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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.

     

  • Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology Sequencing Guide 

    This guide shows the sequence of courses for students pursuing an Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology, with an IT Generalist concentration and taking 2 classes per term.

    Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology Sequencing Guide 

    This guide shows the sequence of courses for students pursuing an Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology, with an IT Generalist concentration and taking 3 classes per term.

    Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology Sequencing Guide 

    This guide shows the sequence of courses for students pursuing an Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology, with the Multiplatform Software Development concentration and taking 2 classes per term.

    Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology Sequencing Guide 

    This guide shows the sequence of courses for students pursuing an Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology, with the Multiplatform Software Development concentration and taking 3 classes per term.

    Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology Sequencing Guide 

    This guide shows the sequence of courses for students pursuing an Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology, with the Networking concentration and taking 2 classes per term.

    Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology Sequencing Guide 

    This guide shows the sequence of courses for students pursuing an Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology, with the Networking concentration and taking 3 classes per term.

    Master of Science in Information Technology Sequencing Guide 

    This guide shows the sequence of courses for students pursuing a Master of Science in Information Technology with no concentration and taking 1 class per term. 

    Master of Science in Information Technology Sequencing Guide 

    This guide shows the sequence of courses for students pursuing a Master of Science in Information Technology with no concentration and taking 2 classes per term. 

    Master of Science in Information Technology Sequencing Guide 

    This guide shows the sequence of courses for students pursuing a Master of Science in Information Technology, Business Intelligence concentration and taking 1 class per term. 

    Master of Science in Information Technology Sequencing Guide 

    This guide shows the sequence of courses for students pursuing a Master of Science in Information Technology, Business Intelligence concentration and taking 2 classes per term. 

    Master of Science in Information Technology Sequencing Guide 

    This guide shows the sequence of courses for students pursuing a Master of Science in Information Technology, Information Security specialization and taking 1 class per term. 

    Master of Science in Information Technology Sequencing Guide 

    This guide shows the sequence of courses for students pursuing a Master of Science in Information Technology, Information Security  track and taking 2 classes per term. 

    Master of Science in Information Technology Sequencing Guide 

    This guide shows the sequence of courses for students pursuing a Master of Science in Information Technology, Project Management concentration and taking 1 class per term. 

    Master of Science in Information Technology Sequencing Guide 

    This guide shows the sequence of courses for students pursuing a Master of Science in Information Technology, Project Management concentration and taking 2 classes per term. 

    Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Sequencing Guide 

    This guide shows the sequence of courses for students pursuing an Advanced Start Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, with no concentration and taking 3 classes per term. 

    Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Sequencing Guide 

    This guide shows the sequence of courses for students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Advanced Start, with no concentration and taking 2 classes per term. 

    Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Sequencing Guide 

    This guide shows the sequence of courses for students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, with no concentration and taking 2 classes per term.

    Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Sequencing Guide 

    This guide shows the sequence of courses for students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Advanced Start, with no concentration and taking 3 classes per term.

    Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Sequencing Guide 

    This guide shows the sequence of courses for students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, with the Database concentration and taking 2 classes per term.

    Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Sequencing Guide 

    This guide shows the sequence of courses for students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, with Database concentration and taking 3 classes per term.

    Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Sequencing Guide 

    This guide shows the sequence of courses for students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, with the Information Security concentration track and taking 2 classes per term.

    Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Sequencing Guide 

    This guide shows the sequence of courses for students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, with the Information Security concentration and taking 3 classes per term.

    Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Sequencing Guide 

    This guide shows the sequence of courses for students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, with the Multiplatform Software Development concentration and taking 2 classes per term.

    Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Sequencing Guide 

    This guide shows the sequence of courses for students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, with the Multiplatform Software Development career focus area and taking 3 classes per term.

    Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Sequencing Guide 

    This guide shows the sequence of courses for students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, with the Networking concentration and taking 2 classes per term.

    Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Sequencing Guide 

    This guide shows the sequence of courses for students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, with the Networking concentration and taking 3 classes per term.

    Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity Sequencing Guide 

    This guide shows the sequence of courses for students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity and taking 2 classes per term.

    Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity Sequencing Guide 

    This guide shows the sequence of courses for students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity and taking 3 classes per term.

    Master of Science in Cybersecurity Management Sequencing Guide 

    This guide shows the sequence of courses for students pursuing a Master of Science in Cybersecurity Management, with the Post MSIT track and taking 1 class per term.

    Master of Science in Cybersecurity Management Sequencing Guide 

    This guide shows the sequence of courses for students pursuing a Master of Science in Cybersecurity Management, with the Post MSIT track and taking 2 classes per term.

    Master of Science in Cybersecurity Management Sequencing Guide 

    This guide shows the sequence of courses for students pursuing a MS in Cybersecurity Management, with no concentration and taking 1 class per term.

    Master of Science in Cybersecurity Management Sequencing Guide 

    This guide shows the sequence of courses for students pursuing a MS in Cybersecurity Management, with no concentration track and taking 2 classes per term.

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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 without an undergraduate degree or work experience in information technology. You will learn the foundational principles of information technology as they relate to business. The course will address hardware and software components, telecommunications, databases, people, and procedures.

    Prerequisites Required:

    GB 512 or IT 513; only available as a second-term course for IT students; otherwise, permission from the Dean is required

    Total Prerequisite Credits: 4
    Total Program Credits: 60

    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: MANAGING INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN A BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT (4 Credits)

    Business strategies, organizational structures, and information technology must be aligned to achieve organizational goals. In this course, you will identify innovative solutions to business problems. Specific topics include the analysis of cost and benefits found in emerging technologies, the legal and regulatory implications of various information technology infrastructure strategies, and the complexity enterprises face in integrating new technology with existing infrastructure (humans, machines, and processes).

