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Integrated Information Technology Department

Columbia, SC, United States
Information Systems

Summary

Among America’s oldest and most comprehensive public universities, USC Columbia is the major research institution of the University of South Carolina system and its largest campus, enrolling approximately 21,000 undergraduate students and approximately 8,000 students in graduate and professional programs. At the heart of its mission lies the University’s responsibility to state and society to promote the dissemination of knowledge, cultural enrichment, and an enhanced quality of life.

The University serves a diverse population of students with widely varying backgrounds, career goals, and levels of aspiration. USC Columbia offers over 320 degrees at the bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and professional program levels, affording students the most comprehensive array of educational programs in the state. Additional opportunities for personal and career development, including an associate degree program at Fort Jackson, are provided to the citizens of South Carolina through outreach and continuing education activities.

Through the primary method of classroom and laboratory instruction, and through a secondary method of distance learning delivered via the Internet, teleconference, and electronic media, degree programs are offered in the following areas: arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing; hospitality, retail, and sport management; mass communications and information studies; music; public health; and social work; and in professional programs such as business, law, medicine, nursing, and pharmacy. The depth and breadth of its graduate programs in the arts and sciences, international business, public health, social work, and library and information science distinguishes USC Columbia from all other institutions of higher learning in South Carolina.

Recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as a top research and service institution, nationally ranked in start-up businesses, and conferring over 30% of all bachelor’s and graduate degrees awarded at public institutions in South Carolina, the University has a profound relevance, reach, and impact on the people of the state. As the flagship institution of the state system, USC Columbia leads the way in providing all students with the highest-quality education, including the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for success and responsible citizenship in a complex and changing world through engagement in nationally and internationally ranked research, scholarship, community outreach, and artistic creation.

Bachelor Programs

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.

Master Programs

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.

Professionals who understand the unique relationship between information technology, people, health, and the healthcare system are in short supply and high demand. The master's program in Health Information Technology seeks to satisfy this demand through a unique partnership between the university's Department of Integrated Information Technology (iIT) and the Arnold School of Public Health Department of Health Services Policy and Management.

The program blends a technical IT foundation with coursework covering current clinical trends, government regulations and healthcare-specific management practices.

Core Curriculum

The core curriculum consists of six courses (18 credit hours), with four courses in Integrated Information Technology and two courses from Health Services Policy and Management. Students will also complete four elective courses, including at least one from information technology and one from health administration. The final requirement is a health information technology practicum of six credit hours.

Required IT Practicum

The practicum is a supervised internship in health IT or for students already working full-time, a supervised project. The practicum provides experiential learning opportunities beyond the classroom.  The practicum consists of a minimum of 250 hours of approved health IT experience and culminates with a required project paper which enables a comprehensive assessment of program learning outcomes.

Admission Requirements and Process

All applications for the MHIT program must be submitted through The Graduate School. All applicants to the MHIT program should have a blend of experience and competitive academic record. An admissions scorecard will be used to evaluate applicants, weighing the applicant's undergraduate grade point average (GPA), GRE or GMAT test scores, reference letters, previous professional experience and career goal statement.

  1. A Bachelor's degree is required before enrollment, with an official transcript of undergraduate work. Pending completion of the degree, an official transcript of all coursework taken to date is required.
  2. A typical student has:
    • An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0
    • A minimum score of 300 on the new GRE exam (150 verbal/150 quantitative). The equivalent score on the old GRE exam would be a minimum of 450 verbal/550 quantitative.
    • A GMAT score of 500 or higher
  3. Official Graduate Record Examination scores (GRE) or General Management Admissions Test (GMAT) scores should be submitted to the Graduate Office.
  4. GRE or GMAT waiver may be available for applicants with:
    • Completion of a prior advanced degree (masters or higher) from a nationally accredited institution
 OR
    • A combination of an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.25/4.00 or higher for the final 60 credit hours of the degree and three years or more of significant industry experience
 OR
    • Be an admitted graduate student in another USC program and have completed at least 9 credits of graduate study with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
. A personal interview with the program director may also be required.
    • Applicants interested in pursuing a waiver should submit a GRE/GMAT Waiver Consideration Request form. Waivers are never guaranteed and must be approved by the MHIT admissions committee, whose decisions are final.

Courses

Integrated Information Technology

Master of Health Information Technology

Course

This course applies the principles of information systems analysis and dsign to health processes and applications. It looks at the analysis and logical design of business processes and management information systems focusing on the systems development life cycle; and techniques for logical system design.

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Course

Application of project management software, technologies and practices to the design and implementation of real-world health information technology projects. Integrates IT knowledge and skills learned in earlier graduate courses and challenges graduate students to learn new technologies and to solve real business problems.

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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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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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