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For 2+2 transfer students, 36 hours of CIT courses are required. These include:
- Four 300-level courses (usually taken in the first semester): CIT 300, 302, 352, 372 (12 hours)
- Seven courses, to be selected from 400-level CIT courses and/or from AMS 342, 367, 390, 394, 396, 430, 475 (21 hours)
- Capstone course: AMS 490 (3 hours, to be taken in last semester)
For traditional, non 2+2 students, 60 hours of CIT courses are required. These include:
- Ten 300-level foundation courses: CIT 300, 302, 310, 312, 330, 332, 350, 352, 370, 372 (30 hours)
- Nine courses, to be selected from 400-level CIT courses and/or from AMS 342, 367, 390, 394, 396, 430, 475 (27 hours)
- Capstone course: AMS 490 (3 hours, to be taken in last semester)
Colonnade (general education) and University requirements must also be met as per the current version of the University catalog. See https://www.wku.edu/undergraduatecatalog/. However, as of Spring, 2016, students who complete an associate degree containing 30 unduplicated semester credit hours of General Education (typically an Associate of Arts [AA] or an Associate of Science [AS]) from a regionally accredited institution outside Kentucky are considered to have fulfilled all WKU Colonnade General Education requirements.
Typical Programs of Study
While there are no specific learning tracks or required courses within the CIT program 400-level electives, students frequently like to know what courses they should take for a certain focus (e.g., courses that are usually taken for an emphasis in programming). The diagram below illustrates typical programs of study for certain popular CIT concentrations.
Courses & Descriptions
The following list outlines all of the CIT program courses and descriptions. For more detail about specific courses, you may download course syllabi at the Schedule of Classes (see https://acsapps.wku.edu/pls/prod/wku_hwsched.P_CrseSearch). Just select the term, then subject (Computer Info Technology), then click on Show Me Classes. Then, see the "Sylbi?" column, and click on the "Yes" link for the desired syllabus.
CIT 300. CIT FOUNDATIONS. (3) Prerequisite: Admission to the CIT program. Introduces students to educational technology and the distance education process necessary for the CIT program.
CIT 302. WEB DEVELOPMENT. (3) Prerequisite: CIT 300 or permission of the instructor. Introductory course in web design and development. Provides students with strategies and skills to plan and develop commercial web sites.
CIT 310. SYSTEMS ARCHITECTURE I. (3) Prerequisite: CIT 300. Introduction to applied technology and computer architecture. Emphasis will be on hardware specification and selection, troubleshooting, maintenance and optimizing system performance.
CIT 312. SYSTEMS ARCHITECTURE II. (3) Prerequisite: CIT 310. Introduction to software elements of the computer, including operating systems, programming tools and system utilities. Course will emphasize these elements in an applied, organizational context.
CIT 330. SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT I. (3) Prerequisite: CIT 300. Emphasis on developing structured system applications and program logic. Assumes no prior experience with system development and does not focus on any particular language.
CIT 332. SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT II. (3) Prerequisite: CIT 330. Study of system development tools commonly used in businesses and organizations. Topics include interfacing systems with databases and web applications.
CIT 350. DATABASE ADMINISTRATION I. (3) Prerequisite: CIT 300. Introduction to database applications and related fundamentals including database models, normalization and principles of effective database design.
CIT 352. DATABASE ADMINISTRATION II. (3) Prerequisite: CIT 350. A continuation of CIT 350 with emphasis on developing distributed database solutions, client–server models for business use and advanced SQL.
CIT 370. TELECOMMUNICATIONS I. (3) Prerequisite: CIT 300. Overview of modern networking systems, including networking fundamentals, local-area networks, routing addressing, wide-area networks, remote access and security. Emphasis on applied technology used in organizational settings.
CIT 372. TELECOMMUNICATIONS II. (3) Prerequisite: CIT 370. Introduction to the TCP / IP protocol, its use in an organizational environment and the different sub-protocols that underlie popular business applications.
CIT 412. ADVANCED SYSTEMS ARCHITECTURE I. (3) Prerequisite: CIT 312. A continuation of CIT 312 with a focus on enterprise architecture and how to design computer system solutions using industry-standard operating systems and tools.
CIT 414. ADVANCED SYSTEMS ARCHITECTURE II. (3) Prerequisite: CIT 412. Examines both the managerial aspects of system design – build-vs.-buy, labor and related strategic decisions – and administration of corporate networks and related systems.
CIT 416. SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATION I. (3) Prerequisite CIT 312. Strategies and techniques to prepare students for enterprise server design, implementation and maintenance, including advanced networking hardware and software tools.
CIT 418. SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATION II. (3) Prerequisite: CIT 416. A continuation of CIT 416 that provides more in-depth analysis of system architecture and administration, developing strategic advantage through appropriate investments in technology and contemporary issues in enterprise computing and management.
CIT 432. ADVANCED SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT I. (3) Prerequisite: CIT 332. Focuses on advanced system-development approaches. Students will utilize modern development tools to build business systems and applications.
