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Keith W. M.
Tucson, AZ
Management Information Systems

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Information Technology Degree - Bachelor of Science

Major Requirements

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Required courses (36 credit hours)

  • BSIT 200 Computer Hardware and Software Management

    This course introduces software, hardware and operating systems concepts. Topics include fundamentals of computer technology; installation and configuration of PCs, laptops and related hardware; and basic networking. Course topics align with the CompTIA A+ Essentials certification.
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  • BSIT 220 Network Management and Infrastructure

    This course addresses the skills and knowledge necessary to become an IT Professional in the networking field. Topics include network technologies, installation and configuration, media and topologies, management, and security. Course topics align with the CompTIA Network+ certification.
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  • BSIT 310 Computer and Network Security Fundamentals

    This course introduces security concepts, tools, and procedures for preventing, mitigating and responding to security incidents. Network security, compliance and operational security, threats and vulnerabilities, application, data and host security, access control and identity management, and cryptography are explored. Course topics align with the CompTIA Security+ certification.
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  • BSIT 320 Computer Server Environments

    This course focuses on installing, configuring, diagnosing, and troubleshooting servers, including server hardware, general storage, upgrades, maintenance, and disaster recovery. Course topics align with the CompTIA Server+ certification.
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  • BSIT 340 Cisco Routing Fundamentals

    This course introduces Cisco routing and configuration concepts, including the basics of installation, operation and troubleshooting small enterprise networks. Topics include network security, routing and switching, simple network configuration, wide area network (WAN) technologies, and wireless networking concepts. Course topics align with the Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) certification.
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  • BSIT 341 Cisco Network and Routing Infrastructures

    This course introduces Internet working through the study of Cisco routing and switching. Coverage includes installing, configuring, operating, and optimizing networks that use Ethernet, TCP/IP, Wide Area Network protocols, and Cisco network hardware. Course topics align with the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification. Prerequisite: BSIT 340
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  • BSIT 350 Microsoft Networking Fundamentals

    This course focuses on the skills needed to administer small to medium-sized networks in Microsoft Windows server environments. Issues dealing with network infrastructures, network hardware, protocols and services, security layers, operating system security, network security, and security software will be explored. Course topics align with the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Networking Fundamentals certification.
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  • BSIT 400 Cloud Computing and Governance

    This course introduces cloud computing from a business and technical perspective, including implementing and governing a cloud environment. Topics include characteristics of cloud services from a business perspective, the business value of cloud computing, technical considerations, cloud types, steps to successful adoption, impact on IT service management, and risks and consequences. Course topics align with the CompTIA Cloud Essentials certification.
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  • BSIT 410 Managing Green IT Structures

    This course explores the implementation of environmentally sound techniques within an organization's IT infrastructure. Topics include current IT methodologies; developing, deploying, and calculating ROI for green IT initiatives; power management and IT virtualization techniques; environmentally-sound waste disposal; and standards and regulations. Course topics align with the CompTIA Green IT certification.
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  • BSIT 420 Microsoft Operating System Management

    This course provides a foundation for managing and maintaining the most current version of the Microsoft Windows Operating System. Issues dealing with operating system configurations, installing and upgrading client systems, managing files and folders, managing devices, operating system maintenance, server roles, active directory, storage, server performance management, and server maintenance will be addressed. Course topics align with the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Windows Operating System Fundamentals certification.
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  • BSIT 440 Microsoft Windows Server Management

    This course provides a foundation for creating and managing accounts and resources, implementing devices and drivers, and monitoring server performance and services in a Windows Server environment. Course topics align with the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Windows Server Administration Fundamentals certification.
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  • BSIT 450 Microsoft Security Management

    This course provides a foundation for managing security of accounts and resources, monitoring server performance, and safeguarding data in a Windows Server environment. Topics include network infrastructures, network hardware, protocols and services, security layers, operating system security, network security, and security software. Course topics align with the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Security Fundamentals certification.
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Elective courses (3 credit hours each)

  • BSIT 499 Certification Component

    This course provides a monitored structure for study which can be used to apply knowledge and skills acquired throughout the program toward the completion of an approved vendor certification. Students must submit a proposal for certification, including objectives, to the faculty sponsor prior to the start of the semester. A plan for completion of the approved certification and documentation for attainment of the objectives will be developed in conjunction with the faculty sponsor. Prerequisite: The Certification Component should be taken after completing a minimum of 18 credit hours of the required major courses.

  • CIS 433 Information Technology Project Management

    This course provides students with an introduction to program management as it relates to Information Technology. Students develop formal project plans based on actual problems provided by industry. Emphasis is placed on the nine knowledge areas specified by the Project Management Institute (PMI) in the publication, A Guide to Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®Guide). Both discover-based and team-based activities are used to focus on program management as a discipline.
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  • CIS 436 Ethics for IT Professionals

    This course discusses ethical issues inherent in the field of information technology. Topics covered focus on the balance between the individual and society, including computer privacy and security, computer crime, software piracy, intellectual property, patent and copyright law, and social issues such as free speech and expression, as well as netiquette. The course also discusses moral responsibility for computer professionals.
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  • CIS 456 Service Component

    This course is designed to provide students with a monitored structure which can be used to apply the concepts and technologies acquired throughout their course of study to a real-world problem or situation that will be proposed and developed by each student. This can be accomplished by way of a faculty approved project, research study, certification or internship. The faculty sponsor will evaluate and approve a student’s proposal and objectives prior to any work being done. Each student will develop and prepare a plan for completion of the approved component and will document the attainment of the objectives by way of milestones, oral or written reports, specified deliverables or satisfactory reports on completion of objectives by the manager of an intern. Students may accomplish the Service Component when they have completed 24 credit hours of the required major courses.

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