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Westcliff BSIT - Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

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The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) program offered by Westcliff University is an interdisciplinary program from a holistic perspective, with an emphasis on information technology. The program is designed to provide pathways for students who want to pursue careers in the growing field of Information Technology. The students pursuing this program will gain the necessary skills to solve challenges through data analysis and the use of Information Technology.

The BSIT (Bachelor of Science in Information technology) program offered by Westcliff University is an interdisciplinary program that offers pathways for students who want to pursue careers in the growing field of Information Technology. The program focuses on addressing business challenges and creating new opportunities with technology. The students pursuing this program will gain the necessary skills to solve business challenges through data analysis using Information Technology. The objective of Westcliff University’s BSIT program is to produce graduates who can utilize Information Technology to carry out data analysis and solve business problems.

The Bachelor of Science in Information technology (BSIT) program offered by Westcliff University is an interdisciplinary program from a holistic perspective, with an emphasis on information technology. The program is designed to provide pathways for students who want to pursue careers in the growing field of Information Technology. The program focuses on addressing business challenges in the 21st century globalized economy by solving complex business problems and creating new opportunities with technology. The students pursuing this program will gain the necessary skills to solve challenges through data analysis and the use of Information Technologies. The objective of Westcliff University’s BSIT program is to provide graduates with the technical acumen needed to solve business problems and innovate in order to remain competitive.

The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program is to teach students core foundational aspects of information technology that will prepare graduates to be successful in a variety of information technology-related professions. The program empowers graduates with the technical acumen required to solve business problems through the use of information technology. Students also learn how to innovate by exploring new and emerging technologies.  

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology encourages students to achieve the following educational outcomes:

  1. Evaluate current and emerging technologies.
  2. Identify and gather user requirements to design user-friendly interfaces.
  3. Apply, configure, and manage IT technologies
  4. Utilize data to help business gain insights to help them make better decisions.
  5. Access IT impact on individuals, organization, and the environment.
  6. Apply IT concepts and strategies to solve real world problem.
  7. Conduct research in the field of information technology and related fields.

The General Education courses at Westcliff are structured to provide a coherent, integrated introduction to the breadth of knowledge students will need to help them develop intellectual skills that will enhance their professional, civic, and personal life for years to come. Students will learn how to analyze the world around them from different perspectives, how to communicate their ideas and understand the ideas of others, how to solve problems, and how to apply their knowledge to real-world projects.

Westcliff University offers 20 General Education courses, which students may take to fulfill the 60 credit hour requirement. Should students wish to transfer in General Education credits from another accredited school, the following requirements must be met:

Arts and Humanities
2 equivalent courses (6 credits hours) required

  •  ART 100: Art History
  •  HUM 165: Human Geography
  •  HUM 170: Human Civilizations
  •  HUM 180: World Religions

Communications
1 equivalent course (3 credits hours) required

  •  COM 115: Introduction to Communication
  •  PHL 190: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

English
2 equivalent courses (6 credits hours) required

  •  ENG 110: Academic English
  •  ENG 120: English Composition
  •  LIT 121: World Literature

Math
1 equivalent course (3 credits hours) required

  •  MAT 135: College Algebra

Natural Sciences
1 equivalent course (3 credits hours) required

  •  BIO 260: General Biology
  •  SCI 275: Introduction to Ecology
  •  SCI 280: Environmental Science
  •  GEO 290: Physical Geography

Social and Behavioral Sciences
3 equivalent courses (9 credits hours) required

  •  HIS 141: World History
  •  POL 205: International Relations
  •  POL 210: American Government
  •  POL 220: World Politics
  •  PSY 235: Introduction to Psychology
  •  PSY 240: Human Development
  •  SOC 245: Introduction to Sociology

