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CIS Textbook Resources


Students in some CIS courses will need both a textbook (print or e-book) AND a SAM account. SAM is training and testing software used in class and essential for completing required coursework. The best option is to buy the SAM/book bundle from the bookstore or from the Cengage Brain online store (links below).

Course URL to Cengage Microsite
CIS 120 Computer Concepts
CIS 131 Software Applications
CIS 125E Microsoft Excel
CIS 125A Microsoft Access

Because SAM software/access is essential, buying a used book for any of these classes is likely NOT going to produce a cost savings. The instructor for your course can help you determine the best option for your situation, depending on if you already have a book and/or already have SAM access from a prior class.

When setting up your SAM account for your class, you'll need the institution key. Our SAM institution key is T2079791.

You can find online resources for using SAM, including the Getting Started Student Guide, from Cengage Learning.

Cengage Unlimited

The materials required in the SAM courses above and other COCC courses are included in Cengage Unlimited, a subscription that gives you access to all your Cengage access codes and online textbooks for $120 per term, $180 per year or $240 for two years. No matter how many Cengage products you use, they are included in Cengage Unlimited, and the price stays the same. You can purchase access to Cengage Unlimited in the bookstore, or at . 
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Software Downloads
from OnTheHub and Microsoft Azure Dev Tools

These accounts (formerly known as Microsoft Imagine), allow you to access different productivity applications (like Visio and Project) and operating systems (like Windows 10 and Windows Server) used in a variety of CIS courses.

You can get the necessary student account to download this software by contacting Jennifer Jordan at There is a $25 one-time fee for the access. Once you get your account set up, check the video tutorials below for information on how to access and download your software.

Logging Into Your COCC OnTheHub Account for the First Time

Accessing Microsoft Software Through the COCC OnTheHub Subscription

Lynda Tutorial Videos

Students with an account at the Deschutes County Public Library have access to a free account. This online service contains hundreds of tutorial videos for CIS topics and software. Visit and log in with your library credentials. If you don't officially reside in Crook, Jefferson, or Deschutes county, you can get a temporary DCPL card by showing your COCC student ID card.