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College of Technology and Computer Science


Department of Technology Systems


Hamid Fonooni, Chairperson, Suite 200, Science and Technology Building

The Department of Technology Systems offers graduate programs leading to the graduate certificate, the master of science, and a consortium-based doctor of philosophy. The department is a leading proponent of collaborative network-based learning and offers many of its graduate programs online. Students are expected to be proficient in use of a personal computer and have access to high speed internet service.

Graduate certificates offered through the department include: computer network professional, information assurance, lean six sigma, performance improvement, and website developer. The department also offers a master of science (MS) in technology systems and a master of science in occupational safety (MSOT). The MS in technology systems degree program includes study in the areas of computer networking management, digital communications technology, environmental planning and development, industrial distribution and logistics, information security, manufacturing systems, performance improvement, and quality systems. The MSOT builds upon expertise in foundational regulatory and technical aspects of occupational safety and is a stand along degree program. The doctor of philosophy (PhD) in technology management is designed to prepare scholars for leadership positions in education, industry, government, and business. The PhD is offered through a five-university consortium with the degree being awarded through Indiana State University. Graduates from all of these graduate programs are prepared to manage rapidly changing technologies and technical systems.

General Admission Requirements
Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School. Acceptance into any master's degree program in the Department of Technology Systems is based on satisfactory undergraduate grades, scores on a graduate test such as the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), and letters of reference. Completion of an undergraduate degree in a field related to the desired concentration or significant related technical experience are required for admission. Students with limited technical expertise or a non related baccalaureate degree are evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the Department Graduate Admissions Committee. In some cases, remedial undergraduate courses or additional graduate courses are required to complement the graduate program.

MS in Occupational Safety

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The master of science in occupational safety requires 30 s.h. credit and is comprised of courses that build upon expertise in foundational regulatory and technical aspects of occupational safety. Required courses include: SAFT 6040, 6250, 6290, 6310, 6402, 6288; and EHST 6700 and 6701 or SAFT 6805. Electives from EHST, ITEC, SAFT or other areas are selected as approved by the Graduate Program Coordinator. Students who are deficient in the foundational regulatory and technical aspects of occupational safety may be required to take additional courses. Program pre-requisites include chemistry with lab and statistics.

Non-thesis option: SAFT 6995; 6 s.h. of approved electives.
Thesis option: BIOS 7021; SAFT 7000; 3 s.h. of approved electives.

MS in Technology Systems

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Minimum degree requirement is 30 s.h. of credit as follows:
  1. Common core: ITEC 6000, 6050, 6200, 6406 - 12 s. h.
  2. Concentration area (Choose one) - 18 s.h.
    Computer networking management:
    ICTN 6823, 6850, 6865, 6875, 6880, 6885
    Digital communications technology:
    ICTN 6810, 6820, 6823, 6830, 6840, 6850
    Environmental planning and development:
    PLAN 5025, 5065, 6020, 6029, 6301, 6305
    Industrial Distribution and Logistics:
    IDIS 6500, 6535, 6545; ITEC 6001, 6600; approved elective from ICTN, ITEC, SAFT
    Information Security:
    ICTN 6823, 6865, 6870, 6873, 6878, 6883
    Manufacturing Systems:
    IDIS 6535; ITEC 6001, 6002, 6003, 6600; approved elective from ICTN, IDIS, ITEC, SAFT
    Performance Improvement
    EDTC 6010, 6020, 6045, 7125; ITEC 6001; approved elective from EDTC, IDIS, ITEC, PSYC
    Quality Systems:
    IDIS 6535; ITEC 6001, 6110, 6112, 6600; approved elective from ICTN, IDIS, ITEC, SAFT
The master of science degree program is designed to serve the needs of students who possess a baccalaureate degree in technology systems and related technology oriented disciplines. The program of study includes course work composed of four core courses, and six in the area of specialization. All students are required to apply theory to practice through analytical projects and research papers involving industry problems and applications. Concentrations are currently available in computer networking management, digital communication technology, industrial distribution and logistics, information security, performance improvement, environmental planning, manufacturing systems and quality systems. The emphasis of the master of science degree program is on technology management, application to practice, and creative problem solving in technology driven industry and business.

The core consists of courses which emphasize the fundamental skills and knowledge deemed important by industrial employers and technology managers. Graduates must be able to use information processing systems to more effectively communicate, process information, access data, and solve problems in industry; evaluate the performance of technical systems and interpret the significance of data pertaining to product quality and reliability; be familiar with contemporary issues relating to people and technology in competitive, world-class markets; identify and apply techniques for organizing resources to enhance productivity and accomplish objectives in a cost-efficient and timely manner; and serve as effective leaders and managers.

Students with limited technical expertise are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. In some instances, remedial undergraduate courses or additional graduate courses are required to complement the graduate program. All courses are offered in an online format for all concentrations. Students must have access to current computing technology and full Internet access. Additional details regarding platforms and connectivity are available by contacting the Department of Technology Systems.

Computer Networking Management

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Courses in this concentration emphasize advanced technologies used in the design, implementation, administration, monitoring, optimization, and maintenance of data communication and computer networking systems in industry.

Digital Communications Technology

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Courses in this concentration emphasize a broad understanding of communication theory and practice in the transmission of digital data, including signal generation, conditioning, transmission, error detection and correction, and the underlying technologies used to retrieve, process, store, and analyze data in organizations.

Environmental Planning and Development

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Courses serving the needs of students to provide training that will equip the student to work in the coastal regions across the nation, developing sustainable building and hazard mitigation codes as well as maximizing the recreational opportunities while minimizing the impact on the environment.

