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    1. Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

      Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Overview

      Become a part of this expanding market by enrolling in the South University Bachelor of Science in Information Technology online program.

      In the South Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program, you will have the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills you need to understand the theoretical and applied uses of information technology in various business applications. Enjoy the flexibility of online classes - available any time of the day or night - while learning from knowledgeable faculty with real-world experience.

      Students in the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program may choose from five specializations:

      • General Information Technology
      • Network Administration
      • Multimedia and Web Development
      • Database Administration
      • Information and System Security

      Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program will be prepared to hit the ground running, applying their skills and knowledge to entry-level technical roles that apply to their focus areas.

      Employment Opportunities

      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.

      Academic Requirements

      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.

      Bachelor of Science in Information Technology - 180 Total Credits

      Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology are required to take a total of 180 credits as follows:

      • Area I: General Education Requirements - 64 credits
      • Area II: Foundation Requirements - 24 credits
      • Area III: Major Requirements - 92 credits

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      Area I: General Education Requirements - 64 Credits



      Professional Development
      Students are required to take 8 credits as follows:


      ITS1000 - Computer and Internet Literacy

      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.

       

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 4
      UVC1000 - Strategies for Success

      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.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 4


      Basic Communications
      Students are required to take 16 credits as follows:

      ENG1100 - Composition I

      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.

      Prerequisite(s):
      ENG0099 or exemption thereof
      Credits: 4
      ENG1200 - Composition II

      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.

      Prerequisite(s): ENG1100
      Credits: 4
      ENG1300 - Composition III/Literature

      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.

      Prerequisite(s): ENG1100 ENG1200
      Credits: 4
      SPC1026 - Public Speaking

      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.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 4


      Mathematics and Statistics
      Students are required to take 4 credits as follows:

      MAT2058 - 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.

      Prerequisite(s):
      MAT1005, or MAT1001 and MAT1500
      Credits: 4


      Students are required to take 8 credits from the courses listed below:

      MAT1001 - College Algebra I

      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.

      Prerequisite(s): MAT0099 or Exemption
      Credits: 4
      MAT1005 - College Algebra II

      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.

      Prerequisite(s):
      MAT1001 with a C or better
      Credits: 4
      MAT1500 - College Mathematics

      College Mathematics covers the fundamentals of several areas of mathematics, including set theory, logic, geometry, graph theory, probability, and statistics.

      Prerequisite(s): MAT0099
      Credits: 4


      Natural Sciences
      Students are required to take 8 credits from the courses listed below:

      BIO1020 - Biology I

      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.

      Prerequisite(s): MAT0099
      Co- or Prerequisite: ENG1001
      Credits: 4
      BIO1021 - Biology II

      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.

      Prerequisite(s):
      BIO1020 with a grade of C or better Co- or Prerequisite: ENG1001
      Credits: 4
      CHM1010_S - Chemistry

      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.

      Prerequisite(s):
      MAT0099 and math elective
      Credits: 4


      Arts and Humanities
      Students are required to take 8 credits from the courses listed below:

      ENG2002 - World Literature I

      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.

      Prerequisite(s): ENG1002
      Credits: 4
      ENG2003 - World Literature II

      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.

      Prerequisite(s): ENG1002
      Credits: 4
      HUM1001 - Art History: Prehistory to the Middle Ages

      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.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Co- or Prerequisite: ENG1001
      Credits: 4
      HUM1002 - History of Art from the Middle Ages to Modern Times

      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.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Co- or Prerequisite: ENG1001
      Credits: 4
      PHI2301 - Introduction to Philosophy

      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.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Co- or prerequisite: ENG1002 or ENG2001
      Credits: 4


      Social and Behavioral Sciences
      Students are required to take 12 credits from the courses listed below:

      ECO2071 - Principles of Microeconomics

      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.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 4
      ECO2072 - Principles of Macroeconomics

      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.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 4
      POL2076 - American Government

      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.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Co- or prerequisite: ENG1002 or ENG2001
      Credits: 4
      PSY1001 - General Psychology

      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.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 4
      SOC1001 - Introduction to Sociology

      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.

