Information Technology

Computer Schools, Information Technology Associates Degree Program

Associate in Science Degree

The Information Technology Department offers an associate in science degree in Information Technology, the field that has become the backbone of business, technology and industry. The department has an extensive set of computer labs for student use to gain hands-on experience in all areas of the field, from programming to software applications to network management and administration.

The emphasis of this program is on how specific computer applications solve business issues. The analysis and design of systems is covered to expose the student to problems that may be expected on the job. The student learns to program in languages in demand in the workplace. Further, the student is introduced to the current software packages for word processing and database management. The student is also prepared to meet the technical needs of a business office through Microsoft, Cisco and networking courses that introduce the student to LAN administration.

The student selects a specialization in either software engineering or network engineering. The software engineering concentration provides more depth in business applications, web development and database design. Upon completion of this concentration, students are qualified to apply for positions in software support, programming, web development or a wide range of other entry-level positions or to continue in the NEIT Software Engineering Technology bachelor's degree program.

The network engineering concentration provides a focus in network administration and infrastructure. The network engineering curriculum has been designed to include an understanding of operating systems, the infrastructure that connects computers, and the networks they form. The curriculum provides training in Microsoft Windows networks and Cisco networking. The program is completed with the appropriate theory of personal computer configuration and maintenance and repair techniques required to succeed in a dynamically changing workplace. Laboratory projects have been developed to simulate actual workplace scenarios and to provide hands-on troubleshooting experience. Such peripheral devices as laser printers, multimedia kits, fax modems and scanners highlight laboratory projects.

Graduates with a network engineering concentration will be eligible to take such internationally recognized certification exams as Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) and the A+ Service Technician Certificate. Graduates of this program are qualified to seek entry-level positions such as Cisco support technician, operator, Microsoft and network LAN administrator, personal computer technicians, personal computer field service technicians, support representatives, help desk representatives, and network service technicians. Associate degree graduates can continue in the NEIT Bachelor of Science in Network Engineering Technology program.

 

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- Kurt Anderson, Human Resource Director, Andera, Inc. – Providence, RI

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Program Mission, Goals and Outcomes
 

Associate Degree – Network Engineering
 

Program Mission:

The mission of the Information Technology Network Engineering Associate’s Degree program is to provide introductory preparation for the field of information technology with a concentration in Network Engineering. Through a combination of theory, labs, and optional field experience, the program emphasizes application of knowledge to the specifications and requirements of the Network Engineering and computer support industry, and teaches students to strive towards providing and enhancing a productive business environment.
 

Program Goals:

1. Provide appropriate learning opportunities for students to acquire the theoretical knowledge, applicable skills, and professional attitude necessary to function as an entry level IT professional.

2. Introduce students to some of the objectives for various entry level industry certifications, and help prepare students to acquire those certifications.

3. Endeavor to cultivate each student’s ability to critically analyze IT problems, and efficiently and correctly troubleshoot those problems.

4. Strive to instill in each student a sense of professional commitment and integrity with respect to the security and privacy of clientele and information, the rights of copyright holders, and the inherent responsibilities of license users.

5. Provide an environment that encourages self-learning and the continuation of each student’s education beyond graduation with the goal of furthering each student’s ability to adapt to and incorporate new concepts, ideas, and evolving technologies.
 

Program Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

1. Follow and meet objectives of a project plan and recognize the need for adaptation, adjustments, and restructuring of the plan, both as an individual IT professional, and in a team environment. Assessments will be conducted using exams, performance reviews, projects, and reports.

2. Demonstrate effective oral and written communications with supervisors, team members and clients. In particular students should exhibit lucid, clear and concise technical and professional communication as well as be able to communicate complex technical ideas in layman’s terms to non-technically trained people. This will be assessed via reports, self-assessments, instructor observations, peer evaluations, and technical documentation.

3. Provide network and computer support in a responsible and ethical manner, and comprehend and comply with applicable laws and regulatory standards. Assessed via exams, case studies, optional fieldwork, and projects.

