Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
the american university washington d.c  Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
Description

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program focuses on relevant business concepts, application of business research skills, and job-related behaviors critical for success in today’s competitive environment.

The MBA program provides the training and expertise needed to gain an edge in an ever-evolving business climate. Courses in the MBA program integrate strategies and theories aligned with organizational operations and business structures.

THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY’s online Master of Business Administration with a concentration in project management is well-suited for business professionals who strive increase effectiveness and efficiency in the workplace. Graduates of this degree program will have the expertise needed to lead an organization’s initiatives to improve efficiency, processes, procedures and more. This degree program is well-suited for motivators, analyzers and influencers.

Upon completion of the program, students should be able to do the following:

  • Evaluate the concepts of professional integrity.
  • Analyze processes that influence the control and management of organizations.
  • Explain how key international factors affect business.
  • Apply the various theories and methods associated with employee motivation and morale.
 

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Curriculum

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program focuses on relevant business concepts, the application of business research skills, and job-related behaviors critical for success in today’s competitive environment. The MBA program provides the training and expertise needed to gain an edge in an ever-evolving, business climate. Courses in the MBA program integrate strategies and theories aligned with organizational operations and business structures.

Created for professionals who seek to enhance their ability to motivate people, complete complex projects, and achieve cost-effective results.

Major Requirements | Total Required Semester Hours: 36

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Concentration Courses : Total Required Semester Hours: 12 HOURS

General Concentration

Concentration Courses : Total Required Semester Hours: 12 HOURS
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Description

Prepares all current and future managers with the necessary tools needed to identify, attract, select, and retain talent. Provides a study of external influences, support activities, staffing specific activities, and the staffing system management process. Real-world examples are utilized with special emphasize on staffing models, the labor market and unions, employment law, job analysis and planning, recruitment tools, and strategic staffing decision making.

Objectives

  1. Explain the importance of all components of staffing (recruitment, selection, employment).
  2. Categorize types of work and job design.
  3. Explain the significance of research methods used in job analysis.
  4. Explain compensation and other work rewards used to attract, retain, and motivate applicants.
  5. Analyze legal issues associated with staffing organizations, to include legal requirements of staffing management systems.
  6. Discuss career paths and the type of mobility that can occur in career advancement.
  7. Explain how internal selection decisions differ from external selection decisions, to include selection methods.
  8. Summarize the advantages and disadvantages to performance appraisal methods.
  9. Evaluate the impact of voluntary turnover on organizations.

PreRequisites

None

Textbook(s)

Strategic staffing (Rev: 3rd ed.)

Publisher: Pearson (2015)
Author: Phillips, J. M., & Gully, S. M.
ISBN: 978-0-13-357176-9
Price: $178.95

* Disclaimer: Textbooks listed are based on the last open revision of the course. Prior revisions and future revisions may use different textbooks. To verify textbook information, view the course syllabus or contact the AU Bookstore at [email protected]

GENERAL EDUCATION | Total Required Semester Hours: 36

History
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Examines the dynamics of ignition, flame spread, and room fire growth and explores all phases of fire and explosion investigation, financial management, and other fire department functions related to incendiary fire analysis and investigation.

Objectives

  1. Identify physical properties associated with different types of fuels.
  2. Recognize the need for an analytical approach to fire investigation and analysis.
  3. Define fire science analysis and investigation organizations and describe their basic characteristics and how these can be applied to fire department personnel and management.
  4. Analyze the primary and secondary sources of ignition, also including appliances, smoking, and electricity.
  5. Describe the various stages of fire development and the role environmental conditions have on fire behavior.
  6. Summarize the combustion process involving flammable liquids, gaseous, and solid fuels.
  7. Identify the investigative process for a fire involving a structure, grass or wildland, a vehicle, or a ship.
  8. Explain how clothing and fabric can be the source of fires and contribute to fire growth.
  9. Recognize the need for and use of laboratory services during the investigative process.
  10. Explain the fire investigator’s role involving fire-related deaths and injuries.
  11. Compare explosions and explosive combustion.
  12. Describe how fires involving chemicals and hazardous materials present their own challenges compared to other types of fire.
  13. Define arson as a crime and other related topics.

PreRequisites

None

Textbook(s)

Kirk’s fire investigation (Rev: 7th ed.)

Publisher: Pearson Education (2012)
Author: DeHaan, J. D., & Icove, D. J.
ISBN: 9780135082638
Price: $68.97

* Disclaimer: Textbooks listed are based on the last open revision of the course. Prior revisions and future revisions may use different textbooks. To verify textbook information, view the course syllabus or contact the AU Bookstore at [email protected]

Humanities and Fine Arts
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Description

Explores the social, political, and economic history of the United States from the advent of the Gilded Age to the early 21st century.

