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INFORMATION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (IST)
Robert A. Allen, Chair/Professor of Computer Science
David L. Cozart, Professor
Andrew Digh, Associate Professor
Andrew Pounds, Professor
Cynthia Robertson, Lecturer
Eniye Tebekaemi, Assistant Professor
Martin Zhao, Associate Professor
The Computer Science Department offers majors in Information Science and Technology that lead to either the Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Arts degree. A minor is also offered. Information Science and Technology (IST) is an academic discipline with theoretical foundations rooted in computer science, mathematics, and other disciplines. IST focuses on the integration of the latest technology to solve real-world problems for the end user.
The IST major that leads to the B.S. degree provides students with a broad IST core that includes an introduction to programming, databases, networks, operating systems, web design, and cybersecurity. Students also complete the two integrative courses, CYS 223 and IST 351; two advanced electives selected from IST 311, 321, 349, 417, 471, 472, or 485; and the senior design course, IST 470. A highlight of the degree is the requirement of four one-hour experiential courses which give students hands-on opportunities to apply core concepts while working with real world problems. IST B.S. majors are also required to complete a statistics course (either STA 126 or MAT 320) and one technical communication course, TCO 341. An internship is available as an option within the major.
The IST major leading to the B.A. degree is appropriate for students who have an interest in IST but wish to pursue another major (or minor) course of study as well.
Major in Information Science and Technology: B.S. degree
44 semester credit hours minimum
CSC 204. Programming I
IST 126. Introduction to Information Science and Technology
IST 220. Introduction to Databases
IST 221. Introduction to Networks
IST 222. Introduction to Operating Systems
IST 276. Introduction to Internet Programming
IST 301. Experiential Learning (4 hrs)
Each IST 301 course carries 1 hour of credit and a subtitle. Students must take IST 301 four times with at least three different subtitles.
IST 351. Dynamic Content Delivery
CYS 223. Cybersecurity Principles and Foundations
Two courses from:
IST 311. Scripting Languages
IST 321. Networks II
IST 349. Management Information Systems
IST 417. Server Systems Security and Administration
IST 471. Senior Project Design II
IST 472. Information Technology Internship
IST 485. Topics in Information Science and Technology (3 hours)
IST 470. Senior Project Design I
One course from:
STA 126. Introductory Statistics
MAT 320. Probability and
Mathematical Statistics
TCO 341. Technical Communication
Successful preparation and delivery of a departmentally approved presentation.
 
Major in Information Science and Technology: B.A. degree
35 semester credit hours minimum
CSC 204. Programming I
IST 126. Introduction to Information Science and Technology
IST 220. Introduction to Databases
IST 221. Introduction to Networks
IST 222. