Information Technology Associate's Degree

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Information Technology Associate's Degree Course List

Major and Core Courses

  • Operating Systems
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Networking Security
  • Hardware and Software I
  • Hardware and Software II
  • Administering Windows Server
  • Information Technology Capstone
  • Introduction to Networks
  • Computer Technical Support
  • Excel
  • Introduction to Business
  • Project Management and Team Leadership
  • Principles of Management

In the course, students learn how operating systems such as Windows, Linux, and the Mac OS X are a fundamental component of all computing systems. This course explores how operating systems are responsible for managing the running processes as well as the sharing of system resources such as the printers and storage over network infrastructures. The course provides an in-depth exploration of the design and implementation of modern operating systems. Topics include the evolution of operating systems, scheduling, paging, input/output devices, virtual memory, files, synchronization, and security.

Prerequisites:Hardware and Software II

Course ID: CDA 1330C
Credits: 4

This course covers analysis and design of information systems including networks, server environments, and business solutions. Students will be exposed to different projects that have complex systems and be asked to create analysis and design documents and diagrams. Improving the efficiency of systems will be a primary goal of this course.

Prerequisites:Introduction to Networks

Course ID: CDA 2725C
Credits: 3

This course introduces students to general security concepts including authentication methods, cryptography basics, and common network attacks and how to safeguard against them. Students will learn to create secure communications for remote access, e-mail, the Web, directory and file transfer, and wireless data. They will understand the concepts of physical security and disaster recovery. This course uses a combination of lectures, demonstrations, discussions, online assignments, and hands-on labs to reinforce the course materials.

Prerequisites:Introduction to Networks

Course ID: CET 2660C
Credits: 3

This course will introduce students to the installation, configuration, maintenance, and troubleshooting of end-user personal computer hardware (including laptops and mobile devices) and the software used to support the hardware. Additional topics covered include the relationship between computer hardware and software, computer networks and peripherals, virus protection, and maintenance planning. Finally, the student will learn about and conduct the responsibilities of a professional PC technician. To reinforce the materials in this course, the instructor will assign direct hands-on projects to be performed in a physical or remote lab setting. This course helps prepare students to take the first part of the A+ certification exam.


Course ID: CIS 1538C
Credits: 4

This course is a continuation of Hardware and Software I, which prepared students for the first part of the CompTIA A+ exam. This course will prepare students for the second part of the CompTIA A+ exam, focusing on operating systems, file management, security, and troubleshooting. Using the Windows operating system, students will learn how to set up printers, file sharing, and troubleshoot problems related to the same. Operating system security and methods to prevent intrusion will be discussed. Concepts of virtualization, and other common operating systems will be introduced.

Prerequisites:Hardware and Software I

Course ID: CIS 1648C
Credits: 4

This course provides introductory coverage to implement, administer, and troubleshoot information systems that incorporate servers in a networked computing environment. In addition this course will emphasize the use of proper server roles based on business requirements. This course uses a combination of lectures, demonstrations, discussions, online assignments, and hands-on labs to reinforce course materials.

Prerequisites: Hardware and Software II

Course ID: CIS 1710C
Credits: 4

The student gets to showcase the culmination of their skills in this capstone course. All areas of their learnings will be tested and applied through a project that is modeled on a real-world scenario. Management skills, project management, resource allocation, policies and procedures are but a few of the skills that will be applied by the student to successfully complete this course. The intent of this course is to develop a portfolio-worthy project designed to demonstrate the knowledge of the student to improve their career standing within their current position or with a potential employer.

Prerequisites:Expected to be the final lower-level core course completed

Course ID: CIS 2911
Credits: 2

This course introduces the foundation to understanding computer networks, including structure and function, components, and models of Local Area Networks (LAN), Wide Area Networks (WAN), and the Internet. Students will learn the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts like IP addressing, protocols, hardware, and network topologies. Students will learn basic configuration of network devices and apply basic troubleshooting techniques. A variety of hands-on activities and simulations will be used.

