Business Programming and Systems Analysis (BPA)

Business Programming and Systems Analysis (BPA)

The Business Programming and Systems Analysis degree program provides the skills required to plan, design, write, implement, and support computer software for varied industries and organizations.

Students gain knowledge of state-of-the-art programming languages and database management systems. Additionally, the team-oriented, project-based coursework familiarizes students with business process modeling, project management, and problem-solving skills.

Graduates earn an Associate of Applied Science degree and are well prepared to enter the workforce as skilled computer programmers or to pursue a bachelor's degree in information systems or computer science.

Courses in the Business Programming and Systems Analysis program are offered using a variety of delivery methods, including fully online and traditional in-person classes, as well as hybrid classes that combine both methods. 

For more information, please contact the Center for Innovative Technologies at (513) 569-1743.

To apply for this program at Cincinnati State, visit our Admissions Page

Business Programming and Systems Analysis (BPA)

Semester 1LecLabCredits
ENG 101English Composition 1 ( G) 303
IT 110HTML with CSS and JavaScript ( B) 233
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B)  101
XXX XXX Arts/Humanities Elective (G)  303
IT 100Computer Programming Foundations ( B) 233
Semester 2  
IT 101.NET Programming 1 ( B) 233
IT 111Database Design and SQL 1 ( B) 233
BPA 130Business Systems Analysis and Design ( B) 233
ECO 1XX Economics Elective (G)  303
CIT 190Career Preparation: Engineering and Information Technologies ( B) 101
Semester 3  
IT 102.NET Programming 2 ( T) 233
IT 140PHP and MySQL ( T) 334
IT 161Java Programming 1 ( T) 233
IT 210System Design and Implementation ( T) 233
Semester 4  
BPA 291Full-Time Cooperative Education 1: Business Programming and Systems Analysis ( T) 1402
XXX XXX Technical Elective 1 (T)  233
Semester 5  
IT 220Emerging Topics in Computer Software Development ( T) 233
BPA 290Business Programming and Systems Analysis Capstone ( T) 334
MAT XXX Mathematics Elective (G)  223
ENG 10X English Composition Elective (G)  303
IT 162Java Programming 2 ( T) 233
Semester 6  
BPA 292Full-Time Cooperative Education 2: Business Programming and Systems Analysis ( T) 1402
XXX XXX Technical Elective 2 (T)  233
Total Credits:  4812465

Electives

First Year Experience Elective
FYE 100College Survival Skills1
FYE 105College Success Strategies2
FYE 110Community College Experience3
Arts/Humanities Elective
Any Transfer Module course from ART, LIT, MUS, PHI, REL, THE, or COMM 1303
English Composition Elective
ENG 102English Composition 2: Contemporary Issues3
ENG 103English Composition 2: Writing about Literature3
ENG 104English Composition 2: Technical Communication3
ENG 105English Composition 2: Business Communication3
Economics Elective
ECO 105Principles of Microeconomics3
ECO 110Principles of Macroeconomics3
Mathematics Elective
MAT 121Technical Algebra and Geometry with Statistics3
MAT 125Algebra and Trigonometry4
MAT 131Statistics 13
MAT 151College Algebra4
Technical Electives *
Take two courses from the following:
BPA 230Mobile Application Development4
BPA 240Emerging Technologies: Web and Mobile Applications4
BPA 211Business Application Development 1: RPGLE/DB24
BPA 212Business Application Development 2: RPGLE/DB24
CPDM 151ASP.NET C# 13
CPDM 152ASP.NET C# 23
IT 112Database Design and SQL 24
NETC 121Network Communications 13
NETC 122Network Communications 23
*

 Students should consult with their advisor before registering for Technical Electives

The letters G, B, and T (displayed after course titles or elective descriptions) identify types of courses required by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as part of an associate’s degree curriculum. 

G = General Education course in this curriculum

B = Basic Skills course in this curriculum

T = Technical course in this curriculum

BPA Courses

BPA 130 Business Systems Analysis and Design
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

An introductory course on business systems analysis within the framework of the system development life cycle. Topics include: business case analysis, requirement gathering, requirement modeling, enterprise modeling, and development strategies.
Prerequisites: AFL 085 and AFM 092 , or appropriate placement test scores
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BPA 191 Part-Time Cooperative Education 1: Business Programming and Systems Analysis
1 Credit. 1 Lecture Hour. 20 Lab Hours.

Students seeking an associate's degree participate in their first part-time field learning experience related to their degree. Students are expected to register for academic courses during the same semester. Students must follow cooperative education policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: None
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BPA 192 Part-Time Cooperative Education 2: Business Programming and Systems Analysis
1 Credit. 1 Lecture Hour. 20 Lab Hours.

Students seeking an associate's degree participate in their second part-time field learning experience related to their degree. Students are expected to register for academic courses during the same semester. Students must follow cooperative education policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: BPA 191
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BPA 193 Part-Time Cooperative Education 3: Business Programming and Systems Analysis
1 Credit. 1 Lecture Hour. 20 Lab Hours.

