University Catalog 2021-2022

Information Technology (CPST)

Information Technology (CPST)

CPST 1000  Intro To Office Applications  (3)  

This course introduces students to the microcomputer and some popular micro applications. Special attention is given to essential concepts, word processing, spreadsheets, and database management. The course also provides a preface to operating environments such as Windows. Includes hands-on laboratory sessions; currently, Microsoft Office tools are used for this course. Note: This course does not count toward the requirements for a major or minor in Information Technology but can be used to satisfy a science distribution requirement for the School of Professional Advancement.

CPST 1070  Math For Info Technology  (3)  

This course provides an introduction to discrete mathematical structures and themes with an emphasis on applications to computing and information technology. It develops analytical skills used to solve problems concerning the speed and logical structure of computer software, computer hardware, and computer networks. Note: This course does not count toward the requirements for a major or minor in Information Technology but can be used to satisfy one of the mathematics requirements for the School of Professional Advancement.

CPST 1200  Fund of Info Systems & Tech  (3)  

This survey course provides a broad foundation in the concepts of modern information systems, information processing, and information technologies. It provides an overview of the key technology components that make up modern information systems and the processes and issues involved in the development of information systems.

CPST 1400  Internet Collaboration  (3)  

This course acquaints the students with the Internet, its uses and history, and a wide variety of tools and applications for effectively accessing information. Students will have the opportunity to learn classic text-based Internet applications, as well as graphical and multimedia capabilities of the World Wide Web. Coverage of basic technologies (e.g., hardware, protocols, authoring software) is included. Note: This course does not count toward the requirements for a major or minor in Information Technology but can be used to satisfy a science distribution requirement for the School of Professional Advancement.

CPST 2200  Application Dev Fundamentals  (3)  

This course presents a structured approach to problem analysis, algorithm design and solution implementation in a high level computer language. Students will learn how to analyze problems and represent solutions in pseudo-code. Students will study the basic concepts of programming, internal representation of data, simple data types, searching and sorting techniques.  Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200.

CPST 2300  Database Fundamentals  (3)  

Introduction to database management systems with an emphasis on relational database concepts, database processing, data modeling, database design, development and implementation. Includes implementation of current DBMS tools and SQL.  Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200.

CPST 2400  Webpage Design & Develpm  (3)  

This course goes beyond mere use of the Internet into the tools and techniques needed to successfully publish digital media. Through lectures, class discussions, and hands-on lab work, you will become acquainted with the hardware, software (on workstations, on servers, and on the Internet), and tool management techniques needed to create and maintain web documents and sites. The course includes coverage of HTML and CSS. Prerequisite(s): CPST 2200.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 2200.

CPST 2500  IT Infrastructure Fundamentals  (3)  

This course covers the basic principles and applications of technology architecture including hardware, software, virtualization of servers, storage, and networking. Utility servers/appliances, server environments, and Cloud architecture will be presented in the course. Software to be studied includes Operating Systems, virtualization software, application software, and hardware appliance management software. Key concepts such as security, redundancy, reliability, maintainability, and availability will be discussed. Students will be provided with an overview of technology architectures, data systems, and the applications that manage system resources.

CPST 2600  Networking Fundamentals  (3)  

This course covers topics related to wired/wireless connectivity and data exchange between digital devices. In addition to learning common networking terminology, students will examine and perform hands-on exercises using existing and emerging networking standards and architectures. Also covered are network operating systems, topologies, structed cabling, communications protocols, LAN-to-LAN interconnectivity and WAN fundamentals. This course is intended to provide a solid foundation for further study of IT networking connectivity principles. Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200.

CPST 2700  Fund of Cybersecurity  (3)  

This course provides the student with an overview of the field of cybersecurity and assurance, and a foundation for understanding the key issues associated with protecting information assets, and designing a consistent, robust cybersecurity posture. Students will be exposed to the spectrum of cybersecurity activities, devices, methods, methodologies, and procedures. Coverage will include inspection and prevention, detection, and response to cybersecurity threats, and an overview of the cybersecurity planning and staffing functions. Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200.

CPST 2910  Documentation & Tech Writing  (3)  

This course provides a complete process for planning, creating, and editing technical content, for both internal and external audiences including assessing the needs of users, selecting appropriate formats, making effective use of media, and selecting the best content organization and delivery platform Students demonstrate proficiency in written content creation and presentation skills by producing different technical writing products, including formal research reports and workplace writing (e.g., technical reports, manuals, explanations of how to understand or use a product or service, proposals, etc.). Students will be exposed to software applications to architect, organize, and publish technical content and media. This course will also address the job duties of technical writers/editors. Topics include establishing positive working relationships with writers, management, and subject matter experts. Prerequisite(s): CPST 3050.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1010.

