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  • Curriculum: Standard Track

    Core

    CM 107: COLLEGE COMPOSITION I (5 Credits)

    Building on your existing writing strengths will help develop a foundation for a successful education and career. You will learn strategies to express yourself with confidence and communicate your ideas effectively in personal, academic, and professional situations.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    CM 220: COLLEGE COMPOSITION II (5 Credits)

    This course helps students apply research and critical thinking skills to develop effective arguments. Students will create professional writings, incorporating post-draft revision strategies and working constructively with colleagues.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    CS 204: PROFESSIONAL PRESENCE (3 Credits)

    This course introduces students to multidisciplinary techniques and concepts pertinent to lifelong career development and professionalism. Students explore career planning as a strategy and professionalism as a method in order to pursue employment interests and career goals. Concepts include various professional communication skills appropriate for the global workplace, interpersonal relationship management, professional behavior, financial decision making, marketability, and using proper technologies to manage professional identities. 

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    MM 212: COLLEGE ALGEBRA (5 Credits)

    This course covers topics of algebra including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems of equations with two variables, polynomial functions, rational and radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and graphing.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    SS 236: PEOPLE, POWER, AND POLITICS—AN INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT (5 Credits)

    The purpose of this introductory-level American government course is to provide students with crucial knowledge about how government works and about how they, as individual citizens, fit within that system. Focus is on the rights and obligations of citizens under the democratic political system established under the U.S. Constitution; the branches and levels of government; and the role of the media. This fundamental knowledge combined with critical thinking skills will be valuable personally and professionally.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    SS 211: THE 1960S—RESHAPING THE AMERICAN DREAM (5 Credits)

    This course will take an in-depth look at the 1960s as a significant era in American history. Adopting multiple perspectives, we will explore the societal impact of such issues as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Countercultural, Civil Rights, and Feminist Movements, the advent of the birth control pill, and many others. Through exploring the music, political climate, and advancements in technology and medicine of this historical era, we will discover how our individual lives and society as a whole were forever changed.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    SS 250: THE TECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTION—A SOCIAL SCIENTIFIC APPROACH (5 Credits)

    This is a social science survey course that will examine science and technology from a variety of social science disciplines including sociology, psychology, history, political science, anthropology, and economics. The use of science and technology has been a driving force behind all of human history, and even more so today. This course will take an interactive approach to study the relationship between humanity and technology throughout time and across the globe. 

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    SC 200: DISCOVERING SCIENCE—CURRENT ISSUES IN A CHANGING WORLD (5 Credits)

    This course is designed to introduce students to some of the most important concepts in science including inheritance, energy, randomness, and measurement. In addition, the course will give students
    a chance to explore the human aspects of science: how people put science into practice, how societies think about scientific findings, and why science depends on ethical practices. Knowledge gained in the course will help inform further study in many disciplines and will help students better understand how science affects their personal and professional lives. 

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    SC 246: FUNDAMENTALS OF MICROBIOLOGY (5 Credits)

    Fundamentals of Microbiology will review basic microbial cell structure, function, and genetics. The role of microorganisms and their effect on humans and the environment will also be explained. Aspects of medical and public health will be emphasized, as will bacterial and viral diseases, parasites, immunology, and epidemiology. Course material and labs are directly relevant to studies in health sciences, biological sciences, nursing, and genetics. (Includes a 1 credit hour lab)

    Prerequisites Required: None

    SC 235: GENERAL BIOLOGY I—HUMAN PERSPECTIVES (5 Credits)

    In this introduction to biology, students will explore the living world of humans. The course emphasizes the processes of life from the molecular work of genes and proteins to human organ systems, all the way up to food webs and overpopulation. Practical applications of biology in everyday life are stressed throughout the course. No prior study of biology is required to enroll in this nonmajors course.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    SC 250: SCIENCE FOR EVERYDAY LIFE (5 Credits)

    Science for Everyday Life is designed to help students recognize the importance of science as it impacts their daily lives in so many different ways. In this course, students will explore different rooms within a typical home and discover what role science plays as they investigate areas such as their kitchen and bathroom, the garden, and even the impact science has on their families and pets. The knowledge gained in this course will help garner a new appreciation for the science applications already around us and how to interpret the strengths and weaknesses of information streaming in from various sources.

     

     

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    HU 200: CRITICAL EVALUATION IN THE HUMANITIES (5 Credits)

    In this course, students will explore the impact of creative expression on cultures from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. By studying examples from the arts and humanities, students investigate how humans have the potential to shape history. Students develop skills to evaluate and analyze forms of creative expression, and discover how to apply these skills to their career goals, community, and daily experience.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    HU 245: ETHICS (5 Credits)

    In this course, students develop sound ethical reasoning and judgment through the study of practical applications of ethical theories. Topics studied include ethics as it relates to business, health care, society, and the environment. Emphasis is on practical applications of ethical principles and analytical methods.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    HU 250: HUMANITIES AND CULTURE (5 Credits)

    This course is a survey of human social and cultural life through an introduction to humanist theories and historical subject matter. Beginning with village settlement and the rise of cities and ending with the development of modern nations, students study the expression of human ideas and traditions through material and nonmaterial culture. Through readings and discussions, students are introduced to humanist studies and learn to appreciate cultural continuity and change as defining characteristics of the human experience.
     

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Major

    CM 241: FOUNDATIONS OF TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION (2 Credits)

    This course will examine fundamental components of technical communication, which include analyzing audience, defining objectives, designing documents, testing usability, and editing content. Students will use digital media tools to create a formal technical document tailored to meet the needs of an identified audience.

     

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course
     

    Total Major Credits: 94
    Total Program Credits: 180

    IT 111: PROGRAMMING FUNDAMENTALS FOR BEGINNERS (5 Credits)

    This course exposes students to the fundamentals of programming using a simplified programming language. Students practice modularization using a variety of methods. Students learn the value of creating reusable objects. Students also use the fundamental programming concepts of assignment, iteration, and decision making.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Dynamic Description:

    Alice invites and stimulates creative approaches to programming in a graphical, 3D animated environment. Alice allows students to learn programming concepts almost subconsciously as they create 3D animated videos. Double-click on the image below to watch the Alice developers explain why learning to program in Alice is unique, fun, and successful.

    Sample Project:

    www.screencast.com/t/08dtNmiS6rbz

    What's Next?

    IT 250: Dynamic Web Design

    Total Major Credits: 94
    Total Program Credits: 180

    IT 117: INTRODUCTION TO WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT (5 Credits)

    Learning the value of self-promotion equips students with the ability to demonstrate their skills to an audience. In this course, students will investigate Internet technologies. Students learn the basic concepts of web development along with basic web page design. By creating an individual online portfolio or biography using HTML, XHTML, and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), students develop skills for today and tomorrow.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Dynamic Description:

    One of the tools for self-promotion includes the ability to create a website on the World Wide Web. In this course, students will have the opportunity to combine technology with creativity. Whether you are an entrepreneur or you just have something to say, this course will give you step- by-step instruction on getting started and creating your unique website.

    Some important skills students will be exposed to in the website development course include:

    • The basics of the World Wide Web
    • Coding in HTML5TM
    • Using CSS to enhance the code
    • Hands-on activities targeted to the skills employers need today
    • The ability to upload web pages to a server
    • The ability to recognize a URL
    • Displaying a unique and creative page on the World Wide Web
    • Documenting their web design journey in a journal
    • Troubleshooting HTML5 code

    Sample Project:

    In this project, the students add images to their webpages. Images for this assignment are related to the page topic. A subfolder named "Images" is created within the existing web design folder. The task is to insert the image in at least two of webpages and upload the pages to the server. The alt tag has to be added within each image tag. Students are required to submit a URL of their websites.

    What's Next?

    After learning the basics of website design, it is important to continue to develop your skill set. Students can take advanced courses in web design or utilize a graphic user interface (GUI) to further develop websites.

    Total Major Credits: 94
    Total Program Credits: 180

    IT 133: MICROSOFT OFFICE APPLICATIONS ON DEMAND (5 Credits)

    This course teaches students to use the Microsoft Office suite of applications. Topics include an introduction to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and cloud-based file management systems. Students will also learn how to analyze appropriate software applications to address solutions within a profession.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Dynamic Description:

    Throughout your educational and professional career, you may often need to use such applications as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. IT 133: Software Applications, will provide you with those desired skills and the ability to meet the demands of future classes and requirements in today's workplace. You will acquire some powerful take away skills in this class that can be used to further enhance your Microsoft Office application skills.

    Sample Projects:    www.screencast.com/t/H6Ha18Ml

    What's Next?

    After successfully completing IT 133, you may want to learn more about Excel. If that is the case then consider taking IT 153: Spreadsheet Applications. This course will help you to gain a deeper understanding of the power of Excel. The skills you will acquire in IT 133 are relevant to what businesses are currently looking for in perspective employees and could help prepare you for your upcoming job searches.

