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Information Technology (Woods College) Courses (ADIT) Woods College of Advancing Studies


Subject Area Course # Course Title Semester Credit Hours Expand
ADIT 1300 Coding Boot Camp Summer 3
Course Description

During this two-week summer coding boot camp (which is followed by self-paced online exercises to be completed at your own pace, on your own schedule, through the end of July) students are taught the fundamentals of coding using HTML, the markup language that every Web site and many mobile phone apps are built with, and the industry-standard JavaScript programming language. Designed specifically for individuals who have never programmed before (or have very little prior experience), this camp teaches participants how to create their own Web sites from scratch and how to bring them to life with JavaScript. No auditors.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

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ADIT 1340 Exploring the Internet Fall 4
Course Description

This course takes a tour of the essential technologies that have shaped today's Internet. Along the way, students acquire the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to make the best use of this vast repository of information. Course focuses on web-site development using the core dynamic html technologies such as HTML5 and Cascading Stylesheets (CSS). Students gain a clearer understanding of just what exactly the Internet is through the study of its history and underlying protocols. No prior web-development experience and no prerequisites are required. Course is a prerequisite for all programming courses. No auditors.


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ADIT 1341 Social Media: To the Web and Beyond Fall 4
Course Description

This course addresses current and forthcoming Social Media technologies, Web sites, software programs and mobile apps (iPhone and Android apps) with a special focus on privacy and security. Rich and interactive forms of communication, collaboration, and socialization are the heart of Social Media, but come at a price: privacy breaches, identity theft, cyber-stalkers and "online addictions" are among the many issues that we must grapple with. In this unique course students learn how to harness the power of Social Media while protecting themselves and guarding their privacy. Technologies covered in this course include Social Networking (Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Tinder, Snapchat, etc.); video and photo sharing (YouTube, Vimeo, Twitch, Instagram, Imgur, etc.); video games and virtual worlds (Minecraft, World of Warcraft, League of Legends, Second Life, etc.), as well as a forthcoming generation of Social Media technologies. No auditors.


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ADIT 1345 Understanding Computing Devices Fall 4
Course Description

Ubiquitous in today’s society and able to run multiple applications simultaneously, computing devices -- smart phones, tablets, laptops, desktops, servers -- become ever more sophisticated with each new product release. The volume of data produced and consumed by these devices and their applications will continue to grow exponentially. This course introduces and explores the fundamental concepts that form the foundation of how these devices operate, in terms of running applications and managing the data that makes those applications useful: the appointments in your calendar app; your list of Facebook friends; the deposits and withdrawals in your online bank account. Students will write a paper and make a brief presentation on a topic of interest from those covered during the semester.


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ADIT 1348 Information Systems Applications Fall 4
Course Description

This immersive education course covers the fundamentals of operating the Windows and Macintosh OS and a variety of desktop productivity applications. Includes basic concepts: terminology, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation applications, portable document format, webpage browsing, Internet safety, network terminology, blogging and authoring tools. Students taught to utilize virtual world environments and blogs as well as online discussion groups (via the Internet) for course work conducted outside of class. No auditors.


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Prerequisites: Familiarity with Windows and Macintosh operating systems a plus

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ADIT 1349 Collaborative Computing Fall/Spring 4
Course Description

This Immersive Education course explores collaborative computing principles using fun and familiar social media tools (such as Google docs, Google Hangouts, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, Minecraft, and more), distributed computing technologies such as Bitcoin (and related crypto-currencies), peer-to-peer file sharing (such as BitTorrent), brute-force hacking "robot networks" and "zombie networks", and standard business software. Students explore the collaborative use of versatile and powerful state-of-the-art desktop, mobile and Web applications. Topics covered include: collaborative social media apps and tools, collaborative coding (programming), crypto-currencies, zombie networks, BitTorrent and peer-to-peer file sharing, operating systems, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation applications, network applications and protocols, client/server applications, network architectures, Web publishing, compression utilities, and collaborative document concepts.


Schedule: Biennially

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Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Comfortable using the Microsoft Windows or Macintosh operating system [includes being fully experienced with the process of installing new software on your own computer]. Tablet computers, notebooks and similar low-powered computers are not capable of running the graphics software required for this course. A traditional desktop or laptop computer is required.