      Prerequisite(s):
      ENG1001 (recommended)
      Credits: 4
      SOC2010 - Social Problems

      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.

      Prerequisite(s): SOC1001
      Credits: 4


      Area II: Foundation Requirements - 24 Credits
      Students are required to take 24 credits as follows:

      BUS1101 - Introduction to Business

      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.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 4
      ITS1101 - Foundations of Information Technology

      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.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 4
      ITS1103 - Ethics and Information Technology

      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.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 4
      ITS2103 - Networking Fundamentals

      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.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS1101
      Credits: 4
      ITS2104 - Programming Logic

      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.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 4
      ITS2105 - Programming I

      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

      Prerequisite(s): ITS2104
      Credits: 4


      Area III: Major Requirements - 92 Credits



      Core
      Students are required to take 60 credits as follows:

      ITS2108 - Human-Computer Interface

      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.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS1101
      Credits: 4
      ITS2110 - Database Design & Development

      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.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS2104 ITS2108
      Credits: 4
      ITS2111 - Multimedia Web Development

      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.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS1101
      Credits: 4
      ITS3100 - Software Engineering Fundamentals

      This course introduces the principles of software development, addressing both procedural and object-oriented development. Topics include: requirements, analysis, design, coding, testing, verification, and maintenance. Students will design and implement a project.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS2105
      Credits: 4
      ITS3101 - Advanced Operating Systems & Architecture

      This course serves as a survey of the structure and functions of operating systems, process communication techniques, high-level concurrent programming, virtual memory systems, elementary queuing theory, security, and distributed systems using case studies.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS1101
      Credits: 4
      ITS3102 - SQL Development

      This course continues the concepts introduced in ITS2110 and introduces students to advanced database design concepts and further mastery of the SQL language, including advanced querying, SQL database creation, and SQL database updates.  Throughout this course, the student will gain practical experience in database creation, updating, management, and optimization in the SQL language.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS2110 ITS3100
      Credits: 4
      ITS3103 - Advanced Networking

      This course continues the concepts introduced in ITS2103 and introduces students to the study of advanced network planning, protocols, and strategies for effective connectivity and deployment.  Students will study the current generation of wireless technology, mobile networking technology, satellite networking, and connectivity protocols for widespread and global networks.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS2103 ITS3100
      Credits: 4
      ITS3104 - IT Security: Access and Protection

      This course addresses computer security issues in five key areas: (1) threats, vulnerabilities and controls, (2) encryption, (3) code, (4) management and (5) law, privacy and ethics.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS2103
      Credits: 4
      ITS3105 - Programming II

      This course provides a more in-depth use of tools introduced in Programming I and introduces object-oriented programming (OOP), Graphic User Interface (GUI) classes, libraries, over-loading, and inheritance. Introduction to OOP techniques: elementary data structures including lists, stacks, and queues. Dynamic storage allocation concepts, interactive debugging techniques, and use of recursion are also addressed.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS2105 ITS3100
      Credits: 4
      ITS3110 - Applied Systems Analysis

      This course introduces students to System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) containing system analysis, design, development and implementation. The course will explain about conventional and current approach for SDLC and explain the role of Computer Aided Systems Engineering (CASE) tools, software, communications and data base technology in practicing various steps of SDLC. This is the first of two courses addressing the issues of requirement analysis, competing designs, current trends, and incorporating existing tools.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS3100
      Credits: 4
      ITS4011 - Information Technology Project Management

      This course focuses on the information technology project management process and development of the project team as key to the successful achievement of IT projects. The process examines the main elements required in every proposal/ plan: time frame and budget. Key areas of IT project teams serve to support the fundamental approach that every project team is tailored to achieve project results efficiently and effectively. This course includes topics in managing multiple projects and team scheduling to address the development of mutiple systems.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS4090
      Credits: 4
      ITS4090 - Applied Systems Analysis II

