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School of Information Technology

Dean: Dr. Alex Koohang

Associate Dean: Dr. Kevin Floyd

Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Information Technology (IT) is to educate students in information technology in ways that lead to fulfilling careers and enhance the economic vitality of Central Georgia. The School prepares its graduates to solve problems and apply new technologies within an increasingly interconnected and changing global environment. The School pursues this mission as an educational leader in teaching excellence, scholarship, professional service, and community outreach.

Acceptance into the Information Technology Program

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology admission requires any transfer student to have at least a 2.0 GPA. Students must not have any Learning Support (LS) requirements to be eligible for admission to the program.

Information Technology Program Educational Objectives

The IT program provides students with knowledge in the core information technologies and builds on that knowledge to create professionals who meet the business and economic needs of Central Georgia. The program is designed to produce graduates with a diversified set of skills, roles, and experiences including knowledge in network administration and technologies, cyber security, cyber forensics, integrated digital media and game design, web applications development, and software engineering. These knowledge areas will prepare our graduates for careers in a range of organizations, from small to large.

The core knowledge in the program includes programming, web design, systems analysis and design, human computer interaction, database principles, project management, legal and ethical issues in information technology, and foundations of information assurance. The senior capstone is the last core course students take in the program. In this course students (normally in teams of three to five members) will analyze, design, develop, implement, and assess an information system based on their accumulated knowledge throughout the IT program.

The courses in the program also emphasize critical thinking, problem solving, decision-making, and interpersonal and communication skills. Career success through lifelong learning and professional development is emphasized at all levels of the curriculum.

It is anticipated that a few years after graduation, graduates will

  1. Assume productive roles in IT-related positions, such as network administrator, software developer, web developer, systems analyst, information security analyst/officer, cyber security analyst/officer, cyber forensics analyst/officer, multimedia designer, and database administrator; and
  2. Pursue life-long learning enabling them to adapt and grow as organizational responsibilities change

Information Technology Student Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate program in IT, students should be able to:

  1. Identify and apply current technical concepts in the core information technologies
  2. Define, analyze, and apply information system requirements in local and global environments
  3. Design, implement, and administer effective IT solutions based on user requirements
  4. Use appropriate project management methods in the creation of an effective IT project plan
  5. Describe and apply best practices and standards in IT applications
  6. Identify and apply IT methods used to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information and its delivery systems
  7. Identify and incorporate relevant ethical, legal, security, and social issues in a technology environment
  8. Work effectively in teams to develop IT based solutions
  9. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  10. Recognize the need for lifelong professional development