Business Systems Administration

Associate of Science (VA and NC) or
Associate of Applied Science (SC) in Computer and Information Science

College of Technology
July 18, 2014

Success

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How long will it take to complete this program?

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The program is designed to take 18 months to complete. 38% of graduates from this program finish in this time. The median time for graduates to complete this program is 20 months.

Cost

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How much will tuition and fees be?

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The cost of tuition and fees is: $31,775

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What is the cost of books and supplies?

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The cost of books and supplies is: $1,425. Foundation course requirements can result in additional costs and increase the time to graduation.

Financing

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What are my financing options to pay for the program?

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In addition to any grant and scholarship aid for which they are eligible, graduates used loans to finance their education. The median debt for program graduates is:

Loan Type Amount
Federal (Title 4) Loans $18,352
Private Educational Loans $0.00
Institution Financing Plan $7.50

Program Objectives and Curriculum

Degree Objectives

Program Purpose

The Associate of Science degree in Information Systems provides students with theoretical, practical, and hands-on skills in computer-based information systems and the technologies that support them, as well as a broad perspective of the business environments in which information systems technologies play a strategic role. The program educates students in five key areas: business, IT networks, basic computer programming, data administration, and project application/management.

The curriculum is based on industry needs and provides a foundation of communication and problem solving skills, and a theoretical and applied understanding of basic technical concepts, protocols, and software/hardware components of information systems technologies. Advanced analytical problem-solving skills are provided, including quantitative research methods, studies in workplace behavior, and strategies for improving communication in the workplace. In addition, students enhance their understanding and practical knowledge of computer and telecommunications technologies, software and database management, network security management, and network systems analysis, design, and troubleshooting. Students work in teams to complete applied technology projects.

Program objectives include:

  • Graduates will be able to analyze and solve organizational problems related to information systems technologies.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate technical knowledge and skills in a variety of information system technologies.
  • Graduates will be able to satisfactorily plan, implement, and complete information systems technology projects.
  • Graduates will be able to communicate and interact effectively in the workplace.
  • Graduates will be able to provide supervisory level competencies in an information systems environment.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate competency in reading, oral and written communication skills and proficiency in mathematics.

About the Profession

Requirements for Typical Employment Opportunities

Student must have a general education background related to database programming including: Database Development, ASP.Net, SQL, C#, Object Oriented Design, MS Access, SQL Server, Oracle, Java, HTML, and Web Development. Student should also have examples of work, as well as other related skills to include MS Office, OS, and Certifications.

Entry Level Employment Opportunities By Job Title and/or Industry

Entry level Help Desk, PC Technician, Technical Support, Hardware Technician, Systems Administrator, Entry level Database Programmer, Entry level Programmer Analyst, Entry level Application Developer, Entry level Web Programmer, Entry level Net Programmer – these positions can fall within any type of industry from Information Technology (companies servicing clients) to the Financial Industry (database design, etc.)

Generally, grads start out as a level 1 IT specialist in a variety of settings. Once they learn the company systems and processes, the grads can move up in levels and increasing responsibility, scope of work, and salary. Communicating with customers through phone, chat, email, and support tickets. Provide implementation services, test software, create support articles, and update software and hardware.

Physical Requirements

None.

Certifications Recommended for Entry Level Career.

Microsoft Certifications, OCA, SCJA, CCNA, Linux+, A+, Network+, and Security+

Student Evaluation

Extern Candidates must meet the following requirements:

  1. Maintain satisfactory Academic Standards of Progress–GPA of 2.00 or greater.
  2. Learn and maintain all skill proficiencies required by Program.
  3. Turn in weekly progress reports to the Externship Coordinator (20% of externship grade).
  4. Turn in the Student Survey at completion of the externship (20% of externship grade).
  5. Turn in the Employer Survey at completion of the externship (40% of externship grade).
  6. Complete a 1-page, double spaced paper summarizing the externship experience (20% of externship grade).
  7. Obtain Department Head’s approval.

Program Requirements

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Admissions test with passing score