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If you are interested in becoming an information technology professional, but need to enhance your skills and knowledge before you seek employment, the Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology is designed to prepare you to reach your professional goals.
In addition to offering career focus areas, this program will give you the opportunity to gain a broad range of skills:
Career focus areas are groupings of courses designed to prepare you with specialized knowledge and skills in a chosen field. Career focus areas allow you to personalize your education by focusing your elective choices on an area of study that best fits your desired career path.*
Career focus areas include:
This degree is designed to prepare you for entry-level employment in various areas within the information technology field. Upon completing the program, you may qualify to work as a project manager, program manager, or network administrator.* You can also focus on an area of study that best fits your career and educational goals.
If you seek entry-level employment in the information technology field or wish to pursue an information technology bachelor's degree in the future, this program is for you.
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Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.
Campus and Online Start Date
Jan 08, 2014
Online Start Date
Jan 29, 2014
Online and Hagerstown Start Date
Feb 26, 2014
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.
Total Program Credits: 90
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.
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.
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.
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
Any college composition course
Total Program Credits: 90
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Last term or permission from the
Total Program Credits: 90
This course introduces the fundamentals of
programming using Visual Basic. Basic concepts and syntax used to
write programs, including variables, input, output, looping, and
program flow, are introduced. Students will design and develop
simple, graphical user interface-based applications using the
Visual Studio development environment.
Application Development Career Focus Area
Total Program Credits: 90
Career focus area courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.
This course introduces the fundamentals of C#,
an object-oriented programming language. Topics include producing
and editing printed output, standard I/O processing, loop
processing, user-defined functions, arrays, and accessing
databases. Upon completion, students will be able to write
programs to solve common business application
This course is an introduction to object-oriented programming in Java where students learn analysis and design techniques of software engineering. Projects and assignments cover numerous aspects of program development. Students successfully completing the course will have the necessary background to analyze, design, and implement basic software solutions in Java.
This is an intermediate course in the design and implementation of programs using Visual Basic. Topics include object-oriented programming, database access, and software component development.
In this course, students will learn how companies can develop customer loyalty and address personalized customer needs. Students will apply concepts learned to real-world scenarios and learn how to recapture previous customers and acquire new ones through effective relationship-building strategies. Online communication tools and call center strategies will also be examined.
Help Desk Administration Career Focus Area
Total Program Credits: 90
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.
Network Administration Career Focus Area
Total Program Credits: 90
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
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.
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.
IT 111 and IT 117 (or equivalent)
Web Development Career Focus Area
Total Program Credits: 90
This course introduces activities related to website architecture. Students will explore the stages of interface design such as client identification, knowledge acquisition, and audience identification. Additionally, the course will examine current industry standards for keyword development, tracking hits, analytics, ethics, testing and debugging, and prototyping.
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.
This course covers dynamic web development using several scripting languages. Students will learn how to display dynamic content using forms. Students will access databases and learn how to display data on a web page.
IT 234 and IT 247
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Kaplan University Learning Center students will only complete a portion of this program on site. You will need to complete at least 50% of the program requirements online, or through transfer credit awarded via prior learning assessment. If you have any questions about these requirements, please speak with an admissions advisor.
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Kaplan University tuition reductions (including active-duty, spouse, and veterans military tuition rates; scholarships; grants; vouchers; and alumni and alliance reductions) cannot be combined.
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* Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.