School of Information Technology and Computing

Fortune Mhlanga, Director    
ACU Box 28036
Abilene, Texas 79699-9315
Mabee Business Building, Room 272

Phone: 325-674-2569
Fax: 325-674-2507
Email: fsm07a@acu.edu
Web: www.acu.edu/sitc

Faculty
Brian Burton, Assistant Professor
Orneita Burton, Assistant Professor
Robert R. Byrd, Visiting Associate Professor
Timothy Coburn, Professor
Brad Crisp, Assistant Professor
John Homer, Assistant Professor
Fortune S. Mhlanga, Professor
Alfandika Nyandoro, Assistant Professor
Raymond Pettit, Instructor
Brent Reeves, Associate Professor
Dwayne Towell, Assistant Professor

Majors: Computer Science (BS)
               Information Technology (BS)
               Information Systems (BBA)*

Minors: Computer Science                             
              Digital Entertainment Technologies
              
Information Technology  

*A collaborative degree offered with the College of Business Administration. See the Department of Management Sciences section of this catalog for details.  

Introduction
Over the last decade, rapid advances in technology, specifically digital technology, have lead to dramatic changes in society and in the global economy. Computer- and technology-related fields claim some of the highest projected job growth in the United States, with software engineering, data communications, networking, security, and systems analysis and administration among the most top-rated careers.

The School of Information Technology and Computing at Abilene Christian University exists to train and educate students in fields of study associated with today’s fast-paced, high tech arena. The School integrates training in computer-related technology at ACU into a single, interdisciplinary administrative unit, encompassing faculty and students with a wide variety of computational and technological interests. The curriculum is flexible and dynamic, with courses available in a broad range of technical subjects and skills.

Two main programs are available: a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and a Bachelor of Science degree in information technology. The computer science program includes two different options: a traditional computer science option and a software engineering option. The computer science option prepares students for careers in technical or scientific computing and provides the foundation for graduate training, while the software engineering option is more specifically focused on programming and software applications. The information technology degree is centered more on the implementation and administration of physical hardware, software, and communications systems and infrastructure. Designed to be interdisciplinary in nature, this program requires a set of core technology courses, a number of elective courses that allow students to pursue their particular information technology interests, and addiotnal electives in a second field of application that the student can use to customize his/her career direction.

The School of Information Technology and Computing cooperates with the College of Business Administration to offer a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in information systems. This program is available for individuals who want to focus on the development and management of strategic information and technology resources that support business functions and initiatives. Students may elect to include courses in business intelligence and business analytics.

Accelerated Masters of Science in Computer Science
Students with an undergraduate major in computer science may pursue an accelerated master's degree in computer science at Texas Tech University. Through an alliance between the two universities, qualified students may complete both a bachelor of science in computer science at Abilene Christian University and a master's of science degree in computer science at Texas Tech University in five years. A total of 152 semester hours are required for the combined program. Interested students must declare their intentions early in their academic careers and maintain regular communications with their academic advisors.

Facilities and Resources
The School of Information Technology and Computing utilizes up-to-date computer labs with approximately one-hundred seats available for teaching and student use. Included is a lab primarily devoted to digital entertainment technologies. Windows and Unix-based machines, along with Macs are available, with lab equipment being refreshed every three to four years. All classrooms and lecture halls are “smart” facilities, outfitted with Internet connections, video projectors, and other resources that facilitate multi-media instruction. Wireless hot spots are found throughout the academic facilities; and students have access to some of the top applications software used in industry, including SAS, SPSS, and SAP.

Student Organizations
The School of Information Technology and Computing sponsors a student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Each year, teams of ACU students participate in the International Collegiate Programming Contest, and ACU periodically serves as a host site.

The School of Information Technology and Computing also hosts the Virtual Planes Users Group (VPUG) - an interdisciplinary student interest group devoted to the development of computer games and other digital entertainment technologies, and student chapters of the Association for Information Technology Professionals (AITP) and the Association for Information Systems (AIS). Students may also be eligible for membership in Upsilon Phi Epsilon, the honor society for computing professionals.