Outcomes

  1. Describe the impact of industrial expansion on the evolution of big business in the United States.

  2. Identify influences toward urban blight in 19th-century America.

  3. Compare and contrast the turn-of-the-century values of Twain’s Gilded Age and the Progressive Era.

  4. Summarize the impact of the Civil Rights Movement on America’s societal infrastructure.

  5. Contrast varied perspectives concerning America’s presence in the world.

  6. Explain the United States’ role as a superpower during and after the world wars.

  7. Describe the modern challenges and opportunities concerning the United States around the globe.

Prerequisites

None

Textbook(s)

Integrated Learning Resource

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Traces the history of Western civilization, examining developments in Western thought and culture from the 18th century through the 21st century.

Outcomes

  1. Describe the evolution of philosophy in the modern West.

  2. Discuss the impact of the Industrial Revolution.

  3. Describe the migration of peoples across the Atlantic Ocean.

  4. Contrast political systems in the Western world.

  5. Explain the changing scope of Western civil roles.

  6. Analyze worldwide political conflict in the 19th and 20th centuries.

  7. Discuss the role of a nation as a world superpower.

  8. Utilize academic resources within the field of history to develop creative and well-reasoned arguments.

Prerequisites

None

Textbook(s)

A history of Western society: Vol. 2. From the age of exploration to the present (Rev: 12th ed., concise ed.)

Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin’s (2017)
Author: McKay, J. P., Crowston, C. H., Wiesner-Hanks, M. E., & Perry, J.
ISBN: 9781319073893
Price: $70.20

* Disclaimer: Textbooks listed are based on the last open revision of the course. Prior revisions and future revisions may use different textbooks. To verify textbook information, view the course syllabus or contact the AU Bookstore at [email protected]

 

 

English Composition
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Description

Introduces the basic concepts and requirements of college-level writing. This course provides students with the opportunity to implement effective communication skills via the written word.

Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate proper use of Standard Written English and the conventions of APA documentation style.
  2. Employ the concepts of audience and perspective when approaching others in the writing situation.
  3. Construct different genres of writing.
  4. Effectively incorporate relevant academic sources containing both qualitative and quantitative data.
  5. Demonstrate critical reading skills that translate to improvement in writing practices, such as the crafting of effective sentences and paragraphs.
  6. Utilize pre-writing and planning strategies for the writing process.
  7. Assert argumentative thesis statements that are supported by structured essays that have an introduction, body, and conclusion.

Prerequisites

None

Textbook(s)

Integrated Learning Resource

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Description

Traces the history of Western civilization, examining developments in Western thought and culture from the 18th century through the 21st century.

Outcomes

  1. Describe the evolution of philosophy in the modern West.

  2. Discuss the impact of the Industrial Revolution.

  3. Describe the migration of peoples across the Atlantic Ocean.

  4. Contrast political systems in the Western world.

  5. Explain the changing scope of Western civil roles.

  6. Analyze worldwide political conflict in the 19th and 20th centuries.

  7. Discuss the role of a nation as a world superpower.

  8. Utilize academic resources within the field of history to develop creative and well-reasoned arguments.

Prerequisites

None

Textbook(s)

A history of Western society: Vol. 2. From the age of exploration to the present (Rev: 12th ed., concise ed.)

Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin’s (2017)
Author: McKay, J. P., Crowston, C. H., Wiesner-Hanks, M. E., & Perry, J.
ISBN: 9781319073893
Price: $70.20

* Disclaimer: Textbooks listed are based on the last open revision of the course. Prior revisions and future revisions may use different textbooks. To verify textbook information, view the course syllabus or contact the AU Bookstore at [email protected]

 

 

Mathematics
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Description

Presents a variety of fundamental algebraic topics including, linear and quadratic equations, equations of lines, polynomials, rational expressions, systems of equations, and radical expressions. Students entering this course should be proficient in pre-algebra concepts.

Outcomes

  1. Solve algebraic functions.

  2. Apply algebraic principles to solve inequalities.

  3. Utilize algebraic principles to graph systems to include inequalities.

  4. Graph unique functions.

  5. Perform mathematical computation on complex numbers.

  6. Solve linear systems with two variables to include inequalities.

Prerequisites

None

Textbook(s)

College algebra essentials (Rev: 5th ed.)

Publisher: Pearson (2018)
Author: Blitzer, R. F.
ISBN: 9780134469294
Price: $177.06

* Disclaimer: Textbooks listed are based on the last open revision of the course. Prior revisions and future revisions may use different textbooks. To verify textbook information, view the course syllabus or contact the AU Bookstore at [email protected]

 

 

Natural Science
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Introduces basic ecological concepts and their relevance to human impacts on natural systems. Students explore ecosystem structure and function, population ecology, and current environmental issues related to sustainability and the use of natural resources.

