Information Technology

FY 2015 Enrollment: 693; Graduate: 31

Program (Student) Outcomes: What Will I Learn?

  1. Apply knowledge of computing and mathematics for problem solving in the field of Information Technology.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to identify and analyze user needs to define and create appropriate computing requirements and solutions.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to effectively select, evaluate, and integrate information technologies-based solutions in a user environment.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to participate effectively in groups or team projects.
  5. Demonstrate an ability to understand professional, ethical and social responsibilities, including the impacts of culture, diversity, and interpersonal relations.
  6. Demonstrate proficiency in communicating technical information in formal reports, documentation, and oral presentations to users and information technology professionals.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to identify and analyze the impacts of information technologies and computing on public, organizations, and individuals.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to identify and apply current and emerging technologies and tools for information technologies solutions.
  9. Demonstrate expertise in the core information technologies, including web technologies, data-base management, information management and security, object-oriented programming, computer architecture, systems architecture, operating systems, networking, and system administration.
  10. Demonstrate the ability to analyze computing and information security requirements and risks, and apply the appropriate tools and techniques to protect organizational data assets in an ethically responsible manner.
  11. Demonstrate the ability to apply best practices and standards for information technology applications.
  12. Demonstrate the ability to assist in the creation of an effective project plan.
  13. Demonstrate a commitment to professional development and to continue to engage in lifelong learning.

Program Educational Objectives

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation.  Program Educational Objectives are based on the needs of the program's constituencies.

PEO 1: Apply general and discipline specific concepts and methodologies to identify, analyze and solve problems in the information technology discipline.
PEO 2: Demonstrate an individual desire and commitment to remain technical current with, and adaptive to, changing technologies through continuous learning and self-improvement.
PEO 3: Demonstrate independent thinking, function effectively in team-oriented settings, and maintain a high level of performance in a professional/industrial environment.
PEO 4: Communicate effectively in a professional/industrial environment.
PEO 5: Perform ethically and professionally in business, industry and society.
PEO 6: Attain increasing levels of responsibility and leadership in the information technology field.

Evidence of Student Learning - Internal: How will the program measure what I have learned?

BSIT Program Outcomes Assessment

Assessment Methodology

The achievement of program (student) outcomes is assessed through various measures. Specifically, four metrics are used to measure the achievement of program (student) outcomes:

Direct Measure 1: The percentage of the IT 495 students who receive a grade of 2 (out of 3) or higher on the learning statements and supporting evidence for the related program (student) outcome.

Direct Measures 2a & 2b: The percentage of the students who receive a grade of B or higher on two selected course embedded assessment that measure the related program (student) outcome.

Indirect Measure 1: The mean of the graduates' perceptions of their achievement of the related program (student) outcomes (data collected from the exit survey).

Indirect Measure 2 (Reference): The mean of the graduates' perceptions of their achievement of the related program (student) outcomes (data collected from the one-year survey). The results of the one year post-graduation survey are used as a reference to provide a longitudinal perspective on students' attainment of program (student) outcomes. It is not a valid measure of program (student) outcome attainment.

LEVEL OF ACHIEVEMENT

Highly Achieved:

  1. 85% or more of IT 495 students will receive a rating of 2 (out of 3) or better on the Capstone Rubric for the designate program (student) outcome.
  2. 85% or more of students will receive a grade of B or better on two selected course embedded assessments that measure the related program (student) outcome.
  3. From the results of the exit survey, the mean of the graduates' perceptions of their achievement of the related program (student) outcomes will be 5 or higher on a 6-point Likert-scale.
  4. From the results of the one-year post graduate survey, the mean of the graduates' perceptions of their achievement of the related program (student) outcomes will be 5 or higher on a 6-point Likert-scale.

Meets Standard:

  1. 70% to 84% of IT 495 students will receive a rating of 2 (out of 3) or better on the Capstone Rubric for the designate program (student) outcome.
  2. 70% to 84%of students will receive a grade of B or better on two selected course embedded assessments that measure the related program (student) outcome.
  3. From the results of the exit survey, the mean of the graduates' perceptions of their achievement of the related program (student) outcomes will be 4 or higher on a 6-point Likert-scale.
  4. From the results of the one-year post graduate survey, the mean of the graduates' perceptions of their achievement of the related program (student) outcomes will be 4 or higher on a 6-point Likert-scale.