    Total Major Credits: 94
    Total Program Credits: 180

    IT 163: DATABASE CONCEPTS USING MICROSOFT ACCESS (5 Credits)

    This course is an introduction to relational database management systems. Students will use a relational database management system to create and maintain a database. Students will create filters, sorts, queries, forms, and reports. Emphasis will be placed on the skills needed to meet user requirements.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 94
    Total Program Credits: 180

    IT 190: FOUNDATIONS IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (5 Credits)

    Students will explore the basic concepts of information technology including hardware, software, and networks. The student will gain a practical understanding of how computer hardware and operating systems work. Topics include personal computer configuration and maintenance, along with the fundamentals of system software installation and administration.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Dynamic Description:

    Having a foundational understanding of computers and computer concepts is imperative to today's information technology (IT) professional. Whether you have chosen to pursue a career in programming, health informatics, web design, networking, etc., understanding how a computer works both inside and out will prepare you for a successful career in IT.

    In this course, you will learn some of the fundamentals of computers. Possible topics include:

    •  How society is affected and changed by computers
    •  How a computer operates; binary code, operating systems, different applications
    •  Hardware that makes up a computer and how the different computer specifications may affect your choices
    •  How computers communicate and the hardware and software required to network computers together
    • Different types of networks and how to protect those networks from both physical and logical failure
    • Ethical issues that affect computer users every day

    Sample Project:

    animoto.com/play/nBlu2EHXbZml043c17xy9A

    What's Next?

    Computer literacy is a required skill for competing in today's work force. It provides a foundation for any computer related career from accounting to networking. Having the fundamental skills required to use computers is just the first step in developing a successful future.

    Total Major Credits: 94
    Total Program Credits: 180

    IT 234: DATABASE FOUNDATIONS (5 Credits)

    This course prepares you to learn database programming. You will be exposed to the fundamental concepts of database management systems and SQL programming language. This course will provide you with the business context in which data is used and how it is transformed into information. You will identify the information needs and general usage of data within the modern business context and link the use of relational database management systems to the data needs of the organization.

    Prerequisites Required: IT 163

    Dynamic Description:

    Database management involves the monitoring, administration, and maintenance of the databases and database groups in an enterprise. Database Management Systems (DBMSs) are programs that offer a set of tools that make these tasks possible. These tools use Structured Query Language (SQL), which is a querying language designed for controlling data and managing databases effectively in a relational database management system (RDBMS).

    No matter the size of the organization, the amount of data continues to grow and this data needs to be accurate and accessed efficiently.  Knowledge of database management increase is important because databases are used in various industries as more work is done on the Internet. Because of this, there is likely to be a need for more development and more growth in the database management field.

    Sample Project:

    www.screencast.com/t/tGV0t41BfmP

    What's Next?

    Students interested in database management degree may enroll in the following database courses:

    • IT 350: Structured Query Language
    • IT 354: Database Design
    • IT 358: Oracle Query Design
    • IT 452: Intermediate Query Design and Reporting
    • IT 456: SQL Server Database Administration or IT 458: Oracle Database Administration
    • IT 457: Data Warehousing and Data Mining

    Total Major Credits: 94
    Total Program Credits: 180

    IT 273: NETWORKING CONCEPTS (5 Credits)

    This course introduces the concepts behind today’s networks. It outlines current network design, explaining the OSI Model and the methods of carrying data over wired and wireless media. Other topics include fundamental network design components, such as topologies and access methods, basic administration of network operating systems, and troubleshooting methods for data transmission and recovery.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    In this program you will learn the principles and terminology of network administration as you prepare for a career in a variety of entry-level positions in network technology and administration.* You will be provided with the skill sets needed to analyze, design, and evaluate network hardware and software solutions.

    * Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. 

    Sample Project:

    A key part of the course assignment is your ability to use a drawing tool called Microsoft Visio. Throughout the course, you will be tasked with developing Microsoft Visio diagrams of computer networks. A quick way to pick up how to use this tool is to watch the following 10 minute YouTube video.

    How to Use Microsoft Visio: A Basic Overview (10 minutes)

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmDjmm0btO8

     

    What's Next?

    The skills from this course will help you determine what area of computer networking you may be interested in seeking certifications in addition to your degree. While a degree opens up many doors, employers also look at certifications in addition to your degree.

      Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will be eligible to sit for or pass those exams. In some cases, field experience, additional coursework, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.

    Total Major Credits: 94
    Total Program Credits: 180

    IT 286: INTRODUCTION TO NETWORK SECURITY (5 Credits)

    This course covers current topics in network security, such as threat detection and response methods. Introductory topics, such as proxy servers, firewalls, and other threat detection and protection methods, will be discussed. This course is designed, among other things, to provide the student with the requisite knowledge to sit for the CompTIA Security+ certification examination. While the course may provide the student with the knowledge necessary to sit for the examination, Kaplan University cannot guarantee the student's eligibility either to take this exam or become certified.

    Prerequisites Required:

    IT  273

    Dynamic Description:

    If you plan to pursue a career in security, this course covers the foundational information to help you succeed.* It explains IT security basics; malware and threat management; social engineering; risk and business continuity planning; cryptography; security policies and operational security; and the security administration. You will also be able to use the concepts in this course to study for the CompTIA Security+ Exam SYO-301.

    * Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

     Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will be eligible to sit for or pass those exams. In some cases, field experience, additional coursework, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.

    Sample Projects:

    Exercise: Upload and Download Speed Test
    Search for Internet speed test or bandwidth test websites (ex: McAfee Speedometer or bandwidthplace.com) and test your current system for both download and upload speed. Take a screen capture of the response. Explain your results and how these results may change overtime.

    Exercise: Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA)

    MBSA helps network administrators test the security state of their systems and detect problems with configuration and software updates. Research MBSA on Microsoft's website. If you have Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 installed on your system, you can download and run MBSA by following the instructions on the website. Take a screen capture of your results. Explain your results and any issues MSBA has identified.

    How does MBSA compare to Windows Update? If you cannot install MBSA on your system, research it on Microsoft's web site and write a summary of the features and results it generates.

    Total Major Credits: 94
    Total Program Credits: 180

    MM 250: INTRODUCTORY DISCRETE MATHEMATICS (5 Credits)

    This course is designed to provide information technology and computer science students with an overview and appreciation of mathematical concepts, highlighting applications of mathematics to information technology and computer science. Topics include set theory, logic, matrices, sequences and series, graph theory, and algorithm analysis. The student will complete assignments in each of these areas and be able to identify and apply the core concepts in each of these areas to related problems.

    Prerequisites Required:

    MM 150

    Total Major Credits: 94
    Total Program Credits: 180

    MT 140: INTRODUCTION TO MANAGEMENT (5 Credits)

    This course provides an introductory overview of management theory, management functions, organizational structure, daily management responsibilities, ethics, and current management tools and resources. Theoretical concepts will be illustrated with practical application to real-world management problems and scenarios. Implications for managing change within the context of a global economy and other dynamic environmental forces are also examined.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 94
    Total Program Credits: 180

    IT 301: PROJECT MANAGEMENT I (6 Credits)

    This course introduces students to the principles of project management. Students will gain knowledge of the project management skills and processes needed to select, initiate, and plan a project. Students will explore the project management knowledge areas. Topics include creating the project charter, developing project scope statements, creating the project schedule and budget, and risk planning.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Dynamic Description:

    This course introduces students to the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK®) to understand the basics of project management development.  By the end of this course, you should be able to:

    • Select appropriate project management practices, tools, and methodologies for a given project.
    • Create a project plan.
    • Explain why ethics and integrity are important to the field of IT.
    • Practice global interconnectedness as it applies to your field of study.

    Sample Project:

    Build a PowerPoint® presentation that will address each of the nine project management areas of knowledge, the five process groups that use these areas of knowledge, and how the process groups interact with the knowledge area processes.

     Use table 3-1, project management process groups and knowledge areas mapping, in the PMBOK guide, to help navigate your understanding of the nine knowledge areas and how they are related. Write the narrative of your presentations (your script) into the notes sections of each of the PowerPoint slides.

    What's Next?

    Once you successfully complete this course you may consider taking IT 401: Project Management II. This course will expose you to advanced areas in project management.

    Total Major Credits: 94
    Total Program Credits: 180

    IT 302: HUMAN COMPUTER INTERACTION (6 Credits)

    This course introduces students to the field of human computer interaction (HCI). Students examine the theory, principles, and guidelines for developing effective interface designs. Students learn how to design, implement, and maintain the user interface of interactive systems. Students learn about development methodologies, evaluation techniques, user interface building tools, task analysis, and prototyping.

    Prerequisites Required: 200-level or above IT course; upper-level students only

    Dynamic Description:

    This course takes us into the mind of the average user as well as into the design process to discover concepts that work better than others. Included in the course are the study of interaction paradigms, the interaction framework, interaction styles, discovery, conceptual and physical design, grouping principles, color, WIMP, text, audio, haptics and movement, and related issues.

    Sample Project:

    The Unit 8 Assignment deals with accessibility issues. Students create a podcast (audio file) and explain some of the ethical issues behind following accessibility rules. The resulting audio file is accompanied by a written transcript.

    What's Next?