Outcomes

  1. Explain the importance of ecological concepts in everyday life.

  2. Describe the various factors that affect population growth regulation.

  3. Identify the various ways in which organisms interact with their environment.

  4. Summarize the importance of biodiversity within the environment.

  5. Detail the global exchange of nutrients through biogeochemical cycles.

  6. Describe the various factors that affect the evolution of ecological systems.

  7. Identify ways in which ecology can be used to solve environmental issues.

Prerequisites

None

Textbook(s)

Integrated Learning Resource

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BIO 1100 – Non-Majors Biology

Description

Explores the principles of biology, including the scientific method, cell theory, cellular process, theories of heredity, evolutionary theory, ecology, human physiology, and a survey of the diversity of organisms.

Outcomes

 

  1. Define the basic concepts of biological sciences.

  2. Apply the scientific method.

  3. Explain nutrition in terms of micronutrients and macronutrients.

  4. Explain Mendel’s approach to studying genetics.

  5. Interpret Darwin’s theory of evolution to include natural selection and common descent.

  6. Describe human anatomical systems to include their disease states.

  7. Discuss relationships between living organisms and nonliving factors in ecosystems.

  8. Interpret biological data.

 

PreRequisites

None

Textbook(s)

Biology: Science for life with physiology (Rev: 6th ed.)

Publisher: Pearson (2019)

Author: Belk, C., & Maier, V. B.

ISBN: 9780134555430

Price: $126.16


* Disclaimer: Textbooks listed are based on the last open revision of the course. Prior revisions and future revisions may use different textbooks. To verify textbook information, view the course syllabus or contact the AU Bookstore at [email protected]

Social and Behavioral Science
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Examines government and politics in America by focusing on the origins, entities, processes, and functions of our political system and the influential role of interest groups and the media.

Outcomes

  1. Summarize the origins of American political thought.

  2. Identify the distinctive attributes of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

  3. Describe the three branches of government.

  4. Explain how the U.S. government functions at the federal, state, and local levels.

  5. Identify the role of political parties in the United States political system.

  6. Discuss how policies affect change.

  7. Identify the impact of media on public opinion and politics.

Prerequisites

None

Textbook(s)

Integrated Learning Resource

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Description

Examines government and politics in America by focusing on the origins, entities, processes, and functions of our political system and the influential role of interest groups and the media.

Outcomes

  1. Summarize the origins of American political thought.

  2. Identify the distinctive attributes of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

  3. Describe the three branches of government.

  4. Explain how the U.S. government functions at the federal, state, and local levels.

  5. Identify the role of political parties in the United States political system.

  6. Discuss how policies affect change.

  7. Identify the impact of media on public opinion and politics.

Prerequisites

None

Textbook(s)

Integrated Learning Resource

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Introduces components and processes inherent to state and local government in the United States. Acquaints students with the structures and functions of state and local governments as well as the methods and motivations behind political decisions.

Outcomes

  1. Explain the nature of politics.

  2. Analyze the political processes in local government.

  3. Differentiate between powers allocated to the federal government and those allocated to the states.

  4. Distinguish between liberal and conservative ideology in state and local politics.

  5. Explain how policy responsibilities vary among state and local governments.

  6. Summarize the processes of changing state laws or state constitutions.

  7. Explain how citizen attitudes influence policies adopted by governments.

Prerequisites

None

Textbook(s)

Politics in states and communities (Rev: 15th ed.)

Publisher: Pearson (2015)
Author: Dye, T. R., & MacManus, S. A.
ISBN: 978-0-205-99472-4
Price: $104.65

* Disclaimer: Textbooks listed are based on the last open revision of the course. Prior revisions and future revisions may use different textbooks. To verify textbook information, view the course syllabus or contact the AU Bookstore at [email protected]

Electives | Total Required Semester Hours: 36

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Provides fundamental concepts of classical physics with minimized computation in a conceptual and practical manner intended for non-science major students. Main topics covered are Newtonian mechanics, properties of matter and energy, and basic ideas of thermodynamics.

Outcomes

  1. Describe standard units of measurement to include components of a valid measurement.

  2. Illustrate the scientific method within everyday situations.

  3. Explain Newton’s laws of motion at work in common phenomena.

  4. Explain the concepts and applications of momentum, work, mechanical energy, and general relativity.

  5. Identify the building blocks of matter to include their influence on physical properties.

  6. Describe thermodynamic concepts and their applications.

Prerequisites

None

Textbook(s)

Conceptual physics (Rev: 12th ed.)

