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Information Technology Course Descriptions

TEC 102  Computer Software Applications

3 credits

This course introduces the basic concepts of computer technology, the use of integrated microcomputer software, and the role of information technology in a wide range of professions. The first half of the course covers basic information on computer components and peripherals, as well as foundation concepts in using the Internet as a research tool, word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. The remainder of the course is divided into modules focusing on computer software used in a range of professional endeavors, such as education, publishing, marketing, programming, and graphic arts.

 TEC 200  Fundamentals of InformationTechnology

3 credits

This course introduces information technology systems that support organizational decision-making and problem solving. The course surveys the technical and organizational issues involved in the use and design of information systems and how the application of IT can enable an organization to improve quality, timeliness, and competitive advantage.

 TEC 201   Information Systems for Business

3 credits

(AGS students only)

This course is a conceptual study of information technology issues and topics with a focus on how they relate to each of the functional areas of business such as accounting, finance, marketing, operations management, human resources, and management information systems. This course makes extensive use of cases and up-to-date examples of the increasing role of information technology architectures on meeting the challenge of increase local, regional, and global competition.

 TEC 204   Special Topics

3 credits

Prerequisite: TEC 102

This course will address the use and operation of special and timely software technologies for the development of professional skills. This course focuses on the application of the software in addressing specific business processes or functions. Students engage in skills development, identifying appropriate applications, and evaluating the future growth of the software. Students produce a professional quality project using the new software application. 

 TEC 205  Information Technology Resources

3 credits

Examines the frameworks and tools used to develop an organization's information system architecture. The study of client/server information systems provides the analytical skills and conceptual frameworks for recommending integration of information technology components into information system architecture.

 TEC 210  Data Concepts

3 credits

Prerequisite or Corequisite: TEC 200

Focuses on how to design database management systems and how to use database systems effectively. Other course topics of concern include data modeling, physical design, relational and other models, and distributed databases. The use of database management and development software is emphasized in lab exercises.

 TEC 212  Computer Programming I

3 credits

Programming in an Algebraic Programming Language, if-then-else, loops, arrays, concepts of machine language, algorithms for searching, sorting and equation-solving. (A college course in math is highly recommended before taking TEC 212.)

 TEC 214   Web Design & E-Commerce

3 credits

Prerequisite: TEC 102 or TEC 200

This course focuses on the principles of effective website design and how sound design forms the foundation for successful e-commerce initiatives. It will emphasize the effective use of multimedia in producing attractive and useful websites. This course will also address the overall role of a website, website management and the contribution each web page should make to the web design plan. Relating design decisions to website purpose and commerce principles will be the consistent concentration of this course.

 TEC 223  Visual Programming I

3 credits

An introductory programming course involving current, available visual programming techniques and languages. Course curriculum will be continually revised to reflect ongoing changes in the field.  

TEC 300   Systems Development

3 credits

Prerequisite: TEC 200

The study addresses the principles and tools of information systems analysis and logical design. It enables the evaluation and selection of system development methodology. The course emphasizes the factors for effective communication and integration with users and user systems. Systems development, life cycle standards, object-oriented design, and the use of data modeling tools enhance learning.

 TEC 304   Data Communications andNetworking

3 credits

Prerequisite: TEC 205

This course provides an in-depth knowledge of principles, structures, and methods for data communications and computer networks. The emphasis is on the analysis and design of networking applications in business. The course aims also at giving practical readiness managing telecommunications networks, cost-benefit analysis, and the evaluation of connectivity. The OSI reference model is used universally to teach and understand network functionality.

TEC 305   Enterprise Computing Applications

3 credits

Prerequisite: TEC 200

The emphasis of this course is developing electronic solutions to business problems in a client/server environment. Learn to determine the enterprise coverage needed to derive maximum value from corporate information through analysis, selection, and implementation of appropriate software packages or hardware/software systems. Students will identify trends, perform sophisticated analysis to develop business models and forecasts to produce reports and to understand the facts behind the trends specific to e-commerce, supply-chain management, electronic resources planning, and electronic digital data.

 TEC 310   Database Management

3 credits

Prerequisite: TEC 210

This course continues study from TEC 210. This study focuses on strategic data planning and enterprise modeling using CASE tools. Personal demonstration in the mastery of the design process acquired from earlier courses is expected. The predominant objective of this course is to design and construct a physical system using database software to implement a logical design.

 TEC 315   Computer Forensics

3 credits

Prerequisite: TEC 102, 205

Computer forensics is one of the fastest growing segments of IT and law enforcement. This course will provide an introduction to the legal, technological, social, and political issues involved. This class will focus on the fundamentals of computer forensics, principles of electronic evidence and data capture, and computer forensic analysis. This course will also address current issues related to email threats, information warfare, and identity theft.

 TEC 397   Internship

0-3 credits

Prerequisite: BUA 203, TEC 200

A course designed to provide the student with field work experience through a work opportunity related to the student's career objective. A learning contract is used to focus expectations, duration of the experience, and means for evaluation. The student will benefit applying classroom learning to actual job experience. ("0" credit receives CR/NC grade.)

 TEC 400   Information Technology and Society

3 credits

This course addresses materials related to the following themes: privacy issues; intellectual property issues; crime and punishment; risks and reliability; and social, political, and economic issues. It explores the questions raised by emerging new technologies and their potential impact on business, research, and society.

 TEC 403   Advanced Computer Applications and Systems

3 credits

Prerequisite: TEC 102, BUA 210 or MAT 122

This course deals with computer applications in quantitative management decision making at an advanced level. Students will utilize a variety of research tools to locate, analyze and evaluate information. It will investigate the use and application of computer technologies within organizations such as management support systems, decision support systems, and executive information systems. Hands-on application of front-end software, such as Microsoft Office, will be used to conceptualize, analyze, and develop technological solutions to practical business situations.

TEC 405   Systems Design and Implementation

3 credits

Prerequisite: TEC 300

A project-oriented course continuing and applying the systems analysis and tools from Systems Development. It covers the information systems design and implementation within an integrated information systems environment. Mastery of content requires the design process acquired from a series of database and systems courses by designing and constructing a physical system incorporating integrated technologies.

TEC 450   Senior Technology Seminar

1 credit

The senior seminar is the culmination of the information technology major's experience in the program. The focus of this course will be on developing professionalism and assessing individual strengths and weaknesses. In the seminar, students will engage in literature reviews of the latest emerging technologies; evaluate the current status of technology in such areas as business, health care, and education; and participate in a capstone evaluation. Students will produce a professional quality paper and presentation on a technology-related topic or question of their choice. (For students with senior standing in final semester.)

TEC 497   Internship

0-3 credits

Prerequisite: BUA 203 , TEC 200

A course designed to provide the student with field work experience through a work opportunity related to the student's career objective. A learning contract is used to focus expectations, duration of the experience, and means for evaluation. The student will benefit applying classroom learning to actual job experience. ("0" credit receives CR/NC grade.)

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