    • Students develop the critical thinking skills to understand what the average customer wants and needs from the customer viewpoint, and how to design products for the marketplace that are user-friendly yet still retain the functionality that is necessary.
    • Some of the course relates to project management, which is a valuable skill set for any IT major.
    • Even students who are not going into a design field will understand more about interfaces and can use the knowledge learned to make more informed technology purchases for themselves as well as the companies for which they work.

    Total Major Credits: 94
    Total Program Credits: 180

    IT 331: TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE (6 Credits)

    This course explores the concepts and purpose of information technology infrastructure. Emphasis is placed on expanding the student's knowledge of computer networks and data transmissions and applying those concepts to an organization's technology requirements.

    Prerequisites Required: 200-level or above IT course; upper-level students only

    Dynamic Description:

    Students will explore the physical devices that constitute a modern network and learn about the software and hardware components of a local area network (LAN).

    Among the many important skills sets, this course will help students:

    1. Analyze the functions of key components in information technology (IT) infrastructure.
    2. Evaluate wide area network (WAN) technologies.
    3. Plan an effective IT infrastructure based on the needs of an organization.
    4. Describe how networking skills can improve project success.
    5. Practice global interconnectedness as it applies to your field of study.

    The students will explore different technology options such as:

    • Leased line - Point-to-point connection between two computers or LANs
    • Circuit switching - A dedicated circuit path is created between end points (ex: is dial-up connections).
    • Packet switching - Devices transport packets via a shared single point-to-point or point-to-multipoint link across a carrier internetwork. Variable length packets are transmitted over permanent virtual circuits (PVC) or switched virtual circuits (SVC)
    • Call relay - Similar to packet switching, but uses fixed length cells instead of variable length packets. Data is divided into fixed-length cells and then transported across virtual circuits.

    Sample Project:

    Each student will describe a network that he or she has knowledge of; this may be a LAN at work or a home setup. The student will describe the physical characteristics of the LAN and how it has been implemented. The project must be completed using the standard APA format. Because this is a written assignment, the student gains skills in observation and reporting of technical details.

    What's Next?

    Once the student has a solid foundation in the components that make up a network they can start to study more advanced areas of network design and implementation.

    Total Major Credits: 94
    Total Program Credits: 180

    IT 332: PRINCIPLES OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS ARCHITECTURE (6 Credits)

    This course introduces students to the background of information systems architecture. Students will learn a holistic approach to both hardware and software architecture design from a broad systems perspective. Both a business and technical focus will be covered with concrete examples of current technologies and related managerial issues. 

    Prerequisites Required: IT 331

    Dynamic Description:

    This course seeks to introduce you to a number of topics crucial to understanding computer system architecture as an entity and discipline in the information technology (IT) field. It starts by introducing you to the concept of a system as it pertains to computers, computer language, numbering system, and an overview of the computer architecture evolution.

    The course then moves to explore the components (central processing unit [CPU], memory, motherboard bus) which makes the system work and delves into their architecture. To complete the picture, the course takes you into the world of clusters, supercomputing, parallel computing, redundant array of independent disks (RAID), and finally the type of networks that make the system as a whole work.

    What's Next?

    Candidates in this field will typically work in teams responsible for infrastructure systems, architecture, and security design. Experienced candidates may lead the design of innovative solutions for existing and future information technology infrastructure networking systems and will ensure information technology systems are secure, integrated, and accessible to authorized personnel. S/he will also be responsible for development of policies, standards, and procedures to manage information technology systems. This includes analyzing business and user needs, documenting requirements, and revising existing system logic difficulties as necessary.

    Some of important skill knowledge areas a system architect job may require includes knowledge of complex network infrastructure and security, TCP/IP and the OSI Network Models, System Development Life Cycle (SDLC), web development technologies, such as HTML, JavaScript, XML, CSS, etc., database software such as MS SQL Server or Oracle, technology modeling theory, and principles and project management principles and practices.

    Total Major Credits: 94
    Total Program Credits: 180

    IT 402: IT CONSULTING SKILLS (6 Credits)

    This course will introduce students to the theory and practice of IT consulting. Students examine the processes and techniques associated with the consulting field. Business aptitude skills will be taught, including communication, presentation, and leadership skills. Additionally, project definition and analysis, project planning, gathering user and project requirements, executing projects, and time management will be examined. Through case studies, students prepare a project proposal for an organization.

    Prerequisites Required: 200-level or above IT course; upper-level students only

     Dynamic Description:

    This course covers how consulting is different from project management, providing historical context, and delving into management consulting; various processes; project definition and analysis; gathering requirements and data; executing projects; analysis strategy; decision-making; and time management in terms of project planning. There is also emphasis on leadership, communication, and presentation skills, all of which are crucial to consulting success.

    Sample Project:

    The Unit 3 assignment's case study examines a situation in which the analysis of wireless access point locations and purchases are contended by the client. Students must present the issue as an opportunity instead of a problem, determine what kind of objectives this opportunity then offers, and further explore how to work with the client.

    What's Next?

    Students should have honed their written communication and presentation skills for consulting through activities this course. This includes not only using the appropriate terminology and suitable software, but writing clearly and explaining complex situations to clients. The development of critical thinking and analysis skills in a variety of situations will make the student more adaptable in the consulting industry.

    Total Major Credits: 94
    Total Program Credits: 180

    IT 460: SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND DESIGN (6 Credits)

    This course provides an overview of the system development and modification process. Students learn to evaluate and choose a system development methodology. It emphasizes the factors for effective communication with users, team members, and all those associated with the development and maintenance of the system.

    Prerequisites Required: 200-level or above IT course; upper-level students only

    Dynamic Description

    This course exposes you to the basic roles and responsibilities a systems analyst, focusing on methodology and process rather than technology. In IT projects there is an important need for someone to be able to bridge the gap between technical and business aspects and keep the project moving forward. IT 460 is a project-oriented and focused course as it simulates a real-world example.

     

    Sample Project:

    The student will have the opportunity to design and publish a process to ensure that our project understands as best as possible what our users are looking for us to do.

    Total Major Credits: 94
    Total Program Credits: 180

    IT 499: BACHELOR'S CAPSTONE IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (6 Credits)

    The Bachelor's Capstone in Information Technology is designed to build on the concepts of all information technology courses students have taken as a part of their degree plans. The capstone project integrates problem-solving techniques and the development and implementation of viable, student-developed solutions to meet an identified technology or design need in a business or institutional environment.

    Prerequisites Required: Last term or permission from the Program Chair

    Dynamic Description:

    Learn more about the capstone course. (www.screencast.com/t/2nXQAfG23)

    You will work on a real-world capstone project selected by you and approved by
    your instructor. The project is designed to build upon everything that has been learned in the degree program, and integrates problem solving techniques within a business environment.

    This course provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned. This offers an opportunity to add to an ePortfolio.   Students are asked to envision a corporate client, identify the needs of the organization, and then create an individualized solution. Many students have actually developed solutions which were later implemented within a real company. This is an opportunity to pursue your dreams, let your imagination run wild, and see what you can accomplish.

    Sample Projects:

    • Planning and implementing a secure network for a company moving into a new building that supports 30 users initially that scales up to 100 users
    • Web based rolodex of recipes stored in a Microsoft SQL database; recipes include breakfast, main entrées for lunch and dinner, and desserts. Recipes can be added or existing recipes changed
    • Creating a mobile application and distributing it to an app store(s)
    • Implement an open source intrusion detection system to protect a high school's network

    What's Next?

    Perhaps you want to pursue your master's degree? If so, please check out the University catalog for more information.

    Total Major Credits: 94
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Electives

    OPEN ELECTIVES (53 Credits)


    Total Electives Credits: 53
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Database Management Career Focus Area

    IT 354: DATABASE DESIGN (6 Credits)

    This course covers the advanced concepts of database design and database modeling. Students expand their database design skills by looking at user requirements and, by following a specific methodology, end up with a logical model that is independent of any specific implementation. Emphasis is placed on developing the skills needed to create efficient database designs that will ensure data integrity, meet user expectations, and allow for performant applications.

    Prerequisites Required: IT 234

    Total Database Management Career Focus Area Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 457: DATA WAREHOUSING AND DATA MINING (6 Credits)

    This course explores the theoretical and practical aspects of data warehousing and data mining. Emphasis is placed on the technical and management issues with these emerging technologies. Students will design a data warehouse using a popular software program.

    Prerequisites Required:

    IT 358 or IT 456

    Total Database Management Career Focus Area Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 458: ORACLE DATABASE ADMINISTRATION (6 Credits)

    This course covers database administration using Oracle tools. Students will focus on the following: installing database management software and utilities, controlling access to data and resources, troubleshooting an Oracle database, the backup and recovery of Oracle databases, and resolving common performance problems using Oracle. 

    Prerequisites Required:

    IT 358

    IT 456: SQL SERVER DATABASE ADMINISTRATION (6 Credits)

    This course covers the database administration role for relational databases, focusing specifically on the following: hardware capacity planning, installation of database management software and utilities, control of access to data and resources, automation of administrative tasks, optimizing database performance, and procedures for disaster recovery operations.

