2011-2012 Walden University Catalog (December 2011) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
B.S. in Information Technology
The Bachelor of Science 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 Bachelor of Science 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:
1. Develop IT solutions to support and serve the needs of employers and communities in the global society.
2. Demonstrate the ability to integrate technologies, products, and services from multiple sources to satisfy organizational needs.
3. Implement IT projects within constraints, including time, budget, and quality.
4. Work collaboratively with stakeholders (i.e., users, managers, other IT staff, vendors) to deliver solutions meeting user needs.
5. Communicate effectively with stakeholders (i.e., users, managers, other IT staff, vendors).
6. Demonstrate behavior consistent with IT profession ethics.
7. Demonstrate sensitivity to the impact of technology and IT solutions on individuals, organizations, and society.
8. Demonstrate an understanding of different career paths available in IT.
Students must complete one of the following concentrations. For each concentration, all listed courses are required for the concentration.
- 181 total quarter credits (including 45 cr. completed at Walden)
- Required first course (1 cr.)
- General education courses (45 cr.)
- Core courses (90 cr.)
- Concentration courses (20 cr.)
- Elective courses (20 cr.)
- Capstone course (5 cr.)