Associate of Science

OCU’s Information Technology program prepares students for a career in the information technology field. The AS in Information Technology integrates information technology with business. The AS in Information Technology provides students the opportunity to develop an understanding of the basic elements of information systems.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of this program, a student should be able to:

  • Identify technical concepts and practices in information technology.
  • Examine the use of project planning in working with information technology.
  • Apply appropriate use of information technology.
  • Integrate Christian principles in critical thinking and decision-making.

60 Semester Credits Core Information Technology Course List

OCU1000 College Success Skills 3 credits 5 weeks

This orientation course introduces students to learning techniques to ensure academic success at Ohio Christian University. Topics include communication skills, research methodology, critical thinking, and life management. Additionally, students master the use of the Edvance360 online learning system.

IST2000 Computer and Networking Essentials I 3 credits 5 weeks

This course will provide the basic knowledge of computer hardware, software, and operating systems.  Students should build an understanding of operating system configurations and maintenance, client systems, and managing applications.  Additionally, students should also increase their knowledge and understanding of networking concepts and acquire the required skills to prepare for a career in network support or administration.

ENG1000 English Composition I 3 credits 5 weeks

This course is an introductory study of composition, emphasizing the process of research and writing.  Students will gain and refine skills of developing a thesis, organizing content, and  revising drafts to express ideas clearly and correctly. Social media platforms will be explored to enable students to network professionally. 
 

ENG2000 English Composition II 3 credits 5 weeks

This course emphasizes persuasive writing and extends creative experiences. Learners will reflect scholarly and professional writing skills, such as principles of logical/critical thinking and reasoning, effective organization, APA research and documentation, and content-rich development of ideas.

BIB1000 Bible Study Methods 3 credits 5 weeks

This course introduces the principles, methods, and practice of Bible study skills. Students will grasp the basic principles and methods of observation, interpretation, and application in the study of the Bible.

REL1000 Worldviews 3 credits 5 weeks

This course provides an introduction to worldviews through exploring the major worldviews that have impacted 20th and 21st century western culture and history. Attention will be given to how each of these worldviews affect one’s thinking about God, reality, knowledge, moral order and humanity.

BIB2000 New Testament Survey 3 credits 5 weeks

This course provides a general survey of the New Testament. Special emphasis is placed on the historical background of the New Testament, the beginning of Christianity, and the development of the apostolic church.

BIB1200 Old Testament Survey 3 credits 5 weeks

Old Testament Survey is an overview of the background, events, people, and theology of the Old Testament with reflection on connections to the New Testament and application to Christian faith and life.

MGT1000 Introduction to Management 3 credits 5 weeks

This course introduces learners to accepted management principles from both a historic and contemporary perspective with application to both not-for-profit and for-profit organizations.

PSY2000 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits 5 weeks

This course gives an overview study of the fundamental concepts of psychology; including biological processes, development, behavior, learning and memory, personality, psychological disorders, therapy and social psychology. Throughout the course case examples, DVD case demonstrations, group interaction and related self-study exercises help prepare the students to develop their own personalized view of psychology and the workmanship of God. The student will be taught how to examine this subject through a Christian and biblical worldview.

GEO2010 Earth Science 3 credits 5 weeks

This course is a study of Earth Science including physical and historical geology, meteorology, and descriptive astronomy; the economic, social, and philosophic aspects of the subject matter, with a biblical perspective.

MAT2100 Pre-calculus 3 credits 5 weeks

Course is under development.

MAT2110 Discrete Mathematics 3 credits 5 weeks

Discrete mathematical structures are foundational in the areas of information technology and programming. Various topics in discrete mathematical specifically related to computer science such as computer number systems and arithmetic, logic theory, proof methods, set and graph theory and explicit and recursive functions will be discussed in this course. Students will interact with these concepts using symbolic, graphical, numerical and written forms.

IST2010 Computer and Networking Essentials II 3 credits 5 weeks

This course will provide knowledge of computer hardware, software, and operating systems.  Students should be able to apply their knowledge and understanding of networking concepts. This course applies required skills to prepare for a career in network support or administration.

Prerequisite:
IST2000 Computer and Networking Essentials I

IST2300 Operating Systems I 3 credits 5 weeks

This course introduces the basic concepts of operating systems. The student will acquire detailed knowledge of the Windows operating system and practical skills in installing, configuring and maintaining this operating system. Other popular operating systems will be introduced including OS X, iOS, Android and Linux.

IST2400 Database Systems I 3 credits 5 weeks

This course introduces the concepts of relational databases and basic relational database design and maintenance. The student will gain knowledge of design concepts such as records, tables, data types and table normalization. This course also includes the concepts of reading database data through queries using query functions and linked tables. A brief introduction to the SQL query language will be presented. Popular relational database software will be discussed along with alternate database technologies. Students will interact with these concepts using a relational database software program.

COM2000 Oral Communication 3 credits 5 weeks

This course focuses on the principles of speech composition, outlining, and delivery. There is practice in preparing and presenting speeches that can introduce, inform, and persuade.  The student will be encouraged to make immediate application of principles within the current work/ministry environment.

IST2500 Programming I 3 credits 5 weeks

This is an introductory course in computer programming. Using the JAVA programming language the student gains knowledge and interact with the concepts of program design and the fundamentals of computer programming including data types and program flow constructs. Techniques for processing data programmatically such as data arrays and data algorithms are discussed. The idea of efficient program design is taught through the introduction of functions.

IST2800 Information Technology Capstone 3 credits 5 weeks

This course integrates student learning from the Information Technology major courses requiring the synthesis of learned skills in IT computer, networks, systems, databases, and programming.