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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
 
Coordinator: Angela Clark
Associate Professor: Sweeney, Glisson
Assistant Professor: Black
Senior Instructor: Clark
 
Information Technology web site
http://it.soc.southalabama.edu
 
School of Computing web site
http://www.soc.southalabama.edu
 
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (ITE):
Information technology professionals utilize state-of-the-art, computer-based tools to deliver today’s rapidly evolving computing technology to knowledge workers in widely diverse situations. The information technologist must be prepared to work in the complex network and World-Wide-Web environments to meet the needs of the end users in today’s organizations. These tasks require bringing solutions together using the different technologies developed by the computer engineers, computer scientists, and information scientists.
 
EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MAJORS
The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology produces graduates who:
  1. are skilled, competent, and contribute to the work force in their specialty.
  2. contribute to an Information Technology work environment.
  3. are academically prepared to continue their graduate education.
  4. have identified and implemented a plan of improved competency and continuous learning related to their career.
  5. can assume leadership roles or positions, including team and project leader, within their organization.
  6. display continued high ethical standards within the community and profession.
  7. can combine their knowledge and practical, hands-on expertise to support both an organization's technology infrastructure and the people who use it as well as specialized technology.
 
 
LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MAJORS
The learning outcomes for the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program have been adapted from those specified by the Computing Accreditation Criteria for Accrediting Computing Programs. (See http://www.abet.org). The program enables students to achieve, by the time of graduation:
(a)
  An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline.
(b)
  An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
(c)
  An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.
(d)
  An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
(e)
  An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security, and social issues and responsibilities.
(f)
  An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
 (g)
  An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society.
(h)
  Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development.
 (i)
  An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.
(j)
  An ability to use and apply current technical concepts and practices in the core information technologies.
(k)
  An ability to identify and analyze user needs and take them into account in the selection, creation, evaluation and administration of computer-based systems.
     
(l)
  An ability to effectively integrate IT-based solutions into the user environment.
(m)
  An understanding of best practices and standards and their application.
(n)
  An ability to assist in the creation of an effective project plan.
 
ACCREDITATION
The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. For a quick understanding of what accreditation is and why an accredited program should be chosen, go to http://www.abet.org/why-accreditation-matters/.
For an in-depth understanding of the accreditation process, go to
http://www.abet.org/accreditation-step-by-step/.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (ITE)
All General Education Courses are marked with the symbol GEd.
Area I - Written Composition and Communication - Twelve (12) credit hours,  with a minimum grade of "C" in each course, are required as follows:
 
GEd
EH 101* *English Composition I
3
 
GEd
EH 102 English Composition II
3
      OR EH 105 Honors Composition
 
CA 275 Small Group Discussion
3
   
EH 372 Technical Writing (W)
3
      OR EH 373 Writing in the Professions (W)
 
Area II - Humanities and Fine Arts - Twelve (12) credit hours are required consisting of:
  GEd CA 110  Public Speaking (minimum grade of “C” is required)
3
  GEd one course (3 semester hours) from ARS 101, DRA 110, MUL 101, ARH 100 or ARH 103, ARH 240, or ARH 242
3
  GEd one course from EH 215, EH 216, EH 225, EH 226,
EH 235, or EH 236,
3
  GEd one additional course (3 semester hours) from Art, Drama, Foreign Languages, Music, Philosophy or Literature
3
 
Two courses must be either a Literature sequence from (EH 215-216, EH 225-226, EH 235-236) OR a History sequence from (HY 101-102, HY 135-136).
 
