The courses for the 18-credit Certificate in Information Technology prepare students to apply the principles of computer networking, programming, and multi-media to an office, business or industry environment. It can help students assume responsibilities involving IT system planning, installation and maintenance in offices.  A number of courses in this certificate program may help lead to professional certifications in Oracle or Network+ or Security+. To take any course in this certificate program, a student must meet all the prerequisites for that course.

Curriculum Plan

FDU’s certificate program in Information Technology includes any six of the following courses. A grade of C or better is needed to earn the certificate.

  • INFO2101 Computer Programming for Information Technologists I
  • INFO2105 Internet and Web Applications
  • INFO2106 Web Site Design and Management
  • CSCI3268 Database Systems
  • INFO4101 Data Communications and Computer Networks I
  • INFO4102 Data Communications and Computer Networks II
  • INFO4201 IT Needs Assessment and Management
  • INFO4891 Network and Information Security

Course Descriptions

  • CSCI3268 Overview of the function and architecture of database systems. Study of storage structures and their implementation. Survey of the current types of data models. Examples of data definition and data manipulation languages. Specific database management systems will be studied to support the data base concepts.

  • INFO2101 Elements of algorithm design and problem solving. Elementary data types and arrays. Basic control structures: sequential, conditional, iterative. Assignment statements. Basic input/output. Elements of methods. Design, coding and implementation of programs in various areas using a language such as Java. Prerequisites: INFO 1101 Computer Concepts and Technology and INFO 1105 Software Application in Business and Technology Or permission of instructor

  • INFO2105 This course provides an introduction to the Internet services, the World Wide Web, accessibility, search engine optimization (SEO), multimedia and social networking. Students learn how to create and publish web pages using eXtensible HyperText Markup Language (XHTML)and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and construct and maintain a web site.

  • INFO2106 This course introduces students to the principles of website design and management, business applications and security, and e-commerce. Students study graphic web design concepts such as usability and scalability. They learn how to create interactive web applications, enhance web pages with dynamic images, implement a web server and integrate the website with a database management system.

  • INFO4101 This course provides a comprehensive overview of data communications and computer networks, with emphasis on network simulation and network protocols. The topics to be covered include network components and model, network services and applications, network transport architectures, routing and switching, local area networks, mobile networks and network security and management. Integrated laboratory experience.

  • INFO4102 This course builds upon the networking concepts introduced in INFO 4101 Data Communications and Computer Networks I. Topics covered include system administration, communications software, network technologies, LAN models, Ethernet, switches, routers, bridges, and hardware components used in a converged network. Students learn how to establish and maintain a local area network and extend their learning to network convergence including media transmission, quality of services and network performance. Integrated laboratory experience. Prerequisite: INFO4101 Data Communications and Computer Networks I.

  • INFO4201 This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts of needs assessment and management as applied to information technology. Students study how to integrate, maintain and manage information technology in modern organizations. They learn how to systematically assess customer needs and problems and provide them with cost-efficient and effective solutions.

  • INFO4891 Coverage of potential threats to a stand-alone or networked computer. The course includes strategies to harden the system against these threats and discusses the liability of the network administrator for crimes committed via the network. Business issues considered include social engineering, continuity, data backup and recovery, and risk analysis.