Each semester has technical, business concepts and soft skills components. Each student in the program will receive a Chromebook to use throughout the course. All course materials will be distributed digitally. There are no textbooks to purchase for the program.
3610. Introduction to Information Technology and Applications
In the technical component you will learn how to put technology to work to solve problems. File management is the first step. You will learn to apply Excel to real life work situations and to design and present professional PowerPoint presentations which is a must in the 21st century workplace. Web design? You’ll be in the know as you begin web design using Adobe Creative Suite and continue building your skills in the second semester. In the business component of this semester, you will hear about stakeholders in companies, how to read a balance sheet, have a session on global marketing, and listen to guest speakers discuss how they use technology in their businesses. The third component of the semester is soft skills. These will include team building, interpersonal skills, time management and portfolio strategies. Six credit hours. Meets Fall semester on Tuesday/Thursday 12:15 pm – 2:55 pm
3650. Guided Applications in Information Technology and Industry Processes
Prerequisite: Information Technology 3610. This semester is project oriented. In the technical component you will learn Access for database design. Couple that with Adobe Creative Suite for web design and you’ll be ready to apply what you have learned in a team project for one of our non-profit clients. While you are learning the ropes of working with a client, you’ll also be learning to use project management tools. This skill is becoming a very valuable resume builder. In the business component you’ll learn more about your working style and enjoy more guest speakers. The soft skills section focuses on leading and participating in effective meetings, preparing for job interviews, and working in effective teams. Six credit hours. Meets Spring semester on Tuesday/Thursday 12:15 pm – 2:55 pm
4610. Project Development and Portfolio Defense
Prerequisite: Information Technology 3650. The three components are intertwined this semester. Under the direction of an IT Minor corporate partner, your team will work on a real life issue. This is accomplished in two phases. The first is Project Planning and Portfolio Development and includes problem identification, needs assessment, and project planning. The second phase, Project Completion and Portfolio Development, includes design testing, verification, and customer satisfaction. You will leave this semester with a hard copy and an electronic copy of your professional portfolio. Six credit hours. Meets Fall semester on Monday evenings from 5:30pm – 9:00pm.