College Catalog

Software Development & Information Management (BSI)

(Effective Fall 2013)

This major provides students with strong programming and application development skills with additional focus on system development, databases, and Web development. The degree is designed to give students a broad background in programming, database administration, database design and programming, mobile application development, system design and development, mathematics, sciences, IT security, networking, Web applications, operating systems, communication, and liberal arts. Hands-on learning ensures deep understanding of all subjects.

Career Opportunities

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. Laptop specifications are available on the Software Development & Information Management Web page.

Remediation Strategies

All entering students will be tested for English, math, and reading deficiencies.  Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in this catalog (see  Students will not be allowed to enroll in required Information Technology (CIT) and Security (IAS) courses until all remediation of mathematics (through MTH006) is complete. 

Transfer Procedures

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 Goals

Graduates of this major should be able to:

  • assess the needs of an IT-related problem and select, develop, integrate, and administer an appropriate solution, including the appropriate application of security to protect the user's interests.
  • demonstrate proficiency in the core information technologies.
  • identify and explain the underlying principles upon which the core information technologies are based and how information is generated and disseminated to address user requirements.
  • understand and use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for application development for Web and database technologies.
  • identify and explain the importance of users and their requirements in the development and deployment of applications for Web and database technologies.
  • practice effective organizational and project planning skills.
  • use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to identify and define the computing requirements appropriate for Web and database technologies.
  • communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing, using language appropriate for the intended audience.
  • employ mathematical and science concepts that are necessary to the development of applications in Web and database technologies.
  • apply necessary collaborative skills to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
  • employ accepted practices and standards within the development of applications for Web and database technologies.
  • identify and explain standards of professionalism as they pertain to personal and work-related endeavors.
  • understand, identify, and explain the social, ethical, and legal implications of information technology and responsibilities of developers.
  • identify, evaluate, and explain how changes in the IT discipline affect business, industry, and the work environment.
  • identify and explain the need for continuing professional development in the IT discipline.
  • understand the basic financial principles of business and how those principles affect the IT industry.

Performance Standards

Students must complete all required courses in the Software Development & Information Management major (those courses with the alpha-designator BWM, CIT, EET, IAS, LAS, MIS, and MTH) with a grade of "C" or higher.


First SemesterCredits
FYE101First Year Experience 1 
CIT160Introduction to Programming 3 
CIT180Introduction to Database 3 
CSC124Information, Technology, and Society 3 
ENL111English Composition I 3 
MTDMath Elective (MTH180 or Higher) 3 
Second SemesterCredits
CIT171Introduction to Networking 3 
CIT260Programming II 3 
CIT240Introduction to UNIX/Linux 3 
ENL201Technical and Professional Communication 3 
MTCMath Elective (MTH182 or Higher) 3 
Third SemesterCredits
CIT230Fundamentals of Information Security 3 
CIT280Database Development 3 
CIT360Data Structures and Algorithms 3 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
MGT115Principles of Management 3 
SCIScience Elective 3 
Fourth SemesterCredits
CIT243Discrete Structures in Computer Applications 3 
CIT351Web Systems and Technologies 3 
CIT246System Analysis I 3 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
MTH160Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications 4 
SPCSpeech Elective 3 
Fifth SemesterCredits
CIT344Operating Systems Concepts I 3 
CIT284PL/SQL Programming 3 
CIT386SQL Server and .NET Framework 3 
ACC113Introduction to Financial Accounting 3 
ARTArt Elective 3 
Sixth SemesterCredits
CIT382Programming for Mobile Devices 3 
CIT342System Analysis II 3 
CIT366Middleware/Integration 3 
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
SCLScience Elective with lab 4 
Seventh SemesterCredits
CIT480Advanced Database Management 3 
CIT498Senior Project 3 
LAS350Legal Issues in Information Security Management 3 Science, Technology and Society Requirement
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
SSESocial Science Elective 3 
ARTArt Elective 3 
FORForeign Language Elective 3 
AAEApplied Arts Elective 3 
IFEInternational Field Experience Elective 3 
OEAOpen Elective / Associate 3 
Eighth SemesterCredits
CIT460Advanced Topics in Programming 3 
SSESocial Science Elective 3 
MGT410Management of Organizational Behavior 3 Writing Enriched Requirement &
Cultural Diversity Requirement
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
SSESocial Science Elective 3 
ARTArt Elective 3 
FORForeign Language Elective 3 
AAEApplied Arts Elective 3 
IFEInternational Field Experience Elective 3 
OEAOpen Elective / Associate 3 

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