4. Respect different cultures, customs, and professional technical methods and procedures inherent in an industry with many differences based on locality or region. Assessed by exams, labs, and instructor observation.

Associate Degree - Software Engineering
 

Program Mission

The mission of the Information Technology Software Engineering program is to provide a program that will allow students to pursue an entry-level career in Information Technology and prepare them to further their education in our Bachelor of Science degree program.
Program Goals

1. Provide various learning experiences with an emphasis on application of knowledge as it applies to entry level software engineering principles such as proper programming techniques, database design, web design and the integration of the Software Development Life Cycle.
2. Provide students with an opportunity to solve software engineering problems in the areas of software development, data base design, and system analysis through the combination of class work, projects, team work and hands-on experiences.
3. Provide students with a basic understanding of the principals of network design.
4. Provide students with opportunities to develop their critical thinking skills and social skills as it applies to software development and programming principles.
5. Provide an environment that encourages self-learning and the continuation of each student’s education beyond graduation with the goal of furthering each student’s ability to adapt to and incorporate new concepts, ideas, and evolving technologies.
 

Program Outcomes

1. Students will design and implement algorithms based on sound mathematical and software development principles in the areas of software development, data base design, and system analysis. Assessments will be conducted using exams, projects and performance rubrics.
2. Students will follow and meet objectives of a project plan and recognize the need for adaptation, adjustments, and restructuring of the plan, both as an individual IT professional, and in a team environment. Assessments will be conducted using exams, performance reviews, projects, and reports.
3. Demonstrate effective oral and written communications with supervisors, team members and clients. In particular, students should exhibit lucid, clear and concise technical and professional communication as well as be able to communicate complex technical ideas in layman’s terms to non-technically trained people. This will be assessed via reports, self-assessments, instructor observations, peer evaluations, and technical documentation.
4. Respect different cultures, customs, and professional technical methods and procedures inherent in an industry with many differences on locality or region. Assessed through instructor observations, peer evaluations and externships

Courses Offered

Associate in Science Degree

  • IT 111 Introduction to Information Technology
  • SE 114 Programming Essentials Using C++
  • SE 122 XHTML
  • SE 124 Intermediate Programming Using C++
  • NE 120 Windows Networking Essentials
  • NE 122 Hardware Fundamentals
  • NE 134 Cisco I
  • SE 132 Access Programming
     

Network Engineering Concentration Curriculum

  • NE 115 Computer and Networking
  • SE  111 XHTML/JavaScript
  • SE  114  Programming Essentials Using C++
  • SE  124  Intermediate Programming Using C++
  • NE  121  Windows Networking Essentials
  • IT    121  Visual Communications
  • NE  134  Networking for Small Businesses
  • SE   133  Database Management
  • MGT 130 Effective Management of Teams and Projects
  • NE   244  Desktop OS Troubleshooting
  • NE   245  Introduction to Networks
  • NE   247  Windows Server
  • NE   255  Linux Essentials
  • NE   257  Routing and Switching Essentials
  • NE   259  Windows Server Lab
  • NE   265  AS Capstone Project
  • NE   267  Introduction to Information Security
  • IT   260  Externship
    OR
  • IT   267  IT Ethics and Professional Development
  • EST 236  Microprocessor Control Systems
  • MGT 230 Principles of Marketing
  • MGT 245 Professional Sales Techniques

Software Engineering and Web Development Concentration Curriculum

  • SE 240 Javascript - Client Side Web Development
  • SE 245 C#
  • SE 246 Database Design and SQL
  • SE 252 Systems Analysis and Design
  • SE 255 Advanced C#
  • SE 256 Web Development Using .NET
  • SE 266 Web Development Using PHP and MySQL
  • SE 265 AS Capstone Project
  • SE 260 Externship
  • IT 267 IT Ethics and Professional Development
  • EST 166 Robotic Control Systems
  • EST 236 Microprocessor Control Systems
  • MGT 245 Professional Sales Techniques
  • MGT 230 Principles of Marketing