Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Contact Information: Program Office 615-353-3369, Program Site, E-mail: Information.Systems@nscc.edu
The Computer Information Technology - Systems Administration & Management Concentration focuses on the design, implementation, management and troubleshooting of computer systems. Required courses prepare students to acquire, install, configure, update and secure standalone, networked and mobile systems. Areas of emphasis include Windows and Linux/Unix operating systems. This concentration has been developed to map the curriculum to the skill standards that are being used in industry today. The skill standards that the concentration is using came from a nationally-accredited study on the skill standards for Information Technology. Using these skill standards ensures that graduates have the basic skills that employers need, within a framework that emphasizes the development of teamwork, communication, and critical thinking.
Graduates of the program should be able to:
- Identify and understand the supporting roles of Computer Technology (IT) in organizations;
- Develop effective problem-management and decision-making skills;
- Communicate effectively with stakeholders/ management and end-users regarding problem requirements, resources, and solutions; and
- Demonstrate the ability to analyze, develop and implement various IT processes and applications.
A Systems Administration & Management student must receive a “C” or above in each course in order to meet prerequisite requirements for subsequent courses.
The A.A.S. degree is designed to prepare a student for employment upon graduation. Some universities, at their discretion, accept some technical courses for transfer. A student who plans to transfer to a university should consult his/her advisor and the receiving university about transfer and articulation policies. Failure to do so could result in loss of transfer credits.
“Technical Elective” means that the student may take any course beyond his/her course requirements with a CITC prefix, with prior approval from his/her advisor. The exception is CITC 1305 which is not to be taken by Computer Information Technology majors.