CPST 2940  Information Tech Trans Credit  (3)  

Course may be repeated up to unlimited credit hours.


Maximum Hours: 99

CPST 3050  Technology & Ethics  (3)  

This course examines the ethical and social aspects of information technology with emphasis on computing. Pertinent issues include acquisition, access, stewardship, liability, freedom, privacy, control and security. Note: This course can be used to satisfy a School of Professional Advancement? Humanities Distribution Requirement. Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1010.

CPST 3100  Ethics & Tech thru SciFi  (3)  

The primary goal of this course is to introduce the theories, concepts, and vocabulary of philosophical ethics and to apply these notions to contemporary moral issues of technology use including human enhancement, artificial environments, the treatment of non-human animals, personal identity, and artificial intelligence. The course investigates ethical topics through the prism of classic science fiction stories that raise ethical questions and engender discussion of modern philosophical views of human values, ideals, and morality as they relate to applied technology use. The course further provides a survey of current ethical dilemmas and problems that arise in technology use. Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200*. * May be taken concurrently.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1010.

CPST 3200  Automation & Bot Development  (3)  

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is a technology that is transforming the way modern businesses operate. The same way the advent of computers shifted people from using paper to using computers, the arrival of RPA is bringing another shift in the workplace, causing people to perform their jobs using information instead of computers. Over time, mundane and repetitive computer software tasks that humans perform will be replaced by software “bots”. As RPA shifts work from computers to information, one of the new jobs that will emerge across most industries will be that of a “bot developer”. Learning this technology positions students for job opportunities in this field. A bot developer must be able to design and create software robots by translating work people perform on computers into automated “scripts”, or sets of instructions, that are then programmed into robots. Prerequisite(s): CPST 2200*. * May be taken concurrently.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 2200.

CPST 3220  O-O Programming w/ Java  (3)  

This course presents the fundamentals of the JAVA programming language. Topics include JAVA syntax, data types, design of classes, class libraries, data structures, exception handling, threads, input and output, and applet programming. Prerequisite(s): CPST 2200.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 2200.

CPST 3230  Application Development In C++  (3)  

This course presents the fundamentals of the C++ programming language. It covers development of computer-based solutions in C++, using object-oriented and event-driven techniques, and accessing databases with open database connectivity. Prerequisite(s): CPST 2200 and 2300.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 2200 and 2300.

CPST 3240  Python Game Development  (3)  

This course provides introduction to both fundamental programming concepts and the Python programming language. Students will be exposed to hands-on exercises including creating a 2D game using Python and Pygame. Prerequisite(s): CPST 2200*. * May be taken concurrently.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 2200.

CPST 3250  User Interface/Experience Dsgn  (3)  

This course examines topics related to developing and evaluating user interfaces for interactive computer systems. Topics covered include usability goals and principles, user interface design principles, managing design processes, prototyping and construction, interface metaphors, interaction styles, interaction devices, software tools, user interface builders, evaluation paradigms and techniques, usability testing, user manuals, tutorials, computer-supported collaborative work.  Prerequisite(s): CPST 2200.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 2200.

CPST 3260  Virtualization and Cloud  (3)  

This course focuses on the skills and knowledge necessary for provisioning and managing virtualized services in cloud Infrastructure as a Services (IaaS) environments including: virtual networks, virtual machines, containers, web and mobile apps, and storage; planning and managing cloud resources, and configuring Azure AD integration with on-premises Active Directory domain. Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200.

CPST 3270  Cloud Foundations  (3)  

This course provides a detailed overview of cloud concepts, services, security, architecture, pricing, and support. Students will receive an overview of the fundamental concepts of cloud computing independent of specific technical roles. Students will be exposed to cloud infrastructure and will deploy basic cloud services. Prerequisite(s): CPST 4610.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 4610.

CPST 3280  Cloud Architecture  (3)  

This course covers the concepts of building IT infrastructure on a public cloud service provider’s infrastructure. The course is designed to teach students how to optimize the use of the cloud by understanding a variety of service solutions and how these services fit into cloud-based solutions. Because cloud-based architectural solutions, and related costs, can differ depending on environment, type of applications, and size of business, this course emphasizes best practices for cloud computing architecture, and it recommends various design patterns to help the student think through the process of architecting optimal IT solutions. Prerequisite(s): CPST 3270.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 3270.