Needs Improvement:

  1. Less than 70% of IT 495 students will receive a rating of 2 (out of 3) or better on the Capstone Rubric for the designate program (student) outcome.
  2. Less than 70% of students will receive a grade of B or better on two selected course embedded assessments that measure the related program (student) outcome.
  3. From the results of the exit survey, the mean of the graduates' perceptions of their achievement of the related program (student) outcomes will be 3 or higher on a 6-point Likert-scale.
  4. From the results of the one-year post graduate survey, the mean of the graduates' perceptions of their achievement of the related program (student) outcomes will be 3 or higher on a 6-point Likert-scale.

Capstone Course: IT 495 Integrated Technology Assessment is the capstone course for the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program (student). It is an online portfolio development experience that requires students to reflect on their past academic and professional experiences and use the information gained from this reflective exercise to develop learning statements related to the Information Technology degree program (student) outcomes (see course syllabus for detailed grading).

PROGRAM (STUDENT) OUTCOME ACHIEVEMENT RESULTS

May 2014 Term to March 2015 Term

Program (Student) Outcome 1 - Apply knowledge of computing and mathematics for problem solving in the field of Information Technology.

  1. 100% (25) of the students received a 2 out of 3 or better on the final learning statement for PO/SO1 - Highly Achieved
  2. 51% (57) of the students received a B or better in the embedded assessment 1 for PO/SO1 (M8A2 Final Exam in TECH 205) -  Needs Improvement
  3. 86% (51) of the students received a B or better in the embedded assessment 2 (M3A1 Programming Assignment 3 in IT 210) for PO/SO1 - Highly Achieved
  4. 5.22 (n=12) - Exit Survey graduate responses related to PO/SO1 - Highly Achieved
  5. 5.60 (n=5) - One-year Post Graduate Survey graduate responses related to PO/SO1 - Highly Achieved

Program (Student) Outcome 2 - Demonstrate the ability to identify and analyze user needs to define and create appropriate computing requirements and solutions.

  1. 100% (25) of the students received a 2 out of 3 or better on the final learning statement for PO/SO3 - Highly Achieved
  2. 96% (28) of the students received a B or better in the embedded assessment 1 for PO/SO2 (M5A1 Textbook Assignment in IT 350) - Highly Achieved
  3. 87% (45) of the students received a B or better in the embedded assessment 2 (M5A1 Programming Assignment in IT 210) for PO/SO2 - Highly Achieved
  4. 5.44 (n=12) - Exit Survey graduate responses related to PO/SO2 - Highly Achieved
  5. 5.80 (n=5) - One-year Post Graduate Survey graduate responses related to PO/SO2 - Highly Achieved

Program (Student) Outcome 3 - Demonstrate the ability to effectively select, evaluate, and integrate information technologies-based solutions in a user environment.

  1. 100% (25) of the students received a 2 out of 3 or better on the final learning statement for PO/SO3 - Highly Achieved
  2. 88% (19) of the students received a B or better in the embedded assessment 1 for PO/SO3 (M7A1 Research Paper in IT 360) - Highly Achieved
  3. 94% (32) of the students received a B or better in the embedded assessment 2 (M8A1 Project in IT 390) for PO/SO3 - Highly Achieved
  4. 5.22 (n=12) - Exit Survey graduate responses related to PO/SO3 - Highly Achieved
  5. 5.80 (n=5) - One-year Post Graduate Survey graduate responses related to PO/SO3 - Highly Achieved

Program (Student) Outcome 4 - Demonstrate the ability to participate effectively in groups or team projects.

