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BS in Information Technology, Data Analytics

School of Business, Technology, and Health Care Administration

The Data Analytics minor is designed to provide learners with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to examine data in a variety of applications and settings. The curriculum addresses the range of process and workflow concepts and activities that comprise data analytics within an IT environment. Specific topics include data identification and collection as well as data cleansing and quality measurement. These topics are applied to data mining and analytics projects involving data transformation, manipulation, analysis, and presentation. This minor prepares learners to successfully solve IT problems using a variety of data analytics tools and techniques. Learners acquire an understanding of the roles of data governance and management as factors that impact data analytics with data preparation. Learners gain knowledge of transformation and manipulation in order to prepare datasets for business analysts and to create business solutions specific to the IT environment. This minor provides foundational information for learners with an interest in pursuing SAS® certifications.

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General Education Requirements

Choose 45 quarter credits with a minimum of 6 quarter credits from each category; see General Education Courses.

Required courses:

MAT1050
College Algebra

Learners in this course evaluate and perform linear, exponential, logarithmic, and other mathematical functions that include algebraic, graphic, and numeric properties. Learners then apply these concepts to the social and natural sciences, business, and everyday life.

6 quarter credits
MAT2051 *
Discrete Mathematics

Learners build an understanding of mathematical analysis techniques. Learners apply number logic and set theory, functions and sequences, relations equivalence, partial order, digraphs, recurrence relations, counting techniques, logic and techniques of proof, graphs, and algorithms to the fields of business and information technology. Prerequisite(s): MAT1050.

6 quarter credits

 

Additional Program Requirements

 

Core courses

 

At least 54 quarter credits

IT1006
Information Technology Concepts and Practices

Learners in this course use fundamental terminology, concept analysis, and practical knowledge of the components of computing systems to develop their understanding of the information technology field. Throughout the course, learners also build, demonstrate, and apply skills needed for professional communication. For BS in Information Technology learners only. Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or credit for prior learning.

6 quarter credits
IT2230
Introduction to Database Systems

This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts of databases and database management systems (DBMS). Learners demonstrate vocabulary, component requirements, sorting and querying, and maintenance of simple databases using the fundamentals of database manipulation. Learners also apply Structured Query Language (SQL) and relational database management systems (RDBMS).

3 quarter credits
IT2249
Introduction to Programming with Java

This course introduces learners to the programming discipline and prepares them to serve as Java programmers. Learners study and apply the fundamentals of the Java programming language such as data types, variables, expressions, statements, and methods. Learners also examine and practice the Java-object-oriented features of classes and objects. The course offers numerous opportunities for analyzing, designing, coding, testing, debugging, and evaluating Java programs in an authentic Java development environment.

6 quarter credits
IT2250
Introduction to Network Technology

This course introduces learners to the key concepts underlying Local Area Network (LAN), Metropolitan Area Network (MAN), and Wide Area Network (WAN). Learners examine the layered architecture of the network protocol stack, including the OSI and the TCP/IP models, and apply the principles of designing networks and implementing network protocols. Learners also apply topics of network topologies, cloud computing, networking devices, cabling, and basic network security.

3 quarter credits
IT3165
Ethics for the Information Technology Professional

Learners in this course identify and apply their knowledge of inherent ethical concerns in the information technology profession to cultural and human interaction in global and domestic issues. Learners also show evidence of their understanding of ethical codes related to web technologies, intellectual property, and cybercrime.

3 quarter credits
IT3212
Introduction to Web Development

Learners build fundamental web design and development skills. Learners create web pages using HTML5 markup language and apply contemporary design principles to create a W3C compliant website. Learners format the page layout, structure, and visual design elements using CSS3, with emphasis placed on effective coding, visual design, and user experience.

3 quarter credits
IT3215 *
Introduction to JavaScript

This course introduces JavaScript for interactive web pages. Learners in this course cover the JavaScript scripting language essentials, including flow control, form validation, animation, and Document Object Model (DOM) manipulation. Learners develop client-side, platform independent functionality using JavaScript to enhance user experience with HTML5 and CSS3. This course provides a foundation for other web technologies such as jQuery and AJAX. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in IT3212.

3 quarter credits
IT3225
Business Goals for the Information Technology Professional

Learners analyze core enterprise organizations, business processes, and information technology infrastructures and display their understanding of the value of information technology in achieving organizational maturity. Learners apply their knowledge of the relationship that exists between an enterprise organization’s business and information technology goals with operational models.

3 quarter credits
IT3301 *
User Experience and Interaction Design

In this course, learners explore the boundary between humans and technology with a focus on the human factors that influence the design of effective interfaces and engaging user experiences. Learners analyze designs for enterprise, mobile, and web interactive environments. Learners also define user characteristics, design for accessibility, and appraise usability. Prerequisite(s): IT2240 or IT2249.

3 quarter credits
IT3315
Hardware and Operating Systems

In this course, learners demonstrate their knowledge of hardware and operating systems, focusing on peripherals and file management. Learners use modern operating systems, including Windows, Linux and MacOS to demonstrate their skill with hardware and operating systems.

3 quarter credits
IT3318
Systems Administration

This course provides the opportunity for learners to acquire the foundational skills and knowledge required of a systems administrator. Learners employ tools and procedures to install, configure, administer, troubleshoot, and maintain modern computer systems.