CPST 3290  Linux Admin & Hybrid Cloud  (3)  

This course teaches students about the nature, benefits and drawbacks of using a Hybrid Cloud solution and how to install, administrate, and maintain a secure Linux server to manage hybrid cloud. The course will introduce students to Linux utilities while applying this knowledge towards more advanced hybrid cloud principles. Students will learn to implement a hybrid cloud computing environment using industry standard cloud service provider tools. Students will learn how to install, configure, use, and maintain a hybrid cloud environment. Students will be exposed to the myriad of decisions and actions required when implementing a hybrid cloud solution. This course covers core hybrid cloud services: identity, storage, image, networking, compute, memory, and management dashboards. Prerequisite(s): CPST 3260.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 3260.

CPST 3300  Mobile Application Development  (3)  

This course focus on developing hybrid mobile applications using the web technologies (HTML5, CSS and JavaScript). This course makes use of the Ionic framework that is built with mobile-optimized HTML5 and CSS based components and Angular (JavaScript framework). Students will learn about UI development with Ionic and then using Apache Cordova’s modules to access the native mobile platform’s capabilities from JavaScript. Students will finish an in-class project by following along with the Instructor step by step throughout a complete mobile app project in class, then build their individual mobile app (as homework) by finishing their individual project supervised under the instructor. At the end of this course students will be able to (1) Build mobile applications targeting multiple platforms with a single codebase, (2) Use various features of the Ionic framework to build hybrid mobile applications, (3) Leverage their HTML5, CSS, JavaScript and Angular skills. Prerequisite(s): CPST 2200*. * May be taken concurrently.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 2200.

CPST 3310  Rel DB Design & Develpmt  (3)  

This course covers design and development concepts for relational database systems. The students will work on the design and development of a database application by analyzing organizational data needs, model and present those needs using diagrams and specifications, exploring different database designs, and implementing the design in a working system. Topics include normalization, entity-relationship modeling, database application design, data base processing using internet technology, managing multi-user data bases, accessing the database server, and sharing enterprise data. Prerequisite(s): CPST 2300.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 2300.

CPST 3400  Website Developmt w/ XML/XHTML  (3)  

This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to programming using XML. Students taking this course should have a working knowledge of HTML and FTP as gained by completing the course Webpage Design and Development course. Students should have a basic understanding of programming concepts and a relational database including relationships of primary and secondary tables via keys and foreign keys. Some sample learning activities are: author XML documents using a given Document Type Definition (DTD); create a DTD; create a CSS and/or XSLT style sheet; create an XML-based information system that brings together the skills learned throughout the course.  Prerequisite(s): CPST 2400*. * May be taken concurrently.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 2400.

CPST 3410  Website Dev w/ Javascipt  (3)  

This course provides the opportunity to obtain a solid understanding of some of the tools and techniques, beyond basic HTML, used to publish on the Internet via the World Wide Web. Through online 'lectures' and posted materials, electronic discussions, and hands-on 'lab' work you will become acquainted with the computer hardware, software (both used on your machine and the Net), and programming techniques needed to design, create and maintain fully interactive Web documents and sites. This course will focus primarily on JavaScript programming and some additional advanced techniques and concepts. Prerequisite(s): CPST 2400*. * May be taken concurrently.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 2400.

CPST 3500  IT Project Management  (3)  

This course provides an introduction to the principles and application of project management techniques with an emphasis on the design and management of Information Systems. Topics include project planning, work team design, project estimation techniques, project reporting, identifying and controlling project risks, budgets, and quality assurance. Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200.

CPST 3550  Systems Analysis & Design  (3)  

Examines the concepts, tools, and techniques used to develop and support computer-based information systems. Systems planning, analysis, design, and implementation are covered. Techniques for studying, documenting, specifying, designing, implementing and testing small and/or enterprise-wide business systems. Analysis and design includes structured and object-oriented methods, using CASE tools. Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200.

CPST 3610  Internet Server Admin with IIS  (3)  

This course will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of all facets of Microsoft Windows server based Web service installation, configuration, administration, and maintenance. The course will focus on hardware, software, Internet protocols, and advanced Web server hosting and services. It provides students with the understandings and skills needed to effectively plan, implement, and deploy valuable World Wide Web services in a professional or personal capacity. Prerequisite(s): CPST 2600 and 2400.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 2600 and 2400.

CPST 3650  Linux Administration & Security  (3)  

This course will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of all facets of Linux/Unix server based Web service installation, configuration, administration, and maintenance. The course will focus on hardware, software, Internet protocols, and advanced Web server hosting and services. It provides students with the understandings and skills needed to effectively plan, implement, and deploy valuable World Wide Web services in a professional or personal capacity.  Prerequisite(s): CPST 2500.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 2500.

