2010-11 Course Descriptions
IT 120 Introduction to Information Technology (3-0-3), fall, spring, summer on demand. An introductory survey of modern information technology covering hardware, software, operating systems, networks, databases, security, telecommunications, and related subjects. Students gain a fundamental understanding of these broad subject areas, and how they relate to each other. Additional emphasis on current trends, emerging technology, ethics, social responsibility, and global economic impacts. Requires previous experience with the Microsoft Office Suite.
IT 125 Web Development I (3-0-3), fall, spring. An introduction to the development of web pages used to display images, tables, forms, and frames. Topics include HTML, cascading style sheets, server- and client-side scripting, applets, and web databases and security. Also introduces Internet browsers, user computer configurations, standard protocols, XML compatibility, Dynamic HTML, and accessibility issues. Prerequisite: CS 115.
IT 220 Introduction to Databases and Database Management Systems (3-0-3), fall, spring. A survey of the logical and physical organization of data and their importance in computer processing. Introduces data models, relational database design, and associated ideas. Compares modern DBMS software. Examines data as a strategic organizational resource. Students develop the basic SQL scripting skills necessary to create tables, queries, forms, and reports. Provides initial training towards professional database certification. Prerequisite: CS 120.
IT 221 Fundamentals of Networking and Data Communications (3-1-3), fall, spring. A first course in data communications and networking. Topics include: IP networks and services, comparative network configurations and communications protocols, function and purpose of physical network components, resource sharing, client-server systems, administrative issues and tools, and industry standards. Provides initial training towards professional network certification. Laboratory graded and credited with course. Prerequisite: CS 115.
IT 310 Introduction to Computer and Information Security (3-0-3), spring. A survey of the fundamental concepts of computer and information security, including policies and technologies used to achieve secure networks, systems, computing facilities, and information resources. Topics include common system vulnerabilities and threats; models and mechanisms for mandatory, discretionary, and role-based access controls; authentication technologies; ethical issues; and related ideas. Provides initial training towards professional database certification. Prerequisite: IT 220 or IT 221.
IT 320 Database Administration (3-0-3), spring, even years. A comprehensive presentation of the concepts and techniques of modern database administration. Topics include: system/software evaluation, selection, installation, operations, and maintenance; capacity planning and re-engineering; and utilities and tools for trouble-shooting, backup/recovery, and performance monitoring/tuning. Discusses approaches and standards for organizing and managing the database resources, users, and technology of an enterprise. Prerequisites: IT 220.
IT 330 Networks II: Routing and Switching (3-0-3), spring. Examines routing and switching in connection-less and connection-oriented communication networks. IP routing is covered in-depth, including practical configuration and trouble shooting of routing protocols. Connection-oriented Site Links Resources switching protocols like MPLS and ATM are also assessed, with emphasis on interworking with IP. Other topics include VLANs, VPNs, and QoS routing
Colleges and multicasting. Prerequisite: IT 221.
IT 410 Systems Integration and Administration (3-0-3), fall. Study and practice in the integration and administration of computer systems. Topics include: resource planning; hardware evaluation, acquisition, installation, and maintenance; file systems; system diagnostics and performance tuning; backup/restore processes; integration of various operating platforms and open source technologies; and user and customer support services. Requires scripting and shell programming. Prerequisites: Completion of all required 100- and 200-level CS and IT courses.
IT 415 Networks and Security Administration (3-0-3), spring, odd years. Study and practice in administering and securing a multifaceted network and communications infrastructure. Topics include: network standards, protocols, naming systems, configurations, and services; hardware and operating system interoperability; capacity planning and re-engineering; security requirements and procedures; logging and auditing tools; disaster planning; and trouble-shooting and performance tuning. Emphasizes user and client needs. Prerequisites: IT 221 and 310.
IT 420 Wireless Networks and Protocols (3-0-3), fall. Surveys wireless communication concepts, technologies and protocols. Topics covered include the evolution or wireless communication systems, the nature of the wireless medium, techniques for reducing errors on the channel (such as equalization, diversity and channel coding), fundamentals of cellular telephony, and an in-depth study of wireless protocols. Prerequisite: IT 221.