Scholarships and Internships
Outstanding scholarship opportunities are available for students with strong academic credentials and who demonstrate promise for continued success in a technology field. Students with financial need are especially encouraged to apply. All scholarship inquiries should be directed to the School of Information Technology and Computing.

Student participation in internships is one of the most important aspects of the hiring decision of potential employers in the computer technology arena. Excellent internship opportunities are available for qualified students.

Study Abroad Expectations
All students are encouraged to participate in ACU’s Study Abroad program. Classes offered at Study Abroad sites vary depending on the site. Academic advisors can assist students in planning ahead for their Study Abroad experience and should be consulted during the freshman year.

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Bachelor of Science Degree (BS)   

Admission Requirements
Before being admitted to one of the programs offered by the School of Information Technology and Computing, a student must satisfy the requirements listed in the ACT/SAT Placement Information section of this catalog.

COMPUTER SCIENCE (BS)   

 

BS: COMPUTER SCIENCE DEGREE PLAN (CS)  
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  

Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.

 
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS  

Computer Science

    CS 111 Introduction to Computer Science 

    CS 115 Introduction to Programming  

    CS 120 Programming I  

    CS 130 Programming II: Data Structures  

    CS 220 Computer Organization and Single-User Systems  

    IT 221 Fundamentals of Networking and

         Data Communications  

    CS 230 Object-Oriented Programming  

    CS 495 Computer Science Senior Seminar 

         (writing-intensive course)  

    Advanced CS/IT selections (including IS 405) (300-499

Information Technology

    IT 220 Introduction to Databases and Database

         Management Systems  

Science

    PHYS 335/336 Introduction to Electronics with Lab  

    PHYS 342/343 Instrumentation with Lab 

Social Sciences/Humanities

    PHIL 486 Ethics or

         SOCI 460 Ethics and Social Issues  

TOTAL  

1Hours (in parenthesis) may also fulfill university requirements 
and are not included in total major hours

 

1

3

3

3

3

 

3

3

 

3

5-7

 

 

3

 

(3)¹

3

 

 

(3)¹

33-35

 

 

CONCENTRATIONS (CHOOSE ONE)  

Computer Science

    CS 332 Design and Analysis of Algorithms  

    CS 341 Numerical Methods  

    CS 352 Programming Languages  

    CS 356 Operating Systems  

    CS 365 Theory of Computation  

    CS 467 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence  

    MATH 286 Calculus III  

TOTAL  

Software Engineering

    CS 315 Mobile Computing I 

    CS 330 The Human-Computer Interface  

    CS 374 Software Engineering  

    CS 376 Software Testing and Quality Assurance  

    CS 474 Object-Oriented Design  

    IT 325 Web Development II  

    MGMT 459 Project Management  

TOTAL  

 

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

21

 

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

21

SUPPLEMENT FOR MAJOR  

Mathematics

    MATH 185 Calculus I  

    MATH 186 Calculus II  

    MATH 227 Discrete Mathematics  

    MATH 325 Linear Algebra  

    MATH 361 Ordinary Differential Equations or

         MATH 377 Statistical Methods I  

TOTAL  

1Hours (in parenthesis) may also fulfill university requirements 
and are not included in total major hours

 

(3)¹

3

3

3

 

3

12

ELECTIVES  
Minimum  6          
TOTAL MAJOR HOURS 72-74          
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  

Minimum grade in CS 115, 120, 130, 220, 221, 495;  IT 220  

Minimum GPA in major and concentration courses  

Minimum GPA for graduation  

Minimum advanced hours  

Minimum total hours  

Courses numbered 0** do not count in
minimum hours required for degree.

C

2.00

2.00

33

128-130

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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (BS)      

Students pursuing the information technology degree are required to select and complete an 18-hour approved area of support as part of their academic program. This requirement can be satisfied by selecting an approved 6-course (18-hour) area of emphasis that compliments information technology. Students interested in business should pursue the BBA in information systems rather than the BS in information technology.

