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Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer & Information Technology

The Bachelor of Science degree in Computer & Information Technology (CIT) prepares students for careers in the information technology (IT) workforce, with skills necessary to design and implement complex information systems and services in business and industry. The curriculum in the CIT Department is designed to enable students to work in this dynamic environment and to adapt to changes as they occur in this evolving world. In recent years, technology graduates have declined while job opportunities have increased, offering great opportunities to the CIT graduate. As technologies become more sophisticated, the need for those with computer degrees will continue to increase.

Information systems workers include systems analysts who identify business requirements and design appropriate information system solutions, systems integrators who build information system solutions using components supplied by different vendors, database administrators who organize and manage the data resources of an organization, systems consultants who work as information systems knowledge providers, and network administrators. Objectives of the CIT Degree include::

  • Gaining an understanding of information systems and the ability to analyze and develop them

  • Understanding traditional and contemporary systems development methods

  • Understanding and performing basic data modeling techniques

  • Using contemporary design and programming tools to implement technology solutions

  • Using computer-aided systems engineering (CASE) technology

  • Understanding and using the tools and techniques of project management.

  • Learning about the theories of operating systems as they relate to networks

  • Concepts and technologies used in local area and wide area networks

  • Installing and maintaining a local area network

  • Interconnecting different types of networks

  • Learning about and performing the role of the Network Administrator

Computer and Information Technology careers:

  • Application developer

  • Consultant

  • Data analyst or administrator

  • Information analyst

  • IT analyst

  • Network engineer or administrator

  • Programmer analyst

  • Project manager

  • Software developer, engineer, support or tester

  • Web developer

Computer & Information Technology (CIT) is an applied program in which students learn by doing. They apply the knowledge gained in the classroom to assignments they complete in the computer lab. CIT courses provide students with strong technical skills, a thorough understanding of business needs, and the ability to communicate effectively in the business environment.

Check Purdue North Central’s CIT webpage for possible changes to the curriculum since the printing of this catalog.

Note: a minimum grade of “C minus” is required in a prerequisite CNIT course before moving on to its post-requisite course(s). Also, a minimum grade point average of 2.00 calculated for all CNIT courses is required for graduating with any CIT degree. Students may only repeat a CNIT course a maximum of two times, including withdrawals.

GENERAL PLAN OF STUDY

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

1

CNIT

10100

Orientation to CIT

3

CNIT

17600

Information Tech. Architectures

3

CNIT

18000

Intro to Systems Dev.

3

CNIT

19000

CIT Problem Solving

3

MA

15300

Algebra & Trigonometry I

3

ENGL

10100

English Composition I

16 Semester Credits

Spring Semester

3

CNIT

14100

Internet Foundation, Tech, and Dev.

3

CNIT

15500

Intro. to Obj-Oriented Programming

3

MA

15400

Algebra & Trigonometry II

3

ENGL

10200

English Composition II

3

General Business Selective1

15 Semester Credits

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

3

CNIT

25500

Programming for the Internet

3

CNIT

27200

Database Fundamentals

3

OLS

25200

Human Behavior in Organizations

3

COM

11400

Fundamentals of Speech Communication

3

Economics Selective3

15 Semester Credits

Spring Semester

3

CNIT

27600

Systems Software and Networking

3

CNIT

28000

Sys. Analysis and Design Methods

3

Speech Communication Selective4

3

MGMT

20000

Introductory Accounting

3

Statistics Selective5

15 Semester Credits

Junior Year

Fall Semester

3

CNIT

30400

Operating Systems

3

CNIT

37200

Database Programming

3

Free Elective7

3

Professional Speaking Selective8

3

Interdisciplinary Selective9

15 Semester Credits

Spring Semester

3

CNIT

33000

LAN & Systems Admin.

3

CNIT

35000

Object Oriented Programming

3

Liberal Arts Selective10

3

Professional Writing Selective11

3

Interdisciplinary Selective9

15 Semester Credits

Senior Year

Fall Semester

3

CNIT

34300

Advanced Sys & Network Admin.

3

CNIT

48000

Managing Info. Technology Projects

3

Information Systems Selective6

3

Interdisciplinary Selective9

3

Interdisciplinary Selective9

15 Semester Credits

Spring Semester

3

CNIT

48500

Topics in Info. Sys. & Technology

3

Information Systems Selective6

3

Information Systems Selective6

3

Liberal Arts Selective10

3

Interdisciplinary Selective9

15 Semester Credits

CIT bachelor degree: 121 credits required.

SELECTIVES

Check Purdue North Central’s CIT webpage for possible changes to the curriculum since the printing of this catalog.

Note: before choosing a General Business, Economics, or Statistics Selective, review the prerequisite requirements for the courses listed under the bachelor degree Interdisciplinary Selective.

1General Business Selective

GBG 12700, IET 10400

2Reserved for future use.

3Economics Selective

ECON 21000, ECON 25100, ECON 25200

4Speech Communication Selective

COM 31400, COM 31500, COM 32000, COM 41500, COM 49100 (Business Communication only)

5Statistics Selective

STAT 21300, STAT 22500, STAT 30100

6Information Systems Selective

CNIT 36100 – Software Redesign Using COBOL, CNIT 38400 – Requirements Discovery and Modeling, CNIT 47500 – Electronic Commerce and Business Implementation, CNIT 48100 – Information Systems Management, or other 30000 or above CNIT courses as approved by the CIT department.