    Prerequisites Required:

    IT  350

    Total Database Management Career Focus Area Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 452: INTERMEDIATE QUERY DESIGN AND REPORTING (6 Credits)

    This course covers the advanced concepts of database query design and the use of reporting tools. Students will expand their database skills by designing and creating queries using SQL. Emphasis will be placed on the skills needed to develop reports and queries to meet business needs.

    Prerequisites Required:

    IT  350

    IT 358: ORACLE QUERY DESIGN (6 Credits)

    This course covers intermediate to advanced concepts of database query design and reporting tools using Oracle. Students are taught additional database objects and additional methods for storing, retrieving, and manipulating data. Utilizing different front-end clients to access the SQL engine, students will learn how to create and manage different Oracle SQL functions and PL/SQL programming.

    Prerequisites Required:

    IT 338 or IT 350

    Total Database Management Career Focus Area Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 338: INTRODUCTION TO RELATIONAL DATABASES AND SQL (6 Credits)

    This course covers the basics of relational data structures and provides a preliminary introduction as to how databases are designed. The fundamentals of implementing a database through the SQL programming language are practiced. Students expand their programming skills by gaining substantial experience in how to extract data from the database in order to satisfy common business needs for reporting and for use in applications.

    Prerequisites Required:

    IT 234

    IT 350: STRUCTURED QUERY LANGUAGE (6 Credits)

    This course covers fundamental concepts of the SQL programming language. Students expand their SQL query writing skills through focused practice with an increasingly complex problem and solution set. Students will be exposed to working with multiple tables and aggregating data for reporting. In addition, students will see how to maintain data through the use of SQL Insert, Update, and Delete statements. Students will be directed to investigate and practice the skills necessary to ensure quality results and performant queries. Microsoft SQL Server will be the programming environment used. 

    Prerequisites Required:

    IT 234

    Total Database Management Career Focus Area Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    Information Security and Assurance Career Focus Area

    IT 275: LINUX SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION (5 Credits)

    This introductory Linux course prepares students to install, configure, and administer Linux as a network operating system. Students learn both command line and graphical user interface administration with full-feature Linux distributions. Emphasis is placed on applied skills that address real-world challenges such as managing file structure, network services, and system security.

    Total Information Security and Assurance Career Focus Area Credits: 39
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 278: NETWORK ADMINISTRATION (5 Credits)

    This course introduces students to the features and functions of common network operating systems and shared data management concepts. Students examine and compare both local and network operating system features, and practice basic installation and administration of network operating systems including administrator tasks, server organization, user management and permissions, security features, and shared printing.

    Prerequisites Required: IT 273

    Total Information Security and Assurance Career Focus Area Credits: 39
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 283: NETWORKING WITH TCP/IP (5 Credits)

    This course provides a thorough examination of the protocols and services in the TCP/IP protocol suite. Students gain an understanding of how network traffic is encapsulated and transported by TCP/IP on local area networks and on wide area networks, including the Internet. Students learn about message addressing and forwarding, and how network errors are resolved.

    Prerequisites Required: IT  273

    Total Information Security and Assurance Career Focus Area Credits: 39
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 316: COMPUTER FORENSICS (6 Credits)

    This course provides an overview of computer forensic investigation principles, computer forensic software, and techniques for capturing and analyzing data from various digital storage media such as Apple iPads, GPS (Global Positioning System) devices, and portable USB devices. Students will understand the scientific principles behind forensic science and learn to apply those principles to the examination of digital evidence.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Information Security and Assurance Career Focus Area Credits: 39
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 390: INTRUSION DETECTION AND INCIDENCE RESPONSE (6 Credits)

    This course provides an introduction to the intrusion detection systems available to protect networks from cybercriminals. Students explore various security concepts and the basics of security attacks. Students install and configure various intrusion detection system tools. Topics include principles and classifications of intrusion detection systems, the incident response process, and response types. Additionally, the course presents insight into intrusion detection and forensics and incident response strategies required to protect critical assets.

    Prerequisites Required: IT 286

    Total Information Security and Assurance Career Focus Area Credits: 39
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 411: DIGITAL FORENSICS (6 Credits)

    In this course, students learn about computer forensics and techniques used to perform computer forensics examinations. Students learn how to gather and protect evidence used in prosecuting computer crimes. Topics in this course include acquiring digital evidence, bookmarking data, file signature analysis, hash analysis, and other forensic techniques. This course is designed, among other things, to provide the student with the requisite knowledge to sit for the EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE) exam. While the course may provide the student with the knowledge necessary to sit for the examination, Kaplan University cannot guarantee the student’s eligibility either to take this exam or become certified. 

    Prerequisites Required: IT 286

    Total Information Security and Assurance Career Focus Area Credits: 39
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 412: INFORMATION SYSTEMS SECURITY (6 Credits)

    Businesses must be able to protect their networks and infrastructures from security attacks. In this course, students learn to investigate system vulnerabilities and implement security solutions. Topics in this course include: access control, application security, business continuity and disaster recovery planning, cryptography, information security and risk management, compliance and investigations, operations security, physical security, security architecture and design, telecommunications, and network security. This course is designed, among other things, to provide the student with the requisite knowledge to sit for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exam. While the course may provide the student with the knowledge necessary to sit for the examination, Kaplan University cannot guarantee the student's eligibility either to take this exam or become certified.

    Prerequisites Required:

    IT  286

    Total Information Security and Assurance Career Focus Area Credits: 39
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    Multiplatform Software Development Career Focus Area

    IT 213: SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT CONCEPTS—INTRODUCTORY (5 Credits)

    This course introduces the fundamentals of software engineering, demonstrating how the fundamentals are the same across multiple programming languages. The core principles found in every programming language are investigated. Students will design, develop, debug, and test simple applications using their choice from the programming language options.

    Prerequisites Required: IT 111 and IT 117 | Corequisite: IT 234 (recommended)

    Total Multiplatform Software Development Career Focus Area Credits: 34
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 232: SOFTWARE DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT CONCEPTS—INTERMEDIATE (5 Credits)

    This is an intermediate course in the design and development of programs offering students a choice of implementation and demonstrating how design and programming concepts are universal. Students will apply software design techniques, software process models, object-oriented programming concepts, and secure data-handling techniques. Students will design, develop, debug, and test intermediate-level applications using their choice from the programming language options.

    Prerequisites Required: IT 213 | Corequisite: IT 302 (recommended for Bachelor of Science in Information Technology students)

    Total Multiplatform Software Development Career Focus Area Credits: 34
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 350: STRUCTURED QUERY LANGUAGE (6 Credits)

    This course covers fundamental concepts of the SQL programming language. Students expand their SQL query writing skills through focused practice with an increasingly complex problem and solution set. Students will be exposed to working with multiple tables and aggregating data for reporting. In addition, students will see how to maintain data through the use of SQL Insert, Update, and Delete statements. Students will be directed to investigate and practice the skills necessary to ensure quality results and performant queries. Microsoft SQL Server will be the programming environment used. 

    Prerequisites Required:

    IT 234

    Total Multiplatform Software Development Career Focus Area Credits: 34
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 391: ADVANCED SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT INCLUDING WEB AND MOBILITY (6 Credits)

    This course focuses on advanced design and programming concepts and techniques offering the student a choice of implementation and demonstrating how advanced concepts apply across a variety of languages. Students will develop advanced software, web, and mobile applications, while applying concepts related to data structures, algorithms, web services, graphics, mobile, and multimedia. Students learn how to create interactive applications across a variety of platforms (traditional applications, websites, and mobile applications).

    Prerequisites Required: IT 232, IT 234, and IT 302

    Total Multiplatform Software Development Career Focus Area Credits: 34
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 481: DISTRIBUTED SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT (6 Credits)

    This course further expands advanced software design and development concepts, offering the student a choice of implementations and demonstrating how the concepts apply across a variety of languages. Students will apply analysis and benchmarking, database creation and usage, database normalization, Data in Motion and Data at Rest security, threading, reentrancy, and advanced testing concepts. Students will also learn how to package software for distribution.

    Prerequisites Required: IT 391

    Total Multiplatform Software Development Career Focus Area Credits: 34
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 488: SOFTWARE PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT USING AGILE (6 Credits)

    This project-based course for the software development career focus area allows students to apply their learning to the development of a software product in an agile team software development environment. Students will explore the concepts of agile development and then implement those concepts as they work on an agile development team, designing and developing a software product using the software development life cycle from concept to packaged product.

    Prerequisites Required: IT 481 and IT 350
     

    Total Multiplatform Software Development Career Focus Area Credits: 34
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    Network Administration Career Focus Area

    IT 278: NETWORK ADMINISTRATION (5 Credits)

    This course introduces students to the features and functions of common network operating systems and shared data management concepts. Students examine and compare both local and network operating system features, and practice basic installation and administration of network operating systems including administrator tasks, server organization, user management and permissions, security features, and shared printing.

