Earning your online BS in IT with a focus on data analysis will provide you with the technical abilities, business expertise and practical skills you need to play an important role in helping businesses make informed decisions. The demand for data experts is increasing as more companies are using data analysis to solve business challenges. Your education and training will allow you to help organizations in a variety of industries leverage data to innovate their practices, products and processes.
If you've earned IT certifications through CompTIA, Oracle, or TestOut, you may be eligible to receive credit toward your degree program. If you’re seeking certification, our IT courses will help you prepare for the exams.
The online BS in IT with a data analysis concentration will give you the insights to develop solid research questions; identify and verify data sources; retrieve, scrub and manipulate data; and pinpoint data elements that are relevant for a given audience. You'll also hone your technical writing, presentation and programming skills, making you more effective at your job and more marketable in the job market.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission – to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your bachelor's in IT at SNHU include:
The demand for data experts is increasing as more companies are using data analysis to make informed business decisions. The employment outlook is excellent: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for mathematicians and statisticians tops the list at 33 percent growth. The need for operations research analysts is projected at 27 percent, and market research analyst growth is projected to see 23 percent growth.*
A recent IDG Data & Analytics Survey found 78 percent of companies believe big data has the potential to fundamentally change the way they do business in the next one to three years, with improving customer relationships (55 percent) and making the business more data-focused (53 percent) identified as top goals.**
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the Internet, at Mathematicians and Statisticians, Operations Research Analysts and Market Research Analysts (viewed online November 3, 2017). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
**IDG, 2016 Data & Analytics Survey, on the Internet (viewed online November 6, 2017)
Our unique online BS in IT degree programs are taught by knowledgeable faculty members with years of real-world, hands-on experience.
Learn the fundamentals of programming concepts including data types, variables, decision statements, loops, input and output. Develop simple scripts using common scripting language constructs including lists, literals, and regular expressions. Gain an introduction to programming through hands-on activities that are beginner-friendly.
This course is an introduction to the design, implementation, and understanding of computer programs. The course emphasizes programming as a problem-solving technique in business and engineering applications. Students will write computer code in a logical, structured, and organized manner. 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. Students will learn to write, review and document interactive applications and working with Software Development Kits and Integrated Development Environment tools. This is a programming course and lab intense.
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.
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.
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.
Develop database designs using industry-standard modelling tools and techniques. Evaluate user requirements to identify optimal database models that solve common business problems. Examine approaches to structural and object-orient design that consider today's varied data types.
Employ project management strategies specific to IT projects. Examine responsibilities of key stakeholders. Explain project planning with key considerations related to risk management and project tracking.
This course addresses the importance of understanding and advocating for the end user in the development of IT applications and systems. Students will be exposed to Human-Computer Interaction (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.
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.
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.
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 functional specifications and proposals, training programs, technical illustrations, and web information architecture.
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.
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.
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.
This capstone course is the culminating experience for the B.S. in Information Technologies program. The aim of the capstone is to assess students' ability to synthesize and integrate the knowledge and skills they have developed throughout their coursework, rather than introducing new concepts. This course is structured to support student success in fulfilling program requirements.
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. This course is intended for those students who wish to prepare for Calculus.
Examine the applications of differential and integral calculus within the fields of STEM. Learn about limits, continuity, derivatives, differentiation, integration, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Develop in-depth knowledge of techniques of calculus used to solve application problems encountered in STEM studies.
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.
Select four courses from DAD, DAT, IT, GAM or MIS, excluding IT-100
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.
Learn how to apply a comprehensive approach to data analytics in the solving of business problems by building upon the principles set forth in DAT 210. Evaluate the tools and resources available in terms of their appropriateness to complex business scenarios. Explore the collaborative nature of data analytics projects and the necessity for coordination across projects through conducting an initial data analytics project and creating a collaborative report of findings.
Building upon the principles set forth in prior coursework, students will engage in a comprehensive approach to the application of data analytics in the solving of business problems employing the techniques frequently used in the discipline. Emphasis will be placed on the different types of forecasting techniques such as sales, risk, retention, and attrition as applied to a variety of industries
Select one of the following:
The SAS programming suite of products is commonly used throughout the industry for analyzing the vast amount of data that are 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.
Structured Query Language (SQL) is at the heart of many data systems. In this course, students learn the basics of SQL programming as it relates to data management,data manipulation, and data analysis.
Free Elective Credits: 6
Total Credits: 120
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Some courses may require software purchase or subscription:
Microsoft® Office 365 Pro Plus is available free of charge to all SNHU students and faculty. The Office suite will remain free while you are enrolled at SNHU. Upon graduation, you will need to convert to a paid subscription. Terms are subject to change at Microsoft’s discretion.
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30 percent tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
*Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed Annually.
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
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