Area III - Natural Sciences and Mathematics  
  A. GEd Natural Sciences - Eight (8) credit hours of natural sciences, which must include laboratory experiences, are required. Approved areas are Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Biology, and Geography 101 and 101L, Geography 102 and 102 L.
8
  B. GEd Mathematics and Statistics - Nine (9) credit hours, with a minimum grade of "C" in each course, are required as follows:  
      one course from MA 120, MA 125, or MA 267
3
      one course from BUS 245, ST 210
3
      one course from BUS 255, ST 310, ST 340
3
 
Area IV - History, Social and Behavioral Sciences - Twelve (12) credit hours are required consisting of:
    GEd one course from HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, or HY 136
3
    GEd three additional courses (9 semester hours) from the following approved areas: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Sciences, Psychology, and Sociology.
9
Two courses must be either a Literature sequence from (EH 215-216, EH 225-226, EH 235-236) OR a History sequence from (HY 101-102, HY 135-136).
 
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CORE COURSES - Thirty-eight (38) credit hours, with a minimum grade of "C" in each course, are required as follows:
 
CIS
115
  Beginning Programming
4
  ITE
271
  Intro to Information Technology
3
  ITE
272
  System Architecture
3
  ITE
285
  Intermediate Programming
3
  CIS
300
  Information Technology in Society
1
  CIS
321
  Data Communications and Networking
3
  CIS
324
  Database Design,  Development, & Management
3
  ITE
370
  Advanced Application Development
3
  ITE
474
  Human Computer Interface
3
  ITE
475
  IT Project Management
3
  ITE
480
  Needs Assessment and Technology Evaluation (W)
3
  ITE
485
  Senior Demonstration Project
3
  CIS
497
  Senior Project (W)
3
  CIS
498
  Senior Seminar
0
 
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ELECTIVES - Twenty-one (21) credit hours, with a minimum grade of "C" in each course, are required. Students complete one of the following Focus Tracks consisting of twelve (12) hours of specified courses and nine (9) hours of approved Information Technology support electives:
A. Web Publishing:
  ITE 375   Publishing for the World Wide Web
  ITE 380   Multimedia Production
  ITE 453   Web Site Management
  ITE 482   Advanced Web Development
B. Networking:
  ITE 382   Network Administration
  ITE 384   Network Infrastructure Systems
  ITE 476   Network Security Management
  ITE 484   Advanced Network Management
C. Digital Forensics
  ITE 372   Advanced Operating Systems
  ITE 373   File Systems for Digital Forensics
  ITE 473   Digital Forensics Analysis
  CJ 205   Introduction to Criminal Justice
  Information Technology Support Electives - Nine (9) credit hours, with a minimum grade of "C" in each course, are required. Support electives are designed to further refine and develop a set of focused skills. Support electives require approval of advisor/coordinator.
 
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY GENERAL STUDIES ELECTIVES - Hours as needed to meet degree and 120 semester-hour-requirements. All General Studies Electives must be approved by the Information Technology Coordinator.
   
 
SUGGESTED FRESHMAN COURSES
Information Technology Major
Fall   Spring
CIS 115 CA 110
EH 101* CIS 324
ITE 271 EH 102
MA 120 ITE 285
Social Science Natural Science
     
* Students with a sufficient ACT/SAT score in English Composition will not be required to take EH 101.
 
Transfer Students:
  1. Alabama community college students who wish to transfer into the Information Technology program should consult
    http://www.southalabama.edu/admissions/transfer/al/it.html for additional guidance for use of the Information Technology STARS template.
  2. All students who wish to transfer into the Information Technology program should consult http://www.southalabama.edu/admissions/transfer/index.html for transfer assistance.
   
REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
A student wishing to obtain a minor in Information Technology must complete each of the following courses with a minimum grade of "C".
  CIS 115 Beginning Programming
4
  ITE 271 Intro to Information Technology
3
  ITE 272 Systems Architecture
3
  ITE 285 Intermediate Programming
3
  CIS 321 Data Communications and  Networking
3
  CIS 324 Database Design,  Development, &  Management
3
  ITE 370 Advanced Application Development
3
  ITE 382 Network Administration
3
*At least 9 hours of courses in the minor, including all 300 level courses, must be completed at the University of South Alabama.
 
DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY COURSES:
 
 
 


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