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Information Technology Management

An Information Technology Management (ITM) concentration can prepare you for a variety of careers. Many students who have completed the ITM concentration are hired to work as analysts in companies or consulting firms. Others pursue a more typical IT career as programmers or database professionals. Some others become tech entrepreneurs. While the various IT job types have a core set of knowledge and skills, each job type also has specialized knowledge and skills. The concentration requirements are designed to provide both core and specialized knowledge and skill sets. The courses for the ITM concentration are divided into four groups: Creator, Designer, Analyst, and Entrepreneur. To satisfy the requirements for the ITM concentration, students need to take a total of SIXTEEN (16) CREDITS. FOUR (4) of these credits MUST be from the Creator. The other TWELVE (12) may be selected from any combination of the four groups. Please note that some of the courses are 2 credits while others are 4 credits. Students are guided in their elective selections by identifying a career interest, which more or less corresponds to one IT job type or position.

Sponsored by: Technology, Operations, and Information Management Division

Faculty Contacts: Dawna Dewire and Donna Stoddard

Faculty contacts serve as advisers to those students who have an interest in the given concentration. You should feel free to contact these faculty members with questions.

Required Four (4) Credits

  • 4 credits from the CREATOR group.

Remaining Twelve (12) Credits

  • Select any combination of 12 credits from CREATOR, DESIGNER, ANALYST, and/or ENTREPRENEUR.

Current Composition of the FOUR groups

Creator

  • MIS 3626 Drupal Web Programming
  • MIS 3640 Problem Solving and Software Design
  • MIS 3660 Prototyping with Information Technology*
  • MIS 3690 Web Technologies

Designer

  • MIS 3620 Computer and Network Security
  • MIS 3635 User Interface Design (2 cr)
  • MIS 3645 Agile Methodology
  • MIS 3655 Design and Systems Thinking (2 cr)
  • QTM 3674 Cryptology

Analyst

  • MIS 2645 Modeling with Excel (2 cr)
  • MIS 3525 Enterprise 2.0: Building Social Networks
  • MIS 3545 Business Intelligence and Data Analytics
  • MKT 3515 Digital Marketing
  • QTM 2601 Applications of Discrete Math

Entrepreneur

  • MIS 3525 Enterprise 2.0: Building Social Networks
  • MIS 3555 Clouds, Platforms and Networks
  • MIS 3610 The Mobile App: Concept to Market (2 cr)
  • MIS 3XXX Tech Tools for Entrepreneurs**

*No longer offered, but applicable for those who have already taken it.
**Course number to be assigned.

Suggested Courses Based on Job Type/Co-concentrations

The suggestions below are meant as a GUIDELINE and are not to be perceived as a recommendation. Please contact your advisers if you have questions. 

Career Path

Description

Suggested Courses

Developer/CoderFor students interested in a more technical, programming-oriented career path4 credits from Creator + 12 more credits from Creator and/or Designer
Business AnalystFor students interested in learning how organizations can derive value from transactional, customer, Web, and social data to improve decision-making, innovation, and performance4 credits from Creator + 12 more credits from Analyst, Designer, or Entrepreneur
IT Analyst/Con­sultantFor students that want to pursue technology consulting and/or project management careers involving identifying, implementing, and managing technology and related solutions4 credits from Creator + 12 more credits from Designer and/or Analyst
Business Consul­tantFor students interested in learning how to leverage digital technologies to improve business processes and performance4 credits from Creator + 12 more credits from Entrepreneur/Designer/Analyst
Digital Entrepre­neurFor students interested in learning how organizations and knowledge workers are leveraging public and private platforms to identify entrepreneurial opportunities4 credits from Creator + 12 more credits from Entrepreneur and/or Analyst

Cross Concentrators

Description

Suggested Courses

Market­ing/ITMFor students interested in marketing positions with ITM skills (such as email and social media marketing). Also applicable for students that pursue a career in sales of technology-based products/services4 credits from Creator + 12 more credits from Analyst and/or Entrepreneur
Finance/ITMFor students interested in opportunities in finance that require a strong technical skillset4 credits from Creator + 12 more credits from Creator and/or Analyst
Opera­tions/ITMFor students that want to pursue careers in operations (such as supply chain, product design, and project management) that require a solid foundation in ITM4 credits from Creator + 12 more credits from Designer and/or Analyst
Creative De­sign/MarketingFor students interested in creative design (e.g., with Adobe) opportunities to support marketing functions4 credits from Creator + 12 more credits from Designer
Accounting/ITMFor students interested in pursuing a career in accounting. Considering that technology is increasingly used in auditing functions, this is for students that desire that technical skillset4 credits from Creator + 12 more credits from Entrepreneur and/or Analyst

General Guidelines

  • Students who are undecided about a concentration should take one of the required courses in order to get a feel for the IT field.
  • Students may opt for a dual concentration—the ITM concentration can be an additional (second) concentration.
  • While 16 credits will satisfy the ITM concentration requirements, students are advised that employers often look for a broad and comprehensive set of IT-related courses that go beyond this number.
  • No sequencing is mandatory excepting those indicated as course prerequisites. SME 2012 (Managing ITS) is a prerequisite for all ITM courses.
  • Any X5XX course may be used to satisfy General College Credit requirements (Management Elective or Free Elective), e.g., MIS 4500.
  • Any X6XX course may be used to satisfy the Advanced Liberal Arts requirements or Free Elective requirements, e.g., MIS 3620, MIS 3640, MIS 3650, MIS 3660, MIS 3680, MIS 3690.