Information Technology Courses at Ashford University

Become fluent in the growing field of Information Technology. These courses form the core of the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program at the Forbes School of Business & Technology. You will dive deep into important IT topics such as computer components, hardware and software, computer networking, and IT strategy and management. You will also learn how to design websites, apps, and Human Computer Interfaces (HCI).


Information Technology Class Descriptions and Credit Information

INT 100 Fundamentals of Information Technology & Literacy

3 Credits
This course is designed to prepare students for their degree program path. The Fundamentals of Information Technology and Literacy course covers concepts to enable fluency in Information Technology (IT), a fluency that the National Research Council (NRC) considers an important component of the life-long learning process. This course includes a review of basic concepts needed for the program including topics such as operating systems and computer components, hardware and software, basics of database, programming and system design, and other concepts that encourages critical thinking.

INT 301 Computer Networking

3 Credits

This course provides a comprehensive overview of digital and analog transmission. The course discusses fundamentals of voice, video and data processing, client-server architectures, Open Systems Interconnect model (OSI), Network Components, Local Area Networks (LAN) and Wide Area Networks (WAN), and cutting edge technologies. In addition fundamentals of Ethernet, TCP/IP, and other high speed protocols, broadband communication systems will also be presented. Participating students actively learn via case studies that provide “real-world” examples and scenarios of modern state of the art data communication systems. Prerequisite: CPT 307.

INT 302 Programming in C++

3 Credits

This course teaches structured high-level language C++ programming using the C++. Topics covered include basic input and output, declaration and use of variables, control statements, application of functions, and arrays. Students will deploy applications using C++ programming language. Prerequisite: CST 301.

INT 303 Human Computer Interaction

3 Credits

This course will focus on the scientific principles of Human Computer Interface (HCI) design methodology and the user-interface used in the HCI implementation. Covered topics include human cognition, HCI theories, role of end user, prototyping, user interface design, components of graphical user interface (GUI), system usability and accessibility. Prerequisite: CST 301.

INT 304 Web Design & Development

3 Credits

In this course, students will study major web programming languages. Topics such as content development strategies, crowdsourcing, and supplier management methods are covered while focusing on page layout methods, design coding practices, selection of multimedia, typography, graphics, usability, and accessibility issues. Website publishing, test, marketing, management, and maintenance will also be discussed. Prerequisite: CST 301.

INT 305 Mobile Application Design & Development

3 Credits

This course will focus on the principles of mobile applications development. Students will develop mobile applications on platforms, such as Android. Major topics include memory management, (UID) User Interface Design and Development, input and data handling, network techniques, URL loading, and GPS and motion sensing. Students will create projects, including conception analysis, design and implementation, and testing, to be deployed in real-world applications. Prerequisite: CST 301.

INT 401 Information Technology Strategy & Management

3 Credits

Information Technology has the potential to increase personal and organizational productivity and provide competitive business advantages. The primary objective of the course is to familiarize students with Information Technology that can be used in solving business problems, increasing productivity, and employing competitive advantage strategies. Major topics of the management of Information Systems (IS)/Information Technology (IT) are covered, including strategic and operational issues, the significance of rapidly advancing technology, current technology trends, systems architectures, data management, networking, e-business strategy and tactics, supply chain implications, and human and organizational issues related to Information Technology introduction and use. Prerequisite: CST 301.

INT 499 Capstone for Information Technology

3 Credits

In this course, students will complete a real-life project within a team environment. Students will cover project management techniques such as system planning, system analysis, requirements analysis, conceptual modeling, system development, testing as well as suggesting maintenance and support ideas. Throughout this course, students are required to submit a weekly progress to the instructor, complete weekly interactive assignments, and incorporate feedback from the instructor throughout the project development. Upon the completion of the course, each group will be required to submit their project and documentations as well as a presentation of the final working project. Prerequisites: GEN 499. This course must be taken last in the program.