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Computing and Information Technology Major

Computing and Information Technology

What is it like to study computing and information technology at Alverno?
In the computing and information technology program, you use the technology of today to develop skills you will use throughout your professional and personal life. Alverno’s computing and information technology curriculum balances technical and theoretical knowledge with practical hands-on experience. As you proceed through your computing and information technology courses, you learn to analyze systems, to effectively communicate, to facilitate the ethical use of technology, to apply the principles of usability to the design and implementation of computer systems, and to integrate, synthesize, and adapt your learning to an ever-changing environment. You’ll develop your abilities to solve problems, effectively communicate, analyze complex systems, evaluate rapidly evolving trends, and facilitate implementation of technology.

What happens in a typical computing and information technology class?
In the introductory course, you gain the foundational understanding of how a computer works, how components of a system work together, and the broad range of professions that comprise the computing area. You become an independent user of technology. Through the study of programming, you experience in depth the process of creating computing solutions for a variety of problems. Courses in databases and information systems provide hands-on experience with analyzing and solving problems. In advanced courses, you concentrate on information and its storage, use, analysis, and communication. As you complete your studies in computing and information technology, you integrate and synthesize your learning in a final capstone course--project management--in which you design a large project involving computing, computer technology, or information systems.

What kinds of technology are part of the program?
In your beginning course, you explore numerous aspects of computing, including hardware, software, graphics, web, applications, and much more. From there, you move to a more focused introduction to computing. You work with programming, databases, web design, spreadsheets, and other applications. In the next phase of your curriculum, you work to implement your knowledge to a greater depth. You work with the inside of a computer, computer systems, web programming, and advanced design. In the final stages of your curriculum, you work to integrate your knowledge of computing systems, databases, and project management.