CPST 3930  Cyber Threats & Cybersecurity  (3)  

Cyberspace has become a pervasive presence in modern society, and a healthy functioning cyberspace is essential to our economy and to national security. Along with benefits, however, there exist threats and malicious actors who seek to exploit cyberspace vulnerabilities. This course will study the nature of cyber threats, including computer and digital crimes, information warfare and cyber terrorism, and related threats to personal, organizational, economic and national security. Students will gain an understanding of the variety and nature of cyber threats including digital espionage, computer break-ins, computer hacking, viruses, communications eavesdropping, forgery, disruption to information flow, electronic bombs and the growing presence of terrorist organizations on the Internet, and how the Internet is used to further terrorist activities. The course will also cover countermeasures to cyber threats; cybersecurity investigations, evidence gathering, and legal challenges; and current and national policies for securing cyberspace and the impact of cybersecurity on privacy and civil liberties.  Prerequisite(s): CPST 2700.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 2700.

CPST 4000  Independent Studies  (1-4)  

CPST 4100  Special Topics  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): CPST 2300.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 2300.

CPST 4101  SCRUM Development Method  (3)  

CPST 4200  PHP & Data Structures  (3)  

This course is for anyone who wants to learn how to build and maintain websites that use PHP with Data Structures. The prerequisites for this course is that you have basic HTML and CSS skills. This course gets you started with PHP and Data Structures as quickly as possible and then builds out your skills in a professional way. This course presents an array of PHP and Data Structure skills in a manageable progression designed to allow you to develop websites. Ever since it was created in 1995, PHP has been a favorite of developers for server-side web programming. In some surveys, it stands as today’s most popular web programming language. By most counts, over a million websites have been written in PHP, including portions of today’s largest, most recognizable sites, and often in tandem with databases. Prerequisite(s): CPST 2200* and 2300. * May be taken concurrently.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 2200 and 2300.

CPST 4320  Business Intelligence  (3)  

This course introduces students to structures and techniques used to transform data into information for decision-making. Business intelligence is an increasingly important part of both small and large organizations, as well as government. Business intelligence can be used across a wide spectrum of enterprises, such as health care, exploration, security, identifying markets, predicting behavior and forecasting demand. The materials in this course are designed to give the student important new tools to assist in business decision making, whether this involves identifying new markets, extracting data to better understand current markets and forecasting demand using simple statistical methodologies. Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200.

CPST 4340  Database Administration- SQL  (3)  

A technical overview for SQL Server administration. SQL Server offers a platform for enterprise data management, robust development, and implementation of modern databases. Students will be exposed to how to install, administer, maintain and troubleshoot Microsoft SQL Server Databases. This course also provides students with the technical skills required to write basic Transact-SQL queries for Microsoft SQL Server. Server Students will work in a lab environment to install SQL Server 2016 and will then work through a series of various activities to learn the crucial tasks of an SQL Server administrator. Prerequisite(s): CPST 2300.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 2300.

CPST 4350  Database Administration-Oracle  (3)  

This course provides the student with a fundamental understanding of the tasks and issues associated with database administration. Topics and activities include: installation and management of a database system; ensuring data integrity; managing users, privileges, and resources, implementing of basic backup and recovery procedures and identifying tuning opportunities. Students will work in a lab environment to install a database management system, and will then work their way through a series of crucial system-side activities to learn the various tasks of a database administrator. Prerequisite(s): CPST 2300.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 2300.

CPST 4500  System Reqs Devel & Testing  (3)  

This course provides a study of concepts and techniques for planning and developing high quality information systems. Fundamentals of specification (including formal models and representations, documents, and standards) are examined. Methods of specifying and developing requirement for generating information systems are discussed. It covers the tools, methods, and current practices for assessing the quality and correctness of information systems. Topics include the roles of testing and formal verification, fundamentals and formal models of program verification, planning and documentation for quality assurance, methods of performing technical reviews, strategies of system testing and integration planning, and principles and practices used in conducting tests. Projects using these techniques are included.  Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200*. * May be taken concurrently.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200.

CPST 4550  Product Development Lifecycle Capstone  (3)  

Required Capstone course for all App Dev (ITIA) and Product and Program (ITPS) students – all Major/concentration required courses must be completed prior to taking this course. The purpose of this course is to provide a summative crowning achievement towards the undergraduate concentration. This workshop style course involves major semester-long deliverables; the capstone project. The capstone project allows students to apply theoretical and practical knowledge acquired during the Info Tech program. The capstone project will require a student to leverage their previous body of work to successfully complete. The capstone portfolio should demonstrate student mastery for each of the Program Learning Outcomes. Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200, 2200, 2300, 2500, 2600, 2700, 3050, 3250, 3500 and 3550.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200, 2200, 2300, 2500, 2600, 2700, 3050, 3250 and 3550.

