Computer Information Technology – Programming 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 Programming concentration is designed to prepare entry-level programmers for employment in the area of business software application development and Web development in creating dynamic Web content and transaction-based Web systems. Graduates of the Programming concentration have designed, written, tested, and debugged programs in several major programming languages in both individual and team-oriented settings. Both theoretical and practical components are covered throughout the concentration. The concentration also provides a means for current programmers to upgrade their programming skills by learning new languages.
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.