    Prerequisites Required: IT 273

    Total Network Administration Career Focus Area Credits: 27
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 283: NETWORKING WITH TCP/IP (5 Credits)

    This course provides a thorough examination of the protocols and services in the TCP/IP protocol suite. Students gain an understanding of how network traffic is encapsulated and transported by TCP/IP on local area networks and on wide area networks, including the Internet. Students learn about message addressing and forwarding, and how network errors are resolved.

    Prerequisites Required: IT  273

    Total Network Administration Career Focus Area Credits: 27
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 388: ROUTING AND SWITCHING I (6 Credits)

    This course is the first of two routing and switching courses that prepare students to design, configure, and maintain network routing and switching. Students learn the basic concepts, protocols, and functions of network routers and switches. Emphasis is placed on hands-on practice of configuration and troubleshooting using live and simulated labs.

    Prerequisites Required:

    IT 278 and IT 283

    Total Network Administration Career Focus Area Credits: 27
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 482: NETWORK DESIGN (6 Credits)

    This course provides students with the information and skills needed to design local area networks. Emphasis is placed on planning and analysis skills. Students learn to design a network solution that supports network applications based on business needs.

    Prerequisites Required:

    IT  388

    IT 471: ROUTING AND SWITCHING II (6 Credits)

    This course is the second of two routing and switching courses and explores more advanced topics. You will design, configure, reconfigure, and maintain network routing and switching devices. You will also learn advanced concepts in protocols, resource access, and disaster recovery. Emphasis is placed on planning, proposing, and securing network infrastructure.

    Prerequisites Required:

    IT  388

    Total Network Administration Career Focus Area Credits: 27
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 275: LINUX SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION (5 Credits)

    This introductory Linux course prepares students to install, configure, and administer Linux as a network operating system. Students learn both command line and graphical user interface administration with full-feature Linux distributions. Emphasis is placed on applied skills that address real-world challenges such as managing file structure, network services, and system security.

    IT 375: WINDOWS ENTERPRISE ADMINISTRATION (6 Credits)

    This advanced course in Microsoft Windows enterprise administration prepares students to install, configure, and manage key network services and Active Directory. Students perform administrative tasks, such as network service installation and configuration, Active Directory installation, Group Policy design and configuration, and configuration of network and Active Directory security. Students learn the theory behind Active Directory design and operation, and complete hands-on labs and projects that develop the skills needed for real-world settings.

    Prerequisites Required:

    IT  278

    Total Network Administration Career Focus Area Credits: 27
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    Prior Degree

    Associate’s Degree in Information Technology or a Related Field (90 Credits)

    Total Prior Degree Credits: 90
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Comparability is determined by a course-by-course examination of the prior associate's degree against the core requirements of a Kaplan University associate’s degree.

    Prerequisites

    MM 212: COLLEGE ALGEBRA (5 Credits)

    This course covers topics of algebra including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems of equations with two variables, polynomial functions, rational and radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and graphing.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Prerequisites Credits: 5
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Core

    CS 204: PROFESSIONAL PRESENCE (3 Credits)

    This course introduces students to multidisciplinary techniques and concepts pertinent to lifelong career development and professionalism. Students explore career planning as a strategy and professionalism as a method in order to pursue employment interests and career goals. Concepts include various professional communication skills appropriate for the global workplace, interpersonal relationship management, professional behavior, financial decision making, marketability, and using proper technologies to manage professional identities. 

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 18
    Total Program Credits: 90

    SS 236: PEOPLE, POWER, AND POLITICS—AN INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT (5 Credits)

    The purpose of this introductory-level American government course is to provide students with crucial knowledge about how government works and about how they, as individual citizens, fit within that system. Focus is on the rights and obligations of citizens under the democratic political system established under the U.S. Constitution; the branches and levels of government; and the role of the media. This fundamental knowledge combined with critical thinking skills will be valuable personally and professionally.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    SS 211: THE 1960S—RESHAPING THE AMERICAN DREAM (5 Credits)

    This course will take an in-depth look at the 1960s as a significant era in American history. Adopting multiple perspectives, we will explore the societal impact of such issues as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Countercultural, Civil Rights, and Feminist Movements, the advent of the birth control pill, and many others. Through exploring the music, political climate, and advancements in technology and medicine of this historical era, we will discover how our individual lives and society as a whole were forever changed.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    SS 250: THE TECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTION—A SOCIAL SCIENTIFIC APPROACH (5 Credits)

    This is a social science survey course that will examine science and technology from a variety of social science disciplines including sociology, psychology, history, political science, anthropology, and economics. The use of science and technology has been a driving force behind all of human history, and even more so today. This course will take an interactive approach to study the relationship between humanity and technology throughout time and across the globe. 

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    Total Core Credits: 18
    Total Program Credits: 90

    SC 200: DISCOVERING SCIENCE—CURRENT ISSUES IN A CHANGING WORLD (5 Credits)

    This course is designed to introduce students to some of the most important concepts in science including inheritance, energy, randomness, and measurement. In addition, the course will give students
    a chance to explore the human aspects of science: how people put science into practice, how societies think about scientific findings, and why science depends on ethical practices. Knowledge gained in the course will help inform further study in many disciplines and will help students better understand how science affects their personal and professional lives. 

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    SC 246: FUNDAMENTALS OF MICROBIOLOGY (5 Credits)

    Fundamentals of Microbiology will review basic microbial cell structure, function, and genetics. The role of microorganisms and their effect on humans and the environment will also be explained. Aspects of medical and public health will be emphasized, as will bacterial and viral diseases, parasites, immunology, and epidemiology. Course material and labs are directly relevant to studies in health sciences, biological sciences, nursing, and genetics. (Includes a 1 credit hour lab)

    Prerequisites Required: None

    SC 235: GENERAL BIOLOGY I—HUMAN PERSPECTIVES (5 Credits)

    In this introduction to biology, students will explore the living world of humans. The course emphasizes the processes of life from the molecular work of genes and proteins to human organ systems, all the way up to food webs and overpopulation. Practical applications of biology in everyday life are stressed throughout the course. No prior study of biology is required to enroll in this nonmajors course.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    SC 250: SCIENCE FOR EVERYDAY LIFE (5 Credits)

    Science for Everyday Life is designed to help students recognize the importance of science as it impacts their daily lives in so many different ways. In this course, students will explore different rooms within a typical home and discover what role science plays as they investigate areas such as their kitchen and bathroom, the garden, and even the impact science has on their families and pets. The knowledge gained in this course will help garner a new appreciation for the science applications already around us and how to interpret the strengths and weaknesses of information streaming in from various sources.

     

     

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 18
    Total Program Credits: 90

    HU 200: CRITICAL EVALUATION IN THE HUMANITIES (5 Credits)

    In this course, students will explore the impact of creative expression on cultures from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. By studying examples from the arts and humanities, students investigate how humans have the potential to shape history. Students develop skills to evaluate and analyze forms of creative expression, and discover how to apply these skills to their career goals, community, and daily experience.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    HU 245: ETHICS (5 Credits)

    In this course, students develop sound ethical reasoning and judgment through the study of practical applications of ethical theories. Topics studied include ethics as it relates to business, health care, society, and the environment. Emphasis is on practical applications of ethical principles and analytical methods.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    HU 250: HUMANITIES AND CULTURE (5 Credits)

    This course is a survey of human social and cultural life through an introduction to humanist theories and historical subject matter. Beginning with village settlement and the rise of cities and ending with the development of modern nations, students study the expression of human ideas and traditions through material and nonmaterial culture. Through readings and discussions, students are introduced to humanist studies and learn to appreciate cultural continuity and change as defining characteristics of the human experience.
     

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 18
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Major

    IT 111: PROGRAMMING FUNDAMENTALS FOR BEGINNERS (5 Credits)

    This course exposes students to the fundamentals of programming using a simplified programming language. Students practice modularization using a variety of methods. Students learn the value of creating reusable objects. Students also use the fundamental programming concepts of assignment, iteration, and decision making.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Dynamic Description:

    Alice invites and stimulates creative approaches to programming in a graphical, 3D animated environment. Alice allows students to learn programming concepts almost subconsciously as they create 3D animated videos. Double-click on the image below to watch the Alice developers explain why learning to program in Alice is unique, fun, and successful.

    Sample Project:

    www.screencast.com/t/08dtNmiS6rbz

    What's Next?

    IT 250: Dynamic Web Design

    Total Major Credits: 72
    Total Program Credits: 90

    IT 163: DATABASE CONCEPTS USING MICROSOFT ACCESS (5 Credits)

    This course is an introduction to relational database management systems. Students will use a relational database management system to create and maintain a database. Students will create filters, sorts, queries, forms, and reports. Emphasis will be placed on the skills needed to meet user requirements.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 72
    Total Program Credits: 90

    IT 234: DATABASE FOUNDATIONS (5 Credits)

    This course prepares you to learn database programming. You will be exposed to the fundamental concepts of database management systems and SQL programming language. This course will provide you with the business context in which data is used and how it is transformed into information. You will identify the information needs and general usage of data within the modern business context and link the use of relational database management systems to the data needs of the organization.

