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ODP.ASIT - AS Information Technology (online)

Program Code

ODP.ASIT

Program Title

AS Information Technology

Program Description

The Associate of Science in Information Technology (IT) equips students with a broad grounding in the Liberal Arts, along with a foundational working knowledge of computer systems and devices, networks, operating systems, IT support, troubleshooting, and security. The A.S. program is specifically designed to prepare students to earn two highly respected professional certifications from the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA)-namely, CompTIA Linux and CompTIA A+.

Graduates are prepared for tier 1 positions in business, non-profit, church, or parachurch organizations. Examples include IT helpdesk representative, IT support technician, and field or service technician. They may also continue their studies to earn the Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology with a Concentration in Network Adminis-tration or Information Systems Security.

Modality. Point University offers the A.S. in Information Technology in fully-online format. Point Online students engage in asynchronous learning through a course website that facilitates interaction with their instructor and classmates.

Learning Outcomes

Program Purpose and Student Learning Objectives

Purpose. The Associate of Science in Information Technology (IT) equips students with a broad grounding in the Liberal Arts, along with a foundational working knowledge of computer systems and devices, networks, operating systems, IT support, troubleshooting, and security.

The A.S. in Information Technology builds on Point University’s mission, values, and Core Curriculum (General Studies and Character Formation) to accomplish the following student learning objectives:

Foundational knowledge and skills in information technology

Objective 1: Students locate and survey industry-related tools and resources.

Objective 2: Students identify and describe a variety of information technologies, support services, and operating systems.

Principles, methods, and legal and ethical standards for IT support

Objective 3: Students describe the role of technology in the workplace.

Objective 4: Students demonstrate effective, ethical, and secure practices for trouble-shooting a variety of technologies.

Functions and components of a desktop personal computing devices

Objective 5: Students employ critical thinking to diagnose and recommend the appropriate technology troubleshooting techniques or tool.

Objective 6: Students demonstrate basic knowledge of information technology best practices, safety, security, and preventive measures.

Recommended Course Sequence

Choosing a Character Core Track. Online students who continue past the associate degree to earn a baccalaureate degree must complete the 15-credit Character Core. The Character Formation courses listed above can fulfil Core requirements. Students must complete one course in each numbered category in sequence. In other words, they must complete one course labeled [1], and then one course labeled [2], and then one course labeled [3]. For details, see the “Character Core” described under the “Biblical Studies Department.”

Recommended Course Sequence. As online students prepare to enter their program, academic advisors prepare a customized course schedule, or “plan of study,” mapping out which courses students should complete in which sessions from start to graduation. These customized plans take into account degree requirements, transfer credits, pace of study, and other factors toward the goal of speeding students to the finish line in the shortest time possible.

Special Considerations

Professional Certifications. Courses within the A.S. in Information Technology program are specifically designed to prepare students to earn up to two highly respected professional certifications from the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), a leading IT industry trade organization. Point strongly urges students to complete the certification exams as they progress through the academic program because these high-demand industry certifications will give them a significant advantage in the job market. The certifications, the Point courses that support them, and the current exam costs appear below. Point does not guarantee that students will pass every exam. However, if they master the knowledge and skills taught in the Point courses, students should be well-prepared to complete the exams successfully.

IT exam prices