CPST 4610  Windows Server Administration  (3)  

This course is designed to prepare the student for the challenges faced by network administrators, helpdesk technicians, and network analysts. Individuals working in these areas have the responsibility for installing and maintaining local area networks based on Microsoft Windows and other network operating systems. This course provides hands-on experience planning, deploying, and administering a network using Microsoft Windows Server based systems. Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200 and 2500.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200 and 2500.

CPST 4640  TCP/IP Protocol  (3)  

This course will focus primarily on the TCP/IP protocol suite and a set of related network services. It is designed to help students understand networks that use TCP/IP, the suite of protocols that is used today for the Internet and most modern networks.  Prerequisite(s): CPST 2600.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 2600.

CPST 4650  Unix System Administration  (3)  

The Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) is the foundation on which some of the world's leading companies are built. Offering high levels of reliability, availability, security, and scalability, Solaris systems meet today's demands while anticipating tomorrow's innovation. The objective of this course is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the administrative aspects of the Solaris operating system. At the end of the course students will have the skills required to administer a Solaris system, including user management, disk management, backing up procedures, startup and shutdown procedures, and process management. The course provides students with the opportunity to integrate and apply administration in a comprehensive manner indicative of Information Technology programs of study.  Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200 and 2500.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200 and 2500.

CPST 4670  Identity & Access Management  (3)  

This course is designed to familiarize students with the skills needed to administer a Microsoft network in the enterprise. The course provides an in-depth look at the features of Active Directory, including Group Policy, scripting, replication, and disaster recovery, plus the use of Exchange Server in the enterprise for reliable messaging services.  Prerequisite(s): CPST 4610.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 4610.

CPST 4710  Network Infrastructure Capstone  (3)  

Required Capstone course for all Cloud & Virtualization (ITCL) and Cybersecurity (ITCS) students – all Major/concentration required courses must be completed prior to taking this course. The purpose of this course is to provide a summative crowning achievement towards the undergraduate concentration. This workshop style course involves major semester-long deliverables; the capstone project. The capstone project allows students to apply theoretical and practical knowledge acquired during the Info Tech program. The capstone project will require a student to leverage their previous body of work to successfully complete. The capstone portfolio should demonstrate student mastery for each of the Program Learning Outcomes. Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200, 2200, 2300, 2500, 2600, 2700, 4610, and 4930.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200, 2200, 2300, 2500, 2600, 2700, 3050 and 4610.

CPST 4750  IP Routing & Switching  (3)  

The TCP/IP suite of protocols is the de facto standard for multi-vendor connectivity within corporations and serves as the basis for Internet connectivity. This course focuses on Internet communications architecture and the internetworking between autonomous systems that is facilitated by IP routing. Layer 2 and Layer 3 (IP Switching) architectures will also be examined in relation to interLAN and VLAN routing.  Prerequisite(s): CPST 2600.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 2600.

CPST 4770  Advanced IP Networking  (3)  

A comprehensive overview of networking topics, at an advanced level. Students will focus on core concepts that will allow the experienced network individual to understand the “why” behind the protocols they work with every day and see the big picture of networking. This course explores advanced switching concepts such as Spanning Tree and link aggregation. Dynamic Routing Protocols are covered in detail. Students will be exposed to advanced hands-on routing and real-world switching exercises. Prerequisite(s): CPST 4750.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 4750.

CPST 4800  Virtualization Administration  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): CPST 4610.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 4610.

CPST 4810  Windows Security  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): CPST 4610.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 4610.

CPST 4850  Penetration Testing  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): CPST 2600 and 2700.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 2600 and 2700.

CPST 4870  Forensics, Investigate & Resp  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): CPST 2700 and 3600.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 2700 and 3600.

CPST 4910  Special Topics  (3)  

This course is a special offering in the Information Technology program. Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200.

CPST 4911  Special Topics  (3)  

This course is a special offering in the Information Technology program. Course may be repeated up to unlimited credit hours. Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200.


Maximum Hours: 99

CPST 4912  Special Topics  (3)  

This course is a special offering in the Information Technology program. Course may be repeated up to unlimited credit hours. Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200.


Maximum Hours: 99

CPST 4913  Special Topics  (3)  

This course is a special offering in the Information Technology program. Course may be repeated up to unlimited credit hours. Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200.


Maximum Hours: 99

CPST 4914  Special Topics  (3)  

This course is a special offering in the Information Technology program. Course may be repeated up to unlimited credit hours. Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200.


Maximum Hours: 99

CPST 4915  Special Topics  (3)  

This course is a special offering in the Information Technology program. Course may be repeated up to unlimited credit hours. Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200.


