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Computer Information Systems

Computer Information Systems diploma

This program combines studies from the computing, business, and communications fields, so students will acquire enough skills to obtain a first job and also a broad base from which to expand their training. The four-semester program provides theoretical groundwork and specific skill development courses, with major emphasis on practical, hands-on work.

Entrance requirements

Entrance requirements for the CIS diploma are the same as those for the BCIS degree. Please see the BCIS section for complete details.

Students who do not meet these requirements might consider the Computer Information Systems Studies program path.

When to apply

Applications are accepted for entrance to the Fall, Winter, and Summer semesters. For application deadlines, see Specific intake application process.

How to apply

1. Submit the application fee along with your UFV application for admission form to the Office of the Registrar (OReg). You can apply online or download an application form at ufv.ca/admissions/admissions/apply. Application forms are also available from any OReg or Student Services office.

Additional documents required for a complete application:
• Proof of B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent, or permission from the program head.
• Transcript (or interim transcript) showing grade/course achievement as per entrance requirements.

• An official transcript from every post-secondary institution you have attended. To be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly to UFV from the originating institution; see the Transfer Credit section for details. Unofficial copies may accompany the application form if official transcripts have been ordered.

2. Upon admission to the program you will be provided with registration information. A deposit is required when you register (see the Fees and Other Costs section). The deposit will be applied to the tuition fees. Final payment of all course fees is due the end of the second week of classes.

3. In some cases where interim transcripts are submitted, an admission decision may be made conditional upon completion of academic requirements. Proof of completion of entrance requirements is due by the end of the first week in August.

Basis for admission decision

Applicants who meet the entrance requirements will be admitted in order of their application date. This date is set when an application, all required documentation, and the application fee have been submitted.

Program outline

The CIS diploma is available to students who have completed the first two years of the BCIS degree.

Students continuing in the degree program should note that some optional courses are prerequisites for some upper-level courses. Students should choose their optional second-year courses carefully, so that they obtain the prerequisites for the upper-level CIS/COMP courses they wish to take.

The following is an example of a typical schedule.

First year

Semester I

Course Title Credits
CIS 145 Web Publishing 3
 or CIS 146 Intermediate Web Publishing (previously offered) (see Note 1 below) 3
CIS 190 Systems Hardware Concepts 3
COMP 125 Principles of Computing 3
Elective Approved Arts or other approved elective (see Note 2) 3-4

Semester II

Course Title Credits
CIS 192 Introduction to Networking 4
COMP 150 Introduction to Programming 4
CMNS 125 Introduction to Workplace Communication
 or CMNS 175 Writing for the Internet 3
MATH 125 Introduction to Discrete Mathematics (see Note 3)
 or COMP 138 Applied CIS Math Concepts (previously offered) 3-4

Second year

Semester III

Course Title Credits
CIS 291 Networking Theory and Applications 4
COMP 155 Advanced Programming 4
CIS 221 Principles of Information Systems Security 4
CMNS 251 Professional Report Writing 3
Elective CIS 200-level elective (see Note 4) 3-4

Semester IV

Course Title Credits
CIS 285 End User Training and Support 3
CIS 230 Databases and Database Management Systems 3
CIS 270 Analysis and Design 3
COMP 251 Data Structures and Algorithms 4
Elective Business or Communications elective (see Note 5) 3

Note 1: CIS students cannot obtain credit for both CIS 145 and CIS 146 towards their program.

Note 2: The current approved Arts elective options are available online at ufv.ca/cis/programs/approved-arts-electives.

Note 3: Students who have not completed Principles of Math 12 (or equivalent) must complete MATH 124 (Finite Math with Applications in the Information Sciences) to be used towards the prerequisite for MATH 125 and STAT 106 (formerly MATH 106) as part of the CIS program requirements. MATH 124 may be used as a lower-level elective in another discipline in the BCIS requirement.

Note 4: Those students who plan to complete the Systems and Networking concentration as part of BCIS degree requirements must take CIS 292.

Note 5: Business or Communications electives options: BUS 100, 120, 143, 144, 145, 160, 201, 203, 223; CMNS 212, 235, 275.

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.