Computers and Management Information Systems (CMIS) 214

Custom Applications with C# (Revision 4)


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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online (with eTextbook)

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies
(Business and Administrative Studies)

Prerequisite: CMIS 245 or COMP 200 or COMP 210 or professor approval.

Precluded Course: None

Requirements: Prior computing experience using Windows on a PC.

Faculty: Faculty of Business

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CMIS 214 will help you learn about the many features you can build into Windows-based business applications using C# (pronounced C Sharp). You will be introduced to related tools and technology, and you will explore applications programmed with these tools. This course is not intended to provide an exhaustive study of C# Windows programming as this is well beyond the scope of a single course. However, once you complete this course you will have a good foundation to enable you to continue to develop these skills. Follow-up CMIS courses build on this knowledge and explore Web-based business applications built with C#.

This course uses custom built online material, including a course Web site and multimedia presentations. In addition, a reference textbook is provided for additional background material. Each of the seven units includes theory as well as practical tutorials and hands-on activities.

The reference textbook uses the C# programming language within the Visual Studio for Windows Desktop programming environment, part of the Microsoft .NET architecture. The online course material uses Visual Studio, which is a proprietary product available from the Microsoft site. We use the Community Edition of Visual Studio because it is easy to use, and because it represents the current state of software technology used by most software manufacturers. The knowledge and skills you develop in this course can easily be adapted to other programming environments. The reference textbook provides extensive coverage of the C# language and includes many code fragments to illustrate the topics. The course website will direct you to the specific pages in the reference textbook that relate to the topic being covered. As you explore C# topics after completing this course, you will want to continue to use this reference textbook.


This course has been organized into seven units as follows:

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Visual Basic
  • Unit 2: Working with Objects and Properties
  • Unit 3: Decision Logic in C#
  • Unit 4: Repetition Logic in C#
  • Unit 5: Procedures in C#
  • Unit 6: Arrays and Collections in C#
  • Unit 7: Objects, Classes, Inheritance, and Polymorphism in C#


To receive credit for this course, you will submit four assignments and write a Final Examination. You will also be graded on your participation in online discussions. You must achieve a minimum grade of D (50 percent) on the examination, and a minimum overall course grade of D (50 percent). The chart below describes the credit weight associated with each course requirement.

Course Assignments: Each assignment is based on work covered in this course website, the multimedia presentations, and resources from the reference textbook. Each assignment has two parts. Part A consists of at least one practical exercise, and Part B is an online quiz. To complete the practical exercises (Part A) you will develop applications and submit these applications by uploading .zip files.

Assignment Weight Due Details
Assignment 1
(1A and 1B)
10% After Unit 2 One practical exercise (8%) and an online quiz (2%)
Assignment 2
(2A and 2B)
20% After Unit 4 Two practical exercises (16%) and an online quiz (4%)
Assignment 3
(3A and 3B)
20% After Unit 6 Two practical exercises (16%) and an online quiz (4%)
Assignment 4
(4A and 4B)
15% After Unit 7 One practical exercise (13%) and an online quiz (2%)
Online Discussion 5% ongoing Post five messages (from at least three units) before submitting your last assignment or writing the Final Examination.
Final Examination 30% after Unit 7 Cumulative online exam comprised of multiple-choice and short answer questions
Total 100%

Note: The final examination for this course must be taken online at an invigilated location. It is your responsibility to ensure a computer with an Internet connection and a current web browser is available for your use at the invigilation centre. The exam is a closed-book examination that you will have three hours to complete.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

Boehm, A., & Murach, J. (2015). Murach’s C# 2015 (6th ed.). Fresno, CA: Mike Murach & Associates, Inc. ISBN 9781890774943

A print version of the eText may be available for purchase from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.

Other Materials

Student data files are provided (as .zip files) on the course website for some tutorials and hands-on activities.

Software Requirements

The minimum computer requirements:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 (or higher)
  • A 1.8GHz or faster processor
  • At least 4 GB RAM
  • 50 GB of available hard disk space
  • Video card that supports a minimum display resolution of 720p (1280 by 720)
  • Internet connectivity

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 4, May 10, 2019.

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