Maximum Hours: 99

CPST 4916  Special Topics  (3)  

This course is a special offering in the Information Technology program. Course may be repeated up to unlimited credit hours. Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200.


Maximum Hours: 99

CPST 4917  Special Topics  (3)  

This course is a special offering in the Information Technology program. Course may be repeated up to unlimited credit hours. Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200.


Maximum Hours: 99

CPST 4918  Special Topics  (3)  

This course is a special offering in the Information Technology program. Course may be repeated up to unlimited credit hours. Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200.


Maximum Hours: 99

CPST 4919  Special Topics  (3)  

This course is a special offering in the Information Technology program. Course may be repeated up to unlimited credit hours. Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200.


Maximum Hours: 99

CPST 4920  Special Topics  (3)  

This course is a special offering in the Information Technology program. Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 1200.

CPST 4930  Network Security  (3)  

This course is designed to provide fundamental skills needed to analyze the internal and external security threats against a network, and to develop security policies that will protect an organization?s information. Students will learn how to evaluate network and Internet security issues and design, and how to implement successful security policies and firewall strategies. In addition, they will learn how to expose system and network vulnerabilities and defend against them. Prerequisite(s): CPST 2600 and 2700.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 2600 and 2700.

CPST 4950  Website Security  (3)  

This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to Website security and privacy issues. Students will understand how to identify security/privacy issues, recognize security issues involving JAVA, the Internet and email. Students will also explore techniques and best practices for limiting risk. Prerequisite(s): CPST 2200, 2500 and 2700.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 2200, 2500 and 2700.

CPST 6010  Information Technology Fundamentals  (3)  

This course provides an overview of the concepts of modern information systems, information processing, data storage, critical infrastructure and information security and how these systems and aspects inter-relate. The course includes the key technologies and components that make up modern information systems as well as professional and ethical considerations when managing an Information Technology environment.

CPST 6050  Application Development Foundations  (3)  

This course provides an overview of application development principles. Core concepts include code constructs, problem analysis, algorithm design and solution implementation in a computer development language. Students will learn how to analyze business problems and create solutions through the development of technology applications. Students will study the basic concepts of development, internal representation of data, simple data types, searching and sorting techniques. Topics include software development methodology, data types, control structures, functions, arrays, and the mechanics of running, testing, and debugging.

CPST 6100  Networks & Systems  (3)  

This course covers topics related to computer network connectivity and data exchange between digital devices. Students will examine common networking terminology, and perform hands-on exercises using existing and emerging networking standards, protocols and architectures. Also covered are network operating systems, topologies, structured cabling, communications protocols, virtualization of servers, storage and enterprise technology infrastructure, including cloud. This course is intended to provide a solid foundation for further study of IT networking connectivity, IT infrastructure, and cloud computing principles.

CPST 6110  Special Topics  (3)  

This course is a special offering in the Information Technology program.

CPST 6111  Special Topics  (3)  

This course is a special offering in the Information Technology program. Course may be repeated unlimited times for credit.

Course Limit: 99

CPST 6112  Special Topics  (3)  

This course is a special offering in the Information Technology program.

CPST 6113  Special Topics  (3)  

This course is a special offering in the Information Technology program.

CPST 6114  Special Topics  (3)  

This course is a special offering in the Information Technology program.

CPST 6115  Special Topics  (3)  

This course is a special offering in the Information Technology program.

CPST 6116  Special Topics  (3)  

This course is a special offering in the Information Technology program.

CPST 6117  Special Topics  (3)  

This course is a special offering in the Information Technology program.

CPST 6118  Special Topics  (3)  

This course is a special offering in the Information Technology program.

CPST 6119  Special Topics  (3)  

This course is a special offering in the Information Technology program.

CPST 6120  Special Topics  (3)  

This course is a special offering in the Information Technology program.

CPST 6150  Database, Data Analysis, Data Structures  (3)  

This course provides an introduction to common database management systems with an emphasis on relational database concepts, database processing, data modeling, database design, development and implementation. Students will be exposed to relational database concepts, database design and modeling, database query using SQL, DDL and DML. This course provides a solid foundation to database administration, data warehouses and cloud services, including Data as a Service (DaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS).

CPST 6200  Cybersecurity/InfoSec  (3)  

This survey course provides the student with an overview of cybersecurity and a foundation for understanding the key issues associated with protecting digital and information assets. Students will be exposed to techniques needed to design a consistent, robust architecture that improves an organization's cybersecurity posture. Students will be exposed to the spectrum of cybersecurity activities, devices, methods, methodologies, tools and procedures. Coverage will include auditing, inspection, prevention, detection, and response to cybersecurity threats, an overview of cybersecurity governance, and common cybersecurity roles.

