Frequently Asked Questions

I've never taken a computer course before. Where do I start?

The Getting Started page should help you determine which Computer Information Systems (CIS) course is for you. If you still aren’t sure, ask a CIS faculty member.

What computer course do I take next?

You can refer to the table on the Getting Started page to help you determine which CIS course comes next. If you still aren’t sure, ask a CIS faculty member.

I don't have a computer at home. Can I still take a computer course?

You do NOT need to have your own computer to take a computer course. Computer labs are available at the Glen Ellyn campus. The main computer lab is the Academic Computing Lab on the third floor of the Student Resource Center.

What kind of computer should I buy?

That is a difficult question to answer. To determine which computer to buy, you must know how you are going to use it. For example, if you just want to use it for word processing, you will have different needs than the person who wants to create multimedia presentations. To help you decide, consider taking an introductory computer course.

Can I proficiency any courses?

The Assessment and Testing office offers the opportunity to gain credit for CIS classes by taking a proficiency exam. Currently there are proficiency tests available for these classes:

  •  CIS 1120 (The Internet)
  •  CIS 1130 (Windows Basics)
  •  CIS 1150 (Introduction to CIS)
  •  CIS 1160 (Windows Command Line)
  •  CIS 1221 (Intro to Spreadsheets)
  •  CIS 1230 (Microcomputer Database Application)
  •  CIS 1400 (Programming Logic and Technique)


For a list of topics covered on the tests, contact the Assessment and Testing office

What networking courses are available?

The CIS department offers classes in Local Area Networking (LAN).  Here is the list of networking classes available:

  • CIS 1180 – Introduction to Networking
  • CIS 1610 – LAN Admin I (Windows XP)
  • CIS 1620 – LAN Admin II (Windows 2003 Server)
  • CIS 1630 – LAN Admin III (Active Directory)
  • CIS 1640 – Information Security Principles
  • CIS 1650 – Wireless Network Administration
  • CIS 1660 – Planning Windows 2003 Environment
  • CIS 1670 – Managing Windows 2003 Environment
  • CIS 2610 – Network Security
  • CIS 2620 – Exchange Server 2003
  • CIS 2630 – SQL Server Administration


Networking advisors are Mohammed Morovati and Harry Hou.

Contact Information

Annette Kerwin, Coordinator
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1738, (630) 942-2042

Kathy Kotowski, Tech-Connect Advisor
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1732, (630) 942-3961

Kim Groesbeck, Program Support Specialist
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1054, (630) 942-2599

Business and Technology Division
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1034, (630) 942-2592