MS in ICT

The Information and Communications Technology Graduate Program prepares students for professional careers at the front end of the said field. Holders of the M.S. degree in Information and Communications Technology are ready to compete in the job market and in various subdivisions of the specialty. The technical and non-technical skills that the set program furnishes the students with, allow them to play pivotal roles in many organizational projects and initiatives. Graduates are expected to be competent and skillful in facing the challenge of new venture creation.

 

 
 
TOTAL REQUIRED CREDITS FOR GRADUATION (39 credits)
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
ICT 500 Security Policy and Ethical Issues in Information Technology ICT 410
3
ICT 502 Wireless Telecommunication Systems NONE
3
ICT 510 Testing Strategies and Verification NONE
3
ICT 512 Server/Desktop and Operating System Virtualization NONE
3
ICT 520 Intelligent Device Application Development NONE
3
ICT 522 Project Procurement and Technical Communication Strategies NONE
3
ICT 530 Intrusion Detection/Prevention, Incidence Response, and Operation Continuity ICT 410
3
ICT 532 Electronic Commerce Systems Security ICT 410
3
ICT 599 MS Thesis Consent of Advisor
6
TECHNICAL ELECTIVES (9 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
ICT 515 Information Technology for Quality and Competitive NONE
3
ICT 525 Geographic Information Systems NONE
3
ICT 535 Enterprise Data Center Management NONE
3
ICT 545 Network Simulation Modeling and Analysis CSI 345
3
ICT 555 Information Technology Frameworks NONE
3
ICT 565 Case Studies in Information and Communications Technology Consent of Advisor
3
ICT 585 Building and Leading Effective IT Teams NONE
3
ICT 590 Special Topics in Graduate Information and Communications Consent of Advisor
3
Course Descriptions
ICT 500
Security Policy and Ethical Issues in Information Technology
This course incorporates issues of information security management within an enterprise, such as suitable organizational policy, plans, and implementation strategies. Current legal issues in information technology are addressed, including elements of contracting, payment systems and digital signatures, privacy concerns, intellectual property, business torts, and criminal liability including hacking, computer trespass, and fraud. Examination of ethical issues, including privacy, system abuse, and ethical practices in information technology so as to enable students to make sound ethical choices and resolve legal and moral issues that arise in information technology.
Prerequisite: ICT 410
ICT 502
Wireless Telecommunication Systems
This course deals with the examination and the analysis of wireless telecommunications systems from microcell to global infrastructures. Emphasis is on the technology, the applications, and the limitations of these systems, which have become an essential element of the world of information infrastructure. Topics include: cellular communication principles, 3G, 4G, LTE networks, coding, antenna and propagation effects, channel access schemes, traffic engineering, and wireless network design, as well as terrestrial systems such as cellular, personal communication services (PCS), dispatch, wireless local-area networks (LANs), and wireless data systems. Discussion also covers market trends, regulations, and standards. Students assess the role of wireless systems as compared to other telecommunications alternatives available to organizations.
Prerequisite: NONE
ICT 510
Testing Strategies and Verification
This course focuses on the issues of delivering high quality software, especially in large complex systems. Topics covered include: testing strategies (black box, white box, regression, etc.), unit testing, system integration, system verification, and support tools. It also reinforces the need for requirements that are testable and traceable from the early design stages.
Prerequisite: NONE
ICT 512
Server/Desktop and Operating System Virtualization
This course covers technologies allowing multiple instances of operating systems to be run on a single physical system. Addressed concepts include: virtual machines, para-virtualization, and virtual appliances. Both server and desktop virtualization are examined in detail with brief coverage of storage virtualization and application virtualization. Business benefits, business cases, and security implications of virtualization are also discussed. Extensive practical assignments and a group project is included to allow the student to gain first-hand experience of this technology.
Prerequisite: NONE
ICT 520
Intelligent Device Application Development
This course covers various technologies on mobile and robotic platforms. Utilizing contemporary toolkits, the student will be able to implement design and development on emulated and real smart devices, including smart phones, personal digital assistants, sensors, actuators, and robots.
Prerequisite: NONE
ICT 522
Project Procurement and Technical Communication Strategies
This course concentrates on the examination of the tools needed for project procurement management, with special focus on determining what needs to be purchased or acquired and when and how to acquire it. The course also focuses on the problems, principles, and techniques of communicating technical and scientific information. Topics include: planning the contracting efforts (documenting products and services and identifying potential sellers), requesting sellers responses (obtaining information, quotation, bids, offers, or proposals), selecting the seller (receiving and reviewing offers, selecting among those potential offers, and negotiating a contract), administering contracts (managing the relationship between buyers and sellers, including documentation, corrective actions, and contract changes), and closing contracts (completing the contract and settling all open issues).
Prerequisite: NONE
ICT 530
Intrusion Detection/Prevention, Incidence Response, and Operation Continuity