7Free Elective

Can be any course except those that are considered to be remedial for CIT such as CNIT 10700, ENGL 10000, MA 15300 and below.

8Professional Speaking Selective

COM 31500, COM 32000, COM 32500, COM 41500

9Interdisciplinary Selective

Students should immediately familiarize themselves with the prerequisites required for the various Interdisciplinary selectives. Courses taken early in the associate degree will have a direct effect on the Interdisciplinary selectives that can be taken for the bachelor degree.

Neither an Interdisciplinary selective nor its substitute (sub:) can be used to satisfy more than one Interdisciplinary Area.

Requirements

Students must choose one selective from five of the six Interdisciplinary Areas that follow below. Note: Instead of choosing five Interdisciplinary selectives, a student may substitute up to five courses from any approved, non-CIT minor. If the minor has fewer than five courses, one selective must be chosen from enough Interdisciplinary Areas to bring the total number of minor courses plus Interdisciplinary selectives to five.

Interdisciplinary Area: Business Law

GBG 25900 Law and Society

GBG 26000 Business Law

OLS 36800 Personnel Law

Interdisciplinary Area: Finance

IET 45100 Monetary Analy. for Indust. Decisn.

MGMT 20100 Managerial Accounting

Interdisciplinary Area: Manufacturing

IET 22400 Production Planning and Control

IET 26800 Facilities Planning

IET 35200 Operations Management

MET 45100 Manufacturing Quality Control

MFET 24300 Automated Manufacturing I

Interdisciplinary Area: Marketing

GBM 32900 Principles of Marketing

MGMT 32300 Introduction to Marketing Analysis

Interdisciplinary Area: Org Behavior and Human Resources

COM 32400 Intro. to Organizational Communication

OLS 37500 Training Methods

OLS 37600 Human Resource Issues

OLS 38600 Leadership for Organizational Change

OLS 38800 Leadership through Teams

PSY 37200 Intro. to Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Interdisciplinary Area: Quality Control

IET 36400 Total Quality Management (sub: OLS 48400)

MET 45100 Manufacturing Quality Control

OLS 48400 Ldrshp. Strategies for Qual. & Prod. (sub: IET 36400)

Associate of Science Degree in Computer & Information Technology

The Associate of Science degree in Computer & Information Technology (CIT) prepares students for careers in the technologies associated with modern computer-based information systems.

Graduates are prepared for positions which include entry-level applications programmer, personal computing specialist, web site developer, and help desk operator. They are also trained in basic networking concepts. The CIT curriculum is designed to allow students to immediately matriculate from the associate degree program to the bachelor degree program, if desired.

Associate degree graduates may also continue toward a bachelor degree in Organizational Leadership and Supervision (OLS) at Purdue North Central by choosing the Computer & Information Technology emphasis in the OLS program.

GENERAL PLAN OF STUDY: CIT ASSOCIATE DEGREE

Check Purdue North Central’s CIT webpage for possible changes to the curriculum since the printing of this catalog.

The Associate Degree Plan of Study is the same as the Freshman and Sophomore years of the CIT Bachelor of Science Degree.

Certificate in Computer & Information Technology

Check Purdue North Central’s CIT webpage for possible changes to the curriculum since the printing of this catalog.

PNC offers a certificate in Computer & Information Technology (CIT) for those who have earned an associate or bachelor degree and who wish to develop skills in computer and information technology applications. Degreed students who have established credit in a mathematics course equivalent to MA 15400 and who have not received a degree in CIT, CPT, CIS, or C S may take advantage of this program.

This certificate program teaches the practical application of information technology. It is assumed that the student is already PC literate, knows file management techniques using the Windows operating system, and has basic skills in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Those who don’t must take Computer Literacy (CNIT 10700) before taking other CNIT courses.

The certificate requires 30 credits of course work. Credit may be given for prior course work but, a minimum of 21 credits must come from a Purdue University campus. Students wishing to earn this certificate must meet CIT admission requirements.

CNIT Core Courses (27 credits)

3 cr.

CNIT

14100

Internet Found., Tech., and Develop.

3

CNIT

15500

Intro. to Obj-Oriented Programming

3

CNIT

17600

Information Tech. Architectures

3

CNIT

18000

Intro. to Systems Development

3

CNIT

25500

Programming for the Internet

3

CNIT

27200

Database Fundamentals

3

CNIT

27600

Systems Software and Networking

3

CNIT

28000

Sys. Analysis and Design Methods

3

CNIT

29500

Object-Oriented Programming

Selective (3 credits)

Choose one course from any of the following disciplines, as approved by your advisor: CNIT, CIMT, C S, ECET, IET, MA, MET, or OLS.

Progression Requirements

Due to prerequisites CNIT courses must be taken in the appropriate sequence. A student must earn a “C minus” or higher in a prerequisite CNIT course to move on to the next CNIT course in the sequence. Also, a minimum grade point average of 2.00 calculated for all CNIT courses is required to receive a certificate in Computer & Information Technology. A student may only repeat a CNIT course a maximum of two times, including withdrawals. The Pass/No Pass option cannot be used with courses in this certificate program.