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Information Technology - A.A.B.

Advance your career in IT with Kent State's A.A.B. in Information Technology. With a blend of technical and business skills, this program prepares you for a range of IT roles. From cybersecurity to software development, the Information Technology program has you covered. Enroll now and take the first step towards a rewarding career. Read more...

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Susan Hoffman | Assistant Professor | Information Technology
Phone: 330-339-3391
Email: schoffma@kent.edu

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Program Information

Program Description

Full Description

The Associate of Applied Business degree in Information Technology provides students with a core curriculum of programming, operating systems and networks, website development, hardware, security fundamentals, and workgroup productivity technologies.

The degree program articulates to the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree and the certificate in Computer Forensics and Information Security.

The Information Technology major comprises the following concentrations:

  • The Application Development Technology concentration prepares students for various professional certifications and positions such as computer programmer/application developer using industry-standard languages and technologies.
  • The General Technology concentration prepares students for various professional certifications and entry-level positions in which the computer staff are expected to perform a wide variety of technical duties.
  • The Internet/Multimedia Technology concentration prepares students for various professional certifications and positions in Web development, social media and digital media.
  • The Network Technology concentration prepares students for various professional certifications and positions in tech support and networking including the design, installation, and improvement of computer networks and related hardware/software.
Admissions

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, and the Twinsburg Academic Center, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

Some programs may require that students meet certain requirements before progressing through the program. For programs with progression requirements, the information is shown on the Coursework tab.

For more information on admissions, contact the Regional Campuses admissions offices.

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate core IT competency in networking and convergence; servers, storage and virtualization; client computing and user support; digital media and immersive technology; database and information management; and programming and application development.
  2. Function effectively as a member of a diverse team to accomplish common goals.
  3. Read and interpret technical information, as well as listen effectively to, communicate orally with, and write clearly for a wide range of audiences.
  4. Engage in continuous learning as well as research and assess new ideas and information to provide the capabilities for lifelong learning.
  5. Exhibit professional, legal and ethical behavior.
  6. Demonstrate business awareness and workplace effectiveness.
Coursework

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
IT 11002VISUAL BASIC PROGRAMMING 3
or IT 13000 APPLIED SECURITY ESSENTIALS
IT 11004SURVEY OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 3
IT 11005INTRODUCTION TO OPERATING SYSTEMS AND NETWORKING TECHNOLOGY 3
IT 11006INTRODUCTION TO WEB SITE TECHNOLOGY 3
IT 11009COMPUTER ASSEMBLY AND CONFIGURATION 4
IT 21002NETWORK SETUP AND CONFIGURATION 4
IT 21009SEMINAR IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 3
IT 21010WORKGROUP PRODUCTIVITY SOFTWARE 3
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
ENG 20002INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL WRITING 3
or OTEC 26638 BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS
IT 11000INTRODUCTION TO OFFICE PRODUCTIVITY APPS 3
or IT 21007 CYBER ETHICS IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
IT 12000INTERMEDIATE OFFICE PRODUCTIVITY APPS 3
UC 10001FLASHES 101 1
Business Elective, choose from the following:3-4
ACTT 11000
ACCOUNTING I: FINANCIAL
BMRT 11000
INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS
BMRT 11009
INTRODUCTION TO MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY
OTEC 16625
BUSINESS PRESENTATIONS
OTEC 26635
ADMINISTRATIVE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
OTEC 26640
CURRENT TECHNOLOGIES
Kent Core Composition3
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts3
Kent Core Social Sciences3
Kent Core Basic Sciences3
Concentrations
Choose from the following:9-10
Minimum Total Credit Hours:63-64

Application Development Technology Concentration Requirements

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
IT 21005VISUAL BASIC DATABASE PROGRAMMING 4
Concentration Electives, choose from the following:6
IT 20001
C++ PROGRAMMING
IT 20011
JAVA PROGRAMMING
IT 20021
C# PROGRAMMING
IT 21036
WEB SCRIPTING I
Minimum Total Credit Hours:10

General Technology Concentration Requirements

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
Information Technology (IT) Electives9
Minimum Total Credit Hours:9

Internet/Multimedia Technology Concentration Requirements

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
IT 21007CYBER ETHICS IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 3
or IT 21036 WEB SCRIPTING I
IT 21011TECHNIQUES OF MULTIMEDIA WEB DESIGN 3
Information Technology (IT) Elective3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:9

Network Technology Concentration Requirements

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
Information Technology (IT) Elective3
Concentration Electives, choose from the following:6
IT 21100
LOCAL AREA NETWORK TROUBLESHOOTING
IT 21110
INTRODUCTION TO ROUTING AND SWITCHING
IT 21200
ETHICAL HACKING
Minimum Total Credit Hours:9

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.000 2.000
Roadmap

Roadmap

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
IT 11000
or IT 21007
INTRODUCTION TO OFFICE PRODUCTIVITY APPS
or CYBER ETHICS IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
3
IT 11002
or IT 13000
VISUAL BASIC PROGRAMMING
or APPLIED SECURITY ESSENTIALS
3
!IT 11004 SURVEY OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 3
!IT 11005 INTRODUCTION TO OPERATING SYSTEMS AND NETWORKING TECHNOLOGY 3
UC 10001 FLASHES 101 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
ENG 20002
or OTEC 26638
INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL WRITING
or BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS
3
!IT 11006 INTRODUCTION TO WEB SITE TECHNOLOGY 3
!IT 11009 COMPUTER ASSEMBLY AND CONFIGURATION 4
!IT 12000 INTERMEDIATE OFFICE PRODUCTIVITY APPS 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Three
!IT 21002 NETWORK SETUP AND CONFIGURATION 4
!IT 21010 WORKGROUP PRODUCTIVITY SOFTWARE 3
Business Elective 3-4
Concentration Requirement or Elective 3-4
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Four
!IT 21009 SEMINAR IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 3
Concentration Electives 6
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:63
Program Delivery
  • Delivery:
    • Fully online
    • In person
  • Location:
    • Ashtabula Campus
    • East Liverpool Campus
    • Geauga Campus
    • Salem Campus
    • Trumbull Campus
    • Tuscarawas Campus
    • Twinsburg Academic Center
Examples of Possible Careers
  • Computer Operations Manager
  • Database Manager
  • E-commerce Network Administrator
  • LAN Manager
  • Manager of Internet/Intranet Technology
  • Manager of Voice and Data Communications
  • Network Administrator
  • Technical Support Manager
  • Web Architect/Developer