School of Information Technology
School of Information Technology

Information Systems and Cybersecurity: Bachelor of Applied Science Degree
Arlington Heights, IL Campus

Course Descriptions

AR4540 Visual Arts | A 4.5 credit hour Humanities course

This course introduces art and architecture forms and the historical and cultural foundations of the modern and contemporary periods, and the post-modern global art movement. Prerequisite: EN3220 Written Analysis or equivalent or SS3155 Research Methods or equivalent

CO2520 Communications | A 4.5 credit hour Humanities course

The course focuses on the history, principles and techniques of interpersonal, organizational and mass communications, and on communicating using written, verbal and visual formats. Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 54 credits earned in the program of study including EN1320 Composition I or equivalent

EN1320 Composition I | A 4.5 credit hour Composition course

This course examines phases of the writing process, with emphasis on the structure of writing and techniques for communicating clearly, precisely and persuasively. Prerequisite: GS1145 Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

EN1420 Composition II | A 4.5 credit hour Composition course

This course builds on the foundations of Composition I with additional emphasis in rhetorical structures, argumentation, and research. Presenting strong arguments using visual and oral communication techniques is also included. Prerequisite: EN1320 Composition I or equivalent

EN3220 Written Analysis | A 4.5 credit hour Composition course

This course introduces theories and principles of critical and creative thinking with the goal of analysis and production of comprehensive written documents. Focus is on critically evaluating ideas and arguments. Prerequisites: EN1420 Composition II or equivalent, SS3150 Research Methods or equivalent

GS1140 Problem Solving Theory | 4.5 credit hours

This course introduces students to fundamental principles, strategies and methods of problem solving theory.

GS1145 Strategies for the Technical Professional | 4.5 credit hours

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

HU4646 Contemporary Moral Issues | A 3.0 credit hour Humanities course

This course introduces fundamentals of ethics. Focus is on the identification and analysis of a variety of theoretical moral constructs and their application to individual and personal behavior. Students apply rules of ethics to moral problems faced by individuals in contemporary culture. Prerequisite: EN3220 Written Analysis or equivalent

IS3110 Risk Management in Information Technology Security | 4.5 credit hours

This course addresses how risk, threats and vulnerabilities impact information systems in the context of risk management. Topics include methods of assessing, analyzing and managing risks, defining an acceptable level of risk for information systems, and identifying elements of a business impact analysis, a business continuity plan and a disaster recovery plan. Prerequisite: NT2580 Introduction to Information Security or equivalent

IS3120 Network Communications Infrastructure | 4.5 credit hours

This course explores the convergence of computer networking and telecommunications technologies. Capabilities and limitations of converged networking infrastructure are analyzed through voice, data and video applications in relation to performance, management and security challenges. Prerequisites: NT2640 IP Networking or equivalent, NT2670 Email and Web Services or equivalent

IS3220 Information Technology Infrastructure Security | 4.5 credit hours

This course examines security challenges encountered on backbone networks in an information and communications infrastructure. Topics include methods of tightening infrastructure security, a variety of tools for monitoring and managing infrastructure security and commonly-used technologies, such as firewalls and VPNs. Prerequisite: IS3120 Network Communications Infrastructure or equivalent

IS3230 Access Security | 4.5 credit hours

This course explores the concept of controling access to information systems and applications. Topics include access, authentication and accounting for end-users and system administrators, and security controls for access control including tokens and public key infrastructures (PKIs). Prerequisite: NT2580 Introduction to Information Security or equivalent

IS3340 Windows Security | 4.5 credit hours

This course examines security implementations for a variety of Windows platforms and applications. Areas of study include analysis of the security architecture of Windows systems. Students will identify and examine security risks and apply tools and methods to address security issues in the Windows environment. Prerequisite: NT2580 Introduction to Information Security or equivalent

IS3350 Security Issues in Legal Context | 4.5 credit hours

This course provides an overview of legal processes involved in implementing and maintaining information systems security. Students will study security violations and breaches in relation to pertinent laws and regulations, and will use case studies to analyze legal impacts of information security issues. Prerequisites: NT2580 Introduction to Information Security or equivalent, IS3110 Risk Management in Information Technology Security or equivalent

IS3440 Linux Security | 4.5 credit hours

This course examines threats, vulnerabilities and other security issues in Linux operating systems and applications in the Linux environment. Students will practice using different methods, tools and techniques to secure Linux operating systems and applications. Prerequisite: NT1430 Linux Networking or equivalent

