Information Systems Technology

Program Description

The mission of the Information Systems Technology program is to offer students a well-rounded computer-based education that will equip them for entry-level software and networking positions or to help further their education. Students will receive supervised programming assignments, hands-on projects, training in computer hardware and operating systems, and an understanding of troubleshooting techniques. Program courses help prepare students for various industry-based certifications.

Students earning an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Information Systems Technology can choose from one of the following concentrations.

Accredited by ATMAE - The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering
AWS Academy Member Institution

Networking

The concentration offers a core curriculum that is designed to provide the academic and technical background to prepare students for a career in network design and administration. Students have an opportunity to complete coursework and utilize hands-on experience in planning, design, implementation and maintenance of networks of different sizes. In addition to networking skills, this concentration includes coursework in security, operating systems, and servers in combination with other technology courses. Certifications applicable to this concentration may include CompTIA Network+, A+ and Cisco CCNA, among others.

Software Development

The Software Development concentration offers a curriculum that is designed to provide the technical background to prepare students for careers as programmers or software engineers and allows students the flexibility to choose from various course options aligned with their career direction. Emphasis is placed on object-oriented programming languages such as C++, C#, Java, Visual Basic or Python, the design and implementation of classes and objects, and the process of developing and maintaining software. The curriculum is designed to enable students to develop strong critical thinking skills and to learn by practice in a hands-on lab environment, along with real world internship experience. Career opportunities include applications programmer, product representative, maintenance programmer, programmer specialist, database programmer, programmer/analyst, web programmer, mobile applications developer, software developer and applications specialist.

Cloud Computing

The Cloud Computing concentration focuses on the fundamentals of building IT infrastructure on a cloud platform, cloud services management for building, deploying, and maintaining various cloud models, techniques for developing applications to take advantage of availability, security, performance, and scalability. Successful students will be able to optimize different services by understanding cloud-based solutions, exploring best practices for designing patterns for architecting optimal IT solutions on the cloud, and supporting cloud architecture challenges such as load balancing, auto scaling, configuration management, caching, adaptive virtualization, on-demand resources provisioning, and access control. Certifications applicable to this concentration may include AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner.

Cybersecurity Operations

This concentration provides students with the skills needed to manage an organization's network security needs. Students will learn how to deploy offensive and defensive tactics needed to appropriately respond to cyber breaches. Successful completion of coursework will allow for students to earn in-demand certifications.