• BUS 300: Foundations of Business (3 credit hours)
• BUS 305: Principles of Accounting (3 credit hours)
• BUS 310: Concepts of Microeconomics (3 credit hours)
• BUS 311: Concepts of Macroeconomics (3 credit hours)
• BUS 325: Introduction to Leadership (3 credit hours)
• BUS 330: Principles of Marketing (3 credit hours)
• BUS 334: Essentials of Corporate Finance (3 credit hours)
• BUS 349: Foundations in Operations Management (3 credit hours)
• BUS 355: The Essentials of Entrepreneurship (3 credit hours)
• BUS 387: Introduction to Business Research (3 credit hours)

Total Business Courses 30 credit hours

• BSIT 315 Information Technology Essentials (3 credit hours)
• BSIT 320 Introduction to Statistical Analysis (3 credit hours)
• BSIT 325 Applied Statistics for Optimization (3 credit hours)
• BSIT 330 Discrete Mathematics (3 credit hours)
• BSIT 335 Web Page Design and Development (3 credit hours)
• BSIT 340 Data Programming Concepts (3 credit hours)
• BSIT 345 Data Programming Languages (3 credit hours)
• BSIT 350 Database Design & Management Systems (3 credit hours)
• BSIT 355 Technical Writing and Communication (3 credit hours)
• BSIT 360 Introduction to Data Communication Networks (3 credit hours)
• BSIT 365 Computer Networking Concepts, Admin & Security (3 credit hours)
• BSIT 370 Business Intelligence Tools & Technologies (3 credit hours)
• BSIT 375 Knowledge Discovery and Data Science (3 credit hours)
• BSIT 380 Big Data Analytics (3 credit hours)
• BSIT 385 Data Visualization (3 credit hours)
• BSIT 390 Capstone Project (3 credit hours)

Total BSIT Core Courses 48 credit hours

Choose 4 courses from the 10

• BSIT 327 Computer Hardware Fundamentals (3 credit hours)
• BSIT 328 System Analysis and Design (3 credit hours)
• BSIT 329 Artificial Intelligence (3 credit hours)
• BSIT 332 Software Quality Assurance (3 credit hours)
• BSIT 333 Mobile Computing and Programming (3 credit hours)
• BSIT 341 Calculus I (3 credit hours)
• BSIT 342 Linear Algebra for Data Science (3 credit hours)
• BSIT 343 Advanced Programming using Python/Java (3 credit hours)
• BSIT 344 Advanced Web Programming and App. Development (3 credit hours)
• BSIT 348 Cloud Computing (3 credit hours)

Total BSIT Electives Courses 12 credit hours

The BSIT program consists of a program requirement of 120 credit hours, including 45 credits of Core Information Technology Courses, 30 credits of Business Courses, 30 credits of General Education Courses, 12 credit Elective Courses, and a 3 credit Capstone Course.

Students may complete their entire 120 credit BSIT program by taking all 45 Information Technology, 30 General Education, 30 Core Business Course, 12 Elective Course, and 3 Capstone credits at Westcliff University. Alternatively, students may transfer up to 30 General Education credit hours to Westcliff from another accredited school. Additionally, students may be granted course waivers for up to 30 credit hours of the required Core Business Courses. In any option, 54 of the 60 general education credit hours must have academic content. Please refer to the Transfer Credit and Course Waiver Policies for more detailed information and requirements.

Students must apply for graduation and meet all academic and financial requirements.

Course Descriptions

ART 100: Art History (3 credit hours)

This course seeks to develop skills in perception, comprehension, and appreciation when dealing with a variety of visual art forms. It encourages the close analysis of visual materials, explores the range of questions and methods appropriate to the explication of a given work of art, and examines the intellectual structures basic to the systematic study of art. Most importantly, the course encourages the understanding of art as a visual language and aims to foster in students the ability to translate this understanding into verbal expression.

 

HUM 165 – Human Geography (3 credit hours)

This course focuses on how the world’s population impacts the globe. It investigates the diverse patterns of human settlement, development, and movement on earth, which evolved as a result of cultural and environmental factors. Emphasis is placed on understanding global population and migration patterns, language, religion, ethnicity, political and economic systems, development issues, agriculture and urbanization.