Students seeking an associate's degree participate in their third part-time field learning experience related to their degree. Students are expected to register for academic courses during the same semester. Students must follow cooperative education policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: BPA 192
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BPA 194 Part-Time Cooperative Education 4: Business Programming and Systems Analysis
1 Credit. 1 Lecture Hour. 20 Lab Hours.

Students seeking an associate's degree participate in their fourth part-time field learning experience related to their degree. Students are expected to register for academic courses during the same semester. Students must follow cooperative education policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: BPA 193
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BPA 195 Part-Time Cooperative Education 5: Business Programming and Systems Analysis
1 Credit. 1 Lecture Hour. 20 Lab Hours.

Students seeking an associate's degree participate in their fifth part-time field learning experience related to their degree. Students are expected to register for academic courses during the same semester. Students must follow cooperative education policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: BPA 194
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BPA 196 Part-Time Cooperative Education 6: Business Programming and Systems Analysis
1 Credit. 1 Lecture Hour. 20 Lab Hours.

Students seeking an associate's degree participate in their sixth part-time field learning experience related to their degree. Students are expected to register for academic courses during the same semester. Students must follow cooperative education policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: BPA 195
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BPA 198 First Year Special Topics in Business Programming and Systems Analysis
1-9 Credits. 0 Lecture Hour. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on selected topics related to Business Programming and Analysis, which gives students opportunities to study information not currently covered in other courses. Grades issued are A, B, C, D, or F.
Prerequisites: Instructor Approval
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BPA 199 First Year Independent Project in Business Programming and Systems Analysis
1-9 Credits. 0 Lecture Hour. 0 Lab Hour.

A project related to Business Programming and Analysis that is completed by one or more students to meet specific educational goals. Projects must have prior approval and supervision by Business Programming and Analysis faculty. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: Instructor Approval
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BPA 211 Business Application Development 1: RPGLE/DB2
4 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on the IBM operating system and utilities including DB2, Control Language, Query, SDA, and SQL. Topics include: RPGLE utilization of forms/specifications, language operation codes and special functions used to generate reports, and transaction level file maintenance.
Prerequisites: IT 102
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BPA 212 Business Application Development 2: RPGLE/DB2
4 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A continuation of BPA 211 . Topics include: RPGLE procedural programming including arrays/list processing, interactive applications, and subfiles; interactive and embedded SQL; and ILE programming through service programs to address introductory cross-platform programming.
Prerequisites: BPA 211
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BPA 230 Mobile Application Development
4 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

A course on designing and programming applications for current mobile devices. Topics include: GUI programming application structure; and considerations related to networks, databases, video, GPS sensors, and multi-touch technology.
Prerequisites: IT 102
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BPA 240 Emerging Technologies: Web and Mobile Applications
4 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on emerging technologies in software and applications development for the Web and mobile devices.
Prerequisites: BPA 230
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BPA 290 Business Programming and Systems Analysis Capstone
4 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

Students participate in a team project that demonstrates mastery of skills gained throughout their degree studies. Topics include: analyzing requirements, determining an IT solution, and implementing an IT solution.
Prerequisites: IT 102 and IT 111 and IT 161
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BPA 291 Full-Time Cooperative Education 1: Business Programming and Systems Analysis
2 Credits. 1 Lecture Hour. 40 Lab Hours.

Students seeking an associate's degree participate in their first full-time field learning experience related to their degree. Students must follow cooperative education policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: None
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BPA 292 Full-Time Cooperative Education 2: Business Programming and Systems Analysis
2 Credits. 1 Lecture Hour. 40 Lab Hours.

Students seeking an associate's degree participate in their second full-time field learning experience related to their degree. Students must follow cooperative education policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: BPA 291
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BPA 293 Full-Time Cooperative Education 3: Business Programming and Systems Analysis
2 Credits. 1 Lecture Hour. 40 Lab Hours.

Students seeking an associate's degree participate in their third full-time field learning experience related to their degree. Students must follow cooperative education policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: BPA 292
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BPA 294 Internship 1: Business Programming and Systems Analysis
2 Credits. 1 Lecture Hour. 40 Lab Hours.

Students seeking an associate's degree participate in their first unpaid field learning experience related to their degree. Students must follow applicable policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: CIT 190
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BPA 295 Internship 2: Business Programming and Systems Analysis
2 Credits. 1 Lecture Hour. 40 Lab Hours.

Students seeking an associate's degree participate in their second unpaid field learning experience related to their degree. Students must follow applicable policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: BPA 294
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BPA 298 Second Year Special Topics in Business Programming and Systems Analysis
1-9 Credits. 0 Lecture Hour. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on selected topics related to Business Programming and Analysis, which gives students opportunities to study information not currently covered in other courses. Grades issued are A, B, C, D, or F.
Prerequisites: Instructor Approval
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BPA 299 Second Year Independent Project in Business Programming and Systems Analysis
1-9 Credits. 0 Lecture Hour. 0 Lab Hour.

