Associate of Science in Information Technology (Competency-Based)
The focus of a competency-based program is on the mastery of student learning outcomes rather than on how many hours, semesters, or years a student spends in school. A competency-based program allows students to demonstrate through assessments that they have acquired the set of competencies (levels of knowledge, skill, or ability) required for a particular degree. University of Massachusetts Global’s competency-based Associate of Science in Information Technology program allows students to prove their competency through assessments thereby reducing the time needed to earn a degree.
This competency-based program of study is designed to introduce students to a broad range of subjects including oral and written communication, quantitative literacy, creative and critical thinking. Fundamentals of information technology, computer systems architecture, security, and networking are also integrated into the requirements of this degree, giving students a solid preparation for further undergraduate study in information technology at the bachelor’s level.
This degree program requires students to demonstrate mastery of all competencies required for the competency-based Associate of Science in Information Technology degree program. Students with experience in the information technology field who are self-motivated, goal oriented, and excel at working independently are ideal candidates for this competency-based degree program.
This program is pending WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and U.S. Department of Education approval.
The Associate of Science in Information Technology prepares students with a holistic view of Information Technology concepts applicable to career opportunities, advancement, participation and service in diverse IT specializations.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Written Fluency: Compose written arguments that are coherent, grammatically correct, and rhetorically aware.
- Quantitative Literacy: Explain how calculations and symbolic operations are used in interpreting social and economic trends.
- Communication Fluency: Deliver an effective presentation for a given audience.
- Information Literacy: Cite appropriate and scholarly resources to address a research question.
- Technology: Understand technology to effectively support decision making in business.
- Infrastructure Solutions: Identify current IT tools and techniques to troubleshoot storage and operating system needs.
- IT Integration: Describe the tools needed to support organizational growth including performance, security, and complex network environments.
LBSC 100 Student Success Strategies: Develop a personalized student success plan by applying relevant resources and strategies.
Completion of LBSC 100 is required prior to graduation for students admitted under Option One, and prior to the seventh month of competency coursework for students admitted under Option Two. In addition, all students are encouraged to complete the optional ORIC 100 orientation competency prior to their seventh month of competency coursework.
2. The AS in Information Technology consists of three major domains:
I. Foundation Knowledge and Skills
II. Information Technology Core
III. Information Technology General Electives
I. Domain: Foundation Knowledge and Skills
The Foundation Knowledge and Skills Domain provides the liberal arts tradition and the intellectual foundation that enables students to expand their perspectives beyond the focus of a major. University of Massachusetts Global graduates will be flexible, creative, articulate, and prepared for active and life-long participation in the knowledge-based world of 21st century.
COMC 410 Interpersonal Communication
Understand the skills required to interact effectively with others.
COMC 101 Oral Communications
Deliver a well-organized oral presentation using delivery techniques and supporting materials appropriate for the audience.
ENGC 103 Written Communications, Level A
Identify and apply key components of effective writing skills and APA.
ENGC 104 Written Communications, Level B
Compose written arguments that are coherent, grammatically correct, and rhetorically aware.
Subdomain: Quantitative Reasoning
MATC 103 Quantitative Literacy, Level A
Explain accurate calculations and symbolic operations to interpret social and economic trends.
Subdomain: Information Literacy
LBSC 320 Information Literacy, Level A
Evaluate and cite various information resources to understand ethical research practices.
LBSC 321 Information Literacy, Level B
Apply academic research practices to complete an academic research project.
PHLC 110 Creative and Critical Thinking
Develop a creative solution to a historical, social, ethnic, economic, technological, and/or geographic problem.
HUMC 110 Disciplinary Relationships
Analyze relationships between disciplines such as history, literature, religion, philosophy, and the fine arts.
HUMC 115 Human Experience
Analyze the ways in which the human experience is influenced by historical social, ethnic, economic, technological, and/or geographic contexts.
Subdomain: Natural Sciences
NSCC 111 Principles and Concepts, Level A
Understand the Scientific Method as a process and master the fundamental principles, concepts, and methods of biology.
NSCC 112 Principles and Concepts, Level B
Master the fundamental principles, concepts, and methods of chemistry and environmental science.
NSCC 115 Methods and Applications
Apply the principles, concepts, and methods of the natural sciences.
Subdomain: Social Sciences
SOSC 110 Behavior and Cognition
Evaluate individual, organizational, and social behavior.
SOSC 115 Social Systems
Using a social systems perspective, investigate global problems and develop possible solutions.
II. Domain: Information Technology Core
The Information Technology Core Requirements at University of Massachusetts Global provides a program of study that enables students to expand their knowledge across various information technology areas.
CSCC 200 Fundamentals of Information Technology
Develop an understanding of information technology fundamentals.
CSCC 251 Computer Systems Architecture
Demonstrate an understanding of computer systems architecture.
CSCC 270 Security
Demonstrate an understanding of information systems security, applications, and the tools used.
CSCC 353 Networking
Demonstrate an understanding of networks and create a network.
III. Domain: Information Technology General Electives
The Information Technology General Elective component of this Associate of Science degree program is designed to provide students with the flexibility to take coursework in multiple information technology related disciplines. Students must take nine equivalent credits in this domain.