MS IT Network Management Areas of Study

Through a carefully structured, comprehensive, and fully integrated program of courses, students will learn fundamental technical requirements of present and emerging IT networks, from carefully planned and orderly transition from existing service provisioning to new paradigms, with attention not only to performance, but to complete security and reliability of the network and its content as well.

The Master of Science in Information Technology—Network Management Program is a 33-credit-unit graduate course of study designed to enable WGU students to develop a high level of competence across a full range of IT subject matter areas and disciplines to successfully manage and lead governmental, academic, research and competitive industrial enterprises now and in the future. The content of these courses includes technical, financial, management and human relations disciplines, to awareness of the profound environmental, economic, political and social changes under way in America and in the global community that will absorb the impact of these profound changes directly and indirectly.

Risk Management

Content focuses on categorizing levels of risk and understanding how risk can impact the operations of the business through a scenario involving the creation of a risk management program and business continuity program for a company and a business situation reacting to a crisis/disaster situation affecting the company.

Current and Emerging Technology

This area of study focuses on the tools and skills to evaluate the acceptance and adoption of technology within various types of organizational cultures. The course will address topics such as diffusion, innovation, hype theory, needs analysis, change agents, implementation planning, and adoption models. Students will demonstrate the ability to make sound judgments regarding the selection, adoption, implementation, and evaluation of technologies as they relate to organizational culture, strategy, and objectives.

Cyberlaw, Regulations and Compliance

The Cyberlaw, Regulations and Compliance area of study prepares students to participate in legal analysis of relevant cyberlaws and address governance, standards, policies, and legislation. Students will conduct a security risk analysis for an enterprise system. In addition, students will determine cyber requirements for third‐party vendor agreements. Students will also evaluate provisions of both the 2001 and 2006 USA PATRIOT Acts.

Technical Writing

As IT professionals are frequently required to interface with customers, clients, other departments, organizational leaders, and even other institutions, strong communication skills are vital. In this course, students learn to communication accurately, effectively, and ethically to a variety of audiences. Students design communication to fit oral, print, and multi-media contexts. They develop rhetorical sensitivity in both their writing and their design decisions.

Power, Influence, and Leadership

This area of study focuses on the development of the critical leadership and soft skills necessary for success in information technology leadership and management. The course focuses specifically on skills such as cultivating effective leadership communication, building personal influence, enhancing emotional intelligence (soft skills), generating ideas and encouraging idea generation in others, conflict resolution, and positioning oneself as an influential change agent within different organizational cultures.

Advanced Networking Technology

This course prepares students to support the ever growing interconnectivity needs of organizations. Students will learn about advanced networking concepts, devices and strategies to provide superior network connectivity to organizations. A review of common yet critical network devices and technologies will be provided such as switches, routers, hubs, firewalls, T-1s, ATM, fiber and others. Students will also be prepared to review existing network environments and provide specifications to upgrade and enhance such networks.

Network Security Challenges

Maintaining network security is a critical yet often challenging issue facing most organizations and IT professionals must serve as advocates and promoters of network security. This course prepares students to analyze organizations and identify mechanisms to support and promote network security. Students are also introduced to the principles of conducting risk assessments and other loss mitigation strategies as a means to both prevent security breaches and address any that occur within an organization.

Disaster Recovery Planning, Prevention and Response

This course prepares students to plan and execute industry best practices related to conducting organization-wide information assurance initiatives and to preparing an organization for implementing a comprehensive Information Assurance Management program.

Information Technology Management

This course will prepare students to cope with information technology resources in a manner beneficial to their company. Such skill includes estimating both the cost and value of IT to the company, setting priorities for project selection, management of IT projects, and handling risk. These responsibilities imply an ability to align technology with an organization’s strategic goals. In total, students will develop the ability to effectively administer and manage current and emerging technologies within an organization.

Technological Globalization

This course is designed to equip students to better understand the fundamental, galvanizing and transformational role of advanced IT communications, networks, and services in all major industries; advanced IT is an unparalleled force multiplier in scientific research, energy production and use, health, and medicine. IT is a critical resource in the global community, economically, socially, politically, and culturally.

Capstone Project

The Capstone Project is the culmination of the student’s WGU degree program. It requires the student to demonstrate the integration and synthesis of competencies in all domains required for the degree, particularly in the area of emphasis. It includes a work product specified in consultation with and with the approval of the mentor. It may be a project, a set of policy recommendations, a business plan, a marketing plan, action research, a strategic plan, a product, or a service.