Online Associate of Science in Information Technology

OCU’s Information Technology major prepares students for a career in the information technology field. The AS in Information Technology integrates information technology with business. The AS in Information Technology provides students the opportunity to develop an understanding of the basic elements of information systems.

Major Objectives

Upon completion of this major, a student should be able to:
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    Identify technical concepts and practices in information technology.
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    Examine the use of project planning in working with information technology.
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    Apply appropriate use of information technology.
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    Integrate Christian principles in critical thinking and decision-making.

GENERAL EDUCATION 45 CREDITS

Required Reasoning Skills Courses:
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    Discrete mathematical structures are foundational in the areas of information technology and programming. Various topics in discrete mathematical specifically related to computer science such as computer number systems and arithmetic, logic theory, proof methods, set and graph theory and explicit and recursive functions will be discussed in this course. Students will interact with these concepts using symbolic, graphical, numerical and written forms.
     
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    This course will provide the basic knowledge of computer hardware, software, and operating systems. Students should build an understanding of operating system configurations and maintenance, client systems, and managing applications. Additionally, students should also increase their knowledge and understanding of networking concepts and acquire the required skills to prepare for a career in network support or administration.
     
Required Social & Behavioral Science Courses:
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    This course introduces learners to accepted management principles from both a historic and contemporary perspective with application to both not-for-profit and for-profit organizations.
     
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    This course provides an introduction to the principles of economic analysis with emphasis on microeconomic theory as it applies to the decision-making of households, businesses, and industries in the current economic environment. It addresses the concepts of scarcity of resources, opportunity cost, supply & demand, specialization and trade, and the role of government. (Pre-requisite: MAT1000 Introduction to Math Systems or equivalent course.)
     
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    Remaining General Education Requirements 33 credits

REQUIRED INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY COURSES15 CREDITS

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    This course will provide knowledge of computer hardware, software, and operating systems. Students should be able to apply their knowledge and understanding of networking concepts. This course applies required skills to prepare for a career in network support or administration.
    (Prerequisite: IST2000)
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    This course introduces the basic concepts of operating systems. The student will acquire detailed knowledge of the Windows operating system and practical skills in installing, configuring and maintaining this operating system. Other popular operating systems will be introduced including OS X, iOS, Android and Linux.
     
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    This course introduces the concepts of relational databases and basic relational database design and maintenance. The student will gain knowledge of design concepts such as records, tables, data types and table normalization. This course also includes the concepts of reading database data through queries using query functions and linked tables. A brief introduction to the SQL query language will be presented. Popular relational database software will be discussed along with alternate database technologies. Students will interact with these concepts using a relational database software program.
     
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    This is an introductory course in computer programming. Using the JAVA programming language, the student gains knowledge and interacts with the concepts of program design and the fundamentals of computer programming including data types and program flow constructs. Techniques for processing data programmatically such as data arrays and data algorithms are discussed. The idea of efficient program design is taught through the introduction of functions.
     
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    This course integrates student learning from the Information Technology major courses requiring the synthesis of learned skills in IT computer, networks, systems, databases, and programming.
    (Prerequisite: Completion of major courses)

Total60 Credits

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