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Information Technology Course Descriptions

Technology core

26 credits:

BUA 203   Career Preparation
1 credit
A course in resume writing, interviewing skills, techniques for personal enhancement, and international business etiquette; supplies the student with criteria beyond academics for acceptance into the world of work and future entry-level management positions.

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 Information Technology
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 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 280   Introduction to Programming and Data Structures
3 credits
This course will introduce fundamental concepts related to the creation of data structures and programming logic in modern information systems. This course will introduce the importance data organization in computer systems; the variety of possible structures used to represent data relationships, how data structures are stored in memory, and the link between the design of data structures and programming algorithms.

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 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 400   Information Technology and Society
3 credits
Prerequisites: ENG 105, PHI 132
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 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.)

0-3 credits:

TEC 497   Internship
0–3 credits
Prerequisites: BUA 203, TEC 200, Permission
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.)

Interleaved core

15 credits:

ACC 201   Financial Accounting
3 credits
The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to generally-accepted accounting principles, basic accounting systems, accounting theory, and financial statements.

ECO 201   Macroeconomics
3 credits
Prerequisite: MAT 100 or MAT 105 or MAT 111 or MAT 122 or MAT 130 or appropriate math placement test score
An introduction to the overall functioning of an economic system with a view toward understanding the factors underlying income, employment, and prices on the aggregate level. Topics include such monetary and fiscal policies as suggested by the relevant theories discussed.

ENG 222   Business Communications
3 credits
An application of contemporary communication theory to practical business situations, and an application of traditional rhetoric and communication theory to oral presentations. Students study communication theory; practice basic forms of business writing; write, deliver, and evaluate public speeches; and explore communication systems in modern corporations.

MGT 213   Principles of Management
3 credits
Prerequisite: ENG 105 or ENG 230
A systematic analysis of the management process involving an integration of classical, behavioral, and modern contemporary philosophies. The importance of relating the theoretical principles of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling to practical experience is featured.

MKT 201   Principles of Marketing
3 credits
Prerequisite: ENG 105 or ENG 230 or appropriate English placement test score
A general overview of the scope and significance of marketing both domestically and internationally. The course emphasizes the marketing of consumer and industrial goods and analysis of the marketing mix variables of product, price, promotion, and place. It introduces marketing policies and practices of business firms.

3 credits from the following:

COM 101   Fundamentals of Communication
3 credits
This course focuses on the exploration of fundamental principles of effective communication. Skilled communication behaviors are developed through the study and practice of interpersonal communication, public speaking, listening, and group dynamics.  Practical applications include class discussion, group activities, listening exercises, and individual presentations.

COM 232   Public Speaking
3 credits
A course applying traditional rhetoric and communication theory to oral presentations. Students study, write, deliver, and evaluate public speeches. Emphasis is placed on the students’ ability to speak from an outline in a variety of situations including informative speaking, persuasive speaking and demonstration speaking. All presentations are made in class and videotaped to aid in evaluation.

Applied technology emphasis

18 credits:

MGT 421   Project Management
3 credits
Prerequisite: MGT 213
This course focuses on the functions and activities in a team-based, project-management organization. The project life cycle is discussed. Activities such as initiating, planning, staffing, budgeting, executing, piloting/testing and monitoring the project are addressed. Key issues and challenges facing the project manager are identified. Hands-on experience is provided through case studies, exercises, and projects.

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 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 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 304   Data Communications and Networking
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 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.

Applied business emphasis

6 credits:

TEC 214   Web Design and 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 403   Advanced Computer Applications for Business
3 credits
Prerequisites: TEC 102 or TEC 200; 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.

12 credits from one of the following:
Business operations focus

ACC 308   Accounting Software
3 credits
This course offers students the opportunity to apply accounting theory to practice and gain an exposure to computerized accounting. Students learn how to open a new company, record accounting transactions, make adjusting entries and create financial statements on customized formats. Students also learn how to perform such day-to-day tasks as creating purchase orders, issuing invoices, receiving and recording inventory, setting prices, recording sales, collecting receivables, issuing debit or credit memos, doing bank reconciliations, and preparing employee payroll. Students will also learn about system settings for audit trails, password protection, importing and exporting with Microsoft Excel, budgeting, and backups.

MGT 301   Operations Management
3 credits
Prerequisite: MGT 213
This course aims squarely at the customer-serving objectives of effective operations in creating a world-class service or manufacturing concern. Effective domestic and international operations management (OM) requires continually improving the operating process and resources of the organization, especially its people. OM requires harnessing the talents of front-line employees, technicians, experts, and upper-level managers while blending the interests of customers, employees and other stakeholders in the face of work force diversity, changing technologies and a global economy. The course also highlights the interdependencies between operations and other functional areas as marketing, finance/accounting, product/service design, human resources, and information systems.

MGT 422   Process and Quality
3 credits
Prerequisite: MGT 213
The course provides the overview of an organization’s process and quality management programs. This course addresses principles and practices in process and continuous improvement of quality in the business and non-business enterprise. Covers commonly accepted techniques for achieving quality — e.g., benchmarking, Baldrige criteria, ISO 9000/14000. Particular attention is given to philosophies and methods of process managing for quality, and to tools for quality improvement. The instructional approach is highly experiential and interactive, and features contact with quality systems professionals. Includes an overview of the Total Quality Management (TQM) movement and how the application of TQM techniques achieves customer satisfaction, continuous improvement, and employee involvement. This course introduces the quality philosophy in business. Topics include the linkages between the voice of the customer, the role of information systems, and the human resource management function and how they all tie together to forge the quality direction of an organization.

