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Information Technology (M.S.)

The Master of Science in Information Technology is a 36 credit sequence of courses designed for information technology professionals who need to learn the current and emerging trends in technology.The program offers courses in technical topics and management of information technology systems.

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Program Overview

NO GRE required for admission.

The Master of Science in Information Technology is a 36 credit sequence of courses designed for information technology professionals who need to learn the current and emerging trends in technology.

The program offers courses in technical topics and management of information technology systems. Emphasis is placed on current and emerging trends in the information technology field of study and profession.

MSIT also offers an optional specialization in Health and Medical Informatics.

Program delivery is offered both in the classroom and online. Classroom courses usually meet in the evening, 6:00 – 10:00 pm, one night a week. Online courses are delivered in an asynchronous format.

    Required Courses

    ITS 518 Information Systems Strategy 3 cr.
    ITS 525 Systems Architecture and Analysis 3 cr.
    ITS 530 E-Technology 3 cr.
    ITS 544 Database Management 3 cr.
    ITS 548 Fundamentals of Telecommunications 3 cr.
    ITS 550 Software Engineering 3 cr.
    ITS 553 Technology and Innovation 3 cr.
    ITS 560 Computer Security and Cyber Forensics 3 cr.
    ITS 561 Ethics and Society in Technology 3 cr.
    ITS 570 Business Intelligence and Data Mining 3 cr.
    ITS 575 Project and Professional Management 3 cr.
    ITS 590 Capstone Project in Technology 3 cr.
    Total degree requirements

    36 cr.

    Course Descriptions

    ITS 518 Information Systems Strategy 3 cr.
    This course provides effective strategies, pragmatic options, and leading practice alternatives for developing an IT strategy, integrating it with the overall enterprise, measuring progress, and creating processes for selecting and deploying technology.
    Students will develop the concepts, frameworks, and approaches for strategically managing IS resources to leverage IT investments and focus on IT processes and leading practice. This course also explores the business implications of emerging Internet-based technologies such as wireless devices and Web services. Using business cases students will assess both the technical and organizational issues that arise.

    ITS 525 Systems Architecture and Analysis 3 cr.
    This course discusses a wide range of topics, all relating to operating systems and systems architecture and design. The course will provide an overview of microprocessors, mainframes, micro-computers with the focus on memory management, I/O streams, logic gates, and basics of computer engineering. The course will also consider operating systems characteristics, design objectives and systems structures. It will cover topics including virtual memory management,
    multithreading, forking, and algorithms. It will also overview of efficient algorithms, algorithmic complexity, NP completeness, spanning trees, greedy algorithms, matrices, string matching, and sorting.

    ITS 530 E-Technology 3 cr.
    This course will explore the business models, technologies and opportunities that are available online. Topics include business and technology overview, building an e-business, e-business models, internet marketing, online customer relationship management, e-procurement, technical requirements, service providers, social networking, e-philanthropy,
    widgets, wikis, electronic payment systems, and online legal and globalization issues.

    ITS 544 Database Management 3 cr.
    Review of relational, hierarchical and network models; normalization; recovery and concurrency; security and integrity; query optimization; deductive and distributed database systems. Course will also explore advanced database topics such as data mining and data warehousing.

    ITS 548 Fundamentals of Telecommunications 3 cr.
    This course is designed to provide managers with foundation knowledge of telecommunications networks. The course will explore the fundamentals of data communications and networking requirements for an organization, including the standard
    layers of network organization; network technologies, and architectures and protocols for WAN, LAN, and Internet systems. Course topics include issues of security, design, management, and future developments, particularly in a business environment.

    ITS 550 Software Engineering 3 cr.
    This course will combine theoretical and practical foundations in software engineering. It will combine the various principles and methods of software engineering, with thoughtful consideration to new best practices and emerging techniques. Students will review the practical aspects of software engineering to include: generation of appropriate documents under
    limited resources and tight schedules as well as an industry perspective. Prerequisite: ITS 540 Wireless and Wide-Area Networks.

    ITS 553 Technology and Innovation 3 cr.
    This course will explore emerging trends in business and consumer technologies and will provide students with the vision and understanding of how to leverage these technologies to create efficiencies in existing businesses processes. Topics will include off shoring, virtualization, data mining, open source software, digital search engines, national health records, electronic voting, automotive computing, pervasive computing (RFID tracking), software as a service (SaaS), e-publishing, digital divide, emerging gadgetries, and cybercrime.