  1. 96% (26) of the students received a 2 out of 3 or better on the final learning statement for PO/SO4 - Highly Achieved
  2. 96% (26) of the students received a B or better in the embedded assessment 1 for PO/SO4 (M8A1 Team Project in IT 350) - Highly Achieved
  3. 100% (23) of the students received a B or better in the embedded assessment 1 for PO/SO4 (M8A2 Team Analysis Project in IT 418) - Highly Achieved
  4. 5.33 (n=12) - Exit Survey graduate responses related to PO/SO4 - Highly Achieved
  5. 5.80 (n=5) - One-year Post Graduate Survey graduate responses related to PO/SO4 - Highly Achieved

Program (Student) Outcome 5 - Demonstrate an ability to understand professional, ethical and social responsibilities, including the impacts of culture, diversity, and interpersonal relations.

  1. 96% (26) of the students received a 2 out of 3 or better on the final learning statement for PO/SO5 - Highly Achieved
  2. 96% (25) of the students received a B or better in the embedded assessment 1 for PO/SO5 (M8A2 Hands-on Lab Exercise in IT 380) - Highly Achieved
  3. 91% (35) of the students received a B or better in the embedded assessment 2 (M7A2 Qualitative Risk Analysis in IT 390) for PO/SO5 - Highly Achieved
  4. 5.44 (n=12) - Exit Survey graduate responses related to PO/SO5 - Highly Achieved
  5. 5.80 (n=5) - One-year Post Graduate Survey graduate responses related to PO/SO5 - Highly Achieved

Program (Student) Outcome 6 - Demonstrate proficiency in communicating technical information in formal reports, documentation, and oral presentations to users and information technology professionals.

  1. 96% (26) of the students received a 2 out of 3 or better on the final learning statement for PO/SO6 - Highly Achieved
  2. 97% (39) of the students received a B or better in the embedded assessment 1 for PO/SO6 (M4A1 Project Management Plan in IT 390) - Highly Achieved
  3. 100% (24) of the students received a B or better in the embedded assessment 2 (M8A1 Final Project Report in IT 321) for PO/SO6 - Highly Achieved
  4. 5.56 (n=12) - Exit Survey graduate responses related to PO/SO6 - Highly Achieved
  5. 5.60 (n=5) - One-year Post Graduate Survey graduate responses related to PO/SO6 - Highly Achieved

Program (Student) Outcome 7 - Demonstrate the ability to identify and analyze the impacts of information technologies and computing on public, organizations, and individuals.

  1. 92% (26) of the students received a 2 out of 3 or better on the final learning statement for PO/SO7 - Highly Achieved
  2. 78% (27) of the students received a B or better in the embedded assessment 1 for PO/SO7 (M1A2 Hands-on Lab Exercise in IT 380) - Meets Standard
  3. 94% (32) of the students received a B or better in the embedded assessment 2 (M7A1 Problem Assignment in IT 370) for PO/SO7 - Highly Achieved
  4. 5.22 (n=12) -  Exit Survey graduate responses related to PO/SO7 - Highly Achieved
  5. 5.80 (n=5) - One-year Post Graduate Survey graduate responses related to PO/SO7 - Highly Achieved

Program (Student) Outcome 8 - Demonstrate the ability to identify and apply current and emerging technologies and tools for information technologies solutions.

  1. 100% (25) of the students received a 2 out of 3 or better on the final learning statement for PO/SO8 - Highly Achieved
  2. 100% (26) of the students received a B or better in the embedded assessment 1 for PO/SO8 (M6A2 Hands-on activity in IT 350) - Highly Achieved
  3. 82% (28) of the students received a B or better in the embedded assessment 2 (Lab 3 in IT 418) for PO/SO8 - Meets Standard
  4. 6.33 (n=12) - Exit Survey graduate responses related to PO/SO8 - Highly Achieved
  5. 5.40 (n=5) - One-year Post Graduate Survey graduate responses related to PO/SO8 - Highly Achieved

Program (Student) Outcome 9 - Demonstrate expertise in the core information technologies, including web technologies, data-base management, information management and security, object-oriented programming, computer architecture, systems architecture, operating systems, networking, and system administration.

