the student with the use of cloud-based office productivity applications for collaboration, file sharing, project management, note-taking, communication, and organization. Laboratory experience will be gained with a survey of tools including: Google Apps, Microsoft Office 365, Evernote, cloud-based drives, and web conferencing tools. Both desktop and mobile tools will be utilized when applicable. Best practices for the business office and security will be emphasized. Prerequisite: CIS 101 or CIS 109 (concurrent enrollment accepted), or consent of instructor. 2 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 1 lec/2 lab/week

  • CIS143 - Desktop Publishing Software ( 3 Semester Hours)

    An introduction to desktop publishing in which students will learn to manipulate, edit, store and plot both text and graphic information. Students will also learn how to develop and use artistic graphics necessary to produce business forms, charts, reports, newsletters, brochures and magazines utilizing the microcomputer. 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 1 lec/4 lab

Second Semester - 12 Hours

  • CIS104 - Word Processing Software ( 2 Semester Hours)

    This course will familiarize the user with advanced features of word processing. Course emphasis will include: document creation, document deleting and document printing, editing, formatting with fonts, margins, columns, citations, creating and formatting tables, graphics, themes and building blocks, merging, multipage, styles and templates, references, footnotes, integration with Excel and Access, building forms, collaborating and tracking documents customizing Word, Watermarks CIS 109 or consent of instructor 2 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 1 lec/2 lab

  • CIS106 - Spreadsheet Software ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This introductory course is designed to acquaint the student with the process of using personal computers to solve spreadsheet problems. In addition to providing the student with a working knowledge of the basic and advanced capabilities of spreadsheet software, the student will be exposed to the use of problem-solving techniques for situations in which spreadsheet solutions are appropriate. Prerequisite: CIS 109 or consent of instructor 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec, 2 lab/week

  • CIS108 - Database Software ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This introductory course is designed to acquaint the student with the use of Windows-based database management system to solve problems. In addition to providing the student with a working knowledge of the basic and advanced capabilities of a Windows database management system, the student will be exposed to the use of problem-solving techniques for situations in which database management solutions are appropriate. Prerequisite: CIS 109 or consent of instructor 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec, 2 lab/week

  • CIS134 - Website Creation & Management ( 3 Semester Hours)

    An introductory course in the fundamentals of web site design and development. Topics include web site planning, typography, images, multimedia elements, publishing, and promoting and maintaining a website. Students will create a functional, effective, and visually appealing web site using a content management system. This class does not use an HTML editor. Prerequisite: CIS 101 or CIS 109 or consent of instructor 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours 2 lec/2 lab/week

  • CIS148 - Business Presentation Graphics ( 1 Semester Hours)

    This course focuses on creating effective and attractive presentation media for business presentations. The student will learn the basics of a software package specifically designed for presentation graphics. In addition to providing the student with a working knowledge of the graphics capabilities of various software packages, the student will be exposed to the use of problem-solving techniques for situations in which graphic solutions are appropriate. Prerequisite: CIS 109 or consent of instructor. 1 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: .5 lec, 1 lab/week

Suggested Program 2 years

First Semester - 5 Hours

  • CIS100 - Basic Keyboard & Doc Proc ( 2 Semester Hours)

    Instruction in keyboard and machine control techniques with the objective of developing a mastery of the keyboard and skill in producing basic and academic reports. Prerequisite: None 2 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 4 lab/week

  • CIS109 - Introduction to Computers ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This introductory course consists of the study of computer hardware, software, operating systems and communications, networking, Internet, systems and program development life cycles and their role in business decision making. The use of Internet, multimedia, security, and ethics will be emphasized throughout the course. In addition, laboratory experience will be gained with a survey of Microsoft Windows and business computer software applications programs in word processing, electronic spreadsheets, database management, presentation graphics, and Internet. Prerequisite: None. Students having no experience with computers are encouraged to first take OAS 103-Keyboarding. 3 Semester hour(s) Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): BUS 902 Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec, 2 lab/week

Second Semester - 6 Hours

  • CIS104 - Word Processing Software ( 2 Semester Hours)

    This course will familiarize the user with advanced features of word processing. Course emphasis will include: document creation, document deleting and document printing, editing, formatting with fonts, margins, columns, citations, creating and formatting tables, graphics, themes and building blocks, merging, multipage, styles and templates, references, footnotes, integration with Excel and Access, building forms, collaborating and tracking documents customizing Word, Watermarks CIS 109 or consent of instructor 2 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 1 lec/2 lab

  • CIS106 - Spreadsheet Software ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This introductory course is designed to acquaint the student with the process of using personal computers to solve spreadsheet problems. In addition to providing the student with a working knowledge of the basic and advanced capabilities of spreadsheet software, the student will be exposed to the use of problem-solving techniques for situations in which spreadsheet solutions are appropriate. Prerequisite: CIS 109 or consent of instructor 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec, 2 lab/week

  • CIS148 - Business Presentation Graphics ( 1 Semester Hours)

    This course focuses on creating effective and attractive presentation media for business presentations. The student will learn the basics of a software package specifically designed for presentation graphics. In addition to providing the student with a working knowledge of the graphics capabilities of various software packages, the student will be exposed to the use of problem-solving techniques for situations in which graphic solutions are appropriate. Prerequisite: CIS 109 or consent of instructor. 1 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: .5 lec, 1 lab/week

Third Semester - 5 Hours

  • CIS132 - Cloud Productivity ( 2 Semester Hours)

    This introductory course is designed to acquaint the student with the use of cloud-based office productivity applications for collaboration, file sharing, project management, note-taking, communication, and organization. Laboratory experience will be gained with a survey of tools including: Google Apps, Microsoft Office 365, Evernote, cloud-based drives, and web conferencing tools. Both desktop and mobile tools will be utilized when applicable. Best practices for the business office and security will be emphasized. Prerequisite: CIS 101 or CIS 109 (concurrent enrollment accepted), or consent of instructor. 2 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 1 lec/2 lab/week

  • CIS143 - Desktop Publishing Software ( 3 Semester Hours)

    An introduction to desktop publishing in which students will learn to manipulate, edit, store and plot both text and graphic information. Students will also learn how to develop and use artistic graphics necessary to produce business forms, charts, reports, newsletters, brochures and magazines utilizing the microcomputer. 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 1 lec/4 lab

Fourth Semester - 6 Hours

  • CIS108 - Database Software ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This introductory course is designed to acquaint the student with the use of Windows-based database management system to solve problems. In addition to providing the student with a working knowledge of the basic and advanced capabilities of a Windows database management system, the student will be exposed to the use of problem-solving techniques for situations in which database management solutions are appropriate. Prerequisite: CIS 109 or consent of instructor 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec, 2 lab/week

  • CIS134 - Website Creation & Management ( 3 Semester Hours)

    An introductory course in the fundamentals of web site design and development. Topics include web site planning, typography, images, multimedia elements, publishing, and promoting and maintaining a website. Students will create a functional, effective, and visually appealing web site using a content management system. This class does not use an HTML editor. Prerequisite: CIS 101 or CIS 109 or consent of instructor 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours 2 lec/2 lab/week