General business focus

BUA 310   International Business
3 credits
Prerequisite: ECO 201 or ECO 202
This course introduces the student to the economic, political, social and cultural issues of operating a business in a global economy. An understanding of exchange rate mechanisms, international trade agreements, and international strategies will be developed.

BUA 350   Business Law
3 credits
A study of business law. Topics included in the course include the American legal system, contracts, property, negotiable instruments, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy, agency, business organizations, labor and employment relations, government regulations and torts.

MGT 420   Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
3 credits
Prerequisite: MGT 213
This course focuses on the activities and problems of the small or family business. Common problems — e.g., cash flow, family conflict, employee relations, expansion, and capital needs — faced by such entities during start-up or in transition states are addressed. Hands-on experience is provided through case studies, exercises, projects, and software. This course allows the student to investigate, analyze, and discuss the fundamentals and details specific to developing an effective business plan.

MGT 421   Project Management
3 credits
Prerequisite: MGT 213
This course focuses on the functions and activities in a team-based, project-management organization. The project life cycle is discussed. Activities such as initiating, planning, staffing, budgeting, executing, piloting/testing and monitoring the project are addressed. Key issues and challenges facing the project manager are identified. Hands-on experience is provided through case studies, exercises, and projects.

Health care administration focus

BUA 350   Business Law
3 credits
A study of business law. Topics included in the course include the American legal system, contracts, property, negotiable instruments, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy, agency, business organizations, labor and employment relations, government regulations and torts.

HCA 201   Introduction to Health Care Administration
3 credits
Students are introduced to the use of concepts, theory, and approach as they relate to professional practice in the health care system. Students are also exposed to experience with the health care system from a customer perspective. A broad overview of the levels of care, the care continuum and the regulations governing care delivery is provided. Issues of individual behaviors, health status indicators, and government responsibilities are also discussed. Key issues in health policy will be presented.

HCA 411   Legal Issues in Health Care Administration
3 credits
Prerequisites: BUA 345 or BUA 350; HCA 201
This course presents the fundamentals of how and when the law intersects with health care; explaining health care providers’ legal areas of responsibility. A wide range of health care law topics will be addressed including a historical overview of hospitals and the judicial system governing health care, federal and state health care case law and regulatory mandates, and information management, security and confidentiality, informed consent, and patient self-determination.

HCA 431   Health Care Management and Policy
3 credits
Prerequisites: HCA 201, MGT 213
(Senior standing)
Students discuss concepts, theory, and research as they relate to professional practice in the health care system. A broad overview of the levels of care, the care continuum and the regulations governing care delivery is provided. Issues of individual behaviors, health status indicators, and government responsibilities are also discussed. Key issues in health policy will be presented.

Human resource focus

MGT 311   Human Resource Management
3 credits
Prerequisite: MGT 213
A comprehensive study of the personnel management function:  planning, recruiting, testing, selection, training, compensation, policy development, performance appraisal, government regulations, and labor relations.

MGT 321   Organizational Behavior and Communication
3 credits
An application of behavioral science to business management problems in the areas of motivation, leadership, morale, communications, and control. Study of formal organizations and management principles.

MGT 408   Leadership in Ethical Organizations
3 credits
Prerequisite: MGT 213
This course examines leadership in contemporary organizations. It addresses the leader’s role in accomplishing organizational objectives in a complex, changing, contemporary, global, team-based values-challenged environment. The course reviews approaches to leadership (behavioral, transformational, situational, and values-based), and the impact of successful leadership on the organization. It examines processes involved in the leadership and development of heterogeneous and homogeneous work teams. Students will gain self-awareness of their personal leadership styles, interpersonal skills and values affecting their leadership through experiential exercises and self-assessment.

MGT 411   Organizational Training and Development
3 credits
Prerequisites: MGT 213, MGT 311
This course will critically examine the complementary functions of training employees for specific skills and of long term development of employees to maximize their overall contribution to the organization. Both specific training techniques and personnel development strategies will be covered.

Marketing focus

MKT 302   Principles of Advertising
3 credits
Prerequisite: MKT 201
A broad-based view of advertising principles and their application to an organization. Topics include advertising agencies, advertising planning and strategy development, understanding available media alternatives, media planning and buying, creating advertising, and the integration of advertising with other elements of the marketing communications mix (e.g. promotions, public relations, personal selling, and direct marketing).

MKT 318   Personal Selling Skills
3 credits
Prerequisite: MKT 201
A key factor for success in the business world is the ability to sell products, services, personal capabilities, ideas, and/or solutions to problems. For example, upon graduation, obtaining a job in the profession of choice will be a top priority. The success or failure of this process will depend on the ability to sell a future, prospective employer on one’s abilities to meet a company’s needs and adapt to a company’s culture. This course will focus on understanding and practicing the consultative selling process. Students will gain an understanding of the selling process, including prospecting, preparing, presenting, determining objections, handling objections, and closing a sale. The course will consist of learning sales principles and practicing these principles through role-playing.

MKT 400   Marketing Management
3 credits
Prerequisites: MKT 201, MKT 302
An advanced course in marketing theory and the development of marketing strategies. This course includes the development of a comprehensive marketing plan.

MKT 401   Marketing Research
3 credits
Prerequisites: MKT 201; BUA 210 or MAT 122 or MAT 123
An exposure to marketing research techniques and procedures used in gathering, recording, analyzing, and reporting of data related to marketing problems.

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