SCHOOL OF CONTINUING EDUCATION

DIPLOMA PROGRAM IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

The Diploma in Information Technology is designed to provide individuals already possessing a post-secondary degree in any field with the knowledge and skills required to work in today's high technology environment. The program will benefit individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds, including business, education, technical and administrative.

The program is developed and maintained by an industry advisory committee and the use of industry-leading curriculum. It is offered in a collaborative learning environment with a problem-solving focus. The instructors are experienced and industry-certified by Microsoft, ORACLE and Cisco. Cisco Systems is the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet. The School of Continuing Education is the Cisco Regional Academy for Newfoundland and Labrador.

The diploma can be completed on either a full-time or part-time basis. The full-time program consists of three consecutive semesters one of which is a work term. The part-time program consists of nine consecutive semesters. Courses for part-time students will consist of evening and weekend sessions.

Program Objectives
Admission Requirements
Program Requirements
Evaluation and Continuance
Work Term
Awarding of Diploma
Course Load
Course List


Program Objectives

The program focus is on five areas: E-Commerce, networking, programming, databases, and organizational skills.

Graduates of the program will:

1) Enhance their academic and other credentials with practical skills in information technology.

2) Obtain skills and knowledge that will prepare them to work effectively within a high technology environment.

3) Demonstrate the ability to work as part of a team.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Diploma in Information Technology normally must have successfully completed a degree from an accredited post-secondary institution and attained a minimum of 65% on the last 15 courses completed. Admission to the program is limited and competitive. Application to the program must be made in writing to the School of Continuing Education on the appropriate form, and must include an official transcript of post-secondary marks. In addition, students who have not registered for courses at Memorial University for either of the two immediately preceding semesters must also complete a general application to the University.

Selection of candidates will be based on academic performance and on other criteria considered suitable for an information technology professional, including but not limited to evidence of the ability to cope with a demanding schedule or demonstrated mathematical ability.

Candidates applying for the part-time program will be required to have at least one year of full-time relevant work experience or equivalent.

When circumstances warrant, and only on the strong recommendation of the Academic Council, School of Continuing Education, consideration may be given to candidates who do not meet some of the above requirements.

Program Requirements

The Diploma in Information Technology consists of the set curriculum of 19 courses listed below. All courses are specifically designed for the Diploma in Information Technology only, and are not applicable towards any other existing degree or diploma program. Courses are normally offered sequentially in an accelerated format. Students enrolled in the consecutive three semester full-time program will be required to complete a work term component. Students opting to complete the program on a part-time basis must do so within three calendar years (nine consecutive semesters) from the date of admission to the program. A work term is not available under the part-time program, however, a substantial project (INFO 4500) will be required of each participant prior to completion of the part-time program.

Evaluation and Continuance

The pass mark for each course is 65%. A pass must also be awarded for the work term. Evaluation may include, but not be limited to, any or all of the following: projects, assignments, examinations, and class participation.

Students who obtain a grade of less than 65% in no more than two of the Diploma in Information Technology courses in a given semester will be given a probationary promotion and will be required to repeat the course(s) in the next semester in which it (they) is (are) offered.

The foregoing notwithstanding students will be required to withdraw from the Diploma in Information Technology program if:

a) a final grade of less than 65% is obtained in more than two courses, or
b) a final grade of less than 65% is obtained in a repeated course, or
c) a final grade of less than 50% is obtained in any one course.

Students may be considered for re-admission by the Admissions Committee, School of Continuing Education.

Students who withdraw from a Diploma in Information Technology course without permission will be considered to have withdrawn from the Diploma in Information Technology program.

Work Term

General management of the work terms is the responsibility of the School of Continuing Education. Through its industry liaison officer, it is responsible for assisting potential employers to become involved in the program, for the continual development of employment opportunities, for arranging student-employer interviews, for counseling of students, for visiting students on their work assignments and for the evaluation of the work term.

Students and employers choose each other through the placement competition process. Employers interview students, and both the students and employers express their preferences. Placement is not guaranteed but every effort is made to ensure that appropriate employment is made available.

Students accepted into the Diploma in Information Technology full-time program, give permission to the School of Continuing Education to supply their resumes and transcripts to prospective employers.

