Applied Information Technology
Michael D. Mattei, Ph.D., Dean and Program Director
Library A18, Phone 502.272.8441, email@example.com
Rachel Brown, MBA, MIS; Fred Lassiter, M.Eng.
Information Technology has become a critical function in most organizations whether large or small, forprofit or not-for-profit. Extensive research with organizational leaders has shown that the needs of most organizations go far beyond mastery of technical skills. In the Bachelor of Science in Applied Information Technology (BSAIT) program students not only learn the technical skills, but also how to apply those skills to real world problems and how these skills form the foundation for creativity and innovation. Employers are looking for individuals who can research solutions to problems with little or no direction, who can work in teams even if they are half way across the world, and who can appreciate the contributions each function makes within an organization to advance the goals of the organization.
Hands-on projects related to real world problems and situations are the heart of the program. These projects enable integration of topics across semesters and provide continuity as the student progresses through the program. These projects are similar to lab assignments found in the sciences or the simulation/case pedagogy often found in business programs. The major difference is that a lab experiment demonstrates a real world phenomenon. Simulations and cases expose students to real world examples. The AIT projects immerse students in real world challenges as they strive to accomplish program goals.
Students take technical courses in programming, databases, web systems, and networking. In addition, students are also introduced to entrepreneurial concepts necessary to take a technology venture from initiation through commercialization. To ensure well rounded graduates, soft skills such as communication skills, team building, and collaboration skills are emphasized. Throughout the program, students will face and overcome the challenges experienced by technology professionals as they advance their projects.
One of the significant elements of the program is the inclusion of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) theory and practice using the most widely installed system in the world, namely SAP. Students learn SAP as an IT application suite but also as a tool to integrate their technical and product development skills. Students, working in teams, build the infrastructure of an organization with SAP while learning the intricacies and functionality of one of the most complex software systems on the market today.
To prepare students for IT careers in the 21st century requires a mindset of innovation and life-long learning. To succeed in the program, students need to be innovative, persistent, supportive, demanding and understanding. Consistent with the mission of the University, this program will “develop the intellectual, moral, ethical and professional competencies for successful living, work, leadership and service to others.”
Upon completion of the B.S. in Applied Information Technology, graduates will have:
- Developed the technical knowledge and skills to begin a successful IT career.
- Mastered critical thinking and problem solving skills in order to create new application designs, modify existing applications, and solve process and information problems in a business environment.
- Gained sensitivity to the challenges and impacts of globalization on a local organization’s planning and operations.
- Acquired oral and written communication skills to describe and articulate their position on a wide range of technically oriented issues affecting their employer.
- Refined their skills to perform in team environments, resolve conflicts, provide motivation to others, establish team goals and provide direction.