 

HUM 170: Human Civilizations (3 credit hours)

This course explores the origins and development of the earliest complex human societies, namely those of Mesopotamia, Africa, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and China. Focus is placed on the nature of these societies, analysis and interpretation of their basic institutions, their religions and world views, and their cultural histories. A great deal of emphasis is placed on comparisons of other world civilizations and cultures with modern society.

 

HUM 180: World Religions (3 credit hours)

This course examines the major teachings, beliefs, and devotional practices of the world’s major religions, including views of the absolute, ceremonial rituals, sacred experiences, and prevalent stories. Religions covered in this course include: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism, Daoism and Confucianism, Shinto, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and various alternate paths.

 

COM 115: Introduction to Communication (3 credit hours)

This course provides an overview of the basic concepts of communication and the skills necessary to communicate in various contexts. Emphasis is placed on communication theories and techniques used in interpersonal group, public, intercultural, and mass communication situations. Upon completion, students should be able to explain and illustrate the forms and purposes of human communication in a variety of contexts.

 

PHL 190: Critical Thinking & Problem Solving(3 credit hours)

This course aims to strengthen students’ abilities to identify, analyze, and evaluate formal and informal arguments in professional and everyday discourse. Students will learn to distinguish valid from invalid arguments, identify bias and evaluate evidence in arguments, respond reflectively to arguments, and generate well formed arguments of their own. Emphasis will be placed on applying these skills to evaluating real world arguments and solving real world problems from a variety of points of view.

 

ENG 120: English Composition: Introduction to Communication (3 credit hours)

This course is an introductory writing course designed to improve critical thinking, reading, and writing skills. Students progress from personal expressive writing to text-based expository essays appropriate for an academic audience. Students develop strategies for turning their experience, observations, and analyses into evidence suitable for writing in a variety of academic disciplines.

 

MAT 135: College Algebra (3 credit hours)

This course covers real numbers and their properties; linear equations and inequalities in one variable; linear equations in two variables and their graphs; exponents and polynomials; special products and factoring; rational expressions; systems of linear equations; radicals, absolute values, and rational exponents; quadratic equations, functions, and inequalities; exponential and logarithmic functions; nonlinear systems; and sequences and series.

 

HIS 141: World History (3 credit hours)

This course provides an overview of human history around the globe, from the origins of humankind to the year 1600 CE (Common Era). Students will discuss overall patterns of early global history, characteristics of the world’s major pre-modern civilizations, and the relationships and interactions among these societies. Topics covered include culture, politics, government, economics, religion, social structures, and the development of communication and technology.

 

BIO 260: General Biology (3 credit hours)

This course introduces the principles and concepts of biology. Emphasis is placed on basic biological chemistry, cell structure and function, metabolism and energy transformation, genetics, evolution, classification, organisms, biodiversity, plant and animal systems, ecology, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate understanding of life at the molecular and cellular levels as well as be able to demonstrate comprehension of life at the organismal and ecological levels.

 

SCI 275: Introduction to Ecology (3 credit hours)

This course introduces basic principles of ecology- the study of relationships among living organisms, their environment, and each other. Focus is placed on ecological concepts applied to individuals, populations and communities of both plants and animals. Topics include plant and animal adaptations to the environment, the role environmental factors in the distribution and abundance of organisms, the dynamics of population growth, species interactions including competition and predation, and the structure of ecological communities.

 

SCI 280 Environmental Science (3 credit hours)

This course serves as an introduction to and covers broad aspects of environmental science. Specifically, this course examines the environmental impact of population growth on natural resources; mineral and resource extraction; water resource use and water pollution; air pollution and climate change; renewable and non-renewable sources for power generation; and risks associated with population growth in a developing world.