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Curriculum

Information Systems Technology-110103-AAS
Course No. Course Title Lecture Lab Total Credit Hrs
Semester 1
ITEC 1000 or OADM 1150 Application Basics 3 0 3
ITEC 1100 & ITEC 1101 IT Essentials 3 1 4
ITEC 1016 Problem Solving & Decision Making 3 0 3
ITEC 1210 Introduction to Programming 3 0 3
General Education Course 3 0 3
16
Semester 2
ITEC 1010 Web Site Development 3 0 3
ITEC 1200, 1820, or 2010 Operating Systems Course 3 1 4
Concentration Course 3 0 3
Concentration Course 3 0 3
General Education Course 3 0 3
16
Semester 3
ITEC 2911 IT Ethics & Career Development 3 0 3
ENGL 2535 or ENGL 1020 Technical Report Writing or ENGL Comp II 3 0 3
Concentration Course 3 0 or 1 3 or 4
Concentration Course 3 0 3
General Education Course 3 0 3
15 or 16
Semester 4
ITEC 2995 Networking Internship 0 3 3
Concentration Course 3 0 or 1 3 or 4
General Education Course 3 0 3
General Education Course 3 3 3
AAS - Information Systems Technology 59 or 62
Total Clock Hours 960 - 1020
Info Systems Tech-110103-Diploma Certificate Option
Course No. Course Title Lecture Lab Total Credit Hrs
ITEC 1100 IT Essentials: PC Hardware & Software 3 0 3
ITEC 1101 IT Essentials: Lab for PC Hardware & Software 1 0 1
ITEC 1000 or OADM 1150 Application Basics 3 0 3
CTC – PC Support Technician (7)     7
ITEC 1016 Problem Solving and Decision Making 3 0 3
ITEC 1210 Introduction to Programming 3 0 3
ITEC 1010 Web Site Development 3 0 3
ITEC 1200, 1820, or 2022 Operating Systems Course 3 1 4
ITEC 2911 IT Ethics & Career Development 3 0 3
ENGL 2535 or ENGL 1020 Technical Report Writing 3 0 3
CTS – Information Technology Apprentice (26)     19
Select a concentration (Networking, Software, Cloud Computing, or Cybersecurity Operations) to complete the technical diploma option.
Networking Concentration
ITEC 1500 Network Pro 3 0 3
ITEC 2680 Security Pro 3 1 4
ITEC 2110 Introduction to Networks 3 1 4
ITEC 2120 Routing and Switching Essentials 3 1 4
ITEC 2150 Enterprise Networking, Security, and Automation 3 0 3
ITEC 2995 Networking Internship 0 3 3
Software Development Concentration
ITEC 2240 SQL 3 0 3
Programming Language* 3 0 3
Programming Language* 3 0 3
Programming Language* 3 0 3
ITEC 2680 Security Pro 3 1 4
ITEC 2994 Software Development Internship 0 3 3
Cloud Computing Concentration
ITEC 1500 Network Pro 3 0 3
ITEC 2680 Security Pro 3 1 4
ITEC 2240 SQL 3 0 3
ITEC 2050 Cloud Computing 3 0 3
ITEC 2060 Virtualization and Instances 3 0 3
ITEC 2993 Cloud Computing Internship 0 3 3
Cybersecurity Operations Concentration
ITEC 1500 Network Pro 3 0 3
ITEC 2680 Security Pro 3 1 4
ITEC 1230 Introduction to Scripting 3 0 3
ITEC 2710 Information Assurance 3 0 3
ITEC 2810 Computer Forensics 3 0 3
ITEC 2992 Cybersecurity Operations Internship 0 3 3
TD - Information Systems Technology (45-47) 19 or 21

*Approved Programming Languages (Software Development Concentration)

  • ITEC 1250 Programming Language I
  • ITEC 1700 Visual Basic
  • ITEC 1710 Programming with Python
  • ITEC 1750 Programming with C#
  • ITEC 1780 Mobile Application Development
  • ITEC 1790 Programming with Java
  • ITEC 2600 Topics in Advanced Programming
Awards Per Highest Degree/Certificate Earned (Informations Systems Technology)
Year AAS Level % AAS Level Diploma Level % Diploma Level CTS Level % CTS Level TCA Level % TCA Level Grand Total % Grand Total Enrollment
2018-2019 14 11.86% 0.00% 4 3.39% 26 22.03% 44 37.29% 118
2017-2018 1 1.33% 0.00% 2 2.67% 0.00% 3 *4.00% 75

*The A.A.S. in Computer Systems-Software and the A.A.S. in Computer Systems-Networking were repackaged into one A.A.S. Information Systems Technology program in 2017-2018. There was a teach-out period for the former degrees that attributed uncharacteristic completion percentages until the transition was concluded.

Awards Per Highest Degree/Certificate Earned (Computer Systems - Software)
Year AAS Level % AAS Level Diploma Level % Diploma Level CTS Level % CTS Level TCA Level % TCA Level Grand Total % Grand Total Enrollment
2018-2019 5 55.56% 0.00% 2 22.22% 0.00% 7 77.78% 9
2017-2018 11 39.29% 2 7.14% 4 14.29% 2 7.14% 19 67.86% 28
2016-2017 4 6.67% 1 1.67% 8 13.33% 20 33.33% 33 55.00% 60
Awards Per Highest Degree/Certificate Earned (Computer Systems - Networking)
AAS Level % AAS Level Diploma Level % Diploma Level CTS Level % CTS Level TCA Level % TCA Level Grand Total % Grand Total Enrollment
2018-2019 4 28.57% 0.00% 0.00% 1 7.14% 5 35.71% 14
2017-2018 6 22.22% 1 3.70% 5 18.52% 12 44.44% 24 88.89% 27
2016-2017 15 23.81% 0.00% 5 7.94% 18 28.57% 38 60.32% 63

Contact Information

Debbie Lejeune

Program Coordinator

debbie.lejeune@sowela.edu

(337) 421-6994