CIT 434. ADVANCED SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT II. (3) Prerequisite: CIT 432. Focuses on the managerial aspects of systems development. Analyzes the various stakeholders of enterprise software architectures, including software architects, designers, analysts, developers, members of IT strategy departments and project managers.
CIT 436. WEB SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT I. (3) Prerequisites: CIT 302 and CIT 332. Emerging trends in web-based applications and how they are developed. Emphasis on building business-oriented solutions using web technology and the Internet.
CIT 438. WEB SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT II. (3) Prerequisite: CIT 436. A continuation of CIT 436 providing additional coverage of web service and application topics. Also emphasizes integration with existing database systems and legacy applications.
CIT 452. ADVANCED DATABASE ADMINISTRATION I. (3) Prerequisite: CIT 352. Focuses on administering the enterprise database system. Emphasizes implementation and administration issues associated with large-scale database systems.
CIT 454. ADVANCED DATABASE ADMINISTRATION II. (3) Prerequisite: CIT 452. A continuation of CIT 452. Related managerial issues are emphasized in this course. Topics include data warehousing, data mining and distributed database systems administration.
CIT 456. SYSTEMS ANALYSIS & DESIGN I. (3) Prerequisite: CIT 352. Modern analysis and design techniques with an emphasis on developing organizational
CIT 458. SYSTEMS ANALYSIS & DESIGN II. (3) Prerequisite: CIT 456. Analysis and design of object-oriented systems.
CIT 472. ADVANCED TELECOMMUNICATIONS I. (3) Prerequisite: CIT 372.
Strategies for planning, designing and implementing wireless networks including Wi-Fi ad hoc networks, hybrid wireless, etc. as part of an overall organizational network strategy.
CIT 474. ADVANCED TELECOMMUNICATIONS II. (3) Prerequisite: CIT 472.
Emerging networking technologies that create value and strategic advantage for business users. Emphasis on integrating networking technologies with existing systems and infrastructure.
CIT 476. NETWORK ADMINISTRATION I. (3) Prerequisite: CIT 372. Network administration and management with an emphasis on technologies and tools for supporting large-scale business networks.
CIT 478. NETWORK ADMINISTRATION II. (3) Prerequisite: CIT 476. The latest Microsoft technologies and tools for supporting network administration in organizational environments.
CIT 482. SYSTEMS SECURITY I. (3) Prerequisites: CIT 300 and permission of instructor.
An examination of computer and corporate security in business settings, emphasizing
security implementation within corporations using commercial tools
CIT 484. SYSTEMS SECURITY II. (3) Prerequisite: CIT 482. A continuation of CIT 482 that provides additional study and experience with managerial / operational issues affecting the security of enterprise computers and networks; examines available tools and opportunities in the field.
CIT 486. KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT. (3) Prerequisites: CIT 300 and permission of instructor. Examines computer-based knowledge – how organizations can capture, store, share and effectively manage their intellectual resources.
CIT 492. TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT I. (3) Prerequisites: CIT 300 and permission of instructor. Examines the management of technological projects including planning, implementation, control, quality, time and budget.
CIT 494. TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT II. (3) Prerequisite: CIT 492. A practical examination of information technology with emphasis on the tactical and operational role of IT in an organization.
CIT 496. TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT ADMINISTRATION. (3) Prerequisites: CIT 300 and permission
of instructor. Explores the challenge of supporting technology resources within an
organizational setting and presents current strategies and tools employed by managers
to support users and technologies across the firm.
AMS 342. MANUFACTURING OPERATIONS. (3) Survey of methods for designing products for improved quality and manufacturability in industry and designing manufacturing processes for improved reliability.
AMS 367. SUPERVISED WORK EXPERIENCE IN INDUSTRY. (1-6) Prerequisite: Advisor approval required. Supervised employment in industry. Written reports required.
AMS 390. PROJECT MANAGEMENT. (3) Prerequisite: Junior standing or AMS major. Core concepts of project management based on processes of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing projects. Topics include project proposals, project selection, scope definition, CPM and PERT scheduling, budgeting, control techniques and project manager skills.
AMS 394. LEAN SYSTEMS (3) Applications of lean systems across disciplines. Lean is the enhancement of customer value and the elimination and reduction of all forms of waste.
AMS 396. INTRODUCTION TO SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT. (3) Introduction to supply chain management and risk pooling, logistics network configuration, the value of information, customer value and decision support systems.
AMS 430. TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT / SUPERVISION / TEAM BUILDING. (3) Prerequisite: Junior standing. This course will provide an introduction to the fundamentals of industrial supervision. Students will develop the skills, knowledge, and philosophies required to function in a highly technical, industrial environment in a supervisory capacity. Content includes a study of leadership, management, management-labor relations, supervisory intuition, and various legal issues.
AMS 475. SELECTED TOPICS IN INDUSTRY. (1-3) Prerequisite: Junior standing. Varying topics of significant interest and current developments in manufacturing technology.
AMS 490. SENIOR RESEARCH. (3) Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. Students work on capstone research projects utilizing skills and knowledge from prior courses in the program. Projects performed, when possible, for a specific client or local industry. Lecture and laboratory.
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