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2015-2016 South University Academic Catalog version II 
2015-2016 South University Academic Catalog version II [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Information Technology (AS)

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The Associate of Science degree program in Information Technology 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 ASIT 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 students when they enter 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 associate's degree program are transferable to the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree program.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students may demonstrate an awareness of how information systems impact businesses and organizations.
  • Students may 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.
  • Students may demonstrate attainment of discipline-specific knowledge as follows:
    • An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline;
    • Students may demonstrate an ability to apply quantitative analysis and critical thinking skills to analyze and solve technology problems.
    • An ability to design, implement and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.
    • An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
    • An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security, and social issues and responsibilities.
    • Students may demonstrate effective teamwork and communication skills when working with team members with diverse backgrounds and abilities.
    • An 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.

Associate of Science in Information Technology: 92 Credits

Area I General Education Requirements: 40 Credits

Professional Development

Basic Communications

Mathematics and Statistics (choose one)

Natural Sciences (choose one)

Social and Behavioral Sciences (choose one)

Area II Foundation Requirements: 28 Credits

Area III Major Requirements: 24 Credits


*As of January 1, 2014, South University no longer accepts applications for entrance into the Associate of Science in Information Technology program offered on ground.

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.

State of Minnesota education requirements consider HIS1101 and HIS1102  to be Social Science coursework; therefore, Minnesota residents are advised to complete an Arts and Humanities course other than HIS1101 or HIS1102 to fulfill their South University Arts and Humanities General Education requirement. If a student chooses to take an Anatomy and Physiology course, BIO1011  and BIO1013  satisfy the Natural Sciences requirement. Student enrolling in either course must, however, also take the related co-requisite lab courses: BIO1012  and BIO1014  respectively.

Maryland residents are not eligible to enroll in 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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