      This is the second course covering the in-depth process of the System Development Life Cycle (SDLC). This course focuses on development strategies, validation and verification testing, deployment, maintenance, and revision. Additional topics include quality management, fault tolerance, requirements feedback, and system assessment.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS3110
      Credits: 4
      ITS4099 - IT Research

      This course focuses on teaching the research methods for conducting an academic investigation into information technology concepts. This course is intended to be taken concurrently with the elective track to prepare students to successfully research topics for the capstone project. Students will learn to evaluate source credibility, locate academic material on a topic, summarize contributions, and successfully review subject literature.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS4011
      Credits: 4
      ITS4103 - Information Technology Capstone I

      This course centers on the evaluation an augmentation of selected projects completed by the student during prior courses. The purpose is for each student to refine project work associated with his/her area of emphasis. The finished project(s) will highlight the skills and industry interest of the student and form the basis of an individualized ePortfolio.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS4011
      Credits: 4
      ITS4199 - IT Specialization Capstone

      This course is a continuation of the IT Capstone project in which students will complete an independent project based on the chosen specialization of their elective track.  This is a culmination of the prior academic work and requires the completion of all prior major curriculum courses before this course can be taken.  The outcome of this course is a hiring portfolio and a successful project demonstrating mastery of the specialization topics.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS4103
      Credits: 4


      Electives
      Students are required to take 16 credits from the courses listed below:

      Transfer students may transfer any course to help fulfill the elective pool requirements. Non-transfer students, with their advisor's consultation and approval may choose courses from any department recommended and listed course or more broadly from any course offered by South University. A course can be used to meet only one requirement in Area I, Area II, or Area III, but not simultaneously in two areas. Students should work with their academic advisor or counselor to be sure they are making appropriate course choices.

      BUS2021 - Spreadsheet and Database Application

      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.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 4
      BUS2023 - Business Communications

      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.

      Prerequisite(s): ENG1001
      Credits: 4
      ITS1105 - Theory of Computation

      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.

      Prerequisite(s): ENG1002 ITS1101
      Credits: 4
      MIS3101 - Applications of Management Information Systems

      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.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 4


      Specializations (choose one)
      Students are required to take 16 credits in their chosen area of emphasis.

      Transfer students may transfer any course to help fulfill the elective pool requirements. Non-transfer students, with their advisor's consultation and approval may choose courses from any department recommended and listed course or more broadly from any course offered by South University. A course can be used to meet only one requirement in Area I, Area II, or Area III, but not simultaneously in two areas. Students should work with their academic advisor or counselor to be sure they are making appropriate course choices.



      General (non-specialized) Information Technology
      Students take a combination of electives from the Database Administration, Networking Administration and Management, Information Systems, and Multimedia and Web Development specializations.
      Students in this specialization are required to take 16 credits from the courses listed below:

      CRJ4021 - Cyber Crime

      This course is designed to introduce the student to the investigation of computer crime and the forensic examination of digital evidence. This course involves intensive study of the history and terminology of computer crime, the types of crimes committed in cyberspace, a behavioral profile of computer offenders, legal issues in cyberspace, the proper collection and preservation of digital evidence and an overview of computer forensics.

      Prerequisite(s): CRJ1001 CRJ2100 ITS1101
      Credits: 4
      CRJ4022 - Digital Forensics

      This course is designed to provide the student with the fundamental concepts of digital forensics including the sub-disciplines of computer, audio, and video forensics. Topics include digital imaging, legal restriction related to personal privacy and electronic communication, examination of FAT and NT based file systems, password cracking, encryption, forensic tools, methodologies, and the proper documentation of forensic examinations.

