The Department of Computer and Information Technology educates professional practitioners and managers of information technology, accelerates information technology transfer to business and industry, and develops innovations in the application of emerging information technology through learning, engagement, and discovery by its faculty and students.
- To its students, the department provides world-class curricula that facilitate student-centered and laboratory-based learning of information technologies that are relevant to their lives and careers, valuable in terms of content and competencies, and connected to the needs of industry.
- To industry, the department produces practitioner-oriented information technology professionals and future leaders who can immediately contribute to problem solving and business results through application of information technology. Computer and Information Technology actively partners with industry through engagement that both contribute to life-long learning as well as the discovery of application of information technology solutions to business needs.
- To other educators, the department is a partner through professional service and discovery of learning that extends the frontiers of information technology education and outreach.
- To society, the department is a citizen and partner that advance the economic and social development of the State of Indiana , the nation, and the world through technology transfer .
CIT's educational objectives derive directly from the mission statement
Several years after graduation, CIT students will be:
- practitioner-oriented information technology professionals
- problem solvers who apply information technology solutions to business needs
- future information technology leaders
- life-long learners
CIT's program outcomes identify expectations for students immediately upon graduation. These outcomes align well with the four program outcomes as shown below:
CIT prepares students to be:
practitioner-oriented information technology professionals
- Use and apply information systems solutions
- Understand and apply high-level tools and emerging technologies
- Use and apply systems theory and concepts
problem solvers who apply information technology solutions to business needs
- Demonstrate independent critical thinking and problem solving skills
- Understand and apply system development methodologies
future information technology leaders
- Communicate effectively with customers, supervisors and peers, both orally and in writing
- Work effectively in teams to achieve a common goal
- Manage projects, change, resources, and conflict
- Understand the expectations of an Information Technology professional
Program Outcomes Details
CIT prepares students to:
Use and apply information systems solutions
- Describe the purpose and organization of common business functions, processes, opportunities for automation, and information services.
- Describe characteristics of and apply information system solutions to personal, workgroup, enterprise and inter-enterprise problems and opportunities.
- Describe characteristics of and apply information system solutions to transactional, operational, managerial, and executive problems and opportunities.
- Actively employ best practices in information technology.
Understand and apply high-level tools and emerging technologies
- Describe the functions, components, and architecture of computers, peripherals, and networks.
- Evaluate, recommend, install, and integrate purchased technology or solutions.
- Apply appropriate hardware and software tools for business solutions.
- Select and apply high-level tools for system, application, database, and network development.
- Manage applications and technology with high-level tools and methodologies.
- Identify and evaluate current and emerging technologies and assess their applicability to address the users' needs.
Use and apply systems theory and concepts
- Apply system representations and life cycle concepts.
- Represent business and technical dimensions of data, processes, and networks using formal frameworks, methods, and models.
- Understand and identify the environment, boundaries, interfaces, and components of information systems.
- Understand information systems architectures and their implementation.
Demonstrate independent critical thinking and problem solving skills
- Recognize the need for the application of analytical methods, critical thinking, and creative problem solving.
- Apply problem solving approaches to the definition and solution of problems.
- Devise questions that will identify and evaluate problems, opportunities, constraints, and alternative solutions.
- Formulate effective solutions to simple and complex problems.
Understand and apply system development methodologies
- Understand "make versus buy" alternatives, criteria, and implications.
- Select and utilize systems development and integration methodologies that are compatible within organizational settings.
- Use appropriate tools and techniques to collect and analyze user requirements.
- Use appropriate tools and techniques to plan, analyze, design, and construct information systems.
Communicate effectively with customers, supervisors and peers, both orally and in writing
- Organize and write business and technical memos, reports, and documentation.
- Organize and make business and technical presentations to audiences of technical and non-technical backgrounds.
- Plan and conduct surveys, sampling, and interviews for the purpose of fact finding, problem analysis, or requirements determination.
- Plan, organize, and facilitate group meetings and joint application development sessions.
- Accurately observe, document, and explain events.
Work effectively in teams to achieve a common goal
- Work effectively as a member of teams.
- Effectively work with people of diverse backgrounds.
- Effectively work with people at all corporate levels.
- Develop "win-win" approaches for conflict resolution.
- Empathetically listen and seek synergistic solutions.
Manage projects, change, resources, and conflict
- Establish project goals consistent with organizational goals.
- Plan, specify, gather, deploy, monitor, and direct resources and activities.
- Understand how to manage outsourced services and projects.
- Understand the need for, and techniques for management of change, expectations, and conflict.
- Create and implement effective project plans with regard to scope, time and cost goals.
- Apply concepts of total quality management and continuous quality improvement.
- Assess feasibility and risk for projects.
Understand the expectations of an Information Technology professional
- Develop a sense of personal responsibility and accountability for one's individual actions and performance.
- Apply personal goal setting, decision making skills, and time management concepts.
- Articulate a personal position and respect the opinions of others.
- Understand and adhere to the ethical standards of the profession.
- Assess organizational and societal impacts of information technology.
- Recognize the need for continued learning.