ADIT 1350 Introduction to Programming Fall 4
Course Description

This course teaches students the fundamentals of programming (coding) using HTML, the markup language that every Web site and many mobile phone apps are built with, and the industry-standard JavaScript programming language. Designed specifically for individuals who have little-to-no programming experience, this course teaches participants how to create their own Web sites from scratch and how to bring them to life with JavaScript. During this course students will: 1) Use programming tools to express themselves creativity as they learn the fundamentals of coding, 2) Create Web pages using the HTML language that every Web site is built with, 3) Bring Web pages to life with the JavaScript programming language, and 4) Explore the fundamentals of Virtual Reality, video games and 3D computer graphics. No auditors.


Schedule: Biennially

Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: Comfortable using Microsoft Windows or Apple Macintosh computers (including downloading and installing software), Web browsers, and email.

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Comments: An immersive education course.

ADIT 1351 Discovering Computer Graphics Fall 4
Course Description

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ADIT 1358 Video Games&Virtual Reality Fall 4
Course Description

Video games are a cultural phenomenon and very big business. This exploding industry rivals Hollywood as video games and virtual reality (VR) ‘turn’ the ‘real world’ upside down. This exciting entry level graphics course introduces students to the unreal world of video games and VR. Topics include: games and entertainment, Virtual Worlds, World of Warcraft, 3D graphics, Virtual Reality, Immersive Education, Hollywood blockbuster movies, special effects, synthetic humans and more. Skills learned can be applied to a variety of jobs and industries including: Hollywood and film production; television; music videos; video game design and development; virtual reality; medical and military simulation; scientific visualization and more. Hands-on experience using video game and VR content authoring tools. No auditors.


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Prerequisites: Familiarity using any type of graphics program (such as Photoshop, Paintshop, Flash or similar).

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ADIT 1360 Database Management Fall 4
Course Description

If organizations run on knowledge, effective organizations depend on data management and analysis to integrate their systems with their strategies and their operations. This course analyzes the structure of database management systems, guides you through techniques for querying and analyzing an organization's data, and teaches you how to build a well-structured relational database. Database management systems are studied, databases are compared to other technologies for storing and using data, and students develop extensive hands-on skills in exploring and querying databases. Students also analyze a set of information requirements, and then design and build a database. Oracle and the SQL language will be used extensively. By learning database management, the diligent student will make herself or himself more useful at work and more valuable to her or his employer.


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ADIT 1375 Future Tech and Emerging Media Summer 3
Course Description

With an emphasis on critical thinking and analysis, this survey course prepares students for a future shaped by high technology and digital media (including Virtual Worlds and Video Games, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Neuro-technologies, 3D Printing, Personal Robotics, Drones and Driverless, Automobiles/Planes). Students in this course work in teams to compose and present comprehensive reports on emerging technologies that will directly impact their personal and professional lives. Through group discussions and open debates students will closely examine and consider the ethical issues that these technologies raise. No auditors.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

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ADIT 1381 Building Immersive Education Virtual Worlds Fall 3
Course Description

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ADIT 1440 Computer Mediated Presentations Fall 4
Course Description

Computer graphics, presentation software, the World Wide Web, and other emerging technologies change the way we structure and present professional and personal information. Creating, interpreting and revising data are highly desired skills. Competitive environments demand persuasive professional presentations that match medium and message, combine clear organization, succinct organization and attractive design. This course explores the use of color graphic design, electronic photography, web interactivity digital and other media.


Instructor(s): Robert Herbstzuber

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: No auditors.

ADIT 2000 Computer Security Fall 4
Course Description

This course provides a strong starting foundation for understanding the complex threats system managers face today and what they need to do to harden their systems against attack. Today's business system managers need to understand these threats and know how to protect their digital assets. Students in this course will look at computer security through a variety of lenses. Specific topics will include: protecting the physical infrastructure, computer system design considerations, identity and access management functions and how they fit in, the role of network security tools, the importance of audits and having the right security processes and policies in place, business continuity and disaster recover planning, managing vendor contracts and special consideration for cloud-based systems, and ethical considerations.


Schedule: Biennially

Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

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ADIT 3010 Technical Writing Fall 4
Course Description

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Schedule: Periodically

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ADIT 3341 Web 2.0: New Era of Web Technology Summer 3
Course Description

Immersive courses bring a new wave of exciting websites and technologies (such as Facebook, YouTube, Virtual Worlds) into the "Web 2.0" era. Rich and interactive forms of communication, collaboration, and socialization are the heart of Web 2.0, but the price is high: privacy breaches, identity theft, cyber-stalkers and addiction are a few issues that become more complicated in the Web 2.0 world. In this unique online course students learn how to harness the power of Web 2.0 while protecting themselves and others. Hands-on experience with social networks, online photo and video sharing, virtual worlds, wikis, blogging, mashups and more.


