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2014-2015 Walden University Catalog (June 2015) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Doctor of Information Technology (DIT)


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This program prepares students to address information technology-related challenges at the highest level of an organization. Students examine the latest advancements in technology and develop solutions for complex, real-world industry challenges. They also study ways to effectively communicate complex IT strategies to company executives and stakeholders. Coursework focuses on IT strategic analysis, information management, and human-computer interaction. The curriculum blends theory and practice through a variety of learning formats, including leadership simulations, seminar courses, a doctoral study, and face-to-face residencies.

Learning Outcomes


Graduates of the Doctor of Information Technology (DIT) program will be prepared to:

  1. Assess the relevance of current and emerging business theory and practice from an interdisciplinary perspective.
  2. Formulate and execute effective solutions to complex, real-world problems common to the practice of business and management.
  3. Apply the current research literature from business and management to practical problems found in business and management.
  4. Design and conduct rigorous research that contributes to the professional body of knowledge on business and management.
  5. Clearly communicate to stakeholders about problem statements, research approaches and results, solutions, and assessment.
  6. Explain their ethical responsibilities as a member of the business community and citizens in society.

Earn an MS in Information Technology Degree


Earn an MS in Information Technology degree along the way to the Doctor of Information Technology (DIT) degree.

Students enter the DIT program with one of three kinds of background degrees—master’s degree in technology, master’s degree outside of technology with work experience, or bachelor’s degree in technology. The latter two of these three groups could benefit from gaining an MS in Information Technology degree in addition to a DIT degree. By embedding the MS in Information Technology degree with a specialization in Strategic Leadership into the DIT, students are able to complete both degree requirements at the same time. They earn a master’s along the way.

The courses applied toward the MS in Information Technology, Strategic Leadership in Information Technology specialization help build and strengthen important leadership attributes that are important in the information technology industry. 

Built into the Doctor of Information Technology (DIT) are 30 credits, which can be applied to an MS in Information Technology degree, with a Strategic Leadership in Information Technology specialization. To be eligible for the MS degree while completing the DIT program, students must complete all requirements of the master’s degree program. The master’s degree must be conferred prior to the conferral of the doctoral degree. 

Any student who currently holds an MS of Information Technology or similar degree will not earn a second master’s degree. See also the Walden University Student Handbook http://catalog.waldenu.edu//content.php?navoid=34877&catoid=122

Track 1 (for those students entering with a Master's degree)


Degree Requirements


  • 64 total semester credits
  • Foundation course (3 sem. cr.)
  • Core courses (21 sem. cr.) 
  • Leadership Simulator courses (9 sem. cr.)
  • Research sequence (10 sem. cr.)
  • Seminar courses (6 sem. cr.)
  • Doctoral Study completion (15 sem. cr.)
  • 8 days of academic residency (two 4-day residencies)

Curriculum


Doctoral Study Completion (15 sem. cr.)


Course Sequence


Semester

Course

Credits

1

ITEC 8000 - Foundation and Communications for Information Technology  

3 sem. cr.

ITEC 8010 - Fundamentals of Information Systems♦  

3 sem. cr.

2

ITEC 8040 - Systems Analysis and Design♦  

3 sem. cr.

ITEC 8030 - Principles of Programming♦  

3 sem. cr.

3

ITEC 8120 - Operating System and Network Architecture♦  

3 sem. cr.

ITEC 8140 - Data Modeling and Database Design♦  

3 sem. cr.

4

ITEC 8160 - Enterprise Systems Architecture♦  

3 sem. cr.

ITEC 8170 - Fundamentals of Information Assurance♦  

3 sem. cr.

5

ITEC 8427 - Applied Research Methods—Qualitative and Quantitative♦  

3 sem. cr.

ITEC 8437 - Quantitative Decision Making for Strategic Analysis♦  

3 sem. cr.

6

ITEC 8447 - Qualitative and Case Study Research for Strategic Analysis♦  

3 sem. cr.

ITEC 8201 - IT Leadership Simulator: Integrating Diverse Systems and Leading Technology  

3 sem. cr.

