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Curriculum - Information Technology BS Degree

The WebBSIT is a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree offered online via the Internet. It is a collaborative project of six University System of Georgia colleges and universities. The program of study provides a solid background in the technical, user-centric and managerial skills required by information technology professionals. The WebBSIT program reflects the academic standards of the on-site IT department, while providing the convenience and flexibility for busy people who find it difficult to travel to a campus. The WebBSIT consists of upper-level courses and an Information Technology Area F sequence; students will complete Areas A-E via eCore® or elsewhere. In addition, students must fulfill a residency requirement of a minimum of 30 hours of online courses within the WebBSIT, of which 24 hours must be drawn from upper division required courses.

To complete the WebBSIT, students must satisfactorily complete 120 hours of coursework consisting of 42 hours of Core Areas A-E, 69 hours of Area F and upper-level program courses and 9 hours of free electives. WebBSIT students must complete all WebBSIT and mathematics courses required in the program of study with a grade of C or better.  There are several courses in the WebBSIT program require students to take proctored examinations.

Plan of Study by Semester

The plan of study provides a detailed look by semester at the recommended timing for completing each course in the program.

Program of Study

Courses
Credits
Core Requirements
Applicants to this program must meet the core requirements for undergraduates in areas A-E. See the Core Curriculum Checklist 42 credits
Courses
Credits
Area F - Courses Appropriate to the Major
MATH 1401
or
MATH 2200
Statistics (through eCORE)
or
Elementary Statistics
3 credits
WBIT 1100 Introduction to Information Technology 3 credits
WBIT 1310 Programming and Problem Solving I 3 credits
WBIT 2000 The Enterprise and Information Technology 3 credits
WBIT 2300 Discrete Math for Information Technology 3 credits
WBIT 2311 Programming and Problem Solving II 3 credits
Total for Area F 18 credits
Courses
Credits
Upper Division Major Requirements
WBIT 3010 Technical Communication 3 credits
WBIT 3110 Systems Analysis and Design 3 credits
WBIT 3111 Information Technology Project Management 3 credits
WBIT 3200 Database Design, Development and Deployment 3 credits
WBIT 3400 Introduction to Digital Media 3 credits
WBIT 3410 Web Applications Development 3 credits
WBIT 3500 Architecture and Operating Systems 3 credits
WBIT 3510 Data Communications and Networking 3 credits
WBIT 3600 Introduction to E-Commerce 3 credits
WBIT 4020 Professional Practices and Ethics 3 credits
WBIT 4030 Senior Project 3 credits
WBIT 4112 Systems Acquisition, Integration and Implementation 3 credits
WBIT 4120 Human-Computer Interaction 3 credits
WBIT 4520 Information Assurance and Security 3 credits
Total for Upper Division Major Requirements 42 credits
Courses
Credits
Major Concentration
WBIT 4601 Customer Relationship Management 3 credits
WBIT 4602 IT Seminar 3 credits
WBIT 4610 IT Policy and Law 3 credits
Total for Major Concentration 9 credits
Courses
Credits
Free Electives
Select any three courses 9 credits
TOTAL CREDITS
120 credits

