Learn how to boost the performance of essential IT systems by earning your BS in Information Technologies with a concentration in Network and Telecommunications online at Southern New Hampshire University. You'll acquire both the analytical and technical skills you'll need to strengthen the connection between computer and communications systems with this telecommunications degree online. You’ll also learn how to address issues and enhance the performance of internal systems for public and private companies, government and municipal agencies, and nonprofit organizations.
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.
Our telecommunications degree online program gives career-oriented individuals a wealth of knowledge found only in focused IT programs. You’ll participate in practical, interactive course work, where you’ll gain the analytical and technical skills necessary to maintain and grow the interaction between computer and communications systems. Your BS in IT network and telecommunications course work will run the gamut of computer networking essentials, like managing LANs, WANs, network segments, and Internet and intranet systems, as well as UNIX and LINUX operating systems, cyber security and digital business. Upon completion of this BS in IT, you’ll be able to:
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:
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs available for network and computer systems administrators is expected to increase by 6 percent through 2026.* The median annual wage for network and computer systems administrators was $79,700 in May 2016, according to the BLS.* A BS in Information Technology with a concentration in Network and Telecommunications will position you well for a career in these fields.
The BS in Information Technologies degree program focuses on developing information technology skills but also gives you a foundation in business. You’ll gain the skills you need to take on management and leadership roles in your organization.
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.
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).
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.
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
This course provides an introduction to the structure and functioning of the UNIX operating system. It is designed to give students a solid foundation in the design and organization of the operating system and to teach the basic set of UNIX commands.
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the management of information technology, including the relationships of parties involved, the tools for IT process improvement, and best practices involved in the field. Students focus on the relationship among an IT organization, business customers, and users. They explore the customer's perspective of IT's contribution to the organization and they learn ways to communicate effectively with stakeholders. Students examine the relationships of IT service management to process improvement movements, for example, Six Sigma improvement methodology, total quality management (TQM), business process management (BPM), and Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) standards.
Gain an overview of network security defense techniques and countermeasures. Develop communication and analytical skills through the discussion and debate of a variety of topics, such as cryptanalysis and attacks, safety of wireless connections, intrusion detection methods, and access control. Engage in assignments designed to provide practical applications of content, such as the design and configuration of firewalls, traffic analysis and filtering, intrusion detection, statistical anomaly detection, and wireless security.
In this course, students learn about the specifics of planning, maintaining, and auditing data communications and networks in an organization. Students engage in assignments focusing on business planning, long- and short-term planning, operations, maintenance, and forecasting. They also explore topological design, network synthesis, and network realization.
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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