Publisher: Pearson (2015)
Author: Hewitt, P. G.
ISBN: 978-0-321-90910-7
Price: $90.71

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Fundamentals of personal computers are examined with an emphasis on current application software. Provides an overview of personal computers, operating systems, and Internet technologies. Includes extensive and valuable hands-on experience using several applications in the Microsoft Office Suite.

Objectives

  1. Explain the fundamentals of computer hardware and computer software.
  2. Demonstrate fundamental techniques within a word-processing application.
  3. Demonstrate fundamental desktop-publishing techniques by designing the layout for a professional file.
  4. Perform fundamental data-manipulation techniques.

PreRequisites

None

Textbook(s)

Microsoft official academic course: Microsoft Office: 2013 edition

Publisher: Wiley (2015)
Author: Gambrel, B. (Ed.)
ISBN: 978-0-470-13306-4
Price: $114.40

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An examination of data communications fundamentals, including the transmission and reception of data signals, networking and network architecture, and communications protocols. Provides a baseline level of knowledge for success in industry and preparation for networking certifications, including the Network , Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), Certified Novell Administrator (CNA), and Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) designations.

Objectives

  1. Differentiate between several data networking standards, including the seven layers of the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) reference model and the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) stack.
  2. Classify common network hardware and utilities used for troubleshooting.
  3. Examine the concepts of switching and routing, regarding local area network servers (LANs) and wide area network solutions (WANs).
  4. Explain how Microsoft Windows network communication protocols are implemented in a TCP/IP network.
  5. Illustrate network diagrams for network topologies.

PreRequisites

  1. ITC 3001

Textbook(s)

Data communications & computer networks: A business user’s approach (Rev: 8th ed.)

Publisher: Cengage Learning (2016)
Author: White, C. M.
ISBN: 978-1-305-11663-4
Price: $204.71

* Disclaimer: Textbooks listed are based on the last open revision of the course. Prior revisions and future revisions may use different textbooks. To verify textbook information, view the course syllabus or contact the AU Bookstore at [email protected]

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Exploration of structured systems analysis and design terminology and techniques. Presents a foundation in systems design and documentation necessary for effective communication and career advancement for all technology professionals.

Objectives

  1. Identify Information Technology tools and services that satisfy the needs of various organizational structures.
  2. Recognize design methodologies, to include prototyping, development life cycle and structured analysis.
  3. Examine the use of data flow diagrams, data dictionary definitions, and Structured English as used in the Information Technology field.
  4. Apply techniques of system analysis and design to an information systems problem.
  5. Assess the value of information technology when addressing global, national, and local industry needs.

PreRequisites

  1. ITC 3001

Textbook(s)

Systems analysis and design (Rev: 11th ed.)

Publisher: Cengage Learning (2017)
Author: Tilley, S., & Rosenblatt, H.
ISBN: 9781337687157
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Examines the philosophies and tactics of terrorist groups, and discusses emerging terrorism trends. Also covers the study of terrorism methodology, terrorist incident response, and managing the consequences of terrorist events.

Objectives

  1. Analyze the importance of a pre-attack threat assessment.
  2. Explain levels of emergency response to a possible terrorist event.
  3. Outline techniques of scene survey used to identify danger.
  4. Describe general scene management after a terrorist attack.
  5. Identify working zones at the scene of a terrorist attack.
  6. Describe the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
  7. Evaluate methods for dispersing chemical warfare agents in a chemical weapons attack.
  8. Categorize the four methods of victim decontamination.
  9. Classify agents used in chemical weapons attacks.
  10. Characterize incendiary and explosive devices used by terrorists.

PreRequisites

None

Textbook(s)

McGraw-Hill homeland security handbook: Strategic guidance for a coordinated approach to effective security and emergency management (Rev: 2)

Publisher: McGraw-Hill (2012)
Author: Kamien, D. G. (Ed.)
ISBN: 978-0-07-179084-0
Price: (No information available)

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Explores the histories, ideas, beliefs, and characteristic practices of the world’s major religions.

Outcomes

  1. Analyze commonalities shared by the world’s major religions.

  2. Discuss factors which have caused potential for conflict within and between religious groups.

  3. Evaluate the impact values have on the goals and functions of a religious body.

  4. Examine how religious beliefs are expressed through engagement in the faith.

  5. Explain differing interpretations of religious tenets.

  6. Utilize research strategies for creating an academic perspective of varied cultures.

Prerequisites

None

Textbook(s)

Understanding the religions of the world: An introduction

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (2015)
Author: Deming, W. (Ed.).
ISBN: 9781118767573
Price: $64.93

* Disclaimer: Textbooks listed are based on the last open revision of the course. Prior revisions and future revisions may use different textbooks. To verify textbook information, view the course syllabus or contact the AU Bookstore at [email protected]