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    Prerequisite

    IT 503: PRINCIPLES OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (4 Credits)

    This is an introductory course for students entering the Master of Science in Information Technology program who do not have an undergraduate degree in information technology. Students will learn the foundational principles of information technology as the field relates to business and will examine the changing roles of various information technology specialties. The course also provides an introduction to the relationship of information technology courses to other parts of the Master of Science in Information Technology curriculum. Students will analyze case studies, engage in focused discussions on subjects relevant to information technology, and complete research and written assignments that address information technology support of various business scenarios.

    Prerequisites Required:

    Only available as a first-term course for IT students; otherwise, permission from the Dean is required

    Total Prerequisite Credits: 4
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Prerequisite only required of students who enter the Master of Science in Information Technology without a bachelor’s degree in information technology.

    Core

    IT 504: CRITICAL CONCEPTS AND COMPETENCIES FOR THE IT PROFESSIONAL (4 Credits)

    This course provides students with a foundation in the concepts and paradigms that shape information technology today. Students will distinguish between current competing ideologies to expand their technological knowledge and make informed business decisions. A focus will be placed on Internet technologies, hardware and software components, and networked environments, as well as ethical and social issues in information technology. Students will also be introduced to the Master of Science in Information Technology learning team model, which will be built upon throughout the program.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 36
    Total Program Credits: 56

    IT 510: SYSTEM ANALYSIS AND DESIGN (4 Credits)

    This course provides an in-depth overview of system analysis and design methodologies. Students examine techniques to develop systems more efficiently using the system development life cycle (SDLC). Students use object-oriented approaches to develop information systems using the Unified Modeling Language (UML).

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 36
    Total Program Credits: 56

    IT 511: INFORMATION SYSTEMS PROJECT MANAGEMENT (4 Credits)

    This course focuses on the key factors in effectively managing information systems projects. Students study project management techniques for information systems projects through detailed case studies and exercises. Students learn how to manage information systems projects through the use of the five project management process groups integrated with the nine project management knowledge areas. Approaches for information systems project management and examples relevant to information systems projects are used throughout the course.

    Prerequisites Required:

    IT  504

    Total Core Credits: 36
    Total Program Credits: 56

    IT 525: DATABASE DESIGN AND DATA MODELING (4 Credits)

    This course discusses the main tasks in designing a database and will use ERD tools in this process. The course covers fundamental design topics including: data modeling, entity-relationship diagrams, enhanced entity-relationship diagrams, the top-down database design methodology, the bottom-up database design methodology, functional dependencies, and the normalization process. The course will also introduce students to advanced topics of database management.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 36
    Total Program Credits: 56

    IT 526: SQL QUERY DESIGN (4 Credits)

    This course covers the SQL programming language and its use to retrieve and modify data in a relational database. Methods of ensuring data isolation and consistency are explored. Designing queries for optimum performance is emphasized. Query execution plans will be used as a tool for creating appropriate indexes to improve query performance. You will research the growing importance of “big data.”

    Prerequisites Required: IT 525

    Total Core Credits: 36
    Total Program Credits: 56

    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:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 36
    Total Program Credits: 56

    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: 36
    Total Program Credits: 56

    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  504

    Total Core Credits: 36
    Total Program Credits: 56

    IT 599: APPLIED IT MASTER PROJECT (4 Credits)

    The Applied IT Master Project demonstrates a synthesis of knowledge gained in the degree plan. In this course, the student will implement an approved IT project. The project should emphasize the student's ability to make use of the knowledge gained in the Master of Science in Information Technology program. The student will investigate a topic, evaluate alternative approaches, and present a proposed solution in a professional manner. The student will reflect upon his or her learning experiences in the Master of Science in Information Technology program and what he or she offers to the industry.

    Prerequisites Required: Last term of permission of the Program Chair and/or Dean of the School of Information Systems and Technology

    Total Core Credits: 36
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization Courses

    SPECIALIZATION COURSES (20 Credits)

    Total Specialization Courses Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Students entering the program who do not possess a bachelor’s degree in information technology or a comparable field of study must take IT 501: Principles of Information Technology their first term in place of an IT elective.