IS3445 Security for Web Applications and Social Networking | 4.5 credit hours

In this course, students will analyze security implications of information exchange on the Internet and via Web-based applications. Topics include methods and techniques to identify and countermeasure risks, threats and vulnerabilities for Web-based applications, and to mitigate risks associated with Web applications and social engineering. Prerequisite: NT2640 IP Networking or equivalent

IS4550 Security Policies and Implementation | 4.5 credit hours

This course explores security policies that protect and maintain an organizations network and information systems assets. Topics include the effects of organizational culture, behavior and communications styles on generating, enforcing and maitaining security policies. Prerequisite: IS3110 Risk Management in Information Technology Security or equivalent

IS4560 Hacking and Countermeasures | 4.5 credit hours

This course explores hacking techniques and countermeasures. Topics include network systems penetration tools and techniques for identifying vulnerabilities and security holes in operating systems and software applications. Students will practice ethical hacking procedures to attempt unauthorized access to target systems and data, and incident handling procedures in the case of an information security compromise. Prerequisite: NT2580 Introduction to Information Security or equivalent

IS4670 Cybercrime Forensics | 4.5 credit hours

This course explores cybercrime, security threats and legal considerations facing cybersecurity professionals in dealing with the discovery, investigation and prosecution of cybercrimes. Students will study tools used by computer forensic professionals for investigating cybercrimes, and the use of these tools for the collection, examination and preservation of evidence for prosecution. Prerequisites: IS3350 Security Issues in Legal Context or equivalent, IS4560 Hacking and Countermeasures or equivalent

IS4680 Security Auditing for Compliance | 4.5 credit hours

This course examines principles, approaches and methodology used in auditing information systems security to ensure processes and procedures are in compliance with pertinent laws and regulatory provisions. Prerequisite: IS3350 Security Issues in Legal Context or equivalent

IS4799 Information Systems and Cybersecurity Capstone Project | 4.5 credit hours

This course serves as a comprehensive assessment of knowledge and skills in information systems and cybersecurity. Activities include research into selected security problems and planning, designing and implementing security solutions for a user organization. Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 171 credits earned in the program of study including IS4670 Cybercrime Forensics or equivalent

MA1210 College Mathematics I | A 4.5 credit hour Mathematics course

This course focuses on fundamental mathematical concepts including quadratic, polynomial and radical equations, linear functions and their graphs, systems of linear equations, functions and their properties and matrices. Activities will include solving problems and using appropriate technological tools. Prerequisite: GS1140 Problem Solving Theory or equivalent

MA1310 College Mathematics II | A 4.5 credit hour Mathematics course

This course will include the following concepts: exponential and logarithmic equations and functions, graphs of trigonometric functions, trigonometric equations, polar coordinates, oblique triangles, vectors and sequences. Prerequisite: MA1210 College Mathematics I or equivalent

MA3110 Statistics | A 4.5 credit hour Mathematics course

This course introduces descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics include probability and probability distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and linear regression. Prerequisites: EN1320 Composition I or equivalent, MA1210 College Mathematics I or equivalent

NT1110 Computer Structure and Logic | 4.5 credit hours

The organization of a computer is examined in a typical operating systems environment. Terminology and underlying principles related to major computer functions are discussed in the context of hardware and software environments.

NT1210 Introduction to Networking | 4.5 credit hours

This course serves as a foundation for the study of computer networking technologies. Concepts in data communications, such as signaling, coding and decoding, multiplexing, circuit switching and packet switching, OSI and TCP/IP models, LAN/WAN protocols, network devices and their functions, topologies and capabilities are discussed. Industry standards and the development of networking technologies are surveyed in conjunction with a basic awareness of software and hardware components used in typical networking and internetworking environments. Prerequisite: NT1110 Computer Structure and Logic or equivalent

NT1230 ClientServer Networking I | 4.5 credit hours

This course introduces operating principles for the client-server based networking systems. Students will examine processes and procedures involving the installation, configuration, maintenance, troubleshooting and routine administrative tasks of popular desktop operating system(s) for standalone and network client computers, and related aspects of typical network server functions. Prerequisite or Corequisite: NT1210 Introduction to Networking or equivalent

NT1310 Physical Networking | 4.5 credit hours

This course examines industry standards and practices involving the physical components of networking technologies (such as wiring standards and practices, various media and interconnection components), networking devices and their specifications and functions. Students will practice designing physical network solutions based on appropriate capacity planning and implementing various installation, testing and troubleshooting techniques for a computer network. Prerequisite: NT1210 Introduction to Networking or equivalent