      Prerequisite(s): CRJ3008 ITS1101
      Credits: 4
      ITS4105 - Network Administration I

      This course provides an overview of implementing LAN network management tools through the study of TCP/IP, hardware routers and client/server architecture related to configuring network services, e.g. DHCP scope and policies. Routing, ICMP, troubleshooting, non-broadcast IP networks and subnet/supernet connectivity will also be addressed.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS2103
      Credits: 4
      ITS4106 - Network Administration II

      This course provides an in depth study and comparison of the two primary networking paradigms, Internet/broadcast and switched, using two technologies, IPv6 and ATM, as representative examples. The course is implementation oriented, focusing on issues such as routing, broadcast, multicast, mobility, network configuration, and quality of service. Students will be introduced to network related areas of project management, vendor management, network inventory management, security management, etc., that are related to the day-to-day job of network administration.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS2103
      Credits: 4
      ITS4107 - Designing and Maintaining Network Implementations

      This course provides an in-depth knowledge of data communications and networking requirements including networking and telecommunications technologies, hardware, and software. Emphasis is on the analysis and design of networking applications in organizations.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS4106
      Credits: 4
      ITS4108 - Network Programming

      This course is designed to prepare students to write programs that operate across network connections. The basic principles of programming general client/server applications in Perl and interacting with a variety of common servers will be addressed.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS4106
      Credits: 4
      ITS4109 - Server Technology

      This course integrates different aspects of server-based technologies and the practical requirements and implementations of secure communication. Topics will include password authentication in Apache Web Server; using password authentication in PHP scripting for both Internet and intranet applications, administering user accounts through database operation, and using email to validate/confirm user account information.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS2103 ITS3101
      Credits: 4
      ITS4110 - Digital Audio and Imaging for Multimedia & Web

      this course examines the use of audio, video and other digital media as corporate, educational and personal communication. You will configure and apply a number of compression techniques and file formats to different media, and evaluate the effective use of digital media. You will also publish your course project to the Web.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS2111
      Credits: 4
      ITS4111 - Web Authoring Tools

      Students learn and practice the principles of multimedia authoring using software similar to Flash as a development tool and XML-based Web multimedia approaches such as SMIL and SVG. Students develop presentations targeted to the various media players/browsers, integrating video clips, rolling text documents with hyperlink, background music, animation sequences, and slideshows of still and moving images with narration.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS2111
      Credits: 4
      ITS4112 - Web Programming

      This course will introduce industry standard programming languages including SQO and Java to develop or manage web applications. Error and exception handling techniques, stored procedures and functions, concurrency issues, etc will be addressed.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS2104
      Credits: 4
      ITS4113 - Database Systems for Website Applications

      This course examines how databases are used to support websites and organizations using case studies. Students will develop dynamic websites with web applications that link databases to websites, pull web data and content in and out of databases and integrate a variety of coding and scripting technologies to enhance the functionality and flexibility of websites. Emphasis is placed on web performance tuning, and the application and maintenance of databases to web development.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS2110
      Credits: 4
      ITS4114 - Advanced Database Design and Development

      This course represents the practical and demanding challenges of creating web applications for ecommerce, with an emphasis on the SQL queries necessary to build complex relations. In creating the "shopping chart" project for this course, the students will design a normalized database. This course will review PHP code structures as well as provide basic instruction in Object-Oriented techniques. Also, this course will show students how to document and evaluate their work, within codified goals and test protocols.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS2110
      Credits: 4
      ITS4115 - Database Administration

      This course provides students with in-depth coverage of tasks an administrator performs which include, but are not limited to creating and managing database users, implementing a security system, designing a backup strategy, performing recovery, tuning databases to optimize performance and troubleshooting.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS4114
      Credits: 4
      ITS4116 - Database Programming

      In this course, students will be introduced to the Data Access Object (DAO) hierarchy which provides the background for the development of sophisticated relational database applications using the control based methods and object programming methods for data. Remote Data Objects (RDO), Active Data Objects (ADO), structured query language (SQL) and how to combine SQL with Visual Basic controls will also be covered.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS2105
      Credits: 4
      ITS4211 - Network Security

