Computer Information Technology (BS)

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Rosangela McCann '08

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Go High-tech with a Computer Information Technology from SNHU

Nearly every business relies on information technology managers and technical experts to oversee information systems that support operations and drive commerce. Employees with expertise in systems analysis, networking, programming, and software engineering, in addition to finance and management, are in high demand.

With a Bachelor of Science degree in computer information technology, Southern New Hampshire University graduates will be prepared to balance the demands of being a business professional and a technologist.

Career Outlook

Students can expect vast employment opportunities after graduation. The CIT industry reports a need for employees who have both CIT and general business skills. Furthermore, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the information technology sector will grow annually, through 2012, at twice the rate of the overall job rate.

SNHU graduates with a BS in CIT are well-positioned to excel in key positions, thanks to IT classes that provide them with a solid foundation in both business and information technology.

Professionals who can bridge the gap between information technology and business are sought after in many organizations. Our students and graduates work for such companies as Fidelity Investments, eCopy Signa, and SCD Solutions, to name a few.

Enhance Your Skills

The BS in CIT is flexible enough to allow students to pair their major with minors in accounting, finance, game design or international business to further focus their interests. Students may take elective courses in 3-D modeling, digital commerce, systems security, global IT management and other areas. Our full-time CIT faculty members, who hold more than 28 patents, work with students to help them discover their interests.

Required Core Courses

General Education Program

Information Technology Major Courses

IT-201: Computer Platform Technologies
This course provides the hardware/software technology background for information technology personnel. Hardware topics include CPU architecture, memory, registers, addressing modes, busses, instruction sets and a variety of input/output devices. Software topics include operating system modules, process management, memory and file system management. Also included are basic network components and multi-user operating systems. Offered every year.
Prerequisites:
CIS-100 or IT-100
IT-315: Object Oriented Analysis and Design
This course develops software systems engineering principles combining object-oriented design principles and methods augmented by computer assisted engineering (CASE) technology. The course involves use of the unified modeling language (UML) and, through the vehicle of a student group project, applies these elements to the system development life cycle. This course is writing intensive, as student project teams are required to submit a comprehensive project report and a PowerPoint presentation. Specialized Systems Development Computer Laboratory intensive and open laboratory intensive. Offered every year. Writing intensive course.
Prerequisites:
CIS-200 or IT-210
IT-330: Database Design and Management
This course covers the design and implementation of information systems within a database management system environment. Students will demonstrate their mastery of the design process acquired in earlier courses by designing and constructing a physical system using database software to implement logical design. Topics include data models and modeling tools and techniques; approaches to structural and object design; models for databases (relational, hierarchical, networked and object-oriented designs) CASE tools, data dictionaries, repositories and warehouses, Windows/GUI coding and/or implementation, code and application generation, client-server planning, testing and installation, system conversion, end-user training and integration and post-implementation review. Offered every year.
Prerequisites:
IT-135 or IT-145
IT-340: Network and Telecommunication Management
This course provides an in-depth knowledge of data communications and networking theory, concepts and requirements relative to telecommunications and networking technologies, structures, hardware and software. Emphasis is on the concepts of communications theory and practices, terminology, and the analysis and design of networking applications. Management of telecommunications networks, cost-benefit analysis and evaluation of connectivity options are covered. Students can design, build and maintain a local area network (LAN). Offered as needed.
Prerequisites:
CIS-201 or IT-201 and CIS-200 or IT-210
IT-415: Advanced Information Systems Design
This is the first of a two-part capstone course for IT majors which covers the major methodologies used in Systems Analysis, Design, and Implementation. This course focuses mainly on the systems analysis part of the systems development process and emphasizes SDLC (Software Development Life Cycle). Different system development strategies are examined within the broader context of identifying and understanding the detailed stages the make up the systems analysis process. Students will learn how to a perform feasibility analysis, and to create a system proposal. Fact finding techniques used to determine system requirements will be identified and studied. Standard graphical modeling tools used in systems analysis will be covered: process modeling with data flow diagrams; data modeling with entity relationship diagrams; and object-oriented modeling using UML. The basic activities of project management are examined. Students will be assigned a systems development project case with concrete milestones, enabling the practical application of concepts presented in the course. This is a lab intensive course.
Prerequisites:
IT-201, IT-315, and IT-330 Senior prereg status
IT-420: Advanced Information Systems Implementation
This is the second part of the Capstone course for IT majors. The student groups will implement and document the systems project designed in IT 415 using an appropriate computer programming language or database management system. The instructor and students critique all projects weekly. Offered every year.
Prerequisites:
CIS-415 or IT-415
IT-485: Information Technology Strategy and Management
This course presents the principles and concepts involved in the management of organizational information technology resources. It includes CIO functions, information technology planning, project management, legal and professional issues and the strategic impact of information technology systems. Offered every year. Writing intensive course.
Prerequisites:
CIS-415 or IT-415

IT ELE - Students may select three (3) Information Technology electives (as recommended by an advisor)

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