Bachelor's in Information Technologies - Data Analytics

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Analyze Data to Drive Results

Earning your information technology degree online and focusing on data analytics will provide you with the technical abilities, business expertise and practical skills you need to advance your career. Your education and training will allow you to help organizations in a variety of industries leverage data to innovate practices, products and processes.

What You'll Learn

In the Information Technology and Data Analytics degree program, you'll examine the concepts of data analysis and how it influences business decisions. You'll learn how to develop solid research questions, identify and verify data sources, then retrieve, scrub and manipulate data and identify data elements that are relevant for a given audience. You'll also hone your technical writing, presentation and programming skills, which will help you become more marketable in the job market.

Where You Can Go

The demand for data experts is increasing as more companies are using data analysis to make informed business decisions. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, statisticians and computer programmers are projected to have an average employment growth through 2020. In May 2012, these data-focused occupations had median annual wages of $75,560 and $74,280, respectively. That’s more than double the median annual wage of $34,750 for all workers in May 2012.  

Earning your information technology and data analytics degree will prepare you for a variety of careers, including:

  • Applications analyst
  • Applied statistician
  • Data analyst
  • Database administrator
  • Data mining analyst
  • Computer programmers

BS in Information Technologies — Data Analytics Online Degree

Required Core Courses

ECO-201: Microeconomics
This course examines the role of economic systems in allocating scarce resources to satisfy the needs and wants of individual members of a society. After a brief exposure to alternative economic systems, the focus becomes the nature and performance of American capitalism. Primary emphasis is placed upon the development of models that explain the behavior of consumers, producers and resource suppliers in various market structures.
Prerequisites:
MAT-130, 140, 210, 240 or MAT-106 & MAT-206
IT-100: Introduction to Information Technology
This is the fundamental computer fluency course required for all Southern New Hampshire University students. It is designed to promote a working knowledge and understanding of computer information technology concepts, skills and capabilities that support academic and professionally related goals and requirements. Students learn about the application and science of information technology. Concepts to master include the fundamentals of computer information technologies along with issues that affect people today such as : Internet and other network technologies, web publishing, digital media, hardware, software, file and database management, information security, viruses, and spyware, social impact, as well as algorithmic thinking and the limits of computation. Students develop capabilities such a managing complexity, assessing the quality of information, collaborating and communicating using IT, anticipating technological change and thinking abstractly and critically about IT. Students develop computer-related skills in support of their college studies and career goals. This is accomplished, in part, by the mastery of word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database software.
MAT-240: Applied Statistics
This is a fundamental course in the application of statistics. In this course, students will learn to apply statistical techniques to a variety of applications in business and the social sciences. Students will learn how to solve statistical problems by hand and through the use of computer software. Topics include probability distribution functions, sampling distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing and linear regression.