      The course covers the network security principles and applications, including authentication applications. IP security, Web security, network management security, wireless security and system security.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS3104
      Credits: 4
      ITS4221 - Application Software Security

      The course is a study of security concepts in developing software applications. This course discusses design principles for secure software development, and some of the security issues in current programming and scripting languages, database systems and Web servers.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS3104
      Credits: 4
      ITS4231 - Case Studies in Computer Security

      This course presents the tools and tactics of forensic analysis in the context of electronic data tracking and recovery. Students will participate in an in depth study of the practical aspects of computer security, including the study of vulnerabilities and tools used in their discovery. This course focuses on case studies as the primary means of exploring attacks and investigations.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS3104
      Credits: 4


      Database Development and Administration
      Students are required to take 16 credits from the courses listed below:

      ITS4109 - Server Technology

      This course integrates different aspects of server-based technologies and the practical requirements and implementations of secure communication. Topics will include password authentication in Apache Web Server; using password authentication in PHP scripting for both Internet and intranet applications, administering user accounts through database operation, and using email to validate/confirm user account information.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS2103 ITS3101
      Credits: 4
      ITS4113 - Database Systems for Website Applications

      This course examines how databases are used to support websites and organizations using case studies. Students will develop dynamic websites with web applications that link databases to websites, pull web data and content in and out of databases and integrate a variety of coding and scripting technologies to enhance the functionality and flexibility of websites. Emphasis is placed on web performance tuning, and the application and maintenance of databases to web development.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS2110
      Credits: 4
      ITS4114 - Advanced Database Design and Development

      This course represents the practical and demanding challenges of creating web applications for ecommerce, with an emphasis on the SQL queries necessary to build complex relations. In creating the "shopping chart" project for this course, the students will design a normalized database. This course will review PHP code structures as well as provide basic instruction in Object-Oriented techniques. Also, this course will show students how to document and evaluate their work, within codified goals and test protocols.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS2110
      Credits: 4
      ITS4115 - Database Administration

      This course provides students with in-depth coverage of tasks an administrator performs which include, but are not limited to creating and managing database users, implementing a security system, designing a backup strategy, performing recovery, tuning databases to optimize performance and troubleshooting.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS4114
      Credits: 4
      ITS4116 - Database Programming

      In this course, students will be introduced to the Data Access Object (DAO) hierarchy which provides the background for the development of sophisticated relational database applications using the control based methods and object programming methods for data. Remote Data Objects (RDO), Active Data Objects (ADO), structured query language (SQL) and how to combine SQL with Visual Basic controls will also be covered.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS2105
      Credits: 4


      Network Administration and Management
      Students are required to take 16 credits from the courses listed below:

      ITS4105 - Network Administration I

      This course provides an overview of implementing LAN network management tools through the study of TCP/IP, hardware routers and client/server architecture related to configuring network services, e.g. DHCP scope and policies. Routing, ICMP, troubleshooting, non-broadcast IP networks and subnet/supernet connectivity will also be addressed.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS2103
      Credits: 4
      ITS4106 - Network Administration II

      This course provides an in depth study and comparison of the two primary networking paradigms, Internet/broadcast and switched, using two technologies, IPv6 and ATM, as representative examples. The course is implementation oriented, focusing on issues such as routing, broadcast, multicast, mobility, network configuration, and quality of service. Students will be introduced to network related areas of project management, vendor management, network inventory management, security management, etc., that are related to the day-to-day job of network administration.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS2103
      Credits: 4
      ITS4107 - Designing and Maintaining Network Implementations

      This course provides an in-depth knowledge of data communications and networking requirements including networking and telecommunications technologies, hardware, and software. Emphasis is on the analysis and design of networking applications in organizations.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS4106
      Credits: 4
      ITS4108 - Network Programming

      This course is designed to prepare students to write programs that operate across network connections. The basic principles of programming general client/server applications in Perl and interacting with a variety of common servers will be addressed.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS4106
      Credits: 4
      ITS4109 - Server Technology