Prerequisites:Hardware and Software II

Course ID: CNT 1244C
Credits: 3

This course will familiarize the student with computer technical support operations that services an organization. Topics will include service level agreements, the help desk and field support process and the procedures and mechanics of issue capture, resolution and metrics tracking. The student will have been exposed to many support models that the organization may employ for competitive advantage. Additionally, the student will be grounded in fundamental terminology, policies and procedures of the support organization.


Course ID: CTS 1884C
Credits: 3

This course is designed to investigate the advanced applications and concepts available in Microsoft Office Excel. Students will be introduced to electronic spreadsheet features ranging from the data input and manipulation to charting and PivotTables. This course is designed to help prepare students for the Excel portion of the Microsoft Office Specialist certification exam.


Course ID: CTS 2511
Credits: 3

This course is a study of the characteristics and functions of business in a free enterprise environment and how business impacts the economy in which we live. Characteristics studied may include opportunities, organizations, management, marketing, analysis and any other activities related to general ownership and operation.


Course ID: GEB 1011
Credits: 4

In this course, students will discover many of the theories and methodologies of effective leadership and project management. The topics of managing diverse teams, multi-tasking, planning for contingencies as well as fundamentals in project management best practices will be covered. The student will come away with an understanding of leadership and project management practices that can be put to use in the workplace.


Course ID: ISM 2541C
Credits: 3

Students enrolled in this course will develop managerial skills and insights by studying management practices. In addition, they will develop an understanding of the manager/ employee relationship and the legal and ethical issues that impact these relationships.


Course ID: MAN 2021
Credits: 4

General Education Courses

English Composition (Required Course)

  • English Composition

The course objective is to learn the core skills of English composition and how to apply those skills to become effective writer and engaged reader; gain proficiency with all of the steps in the writing process while creating original compositions in the narrative, the informative, and the argumentative modes; and learn how to read in an active, inquisitive manner and analyze the rhetorical situation of a text or the student’s own compositions.


Course ID: ENC 1101
Credits: 4

Communication (*Required, select 1 additional course)

  • Communicating in Your Profession
  • Locating and Evaluating Information

This course teaches communication theory and skills for developing professional documents and oral presentations for audiences in diverse workplace communities and disciplines. To equip students to communicate effectively, this course emphasizes thinking and writing within global contexts, in collaborative situations, and in various electronic environments.

Prerequisites:Passing grade in Developmental Education coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: COM 1388*
Credits: 4

This course provides a broad overview of information literacy concepts by introducing skills for locating, evaluating, and ethically using a variety of resources for a specific purpose. The course begins with the information cycle and the production of information, followed by the identification of a topic & research question, and the selection, evaluation, and integration of sources into an annotated bibliography.


Course ID: COM 1865*
Credits: 2

Math/Natural Sciences (Select 1 of the following, and 2 additional courses)

  • Algebra
  • Essential Statistics and Analytics

This course provides students with the skills to achieve mastery of algebraic terminology and applications including, but not limited to, real number operations, variables, polynomials, integer exponents, graphs, factoring, quadratic equations, and word problems.

Prerequisites:Passing grade in Developmental Education coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: MAT 1222
Credits: 4

In this course students will be introduced to descriptive analytics. They will develop basic statistical literacy along with the ability to analyze and evaluate real-life problems using statistical methods. Students will learn to organize and present quantitative data by means of graphical and numerical methods. Topics include descriptive statistics, basic probability theory, discrete and continuous probability distributions, and sampling distributions.

Prerequisites:Satisfactory score on placement exam or passing grade in Practical Math or Combined Basic and intermediate Algebra

Course ID: STA 1625
Credits: 4

Social Sciences (Select 3 courses)

Total Degree Credits

General Education Credits: 46

Major and Core Credits: 44

Total Associate Degree Credits: 90

Credit totals do not include Foundation Courses. Students must either demonstrate mastery of the subject matter in Foundation Courses through a Rasmussen College entrance placement exam or by successful completion of Foundation Courses.

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