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    Online Start Date
    Sep 17, 2014

    Oct 15

    Online and Hagerstown Start Date
    Oct 15, 2014

    Nov 12

    Online and Campus Start Date
    Nov 12, 2014

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  • Curriculum: All Tracks

    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: 18
    Total Program Credits: 90

    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: 18
    Total Program Credits: 90

    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

    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: 18
    Total Program Credits: 90

    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: 47
    Total Program Credits: 90

    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: 47
    Total Program Credits: 90

    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: 47
    Total Program Credits: 90

    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: 47
    Total Program Credits: 90

    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: 47
    Total Program Credits: 90

    IT 234: DATABASE FOUNDATIONS (5 Credits)

    This course prepares students to learn database programming. Students will be exposed to the fundamental concepts of database management systems and the capabilities of the SQL programming language. This course will provide students with the business context in which data is used and how it is transformed into information. Students 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:

    None

    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: 47
    Total Program Credits: 90

    IT 261: DESKTOP ADMINISTRATION (5 Credits)

    This course prepares networking students to install, configure, and administer a desktop operating system. Students learn to automate operating system installation, set up and manage user accounts, and configure local file systems. They learn to configure and troubleshoot both local and network printers, manage and troubleshoot access to shared folders, and recover from system failures.

    Prerequisites Required: IT 190

    In this course, students will have the opportunity to set up and manage user accounts, troubleshoot system failures, and set up desktop operating systems.

    Some important skill sets to which learners will be exposed in the desktop administrations course include:

    • The basics of desktop administration
    • How to troubleshoot local and network printers
    • How to manage and troubleshoot access to shared folders
    • How to recover from system failures
    • How to set up and manage user accounts
    • How to back up system and user files

    Sample Project:

    Students are required to take a screen capture of the Action Center. The students are required to describe how they would configure each of the settings for a Windows 7 Professional Edition computer attached to a company network. Students are required to detail how to back up system files and user files.

    What's Next?

    After learning the basics of desktop administration, it is important to continue to develop your skill set. Students can take advanced courses in networking.

    Total Major Credits: 47
    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: 47
    Total Program Credits: 90

    AB 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: 47
    Total Program Credits: 90

    IT 299: ASSOCIATE'S CAPSTONE IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (5 Credits)

    This course 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 implementation solutions studied in the information technology courses. Students research particular problems or issues they select, analyze the major concerns, and recommend viable information technology solutions to resolve or improve the problems or issues.

    Prerequisites Required: Last term or permission from the Dean

    Dynamic Description:

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

    Your capstone project will be a case study/scenario based and directed toward your emphasis area. You will assume the role of an information technology (IT) consultant and have the opportunity to demonstrate your skills as either a web developer, application programmer, network specialist, or IT project manager. You will work on a real-world project by picking one of the project scenarios.

    Sample Projects:

    • Planning and implementing a secure network
    • Develop a database driven application
    • Develop a professional website
    • Manage an IT project like one noted above by being an IT project manager

    What's Next?

    Perhaps you want to go on and pursue your bachelor's degree? If so, please check out the University Catalog for more information.

    Total Major Credits: 47
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Electives

    OPEN ELECTIVES (25 Credits)

    Total Electives Credits: 25
    Total Program Credits: 90

    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: 20
    Total Program Credits: 90

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

    IT 214: FOUNDATIONS OF WEB DESIGN (5 Credits)

    This is a fast-paced course in web design. Students learn the basic concepts of web page design. The concepts begin with the planning stages of site mapping and storyboards. Elements such as tables, forms, rollover buttons, hyperlinks, text formatting and management, navigation systems, and inserting multimedia will be explored. By creating an individual online portfolio or biography and implementing the current versions of Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), students develop skills for today and tomorrow.

    Prerequisites Required: IT 111 and IT 117 (or equivalent)

    Total Multiplatform Software Development Career Focus Area Credits: 20
    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: 20
    Total Program Credits: 90

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

    IT 247: FUNDAMENTALS OF WEB GRAPHICS (5 Credits)

    Students will learn how to create appropriate web graphics using popular image editing tools. Throughout the course, they will create a collection of custom graphics that will be displayed in an e-portfolio layout. Topics will include resizing, resolution, optimization, digital photo enhancement, custom banner and button creation, and more.

    Prerequisites Required: IT 214

    Total Multiplatform Software Development Career Focus Area Credits: 20
    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: 15
    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: 15
    Total Program Credits: 90

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

    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 Network Administration Career Focus Area Credits: 15
    Total Program Credits: 90

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

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