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Recommended Academic Plan

Once you complete the core IST courses, your education continues with one of the following options.

Baccalaureate | Business | Individualized | Networking

Baccalaureate Option

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This option provides an easy path for you to pursue a 4-year IST baccalaureate degree, while completing all of the requirements for an associate degree. After 2 years at Fayette, you would move on to another Penn State campus to finish your junior and senior years. If you elect one of the options listed below, you can meet the lower division requirements for the baccalaureate degree by completing the two additional courses (IST 230 & IST 240) in the baccalaureate option.

IST 230 - Language, Logic, & Discrete Math (3 credits). Provides you with an understanding of an array of mathematical concepts and methods which form the foundation of modern information science, in a form that will be relevant and useful for you. The course will draw some of its material from several mathematical disciplines: formal language theory, mathematical logic, discrete mathematics. Normally a Spring semester class.

IST 240 - Introduction to Computer Languages (3 credits). The primary goal of this course is to study the foundations underlying the design, specification and use of a wide variety of language paradigms used to interact with computers. Object-oriented languages, markup languages and modeling languages are emphasized. The following details the content of the course: (1) nature of languages; (2) elements of languages; (3) classification of languages; (4) formal descriptions of languages; (5) data and types; (6) names and bindings; (7) control structures; (8) language processors; and (9) study experiences. Normally a Fall semester class.



Business Option

New spacious multimedia classroomsThis option enables you to specialize your IST education in the business areas of accounting, marketing, or management. Since many small and mid-sized companies can't afford a dedicated IT department, many businesses need employees who are skilled to performed both IT and traditional business duties. These position will be in high demand as companies develop computer networks for all employees and e-commerce processes become a normal way of business in order to stay competitive with their larger competitors.



Individualized Option

This option enables you to work closely with an advisor to develop a plan of study that meets the dual objective of allowing a flexible academic program and providing breadth of technical specialization. You could specialize in computer programming, business software, PC hardware or network administration.



Network Option

Networks are a must-have for all businessesThis option prepares you for entry-level positions in help desk departments, computer network services and network administration. You will complete course work in personal computer hardware, networking essentials, local area/wide area network administration and client-server architectures. The program is designed to provide you with a broad range of technical skills in areas such as domain controllers, file & application servers, routers, switches, hubs, cabling and network/client operating systems (e.g., Windows 2000 Professional & Server, Windows XP Professional & Windows Server 2003, LINUX, network communications {TCP/IP}).

IST 225 - PC Hardware Basics (3 credits). Hands-on PC activities in lab coursesPrepares you to function as a PC support technicians in business and industry. In a hands-on laboratory environment, you learn to build/install, configure, upgrade, troubleshoot, diagnose, and repair PC hardware. Course modules cover all the basic hardware components of the PC - their functions, interactions, installation, configuration, upgrading, repair, and replacement. Detailed coverage of system BIOS, CMOS setup, and the boot process is also included. Preventive maintenance and data recovery procedures are also studied.

IST 226 - Networking Essentials (3 credits). Dedicated IST student lab with servers, routers, switches and PCs Provides basic networking concepts such as network types, cable types, wireless technologies, and network adapters. Network models are discussed, including the ISO-OSI reference model and all industry standard network architectures. Both peer-to-peer and server-based commercial network operating systems are introduced with hands-on laboratory experience provided. Basic network administration issues are introduced. Internetworking/enterprise networking devices and architectures are also covered, as are network troubleshooting, performance monitoring, and optimization. Most important, you will learn how to foster communications, interpersonal, and group interaction skills through appropriate collaborative and active learning projects, laboratory exercises, and related experiences.

IST 227 - Network Administration (3 credits)Dedicated IST student lab for business-class client-server experiences Provides essential knowledge and skills required to successfully administer peer-to-peer and client/server networks. Hands-on experience with commercial networking software such as Windows, NetWare, and Windows Server is an important course component. Topics covered include pre-installation planning, network installation, network software architecture, server configuration, profiles and logon scripts, user account management, policies, resource sharing and security, disk management, remote access, backup and recovery, performance monitoring, and network optimization. Finally, you will be able to manage remote access features, and monitor/optimize network performance. You will participate in many active learning projects and laboratory exercises.

IST 228 - Advanced Network Administration (3 credits) Dedicated IST student lab for hands-on WAN learning Provides essential knowledge and skills required to successfully administer TCP/IP networks and applications servers such as database servers, web servers, and mail servers. Hands-on experience with commerical software such as SQL Server, Exchange Sever, Internet Information Server, Novell-Netware and LINUX is an important course component. Topics covered include TCP/IP planning, installation, and configuration, IP addressing, subnetting, IP routing, DHCP, WINS, address and name resolution protocols, DNS, and management of database, web, and mail servers. Finally, you will have the ability to foster communications, interpersonal, and group interaction skills; through appropriate collaborative and active learning projects, laboratory exercises, and related experiences.