New degree mixes management with computer expertise
Business management meets information technology in a new degree at Southern Wesleyan University.
“Management of Information Technology prepares students for an administrative role in the computing technology field, focusing on how to manage the computer resources that have become an integral part of every business and organization,” said Don Schaupp, assistant professor of computer science.
This major is designed for students who want to work in management, Schaupp said.
“Students will be eligible for jobs that involve managing infrastructure and systems critical to business functions,” he said.
While some jobs available to new graduates accept either traditional computer science or MOIT degrees interchangeably, there are key differences that cause students and employers to often favor one program over the other, according to Schaupp.
“In computer science, the technology is the primary focus. In MOIT, the business using and managing the technology is the primary focus. Both approaches are important, so both majors can be beneficial,” Schaupp said. Southern Wesleyan University also offers degrees in applied computer science and forensic computer science, as well as majors in a broad range of academic areas.
“MOIT is less technical than pure computer science, so it appeals to individuals with less technical leanings. The name implies a more direct career path into management for students with managerial aspirations,” he said.
MOIT jobs involve direct oversight of infrastructure and systems critical to business functions. These roles have so far been less susceptible to offshore outsourcing than dedicated development or remote support functions,” Schaupp said.
Courses for the MOIT degree include accounting, e-Commerce, business law, management, marketing, finance, statistics, computer programming, software, Web page design, computer configuration, systems analysis and design, networking and ethics in computing.
“The expanded offerings in Southern Wesleyan University’s Applied Computer Science Program include Management of Information Technology, Forensic Computer Science, Web Site Design and Programming, and Communications. We are excited about these because the application of computer resources touches every field and significantly expands our ability to meet today’s and tomorrow’s challenges,” Schaupp said.
For details about the MOIT degree or any of the Applied Computer Science majors, call Don Schaupp at (864) 644-5031 or e-mail him at .