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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
 
Coordinator: Bob Sweeney
Professors: Langan
Associate Professor: Sweeney
Assistant Professor: Stakhanova
Senior Instructors: Black, Chapman, Clark
 
Information Technology web site
http://cis.usouthal.edu/index.php/information-technology-ite
 
School of Computer and Information Sciences web site
http://www.cis.usouthal.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 programs, adapted from those specified by the Computing Accreditation Criteria, for Accrediting Computing Programs. Appendix A, (see http://www.abet.org), 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, and social responsibilities.
(f)
  An ability to communicate effectively.
 (g)
  An ability to analyze the impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society, including ethical, legal, security, and global policy issues.
(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 programs is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: (410) 347-7700. For a quick understanding of what accreditation is and why an accredited program should be chosen, go to http://www.abet.org/why_choose.shtml. For in-depth information on accreditation, go to http://www.abet.org/the_basics.shtml.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (ITE)
1.
COMMUNICATION - Twelve (12) credit hours are required as follows:
 
PC
EH
101 *English Composition I
 
PC
EH
102 English Composition II
 
PC
CA
110 Public Speaking
 
PC
CA
275 Small Group Discussion
 
And
One of  
   
EH
372 Technical Writing (W)
    Or    
 
EH 373 Writing in the Professions (W)
2.
THE FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS AND THE HUMANITIES - Twelve (12) credit hours are required consisting of:
 
a.
one course (3 semester hours) from ARS 101, DRA 110, MUL 101, ARH 100, ARH 103, ARH 123, ARH 240 or ARH 242,
 
b.
one course from EH 215, EH 216, EH 225, EH 226, EH 235, or EH 236,
 
c.
one additional course (3 semester hours) from Art, Drama, Foreign Languages, Music, Philosophy and Literature,
 
d.
PC
CA 110 Public Speaking
 
Two courses in the SOCIAL SCIENCES or HUMANITIES 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).
3. THE SOCIAL SCIENCES - Twelve (12) credit hours are required consisting of:
 
a.
one course from HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, or HY 136
    And
 
b.
three additional courses (9 semester hours) from the following approved areas: Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.
  Two courses in the SOCIAL SCIENCES or HUMANITIES 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).
4. THE NATURAL SCIENCES - Eight (8) credit hours of natural sciences, which must include laboratory experiences, are required from approved areas: Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Biology, and Geography (GEO 101 and GEO 101L; GEO 102 and GEO 102L).
5.
MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS - Nine (9) credit hours are required as follows:
 
A.
one course from  
 
PC
MA 120 Calculus and Its Applications
   
PC
MA 125 Calculus I
 
PC
MA 267 Discrete Math
      And  
 
B.
one course from  
   
PC
ST 210 Statistical Reasoning
   
PC
BUS 245 Applied Business Statistics I
      And    
 
C.
one course from  
   
BUS 255 Applied Business  Statistics II
   
ST 310 Statistical Research Techniques
   
ST 340 Design and Analysis  of Experiments
6. CORE COURSES - Forty (40) credit hours are required as follows:
 
PC
CIS 100 Information Technology in Society
 
CIS 101 Freshman Seminar - CIS
 
PC
CIS 115 Beginning Programming
    CIS 321 Data Communications
    CIS 324 Database Design,  Development, & Management
    CIS 497 Senior Project (W)
    CIS 498 Senior Seminar
 
PC
ITE 271 Intro to Information Tech I
 
PC
ITE 272 Intro to Information Tech II
 
PC
ITE 285 Intermediate Programming
    ITE 370 Advanced Application Dev
    ITE 474 Human Computer  Interface
    ITE 475 IT Project Management
    ITE 480 Needs Assessment and Technology Evaluation  (W)
      And  
    ITE 485 Senior Demonstration Project
7. ITE ELECTIVES - Twenty-one (21) credit hours are required. Students complete one of the following Focus Tracks consisting of nine (9) hours of specified courses and twelve (12) hours of approved Information Technology support electives:
 
A.
Data Management:
    ITE 372 Advanced Operating Systems
    ISC 457 Data Warehousing & Decision Support
    ISC 463 Info Systems DBA & Security
    ISC 472 Advanced Data Management
 
B.
Web Publishing:
    ITE 375 Publishing for the World  Wide Web
    ITE 382 Network Administration
    ITE 453 Web Site Management
    ITE 380 Multimedia Production
 
C.
Networking:
    ITE 382 Network Administration
    ITE 384 Network Infrastructure Systems
    ITE 476 Network Security Management
    ITE 484 Advanced Network Management
 
D.
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 are required. Support electives are designed to further refine and develop a set of focused skills. Support electives generally add the following types of skills to the focus track: communications, e-commerce, or business. Support electives require approval of advisor/ coordinator.
8. GENERAL STUDIES ELECTIVES - Hours as needed to meet degree and 128 semester-hour-requirements. All General Studies Electives must be approved by the Information Technology Coordinator.
   
 
SUGGESTED FRESHMAN COURSES
Information Technology Major
Fall   Spring
CIS 100 CA 110
CIS 101 ITE 285
CIS 115 ITE 271
EH 101* EH 102
MA 120 Natural Science
Social Science    
* Students with a sufficient ACT/SAT score in English Composition will not be required to take EH 101.
 
Important information for 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
  ITE 271 Intro to Information Technology I
  ITE 285 Scripting & Windows  Prog
  ITE 272 System Architecture
  CIS 321 Data Communications and  Networking
  CIS 324 Database Design,  Development, &  Management
  ITE 370 Advanced Application Dev
    And    
  ITE 382 Network Administration
*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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