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B.S. Information Technology - Network Administration Areas of Study

The WGU Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program was developed in consultation with our IT Council, which is made up of industry experts representing all facets of the discipline from the high-tech business world to national research laboratories. The degree uses industry-endorsed certifications from Microsoft to validate a student’s skill competency. Additionally, the competencies in quantitative literacy, language and communications, and problem solving assure that the graduate has the well-rounded educational background that is required in today's challenging environment.

Information Technology Fundamentals

Introduction to IT
This course introduces students to information technology as a discipline and the various roles and functions of the IT department as business support. Students are presented with various IT disciplines including systems and services, network and security, scripting and programming, data management, and business of IT, with a survey of technologies in every area and how they relate to each other and to the business.

IT Foundations
This course helps students gain an understanding the personal computer components, and their function, in a desktop system as well as computer data storage and retrieval; classifying, installing, configuring, optimizing, upgrading, and troubleshooting printers, laptops, portable devices, operating systems, networks, and system security; recommending appropriate tools, diagnostic procedures, preventative maintenance and troubleshooting techniques for personal computer components in a desktop system; strategies for identifying, preventing, and reporting safety hazards and environmental/human accidents in a technological environments; and effective communication with colleagues and clients as well as job-related professional behavior. This course prepares a student for the CompTIA A+ part I certification exam.

IT Applications
This course helps students gain an understanding the personal computer components, and their function, in a desktop system as well as computer data storage and retrieval; classifying, installing, configuring, optimizing, upgrading, and troubleshooting printers, laptops, portable devices, operating systems, networks, and system security; recommending appropriate tools, diagnostic procedures, preventative maintenance and troubleshooting techniques for personal computer components in a desktop system; strategies for identifying, preventing, and reporting safety hazards and environmental/human accidents in a technological environments; and effective communication with colleagues and clients as well as job-related professional behavior. This course prepares a student for the CompTIA A+ part II certification exam.

General Education

Foundations of College Mathematics
This course focuses on basic numeracy and calculation skills, basic algebra skills, basic geometry principles, and basic data and probability skills.

Elements of Effective Communication
Elements of Effective Communication introduces learners to elements of communication that are valued in college and beyond. Materials are based on five principles: being aware of your communication with yourself and others; using and interpreting verbal messages effectively; using and interpreting nonverbal messages effectively; listening and responding thoughtfully to others, and adapting messages to others appropriately.

English Composition I
This course introduces learners to the types of writing and thinking that is valued in college and beyond. Students will practice writing in several genres and several media, with emphasis placed on writing and revising academic arguments.

English Composition II
English Composition II introduces learners to research writing and thinking that are valued in college and beyond. The Composition II course at WGU should be seen as a foundational course designed to help undergraduate students build fundamental skills for ongoing development in writing and research. Students will complete an academic research paper.

Introduction to Probability and Statistics

Introduction to Geography
This course focuses on fundamentals of geography, places and regions, physical and human systems, and the environment.

Integrated Natural Sciences
Integrated Natural Sciences explores the natural world through an integrated perspective and helps students begin to see and draw numerous connections among events in the natural world. Topics include the universe, the Earth, ecosystems and organisms. Students apply scientific concepts in the examination of natural science fundamentals.

Introduction to Physics
This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the basic principles and unifying concepts of physics. You will integrate conceptual knowledge with practical and laboratory skills.

College Algebra
Understanding algebraic functions and their graphs as well as methods for solving equations and inequalities allows you to model real-world phenomena and solve problems. Engaging in this course will help you build these skills, as well as build a strong foundation in algebra for further mathematics courses you may complete for your degree program. Additionally, this course aims to help you build your problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, which can be used in any course, job, or situation.

Critical Thinking and Logic
This course introduces students to the basic concepts of logic and critical thinking. Students are introduced to the use of logical principles to accurately express and establish the validity of various forms of reasoning. The main objective of the course is for students to understand the range of concepts and techniques employed by critical thinkers. Students learn how to correctly apply the principles of logic and cultivate the skills they need to be able to recognize, analyze, and critically evaluate arguments.

