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    Oct 05, 2016

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    Nov 23, 2016

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  • IT Degree Sequencing Guides (Classes Per Term Examples)

    These sequencing guides are examples of how a degree plan will be mapped based on the number of classes you take per term. The guides can be used to help you when planning your schedule each term. We hope you find these resources useful in your academic planning and recommend that you share your goals with your Education Advisor upon enrollment.

     

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    IT 513: WRITING AND CRITICAL THINKING FOR THE IT PROFESSIONAL (4 Credits)

    This course helps you develop effective academic writing skills and the ability to synthesize, evaluate, and discuss a variety of information technology concepts. The course emphasizes accurate grammar and standard punctuation, as well as the appropriate application of American Psychological Association (APA) style guidelines to produce logically structured academic papers that integrate refereed sources into the supporting arguments. You will achieve a comprehensive approach to graduate-level writing and research.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 60

    IT 527: FOUNDATIONS IN DATA ANALYTICS (4 Credits)

    This course is intended to equip you with foundational skills in data analytics. These skills include problem/question definition, data identification and preparation, statistical and/or logical modeling, and evaluation and deployment. Both categorization and prediction modeling are covered, along with methods for selecting the most appropriate methods for a given question and data set. The course uses industry-standard software to enable you to learn analytical approaches such as linear and logistic regression, association rules, decision trees, k-Nearest Neighbors and k-means clustering, discriminant analysis, and other useful analytic techniques.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 60

    IT 528: QUANTITATIVE RISK ANALYSIS (4 Credits)

    This course teaches you methodologies for using data analytics to detect, identify, and mitigate risk in a variety of forms. A variety of different quantitative risk assessment techniques are presented, including Failure Mode and Effects Analysis, fault tree analysis, expected payoffs, decision trees, and more. The case method is utilized to show real-world applications in finance, engineering, project management, loss/theft, loans, and fraud. The course will focus on formal risk processes. Issues of risk analysis ethics will also be included.

    Prerequisites Required:

    IT  527

    Total Core Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 60

    IT 530: COMPUTER NETWORKS (4 Credits)

    This course introduces data communications and networking technologies from the business perspective by heavily utilizing case studies and the decision-making process. Topics consist of network operating systems, local and wide area networks, and voice and wireless networks, as well as security and the Internet. The focus will be on practical applications of these concepts, including support issues, administration, and management.

    Prerequisites Required: IT 513 or GB 512

    Total Core Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 60

    IT 537: INTRODUCTION TO CYBERSECURITY (4 Credits)

    This course provides an overview of cybersecurity concepts including data confidentiality, integrity, and availability, and an understanding of systems and applications software necessary for foundational understanding of cybersecurity. You will examine methods for network situational awareness and dynamic decision-making for predicting and assessing the impact of various cyber-attacks. Aspects of cyber-strong organizational structures and mitigation are emphasized. The course will also cover various risk assessment methodologies necessary for understanding cyber risk, organizational preparedness and gap areas, and identifying improvement processes for an organization’s decision makers.

    Prerequisites Required: IT 530

    Total Core Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 60

    IT 540: MANAGEMENT OF INFORMATION SECURITY (4 Credits)

    IT professionals must focus on a wide range of security-related issues and develop security systems that address constantly changing threats. This course takes the approach that security components and business functions work in tandem. Topics like asset identification, human factors, compliance with regulations, personnel security, risk assessment, and ethical considerations are covered, as well as computer and network security tools and methods.

    Prerequisites Required:

    IT  530

    Total Core Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 60

    IT 541: COMPUTER AND NETWORK SECURITY (4 Credits)

    In today's world, protection of data is serious business. This course explains the concepts and techniques involved in keeping computers and networks secure. The course examines fundamentals such as viruses, worms, and other malicious software; authentication and encryption security; file security and shared resources; firewalls and border security; and physical and network topology security.

    Prerequisites Required:

    IT  540

    Total Core Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 60

    IT 542: ETHICAL HACKING AND NETWORK DEFENSE (4 Credits)

    An ethical hacker is a security expert who attacks a system on behalf of the system's owners. This course focuses on discovering network vulnerabilities that a malicious hacker can exploit. The course explores penetration testing, footprinting and social engineering, scanning and enumeration, operating system weaknesses, and the methods used to hack Web servers and wireless networks. You will perform hands-on projects using state-of-art hacking tools and techniques.

    Prerequisites Required:

    IT  541

    Total Core Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 60

    IT 544: PLATFORMS, APPLICATIONS, AND DATA SECURITY (4 Credits)

    In this course you will appraise platform/operating system software configuration strategies and techniques as related to cybersecurity. You will examine secure application development techniques and the role of application security throughout the software development life cycle (SDLC). This course will also include strategies and techniques for securing data at rest and in motion.

    Prerequisites Required:

    IT 542

    Total Core Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 60

    IT 545: WIRELESS, MOBILE, AND CLOUD SECURITY (4 Credits)

    This course examines strategies for managing the administration of wireless, mobile, cloud, and disruptive technological environments, such as social networking and the Internet of Things, in the context of cybersecurity.

    Prerequisites Required:

    IT 544

    Total Core Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 60

    IT 550: COMPUTER FORENSICS AND INVESTIGATIONS (4 Credits)

    This course explores the expertise required to conduct digital forensic investigations. Topics include investigation methods, problem-solving techniques, current forensics analysis tools, digital evidence acquisition and control, and impact of ongoing technological changes on digital forensics. Student projects include scenario-based investigations in investigating cybersecurity breaches. This course explores the expertise required to conduct digital forensic investigations. Topics include investigation methods, problem-solving techniques, current forensics analysis tools, digital evidence acquisition and control, and impact of ongoing technological changes on digital forensics. Student projects include scenario-based investigations in investigating cybersecurity breaches.

    Prerequisites Required:

    IT  542

    Total Core Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 60

    IT 590: LEGAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES IN IT (4 Credits)

    This course provides a detailed discussion of the legal and ethical issues associated with the information technology age. Topics covered in this course include: ethical theories related to information technology, protection of intellectual property, privacy, computer and network security, cybercrimes, and ethical behavior for working in the computer industry.

    Prerequisites Required:

    IT 513 or GB 512

    Total Core Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 60

    IT 591: IT SECURITY AUDITING AND ASSESSMENTS (4 Credits)

    In this course you will appraise all standards and information technology (IT) security audit processes, evaluate security controls, and examine governance of compliance and control responsibilities. Most organizations are required to comply with IT security regulations and/or standards resulting from the establishment of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, General Computing Controls, the Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act (GLBA), the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), and the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), and you will become familiar with these standards and regulations.

    Prerequisites Required:

    IT  545

    Total Core Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 60

    IT 592: FINANCIAL INVESTMENT OF CYBERSECURITY (4 Credits)

    This course introduces you to budgetary and financial decision-making tools applicable to an organization’s cybersecurity strategy. Effective use of these decision-making tools will enable future information technology (IT) security leaders to justify resources needed to secure an organization’s information/data resources.

    Prerequisites Required: IT 540

    Total Core Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 60

    IT 595: MASTER’S CAPSTONE IN CYBERSECURITY MANAGEMENT (4 Credits)

    The Master’s Capstone in Cybersecurity Management synthesizes knowledge gained throughout all courses in the degree plan, and its comprehensive research project demonstrates the student's mastery of this knowledge. The project will address a cybersecurity problem in either the research community or industry, and will indicate what the student now offers to industry, upon completion of this program.

    Prerequisites Required:

    IT  595

    Total Core Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 60

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