    Prerequisites Required:

    GB 512 or IT 513

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 60

    Students will select IT 599 or IT 597/IT 598.

    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: 40
    Total Program Credits: 60

    Students will select IT 599 or IT 597/IT 598.

    IT 511: INFORMATION SYSTEMS PROJECT MANAGEMENT (4 Credits)

    This course focuses on the key factors in effectively managing information systems projects. You will study project management techniques for information systems projects through detailed case studies and exercises. You will learn how to manage information systems projects through the use of the five project management process groups integrated with the ten 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: 40
    Total Program Credits: 60

    Students will select IT 599 or IT 597/IT 598.

    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: 40
    Total Program Credits: 60

    Students will select IT 599 or IT 597/IT 598.

    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: 40
    Total Program Credits: 60

    Students will select IT 599 or IT 597/IT 598.

    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: 40
    Total Program Credits: 60

    Students will select IT 599 or IT 597/IT 598.

    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: 40
    Total Program Credits: 60

    Students will select IT 599 or IT 597/IT 598.

    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: 40
    Total Program Credits: 60

    Students will select IT 599 or IT 597/IT 598.

    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: 40
    Total Program Credits: 60

    Students will select IT 599 or IT 597/IT 598.

    IT 599: MASTER’S CAPSTONE IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (4 Credits)

    The Master’s Capstone in Information Technology synthesizes knowledge gained throughout all courses in your degree plan, and its comprehensive applied project or thesis demonstrates your mastery of this knowledge, as well as your relevant skills and abilities.

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

    IT 597/598: MASTER’S-LEVEL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INTERNSHIP I/II (4 Credits)

    MASTER’S-LEVEL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INTERNSHIP I (2 Credits)

    The internship provides you with an opportunity to learn about IT careers through practical, real-world experiences and mentoring from an IT professional. This experience will improve your technology skills and your understanding of the expertise needed for career success.

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

    MASTER’S-LEVEL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INTERNSHIP II (2 Credits)

    The internship provides you with an opportunity to learn about IT careers through practical, real-world experiences and mentoring from an IT professional. This experience will improve your technology skills and your understanding of the expertise needed for career success.

    Prerequisites Required: IT 597

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 60

    Students will select IT 599 or IT 597/IT 598.

    Concentration Courses

    CONCENTRATION COURSES (20 Credits)

    Total Concentration Courses Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 60

    Students entering the program who do not possess a bachelor’s degree in information technology or a comparable field of study must take IT 503: Principles of Information Technology their first term in place of an IT elective.

    Business Intelligence and Analytics Concentration

    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 Concentration Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 60

    Concentration 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 Concentration Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 60

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

    IT 523: DATA WAREHOUSING (4 Credits)

    This course discusses data warehousing. Topics covered in this course include: data warehousing architectures; data warehouse design; data warehouse dimensional modeling; data preparation and pre-processing; extraction, translation, and load (ETL) processing; business intelligence; executive information systems; dashboards; scorecards; drill up/drill down; slice and dice; managing unstructured data warehouses; terminologies, taxonomies, and ontologies and advanced data warehousing concepts. Advanced data warehousing concepts will include data warehouse appliances, big data, and big data technologies.

    Prerequisites Required:

    IT  521

    Total Business Intelligence and Analytics Concentration Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 60

    Concentration 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 Concentration Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 60

    Concentration 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 Concentration Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 60

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

    Information Security and Assurance Concentration

    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 Concentration Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 60

    Concentration 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 Concentration Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 60

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

    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 Information Security and Assurance Concentration Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 60

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

    IT ELECTIVES (8 Credits)

    Total Information Security and Assurance Concentration Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 60

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

    Project Management Concentration

    GM 591: STRATEGIC PROJECT SELECTION AND INITIATION (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® Guide). It stresses strategic project selection and initiation and incorporates aspects of the five process groups, as discussed in the PMBOK® Guide, and their importance in the project life cycle. Further, this course examines the impact of various project management tools and techniques on time, cost, scope, quality, risk, customer satisfaction, and resources.

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses

    Total Project Management Concentration Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 60

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

    GM 592: PROJECT PLANNING AND THE PROJECT PLAN (4 Credits)

    Topics in this course include: setting project goals and objectives; conducting feasibility studies; selecting management approaches; preparing a project plan; establishing measurement tools; and executing control within the project for optimal performance. Additional instruction includes strategies for effective resource acquisition, management; and performance reporting, with special attention on workforce globalization, ethics/legal issues, outsourcing, and conflict management in diverse environments. This course also includes guidance on alternate methods for project planning, such as agile and extreme approaches for complex and obscure projects.

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses and GM 591

    Total Project Management Concentration Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 60

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

    GM 593: PROJECT EXECUTION WITH MONITORING AND CONTROL (4 Credits)

    Project Execution with Monitoring and Control provides an analysis of the principles, tools, and techniques for the execution, monitoring, and controlling of project cost and schedule. You 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 Concentration Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 60

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

    GM 594: PROJECT CLOSE-OUT, ETHICS, AND PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES (4 Credits)

    This course provides an in-depth understanding of the final phase of the project life cycle, the various ethical dimensions of projects, and the professional responsibilities of project managers. Closing phase activities explored in the course include final project accounting, closing procurements, and capturing lessons learned, among others. You will gain an understanding of the ethical dimensions of project management, an ability to differentiate between ethics and legality as they pertain to projects, and a recognition of the function of organizational codes of conduct relative to projects. Finally, you will learn the professional responsibilities of project managers.

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses and GM 593

    Total Project Management Concentration Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 60

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

    IT ELECTIVE (4 Credits)

    Total Project Management Concentration Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 60

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

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