Course Descriptions

MATH 1401 Statistics (through eCORE)
need course description
MATH 2200 Elementary Statistics
need course description
WBIT 1100 Introduction to Information Technology
Prerequisite: none.
This course is an introductory course in information technology. Topics include foundations in hardware, software, data and an overview of the use of information technology in organizations. Additional topics include structured programming techniques, systems development, database design and networking, with an emphasis on appropriate business ethics, interpersonal skills and team building.
WBIT 1310 Programming and Problem Solving I
Prerequisites: C or better in an Area A mathematics course and in WBIT 1100
This course helps students to develop basic problem-solving skills using the Java programming language. Students are introduced to fundamentals of Java programming language with emphasis on primitive data types, control structures, methods, arrays, classes, objects, abstraction, inheritance and polymorphism. Students learn basic techniques of good programming style, design, coding, debugging, and documentation. Students are able to create programs to solve basic practical problems.
WBIT 2000 The Enterprise and Information Technology
Prerequisite: Prior or current enrollment with a minimum grade of “C” in WBIT 1100
This course will look at the structure and management of an information technology infrastructure. From the management aspect the course will touch on principles and practices of managing both people and technology to support an organization. The course will emphasize how to make an information technology infrastructure effective, efficient, and productive. The management of hardware, software, data, networks and other supporting IT functions will be studied.
WBIT 2300 Discrete Math for Information Technology
Prerequisites: MATH 1113
Discrete (as opposed to continuous) mathematics is of direct importance to the fi elds of Computer Science and Information Technology. This branch of mathematics includes studying areas such as set theory, logic, relations, graph theory, and analysis of algorithms. This course is intended to provide students with an understanding of these areas and their use in the fi elds of Computer Science and Information Technology.
WBIT 2311 Programming and Problem Solving II
Prerequisites: WBIT 1310 and WBIT 2300
The emphasis of this course is on advanced programming techniques in Java including GUI’s, software reuse through component libraries, recursion, event-driven programming, database processing, fi le processing, and exception handling. Students are able to create event-driven, graphical programs or text-based programs solving
practical problems incorporating databases and external files.
WBIT 3010 Technical Communication
Prerequisite: ENGL 1102
This course covers workplace communication at the intermediate level. Topics include audience analysis, research proposal and report writing, document and visual design, editing and presentation design.
WBIT 3110 Systems Analysis and Design
Prerequisites: WBIT 1310 and WBIT 2000
This course introduces the fundamental principles of the design and analysis of IT applications. In this course, students will learn to apply the tools and techniques commonly used by systems analysts to build and document IT applications. Classical and structured tools for describing data fl ow, data structure, process flow, file design, input and output design, and program specification will be studied, as will object-oriented techniques.
WBIT 3111 Information Technology Project Management
Prerequisites: WBIT 3010, WBIT 3110 and MATH 2200
Project management techniques and tools as applied to information systems projects including resource and personnel management and allocation, product testing, scheduling, and project management software. Students will study examples of both successful and unsuccessful projects and apply lessons learned to a class project.
WBIT 3200 Database Design, Development and Deployment
Prerequisites: WBIT 2311
An advanced course in database design, development and deployment. Course emphasizes database design drawing distinctions between data modeling and process modeling using various modeling techniques including Entity-Relationship Modeling, Object Modeling and Data Flow Diagramming; database development using the relational model, normalization, and SQL; database deployment including control mechanisms, forms, reports, menus and web interfaces. Additional topics include procedures, functions, packages and triggers. Students will design, create and process a database to demonstrate competency in the course content. Note:If a student is taking WBIT 2311 as a co-requisite and subsequently withdraws from WBIT 2311, the student
must also withdraw from WBIT 3200.
WBIT 3400 Introduction to Digital Media
Prerequisite: WBIT 1100
This course covers the basic design principles and tools for creating and editing digital media elements. Examples of these elements include graphics, animation, audio, video, virtual space and simulation.
WBIT 3410 Web Applications Development
Prerequisite: WBIT 1310
The course provides a survey of techniques and tools for developing basic web pages for delivery of text and graphic information; focus on page markup languages, client-side scripting, page design principles, page layout techniques, markup language syntax, and page styling methods.
WBIT 3500 Architecture and Operating Systems
Prerequisite: WBIT 1310
This course introduces students to the architectures of computer systems and the operating systems that run on them. It explores and gives experience with some common computer designs and operating systems. Topics include basic computer architecture, instruction set architecture, memory, memory management, processes,
and file systems.
WBIT 3510 Data Communications and Networking
Prerequisite: WBIT 3500
This course covers computer network and communications concepts, principles, components, and practices; coverage of common networking standards, topologies, architectures, and protocols; design and operational issues surrounding network planning, confi guration, monitoring, troubleshooting, and management.
WBIT 3600 Introduction to E-Commerce
Prerequisites: WBIT 3110 and WBIT 3410
The emphasis of this course is on basic principles and practices of E-business and E-commerce. Topics include infrastructures and applications of Ecommerce, E-Tailing, E-Marketing, advertisement, B2B, B2C, C2C, EGovernment, M-Commerce, E-Learning, electronic payment systems, security, and legal issues. Students also learn to build simple dynamic Ecommerce sites using server-side scripting.
WBIT 4020 Professional Practices and Ethics
Prerequisite: Senior standing
This course covers historical, social, economic and legal considerations of information technology. It includes studies of professional codes of ethical conduct, philosophy of ethics, risk analysis, liability, responsibility, security, privacy, intellectual property, the internet and various laws that affect an information technology infrastructure.
WBIT 4030 Senior Project
Prerequisite: Senior Standing.
A capstone course for WebBSIT. Major students will be expected to complete a final team or individual project. The project may be an approved industry internship or a project developed and designed by faculty of the WebBSIT. Students will apply skills and knowledge from previous WebBSIT courses in project management, system design and development, digital media development, eCommerce, database design, and system integration.
WBIT 4112 Systems Acquisition, Integration and Implementation
Prerequisites: WBIT 3110, WBIT 3200, and WBIT 4520
Most IT applications used by organizations are configured from components that have been purchased from third-party vendors. This includes both hardware components and, increasingly, software components. In this course, students will study the component acquisition process, and methods and techniques for integrating these components into an existing IT infrastructure.
WBIT 4120 Human-Computer Interaction
Prerequisite: WBIT 2311 and WBIT 3400
Fundamentals of human-machine interfaces, both cognitive and physical. Learning styles and effects of shortterm memory on cognition and reaction will affect hardware and software development. Students will design a prototype interface.
WBIT 3010 Technical Communication
Prerequisite: ENGL 1102
This course covers workplace communication at the intermediate level. Topics include audience analysis, research proposal and report writing, document and visual design, editing and presentation design.
WBIT 4520 Information Assurance and Security
Prerequisite: WBIT 3500
Pre- or Co-requisite: WBIT 3510
This course is an introduction to information assurance and security in computing. Topics include computer, network (distributed) system and cyber security, digital assets protection, data backup and disaster recovery, encryption, cryptography, computer virus, firewalls, terrorism and cyber crimes, legal, ethical and professional issues, risk management, information security design, implementation and maintenance.
WBIT 4601 Customer Relationship Management
Prerequisites: WBIT 3200, and WBIT 3600
The use of IT applications has allowed many organizations to collect large amounts of data on their clients and to apply such data to improve the relationships with their customers. In this course, students will study customer relationship management systems, including the reasons for their emergence, the functionalities that they provide and the issues one would have to face to successfully introduce a Customer Relationship Management System into an organization.
WBIT 4602 IT Seminar
Prerequisites: WBIT 3111, WBIT 3200, WBIT 3600, and WBIT 4120
Students will participate in research and discussion on a topic of current interest. A term paper on the topic (or related subtopic) is required. A designated faculty member from the Consortium will select the topic in advance based on his/her expertise and lead the seminar.
WBIT 4610 IT Policy and Law
Prerequisite: WBIT 3600
This course will focus on the legal implications of conducting business in the information age. Topics will include current understanding of Internet contracts, copyright, trademark and patent law. Further, this course will examine cutting-edge cases relating to security, e-commerce and emerging ethical issues and trends.

Summary

Format Online
Credits Required 120
Tuition per credit hour
(not including fees)
$350
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