A project related to Business Programming and Analysis that is completed by one or more students to meet specific educational goals. Projects must have prior approval and supervision by Business Programming and Analysis faculty. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: Instructor Approval
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IT Courses

IT 100 Computer Programming Foundations
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on fundamental concepts related to programming. Topics include: problem solving and developmental tools, design techniques such as flow charting and pseudo coding, and testing techniques used in programming.
Prerequisites: AFL 085 and AFM 092 or appropriate placement test scores
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IT 101 .NET Programming 1
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

An introduction to concepts of object-oriented software development using Visual Basic .NET. Topics include: application design methods, stages of software development, interaction with the .NET framework, and modular programming concepts utilizing procedures and functions.
Prerequisites: AFL 085 and AFM 092 , or equivalent placement test scores
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IT 102 .NET Programming 2
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A continuation of IT 101 . Topics include: object-oriented design and implementation using the .NET framework, developing class modules, and accessing and writing to external data storage and databases using ADO.NET and SQL.
Prerequisites: IT 101 and IT 111
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IT 103 .NET Programming 3
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A continuation of IT 102 . Topics include: creating, debugging, and maintaining web-based database applications using the .NET framework.
Prerequisites: IT 102 and IT 111
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IT 105 Information Technology Concepts
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on information technology fundamentals. Topics include: the internet, software, hardware, input/output (I/O) and storage, operating systems, communications and networks, database management, security, system development, programming, enterprise computing, and numbering systems. The course is delivered through online instruction only.
Prerequisites: AFL 085 and AFM 092 , or appropriate placement test scores
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IT 110 HTML with CSS and JavaScript
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on internet programming using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Topics include: HTML commands, cascading style sheets, JavaScript commands, web applications (apps), and dynamic web pages.
Prerequisites: None
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IT 111 Database Design and SQL 1
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on fundamentals of relational database design and implementation using Microsoft SQL Server. Topics include: SQL Enterprise Manager, fundamentals of database design and normalization, data import and export, Structured Query Language (SQL), indexes and keys, views, and stored procedures.
Prerequisites: AFL 085 and AFM 092 , or appropriate placement test scores
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IT 112 Database Design and SQL 2
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A continuation of IT 111 . Topics include: advanced stored procedures using transact SQL, user defined functions, triggers, user defined data types, full text searching, replication, database maintenance plans, and designing data models from abstract requirements.
Prerequisites: IT 111 (minimum grade C)
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IT 115 Operating Systems Administration 1
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on the Windows operating system used on PCs. Topics include Windows utilization and management, utilities, managing disks, disaster recovery, troubleshooting, user management, productivity tools, and performance issues. This course prepares students for a Microsoft Certification exam.
Prerequisites: AFL 085 or appropriate placement test score
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IT 116 Operating Systems Administration 2
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A continuation of IT 115 . Topics include: managing software problems; managing virtualization; and client configuration, development, deployment, and security. This course prepares students for a Microsoft Certification exam.
Prerequisites: IT 115
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IT 140 PHP and MySQL
4 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course in PHP web programming with a MySQL database. Topics include: PHP language, syntax, variables, and forms; MySQL database design; connecting to a MySQL database using PHP; inserting, editing, and deleting MySQL data using PHP; and building dynamic web pages using PHP and MySQL.
Prerequisites: IT 101 and IT 110
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IT 150 Logistics and Distribution Technology
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

A course on technologies and software used in supply chain management for freight, air, and maritime logistics operations. Topics include: barcodes, RFID, Wi-Fi tags, logistics and inventory software, high frequency tracking, and passive/active tracking.
Prerequisites: SCM 105
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IT 161 Java Programming 1
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on fundamentals of the Java programming language. Topics include: data types, variables, basic command line input/output, decisions, loops, procedures, string manipulation, arrays, object-oriented development, event programming, and database programming.
Prerequisites: IT 101
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IT 162 Java Programming 2
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A continuation of IT 161 . Topics include: Java Server Pages (JSP) and complex database applications using Java and JSP.
Prerequisites: IT 161
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IT 210 System Design and Implementation
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on methodologies and techniques of the system development life cycle. Topics include: system design, project management for IT, system implementation, programming design, and system testing techniques.
Prerequisites: BPA 130
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IT 215 Scripting
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

A course on task automation and configuration management using Microsoft PowerShell programming language. Topics include: modifying existing PowerShell scripts, and creating new scripts to automate common tasks.
Prerequisites: NETB 155
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IT 220 Emerging Topics in Computer Software Development
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on current topics related to Computer Software Development such as data reporting, XML, and other new concerns.
Prerequisites: IT 101 , IT 110 , IT 111
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Faculty

Program Chair/Advisor

Professor Robert Nields, MBA
robert.nields@cincinnatistate.edu

Co-op Coordinator

Professor Noelle Grome, ME, MA
noelle.grome@cincinnatistate.edu