2017-2018 South University Academic Catalog Version II [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
Information Technology (AS)
As of January 1, 2014, South University no longer accepts applications for entrance into the Associate of Science in Information Technology program offered online or on ground.
The Associate of Science in Information Technology degree program is designed to prepare students with entry-level knowledge and skills needed to understand the theoretical and applied uses of information technology in various business applications. The technical skills covered in the Associate of Science in Information Technology degree program curriculum beyond the foundational courses include basic web design, introductory database design, network architecture and protocols, and computer programming.
This curriculum is designed to help graduates who see an entry-level position where computing technology is used and applied. An affinity for logic and algebraic math is recommended for students entering this program; no prior technical knowledge is assumed for the incoming student but an affinity for technology and its uses is necessary to succeed. Courses in the Information Technology (AS) degree program are transferable to the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree program.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate an awareness of how information systems impact businesses and organizations.
- Demonstrate an ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing, their understanding of and solutions for common technology problems. Demonstration will illustrate basic critical thinking application.
- Demonstrate attainment of discipline-specific knowledge as follows:
- Knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline;
- Quantitative analysis and critical thinking skills to analyze and solve technology problems.
- Ability to design, implement and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.
- Ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
- An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security, and social issues and responsibilities.
- Effective teamwork and communication skills when working with team members with diverse backgrounds and abilities.
- Ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations and society.
- Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, continuing professional development.
- An understanding of processes that support the delivery and management of information systems within a specific application environment.