Systems Analyst Concentration
Computer Information Technology - Systems Analyst Concentration
Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Contact Information: Program Office 615-353-3369, Program Site
The Computer Information Technology Programming Concentration and Systems Analyst Concentration prepare students for employment in the Information Technology field. The two concentrations have been developed to map the curriculum to the skill standards that are being used in industry today. The skill standards that the two concentrations are using came from a nationally-accredited study on the skill standards for Information Technology. Using these skill standards will ensure that graduates have the basic skills that employers need, within a framework that emphasizes the development of teamwork, communication, and critical thinking.
The Systems Analyst concentration prepares the student to solve computer problems and apply computer technology to meet the needs of their organization. Today’s environment demands that our graduates be able to function with a variety of stakeholders and end-users. The concentration includes diverse disciplines to enhance the communication, research, business, and technology skills of the student.
Graduates of the program concentration should be able to:
- Design and develop applications using current industry standards;
- Use critical thinking to recognize IT problems and create solutions; and,
- Develop applications using best UI design practices with object-oriented languages.
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. If completed, this degree will transfer into the BS in Professional Studies program at Middle Tennessee State University.
“Technical Elective” means that the student may take any course beyond his/her course requirements with a CITC prefix (other than CITC 1305 ), with prior approval from his/her advisor.
Typical positions available to graduates of these programs are:
- Computer Programmer
- Software Developer
- Systems Analyst
- Web Developer
Additional course requirements: The Tennessee Board of Regents requires that students either demonstrate the appropriate skill levels in math, reading, and/or writing before enrolling in college-level courses or enroll in appropriate co-requisite experiences with college-level courses to develop competency in those skills while performing college-level work. ACT/SAT scores, classic ACCUPLACER test scores, next-generation ACCUPLACER test scores, or other relevant information determine whether a student needs to enroll in co-requisite courses in math, reading, and/or writing (English).
Cooperative work experience can be an important addition to a student’s formal classroom work. Co-op courses may substitute for technical courses with the prior approval of the instructor. The Career Services Office will provide the correct course numbers.