Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Information Technology (ISIT)
The Bachelor of Science program in Information Systems and Information Technology offers an interdisciplinary curriculum focusing on Information Systems, Information Technology, and Computer Sciences. This program merges traditional academic topics with cutting edge ISIT practices and applications. The program prepares students with hands-on practical knowledge of the most important building blocks of today’s information systems and the underlying technologies. In addition to the theoretical understanding, practical knowledge of the technologies and their fundamentals including computer hardware, networking components, mobile devices, and cloud/virtual environments are discussed and delivered in this program. With the current trends of big data, mobile computing, virtualization, and cloud services, this program covers the most up-to-date practices in ISIT and prepares the graduates to tackle real-world challenges of the industry.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in ISIT program are able to:
- Demonstrate general, theoretical, and practical knowledge of information systems and the supporting technologies.
- Identify, understand, and apply current IS processes/concepts and appropriate IT infrastructure/components.
- Setup and configure information systems and the supporting technologies.
- Troubleshoot and manage information systems and the supporting technologies.
- Analyze, evaluate, and design modern information systems to solve specific business problems based on user needs, business parameters, and IT infrastructure.
Information Systems and Information Technology Requirements – This program requires a total of 51 semester hours. The semester hour value of each course appears in parentheses ( ).
Complete all of the following Core courses – 44 semester hours:
Complete 7 semester hours from the following courses:
Recommended Sequence for the Full-time Student completing the Information Systems and Information Technology Program – The sequence that appears below was developed based upon the availability of specific courses each semester and the successful completion of course prerequisites.
ISIT 106 Special Topics (1 – 4 semester hours)
Description: This course covers topics in information systems and information technology. Offer as needed.
ISIT 140 Introduction to Information Systems (3 semester hours)
Description: Businesses rely on data-driven information to thrive and succeed. Information systems provide the means and the medium to collect, store, safeguard, retrieve, share, analyze, and present the data; therefore, information systems play an important role in our modern world. Almost all services ranging from banking to travelling to complex healthcare applications exploit information systems for data manipulations. In this course, the core concepts of any information system, namely people, processes, and technology, are discussed, and their social and organizational roles are explored. In this course, an overview of fundamental concepts of information systems, definition of key terms and current trends, the role and importance of information and information systems for businesses and management, social and organizational implications, along with some applications of information systems are explored and discussed through lectures and case studies. Offered Spring Semester, annually.
ISIT 220 Capturing, Organizing, and Presenting Data (4 semester hours)
Prerequisites: ISIT 140 and CISC 103
Description: Data plays an essential role in an information system. In fact, an information system constructs the framework for data capturing, data safeguarding, data analysis, and data presentation in accordance with software, hardware, business processes, and people. Therefore, IS specialists should develop the knowledge and understanding of tools and applications along with best practices in capturing, organizing, and presenting data. This course explores the most popular software employed in information systems. Students explore the application of spreadsheets, databases, and other software for technical data management. Business intelligence tools and concepts are introduced. Other topics include the essentials of editing, formatting, and printing worksheets and workbooks and data visualization by exploring Microsoft Office® suite. In particular, students gain experience with Microsoft Excel®, Microsoft Access®, Microsoft SharePoint®, Microsoft Word®, Microsoft Excel®, and Microsoft PowerPoint® through assignments and projects. Other popular applications, text editors, and software will be examined and discussed. Offered Fall and Spring Semesters, annually.
ISIT 240 Networking & Security Essentials (3 semester hours)
Prerequisites: ISIT 140 and CISC 103
Description: This course covers basic networking concepts within the context of the networks we encounter every day. Students develop hands-on networking skills and understand the role networks play in our lives. In addition to networking concepts, students learn about data protection, cybersecurity, most common threats, vulnerabilities, cyber-attacks, and related discussions. Topics include introduction to networks, routing and switching essentials, protocols and services, network design and installation using real equipment and connecting the network to the Internet, practicing verification and troubleshooting the network and Internet connectivity, recognizing and mitigating network security threats, configuring common Internet applications, setting up sharing between computers, and configuring basic IP services. Other topics including WAN topologies, IP errors, security best practices, quality of service, cloud and virtualization, and network programming can be introduced and discussed. Offered Fall Semester, annually.
ISIT 298 Project I (3 semester hours)
Prerequisites: SEMR 200, an approved learning contract, permission of the Office of Experiential Programs, designation of an appropriate academic advisor, and a minimum of 40 earned semester hours
Description: This first project in the student’s experiential program challenges the student to identify, investigate, and analyze a particular topic in the program of study or a concentration. A key objective is to apply skills, methods, and knowledge obtained in prior courses with independent thinking and research; the final product represents the successful and purposeful application of knowledge. The project is undertaken with the close mentorship of a faculty member and may involve a community partner. Projects can involve scientific-based research or laboratory experiences, needs analysis or development plans for external organizations, or market studies and business plan proposals. Offer as needed.
