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The Master of Science in Information Technology Management program is a 30-competency-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.
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 communicate 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.
In this course, students examine project management concepts based on the five process groups and ten knowledge areas identified in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) Guide in preparation for completing the PMI Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification exam.
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.
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.
Cyberlaw, Regulations and Compliance 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.
This course 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.
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.
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.
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.
The MSITM Capstone Project allows the student to demonstrate their application of the academic and professional abilities developed as a graduate student. The Capstone challenges students to integrate skills and knowledge of several domains in the program into one project.
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