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Associate of Arts

This program prepares individuals for careers in the information technology segment of the business industry. It provides an understanding of basic business and IT concepts and principles as they are applied to a variety of organizations.

Concentration Objectives

Upon completion of this program, a student should be
able to:

  1. Integrate Christian principles in critical thinking and decision making.
  2. Demonstrate awareness and improvement of thinking and learning strategies.
  3. Exhibit competency in general education subjects.
  4. Comprehend interpersonal communication skills.
  5. Correlate information technology functions and skills in practical business situations.

Concentration Courses

IST2000 Computer and Networking Essentials I 3 credits 5 weeks

This course will provide the basic knowledge of computer hardware, software, and operating systems.  Students should build an understanding of operating system configurations and maintenance, client systems, and managing applications.  Additionally, students should also increase their knowledge and understanding of networking concepts and acquire the required skills to prepare for a career in network support or administration.

IST2010 Computer and Networking Essentials II 3 credits 5 weeks

This course will provide knowledge of computer hardware, software, and operating systems.  Students should be able to apply their knowledge and understanding of networking concepts. This course applies required skills to prepare for a career in network support or administration.

Prerequisite:
IST2000 Computer and Networking Essentials I

IST2050 Intermediate Networking 3 credits 5 weeks

IST2050 is a comprehensive study of computer networks. Each building block of the general network architecture is examined in detail. The course includes a thorough discussion of both wired and wireless networking technologies. Topics include the analysis of the framework, design and configuration of a TCP/IP network. The student will acquire practical knowledge in applying networking concepts in a typical network of Windows computers.

NOTE: Course definition is pending the Curriculum and Assessment Committee approval.

IST2100 Security Fundamentals 3 credits 5 weeks

IST2100 is a comprehensive study of security threats, prevention and detection technologies and security policies and planning. The student will gain an understanding of the threat environment in today's information systems and the application of security tools to reduce threat exposure. The course provides information to enable the student to develop security policies that protect an organization from security risks.

NOTE: Course definition is pending the Curriculum and Assessment Committee approval.

Admission Requirements

  1. Legible copy of the high school transcript, high school diploma, or GED as proof of high school equivalency.
  2. Application form and payment of Application Fee.

Any applicant not meeting the above-stated requirements may petition for consideration.