NT1330 ClientServer Networking II | 4.5 credit hours

The typical network server operating system and its functions are the focus of this course. Areas of study include installation, configuration, maintenance and routine administrative tasks of the network services provided by the server in relation to its clients and other servers. Prerequisite: NT1230 Client-Server Networking I or equivalent

NT1430 Linux Networking | 4.5 credit hours

This course covers system and network administrative tasks associated to Linux-based components on a network. Routine tasks in installation, configuration, maintenance, and troubleshooting of Linux workstations and servers will be discussed with emphasis on the network services provided by open source solutions. Prerequisite: NT1210 Introduction to Networking or equivalent

NT2580 Introduction to Information Security | 4.5 credit hours

This course provides an overview of security challenges and strategies of counter measures in the information systems environment. Topics include definitions of terms, concepts, elements and goals incorporating industry standards and practices with a focus on availability, vulnerability, integrity and confidentiality aspects of information systems. Prerequisites: NT1330 Client-Server Networking II or equivalent, NT1430 Linux Networking or equivalent

NT2640 IP Networking | 4.5 credit hours

This course explores network design and implementation by applying the TCP/IP protocols to provide connectivity and associated services. Planning and deployment of network addressing structures, as well as router and switch configurations, are also examined. Prerequisite: NT1210 Introduction to Networking or equivalent

NT2670 Email and Web Services | 4.5 credit hours

This course explores common network-based services such as Web services, email and FTP in a given server operating systems environment. Related security issues will also be studied. Prerequisites: NT1330 Client-Server Networking II or equivalent, NT1430 Linux Networking or equivalent

NT2799 Network Systems Administration Capstone Project | 4.5 credit hours

This course provides an opportunity for students to work on a comprehensive project that includes the design, planning and implementation of a network solution for solving specific business problems. Common project management processes are applied to identify deliverables and outcomes of the project. Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 75 credits earned in the program of study including NT2640 IP Networking or equivalent

PT1420 Introduction to Programming | 4.5 credit hours

This course serves as a foundation for understanding the logical function and process of computer programming. Basic computer programming knowledge and skills in logic and generic syntax are studied. Coding convention and procedures will be discussed relevant to the given programming language environment. Prerequisite: NT1110 Computer Structure and Logic or equivalent

PT2520 Database Concepts | 4.5 credit hours

This course introduces the basic concepts in databases and their applications. Topics include database history, structure, objects, relational database management systems (RDBMS) and introductory Structured Query Language (SQL). Prerequisite: PT1420 Introduction to Programming or equivalent

PY3155 Fundamentals of Psychology | A 3.0 credit hour Social Science course

This course introduces psychological theories related to the human mind and human behavior. The course involves critical thinking, observation, information gathering and analysis in the practice of social science and scientific methodology. Prerequisite: EN1320 Composition I or equivalent

SC1130 Survey of the Sciences | A 4.5 credit hour Science course

This survey course is designed to familiarize the student with the methods of rational inquiry and problem solving in the sciences. Students will explore a selection of topics in the scientific fields including physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy and earth science, to develop basic scientific literacy and the ability to critically analyze issues of science. This course includes a laboratory component.

SC4735 Environmental Science | A 5.5 credit hour

This course explores issues in environmental science using an integrative approach against a political, geographic, cultural and economic backdrop. Through hands-on and virtual labs and applied problem sets, students will study the impact humans have on the environment and the costs and benefits of mitigating the impact. This course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisites: EN1420 Composition II or equivalent, MA1210 College Mathematics I or equivalent

SP2750 Group Theory | A 4.5 credit hour Social Science course

This course is an overview of the theory related to groups of people bonded by task or culture. Emphasis is on communication, critical thinking and group process theory, including social exchange theory, structuration theory, functional theory, group ethics, diversity and related communication conflicts, group decision-making, creativity, leadership and gender. Prerequisite: EN1320 Composition I or equivalent

SS3150 Research Methods | A 4.5 credit hour Social Science course

This course introduces a step-by-step approach to conducting research. Topics include scientific reasoning, applying critical thinking principles to assess validity and reliability in research, and production of research-based documents. Prerequisites: EN1420 Composition II or equivalent, MA3110 Statistics or equivalent or MA3310 Calculus I or equivalent

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