    Prerequisites Required: IT 163

    Dynamic Description:

    Database management involves the monitoring, administration, and maintenance of the databases and database groups in an enterprise. Database Management Systems (DBMSs) are programs that offer a set of tools that make these tasks possible. These tools use Structured Query Language (SQL), which is a querying language designed for controlling data and managing databases effectively in a relational database management system (RDBMS).

    No matter the size of the organization, the amount of data continues to grow and this data needs to be accurate and accessed efficiently.  Knowledge of database management increase is important because databases are used in various industries as more work is done on the Internet. Because of this, there is likely to be a need for more development and more growth in the database management field.

    Sample Project:

    www.screencast.com/t/tGV0t41BfmP

    What's Next?

    Students interested in database management degree may enroll in the following database courses:

    • IT 350: Structured Query Language
    • IT 354: Database Design
    • IT 358: Oracle Query Design
    • IT 452: Intermediate Query Design and Reporting
    • IT 456: SQL Server Database Administration or IT 458: Oracle Database Administration
    • IT 457: Data Warehousing and Data Mining

    Total Major Credits: 72
    Total Program Credits: 90

    IT 273: NETWORKING CONCEPTS (5 Credits)

    This course introduces the concepts behind today’s networks. It outlines current network design, explaining the OSI Model and the methods of carrying data over wired and wireless media. Other topics include fundamental network design components, such as topologies and access methods, basic administration of network operating systems, and troubleshooting methods for data transmission and recovery.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    In this program you will learn the principles and terminology of network administration as you prepare for a career in a variety of entry-level positions in network technology and administration.* You will be provided with the skill sets needed to analyze, design, and evaluate network hardware and software solutions.

    * Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. 

    Sample Project:

    A key part of the course assignment is your ability to use a drawing tool called Microsoft Visio. Throughout the course, you will be tasked with developing Microsoft Visio diagrams of computer networks. A quick way to pick up how to use this tool is to watch the following 10 minute YouTube video.

    How to Use Microsoft Visio: A Basic Overview (10 minutes)

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmDjmm0btO8

     

    What's Next?

    The skills from this course will help you determine what area of computer networking you may be interested in seeking certifications in addition to your degree. While a degree opens up many doors, employers also look at certifications in addition to your degree.

      Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will be eligible to sit for or pass those exams. In some cases, field experience, additional coursework, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.

    Total Major Credits: 72
    Total Program Credits: 90

    IT 286: INTRODUCTION TO NETWORK SECURITY (5 Credits)

    This course covers current topics in network security, such as threat detection and response methods. Introductory topics, such as proxy servers, firewalls, and other threat detection and protection methods, will be discussed. This course is designed, among other things, to provide the student with the requisite knowledge to sit for the CompTIA Security+ certification examination. While the course may provide the student with the knowledge necessary to sit for the examination, Kaplan University cannot guarantee the student's eligibility either to take this exam or become certified.

    Prerequisites Required:

    IT  273

    Dynamic Description:

    If you plan to pursue a career in security, this course covers the foundational information to help you succeed.* It explains IT security basics; malware and threat management; social engineering; risk and business continuity planning; cryptography; security policies and operational security; and the security administration. You will also be able to use the concepts in this course to study for the CompTIA Security+ Exam SYO-301.

    * Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

     Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will be eligible to sit for or pass those exams. In some cases, field experience, additional coursework, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.

    Sample Projects:

    Exercise: Upload and Download Speed Test
    Search for Internet speed test or bandwidth test websites (ex: McAfee Speedometer or bandwidthplace.com) and test your current system for both download and upload speed. Take a screen capture of the response. Explain your results and how these results may change overtime.

    Exercise: Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA)

    MBSA helps network administrators test the security state of their systems and detect problems with configuration and software updates. Research MBSA on Microsoft's website. If you have Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 installed on your system, you can download and run MBSA by following the instructions on the website. Take a screen capture of your results. Explain your results and any issues MSBA has identified.

    How does MBSA compare to Windows Update? If you cannot install MBSA on your system, research it on Microsoft's web site and write a summary of the features and results it generates.

    Total Major Credits: 72
    Total Program Credits: 90

    MM 250: INTRODUCTORY DISCRETE MATHEMATICS (5 Credits)

    This course is designed to provide information technology and computer science students with an overview and appreciation of mathematical concepts, highlighting applications of mathematics to information technology and computer science. Topics include set theory, logic, matrices, sequences and series, graph theory, and algorithm analysis. The student will complete assignments in each of these areas and be able to identify and apply the core concepts in each of these areas to related problems.

    Prerequisites Required:

    MM 150

    Total Major Credits: 72
    Total Program Credits: 90

    IT 301: PROJECT MANAGEMENT I (6 Credits)

    This course introduces students to the principles of project management. Students will gain knowledge of the project management skills and processes needed to select, initiate, and plan a project. Students will explore the project management knowledge areas. Topics include creating the project charter, developing project scope statements, creating the project schedule and budget, and risk planning.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Dynamic Description:

    This course introduces students to the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK®) to understand the basics of project management development.  By the end of this course, you should be able to:

    • Select appropriate project management practices, tools, and methodologies for a given project.
    • Create a project plan.
    • Explain why ethics and integrity are important to the field of IT.
    • Practice global interconnectedness as it applies to your field of study.

    Sample Project:

    Build a PowerPoint® presentation that will address each of the nine project management areas of knowledge, the five process groups that use these areas of knowledge, and how the process groups interact with the knowledge area processes.

     Use table 3-1, project management process groups and knowledge areas mapping, in the PMBOK guide, to help navigate your understanding of the nine knowledge areas and how they are related. Write the narrative of your presentations (your script) into the notes sections of each of the PowerPoint slides.

    What's Next?

    Once you successfully complete this course you may consider taking IT 401: Project Management II. This course will expose you to advanced areas in project management.

    Total Major Credits: 72
    Total Program Credits: 90

    IT 302: HUMAN COMPUTER INTERACTION (6 Credits)

    This course introduces students to the field of human computer interaction (HCI). Students examine the theory, principles, and guidelines for developing effective interface designs. Students learn how to design, implement, and maintain the user interface of interactive systems. Students learn about development methodologies, evaluation techniques, user interface building tools, task analysis, and prototyping.

    Prerequisites Required: 200-level or above IT course; upper-level students only

    Dynamic Description:

    This course takes us into the mind of the average user as well as into the design process to discover concepts that work better than others. Included in the course are the study of interaction paradigms, the interaction framework, interaction styles, discovery, conceptual and physical design, grouping principles, color, WIMP, text, audio, haptics and movement, and related issues.

    Sample Project:

    The Unit 8 Assignment deals with accessibility issues. Students create a podcast (audio file) and explain some of the ethical issues behind following accessibility rules. The resulting audio file is accompanied by a written transcript.

    What's Next?

    • Students develop the critical thinking skills to understand what the average customer wants and needs from the customer viewpoint, and how to design products for the marketplace that are user-friendly yet still retain the functionality that is necessary.
    • Some of the course relates to project management, which is a valuable skill set for any IT major.
    • Even students who are not going into a design field will understand more about interfaces and can use the knowledge learned to make more informed technology purchases for themselves as well as the companies for which they work.

    Total Major Credits: 72
    Total Program Credits: 90

    IT 331: TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE (6 Credits)

    This course explores the concepts and purpose of information technology infrastructure. Emphasis is placed on expanding the student's knowledge of computer networks and data transmissions and applying those concepts to an organization's technology requirements.

    Prerequisites Required: 200-level or above IT course; upper-level students only

    Dynamic Description:

    Students will explore the physical devices that constitute a modern network and learn about the software and hardware components of a local area network (LAN).

    Among the many important skills sets, this course will help students:

    1. Analyze the functions of key components in information technology (IT) infrastructure.
    2. Evaluate wide area network (WAN) technologies.
    3. Plan an effective IT infrastructure based on the needs of an organization.
    4. Describe how networking skills can improve project success.
    5. Practice global interconnectedness as it applies to your field of study.

    The students will explore different technology options such as:

    • Leased line - Point-to-point connection between two computers or LANs
    • Circuit switching - A dedicated circuit path is created between end points (ex: is dial-up connections).
    • Packet switching - Devices transport packets via a shared single point-to-point or point-to-multipoint link across a carrier internetwork. Variable length packets are transmitted over permanent virtual circuits (PVC) or switched virtual circuits (SVC)
    • Call relay - Similar to packet switching, but uses fixed length cells instead of variable length packets. Data is divided into fixed-length cells and then transported across virtual circuits.

    Sample Project:

    Each student will describe a network that he or she has knowledge of; this may be a LAN at work or a home setup. The student will describe the physical characteristics of the LAN and how it has been implemented. The project must be completed using the standard APA format. Because this is a written assignment, the student gains skills in observation and reporting of technical details.

    What's Next?

    Once the student has a solid foundation in the components that make up a network they can start to study more advanced areas of network design and implementation.