CPST 6250  Enterprise Information Technology  (3)  

This course covers the basic principles and applications of information technology infrastructure that is used in large enterprises. Utility servers/appliances, server environments, enterprise applications, and cloud architecture will be presented in the course. Key concepts such as security, redundancy, reliability, maintainability, disaster recovery, and availability will be discussed. Students will be provided with an overview of technology architectures, data systems, and the applications that manage enterprise IT system resources.

CPST 6320  Business Intelligence  (3)  

This course is designed as an upper level undergraduate and graduate level course.This course introduces students to structures and techniques used to transform data into information for decision-making. Business intelligence is an increasingly important part of both small and large organizations, as well as government. Business intelligence can be used across a wide spectrum of enterprises, such as health care, exploration, security, identifying markets, predicting behavior and forecasting demand. The materials in this course are designed to give the student important new tools to assist in business decision making, whether this involves identifying new markets, extracting data to better understand current markets and forecasting demand using simple statistical methodologies.

CPST 6500  Systems Req Dev and Test  (3)  

This course provides a study of concepts and techniques for planning and developing high quality requirements management processes and hardware/software testing processes. Fundamentals of requirements analysis are examined, highlighting the importance and value of good requirements. Methods of planning and implementing a practical requirements gathering approach for information systems are discussed. Testing roles, techniques, and processes will be covered and it will be shown where and how the software testing process fits into the overall development methodology. Formal models of program verification, planning and documentation for quality assurance and methods of performing technical reviews will also be detailed. Strategies of system testing and integration planning including principles and practices used in conducting tests will be covered.Subject matter experts will be brought in to share with the class project examples and how they use these requirements management and test techniques in these projects.

CPST 6501  IT Project Management  (3)  

This course provides an exploration into the tools and techniques of project management as they relate to information technology (IT) projects and software development. The course concepts adhere to the Project Management Body of Knowledge® (PMBOK®) description of best practices, and it covers the project management life cycle with its processes of initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling the project. Emphasis is placed on areas of project planning and project management that are unique to software development projects and other IT projects.

CPST 7000  IT Governance and Policy  (3)  

The managing of information has become critical to the success of a business or enterprise and the governance of the Information technology (IT) resource has become an integral part of most organizations and is fundamental to support, operate, sustain, innovate and grow a business. IT Governance focuses on delivering value to the business by the proper management of the IT resource. It is an integrated approach consisting of the leadership, organizational structures and processes that ensures the effective alignment of IT with the organizations strategies and objectives. This course presents an inter-disciplinary approach to IT Governance. In the course students will learn about specific objectives of IT Governance, along with standards, frameworks, tools and techniques used in the planning, deploying, managing, monitoring, measuring and sustaining a successful IT governance plan. The course leverages and integrates current and emerging industry best practices, standards, guidelines and governance case studies.

CPST 7100  Managing the IT Department  (3)  

This course is designed for graduate students who are, or aspire to be, either business managers or Information Systems (IS) managers, as well as those who are, or aspire to be, primarily technology specialists who will work in and for different types of businesses—including consultant firms and other firms competing in an information technology (IT) services industry. This course presents the tools necessary to best exploit information technology. By using case studies and the coverage of the key technology issues it will provide a perspective on how to evaluate the IS organization, and how to be a partner in managing data, information, and systems. It will prepare the student to be effective exploiters of computing technologies now and in the future by focusing on the information technology resources that organizations need and providing alternative approaches to managing them. Students will study the opportunities and pitfalls provided by these technologies and what they need to know to manage and make effective use of these technologies. Prerequisite(s): CPST 7000, 7150, 7200, 7600, 7800 and 7900.

Prerequisite(s): CPST 7000, 7150, 7200, 7600, 7800 and 7900.

CPST 7150  The Business of IT  (3)  

The goal of this course is to provide MPS candidates with experience in handling business processes that are necessary to successfully manage the business aspects of Information Technology. It covers business concepts and processes that are germane to the management and use of Information Technology including Accounting and Finance, Human Capital and Payroll, Budget, Contract Management, Proposals/Requests for Proposals, Statements of Work, and Service Level Agreements. Additionally, methods and approaches for performing cost-benefit analysis, procurement, making business cases for technology/cybersecurity, IT budgeting, and working with contractors and consultants will be reviewed.