 

GEO 290 – Physical Geography (3 credit hours)

This course explores Earth’s physical systems, their dynamic processes, and surface expressions. Particular emphasis is given to developing an integrative view of how atmospheric, hydrologic, geomorphic, and biotic processes control the patterns of climate, water, landforms, soils, and biota across a local-to-global continuum. Those physical elements that influence and/or are influenced by people are the primary focus of study.

 

POL 205: International Relations (3 credit hours)

This course is an introductory study of the cultural, political, and economic interactions among states and non-state actors in global politics. Focus is placed on the interactions among international actors: states, international organizations, and transnational groups. Special attention is paid to key issues, including national interest, international security, power, foreign policy decision-making, and the role of diplomacy in promoting cooperation.

 

POL 210: American Government (3 credit hours)

This course provides an introduction to American politics. It centers on the fundamental role played by the institutions of American government including Congress, Presidency, Federal Judiciary, and Bureaucracy in understanding political dynamics in the United States. The course also examines the mediating role of organizations such as interest groups, the news media, and political parties. Common themes at both the national and state levels will be explored.

 

POL 220: World Politics (3 credit hours)

This course focuses on the key political, social, economic, and cultural changes that occurred in world history from 1500 to the present, with attention to cultural comparisons over time, and to the impacts of global interdependence upon economies, cultures and geopolitics. Topics include the rise of land and sea empires, epidemic diseases through history, revolutionary ideologies and new labor and social relations, the cultures of colonialism and neo-colonialism, the technologies of world wars, and the rise of global production and consumer markets.

 

PSY 235: Introduction to Psychology (3 credit hours)

This course is an introduction to human psychology and behavior. The course covers the historical, physiological, and social influences on behavior, and includes topics such as the biology of behavior; sensation and perception; consciousness; learning and memory; cognition; motivation and emotion; personality and social behavior; stress and adjustment; persuasion; problem solving; and decision-making.

 

PSY 240: Human Development (3 credit hours)

This course introduces students to the central issues in the basic areas in human development. Students will progress through the seven stages of life: infancy; early childhood; middle and late childhood; adolescence; early adulthood; middle adulthood; and late adulthood. The course will explain relationships between physical, cognitive, psychosocial, and emotional aspects of development.

 

SOC 245: Introduction to Sociology (3 credit hours)

This course focuses on basic concepts, research, and theories involved in increasing the understanding of human behavior and human societies. Utilizing a sociological perspective, the interrelations among human societies, individuals, organizations, and groups are analyzed. Topics of analysis include culture, social interaction, social institutions, social stratification, deviance, culture, community, and various social change strategies.

BUS 300 Foundations of Business (3 credit hours)

This course addresses the foundations of business administration. This course is a study of an introduction to the business world. Focus is placed on the identification, analysis, and integration of business, procedures, and policies with strategic planning in relation to the environment, organization and the individual.

 

BUS 305 Principles of Accounting (3 credit hours)

This course introduces the basic concepts and techniques of financial accounting, including financial statement preparation, the accounting system, generally accepted accounting principles, and an introduction to financial statement analysis.

 

BUS 310 Concepts of Microeconomics (3 credit hours)

This course applies economic principles and methodologies to business decision problems relating to costs, prices, revenues, profits, and competitive strategies and provides an analytical base for study of the corporate strategy process. Students will focus on study of public, business choices. For example, consumers decide how much of various goods to purchase, workers decide what job to take & business people decide how many workers to hire and how much output to produce.

 

BUS 311 Concepts of Macroeconomics (3 credit hours)

This course focuses on macroeconomics and the factors that deal primarily with aggregates (total amount of goods & services produced by society) and absolute levels of prices. It addresses issues such as level of growth of national output (GNP & GDP), Interests rates, unemployment and inflation.

 

BUS 325 Introduction to Leadership (3 credit hours)

This course inspires those in leadership positions in your organization to motivate, delegate, communicate and build the team for success.