Students accepted into the full-time program will complete the work term component during the third semester of the Diploma in Information Technology program. The dates for starting and finishing the work term are shown in the University Diary. To be eligible for the work term, students must have successfully completed all other courses in the program. Successful completion of the work term requirement is a prerequisite to graduation from the Diploma in Information Technology.

Salaries paid to students are determined by employers and are based upon their internal wage structures. However, students should not expect the income from work terms to make them completely self-supporting.

Students may obtain their work term placements outside the competition. Such work terms must be confirmed by the employer, and be approved by the School of Continuing Education on or before the first day on which the student commences work.

A student may, with the permission of the School of Continuing Education, be self-employed during a work term provided that the student and the School of Continuing Education agree at the start of the work term on the information to be provided to the School so that it can evaluate the student's work during the term.

A student who is unable to obtain a work-term or work in approved self employment within four weeks from the start of the work term will be expected to undertake work under contract to a client within a faculty, another entity of the university, a company, municipality, non-profit organization, or the like. The contract work may be part-time, or occupy only a portion of a semester, and may allow the student to earn an income in other ways. The contract, whether paid or unpaid, must be approved by the School of Continuing Education.

When neither an approved full-time work term nor an approved contract has been obtained the Undergraduate Studies Committee may approve a program which provides these students with technical and professional experience expected in the work term. The program must be such that the development, including the development of the students' communication skills, through the program can be monitored and assessed by the School of Continuing Education with criteria equivalent to those used for full-time work term positions.

A work term report must be submitted. This report will be assigned by the School of Continuing Education. Evidence of the student's ability to gather material relating to the job, analyze it effectively and present it in a clear, logical and concise form, will be required in the report. Late reports will not be evaluated, unless prior permission for a late report is given.

The evaluation of the work term is the responsibility of the School of Continuing Education. Two components are considered in work term evaluation: on-the-job performance and the work term report. Each component is evaluated separately.

Evaluation of the work term will result in the assignment of one of the following recommendations.

PASS WITH DISTINCTION: Indicates excellent performance in both the work report and work performance. The student is commended for his/her outstanding performance in each of the required components; pass with distinction has been awarded to each of the work report and work performance.

PASS: Indicates that performance meets expectations in both the work report and work performance. The student fully meets the requirements of a passing work report and completely satisfactory work-term performance.

FAIL: Indicates failing performance in the work report and/or work performance.

On-the-job performance is assessed by the industry liaison officer in conjunction with the employer.

If a student fails to achieve a passing grade from a work term, the student will normally repeat that work term in a work situation approved by the School of Continuing Education. A given work term may be repeated only once during the program.

Students who fail to honour an agreement to work with an employer, or who drop a work-term without prior approval of the School of Continuing Education, or who conduct themselves in such a manner as to cause their discharge from the job, will normally be awarded a failed work term.

Permission to drop a work term does not constitute a waiver of diploma requirements, and students who obtained such permission must complete an approved work-term in lieu of the one dropped.

Awarding of Diploma

Once all course requirements for the Diploma in Information Technology have been successfully completed, application for awarding of the Diploma must be made in writing on the appropriate form to the Office of the Registrar.

Course Load

Full-time students in semester one will complete 15 credit hours.

Full-time students in semester two will complete 16 credit hours.

Full-time students may register for an additional three credit hour course while on the work term.

COURSE LIST

NOTE: All courses, unless otherwise noted, consist of laboratory and classroom sessions.

1000. Computer Technology (2 cr. hrs.). This course provides an overview of computer technology and introduces computer basics. Students will become familiar with the basic parts of computer systems and their functions while learning troubleshooting techniques and distinguishing between hardware and software problems. Configuring hardware through the operating system and component failure will be discussed. Understanding of these topics will be enhanced by dismantling and assembling a computer. This course is a prerequisite for all other Information Technology courses.

2100. Operating Systems I (1 cr. hr.). A study of operating systems. Features and benefits of the Windows environment will be discussed in detail.
Prerequisite: Information Technology 1000.

2200. Networking Systems I (2 cr. hrs.). A study of the most commonly used networking systems. Topics include fundamentals of LAN theory; LAN protocols; network topologies; network security; basic network communication options; and network management.
Prerequisite: Information Technology 2100.

2300. Internet Applications (1 cr. hr.). A study of the Internet and its applications. Topics will include advanced searching techniques, programming languages used in developing applications for the World Wide Web, and creating and maintaining WWW sites.
Prerequisite: Information Technology 1000.