Introduction to Humanities
This introductory humanities course allows students to practice essential writing, communication, and critical thinking skills necessary to engage in civic and professional interactions as mature, informed adults. Whether through studying literature, visual and performing arts, or philosophy, all humanities courses stress the need to form reasoned, analytical, and articulate responses to cultural and creative works. Studying a wide variety of creative works allows students to more effectively enter the global community with a broad and enlightened perspective.

Web Development

Web Development Fundamentals
These courses introduce the fundamentals of web development, which will enable the student to design, develop, and deploy a website. Students will create web content using HTML 5 and gain the knowledge to style and create layouts using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Students will also learn how to host and upload a website to a free web server.

Network and Security

Network and Security – Foundations
This course introduces students to the components of a computer network and the concept and role of communication protocols. The course will cover widely used categorical classifications of networks (i.e CAN, LAN, MAN, WAN) as well as network topologies, physical devices, and layered abstraction. The course will also introduce students to basic concepts of security, covering vulnerabilities of networks and mitigation techniques, security of physical media, and security policies and procedures.

Network and Security – Applications
This course introduces the student to network security concepts including encryption, access control, and authentication. The course covers basic concepts of security, a survey of hardware and software used for securing information within a network, and best practices for protecting information and assets. This course prepares a student for the CompTIA Security+ certification exam.

Networks

Networks
This course focuses on network topologies including: protocols, ports, addressing schemes, routing, and wireless communication standards; physical and logical topologies, including wiring standards; differentiating, installing, and configuring network devices; troubleshooting network connectivity and performance issues as well as common security threats; and using hardware and software utilities to track and maintain network performance in optimized state. This course prepares a student for the CompTIA Network+ certification exam.

Scripting and Programming

Scripting and Programming - Foundations
This course provides an introduction to programming covering data structures, algorithms, and programming paradigms. The course presents the student with the concept of an object as well as the object-oriented paradigm and its importance. A survey of languages is covered and the distinction between interpreted and compiled languages is introduced.

Scripting and Programming - Applications
This course provides an introduction to programming. It covers data structures, algorithms, and programming paradigms. It presents the concept of an object as well as the object-oriented paradigm and its importance. A survey of languages is covered and the distinction between interpreted and compiled languages is introduced.

Operating Systems

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Management Policies
This course prepares a student for the MCSA: Windows 8 certification exam.

Data Management

Data Management - Foundations
This course introduces students to the concepts and terminology used in the field of data management. They will be introduced to Structured Query Language (SQL) and will learn how to use Data Definition Language (DDL) and Data Manipulation Language (DML) commands to define, retrieve, and manipulate data. This course covers differentiations of data—structured vs. unstructured and quasi-structured (relational, hierarchical, XML, textual, visual, etc); it also covers aspects of data management (quality, policy, storage methodologies). Foundational concepts of data security will be included.

Data Management - Applications
This course covers conceptual data modeling and provides an introduction to MySQL. Students will learn how to create simple to complex SELECT queries including subqueries and joins, and will also learn how to use SQL to update and delete data. Topics covered in this course include exposure to MySQL; developing physical schemas; creating and modifying databases, tables, views, foreign keys/primary keys (FKs/PKs), and indexes; populating tables; and developing simple Select-From-Where (SFW) queries to complex 3+ table join queries.

Network Security Challenges

Network Policies and Services Management

Business of IT

Business of IT – Project Management
This course introduces the student to the project management and business analysis process within the context of an IT project. Fundamental concepts of project management will be covered including all phase of project management during a system life cycle including business analysis, requirements capturing, issue tracking, and release planning. Additional topics to include: development environments (dev, integration, QA, production), help desk and support, IT planning for business continuity. This course prepares a student for the CompTIA Project+ certification exam.

Business of IT – Applications
This course introduces IT students to information systems (IS). The course includes important topics related to management of information systems (MIS), such as system development, and business continuity. The course also provides an overview of management tools and issue tracking systems.

Network Design and Management

Server Administration

Network Reliability and Fault Tolerance
This course prepares a student for the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification exam.

Technical Writing

Technical Writing
The technical writing requirement draws from the evidence students have accumulated in improved proficiency in research and professional written communication; the ability to think about and write for different audiences; and improved style, grammar and syntax.

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