7

ITEC 8202 - IT Leadership Simulator: Developing Proactive and Reactive Security Plans /DDBA 8100 - Doctoral Study Mentoring  

3 sem. cr.

ITEC 8203 - IT Leadership Simulator: Leading IT in a Dynamic Environment /DDBA 8100 - Doctoral Study Mentoring  

3 sem. cr.

8

ITEC 850X/DDBA 8100 - Doctoral Study Mentoring  

3 sem. cr.

ITEC 850X/DDBA 8100 - Doctoral Study Mentoring  

3 sem. cr.

9

ITEC 9000 - Doctoral Study Completion  

3 sem. cr.

ITEC 9000 - Doctoral Study Completion  

3 sem. cr.

10

ITEC 9000 - Doctoral Study Completion  

3 sem. cr.

ITEC 9000 - Doctoral Study Completion  

3 sem. cr.

11

ITEC 9000 - Doctoral Study Completion  

3 sem. cr.

Track 2 (for those students entering with a Bachelor's degree)


Degree Requirements


  • 76 total semester credits
  • Foundation course (3 sem. cr.)
  • Core courses (33 sem. cr.) 
  • Leadership Simulator courses (9 sem. cr.)
  • Research sequence (10 sem. cr.)
  • Seminar courses (6 sem. cr.)
  • Doctoral Study completion (15 sem. cr.)
  • 8 days of academic residency (two 4-day residencies)

Curriculum


Doctoral Study Completion (15 sem. cr.)


Course Sequence


Semester

Course

Credits

1

ITEC 8000 - Foundation and Communications for Information Technology  

3 sem. cr.

ITEC 8010 - Fundamentals of Information Systems♦  

3 sem. cr.

2

ITEC 8115 - Computer Networking and Operating Systems  

3 sem. cr.

ITEC 8040 - Systems Analysis and Design♦  

3 sem. cr.

3

ITEC 8030 - Principles of Programming♦  

3 sem. cr.

ITEC 8120 - Operating System and Network Architecture♦  

3 sem. cr.

4

ITEC 8130 - Advanced Software Development  

3 sem. cr.

ITEC 8140 - Data Modeling and Database Design♦  

3 sem. cr.

5

ITEC 8150 - Principles of Software Engineering  

3 sem. cr.

ITEC 8160 - Enterprise Systems Architecture♦  

3 sem. cr.

6

ITEC 8170 - Fundamentals of Information Assurance♦  

3 sem. cr.

ITEC 8721 - Organizational and Social Dimensions of Information Systems  

3 sem. cr.

7

ITEC 8427 - Applied Research Methods—Qualitative and Quantitative♦  

3 sem. cr.

ITEC 8437 - Quantitative Decision Making for Strategic Analysis♦  

3 sem. cr.

8

ITEC 8447 - Qualitative and Case Study Research for Strategic Analysis♦  

3 sem. cr.

ITEC 8201 - IT Leadership Simulator: Integrating Diverse Systems and Leading Technology  

3 sem. cr.

9

ITEC 8202 - IT Leadership Simulator: Developing Proactive and Reactive Security Plans /DDBA 8100 - Doctoral Study Mentoring  

3 sem. cr.

ITEC 8203 - IT Leadership Simulator: Leading IT in a Dynamic Environment /DDBA 8100 - Doctoral Study Mentoring  

3 sem. cr.

10

ITEC 850X/DDBA 8100 - Doctoral Study Mentoring  

3 sem. cr.

ITEC 850X/DDBA 8100 - Doctoral Study Mentoring  

3 sem. cr.

11

ITEC 9000 - Doctoral Study Completion  

3 sem. cr.

ITEC 9000 - Doctoral Study Completion  

3 sem. cr.

12

ITEC 9000 - Doctoral Study Completion  

3 sem. cr.

ITEC 9000 - Doctoral Study Completion  

3 sem. cr.

13

ITEC 9000 - Doctoral Study Completion  

3 sem. cr.

Program Data


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