General Education Courses: 45 credits

Major Courses

IT-145: Intro to Software Development
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the object-oriented programming paradigm. The course uses the Java programming language, which is totally object-oriented language, and the Java development environment to demonstrate the principles of object-oriented programming. Other languages, including Smalltalk, may be used for comparison. The course covers the Java language and the Java development environment, including the Java Software Development Kit (SDK) and Integrated Development Environment (IDE) tools. The course also covers the key concepts of object orientation, including inheritance, encapsulation, polymorphism and communication with messages. Other topics include classes and objects, base classes and class hierarchies, abstract and concrete classes. Offered every year. This is a programming course.
Prerequisites:
CIS-100 or IT-100
IT-200: Fundamentals of Information Technology
This course offers a broad introduction to the tools and applications students will need to become successful professionals in the IT environment. Students will examine the core information technologies of human-computer interaction, information management, programming, networking, web systems and technologies, as well as information assurance and security.
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-210: Business Systems Analysis and Design
This course provides students with the necessary level of information technology education relative to understanding the uses and roles of information systems in business organizations. Students receive instruction on the information concepts and methodologies associated with the development of business information systems, and their effective application to the solution of business problems. Students learn the major issues of managing information technology in the contemporary business environment and the relationship between organizations' structures and information technology. Team approaches are utilized along with structured computer laboratories and cases using spreadsheet and database management tools. Writing intensive course.
IT-270: Web Site Design
This course serves as an introduction to creating interactive pages for the World Wide Web. Specifically, it will survey Internet concepts, network protocols and client-server communications. The course covers HTML, the language of the World Wide Web; the Document Object Model (DOM), essential to creating and manipulating elements of a Web page under program control; CSS, the syntax for building consistent styles and appearances across Web pages; and JavaScript, the programming language that cements the various technologies together to facilitate dynamic interactive elements. Offered every year.
Prerequisites:
IT-135 or IT-145
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-328: Project Management in Information Technology
This course the projects management strategies specific to IT projects, cost/benefit analysis, responsibilities of key stakeholders, project planning, and tracking tools.
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-331: Human Factors in Information Technology
This course addresses the importance of the development of IT applications and systems. Students will be exposed to HCI fundamentals including user and task analysis, human factors, ergonomics, accessibility standards, and cognitive psychology. Emphasis will be placed on user-centered methodologies in the development, evaluation, and deployment of IT applications and systems.
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-380: Cybersecurity and Information Assurance
This course explores the basic concepts in cybersecurity and information assurance. Topics include security policies, models, and mechanisms for secrecy, integrity, and availability of communications and information. The course also covers approaches to prevent, detect and recover from the loss of information, cryptography and its applications, vulnerability scanning, functions of a chief security officer software applications and web services for maintaining information security and security in computer networks and distributed systems.
Prerequisites:
IT-330 and IT-340 or permission of instructor
IT-385: Information Technology Communications
The course focuses on the essential oral and written communication tools and strategies used when communicating in technology organizations, emphasizing on how to make information more usable and accessible to multiple audiences. Students will review how to develop includes functional specifications and proposals, training programs, technical illustrations, and web information architecture.
IT-412: Cyberlaw and Ethics
This course stresses the social and professional context of IT and computing related to ethical codes of conduct. Students will examine the historical, social, professional, ethical, and legal aspects of computing in the 21st century.
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-489: Information Technology Portfolio Planning
This course represents the integration of previous coursework and practical experience with a focus on authentic demonstration of competencies outlined by the program. Students will present a portfolio containing a collection of performance-based artifacts combined with metacognitive reflection and a professional statement of purpose that reflects their ability to make globally, socially, and ethically responsible information technology and systems decisions that are in line with legal and organizational policy requirements. The course will be structured around this critical task so that students have the appropriate support and resources required to be successful. The course culminates in a finished digital portfolio designed to be accessible via the Internet.
MAT-140: Precalculus
This course emphasizes the algebra and concepts of functions. Students will learn the properties and graphing techniques for different types of functions including: linear, polynomial, rational, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Students will also learn to solve a variety of real world problems that rely on a number of different problem solving strategies and an understanding of these different types of functions.
OL-125: Human Relations in Administration
The human relations skills that managers need to develop interaction skills that contribute directly to effective human resource management and the development of higher productivity are studied. Skill areas include leadership, motivation, communications, group dynamics, organizational development, management by objectives, and stress and time management. Students learn techniques for becoming more effective managers, subordinates, peers and persons. Students are introduced to the international aspects of human relations.
OL-328: Leadership
This course examines leadership as an inter-personal and intra-organizational phenomenon with an emphasis on student leadership development. It includes leadership assessment, leadership development, the leadership process, the contagious nature of leadership, leadership and productivity, motivation, and effective leadership styles and theories. An international perspective is included. Current readings, research, simulations and exercises are used. Offered every year. Team intensive course.
Prerequisites:
ADB-125 or OL-125

Data Analytics Concentration Courses

DAT-210: Foundations of Data Analytics
The emergence of new data sources is transforming the role of the data analyst from one who simply reports information to one who is charged with making sense of the available data and distilling from it the salient aspects for the given audience. In this course, students will examine the concepts of data analysis and how it informs the business process. Emphasis will be placed on the development of sound research questions, the identification and verification of data sources, the retrieval, cleaning, and manipulation of data, and the process for identifying the data elements that are relevant for a given audience. An overview of the regulatory organizations that govern the release of data will also be reviewed.
DAT-310: Data Analytics I
Building upon the principles set forth in DAT 210, students will begin to develop a comprehensive approach to the application of data analytics in the solving of business problems. In this course, students will evaluate the tools and resources available in terms of their appropriateness to complex business scenarios. This course will highlight the collaborative nature of data analytics projects and the necessity for coordination across projects. Students will conduct an initial data analytics project and create a collaborative report of their findings.
Prerequisites:
Take IT-204; DAT-210; IT-215 or IT-220
DAT-410: Decision Support Presentation
In order for data analytics to be effective, reports and findings must be presented in a manner that is relevant to one's audience. In this course students will hone their technical writing and presentation skills to engage individuals at all levels throughout an organization. Ethics, security, and privacy considerations as they relate to reporting will also be discussed.
Prerequisites:
Take DAT-320

Select one of the following:

IT-215: Introduction to SAS
The SAS programming suite of products is commonly used throughout the industry for making sense of the vast amount of data that is available today and for turning that data into actionable items for an organization. Through the creation of SAS programs of varying complexity, students will solve common data analysis problems and learn the general programming conventions of SAS along with the data management and reporting utilities of the basic SAS product. This course will also provide students with an overview of the wide array of SAS data analytics products and their use within various industries.
Prerequisites:
IT-145
IT-220: Introduction to SQL
Structured Query Language (SQL) is at the heart of most data systems. In this course, students will learn the basics of SQL programming as it relates to both database management and data manipulation. This course will also provide students with an overview of more advanced topics such as embedded SQL, function calls, and stored procedures.

Free Electives: 6 credits

Total: 120 credits

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