  1. 92% (25) of the students received a 2 out of 3 or better on the final learning statement for PO/SO9 - Highly Achieved
  2. 84% (43) of the students received a B or better in the embedded assessment 1 for PO/SO9 (M7A1 Programming Assignment in IT 210) – Meets Standard
  3. 91% (35) of the students received a B or better in the embedded assessment 2 (M3A1 in IT 370) for PO/SO9 - Highly Achieved
  4. 5.11 (n=12) - Exit Survey graduate responses related to PO/SO9 - Highly Achieved
  5. 5.40 (n=5) - One-year Post Graduate Survey graduate responses related to PO/SO9 - Highly Achieved

Program (Student) Outcome 10Demonstrate the ability to analyze computing and information security requirements and risks, and apply the appropriate tools and techniques to protect organizational data assets in an ethically responsible manner.

  1. 100% (25) of the students received a 2 out of 3 or better on the final learning statement for PO/SO10 - Highly Achieved
  2. 96% (26) of the students received a B or better in the embedded assessment 1 for PO/SO10 (M8A3 Research Paper in IT 380) - Highly Achieved
  3. 83% (30) of the students received a B or better in the embedded assessment 2 (M3A1 Textbook Assignment in IT 350) for PO/SO10 - Meets Standard
  4. 5.56 (n=12) - Exit Survey graduate responses related to PO/SO10 - Highly Achieved
  5. 5.80 (n=5) - One-year Post Graduate Survey graduate responses related to PO/SO10 - Highly Achieved

Program (Student) Outcome 11Demonstrate the ability to apply best practices and standards for information technology applications.

  1. 100% (25) of the students received a 2 out of 3 or better on the final learning statement for PO/SO11 - Highly Achieved
  2. 63% (27) of the students received a B or better in the embedded assessment 2 (M6A1 Textbook Assignment in IT 350) for PO/SO11 – Needs Improvement
  3. 90% (20) of the students received a B or better in the embedded assessment 2 (M7A1 Lab in IT 418) for PO/SO11 - Highly Achieved
  4. 5.56 (n=12) - Exit Survey graduate responses related to PO/SO11 - Highly Achieved
  5. 5.80 (n=5) - One-year Post Graduate Survey graduate responses related to PO/SO11 - Highly Achieved

Program (Student) Outcome 12 - Demonstrate the ability to assist in the creation of an effective project plan.

  1. 96% (25) of the students received a 2 out of 3 or better on the final learning statement for PO/SO12 - Highly Achieved
  2. 94% (36) of the students received a B or better in the embedded assessment 2 (M7A1 Term Project in IT 390) for PO/SO12 - Highly Achieved
  3. 92% (38) of the students received a B or better in the embedded assessment 2 (M3A1 in IT 390) for PO/SO12 - Highly Achieved
  4. 5.44 (n=12) -  Exit Survey graduate responses related to PO/SO12 - Highly Achieved
  5. 5.80 (n=5) - One-year Post Graduate Survey graduate responses related to PO/SO12 - Highly Achieved

Program (Student) Outcome 13Demonstrate a commitment to professional development and to continue to engage in lifelong learning.

  1. 100% (25) of the students received a 2 out of 3 or better on the final learning statement for PO/SO13 - Highly Achieved
  2. 89% (28) of the students received a B or better in the embedded assessment 1 for PO/SO13 (M8D2 Life-long Learning  IT 390) - Highly Achieved
  3. 87% (23) of the students received a B or better in the embedded assessment 1 for PO/SO13 (M8D1 in IT 418) - Highly Achieved
  4. 5.44 (n=12) - Exit Survey graduate responses related to PO/SO13 - Highly Achieved
  5. 5.80 (n=5) One-year Post Graduate Survey graduate responses related to PO/SO13 - Highly Achieved

Capstone exam RESULTS

A comprehensive capstone examination has been administered to all baccalaureate degree students at the conclusion of the IT 495 Business Strategy since May 2011. The capstone examination consists of 120 objective questions that assess the most common and most important topics and skills in seven core content areas within the College's baccalaureate degree information technology curriculum.

From May 2014 term to March 2015 term, the total number of students who took the capstone exam was 27. The mean of correctness in each core concept is shown below:

  • 59.7% - Object Oriented Programming
  • 87.7% - Databases
  • 68.7% - Operating Systems
  • 75.6% - Computer Architecture
  • 73.1% - Data Communications and Networking
  • 79.6% - Network Security
  • 74.0% - Project Management

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