    Total Major Credits: 72
    Total Program Credits: 90

    IT 332: PRINCIPLES OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS ARCHITECTURE (6 Credits)

    This course introduces students to the background of information systems architecture. Students will learn a holistic approach to both hardware and software architecture design from a broad systems perspective. Both a business and technical focus will be covered with concrete examples of current technologies and related managerial issues. 

    Prerequisites Required: IT 331

    Dynamic Description:

    This course seeks to introduce you to a number of topics crucial to understanding computer system architecture as an entity and discipline in the information technology (IT) field. It starts by introducing you to the concept of a system as it pertains to computers, computer language, numbering system, and an overview of the computer architecture evolution.

    The course then moves to explore the components (central processing unit [CPU], memory, motherboard bus) which makes the system work and delves into their architecture. To complete the picture, the course takes you into the world of clusters, supercomputing, parallel computing, redundant array of independent disks (RAID), and finally the type of networks that make the system as a whole work.

    What's Next?

    Candidates in this field will typically work in teams responsible for infrastructure systems, architecture, and security design. Experienced candidates may lead the design of innovative solutions for existing and future information technology infrastructure networking systems and will ensure information technology systems are secure, integrated, and accessible to authorized personnel. S/he will also be responsible for development of policies, standards, and procedures to manage information technology systems. This includes analyzing business and user needs, documenting requirements, and revising existing system logic difficulties as necessary.

    Some of important skill knowledge areas a system architect job may require includes knowledge of complex network infrastructure and security, TCP/IP and the OSI Network Models, System Development Life Cycle (SDLC), web development technologies, such as HTML, JavaScript, XML, CSS, etc., database software such as MS SQL Server or Oracle, technology modeling theory, and principles and project management principles and practices.

    Total Major Credits: 72
    Total Program Credits: 90

    IT 402: IT CONSULTING SKILLS (6 Credits)

    This course will introduce students to the theory and practice of IT consulting. Students examine the processes and techniques associated with the consulting field. Business aptitude skills will be taught, including communication, presentation, and leadership skills. Additionally, project definition and analysis, project planning, gathering user and project requirements, executing projects, and time management will be examined. Through case studies, students prepare a project proposal for an organization.

    Prerequisites Required: 200-level or above IT course; upper-level students only

     Dynamic Description:

    This course covers how consulting is different from project management, providing historical context, and delving into management consulting; various processes; project definition and analysis; gathering requirements and data; executing projects; analysis strategy; decision-making; and time management in terms of project planning. There is also emphasis on leadership, communication, and presentation skills, all of which are crucial to consulting success.

    Sample Project:

    The Unit 3 assignment's case study examines a situation in which the analysis of wireless access point locations and purchases are contended by the client. Students must present the issue as an opportunity instead of a problem, determine what kind of objectives this opportunity then offers, and further explore how to work with the client.

    What's Next?

    Students should have honed their written communication and presentation skills for consulting through activities this course. This includes not only using the appropriate terminology and suitable software, but writing clearly and explaining complex situations to clients. The development of critical thinking and analysis skills in a variety of situations will make the student more adaptable in the consulting industry.

    Total Major Credits: 72
    Total Program Credits: 90

    IT 460: SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND DESIGN (6 Credits)

    This course provides an overview of the system development and modification process. Students learn to evaluate and choose a system development methodology. It emphasizes the factors for effective communication with users, team members, and all those associated with the development and maintenance of the system.

    Prerequisites Required: 200-level or above IT course; upper-level students only

    Dynamic Description

    This course exposes you to the basic roles and responsibilities a systems analyst, focusing on methodology and process rather than technology. In IT projects there is an important need for someone to be able to bridge the gap between technical and business aspects and keep the project moving forward. IT 460 is a project-oriented and focused course as it simulates a real-world example.

     

    Sample Project:

    The student will have the opportunity to design and publish a process to ensure that our project understands as best as possible what our users are looking for us to do.

    Total Major Credits: 72
    Total Program Credits: 90

    IT 499: BACHELOR'S CAPSTONE IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (6 Credits)

    The Bachelor's Capstone in Information Technology is designed to build on the concepts of all information technology courses students have taken as a part of their degree plans. The capstone project integrates problem-solving techniques and the development and implementation of viable, student-developed solutions to meet an identified technology or design need in a business or institutional environment.

    Prerequisites Required: Last term or permission from the Program Chair

    Dynamic Description:

    Learn more about the capstone course. (www.screencast.com/t/2nXQAfG23)

    You will work on a real-world capstone project selected by you and approved by
    your instructor. The project is designed to build upon everything that has been learned in the degree program, and integrates problem solving techniques within a business environment.

    This course provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned. This offers an opportunity to add to an ePortfolio.   Students are asked to envision a corporate client, identify the needs of the organization, and then create an individualized solution. Many students have actually developed solutions which were later implemented within a real company. This is an opportunity to pursue your dreams, let your imagination run wild, and see what you can accomplish.

    Sample Projects:

    • Planning and implementing a secure network for a company moving into a new building that supports 30 users initially that scales up to 100 users
    • Web based rolodex of recipes stored in a Microsoft SQL database; recipes include breakfast, main entrées for lunch and dinner, and desserts. Recipes can be added or existing recipes changed
    • Creating a mobile application and distributing it to an app store(s)
    • Implement an open source intrusion detection system to protect a high school's network

    What's Next?

    Perhaps you want to pursue your master's degree? If so, please check out the University catalog for more information.

    Total Major Credits: 72
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Database Management Career Focus Area

    IT 354: DATABASE DESIGN (6 Credits)

    This course covers the advanced concepts of database design and database modeling. Students expand their database design skills by looking at user requirements and, by following a specific methodology, end up with a logical model that is independent of any specific implementation. Emphasis is placed on developing the skills needed to create efficient database designs that will ensure data integrity, meet user expectations, and allow for performant applications.

    Prerequisites Required: IT 234

    Total Database Management Career Focus Area Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 457: DATA WAREHOUSING AND DATA MINING (6 Credits)

    This course explores the theoretical and practical aspects of data warehousing and data mining. Emphasis is placed on the technical and management issues with these emerging technologies. Students will design a data warehouse using a popular software program.

    Prerequisites Required:

    IT 358 or IT 456

    Total Database Management Career Focus Area Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 458: ORACLE DATABASE ADMINISTRATION (6 Credits)

    This course covers database administration using Oracle tools. Students will focus on the following: installing database management software and utilities, controlling access to data and resources, troubleshooting an Oracle database, the backup and recovery of Oracle databases, and resolving common performance problems using Oracle. 

    Prerequisites Required:

    IT 358

    IT 456: SQL SERVER DATABASE ADMINISTRATION (6 Credits)

    This course covers the database administration role for relational databases, focusing specifically on the following: hardware capacity planning, installation of database management software and utilities, control of access to data and resources, automation of administrative tasks, optimizing database performance, and procedures for disaster recovery operations.

    Prerequisites Required:

    IT  350

    Total Database Management Career Focus Area Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 452: INTERMEDIATE QUERY DESIGN AND REPORTING (6 Credits)

    This course covers the advanced concepts of database query design and the use of reporting tools. Students will expand their database skills by designing and creating queries using SQL. Emphasis will be placed on the skills needed to develop reports and queries to meet business needs.

    Prerequisites Required:

    IT  350

    IT 358: ORACLE QUERY DESIGN (6 Credits)

    This course covers intermediate to advanced concepts of database query design and reporting tools using Oracle. Students are taught additional database objects and additional methods for storing, retrieving, and manipulating data. Utilizing different front-end clients to access the SQL engine, students will learn how to create and manage different Oracle SQL functions and PL/SQL programming.

    Prerequisites Required:

    IT 338 or IT 350

    Total Database Management Career Focus Area Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 338: INTRODUCTION TO RELATIONAL DATABASES AND SQL (6 Credits)

    This course covers the basics of relational data structures and provides a preliminary introduction as to how databases are designed. The fundamentals of implementing a database through the SQL programming language are practiced. Students expand their programming skills by gaining substantial experience in how to extract data from the database in order to satisfy common business needs for reporting and for use in applications.

    Prerequisites Required:

    IT 234

    IT 350: STRUCTURED QUERY LANGUAGE (6 Credits)

    This course covers fundamental concepts of the SQL programming language. Students expand their SQL query writing skills through focused practice with an increasingly complex problem and solution set. Students will be exposed to working with multiple tables and aggregating data for reporting. In addition, students will see how to maintain data through the use of SQL Insert, Update, and Delete statements. Students will be directed to investigate and practice the skills necessary to ensure quality results and performant queries. Microsoft SQL Server will be the programming environment used. 

    Prerequisites Required:

    IT 234

    Total Database Management Career Focus Area Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    Information Security and Assurance Career Focus Area

    IT 275: LINUX SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION (5 Credits)

    This introductory Linux course prepares students to install, configure, and administer Linux as a network operating system. Students learn both command line and graphical user interface administration with full-feature Linux distributions. Emphasis is placed on applied skills that address real-world challenges such as managing file structure, network services, and system security.