    ITS 560 Computer Security and Cyber Forensics 3 cr.
    This course is an overview of IS security drawing upon extensive knowledge of systems, networks and security. It will seek to understand how to audit systems, perform risk assessments, qualify and quantify the risks, based upon the current or planned infrastructure. The course will also look at encryption as a science, discussing public key ciphers (The RSA
    cipher, ElGamal cipher) and symmetric ciphers (Data Encryption Standard, Advanced Encryption Standard). Other topics will include SNMP, RMON, disaster recovery plans, protection of sensitive and classified information in the workplace, and secure
    systems architecture. The course will review computer forensics, to include: tools used, the investigative process, as well as current trends in forensics today. Prerequisite: ITS 540 Wireless and Wide-Area Networks.

    ITS 561 Ethics and Society in Technology 3 cr.
    This course offers extensive and topical coverage of ethical issues relating to the area of information technology such as file sharing, infringement of intellectual property, security risks, internet crime, identity theft, employee surveillance, privacy, and compliance. Students will have the opportunity to gain an excellent foundation in ethical decision-making for current
    and future business managers and information technology professionals.

    ITS 570 Business Intelligence and Data Mining 3 cr.
    This course will describe the features, uses, and design strategies for information technology and enabled managerial decision support systems. Overviews of business intelligence frameworks that lead to strategic data mining techniques will be covered. The course will also introduce popular application-based business analytics and reporting tools.

    ITS 575 Project and Professional Management 3 cr.
    The course includes preparation to meet the variety of professional and project demands placed on the information technology professional. The course draws from the areas of technical communication and rhetoric to develop oral and written communication competencies for a range of contemporary information technology contexts. Course will focus on
    project management as the primary vehicle for communication in the IT world. It will also cover the fundamental social and legal theories that are the underpinnings for complex decision making in Information Technology and Computer Science today. Topics will include intellectual property law, constitutional law, USA Patriot, copyright laws, cyberspace law, as well as social theory regarding the usage and creation of intrusive databases, and information gathering techniques. Prerequisite: ITS 540 Wireless and Wide-Area Networks.

    ITS 590 Capstone Project in Technology 3 cr.
    The capstone project is an integrative experience that brings together all of the components of the masters degree curriculum in an applied, hands-on manner. Students will conduct independent research under the mentorship of a single professor in an area of professional interest. Examples may include a technical innovation, the use of technology to create business efficiencies, or focus on an emerging technology. Requirements include the development of a Topic paper and writing a final paper that will demonstrate the student has a deep understanding of the topic and can provide a recommendation for future research or project initiatives.

    Program of Study

     

    Total degree requirements 36 cr.

     

    Master of Science in Information Technology with a concentration in Health and Medical Informatics

    Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) with a concentration in Health & Medical Informatics is a 36 credit program designed for business and information technology professionals who need to learn: current and emerging trends; how to address privacy, ethics and security; and planned government and industry policies and programs in healthcare and medical technology. The program offers a set of courses in technical topics and the management of information technology systems.  Electives focus on technology, management, processes and policies for the Health Informatics  field of study and profession.

    Learning outcomes

    Upon completion of the program the student will be able to:

    •    Facilitate the development and advancement of emerging information technologies to improve health care delivery and cost efficiencies.
    •    Gain an in-depth understanding of new and existing health information management systems within the context of the U.S. health care system.
    •    Become proficient in the "language" of health care, navigate the rules around using medical data, and obtain relevant information to assess changes to the health care system.
    •    Participate in the development, implementation, evaluation and management of information technology solutions to improve patient care and the health care delivery process.
    •    Utilize health information technology for decision support, knowledge management, strategic planning, and outcomes assessment to optimize cost efficiencies in the health care system.
    •    Understand the business implications on security, privacy and policies.
     

    Program of Study

     

    ITS 518 - Information Systems Strategy (Cr: (Cr: 3)
    ITS 525 - Systems Architecture and Analysis (Cr: (Cr: 3)
    ITS 544 - Database Management (Cr: (Cr: 3)
    ITS 548 - Fundamentals of Telecommunications (Cr: (Cr: 3)
    ITS 550 - Software Engineering (Cr: (Cr: 3)
    ITS 570 - Business Intelligence and Data Mining (Cr: (Cr: 3)
    ITS 575 - Project and Professional Management (Cr: (Cr: 3)
    MHI 550 - Health & Medical Information Systems Overview (Cr: (3 cr.)
    MHI 560 - Health & Medical Information Systems Planning and Financial Management (Cr: 3 cr.)
    MHI 570 - Emerging Health & Medical Information Technologies & Standards (Cr: 3 cr.)
    MHI 580 - Policies and Trends in Healthcare Informatics (Cr: 3 cr.)
    MHI 590 - Security, Ethics, Privacy & Compliance for Health & Medical Information (Cr: 3 cr.)

    Learning Outcomes

    1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of information technology and its application to the professional world.
    2. Effectively communicate with business managers, technology managers, software developers, and consultants.
    3. Articulate which technologies are appropriate to support operational improvements and to improve business practices under a variety of circumstances.
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