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Go Where U Want 2 Go with IST

a short presentation highlighting key points about IST

Melissa Hicks

on 29 July 2013

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Transcript of Go Where U Want 2 Go with IST

The IST (B.S.) Options
The SRA (B.S.) Options
The College of Information sciences and technology
IST prepares graduates to define and tackle critical problems with cutting-edge
technologies in government, industry, and
non-profit organizations.
Three possible paths
where do you want to go?
Information Systems: Design and Development
Information Technology: Integration and Application
Information Context: People, Organizations, and Society
Do you speak JAVA? Do poorly designed Web sites frustrate you? Do you design your own software applications? Do you dive into unfamiliar programs without reading any instructions? Are you a troubleshooter?

If any of these characteristics describe you, then the Information Systems: Design and Development (ISDEV) option within the IST major might be for you.

This option is for the self-motivated student who loves technology, knows how to bring different pieces of technology together to solve problems, and is not afraid of new or challenging technology. He or she is persistent, great at analyzing complex problems, and a fabulous team player and independent worker. A student who pursues this option may acquire strong leadership skills, gain a broad range of technological knowledge, lasso the power of databases, and build complex web-based programs.

The ISDEV option is light on theory, focusing mostly on hands-on experiences, learning and applying object-oriented programming languages, and understanding varieties of factors that can influence technological solutions. Students who complete this option are potentially poised for positions that leverage databases, are responsible for identifying and solving technological problems, require leadership or project management skills, or perform system documentation, programming, or testing. Potential careers for ISDEV graduates may be software developer, systems engineer, and human factors specialist, and many others.
Information Systems: Design and Development
Information Technology: Integration and Application
Do you have innate technical abilities that you (and your friends) tap into frequently? Do you want to learn new technologies, processes, and applications? Would you like to be able to design, build, test, maintain systems and their supporting technologies? Do you frequently see the “big picture?” Do you like to take advantage of new opportunities?

If any of these characteristics describe you, then the Information Technology: Integration and Application (ITINT) option within the IST major might be for you.

This option is for the student who enjoys figuring out how to use computers to get things done; those who enjoy sharing information, assisting with decision-making, and supporting innovation. Students who want to pursue this option should be organized, have strong analytical skills, thrive in demanding and constantly changing environments. Good written and verbal communications skills are also important because professionals in these fields interact with people who have varying technical abilities; the ability to explain concepts to non-technical peers is essential.

A student who pursues the ITINT option will learn how organizations function, and how information technology can improve those functions to make them more efficient. He or she will evaluate processes and needs of an organization, formulate and implement program and system specifics, assess organizational limitations, and evaluate the outcomes.

The ITINT option is a broad option that allows a student to enter a range of fields. When a student graduates with the ITINT option, he or she may be employed by governments, insurance companies, financial institutions, hospitals, consulting firms, data processing firms, professional and commercial equipment wholesalers, and non-profit organizations. Common job descriptions for ITINT graduates include application systems analysts, systems architects, project managers, senior consultants, and more.
Information Context: People, Organizations, and Society
Do you believe a Tweet could change the world? Do you enjoy exploring how things interact? Do you think that technology should be used in appropriate and effective ways, and get upset when it isn’t? Do you value good customer service? Do you think about how technology affects you, a society, the world, and vice versa?

If any of these characteristics describe you, then the Information Context: People, Organizations, and Society (ISPP) option within the IST BS major might be for you.

The ISPP option is for a student who is intrigued by the interaction between people and information technology (IT). A student in this option values pulling different perspectives together, is excited about how IT affects social change and how that social change affects individuals, communities, organizations, economies, nations, and the entire global environment. The ISPP student appreciates the study of economic, cultural, legal, ethical, and social issues as they relate to IT. ISPP students should have observant minds and seek creative solutions, as well as have a basic knowledge of applications or infrastructure design, testing and development, excellent communication, problem solving, and analysis skills, and be able to work independently and within a team.

The ISPP option focuses on the two-way relationship between technology and people. It explores ways technology can influence organizations and societies, how organizations and societies influence technology, and how they continue to co-evolve and affect each other.

A student who pursues the ISPP option may learn how to apply effective techniques for the development and design of user-centered information systems and gain a better understanding of the difficulties that certain users may encounter when using information technologies. Additionally, a student may survey the positive and negative impacts of information technology on society or become versed in the laws and policies that affect the use of information technology.