    Total Information Security and Assurance Career Focus Area Credits: 39
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 278: NETWORK ADMINISTRATION (5 Credits)

    This course introduces students to the features and functions of common network operating systems and shared data management concepts. Students examine and compare both local and network operating system features, and practice basic installation and administration of network operating systems including administrator tasks, server organization, user management and permissions, security features, and shared printing.

    Prerequisites Required: IT 273

    Total Information Security and Assurance Career Focus Area Credits: 39
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 283: NETWORKING WITH TCP/IP (5 Credits)

    This course provides a thorough examination of the protocols and services in the TCP/IP protocol suite. Students gain an understanding of how network traffic is encapsulated and transported by TCP/IP on local area networks and on wide area networks, including the Internet. Students learn about message addressing and forwarding, and how network errors are resolved.

    Prerequisites Required: IT  273

    Total Information Security and Assurance Career Focus Area Credits: 39
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 316: COMPUTER FORENSICS (6 Credits)

    This course provides an overview of computer forensic investigation principles, computer forensic software, and techniques for capturing and analyzing data from various digital storage media such as Apple iPads, GPS (Global Positioning System) devices, and portable USB devices. Students will understand the scientific principles behind forensic science and learn to apply those principles to the examination of digital evidence.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Information Security and Assurance Career Focus Area Credits: 39
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 390: INTRUSION DETECTION AND INCIDENCE RESPONSE (6 Credits)

    This course provides an introduction to the intrusion detection systems available to protect networks from cybercriminals. Students explore various security concepts and the basics of security attacks. Students install and configure various intrusion detection system tools. Topics include principles and classifications of intrusion detection systems, the incident response process, and response types. Additionally, the course presents insight into intrusion detection and forensics and incident response strategies required to protect critical assets.

    Prerequisites Required: IT 286

    Total Information Security and Assurance Career Focus Area Credits: 39
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 411: DIGITAL FORENSICS (6 Credits)

    In this course, students learn about computer forensics and techniques used to perform computer forensics examinations. Students learn how to gather and protect evidence used in prosecuting computer crimes. Topics in this course include acquiring digital evidence, bookmarking data, file signature analysis, hash analysis, and other forensic techniques. This course is designed, among other things, to provide the student with the requisite knowledge to sit for the EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE) exam. While the course may provide the student with the knowledge necessary to sit for the examination, Kaplan University cannot guarantee the student’s eligibility either to take this exam or become certified. 

    Prerequisites Required: IT 286

    Total Information Security and Assurance Career Focus Area Credits: 39
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 412: INFORMATION SYSTEMS SECURITY (6 Credits)

    Businesses must be able to protect their networks and infrastructures from security attacks. In this course, students learn to investigate system vulnerabilities and implement security solutions. Topics in this course include: access control, application security, business continuity and disaster recovery planning, cryptography, information security and risk management, compliance and investigations, operations security, physical security, security architecture and design, telecommunications, and network security. This course is designed, among other things, to provide the student with the requisite knowledge to sit for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exam. While the course may provide the student with the knowledge necessary to sit for the examination, Kaplan University cannot guarantee the student's eligibility either to take this exam or become certified.

    Prerequisites Required:

    IT  286

    Total Information Security and Assurance Career Focus Area Credits: 39
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    Multiplatform Software Development Career Focus Area

    IT 213: SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT CONCEPTS—INTRODUCTORY (5 Credits)

    This course introduces the fundamentals of software engineering, demonstrating how the fundamentals are the same across multiple programming languages. The core principles found in every programming language are investigated. Students will design, develop, debug, and test simple applications using their choice from the programming language options.

    Prerequisites Required: IT 111 and IT 117 | Corequisite: IT 234 (recommended)

    Total Multiplatform Software Development Career Focus Area Credits: 34
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 232: SOFTWARE DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT CONCEPTS—INTERMEDIATE (5 Credits)

    This is an intermediate course in the design and development of programs offering students a choice of implementation and demonstrating how design and programming concepts are universal. Students will apply software design techniques, software process models, object-oriented programming concepts, and secure data-handling techniques. Students will design, develop, debug, and test intermediate-level applications using their choice from the programming language options.

    Prerequisites Required: IT 213 | Corequisite: IT 302 (recommended for Bachelor of Science in Information Technology students)

    Total Multiplatform Software Development Career Focus Area Credits: 34
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 350: STRUCTURED QUERY LANGUAGE (6 Credits)

    This course covers fundamental concepts of the SQL programming language. Students expand their SQL query writing skills through focused practice with an increasingly complex problem and solution set. Students will be exposed to working with multiple tables and aggregating data for reporting. In addition, students will see how to maintain data through the use of SQL Insert, Update, and Delete statements. Students will be directed to investigate and practice the skills necessary to ensure quality results and performant queries. Microsoft SQL Server will be the programming environment used. 

    Prerequisites Required:

    IT 234

    Total Multiplatform Software Development Career Focus Area Credits: 34
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 391: ADVANCED SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT INCLUDING WEB AND MOBILITY (6 Credits)

    This course focuses on advanced design and programming concepts and techniques offering the student a choice of implementation and demonstrating how advanced concepts apply across a variety of languages. Students will develop advanced software, web, and mobile applications, while applying concepts related to data structures, algorithms, web services, graphics, mobile, and multimedia. Students learn how to create interactive applications across a variety of platforms (traditional applications, websites, and mobile applications).

    Prerequisites Required: IT 232, IT 234, and IT 302

    Total Multiplatform Software Development Career Focus Area Credits: 34
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 481: DISTRIBUTED SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT (6 Credits)

    This course further expands advanced software design and development concepts, offering the student a choice of implementations and demonstrating how the concepts apply across a variety of languages. Students will apply analysis and benchmarking, database creation and usage, database normalization, Data in Motion and Data at Rest security, threading, reentrancy, and advanced testing concepts. Students will also learn how to package software for distribution.

    Prerequisites Required: IT 391

    Total Multiplatform Software Development Career Focus Area Credits: 34
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 488: SOFTWARE PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT USING AGILE (6 Credits)

    This project-based course for the software development career focus area allows students to apply their learning to the development of a software product in an agile team software development environment. Students will explore the concepts of agile development and then implement those concepts as they work on an agile development team, designing and developing a software product using the software development life cycle from concept to packaged product.

    Prerequisites Required: IT 481 and IT 350
     

    Total Multiplatform Software Development Career Focus Area Credits: 34
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    Network Administration Career Focus Area

    IT 278: NETWORK ADMINISTRATION (5 Credits)

    This course introduces students to the features and functions of common network operating systems and shared data management concepts. Students examine and compare both local and network operating system features, and practice basic installation and administration of network operating systems including administrator tasks, server organization, user management and permissions, security features, and shared printing.

    Prerequisites Required: IT 273

    Total Network Administration Career Focus Area Credits: 27
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 283: NETWORKING WITH TCP/IP (5 Credits)

    This course provides a thorough examination of the protocols and services in the TCP/IP protocol suite. Students gain an understanding of how network traffic is encapsulated and transported by TCP/IP on local area networks and on wide area networks, including the Internet. Students learn about message addressing and forwarding, and how network errors are resolved.

    Prerequisites Required: IT  273

    Total Network Administration Career Focus Area Credits: 27
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 388: ROUTING AND SWITCHING I (6 Credits)

    This course is the first of two routing and switching courses that prepare students to design, configure, and maintain network routing and switching. Students learn the basic concepts, protocols, and functions of network routers and switches. Emphasis is placed on hands-on practice of configuration and troubleshooting using live and simulated labs.

    Prerequisites Required:

    IT 278 and IT 283

    Total Network Administration Career Focus Area Credits: 27
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 482: NETWORK DESIGN (6 Credits)

    This course provides students with the information and skills needed to design local area networks. Emphasis is placed on planning and analysis skills. Students learn to design a network solution that supports network applications based on business needs.

    Prerequisites Required:

    IT  388

    IT 471: ROUTING AND SWITCHING II (6 Credits)

    This course is the second of two routing and switching courses and explores more advanced topics. You will design, configure, reconfigure, and maintain network routing and switching devices. You will also learn advanced concepts in protocols, resource access, and disaster recovery. Emphasis is placed on planning, proposing, and securing network infrastructure.

    Prerequisites Required:

    IT  388

    Total Network Administration Career Focus Area Credits: 27
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 275: LINUX SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION (5 Credits)

    This introductory Linux course prepares students to install, configure, and administer Linux as a network operating system. Students learn both command line and graphical user interface administration with full-feature Linux distributions. Emphasis is placed on applied skills that address real-world challenges such as managing file structure, network services, and system security.

    IT 375: WINDOWS ENTERPRISE ADMINISTRATION (6 Credits)

    This advanced course in Microsoft Windows enterprise administration prepares students to install, configure, and manage key network services and Active Directory. Students perform administrative tasks, such as network service installation and configuration, Active Directory installation, Group Policy design and configuration, and configuration of network and Active Directory security. Students learn the theory behind Active Directory design and operation, and complete hands-on labs and projects that develop the skills needed for real-world settings.

    Prerequisites Required:

    IT  278

    Total Network Administration Career Focus Area Credits: 27
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

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