B.S. IT Network Design and Management 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, CompTIA, CIW, and Oracle 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
This area of study covers the foundations of the field of information technology. It prepares the student for the subject matter domains of the program. To clear a course, the transcript must show that students have taken equivalent classes in the content areas and passed those courses with a C grade or higher at an accredited institution of higher education. Certain industry certifications will also transfer.
IT Fundamentals I
This course focuses on networked resources, hardware and software for the Internet business, and web browser function, use, configuration, and customization. The student will also organize and produce a simple but functioning website.
IT Fundamentals II and III
These courses focus on 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.
The general education courses focus on basic subject matter knowledge that is typically included in baccalaureate level programs. Evaluation of your previous college transcripts may clear assessment requirements for some areas of the liberal arts domain, which could shorten your program of study by removing assessments. To waive or clear a course, the transcript must show that you have taken equivalent classes in the content areas and passed those classes with a C grade or higher at an accredited institution of higher education.
This course focuses on application of grammatical standards, reading skills, basic numeracy and calculation skills, basic algebra skills, basic geometry principles, and basic data and probability skills.
Collegiate Level Reasoning and Problem Solving
Content includes problem identification and clarification, planning and information gathering, identifying assumptions and values, analysis and interpretation of information and data, reaching well-founded conclusions, and identifying the role of critical thinking in the disciplines and professions.
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
Elements of Effective Communication
This course focuses on the real number system, symbolic logic, number theory, set theory, graph theory and their applications.
This course provides a detailed exploration into basic algebraic concepts and functions and their use in describing, interpreting, and modeling real-world situations. Topics include: real numbers, algebraic expressions, equations and inequalities, graphs and functions, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, and linear systems of equations.
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Introduction to Biology
Topics in these courses include cell structure and function, bioenergetics, DNA structure and function, protein synthesis, cell reproduction, taxonomy, evolution, and ecology.
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.
This course focuses on fundamentals of geography, places and regions, physical and human systems, and the environment.
Literature, Arts, and the Humanities
These courses focus on content, concepts, terminology, methodology, models, and issues within and across the disciplines of the humanities.
Web Development Fundamentals
These courses focus on programming web applications, working with data and services, troubleshooting and debugging web applications, client-side scripting, and configuring and deploying web applications.
Web Systems and Technologies
This course focuses on using and updating web client software, web page creation and programming languages, dynamic web page fundamentals: e-commerce infrastructure, and identifying suspicious network activity and selecting the appropriate strategy to counter it.
This course focuses on applying characteristics and features of web programming languages, creating, modifying, and utilizing variables and data, decision structures, understanding functions, methods, properties, and events, client side web programming language, custom web programming language objects, controlling windows in a web programming language.
Operating System Fundamentals
This course prepares a student to install, manage, and troubleshoot Windows 7 in a business environment. This course focuses on configuration tasks that are performed at a client computer. These tasks include desktop administration that could be used in a small, medium, or large business.
This course focuses on network infrastructures, wired and wireless networks, network hardware, Open Systems Interconnection (OSI), and protocols and services.
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 focuses on security layers, operating systems security, auditing policies, network security, client security software, and server security software.
This course focuses on basic concepts of security and security threats; recommending security procedures and controlling access by authenticating users and groups; identifying security needs and recommending appropriate security practices and strategies; encryption in network security; procedures for organizational operations; and evaluating risks associated with network security and recommending monitoring strategies and methods.
Networks Design and Management Emphasis Area
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology may elect this area of emphasis. Students who possess a current (less than five years old) MCITP on Windows Server 2008 will have these assessments waived. The domain cannot be cleared through previous college work or professional experience.
This course will prepare students to administer directory services for enterprise networks. Students will learn about domain name system and administration of Active Directory infrastructure. Students will also cover Active Directory maintenance and certificate services.
Network Design and Management
This course will prepare students to design and manage enterprise networks. Students will learn about IP addressing and name resolution. Students will also cover file and print services, and network infrastructure monitoring.
Configuring Applications Infrastructure
This course will prepare students to design and manage Windows Server-based networked computing environments.
This course will prepare students to administer enterprise computing environments. Students will learn about network infrastructure design, directory services, identity management and authentication, and the importance of security policies. Students will also cover business continuity measures, including disaster recovery and data access.
Leadership and Management
Understanding how to lead and manage in the business environment is critical to a business graduate’s success in the workplace. Students are asked to demonstrate the ability to apply these concepts in Organizational Behavior and Leadership and Management in a series of scenario-based problems in the leadership concepts and applications tasks. Prior coursework does not transfer to meet the requirements of this domain.
Organizational Behavior and Management
This course focuses on management and leadership concepts and applications.
Focuses on skills and concepts students need to know to plan and implement projects. The project initiation and planning process is covered in-depth, culminating in the creation of a project schedule. Learning how to manage business concerns such as cost and risk is balanced by thorough coverage of best practices in managing people and resources. Students will also learn how to manage change and the steps necessary in closing a project.
The technical requirement allows students to demonstrate that they possess the competencies to think and write in a technical and professional setting. These skills will be integrated into practice through preparation of a technical writing project capstone proposal. This subdomain cannot be cleared by a course or certification and must be taken by the student prior to working on either the portfolio or project capstone.
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.