IT 430 Modern Telecommunications (3-0-3), TBA. A survey of modern telecommunications systems, functions, and mechanisms. Topics include: voice and data services; signaling, switching, digital transmission, and traffic engineering; telecommunication networks; and specialized technologies, protocols, and services. Presents best practices in selecting, implementing, and managing enterprise-level telecommunications systems, and discusses the evolutionary impact of telecommunications on society. Prerequisite: IT 221.
IT 490 Topics in Information Technology (3-0-3)*, on demand. Investigation of an Information Technology topic of current interest. Topics rotate depending on faculty expertise and student interest, with the same topic generally not being offered more than twice. Students may enroll more than once for credit so long as the topics are different. Prerequisite: IT 220, IT 221, CS 120.
IT 495 Information Technology Internship (3-0-3), TBA. A work/study field experience. Students apply classroom knowledge and skills in a professional setting. Projects are selected/assigned in conjunction with a faculty advisor, and work is performed under the direction of an employer representative in consultation with the faculty advisor. Requires submission of a reflective paper. Prerequisite: Completion of all required 100- and 200-level CS and IT courses.
IT 501 Contemporary Readings in IT (1-0-1), on demand. Directed readings in the contemporary information technology literature. Includes individual and group discussion with the instructor, and either oral or written summary presentations.
IT 610 IT Services and Administration (3-0-3), TBA. Presents contemporary topics affecting the day-to-day operational aspects of an IT organization, including asset tracking, customer care, human resources, support services and service metrics, budgeting, capacity planning, vendor relationships, and contracting and purchasing.
IT 615 IT Innovation and Entrepreneurship (3-0-3), TBA. Concepts and frameworks for creating, commercializing, and profiting form technology-based products and services. Specifically explores issues currently affecting the field of information service management and related information technologies, and presents the conceptual foundation for managing information technology innovation.
IT 620 Information Assurance and Control (3-0-3), fall. Investigates the impacts of technology on data quality and reliability. Covers foundations of IT security, encryption and authentication, the value of information as a strategic resource, data quality issues, information security standards, and contemporary principles of knowledge management.
IT 625 Enterprise Architectures and Systems (3-0-3), TBA. Examines the processes and models that drive continuous organizational and technology alignment to optimize workflows, resource sharing, and access to services. Focuses on the supporting role of IT infrastructures in business process management. Additional topics include standards and best practices, service oriented architectures, global supply chains, and virtual technologies.
IT 630 IT Governance (3-0-3), TBA. Presents the contemporary principles of IT governance, with specific focus on IT strategy, policy issues, performance metrics, internal controls, and ethical practice. Addresses issues in data retention, confidentiality, financial accountability, disaster recovery, and protection of intellectual property.
IT 650 Internship in Global IT Operations (3-0-3), TBA. A focused internship with an international or multinational organization that conducts business through a global IT network. Participants are involved in the day-to-day IT operations of the organization for approximately six weeks. Placement at an international site is preferred. Requires documentation of work and submission of a reflective paper.
IT 651 Leading IT Innovation in Education: Problem Analysis (3-0-3), rotating basis. Systemic problem identification associated with integrating emerging digital innovations in education. Prerequisite: admission to graduate school and/or digital leadership of learning certificate program.
IT 652 Leading IT Innovation in Education: Solution Analysis (3-0-3), rotating basis. Systemic solution evaluation, design, and development associated with integrating emerging innovations in education. Prerequisite: admission to graduate school and/or digital leadership of learning certificate program.
IT 660 Work-Product Portfolio (0-0-6)*, TBA. Submission of a portfolio of work products and reflective experiences pertaining to IT operations in a corporate or other organizational environment. The portfolio must demonstrate breadth of experiences and knowledge, and may include examples that are either technical or administrative in nature. Up to six credit hours may be awarded.
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