 

BUS 330 Principles of Marketing (3 credit hours)

This course contributes to technical and professional preparation in Marketing, written and oral communication skills, understanding the global impact on business organizations, ethics in business, legal issues in organizations, role of cultural diversity in business, and the dimensions of quality in organizations.

 

BUS 334 Essentials of Corporate Finance (3 credit hours)

This course examines the tools and techniques used in the world of finance. Students will be introduced to financial institutions, financial concepts and nomenclature. The course will introduce the student to such key financial concepts such as time value of money, cost of capital, asset valuation, ratio analysis, and risk and reward tradeoff.

 

BUS 349 Foundations in Operations Management (3 credit hours)

This course focuses on operations management as the systematic direction and control of the processes that transform inputs into finished goods or services. Students will learn that operations management is one of the primary functions of a business. This course is intended to provide managers in all functional areas with sufficient knowledge to make informed “total business decisions” and to introduce standard terms and concepts for communications with operating personnel.

 

BUS 355 The Essentials of Entrepreneurship (3 credit hours)

This course examines the fundamentals of organizing a small business. It covers such topics as the challenges of entrepreneurship, building the business plan, strategic planning, forms of ownership, marketing, pricing, cash flows, financial planning, execution, looking at ethical and legal concerns, and regulatory environment.

 

BUS 387 Introduction to Business Research (3 credit hours)

This course focuses on the application of both qualitative and quantitative research methodology to the solution of marketing questions. Students will study the role of marketing research and will be involved in the design, execution, analysis, and implementation of a complete research project.

 

BSIT 315 Information Technology Essentials (3 credit hours)

Information Technology Essentials is a course focused on providing a comprehensive foundation in major topics of Information Technology and Systems. Topics in computer hardware and software, databases and database management systems, networking, security, emerging technologies, the Internet, and business process management are surveyed.

 

BSIT 320 Introduction to Statistical Analysis (3 credit hours)

An introductory statistics course which covers descriptive statistics, probability, random variables and selected probability distributions, statistical inference including confidence intervals and hypothesis tests. Appropriate technology will be used for simulation and to solve statistical problems. Neither a background in calculus nor experience with computers is required.

 

BSIT 325 Applied Statistics for Optimization (3 credit hours)

This course focuses on more advanced models including correlation, simple and multiple regression analysis, time series and forecasting, and optimization models. Computer software will be used to assist in modeling and analysis. Students will learn to apply these techniques to solve business problems.

 

BSIT 330 Discrete Mathematics (3 credit hours)

Covers important discrete mathematical objects such as sets, relations and functions, graphs and trees. An introduction to mathematical logic and reasoning, and the concept of an algorithm and its complexity will be covered.

BSIT 335 Web Page Design and Development (3 credit hours)

A thorough introduction to the languages used to create web pages. Throughout it stresses the importance of good coding style. The course also introduces students to the principles of good human computer interface design, including design for people with disabilities. Finally, the course introduces students to object-oriented design.

 

BSIT 344 Advanced Web Programming and Application Development (3 credit hours)

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to enhance and enrich their skills in Web programming. Students will learn to develop Web applications that use three-tier architecture, session management, object-oriented techniques, and advance database interactions. Concepts such as advanced CSS concepts, rich interactive Web environments, authentication, and security will also be explored.

 

BSIT 345 Data Programming Languages (3 credit hours)

The course provides students with an introduction to the main concepts in programming related to data. The course focuses on data storage and the use of regular expressions to search data. The course also includes an overview of object oriented concepts.

 

BSIT 350 Database Design & Management Systems (3 credit hours)

This course provides students in-depth knowledge of database design, implementation, and management. Topics covered include data modeling, development processes, systems development, database design and programming methodology.

 

BSIT 355 Technical Writing and Communication (3 credit hours)

This course focuses on more advanced models including correlation, simple and multiple regression analysis, time series and forecasting, and optimization models. Computer software will be used to assist in modeling and analysis. Students will learn to apply these techniques to solve business problems.