Some approved technical/vocational courses may be transferred from a technical school, junior college, or other two-year degree granting institution. A maximum of twelve semester hours (or four courses) may be transferred for lower-level credit. Up to twelve hours of lower-level credit may also be assigned on the basis of documented work experience, military training, and/or competency testing. The combination of transferred hours or assigned credit may not exceed twelve semester hours

 

BS: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DEGREE PLAN (IT)  
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  
Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.  
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS  

Computer Science

    CS 115 Introduction to Programming  

    CS 120 Programming I  

Information Systems

    IS 405 System Analysis and Design  

    IS 430 Management of Information and Technology

         Resources (writing-intensive course)  

Information Technology

    IT 120 Introduction to Information Technology  

    IT 125 Web Development I  

    IT 220 Introduction to Databases and Database

         Management Systems  

    IT 221 Fundamentals of Networking and

         Data Communication  

    IT 310 Introduction to Computer and Information Security  

    IT 410 Systems Integration and Administration 

Management

    MGMT 459 Project Management  

Advanced Selections

    Choose four courses from: CS 315, 316320, 420 , IS 330, 415,

         432DET 310, 410, IT 300 - 499 (prerequisites may apply)  

TOTAL  

 

3

3

 

3

 

3

 

3

3

 

3

 

3

3

3

 

3

 

 

12

45

SUPPLEMENT FOR MAJOR  

Mathematics

    MATH 131 Calculus for Applications  

    MATH 377 Statistical Methods I or

         IS 322 Business Statistics  

Social Sciences/Humanities

    ECON 261 Principles of Microeconomics  

    PHIL 486 Ethics or

         SOCI 460 Ethics and Social Issues  

TOTAL  

1Hours (in parenthesis) may also fulfill university requirements 
and are not included in total major hours

 

(3)¹

 

3

 

(3)¹

 

(3)¹

3

SUPPORT AREA  
18 hours of directed study: which is an approved 6-course area of emphasis (excluding business and courses used to satisfy other degree requirements)   18
ELECTIVES  
Minimum  6
TOTAL MAJOR HOURS 72
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  

Minimum grade in CS 115, 120;  IT 120, 125, 220, 221, 310  

Minimum GPA in major requirements  

Minimum GPA for graduation  

Minimum advanced hours  

Minimum total hours  

Courses numbered 0** do not count in
minimum hours required for degree.

C

2.00

2.00

33

128

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Minors in Information Technology and Computing

A minor in computer science, digital entertainment technology, or information technology may be added to other degrees.

 

MINOR: COMPUTER SCIENCE (CS)     

CS 115 Introduction to Programming  

CS 120 Programming I  

CS 130 Programming II and Data Structures  

CS 220 Computer Organization and Single-User Systems  

CS 332 Design and Analysis of Algorithms  

Choose one of:

    CS 320 Database Programming and Design  

    CS 374 Software Engineering  

TOTAL  

3

3

3

3

3

 

3

3

18

 

 

MINOR: DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT TECHNOLOGY (DET)     

CS 115 Introduction to Programming  

DET 210 Digital Entertainment Technology I  

DET 310 Digital Entertainment Technology II  

DET 410 Digital Entertainment Technology III  

ART 105 Two-Dimensional Design or

    ART 106 Three-Dimensional Design 

ENGL 322 Fiction Workshop* 

MUSC 400 Basics of Digital Audio 

MGMT 459 Project Management 

TOTAL  

 

* ENGL 472 Film and Belief may be substituted for ENGL 322 with permission.

3

3

3

3

 

3

3

3

3

24

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MINOR: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT)     

CS 115 Introduction to Programming  

IT 125 Web Development I  

IT 220 Introduction to Databases and Database

    Management Systems  

IT 221 Fundamentals of Networks and Data 

   Communications  

Advanced IT Selections (Choose two: 300-499)  

TOTAL  

3

3

 

3

 

3

6

18

    

Course Descriptions

Please see the Course Descriptions section of this catalog. Courses offered by the School of Information Technology and Computing include those with the following designations: CS, IT, DET. Courses in information systems offered through the College of Business Administration have the following designation: IS.

 

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