Industrial Distribution and Logistics

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This concentration prepares students for the evolving and changing technology management techniques and theories in the area of distribution and logistics. Focus is on understanding, modeling, analyzing, and improving the supply chain and its related elements.

Information Security

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Courses in this concentration prepare students to design and manage a system for securing and protecting the integrity of information in governmental, private, and non-profit data network systems.

Manufacturing Systems

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Courses in this concentration emphasize the design, management, and control of human and technological operations systems primarily applied to manufacturing systems.

Performance Improvement

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This concentration serves students with a human resource and organizational performance improvement career interest. Courses focus on a systems view of how to develop and implement significant improvement in organizational performance in a technology driven organization.

Quality Systems

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This concentration prepares students for upper-level positions in quality management fields. The program provides industry-based, problem-solving experiences in the application of technology, planning, productivity improvement, quality, statistical analysis, and management systems.

Thesis Option

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For students interested in a research focus, the MS in technology systems provides a thesis option with six credit hours of the required thirty hours dedicated to the development of independent research. Students should identify a thesis advisor early and develop an abstract of the research topic and the contribution. The MS thesis option committee will consist of three members.

PhD in Technology Management

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The School of Industry and Technology is one of five universities collaborating to provide an online PhD program in technology management. The degree is awarded through Indiana State University and is designed to prepare scholars for leadership positions in education, industry, government, and business. The program consists of a minimum of 90 s.h. beyond the baccalaureate. Students are required to successfully complete preliminary and comprehensive examinations, design and conduct original research, and defend a doctoral dissertation. An individualized program of study and applied research internship is also required.

The program involves five areas of required study: technical core (15 s.h.), research core (27 s.h.), technical specialization (30 s.h.), internship (6 s.h.), and cognates (12 s.h.). Additional courses may be required to address deficiencies. ITEC 6050 is a prerequisite to all distance learning programs. Design of each candidate’s program of study is dependent on their goals and background experiences.

Four technical specializations are currently available: digital communication systems, construction management, manufacturing systems, quality systems, and human resource development. ECU provides the lead on specializations in digital communication and manufacturing systems. Students identify a “home university” based on their technical specialization and/or geographic location.

Certificate Programs

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Computer Network Professional Certificate Program
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The computer network professional certificate program prepares graduates for employment in the computer networking industry. The skills developed in the course work lead to successful careers as network administrator, data communication manager, communication specialist, etc.

The program is structured to achieve this objective through 15 s.h. of advanced course work. Information in the courses is cumulative; therefore the program requires 18 months to complete.

The computer network professional certificate program is offered online via the Internet. Students in the program are required to have fully functional computer hardware and full Internet connectivity. Additional details regarding platforms are available by contacting the Department of Technology Systems, College of Technology and Computer Science.

Required courses: ICTN 6800, 6810, 6820, 6823, 6830.

Information Assurance Certificate Program
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The information assurance certificate program prepares graduates for employment in various levels of information technology industry. The skills included in the course work are required to be successful in such positions as information security specialist, network security analyst, and information security manager.

The program is structured to achieve this objective through 15 s.h. of advanced course work. Information in the course is cumulative; therefore the program requires three semesters to complete.

The information assurance certificate program is offered online via the Internet. Students in the program are required to have fully functional computer hardware and full Internet connectivity.

Due to the nature of the advanced skills, the prerequisites of this program include the knowledge of basic data communication, computer networking, and computer operation as evidenced by one of the following: COMPTIA Network+ certification or Cisco CCNA certification or equivalent course work. The prerequisite requirement can also be achieved by taking several ECU courses.

Required courses: ICTN 6800, 6823, 6865, 6873, 6878.

Lean Six Sigma Certificate Program
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The lean six sigma certificate program prepares graduates for employment in industry in a variety of jobs related to quality or process improvement. The skills developed in the course work can lead to successful careers as a lean six sigma facilitator, continuous improvement manager, project leader, and similar positions. The program is structured to achieve this objective through internet-based, online advanced course work. Students are required to have high-speed internet connections.

Minimum certificate requirement is 15 s.h. of credit as follows:
Choose 12 s.h. from the following: ITEC 6001, 6002, 6003, 6110, 6112.
Choose 3 s.h. from the following: ITEC 6001, 6002, 6003, 6110, 6112, 6600, 6535, 6545.
Any individual course may be taken only once for application towards the MS degree requirements and the certificate requirements. All prerequisites must be satisfied on a course by course basis.

The courses are scheduled to allow completion of the certificate program in 18 months. Transfer hours are not accepted in the lean six sigma certificate program.

Performance Improvement Certificate Program
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Applicants to the Certificate in Performance Improvement must currently have a bachelors degree. Students may transfer up to 9 semester hours as a non degree student toward the graduate MS in Instructional Technology or an MS in Performance Systems Improvement. Graduate School retention standards will apply. Required courses: EDTC 6010, 6020, 6125, ITEC 6001, 6200, 6050

Website Developer Certificate Program
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The website developer certificate program prepares graduates for employment as website developers and managers. The skills learned in this certificate program are required to be successful in jobs with titles such as web master, web designer, etc.

The program is structured to achieve this objective through 15 s.h. of advanced course work. Information in the courses is cumulative; therefore the program requires eighteen months to complete.

The website developer certificate program is offered online via the Internet. Students in the program are required to have fully functional computer hardware and full Internet connectivity. Additional details regarding platforms are available by contacting Department of Technology Systems in the College of Technology and Computer Science.

Required courses: ICTN 6800, 6815, 6825, 6835, 6845.