2410. Multi-media Presentations (1 cr. hr.). A study of presentation techniques and appropriate software used in preparing multi-media presentations. Skills will be enhanced through practice sessions.
Prerequisite: Information Technology 1000.

3111. Learning UNIX and Linux (2 cr. hrs.). An introduction to UNIX/Linux and the most commonly used features of UNIX-like operating systems in an enterprise server environment.
Prerequisite: Information Technology 2100.
NOTE: Credit cannot be obtained for both INFO 3111 and the former 3110.

3200. Networking Systems II (2 cr. hrs.). A continuation of the more advanced features of networking systems.
Prerequisite: Information Technology 2200.

3301. Introduction to Programming (2 cr. hrs.). An introduction to the fundamentals of structured programming. Topics include: algorithms, program structures, software design methodology, language constructs, data file basics, and abstract data types.
Prerequisite: Information Technology 2100.
NOTE: Credit cannot be obtained for both INFO 3301 and the former INFO 3300.

3310. Windows Programming (2 cr. hrs.). A study of the fundamental elements of programming in a Windows environment. Topics will include: building a Windows Graphical Interface and the introductory concepts of object-oriented programming.
Prerequisite: Information Technology 3330.

3315. Introduction to Databases (1 cr. hr.). The study of the effective use of databases, including design and implementation, and their use in addressing a business data problem.
Prerequisite: Information Technology 1000.
NOTE: Credit cannot be obtained for both INFO 3315 and the former INFO 3400.

3320. Programming with Databases (1 cr. hr.). A study of applications basics, basic data types, understanding objects and collections, coding for events, writing RDBMS, controlling programs, testing and debugging the application, run-time errors, and distributing the application.
Prerequisites: Information Technology 3310 and Information Technology 3315.

3330. Object Oriented Programming (2 cr. hrs.). An introduction to object-oriented programming. Topics include: encapsulation, information hiding, inheritance and polymorphism.
Prerequisite: Information Technology 3301.

3340. Introduction to Programming with Oracle (5 cr. hrs.). An introductory course to developing applications in the Oracle environment. Topics include: DBMS and SQL, defining and manipulating objects in SQL, controlling security and maintaining data integrity in SQL, DBA, Forms, and using the PL/SQL language.
Prerequisite: Information Technology 3301.

3410. Project Planning (1 cr. hr.). A study of the tools and techniques of project management. Appropriate software will be studied and incorporated into class projects.
Prerequisite: Information Technology 2100.

3420. Publishing and Document Management (1 cr. hr.). A comprehensive look at standard methods and techniques of communicating technical information.
Prerequisite: Information Technology 2410.

3431. E-commerce and Intranet (2 cr. hrs.). An examination of the elements that define e-commerce and Intranet applications. Major elements are the concept, design and construction of web-based data applications involved in both commerce transaction processing and internal resource databases.
Prerequisites: Information Technology 2300.
NOTE: Credit cannot be obtained for both INFO 3431 and the former INFO 3430.

3440. Integrated Business Solutions (1 cr. hr.). An introduction to the techniques involved in analyzing a company's information technology needs, and designing a customized solution.
Prerequisites: Information Technology 2410.

3450. Networking Systems III (2 cr. hrs.). An advanced study of switching techniques and wide area networks.
Prerequisite: Information Technology 3200.

4500. Case Study / Student Project (3 cr. hrs.). (Restricted to students in the part-time program.) A comprehensive analysis of an assigned case. A written report will be required. Skills and knowledge developed throughout the program will be utilized in solving business-related problems. Using a case approach, students will work in teams to evaluate a company's IT resources and prepare a proposal for a solution that will meet the company's needs. A plan will be generated with suitable phases for implementing the solution. Evaluation will be based on effectiveness of the solution, demonstrated understanding of methodology and available technology, and the clarity, conciseness, and logic of the presentation style.
Prerequisites: Information Technology 3315 and Information Technology 3440, or approval of the Executive Director of the School of Continuing Education, or delegate.

460W. Work Term. (Restricted to students in the full-time program.) The purpose of the work term is to provide opportunities for students in the information technology program to apply theories and skills learned in the classroom to workplace settings. As one component of the work term the student is required to complete a work report which should:

1) analyze an issue/problem related to the student's work environment
2) demonstrate an understanding of the structure of a professional report
3) show competence in written communication and presentation skills.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of all other course work.


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