If you have a flair for computing and a desire to pursue a career in this field, consider a degree from an Information Technology program. Enroll in the South University Associate of Science in Information Technology online program.Students who participate in this Information Technology program will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of IT and gain the knowledge and capabilities that corporations and organizations are searching for. Our experienced faculty can teach you the skills that will resonate within the real world.The online AS in Information Technology program offers students access to an industry-related, application-oriented educational program focused in:
Graduates from the Information Technology program will be prepared to pursue entry-level IT positions in many sectors, including business, healthcare, finance, government, and education.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), “Employment of network and computer systems administrators is expected to grow 28 percent from 2010 to 2020, *faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for these workers is high and should continue to grow as firms invest in newer, faster technology and mobile networks.”
Source: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Computer-and-Information-Technology/Network-and-computer-systems-administrators.htm#*The average growth rate for all occupations is 14 percent.
To be admitted to any of the programs at South University online programs, the prospective student must be a high school graduate from an acceptable high school or the equivalent (e.g. GED) with a minimum CGPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, and be required to complete the University administered placement test during their first session of attendance, or meet the criteria established for acceptance as a transfer student. South University accepts the International Baccalaureate Program diploma as meeting the requirement for high school graduation.
Students pursuing the Associate of Science in Information Technology degree are required to take a total of 92 credits as follows:
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Area I: General Education Requirements - 40 Credits
Professional Development Students are required to take 8 credits as follows:
This course is for students to obtain basic knowledge and skills in using computer office production software and internet features. A broad range of software applications, such as word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, and internet usage concepts will be covered. Students will also use computer and communications technology to develop information literacy skills.
Designed to help entering students develop a more effective approach to college success, this course emphasizes positive self-evaluation, goal-setting, and motivation; practical skills of successful students; effective use of the library and the many sources of information available; and the concepts and tools of critical thinking, and their applications.
Basic Communications Students are required to take 16 credits as follows:
Students will be introduced to college-level writing processes, particularly planning, researching and writing essays. Emphasis will be placed on refining individual skills, writing styles and voices, types of essay and on effective writing procedures. Selected readings supplement the course and provide topics for discussion and writing assignments. A minimum grade of C is required to pass this course.
Focusing on the construction of effective, researched written arguments, this course refines composition techniques, develops abstract thinking processes, and promotes critical thinking. By locating and evaluating sources and incorporating appropriately vetted academic sources into their work, students will create well-supported arguments within appropriately documented academic essays. A minimum grade of C is required to pass this course.
In this course students write analytical and critical essays about fiction, drama, and poetry. Emphasis is placed on literal and figurative interpretations, structural analysis, and variations in thematic and critical reading approaches. A minimum grade of C is required to pass this course.
This course is designed to prepare the student to develop and improve the ability to communicate. Self-expression, preparation of effective speeches, and development of speaking and listening skills will be emphasized.
Mathematics and Statistics Students are required to take 4 credits from the courses listed below:
The course is designed to develop the concepts needed for College Algebra II using graphs and applications to motivate students and provide real-world examples. The course covers the solution of systems of linear equations, exponents and polynomials, factoring, rational expressions, functions, and quadratic equations. MyMathLab or a comparable resource may be used for lecture, homework and assessment assignment delivery.
College Algebra provides students with lecture and extensive practice in the concepts required as background for Pre-Calculus and Calculus. The course emphasizes the graphs and properties of functions in general, with emphasis on linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions.
College Mathematics covers the fundamentals of several areas of mathematics, including set theory, logic, geometry, graph theory, probability, and statistics.
Statistics introduces the student to the terminology and techniques of Statistics including levels of measurement, measures of central tendency and variance, random variables, linear correlation and regression, normal probability distributions, sampling distributions, the Central Limit Theorem, and hypothesis testing.
Natural Sciences Students are required to take 4 credits from the courses listed below:
This is the first of a two-course sequence in biology. This course introduces biology, scientific methods, biological chemistry, and energy for life. This course also exposes students to the organization of humans and plants, basic genetics, and evolutionary concepts. In addition, the student will complete writing assignments that serve to introduce scientific literature.
Biology II is the second in a two-course sequence in biology. This course continues the study of human biology with the roles of the endocrine and nervous systems in homeostatic regulation. Other topics covered are human reproduction, development, evolution, and advanced genetics. Ecological concepts are also discussed. The student will complete writing assignments that serve to increase knowledge of the scientific literature.