ISIT 335 Applied Operating Systems (3 semester hours)
Prerequisites: ISIT 240 and CISC 120
Description: This course provides practical knowledge of operating systems. Running at the core of all computers and networks, an OS manages resources and provides the environment for the execution of programs. Different operating systems have different features and capabilities, and it is important to select, properly install, and correctly configure the right OS so that it serves the needs of the business and ultimately runs the information system successfully. In this course, fundamental concepts of operating systems along with specific features of Microsoft’s Windows®, Linux OS, and mobile operating systems will be discussed. Students learn the key concepts of process management, memory management, I/O operations, and security through hands-on practices and projects. Students learn to select, install, configure, maintain (i.e. update and upgrade), and troubleshoot operating systems. This course has both lecture and lab components. Offered Spring Semester, annually.
ISIT 360 Network Installation and Maintenance (3 semester hours)
Prerequisites: ISIT 240
Description: In this course, students learn to install, operate, and troubleshoot a small enterprise branch network, including basic network security. Moreover, students learn to diagnose, restore, repair, and replace critical networking and system devices at customer sites. Working closely with professional teams to quickly and efficiently resolve support incidents is explored. Hands-on practices and real-world applications are examined and practiced by collaboration with Cisco Networking Academy in this course. In particular, students are introduced to Cisco network services and learn the application and configuration of Cisco router and switches. Even though the course exploits Cisco technology, fundamental concepts and universal principles are discussed and explored. Offered as needed.
ISIT 365 Internship (3 semester hours)
Prerequisites: SEMR 200 or permission, an approved learning contract, permission of Office of Experiential Programs, designation of an appropriate academic advisor, and a site supervisor
Description: An internship allows the student to put theory into practice. The student applies classroom experiences to the workplace at an off-site placement, where ideas are tested, and competencies and skills are developed. Throughout the internship, the student works regularly with a faculty supervisor, the Office of Experiential Programs, and a site supervisor who guide the learning process. The student integrates the collective observations, analyses, and reflections of this experiential team into an internship portfolio that showcases the accomplishments of the experience. The unique portfolio is constructed throughout the internship and represents the evolutionary and dynamic nature of the learning process. Offer as needed.
ISIT 380 Special Topics in Information Systems & Information Technology (3 semester hours)
Prerequisites: Minimum of 60 earned semester hours or consent of the instructor
Description: This course covers emerging topics in information systems and information technology. It is an in-depth study of a selected specialized area and the content varies by semester. Offered as needed.
ISIT 390 Independent Study (1 – 4 semester hours)
Prerequisites: Minimum of 60 earned semester hours
Description: This course is designed for the student who demonstrates an interest in the area of study not offered or who wishes to pursue a discipline in greater depth than possible through existing courses. An independent study counts as an elective and may not be used for accelerated or remedial credit. A learning contract between the student and instructor defines the responsibilities of the parties and specifies the learning objectives and standards for successful completion of the project. A calendar of meeting times and deadlines shall be part of that contract. Offered as needed.
ISIT 430 Cloud Services (3 semester hours)
Prerequisites: ISIT 240 and CISC 120
Description: Cloud services have transformed traditional IT structure and business operations. Today, cloud technology dominates consumer and business applications, network services, and data center providers. Organizations are moving rapidly towards cloud services, and ISIT specialists should now have a good understanding of cloud and its services. This course provides a deep understanding of key cloud concepts, cloud services, and their applications to increase business productivity and effectiveness. Other topics include various cloud models, deployment models, different service platforms (IaaS, SaaS, PaaS, and other XaaS), comparison of cloud platforms, migration to cloud and its challenges, cloud security, cloud design, and industry best practices. Moreover, implementation, configuration, and management of cloud services will be practiced and examined through hands-on projects. Offered Fall Semester, annually.
ISIT 470 Emerging Technologies in ISIT (3 semester hours)
Prerequisites: Senior Status in ISIT or consent of the instructor
Description: This course explores a topic or collection of topics of special interest that is timely and in response to critical or emerging topics in the broad field of information systems and information technologies. Topics may include hardware, software, organizational and social aspects of ISIT, ethical and legal considerations and frameworks, future trends and innovations, and ISIT implications on management, businesses, and marketing. Offered Fall and Spring Semesters, annually.
ISIT 498 Project II (3 semester hours)
Prerequisites: ISIT 298, an approved learning contract, permission of the Office of Experiential Programs, designation of an appropriate academic advisor
Description: This project must be in the student’s program of study or concentration. It should demonstrate application of the skills, methods, and knowledge of the discipline to solve a problem or answer a question representative of the type to be encountered in the student’s profession. As with Project I, this is undertaken with the close mentorship of a faculty member and may involve a community partner. The ideal project has a clear purpose that builds directly upon the learning that occurs within the student’s first project and internship. Offered as needed.