School of Information Technology
School of Information Technology

Information Technology - Software Applications and Programming: Associate in Specialized Technology Degree
Pittsburgh, PA Campus

Course Descriptions

GE117P Composition I | A 4 credit hour Composition course

This course covers phases of the writing process, with special emphasis on the structure of writing and techniques for writing clearly, precisely and persuasively. Prerequisite or Corequisite: TB133P Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

GE127P College Mathematics I | A 4 credit hour Mathematics course

This course will include, but is not limited to, the following concepts: quadratic, polynomial and radical equations, linear functions and their graphs, systems of linear equations, functions and their properties and triangles and trigonometric functions. Activities will include solving problems and using appropriate technological tools. Prerequisite: GE184P Problem Solving; Prerequisite or Corequisite: TB133P Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

GE184P Problem Solving | A 4 credit hour Science course

This course introduces students to problem solving techniques and helps them apply the tools of critical reading, analytical thinking and mathematics to help solve problems in practical applications.

GE192P College Mathematics II | A 4 credit hour Mathematics course

This course will include, but is not limited to, the following concepts: exponential and logarithmic equations and functions, graphs of trigonometric functions, trigonometric equations, polar coordinates, oblique triangles, vectors and sequences. Prerequisite: GE127P College Mathematics I or equivalent

GE217P Composition II | A 4 credit hour Humanities course

This course focuses on appropriate rhetoric structures and styles for analytical and argumentative writing. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, reading skills and elements of research in the information age. Prerequisite: GE117P Composition I or equivalent

GE273P Microeconomics | A 4 credit hour Social Science course

This course introduces the economic way of thinking as it provides the basic principles of microeconomics. It is the study of choices made by households, firms, and government and how these choices impact the market economy. Prerequisites: GE117P Composition I or equivalent, GE127P College Mathematics I or equivalent

GE347P Group Dynamics | A 4 credit hour Social Science course

In this course, students examine elements of successful teams and small decision-making groups. Emphasis is on communication, critical thinking and group process techniques. Prerequisite: GE117P Composition I or equivalent

IT104P Introduction to Computer Programming | 4 credit hours

This course serves as a foundation for understanding the logical function and process of computer programming in a given language environment. Basic computer programming knowledge and skills in logic and syntax will be covered. Coding convention and procedures will be discussed relevant to the given programming language environment. Prerequisite: TB143P Introduction to Personal Computers or equivalent

IT106P Programming in C I | 4 credit hours

Students will write, enter, run and debug programs using the C++ language. Topics include simple C++ operations, functions, procedures and data operations. Prerequisite: IT104P Introduction to Computer Programming

IT109P Microsoft Desktop Operating System | 4 credit hours

This course introduces general knowledge and skills required in installation, configuration and management of popular Microsoft operating system(s) for standalone and network client computers. Prerequisite: TB143P Introduction to Personal Computers or equivalent

IT116P Intermediate Programming | 4 credit hours

This course is a continuation of Introduction to Computer Programming. Main topics include arrays, file processing, database interaction, SQL, classes and error handling. Hands-on active learning required. Prerequisite: IT104P Introduction to Computer Programming

IT203P Database Development | 4 credit hours

This course introduces relational database concepts and the role of databases in both Windows and Web applications. The course introduces basic data modeling and normalization concepts. Extensible Markup Language (XML) is also introduced. Prerequisite: TB133P Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

IT204P Scripting and Web Authoring I | 4 credit hours

Student will be introduced to using HTML to create Web pages. Some popular Web authoring tools will also be introduced. Project assignments include the development of simple Web pages and sites using both the HTML code and other tools. Prerequisite: IT104P Introduction to Computer Programming

IT217P Programming in C II | 4 credit hours

This course is a continuation of the preceding C++ course. Students will examine concepts of classes, dynamic memory allocation, exception handling, file input/output, and the STL. Basic object-oriented programming will be presented. Prerequisite: IT106P Programming in C++ I

IT218P Programming in JAVA I | 4 credit hours

Students will be introduced to the essential concepts and programming elements of the Java language. Topics include Internet concepts, basic language concepts (declaring and evaluating data, statements, expressions control flow and input), the development environment, classes and objects and creation of applets. Prerequisite: IT104P Introduction to Computer Programming or equivalent

IT219P Programming in JAVA II | 4 credit hours

This course covers the essentials of applet programming (URL, audio, image, test, animation), error handling, debugging, threads and the client/server environment. Creation of application programs through projects is a requirement. Prerequisites: IT203P Database Development or equivalent, IT218P Programming in Java I or equivalent

IT250P Linux Operating System | 4 credit hours

Installation, configuration and management of a Linux operating system will be explored. Focus will be on functions that resemble the UNIX environment. Directory and file management, user account management and certain device management (such as drives, printers, interface cards, etc.) will be discussed. Prerequisite: TB143P Introduction to Personal Computers or equivalent

IT305P College Mathematics III | 4 credit hours

Students in this course study the concepts of limits and differential and integral calculus in the context of practical problems. Prerequisite: GE192P College Mathematics II or equivalent

IT306P Software Application Programming | 4 credit hours

Students will apply math skills, GUI principles and programming techniques to develop complex application software. Teamwork, project planning and implementation are the underlying criteria for this course. Prerequisites: IT203P Database Development, IT217P Programming in C++ II, IT219P Programming in Java II

IT308P Software Development Capstone Project | 4 credit hours

Development of a complex software application in an area jointly agreed upon by the student as well as the faculty member. The faculty member acts more as a facilitator and project manager for this final assignment. Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 80 credits earned in the program of study including IT306P Software Application Programming or equivalent

IT327P Data Structures | 4 credit hours

Through exploring fundamental data structures, data manipulation techniques and algorithms necessary for good program development, students will be exposed to methods of selecting appropriate data structures to represent data with a given set of operations on that data. Topics include abstract data types, trees and graphs and their traversal, priority queues, searching and sorting, algorithm design techniques, external sorting techniques, hashing, etc. Prerequisite: IT217P Programming in C++ II

TB133P Strategies for the Technical Professional | 4 credit hours

The course reviews characteristics and trends of the global information society including basic information processing, Internet research, other skills used by the technical professional and techniques that can be used for independent technical learning.

TB143P Introduction to Personal Computers | 4 credit hours

Organization of a typical Personal Computer (PC) is examined in a given popular operating systems environment. Terminology and concepts related to major PC hardware components and their functions will be discussed consistent with industry standards and practices.

TB332P Professional Procedures and Portfolio Development | 4 credit hours

Students are required to plan and compile their projects in the form of a portfolio. Instruction on interviewing procedures and writing business communications is also included in this course. Prerequisite: Students must have completed 72 quarter credit hours prior to taking this course

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