CHM1010 is a survey course of general chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry. Fundamental concepts and principles will be presented including atomic theory, bonding, nomenclature, solutions, acids and bases, and an introduction to organic chemistry and biochemistry. Emphasis will be placed on the application of these topics in various health fields. This overview provides the healthcare worker the ability to appreciate physiological and therapeutic processes at the molecular level. The course will also explore the role of chemistry in society today by applying a problem solving approach to understanding chemistry.
Arts and Humanities Students are required to take 4 credits from the courses listed below:
Organized by period, genre and heme, this course explores global viewpoints as expressed in novels, poems, plays, short fiction, and philosophical and theological works from the period of the very first written texts up until the Middle Ages. Parallels and contrasts will be drawn between cultures and across time.
Organized by period, genre and theme, this course explores global viewpoints expressed in novels, poems, plays, short fiction, and philosophical and theological works from the late 17th century through to the present day. Parallels and contrasts will be drawn between cultures and across time.
This course surveys the history of art beginning with the Prehistoric/Tribal period and continuing through the Middle Ages. The concepts, artists, motifs, works, and styles of the periods will be studied. The course introduces students to elements of art and design, and fosters an appreciation for the world of art.
This course surveys the history of art from the Middle Ages to the present. The concepts, artists, motifs, works, and styles of the periods will be studied. The course introduces students to elements of art and design, and fosters an appreciation for the world of art.
This course introduces students to critical philosophical thinking. Students will confront fundamental questions of self and identity, of freedom and determinism, of belief and truth, and of ethics and morality. Critical thinking activities will challenge students to incorporate philosophy into their daily lives by applying the questions of philosophy to themselves and their world.
Social and Behavior Sciences Students are required to take 4 credits from the courses listed below:
Microeconomics is the study of how individuals, households and firms make decisions about consumption and production which affect the supply and demand of goods and services. Other topics include the costs of production, behavior of firms, organization of industries, economics of labor markets, and theories of consumer choice.
The study of macroeconomics includes the basic aspects of economic analysis of the business world. Students will develop an understanding of the monetary system, recession, inflation, and the main cycles of business activity.
This course introduces students to the American Government. By examining the struggle for power - the participants, the stakes, the processes, and the institutional arenas - this course introduces the students to the political strategies that drive democracy.
An introduction and overview of the major principles in the field of Psychology including: mental disorders, personality, social understanding, stress and coping, learning, memory, neuroscience, and consciousness. Students will also gain a broad understanding of how these areas are interconnected from a theoretical and practical worldview in addition to scientific modes of thought about behavior.
This course introduces the study of human social development, social organizations and social institutions. Students will apply sociological perspectives to examine topics such as the development of self-concept, group dynamics, culture, social deviance, gender equality, social class, racial and ethnic relations, demography and population, the family, religion, and education.
This course exposes the student to social problems in the United States and globally. The student will learn the structural causes of social problems, the role that race or ethnicity, gender, and class play in social inequalities and the position the United States holds with respect to global social problems. Topics may include economic problems, environmental issues, problems of social inequality, deviance, and institutional problems. The student will also learn how to develop solutions to social problems.
Area II: Foundation Requirements - 28 CreditsStudents are required to take 16 credits as follows:
A basic exposure to business principles, functions, and practices that prepares students with the knowledge to pursue specific areas of study associated with business enterprise such as economics, marketing, finance, human resource management, information technology, operations, ethics, and entrepreneurship. Awareness of the significance of business in the free enterprise system is developed through topical research, discussion, and writing projects.
This course introduces students to Information Technology in a non-programming context and provides students with a solid foundation in computer organization, computer systems, operating systems, safety issues and technologies.
This course examines ethical dilemmas specific to the IT industry through a systematic approach of the basic principles of ethics and the relationship of these principles to a technological and global society. Ethical decision making and practical applications of ethics in a contemporary society is also explored.
This course introduces students to the foundations of computational theory. Topics that will be covered include truth tables, Boolean logic, state-based computing, logic, computability, algorithms, and computational complexity. This course delivers the foundation for further study of computer architecture and software engineering.
Students are required to take 12 credits from the courses listed below:
ACC1001 is the first of a three-course sequence focusing on how stakeholders rely upon accounting information to assist them in their decision making activities. ACC1001 introduces accounting as the "language of business"—the tool used to communicate the effects of an organization's business activities on its income, financial position, and cash flows. The course provides an overview of the financial accounting system, including: the role of accounting in business; the format, content, and use of financial statements; the impact of transactions on the financial statements; the regulatory environment of accounting; and the accounting standard-setting process.
