This Bachelor of Science in Software Development and Information Management exposes students to many computer science concepts in a hands-on environment while focusing on practical skills critical to success in today's IT workplace. This major provides students with strong programming and application development skills while also emphasizing the design, development, and maintenance of the data and databases integral to modern systems. The degree has also been designed to give students a background in database programming, mobile application development, system design and development, mathematics, sciences, information security, networking, web development, operating systems, data science, communication, and liberal arts.
Effective Fall 2020
- School of Engineering Technologies
- Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)
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This major prepares students for careers in programming, software application development, database design and administration, data-driven Web application development, Web and mobile programming, programming analysis, and system analysis.
Recommended High School Subjects
Students entering the major directly from high school should have a strong background in English, mathematics (college algebra and trigonometry), and sciences. Familiarity with computer programming, hardware, and software will also ease the transition.
Special Equipment Needs
A laptop/notebook computer is required for enrollment in all Information Technology majors, including Software Development & Information Management. Review required Laptop Specification see https://www.pct.edu/sites/default/files/2021-05/laptop_requirement.pdf#zoom=100.
All incoming students must meet placement requirements in math. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College Catalog (see https://www.pct.edu/catalog/admissions-policy). Students will not be allowed to enroll in required Information Technology (CIT) and Security (IAS) courses until all remediation of mathematics (through MTH008) is complete.
Students seeking entrance through transfer into this major should strive to take courses at their respective institutions that provide competency in the following areas: pre-calculus, programming (two semesters minimum - same language preferred); database; Web technologies; networking; Unix and/or Linux. Students transferring from institutions that have articulation agreements with Penn College should seek advisement from their respective institutions. See also, the transfer standards established by the College.
Program GoalsA graduate of this major should be able to:
- demonstrate knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to software and database development.
- demonstrate proficiency in the core information technologies such as programming, networking, web development, database, and security.
- analyze, assess, develop, deploy, and maintain secure software solutions for IT related problems.
- apply necessary problem-solving, collaboration, organizational, and project planning skills to accomplish a common goal.
- identify and explain the professional, social, ethical, and legal issues surrounding IT and the associated responsibilities of IT professionals.
- consider management principles and their impact in the IT discipline.
- communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing, using language appropriate for the intended audience.
- identify, evaluate, and explain the local and global impact of computing applications on individuals, organizations, and society.
- identify and explain the need for continuing professional development in the IT discipline.
Students must complete all required major courses in the Software Development & Information Management major (those courses with the alpha-designator CIT, EET, LAS, and MTH) with a grade of "C" or higher. Additionally, any course approved for use as a Directed BSI Elective must also be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.
|FYE101||First Year Experience||1.0||.50||1.50||S||REQ|
|CIT160||Introduction to Programming||3.0||3||M||REQ|
|MGT115||Principles of Management||3.0||3||M||REQ|
|CSC124||Information, Technology & Society||3.0||3||S||REQ|
|ENL111||English Composition I||3.0||3||S||REQ|
|SSP||Core Social Science Perspective||3.0||S||SSP|
|CIT180||Introduction to Database||3.0||3||M||REQ|
|ENL201||Technical & Professional Communication||3.0||3||S||REQ|
|CIT230||Fundamentals of Information Security||3.0||3||M||REQ|
|CIT281||Secure Database Development||3.0||3||M||REQ|
|CIT360||Data Structures & Algorithms||3.0||3||M||REQ|
|FIT||Fitness & Wellness Elective||1.0||S||FIT|
|CIT240||Introduction to UNIX/Linux||3.0||3||M||REQ|
|CIT243||Discrete Structures in Computer Applications||3.0||3||M||REQ|
|CIT351||Web Systems & Technologies||3.0||3||M||REQ|
|CIT246||System Analysis I||3.0||3||M||REQ|
|MTH161||Statistics for STEM Fields with Computer Applications||3.5||3||1.50||M||REQ|
|CIT344||Operating Systems Concepts I||3.0||3||M||REQ|
|CIT386||SQL Server & .NET Framework||3.0||3||M||REQ|
|FIT||Fitness & Wellness Elective||1.0||S||FIT|
|ARP||Core Arts Perspective||3.0||S||ARP|
|BSI||Directed BSI Elective||3.0||M||BSI|
|CIT382||Programming for Mobile Devices||3.0||3||M||REQ|
|CIT342||System Analysis II||3.0||3||M||REQ|
|CIT368||Secure Software Development & Testing||3.0||3||M||REQ|
|LAS350||Legal Issues in Information Security Management||3.0||Science, Technology and Society Requirement||3||M||REQ|
|SCL||Science Elective with lab||4.0||S||SCL|
|CIT482||Data Science Principles||3.0||3||M||REQ|
|HIP||Core Historical Perspective||3.0||S||HIP|
|CIT460||Advanced Topics in Programming||3.0||3||M||REQ|
|CIT480||Advanced Database Management||3.0||3||M||REQ|
|MGT410||Management of Organizational Behavior||3.0||Writing Enriched Requirement||3||M||REQ|