2019-2020 South University Academic Catalog Version I [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
Information Technology (BS)
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The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree program focuses on preparing students with the knowledge and skills needed to understand the theoretical and applied uses of information technology in various business settings. This program is designed to provide a foundation for understanding the function and process of computer programming, database design, network design, information security, and software engineering. Case studies and hands-on projects can help students gain the communication skills, critical thinking and technical competencies required in the current technology oriented workplace. Students will have the opportunity to grow from a basic knowledge of information systems operations and how they support a business to the inner workings of how they are designed, how they are implemented, how they communicate with other systems, and how they are deployed and maintained. This degree program is recommended for any student interested seeking an entry-level position in network administration, software engineering, database administration, the technical side of web development, or any related field in putting IT in action.
Building upon a strong set of Information Technology foundational courses, the program allows students to choose elective courses from several areas of emphasis including database development and administration, information systems security, multimedia and web development, and network administration and management. This flexibility gives students the ability to focus on a specific area of interest or to obtain a broader skill set in a variety of discipline-specific areas.
The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree program culminates in a capstone project that focuses on the student's overall course of study and allows the student the opportunity to apply the concepts and skills he or she has learned in real and simulated business situations. For students taking courses at South University ITS 4103 , IT Capstone, involves an ongoing project designed by the student and his or her faculty mentor to demonstrate the capabilities acquired throughout the degree. Completion of this project is necessary for graduation and gives the student an excellent example of work to aid in the hiring process.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
- Students may analyze information systems' impact on businesses and organizations and demonstrate an ability to manage, create, and/or modify information systems.
- Students may communicate clearly, both orally and in writing, their understanding of and solutions for common technology problems.
- Students may demonstrate attainment of discipline-specific knowledge including a thorough understanding of the terminology, applied usage, application to business problems, and deployment of technology resources. Graduates will be able to:
- Apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline. This includes computations in binary, prediction of software run-time, and the ability to follow programming logic through complex calculations.
- Use quantitative analysis and critical thinking skills to analyze and solve technology problems.
- Design, implement and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.
- Function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
- Display an understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security, and social issues and responsibilities in relation to the use and deployment of technology.
- Analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations and society.
- Recognize the need for, and display an ability to engage in, continuing professional development to stay current with technology innovations and advancements either through graduate study or progression in a chosen career path.
- Use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practices.
- Use and apply current technical concepts and practices in the core information technologies. This includes the areas of networking, database design and development, Web-based applications, human-computer interface, computer security, and software design and development.
- Identify and analyze user needs and take them into account in the selection, creation, evaluation and administration of computer-based systems.
- Effectively integrate IT-based solutions into the user environment.
- Present best practices and standards in computing and information technology and their application.
- Assist in the creation of an effective project plan. This includes a thorough understanding of the software development lifecycle (SDLC) and the application of technology resources to the solution of business problems.