3 quarter credits
IT3345 *
Software Architecture


In this course, learners demonstrate knowledge and skills related to the fundamentals of software engineering and architecture. During a course-long project, learners create a Software Development Plan (SDP) to use as a foundation for future software development projects within an organization. Other topics include software process models, project definition, project organization, validation plan and version control. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in IT2230.

3 quarter credits
IT3349 *
Intermediate Java Programming

Learners apply features and techniques beyond the basics of the Java programming language to develop applications of moderate complexity. Learners analyze advanced object-oriented programming concepts like inheritance, polymorphism, interfaces, and abstract classes. Learners also investigate programming Graphical User Interface (GUI) applications with Java and the Java rich library of data structures like lists, stacks, and queues. Prerequisite(s): IT2249.

3 quarter credits
IT3355 *
Network Architecture

Learners in this course demonstrate their knowledge and skills with the fundamentals of network architecture. Learners apply knowledge of network characteristics and network topologies to develop a scope document for a proposed network architecture. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in IT2250.

3 quarter credits
IT3358
Information Security Concepts for the Information Technology Professional

Learners in this course demonstrate their knowledge of information security fundamentals. Learners apply their understanding of the concepts of confidentiality, integrity, and availability to securing organizational assets.

3 quarter credits
PM3000
Principles of Project Management

In this course, learners are introduced to the fundamental basics of project management and gain a broad overview of project management standards and their applicability to both business and IT projects. This course emphasizes management theories, concepts, tools and techniques defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) including the Process Groups and Knowledge Areas. This course also introduces other project management methodologies and frameworks, with an emphasis on Agile.

3 quarter credits

 

Minor courses

 

At least 24 quarter credits

IT4200 *
Data Governance and Stewardship

This course covers legal and ethical issues pertaining to information security and privacy. Learners demonstrate an understanding of core organizational processes and workflows and how these factors impact core data processes. Prerequisite(s): ACS1003 or BUS3007 or IT2230.

3 quarter credits
IT4300 *
Data Storage Strategies

Learners in this course explore data storage technologies used within the IT industry, and the impact those technology selections have on data analytics. Topics include the impact of data storage technologies on secondary use of data and how data security and privacy controls within storage technologies constrain or support access to that data. Learners apply data storage technologies and tools to determine how they impact data analytics at a granular level. Prerequisite(s): IT2230.

3 quarter credits
IT4310 *
Data Integration

This course covers the impact data integration has on data analytics and how that impact is managed across the spectrum of data management and data analytics. Learners research technologies common to the IT industry that are used to integrate data from multiple resources. Learners gain an understanding of those data integration tools and techniques and apply them to data analysis. Prerequisite(s): IT2230.

3 quarter credits
IT4320 *
ETL and Data Transformation

Learners in this course focus on the extraction, transformation, and loading (ETL) process, which is used to prepare and provide data that supports the work of data analytics. Learners study how ETL is used to identify, clean, transform, and serve the most effective data for data analytics projects. Learners apply tools and technologies specific to these activities in order to gain an understanding of the alternatives and applications appropriate within different contexts. Prerequisite(s): IT2230.

3 quarter credits
IT4330 *
Data Mining and Analysis in Information Technology

In this course, learners use a data mining project to identify, evaluate, and prepare data appropriate for the project. Learners use Excel spreadsheets and pivot tables to complete an accurate and effective data mining project. Prerequisites(s): IT2230.

3 quarter credits
IT4340 *
Data Interpretation and Statistical Analysis in Information Technology

This course presents an advanced look at the role of statistical analysis in completing effective data analytics projects. Learners apply SAS to a data analytics project to strengthen their experience with Excel spreadsheets and pivot tables. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in IT4330.

3 quarter credits
IT4350 *
Information Solutions and Delivery Strategies

Learners in this course examine the final phase of an effective data analytics project when the results of the project are shared with the appropriate audience, using the best timing and approach. Learners explore the various options and technologies available as tools to share data with a variety of types of audiences. Topics include factors that influence how to effectively present data using particular tools in a data analytics project. Prerequisite(s): ACS1003 or BUS3007 or IT2230.

3 quarter credits
IT4460 *
Data Distribution and Virtualization

Learners analyze the role that distributed, cloud-based, and virtualized environments play on processes and workflows related to the management and analysis of core data. Learners research and apply tools and strategies that allow effective data management and analysis of core data within the constraints of distributed and virtualized environments. Learners evaluate the impact that subjects of core data projects have on security and privacy. Prerequisite(s): IT2230.

3 quarter credits

 

Elective courses

 

At least 51 quarter credits

 

Choose 51 quarter credits of additional undergraduate courses.

 

Capstone course

 

At least 6 quarter credits

Taken during the learner’s final quarter:

IT4990
Information Technology Capstone Project

In this course, learners apply knowledge and skills from other courses as they develop a project that benefits an organization, community, or industry. Learners prepare a proposal that includes a project description, deliverables, completion dates, and associated learning. Upon approval from the instructor, learners execute the proposal, record their progress weekly using a project tracking website, and produce a final project report. For BS in Information Technology learners only. Must be taken during the learner’s final quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or credit for prior learning.

6 quarter credits

 

 

Total

 

 

At least 180 quarter credits

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

Learners who do not complete all program requirements within quarter credit/program point minimums will be required to accrue such additional quarter credits/program points as are associated with any additional or repeat coursework necessary for successful completion of program requirements.

 
Eligible Concentrations

Accounting

Forensic Psychology

Health Care Management

Management and Leadership

Marketing

 

Multiple Specializations available  (must be within the same degree program)