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Data Communication Systems Technology
Bachelor of Applied Science

This program can help graduates prepare to design, deploy and manage data communication systems and infrastructures. Courses are designed to address challenges in understanding and applying various solutions to help user organizations achieve their business goals with effective use of data communication technologies of choice. The technical content focuses on theories and applications of various popular data communication technologies and platforms. The curriculum builds upon topics of networking and internetworking standards and protocols, routing, switching, capacity planning, traffic engineering, web technologies, network service integration and various configurations that enable desired functions in given systems. The coursework offers a foundation in communication theories through the study of subjects such as data and networking communications, technical mathematics, theories and analyses in areas of integrated network systems and services, database functions and administration, and lifelong learning subjects.

Career Opportunities
Graduates of this program may pursue career opportunities involving the design, deployment, implementation and administration of networking and data communication systems and infrastructures, in a variety of entry-level positions with various titles, such as system administrator, network administrator, system engineer, network engineer, system analyst, network analyst, system specialist and network specialist.

Admission Requirements
Refer to the Admission section of this catalog for information relating to Admission Requirements and Procedures for this program.

School Equipment
Students will have exposure to some hands-on applications with typical data communication systems equipment, such as client computers, servers, hubs, routers, switches, software for such systems, selected wiring components and testing tools. Software-based simulation tools may be used in place of more sophisticated hardware tools and equipment. Refer to Student Equipment in the Online Course Information section of this catalog for information relating to the student equipment requirements for the distance education courses that are taught online over the Internet.

Class Size
Classes generally range in size from 15 to 28 students. Depending on the course subject matter, certain classes may contain a greater or lesser number of students.

Program Outline

To view a list of the course descriptions, please click here.

Course Credit
  General Education Courses  
Unspecified General Education courses ++ 24
EG360 Introductory Calculus+ 4
EG371 Research Methods+ 4
EG372 Written Analysis+ 4
EG381 Statistics+ 4
EG452 Economics and Change+ 4
EG462 Contemporary World Culture+ 4
EG468 Ethics+ 4
EG481 Environmental Issues+ 4
Subtotal 56
  Core Courses  
Unspecified Core courses ** 40
IT344 Data and Network Communications 4
IT350 Modern Wireless Communications 4
IT360 Networking Security I 4
IT361 Networking Security II 4
IT362 Networking Security III 4
IT370 Advanced Routing and Switching I 4
IT371 Advanced Routing and Switching II 4
IT390 Business Database Administration 4
IT400 Systems Analysis 4
IT410 Web Technology 4
IT412 Voice and Data Integration 4
IT490 Capstone Project 4
TM380 Advanced Topics in Technical Mathematics 4
Subtotal 92
  Elective Courses  
Unspecified Elective courses 32
  Minimum required credit hours for the Baccalaureate Degree (Grand total) 180
* Examples of the subject matter included in Unspecified Core courses are as follows: Operating Systems; PC Technology; Network Technology; Electronic Devices; Database Applications; Communications Systems; Drafting/CAD; Needs Assessment Computer Accounting and Spreadsheets; Word Processing; Customer Service; Project Administration; Human Resource; Project Planning.
**General education courses include courses in the humanities, composition, mathematics, the sciences and the social sciences. The Unspecified General Education courses must include at least one course in each of the following categories: the humanities, composition, mathematics and the social sciences.

NOTE: The course descriptions for the courses in this program are in the Course Descriptions section of the catalog. The school may, at any time in its discretion, vary the sequence of courses in this program, revise the curriculum content of the program or any course in the program and change the number of credit hours in the program or in any program course.

P This course is eligible for The President's Scholarship. Refer to the Institutional Scholarships section of the catalog for further information.

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