    Business Intelligence and Analytics Specialization

    IT 521: DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEMS (4 Credits)

    This course provides a detailed overview of decision-making systems, models, and support in business. The course covers many fundamental topics including: analysis and development of decision support systems, business intelligence, knowledge acquisition and representation, knowledge management, intelligent systems over the Internet, and advanced intelligent systems.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Business Intelligence and Analytics Specialization Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 522: KNOWLEDGE-BASED MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS (4 Credits)

    This course provides a detailed overview of knowledge-based systems techniques and applications. Topics include symbolic structures and semantics, knowledge representation models, search techniques related to problem solving, knowledge engineering, knowledge and domain classification models, configuration models, and diagnosis and troubleshooting methodologies.

    Prerequisites Required:

    IT  521

    Total Business Intelligence and Analytics Specialization Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 523: DATA WAREHOUSING AND DATA MINING (4 Credits)

    This course discusses data warehousing and data mining concepts and algorithms. Topics covered in this course include: data mining functionalities, data preparation and preprocessing, data warehousing architectures and implementations, data cube computations, data generalization and conceptualization, pattern recognition, association rules and correlation analysis, classification and prediction techniques, analysis of data clusters, and data mining application to business, text, spatial, and web data.

    Prerequisites Required:

    IT  521

    Total Business Intelligence and Analytics Specialization Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    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 Business Intelligence and Analytics Specialization Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    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 Business Intelligence and Analytics Specialization Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    Information Security and Assurance Specialization

    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 Information Security and Assurance Specialization Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    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 Information Security and Assurance Specialization Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 550: COMPUTER FORENSICS AND INVESTIGATIONS (4 Credits)

    From a network break-in at a remote office to potential national security threats, this course explores the expertise required to conduct forensic investigations. Topics include investigation methods, problem-solving techniques, current forensic analysis tools, digital evidence acquisition and control, and preparation for testimony and prosecution. Student projects assess scenario-based investigations.

    Prerequisites Required:

    IT  542

    Total Information Security and Assurance Specialization Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT ELECTIVES (8 Credits)

    Total Information Security and Assurance Specialization Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    Project Management Specialization

    GM 591: STRATEGIC PROJECT MANAGEMENT (4 Credits)

    This course covers project management from a strategic perspective. The course emphasizes the life cycle project phases and processes advocated by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and defined in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). It stresses the planning, executing, and controlling phases of a project life cycle. The course also covers how these phases relate to the initiation and closing phases, and further examines the impact of various project management techniques on schedule, budget, and performance constraints.

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses

    Total Project Management Specialization Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    GM 592: PROJECT INITIATION, PLANNING, AND EXECUTION (4 Credits)

    This course provides an analysis and evaluation of the theories and practices for managing projects in effective organizations. The student will analyze and evaluate strategies, tools, software, and management approaches to effectively complete and evaluate the effectiveness of projects. Topics in this course include: setting project goals and objectives; preparing a project plan; conducting feasibility studies; measurement tools, including the most current and best software tools; strategies for effective human resource allocation; and approaches to gauging the worth of the project deliverables and the effectiveness of the project management process.

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses and GM 591

    Total Project Management Specialization Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    GM 593: PROJECT COST AND SCHEDULE MONITORING AND CONTROLLING (4 Credits)

    This course provides an analysis of the principles, tools, and techniques for controlling project cost and schedule. The student will use tools, software, and techniques to establish a project baseline and control cost and schedule. Topics in this course include preparing PERT/CPM networks, estimating time and resources, creating the project baseline, controlling the baseline, crashing the network, optimization and heuristics techniques for resource allocation, earned value management, and statistical control tools.

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses and GM 592

    Total Project Management Specialization Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    GM 594: PROJECT RISK, QUALITY, AND PROCUREMENT MONITORING AND CONTROLLING (4 Credits)

    This course provides an integrated approach to risk, quality, and procurement. This course demonstrates how to incorporate quality throughout the project. The student explores use of contract types in managing risk and quality. Topics in this course cover all phases of contracting, including procurement planning, solicitation planning, solicitation, source selection, contract administration, and contract close-out. The student will then explore methods of analyzing make-or-buy decisions, as well as legal and ethical considerations in contracting and procurement. Students will construct an element of their Self-Directed Learning Plan from this course, as well as add materials from the course to their Presentation Portfolio.

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses and GM 593

    Total Project Management Specialization Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT ELECTIVE (4 Credits)

    Total Project Management Specialization Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 56

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

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