      This course integrates different aspects of server-based technologies and the practical requirements and implementations of secure communication. Topics will include password authentication in Apache Web Server; using password authentication in PHP scripting for both Internet and intranet applications, administering user accounts through database operation, and using email to validate/confirm user account information.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS2103 ITS3101
      Credits: 4


      Information and System Security
      Students are required to take 16 credits from the courses listed below:

      CRJ4021 - Cyber Crime

      This course is designed to introduce the student to the investigation of computer crime and the forensic examination of digital evidence. This course involves intensive study of the history and terminology of computer crime, the types of crimes committed in cyberspace, a behavioral profile of computer offenders, legal issues in cyberspace, the proper collection and preservation of digital evidence and an overview of computer forensics.

      Prerequisite(s): CRJ1001 CRJ2100 ITS1101
      Credits: 4
      CRJ4022 - Digital Forensics

      This course is designed to provide the student with the fundamental concepts of digital forensics including the sub-disciplines of computer, audio, and video forensics. Topics include digital imaging, legal restriction related to personal privacy and electronic communication, examination of FAT and NT based file systems, password cracking, encryption, forensic tools, methodologies, and the proper documentation of forensic examinations.

      Prerequisite(s): CRJ3008 ITS1101
      Credits: 4
      ITS4211 - Network Security

      The course covers the network security principles and applications, including authentication applications. IP security, Web security, network management security, wireless security and system security.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS3104
      Credits: 4
      ITS4221 - Application Software Security

      The course is a study of security concepts in developing software applications. This course discusses design principles for secure software development, and some of the security issues in current programming and scripting languages, database systems and Web servers.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS3104
      Credits: 4
      ITS4231 - Case Studies in Computer Security

      This course presents the tools and tactics of forensic analysis in the context of electronic data tracking and recovery. Students will participate in an in depth study of the practical aspects of computer security, including the study of vulnerabilities and tools used in their discovery. This course focuses on case studies as the primary means of exploring attacks and investigations.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS3104
      Credits: 4


      Multimedia and Web Development
      Students are required to take 16 credits from the courses listed below:

      ITS4109 - Server Technology

      This course integrates different aspects of server-based technologies and the practical requirements and implementations of secure communication. Topics will include password authentication in Apache Web Server; using password authentication in PHP scripting for both Internet and intranet applications, administering user accounts through database operation, and using email to validate/confirm user account information.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS2103 ITS3101
      Credits: 4
      ITS4110 - Digital Audio and Imaging for Multimedia & Web

      this course examines the use of audio, video and other digital media as corporate, educational and personal communication. You will configure and apply a number of compression techniques and file formats to different media, and evaluate the effective use of digital media. You will also publish your course project to the Web.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS2111
      Credits: 4
      ITS4111 - Web Authoring Tools

      Students learn and practice the principles of multimedia authoring using software similar to Flash as a development tool and XML-based Web multimedia approaches such as SMIL and SVG. Students develop presentations targeted to the various media players/browsers, integrating video clips, rolling text documents with hyperlink, background music, animation sequences, and slideshows of still and moving images with narration.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS2111
      Credits: 4
      ITS4112 - Web Programming

      This course will introduce industry standard programming languages including SQO and Java to develop or manage web applications. Error and exception handling techniques, stored procedures and functions, concurrency issues, etc will be addressed.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS2104
      Credits: 4
      ITS4113 - Database Systems for Website Applications

      This course examines how databases are used to support websites and organizations using case studies. Students will develop dynamic websites with web applications that link databases to websites, pull web data and content in and out of databases and integrate a variety of coding and scripting technologies to enhance the functionality and flexibility of websites. Emphasis is placed on web performance tuning, and the application and maintenance of databases to web development.

      Prerequisite(s): ITS2110
      Credits: 4


      Developmental Courses

      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.

      ENG0099 - Principles of Composition

      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.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 4
      MAT0099 - Principles of Algebra

      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.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 4


      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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