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Bachelor | Information Systems

Integrated Information Technology

Information Systems

Summary

As a student in the Bachelor of Science in Integrated Information Technology (iIT) program, you will perfect your information technology and communication skills, and you will also develop an understanding of business and technological issues. You will receive in-depth instruction in several core areas:

  • Design, development, and management of information systems
  • Network implementation, security and support
  • End-user support and training
  • Database systems and administration
  • Web site design and management
  • IT project management
  • Large-scale computing

During your freshman and sophomore years, 
you will take required university courses such as English, history, foreign language, fine arts, and
 social science, as well as core courses in your major. In your junior and senior years, you will
 complete your major courses, including networking, database management, visual programming and project management.

In addition to your core and advanced courses, you will receive a foundation in general education and management. You will round off your academic career with a senior capstone project class and a mandatory industry internship, solidifying your command of leadership roles in any business setting.

Undergraduate Program Coursework
  • 125 credit hours including:
    • 46 hours in the iIT major, including internship
    • 27 hours of foundational, management-focused courses
    • 31-43 hours of Carolina Core
  • One internship

For more details about the degree requirements and curriculum for the Integrated Information Technology, B.S., please visit the academic bulletin. 

Accredited by ABET

The Department of Integrated Information Technology (iIT) has been accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, the recognized accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. ABET accreditation demonstrates a program’s commitment to providing its students with a quality education.

One of the key elements of ABET accreditation is the requirement that programs continuously improve the quality of education provided. As part of this continuous improvement requirement, programs set specific, measurable goals for their students and graduates, assess their success at reaching those goals, and improve their programs based on the results of their assessment.

Program Educational Objectives

The mission of the Integrated Information Technology degree program is to:

  • provide quality academic programs that prepare students to become successful information technology professionals, future leaders, and innovators in industry, education, and society.
  • excel in research and innovation that contributes new knowledge and enables new technologies and systems.
  • build information technology partnerships that serve academia, government, industry and the broader society.

Three to five years after graduation, Integrated Information Technology graduates should:

  • advance in their careers through their knowledge of information technology, communication skills, and understanding of business and technological issues;
  • contribute to economic development and society through the effective use of technology to address problems in a broad range of settings;
  • continue their professional development through professional study and research;
  • advocate for the needs of users and organizations in developing technical solutions;
  • anticipate the changing direction of information technology and evaluate and communicate the likely utility of new technologies to an individual or organization;
  • manage the information resources of an individual or organization; and
  • explain and apply appropriate information technologies and employ appropriate methodologies to help an individual or organization achieve its goals and objectives.
Student Outcomes

At the time of graduation, Integrated Information Technology students should satisfy the following Student Outcomes.

Students will demonstrate the ability to:

  • apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline;
  • analyze a problem and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution;
  • design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs;
  • function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal;
  • understand professional, ethical, legal, security, and social issues and responsibilities;
  • communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society;
  • recognize the need for and be able to engage in continuing professional development;
  • use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice;
  • use and apply current technical concepts and practices in the core information technologies;
  • identify / analyze user needs and take them into account in the selection, creation, evaluation and administration of computer-based systems;
  • effectively integrate IT-based solutions into the user environment;
  • understand best practices and standards and their application; and
  • assist in the creation of an effective project plan.

Highlights

  • Internships and job placements with leading companies, like IBM and Boeing
  • Small program with more individualized attention
  • Professors with industry experience
  • Program is ABET accredited
  • Classes taught by professors

Majors

B.S. in Integrated Information Technology
Companies are constantly looking for technology-savvy college graduates who will help lead them into the next century. An iIT degree prepares graduates for a challenging career in the IT industry with great potential for advancement in virtually any industry, anywhere in the world.
M.S. in Health Information Technology
Comprised of 36 credit hours, the interdisciplinary MHIT program is designed specifically to produce highly qualified professionals and leaders with expertise in both information technology and health administration.
Schedule Part-time and full-time
Duration 4 Years
Presence of students On-campus
Enrollment capacity per term 75
Average number of applications per term 40
Total number of enrolled students 250
Tuition and fees per year 5379.00 USD
Scholarships available Yes

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Dr. Robert G. Brookshire is a Professor in the Integrated Information Technology Department at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. He teaches large scale business systems, database management, and web development. He holds an A.B. from the University of Georgia, an M.Ed. from Georgia State University, and a Ph.D. from Emory University. He has taught at New York University, North Texas State University, the University of Virginia, and James Madison University. He is the co-author of Using Microcomputers for Research (Sage Publications, 1985), and his articles have appeared in the Journal of Computer Information Systems, BYTE, Social Science Computer Review, Legislative Studies Quarterly, The European Journal of Operational Research, and other journals. He is past president of the Organizational Systems Research Association and editor of the Information Technology, Learning, and Performance Journal from 2001 to 2011.

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