This course provides students the opportunity to obtain basic knowledge and skills using spreadsheet and database software. A broad range of software applications, concepts, and problems with be covered.
This course is designed to prepare students to organize and compose effective business correspondence and technical writing. The basic principles of writing and approaches for writing various types of communications are stressed.
The latest major approaches and techniques of management are studied, including planning, systems management, new organizational concepts, computer influence, controlling, and quantitative measurement.
The course provides an introduction to applications of business modeling such as entity relationship diagrams and dataflow diagrams. This course emphasizes application of management information system tools to support modeling.
Area III: Major Requirements - 24 Credits Students are required to take 24 credits as follows:
This course introduces students to the study of basic networking terminology, concepts, components (hardware) and basic network design. Investigation of functions required to operate computer communications networks will also be addressed.
This course introduces the beginning programmer to structured program logic without focusing on any particular language. Much emphasis is placed on developing sound programming techniques including flowcharting and naming conventions.
This course builds on the foundation developed in Programming Logic. Students are introduced to the elements of structured programming related components such as overall program design, constraints, variables, functions, procedures, logic and code control, error trapping, error handling, interactive coding techniques, etc
This course introduces Interaction Design and Usability Design, a broad scope of issues, topics and paradigms, which has traditionally been the scope of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Usability Design. Students will formulate a design project, using interactive designs appropriate for the client and/or target audience.
This course introduces students to database basic concepts, conceptual data models with case studies, common data manipulation languages, logical data models, database design, facilities for database security/integrity, and applications.
This course will provide a basic understanding of the methods and techniques of developing a simple to moderately complex website. Using the current standard web page language, students will be instructed on creating and maintaining a website. After the foundation language has been established, the aid of an Internet editor will be introduced. A second web-based language will be included to further enhance the website.
Placement tests in Algebra and English are administered to determine if a student needs additional preparation in either of these areas. If a need is indicated, accepted applicants are placed in developmental courses on the basis of their entrance/placement test scores and/or transfer credit. Students must successfully complete or place out of developmental courses in order to progress in the program. Developmental course credits do not count towards the total number of credits for graduation however, they do count in determining the maximum time frame and incremental completion rate calculations.
This course helps students refine their writing skills by focusing on the elements of style and grammar. Students compose paragraphs and essays in preparation for more advanced composition classes. A minimum grade of a C is required o pass this course. NOTE: This course is offered for institutional credit only.
This course is designed to develop the basic concepts in algebra that are needed as background for intermediate algebra and college math. The approach emphasizes the relationship between arithmetic and algebra, using graphs and applications to motivate students and provide real-world examples. The course begins with signed numbers, proceeds to solving linear equations, and concludes with the Rectangular Coordinate System and graphs. A minimum grade of C is required to pass this course.
State approval policies require residents of the State of Arkansas to enroll in specific courses within this program rather than the courses specified in the program description above. Residents of the State of Arkansas should contact their admissions representatives for specific courses required within this program.
Maryland residents are not eligible to enroll into an internship, externship, practicum, or field experience course. Students should work with their academic advisor or counselor to be sure they are making appropriate course choices.
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Dr. Theodor D. Richardson earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering with a concentration in multimedia and image processing and a Master’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of South Carolina, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Mathematics from Bethany College in West Virginia. He has taught on ground as well as hybrid and online classes, and believes fundamentally in the value of quality education.
Prior to teaching, Dr. Richardson worked as a freelance web designer for eight years, lending his skills to companies like United States Steel. He has also received NSA Certification in Information Assurance and Security. In addition to reviewing books for Choice magazine on a regular basis, Dr. Richardson has published several conference and journal papers in the area of image and data visualization and has contributed several chapters to books on how to maintain data integrity on the web.
Dr. Richardson was appointed as Interim Chair of the Information Technology Department at South University in March of 2008, a position he currently holds.
Dr. Huang earned his Ph.D. in Applied Computer Science from Northcentral University, his MBA from the University of Dallas, and his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Texas. He has been working in the information technology industry for over twenty-three years, in positions that range from executive management at Fortune 500 companies like IBM to entrepreneur at small startups that grew from zero to over $20 million in revenue before being acquired. Today Dr. Huang focuses on teaching graduate students and completing his books on technology and leadership.