Instructor(s): Barbara Mikolajczak

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: No auditors.

ADIT 3349 Collaborative Computing Fall/Spring/Summer 3
Course Description

This immersive education course extends knowledge and improves skills in the use of industry standard business software, supplemented with a detailed overview of server and workstation hardware. Students explore the collaborative use of versatile and powerful state-of-the-art applications. Topics include proprietary and open source operating systems, word processing, spreadsheet and presentational applications, hardware interfaces, backup schematics, network applications, web publishing, compressor utilities, collaborative document concepts, and the design and structure of data files.


Instructor(s): Constantine Hantzis

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: Facile knowledge of spreadsheets, word processing, data management, graphics, and the Internet.

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Comments: No auditors.

ADIT 3351 Computer Graphics Fall/Summer/Spring 3
Course Description

Discover the joy of computer graphics. Learn how to create your own multimedia greeting cards; customize and enhance digital photos; design and create animated music videos, enhance business presentations and reports.Using collaborative and immersive software, experiment with 3D technology by playing interactive games and exploring virtual reality worlds. With a focus on graphics for the Internet and the Web, students learn related terminology and concepts as they gain valuable hands-on skill. Presents a variety of graphics authoring tools, viewers, and formats while exploring fundamentals of two dimensional (2D) graphics, three dimensional (3D) graphics, Virtual Reality (VR), animation, games, interactive graphics, streaming media, and interactive television. Hands-on experience includes Photoshop, Flash, Shockwave, Powerpoint, YouTube, Virtual Worlds, Audio Whiteboard, Word, Media Player, QuickTime, IPIX, SVG, MPEG, MP3, and more.


Instructor(s): Aaron Walsh

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: Comfortable using Microsoft Windows

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Comments: An immersive education course. No auditors.

ADIT 3359 Geographic Information Systems and Planning Fall 4
Course Description

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is an information technology used for the management, analysis, and display of geographic - or spatial - data, and is represented by information sets such as common maps and more sophisticated data models. This course introduces the fundamental concepts of spatial technology and the increasing application of GIS in academic research, government and business. The course provides an overview of spatial analysis as a decision support tool, the use and management of spatial data, an introduction to GIS applications, and the unique demands GIS places on IT. Requires no programming experience.


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ADIT 3387 Micro Computer Assembly Language Fall 4
Course Description

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ADIT 3490 Collaborative Computing Fall 4
Course Description

An immersive education course, this class extends knowledge and improves skills in the use of industry standard business software, supplemented with a detailed overview of server and workstation hardware. Students explore the collaborative use of versatile and poewrful state-of-the-art applications. Topics include proprietary and open source operating systems, word processing, spreadsheet and presentational applications, hardware interfaces, backup schematics, network applications and protocols, including SSH, HTTP, FTP, DNS, POP3/1MAP Mail Transfer Agents, and client/server remote connect applications, web publishing, compression utilities, collaborative document concepts, and the design and structure of data files.


Instructor(s): Constantine Hantzis

Prerequisites: Facile knowledge of spreadsheets, word processing, data management, graphics, and the Internet.

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ADIT 4040 Intermediate Coding and Design Spring 4
Course Description

With an incredibly flexible and fast changing technological environment, developers today must be able to adapt quickly and hit the ground running when entering into the work force or a new company. This course will explore a general-purpose high-level programming language as the basis for solving different types of technical problems. These problems or projects will enable you to put into practice language syntax and semantic theory. Additionally, you will also learn to collaborate and track your source by using version control. Finally, software development is not just about learning the syntax and semantics of a computer language. Software development is also about communication, critical thinking, and design, therefore this course will provide ample material to expand your critical and design thinking skills. These skills will enable you to be successful in different work environments.


Schedule: Periodically

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Prerequisites: Intro to Programming or equivalent

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ADIT 5001 Geographic Information Systems Fall 4
Course Description

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is an information technology used for the management, analysis, and display of geographic--or spatial--data, and is represented by information sets such as common maps and more sophisticated data models. This course introduces the fundamental concepts of spatial technology and the increasing application of GIS in academic research, government, and business. The course provides an overview of spatial analysis as a decision support tool, the use and management of spatial data, an introduction to GIS applications, and the unique demands GIS places on IT. Requires no programming experience.


Instructor(s): Donald Brady

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: ADGR7750

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