This course focuses on the theory and implementation of intrusion detection and intrusion prevention systems. The students will learn to design and manage key business information security functions, including incident response and incidence response teams disaster recovery plans. Topics include: network-based, host-based, and hybrid intrusion detection, intrusion prevention, attack pattern identification, deployment, response, surveillance, damage assessment, data forensics, data mining, attack tracing, system recovery, and continuity of operation.
Prerequisite: ICT 410
ICT 532
Electronic Commerce Systems Security
This course focuses on the design and implementation of computer systems on the Internet and the world-wide-web used for electronic commerce. Emphasis is on understanding the numerous issues involved in using the Internet and web as tools for the production and distribution of goods and services. Topics include: basics of electronic commerce, security issues in financial and sensitive data transfer, unique aspects of business-oriented commerce such as supply-chain management in relation to consumer commerce, legal and international issues in electronic commerce, building and maintaining an electronic commerce website, and future trends in electronic commerce. The course also discusses Internet standards, firewalls, public key cryptography standards, Java security, Lotus Notes security, database security, security payments such as SET, digital cash and digital cheques, and smart card technology.
Prerequisite: ICT 410
ICT 599
MS Thesis
Credit given upon successful completion of a thesis approved for the master’s degree. Note: Open only to the Information and Communications Technology graduate student who secures the permission of the chair of the student’s thesis committee and the department.
Prerequisite: Consent of Advisor
ICT 515
Information Technology for Quality and Competitive
This course is directed towards the goal of teaching managers to make better use of Information Technology (IT). The focus is on creating a managerial understanding of the technological and social issues involved with computer and communications technology and using this understanding to attain competitive advantages for the organization. The course is organized around several inter-related modules that relate to the use of IT in providing innovative products and services, its effects on changing business practices in areas such as the retailing, securities, automotive, and publishing industries, and the use of IT in managing for quality. Planning methodologies in these areas, as adopted by major consulting companies, is also discussed.
Prerequisite: NONE
ICT 525
Geographic Information Systems
This course provides the student with a conceptual base and technical skills using ArcView software. The student is challenged with real life applications in GIS. The student will be exposed to GIS and its techniques and tools including a computerized database management system for capture, storage, retrieval, analysis, and display of spatial data. Topics include: theoretical principles of GIS, applications, benefits, and limitations. Practical knowledge of ArcView is emphasized including: Theme Loading, Tabular Queries, Spatial Queries, Geo-processing, Map Creation, Digitizing Process, Introduction to GPS and Remote Sensing.
Prerequisite: NONE
ICT 535
Enterprise Data Center Management
This course is an in-depth examination of best practices in the management of enterprise data centers. Topics include: data center consolidation, data center maintenance, server and network management methods and tools, budget and finance, service-level agreements, managing data center personnel and staff, and disaster recovery.
Prerequisite: NONE
ICT 545
Network Simulation Modeling and Analysis
This course focuses on the analysis of business systems that can be modeled as networks. A language and software package such as SLAM (mainframe version) or SLAM System (PC version) is used. A graphical menu driven network modeling system for the personal computer serves as the primary simulation methodology emphasized, providing both a networking language capability and a programming interface capability. The course makes extensive use of both the network modeling feature and the program interface to build and analyze business simulation models.
Prerequisite: CSI 345
ICT 555
Information Technology Frameworks
This course examines the application of industry standard frameworks to the management of information technology infrastructure, development, and operations. Frameworks, including the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL), Control Objectives for Information and related Technology (COBIT), and others, are covered. The student will learn to use these frameworks to tailor a set of concepts and policies necessary to manage IT in a specific enterprise.
Prerequisite: NONE
ICT 565
Case Studies in Information and Communications Technology
This is a special course that allows the student to examine and analyze contemporary issues in the field of Information and Communication Technology through the use of case studies.
Prerequisite: Consent of Advisor
ICT 585
Building and Leading Effective IT Teams
This course prepares students to be effective IT managers. Students are introduced to the general challenges of management as well as the challenges that are unique to leading teams of technology professionals. The course explores the skills necessary to excel as a leader, including dealing with conflict, developing leadership skills, recruiting and developing employees, and leading remote and virtual teams.
Prerequisite: NONE
ICT 590
Special Topics in Graduate Information and Communications
This is a variable content course around an advanced topic in the field of Information and Communications Technology, in which students may pursue current topics or subjects not found in the regular curriculum. A complete description is to be published in the Course Schedule for the semester during which the course is offered.
Prerequisite: Consent of Advisor

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