A wide variety of careers await a student who graduates with this option, including IT strategic planner, human-computer interface designer, systems analyst, supply chain manager, information policy analyst, information technology consultant, and technology industry consultant, to name a few.
Are you a good information extractor and analyzer? Do like the idea of calculating risks? Are you interested in collecting information and making connections so that you can predict outcomes?

If any of these characteristics describe you, then the Intelligence Analysis and Modeling (IAM) option within the SRA major might be for you.

This option is for students who thrive in a competitive environment, think outside of the box, and use "beat the system" logic to put themselves in the mindset of someone who would be a threat to an organization. IAM students enjoy collecting and analyzing data, and then implementing decisions or strategies based on what they find. They are inquisitive and embrace mathematical concepts to calculate risk in a given situation.

Students who pursue the IAM option will learn how to gather data to forecast trends, mitigate risks, or identify potential threats. They will combine technology and critical thinking to design and implement strategies companies and government organizations can use to better analyze their level of risk. In basic terms, an IAM student will leverage his/her imagination and knowledge for the greater good.

Students entering the workforce with the IAM option may find work with global corporations, the military, or national security organizations. Potential job titles include intelligence analyst, crisis stabilization officer, risk manager, and enforcement officer.
Do you worry about your digital footprints? Are you passionate about privacy? Do you value trustworthiness? Are you concerned about safety on the Internet?

If any of these characteristics describe you, then the Social Factors and Risk (SFR) option within the SRA major might be for you.

The SFR student is a good communicator, appreciates details, and enjoys doing research. Patience is another quality that serves an SFR student well. The SFR student enjoys examining the relationship between security parameters and legal and cultural cyber security issues.

SFR students learn to examine legal, regulatory, and ethical theories associated with social risk. They learn to balance the interests of individuals, businesses, and the government in an effort to protect important information. Additionally, SFR students may explore issues concerning privacy, intellectual property, censorship, and telecommunication.

Students who graduate with this option are likely to attend law or graduate school to earn a master’s degree in public policy, social science, or business. Careers available to SFR students may be identity manager, policy writer, privacy lawyer, and more.
Do friends frequently ask you to secure their wireless networks? Are hackers your nemesis? Are you concerned about the issue of privacy in relation to social networking sites? Do you find yourself policing the Internet?

If any of these characteristics describe you, then the Information and Cyber Security (ICS) option within the SRA major might be for you.

The ICS option does not require programming skills, but rather analytical skills to picture and solve problems involving computer security and safety. The ICS student is aware of the rapid growth of cyberspace and the threat of cyber criminals. They understand raw reports from computer software and computer hardware, because they have a good understanding of how both work. They enjoy taking that information and making it understandable to others. Most importantly, ICS students like to think their efforts make the world a better place.

ICS students will learn to monitor, collect, and analyze data and identify situations that require immediate action and develop an appropriate response. They will have opportunities to work with others to develop strategies and solutions that have positive effects on assorted organizations or communities. They will be prepared to police portions of an employer/organization’s cyberspace to keep that space cyber crime free.

The main goal of the ICS option is for the student to develop into a professional who can deal with security and privacy concerns across a broad spectrum. Because of the range of this option, careers are readily available in many sectors, including the military, the government, private industry, education, and even non-profit. Some job titles may include security administrator, cyber security engineer, security analyst, and cyber security software lead/project manager.
Intelligence Analysis and Modeling
Social Factors and Risk
Information and Cyber Security

Intelligence Analysis and Modeling
Information and Cyber Security
Social Factors and Risk
Visit the IST advising office and decide where you want to go...
IST (B.A.)
and for the student with two passions and one focus:
Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit? Do you have a passion for technology and information, but are passionate for another field as well? Do you have a desire to go to law or medical school?

If you said “yes” to any of these questions, the IST (B.A.) may be for you.

This major is for a student who is versed in information sciences and technology, but seeks the opportunity to apply IT creatively in non-traditional ways, such as in the arts or humanities. Students will learn the same core principles as those in the B.S. program and attain the necessary skills to navigate through the increasingly complex technological landscape of today’s world.

Possible careers for the IST B.A. graduate are HIPPA Privacy Consultant, Electronic Discovery Consultant, Multimedia Journalist, and Digital Media Director, and many more.
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