2014-2015 Walden University Catalog (June 2015) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
BS in Information Technology
The BS in Information Technology program examines the role of information technologies in the organization and empowers students as critical thinkers and effective social change agents by providing infrastructural solutions for information interchange and collaboration. The program prepares graduates for jobs they are likely to get after graduation and focuses on skills that are not as easy to outsource. Organizations need to have people in-house (such as frontline and help-desk employees) who can help the rest of the employees troubleshoot), take care of the network(s) and resolve issues, manage vendors, assess risk, and provide quality assurance of vendors’ work. Students learn to implement social responsibility as they study IT to apply IT methodologies and practices.
The BS in Information Technology program focuses on information technologies in the context of a business. In addition to project management and sourcing, students will understand the rules, regulations, and standards of IT governance. And they will learn what to be aware of when helping to make decisions, such as quality standards, what’s professionally acceptable, and ethics.
At the end of this program, students will be able to:
- Apply mathematical and computing concepts to support programming logic, functions, data structures, and database access.
- Analyze a problem to identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
- Design a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet defined needs.
- Implement the design of a computer-based system, process, component, or program.
- Evaluate the quality of a computer-based system, process, component, or program.
- Work collaboratively as a member of a team to develop and deliver IT solutions.
- Demonstrate an understanding of IT professional, ethical, legal, security, and social issues and responsibilities.
- Communicate effectively, in oral and written form, with IT stakeholders.
- Analyze the impact of IT solutions on individuals, organizations, and global society.
- Engage in continuing professional development based on recognition of its need and value.
- Apply current techniques and tools in the development, deployment, and evaluation of IT solutions.
- Apply current technical concepts and practices in the core information technologies.
- Incorporate user needs in the selection, creation, evaluation, and administration of computer-based systems.
- Integrate technologies, products, and services from multiple sources into a user environment.
- Apply “best practice” and standards in IT development, deployment, and evaluation processes.
- Formulate a project plan based on appropriate systems development methods and project management practice.
Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)
- Develop IT solutions to meet the needs of employers and communities in a global society.
- Implement IT projects to satisfy business needs within time, budget, and quality constraints.
- Collaborate effectively with a variety of stakeholders to meet user needs.
- Be employed in progressively more responsible positions in the IT field.
- Demonstrate ethical behavior as IT professionals.
- Demonstrate sensitivity to the impact of technology on the individual, the organization, and society as an IT professional.
- Maintain up-to-date knowledge in the world of IT and IT‐related business practice.
Students must complete one of the following concentrations. For each concentration, all listed courses are required for the concentration.
- 181 total quarter credits
- General education courses (46 cr.)
- Core courses (85 cr.)
- Concentration courses (20 cr.)
- Elective courses (20 cr.)
- Capstone courses (10 cr.)
General Education Courses (46 cr.)
See the general education section of this Walden University Catalog.
Note: A minimum of 55 quarter credits must be completed at the 3000 or 4000 level in order to meet program requirements. In some cases, this means that students will need to select 3000 or 4000 level courses as either general education or elective options. Students should consult their academic advisor if they have questions about individual program requirements.
Concentration Courses (20 cr.)
These courses are dependent upon the particular concentration. Please see the course list on each concentration page.
Electives (20 cr.)
Students are to select four additional courses to fulfill the elective requirement. Students may choose courses from either general education courses, BS in Information Technology concentration courses, or courses from any of Walden’s bachelor’s degree programs. Individual course prerequisites apply. These 20 credits of electives are in addition to the 5-credit general education elective. This also includes the option to take the following course:
Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a six-course minor. Although this program requires fewer than six elective courses, students have the option to complete a minor and graduate with more than the required number of credits for this program.
Capstone Courses (10 cr.)
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