2019-2020 Catalog

Information Technology, Associate of Science Degree

Program Description

The Associate of Science Information Technology Program prepares students for entry level IT help desk technician and technology support positions within the workforce. Students will develop the knowledge and skills that are essential within the IT industry. Students will analyze and interpret the fundamentals of IT and IT infrastructure and will focus on on-premise technology support. Students will learn about hardware and software installations, system configurations, networking, security, and troubleshooting. The AS level program utilizes curricula that focuses on the following certifications: CompTIA A+, CompTIA Security+, Cisco, and Microsoft

Career Opportunities

The Information Technology Associate degree program prepares students for entry level jobs such as network technician, help desk technician, or a computer support specialist.Students who complete the program will qualify for entry level technology positions such as Helpdesk Support Technician, User Technology Support Analyst, User Support Specialist, or Network Associate. Salary information from the Montana Department of Labor for occupational statistics can be found here: Computer User Support Specialists

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Information Technology Associate of Science program, students will be able to to:

  • Interpret and differentiate technical terms used within Information Technology
  • Demonstrate how to install, configure, and maintain client systems
  • Discuss and compare technology changes within IT infrastructure
  • Determine how to analyze and solve end-user issues with various troubleshooting techniques
  • Perform teamwork to deploy local area networks based on case study parameters
  • Identify and describe ways to be culturally respectful when assisting indigenous end-users with technical support

Curriculum

Fall (First Year)

ITEC100IT Fundamentals

4

ITEC105PC Technician I

4

ENGL101English Composition I

3

IDST101SKC Seminar

3

Total Credit Hours:14

Winter (First Year)

ITEC106PC Technician II

4

ITEC110Client Administration I

4

ENGL203Technical Writing for STEM Majors

3

MATH 103Contemporary Math

5

Total Credit Hours:16

Spring (First Year)

ITEC107A+ Exam Preparation

2

ITEC111Client Administration II

4

SPCH100Basic Communications

3

NASD101History of Indians in the United States

3

Total Credit Hours:17

Fall (Second Year)

CSCD218Programming I

4

ELECTIVENative American Studies General Education Open

3

ELECTIVENatural Science General Education from List

5

Total Credit Hours:17

Winter (Second Year)

ITEC242Windows Server I

4

ELECTIVESocial Science General Education from List

5

ELECTIVEHumanities Intro General Education from List

3

Total Credit Hours:17

Spring (Second Year)

ITEC209Information Security

4

ITEC243Windows Server II

4

SVLN100Community Service Learning

1

ELECTIVEFine Arts Humanities General Education from List

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Preparation for Certifications

Students who complete a sequence of courses as specified below are prepared to take the tests for the specific certification.

A+ certification preparation:

ITEC105PC Technician I

4

ITEC106PC Technician II

4

ITEC107A+ Exam Preparation

2

CCNA certification preparation:

ITEC117CCNA 1: Introduction to Networks

5

ITEC217CCNA 2: Routing and Switching Essentials

5

ITEC221CCNA3: Scaling Networks

4

ITEC222CCNA 4: Connecting Networks

4

MTA/MCSA certification preparation:

ITEC110Client Administration I

4

ITEC242Windows Server I

4

ITEC243Windows Server II

4

Total Credit Hours: 96

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