About this course
The Departments of Management Science and Information Systems (MSIS) at the College of Management (CM) and Computer Science (CS) at the College of Science and Mathematics (CSM) work together to deliver a degree program that addresses the Commonwealths and the Nations information technology (IT) workforce needs. Four of the top ten most demanded majors are IT related. The BSIT is designed to offer pathways to these highly-demanded careers in IT for both high-school graduates and students of Massachusetts community colleges IT-related degree programs. Our small classes ensure personalized attention from faculty while our ties to the Greater Boston business and technical communities add an extra dimension of learning to our program of business information technology education. The program offers an applications-path format for students which includes a core of technical knowledge (nine courses), an area of specialization or track within IT (four courses), three professional electives in an application or domain area (preferable outside of IT but within business), and two wrap-up courses (project management and IT Capstone), in addition to general education requirements.
The program is project based. Every exercise assigned throughout the BSIT is designed to be of the kind that a student might encounter in his or her work: collaboration, competence, and outcomes assessment are the hallmark characteristics of the program. Students will learn how to use IT to solve real-world problems within the context of a field in which they wish to work. Graduates will be familiar with, and be able to apply, the following core information technologies to solve business problems: (1) programming, (2) networking, (3) databases, and (4) web technologies. In addition, the program offers two specialization tracks: information architecture and systems administration.
The Information Architecture (IA) track prepares the student to be able to specify the requirements and design the overall architecture of business information systems. The track addresses topics covering concepts such as usability (including accessibility, experience design, interaction design, systems user experience, and user interface design), information design (including information findability and content management), component-based design (including web services, services oriented architecture and process oriented architecture), and enterprise systems. Students will be exposed to common packaged solutions and coached on best practices in adapting these solutions to a wide range of business problems.
Alternatively, the System Administration (SA) track prepares the student for a career in system and network administration. The track addresses issues related to the selection, installation, configuration and maintenance of Linux and Windows operating systems (including shell programming and scripting, heterogeneous systems, remote management, the legal issues of system administration, as well as the design and implementation of policies and automated administration regimes) and internetworking environments (including the TCP/IP protocol suite and network services administration [DHCP, DNS, SSH, and Kerberos]). Students will be exposed to the most common operating software (including Windows and Linux, both client/desktop and server) and coached on best practices in their administration.