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BS in Information Technology, General Information Technology, FlexPath Option

School of Business, Technology, and Health Care Administratoin

In the General Information Technology specialization, undergraduate learners develop their knowledge and skills in courses that cover the fundamental IT domains of networking, database, web development, systems analysis and design, and project management. Learners may also select more advanced IT courses that allow them to develop deeper and broader knowledge and skills in IT topics including web development, networking, project management, and graphics and multimedia. Learners who pursue this specialization through the FlexPath option earn a BS in IT through self-paced demonstrations of competencies.

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General Education Requirements

A minimum of 22.5 program points; see General Education Courses, FlexPath option.†

 

Additional Program Requirements

 

Core courses

 

At least 27 program points

IT-FP1006
Communication Strategies for the Information Technology Professional

In this course, learners analyze contemporary topics from the field of information technology. Learners gain knowledge and experience in computing systems and systems requirements, options, and issues. Learners also strengthen and apply skills needed for professional communication.  For BS in Information Technology, FlexPath option learners only. Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or credit for prior learning.

3 program points
IT-FP2230
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).

1.5 program points
IT-FP2249
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.

3 program points
IT-FP2250
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.

1.5 program points
IT-FP3165
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.

1.5 program points
IT-FP3212
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.

1.5 program points
IT-FP3215 *
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): IT-FP3212.

1.5 program points
IT-FP3225
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.

1.5 program points
IT-FP3301 *
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): IT-FP2240 or IT-FP2249.

1.5 program points
IT-FP3315
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.

1.5 program points
IT-FP3318
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.

1.5 program points
IT-FP3345 *
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): IT-FP2230.

1.5 program points
IT-FP3349 *
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): IT-FP2249.

1.5 program points
IT-FP3355 *
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): IT-FP2250. 

1.5 program points
IT-FP3358
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.

1.5 program points
PM-FP3000
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, including Agile.

1.5 program points

 

Specialization courses

 

At least 15 program points

 

In addition, 15 program points of upper division health information management, information technology, or project management courses.†

 

Elective courses

 

At least 22.5 program points

 

Complete at least 22.5 program points of additional undergraduate courses.†

 

Capstone course

 

At least 3 program points

Taken during the learner’s final quarter:

IT-FP4990
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, FlexPath option learners only. Must be taken during the learner’s final quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or credit for prior learning.

3 program points

 

 

Total

 

 

At least 90 program points

* 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.

† Learners in this specialization choose general education, specialization, and elective courses from the FlexPath (-FP) course list.

GuidedPath courses and FlexPath courses fulfill the program requirements and prerequisites for each delivery model.