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    May 14

    Online and Hagerstown Start Date
    May 14, 2014

    Jun 11

    Online and Campus Start Date
    Jun 11, 2014

    Jul 02

    Online Start Date
    Jul 02, 2014

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  • Curriculum: All Tracks

    Core

    CM 107: COLLEGE COMPOSITION I (5 Credits)

    Students will learn how to communicate effectively in their professional field using various writing styles. Students will also identify and further develop their own writing process. Grammar and mechanics will be reviewed, helping students focus on the areas that will improve their writing.

    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

    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

    Total Major Credits: 47
    Total Program Credits: 90

    IT 133: SOFTWARE APPLICATIONS (5 Credits)

    This course teaches students to use application software. Topics include an introduction to the Windows operating system and to Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Students also learn how to apply software applications within a profession.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Total Major Credits: 47
    Total Program Credits: 90

    AB 140: INTRODUCTION TO MANAGEMENT (5 Credits)

    This course will give students 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.

    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

    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

    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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