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The Master of Science in Information Technology degree requires successful completion of thirty-two semester hours of graduate coursework. Students must take four core courses in the areas of management of information organizations, user needs assessment, information systems management, and usability analysis. Students choose additional courses either from one or more areas of specialization or by designing an individualized program of study that best meets their career goals. Courses are offered in several areas of specialization: technology and networking, large-scale data management, user-centered design, web design, and leadership and management. Additional specializations are developed according to professional needs. For more information about the MS program, visit the Information Technology website.

Accreditation

Accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Method of Delivery

Internet

Time or Location Requirements

Courses generally have a synchronous online class meeting time scheduled one night on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from either 6pm - 8pm ET or 8pm - 10pm ET. Weekly synchronous class meetings are required attendance and students can participate from anywhere they have a reliable internet connection with a headset/microphone connection. For more information about online education with the School of Library and Information Studies, please visit the Information Technology website.

Time to Completion

Course work for the master's degree must be completed within 7 years from the time the student first registers for graduate credit. It is recommended that students take 2 courses for a total of 6 credit hours each semester. This allows most students to finish the program in approximately six semesters (2 years).

Careers

For more information about information technology careers, please visit the Information Technology website.

Core Courses

These courses may not be offered every semester.

  • LIS5203 Assessing Information Needs (3)
    Provides students with an overview of the user's perspective in the analysis of information needs and preferences. Provides the fundamentals to a broad approach, emphasizing a unifying structure, to understand human information seeking behaviors.
  • LIS5275 Usability Analysis (3)
    Design, execution, and reporting of tests for the usability of information products and services. Covers cost justifying assessments and concepts of human cognition relevant to information processing.
  • LIS5408 Management of Information Organizations (3)
    This course enables students to develop a conceptual framework for integrating fundamental management concepts, principles, theories, and practices into an effective, personal management process that relates to information organizations of the 21st century.
  • LIS5487 Information Systems Management (3)
    An introduction to the role of information systems in organizations and how they relate to organizational objectives and structures. Covers the basics of management and information as they relate to each other in the operation of an information center.

Total Credit Hours

32

Application Procedures

For more information on how to apply to the Master of Science in Information Technology program, please visit the Information Technology website.

Program Requirements

Students must take four core courses and choose additional courses either from one or more areas of specialization or by designing an individualized program of study that best meets their career goals. For more information on the degree requirements for the Master of Science in Information Technology program, please visit the Information Technology website.

Fees

The cost of this program is equal to tuition and fees for the Academic Year 2016-17 as stated on the Student Business Services website, plus a per credit hour distance learning fee (fees vary by course). Special market rates may be available. Contact the department for more specific fee information relative to student status and location.

Fall 2016 Course Offerings

  • LIS5203 Assessing Information Needs (3)
    Provides students with an overview of the user's perspective in the analysis of information needs and preferences. Provides the fundamentals to a broad approach, emphasizing a unifying structure, to understand human information seeking behaviors.
  • LIS5275 Usability Analysis (3)
    Design, execution, and reporting of tests for the usability of information products and services. Covers cost justifying assessments and concepts of human cognition relevant to information processing.
  • LIS5362 Design & Production of Network Multimedia (3)
    Examines the theory, concepts and techniques for designing, producing, and evaluating networked multimedia resources to meet specific information needs. Students engage in collaborative design projects applying theoretical constructs from communication, education, engineering, graphic design, and information science to the provision of resources using multimedia network technologies.
  • LIS5385 Social Media Management (3)
    This course focuses on social media - specifically we focus on the tools, information management and communication functions through hands-on work with designing and managing social media sites. Students participating in this class will actively design, implement, and coordinate numerous projects that build a foundation in social media while allowing students to gain valuable leadership, communication, and organizational skills.
  • LIS5408 Management of Information Organizations (3)
    This course enables students to develop a conceptual framework for integrating fundamental management concepts, principles, theories, and practices into an effective, personal management process that relates to information organizations of the 21st century.
  • LIS5418 Introduction to Health Informatics (3)
    This survey course evaluates medical informatics from a stakeholder perspective. Beginning with a brief overview of the US health care system, the focus then shifts to understanding to what extent health information needs are met using technology for users such as providers of health care services, clinician educators, consumers, and caregivers.
  • LIS5426 Grant Writing, Evaluation, and Administration (3)
    This course develops basic skills in planning, evaluation, and financial management, as well as application of these aspects to the overall management task in the information organization.
  • LIS5484 Introduction to Data Networks for Information Professionals (3)
    This course discusses networking and telecommunications technologies, and management of modern data networks, with emphasis on the building blocks of local and wide area networks. Subjects covered include networking architectures, topologies, models, layers, protocols, IP sub netting, equipment, operating systems, security and various tools and utilities. Also covered are economic and policy issues inherent to telecommunications, and management skills that the professional in this field need to master.
  • LIS5485 Introduction to Information Technology (3)
    This course introduces students to Information Technology (IT) on a theoretical and practical level. The course reviews the underlying concepts of IT as embodied in operating systems, hardware, application software, website creation and networks. It ensures that all students have mastered minimum skills and knowledge sets and are prepared to carry out assignments requiring IT skills through the program.
  • LIS5487 Information Systems Management (3)
    An introduction to the role of information systems in organizations and how they relate to organizational objectives and structures. Covers the basics of management and information as they relate to each other in the operation of an information center.
  • LIS5602 Marketing of Library and Information Services (3)
    The course covers concepts, techniques, and illustrations needed to develop first-rate nonprofit marketing skills for libraries and information services. These skills facilitate cost-effective and customer-centered strategic planning.
  • LIS5751 Computers as Persuasive Tech (3)
    This course explores the design and use of digital technologies for the purpose of influencing individuals' attitudes or behaviors in a number of contexts (i.e., e-commerce, social marketing, education, health, etc.). Computers as persuasive technology or "captology" is an interdisciplinary field that draws on theories and methods of psychology, human behavior studies, communication and human-computer interaction to inform the design of persuasive experiences delivered through interactive and computational technologies.
  • LIS5775 Information Security (3)
    This course is an introduction to the concepts and issues associated with digital computer and network security and the skills necessary to assess and improve the security of servers, desktop systems, and digital networks. This includes information on security policy and legal issues.
  • LIS5782 Database Management Systems (3)
    Examines the basic principles, elements and concepts of design, implementation and utilization of database management systems. Within database management systems, treats various models of data and databases. Also considers the administrative tasks associated in the database management environment.
  • LIS5788 Management of Health Information Technology (3)
    This is an introductory course in management of Health Information Technology (HIT) within a variety of organizational contexts. It is designed to develop a conceptual framework for intergrating fundamental HIT management concepts, policies, theories, and practices into an effective personal management process that relates to health related organizations.


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