CPST 7200  Enterprise Application Arch  (3)  

The goal of this course is to prepare CIOs, CTOs, and senior managers with progressive approaches for state-of-the-art Information Technology (IT) infrastructures. IT systems exist in an abstraction of an Operating Environment with identifiable system capabilities –physical properties, characteristics, strategies, tactics, and security. This course explores the analysis, design, implementation, evaluation, and management of enterprise IT solutions including interaction with other enterprise applications. Topics include planning/modeling, Conceptual/Logical/Physical design, and management considerations. This course also examines modern trends and approaches in enterprise application architecture design.

CPST 7250  SW Development Methods  (3)  

A Software Development Methodology is a framework that is used to structure, plan, and control the process of developing an information system - this includes the pre-definition of specific deliverables and artifacts that are created and completed by a project team to develop or maintain an application. A wide variety of such frameworks have evolved over the years, each with its own recognized strengths and weaknesses. This course explores the many methodologies available for developing software. The business culture and requirements are presented as the center for evaluation of the most effective mix of methodologies for a specific development project. Students will study the software lifecycle from the identification of a need to the retirement of the software product that satisfies that need. They will learn about the strength and weakness of the various development methodologies and the appropriate situations in which to use them.

CPST 7310  Special Topics  (3)  

This course is a special offering in the Information Technology program.

CPST 7311  Special Topics  (3)  

This course is a special offering in the Information Technology program.

CPST 7312  Special Topics  (3)  

This course is a special offering in the Information Technology program.

CPST 7313  Special Topics  (3)  

This course is a special offering in the Information Technology program.

CPST 7314  Special Topics  (3)  

This course is a special offering in the Information Technology program.

CPST 7315  Special Topics  (3)  

This course is a special offering in the Information Technology program.

CPST 7316  Special Topics  (3)  

This course is a special offering in the Information Technology program.

CPST 7317  Special Topics  (3)  

This course is a special offering in the Information Technology program.

CPST 7318  Special Topics  (3)  

This course is a special offering in the Information Technology program.

CPST 7319  Special Topics  (3)  

This course is a special offering in the Information Technology program.

CPST 7320  Special Topics  (3)  

This course is a special offering in the Information Technology program.

CPST 7600  Enterprise Infrastructure Arch  (3)  

Enterprise Hardware Architecture (EHA) maximizes business functionality, minimizes risk, simplifies operations, and complies with regulatory requirements. This course will provide students with the knowledge to build an open/standards-based Enterprise Hardware Architecture that utilizes virtualization of servers, storage area networks (SAN), and network capabilities. Utility servers/appliances, Multi-tier server environments, and Cloud architecture will be researched and presented in the course. Key performance parameters, such as security, redundancy, reliability, maintainability, and availability, will be major considerations in the designs. A decision based approach and iterative improvement processes based on service fulfillment and technology trends will be utilized by students to design individual class projects.

CPST 7800  Cyber Law and Policy  (3)  

This course is designed to analyze legal issues related to the management of information in contexts in which information professionals are likely to be involved. In an age defined by information, knowledge of the legal issues that establish how information is required to be protected, maintained, collected, stored, and accessed is extremely important. Information Security policies must be evaluated in light of current laws and regulations This course will provide an overview of some of the most important legal issues in managing information so that students will be able to apply the information to particular professional situations that they may encounter. Topics will include such issues as US and international jurisdiction, computer security, intellectual property, electronic commerce, information privacy, freedom of expression, and cyber-crime. Included are analyses of significant legal case studies plus review of applicable federal and state legislation as applied to compliance of standards such as those found in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), Sarbanes Oxley, the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Minimum Security Requirements for Federal Information and Information Systems (FIPS 200).

CPST 7850  Leading Transformational Change in IT  (3)  

Technology can serve as a catalyst for change in an organization. In today’s work environments, almost every organizational change is accompanied by a change in the of the organization. In this course, students will learn the difference between leadership and management generally and also specifically within IT. They will learn how IT can affect positive change and, most importantly, how to minimize the chance of project failures. The course begins with the journey of technology and the speed of change in this industry. With the context set, students then learn about the organizational (individual and macro) and commercial implications of change. The course will also cover topics from major milestones in IT, organizational behavior at the individual and organizational level, and change management to include budgeting for change, vendor management, vision setting, and execution.

CPST 7875  Independent Study  (1-3)  

CPST 7900  Sec & Cyber Threats - IT Mgrs  (3)  

This course provides an overview of the need for, and the technology, algorithms, and standards used in providing computer and communications security. It is concerned with the fundamentals of computer security. Topics in this class can be divided into three main parts: cryptography (with a focus on single-key and public key); computer system security (database and operating systems issues including authentication, access control, malicious software, and network security (including intrusion prevention/firewalls, intrusion detection, Denial of Service attacks, etc.); and the develop of secure programs and applications.