 

BSIT 360 Introduction to Data Communication Networks (3 credit hours)

The field of communication technologies is expanding and this course is a survey of the latest developments in this field. The course examines communications technologies for many forms of electronic mass media, computers & consumer electronics, and networking technologies.

 

BSIT 365 Computer Networking Concepts, Administration and Security (3 credit hours)

This course will cover data communications and networking concepts for Local Area Networks (LAN) N and Wide Area Networks (WAN). Concepts and topics include network protocols, with emphasis on Ethernet, PPP, TCP/IP, and WWW protocols, and mobile and wireless networks. Network applications include Telnet, ftp, email, distributed file systems, and client-server applications. We survey network security issues, as well as network efficiency via hands-on simulation and design techniques.

 

BSIT 370 Business Intelligence Tools and Technologies (3 credit hours)

This course introduces Business Intelligence (BI) from an analytical perspective. Topics covered include BI tools and data analytics, with emphasis on predictive analytics focused on information and knowledge pertaining to customers, competitors, internal operations, and external variables, all for the purpose of making better strategic business decisions.

 

BSIT 375 Knowledge Discovery and Data Science (3 credit hours)

The course covers the process of automatically extracting valid, useful, and previously unknown information from data sources and using the information to make decisions. This course is designed to provide students with a solid understanding of the knowledge discovery process and the use of data mining concepts and tools as part of that process.

 

BSIT 380 Big Data Analytics (3 credit hours)

The Big Data Analytics course provides students with the tools and analysis techniques to make informed big-data decisions using quality information. Students will learn specific packages and analysis tools, and they will learn the benefits of popular solutions, such as Hadoop and Oracle Endeca, as well as the sources of common errors in analysis and how to prevent and fix them.

 

BSIT 385 Data Visualization (3 credit hours)

This course introduces students to the field of data visualization. The course covers basic design and evaluation principles to prepare and analyze large datasets, and standard visualization techniques for different types of data. The course prepares students to communicate clearly, efficiently, and in a visually compelling manner to a variety of audiences.

 

BSIT 390 Capstone (3 credit hours)

This capstone course is designed to allow students to strategically apply Information Technology concepts to a business organization. The course focus is on strategic planning, managing, and implementation of current and emerging technologies for making strategic business decisions and solving real-world problems. Information technology’s impact on the organization and the environment are also investigated. Students are required to use technology and management concepts learned in the BSIT program in order to facilitate IT solutions for a business enterprise.

 

BSIT 341 Calculus I (3 credit hours)

This is the first of a sequence of courses which present a unified treatment of the differential and integral calculus. Topics include: limits, continuity, differentiation and integration, applications of the derivative and the integral.

 

BSIT 342 Linear Algebra for Data Science (3 credit hours)

This is an undergraduate course in linear algebra for students of computer and data science. Linear algebra is the study of linear systems of equations, vector spaces, and linear transformations. Solving systems of linear equations is a basic tool of many mathematical procedures used for solving problems in computing. In this class we will concentrate on the mathematical theory and methods of linear algebra. The student will become competent in solving linear equations, performing matrix algebra, calculating determinants, and finding eigenvalues and eigenvectors.

 

BSIT 345 Data Programming Languages (3 credit hours)

The course provides students with an introduction to the main concepts in programming related to data. The course focuses on data storage and the use of regular expressions to search data. The course also includes an overview of object oriented concepts.

 

BSIT 348 Cloud Computing (3 credit hours)

The course will introduce this domain and cover the topics of cloud infrastructures, virtualization, software defined networks and storage, cloud storage, and programming models. As an introduction, we will discuss the motivating factors, benefits and challenges of the cloud, as well as service models, service level agreements (SLAs), security, example cloud service providers and use cases. The students will gain an overview of the field of Cloud Computing, and an in-depth study into its enabling technologies and main building blocks. Students will gain hands-on experience solving relevant problems through projects that will utilize existing public cloud tools.