Certificate Program in Information Technology
The Information Technology Certificate (ITC) provides essential
training for liberal arts graduates, career changers, and other professionals
looking to enter and succeed in the field of information systems. Developed
by industry leaders, this nineteen credit program introduces the concepts, terminology,
business processes, and computer applications that staff at all organizational
levels must understand to effectively interact in a high- tech environment.
This program will produce entry-level staff and mid-level managers capable of
operating in the areas of systems analysis, information architecture, web design
and development, technical sales and marketing, quality assurance, client liaison
and customer service, technical writing, and administration. The program is
offered at the Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads centers. Contact either of
these centers for admission, transfer, and certificate completion information.
Required Courses (6): IT 320, 322, 323, 324, 325, and
Electives (1): IT 321 or 327.
IT 320 - (3)
Introduction to Information Technology
Explores the fundamental concepts, theory, and technology involved
in information systems. Topics include client/server technology, computer organizations,
operating systems, basic programming concepts, and Internet technologies.
IT 321 - (3)
Programming with Java
Studies key structures, concepts, and applications needed to
write programs with Java, an object-oriented programming language used for developing
user interfaces on the Web.
IT 322 - (3)
Information Technology Business Operations
Sharpens finance, marketing,
and management skills. Training focuses on developing the expertise to operate
in todays technology-enhanced
and technology-dependent business environment.
IT 323 - (3)
Basics of Web Design
Master the basics of Web site construction, design, and maintenance.
The course provides an overview of aesthetic, business, and technical Web concepts.
Apply course content to developing Web applications using HTML.
IT 324 - (3)
Systems Analysis and Design
Students learn how to assess user requirements, system development
life cycles, data flow diagrams, business process modeling, software design
techniques, object oriented analysis and design concepts, quality assurance,
and software testing.
IT 325 - (3)
User Requirements and Quality Assurance
Develops the skills needed to understand user requirements,
meet customer needs, and ensure client satisfaction. Emphasizes the importance
of quality assurance through instruction and class exercises.
IT 326 - (1)
Prerequisites: Completion of all required coursework.
learn how to apply the basic concepts of project management, project planning
and control techniques, and the importance of interpersonal
relations in a dynamic project environment. Also emphasizes the application
of project management techniques to practical situations.
IT 327 - (3)
Introduction to Programming Concepts
An introductory course in programming that provides the necessary
stepping stones for more advanced computer programming. Introduces the basic
concepts of programming, enabling students to develop fundamental skills in
translating business problems into programming solutions. This course follows
the object-oriented emphasis of Java.
Concentration in Web Content Development
Required ITC Courses: IT 320, 321, 322, 323, and 326.
Required Web Content Development Courses: IT 332 and 334.
IT 332 - (3)
Advanced Web Technologies
Survey emerging technologies and the tools available for Web
professionals. Students are exposed to the latest software in order to gain
an understanding of what tools work best to solve problems and meet goals.
IT 334 - (3)
Fundamentals of E-Business and Web Marketing
Study how business is conducted online with a review of e-commerce
terminology and industry practices. Concentration is given to sharpening Web
marketing skills and developing strategies to reach your intended audience.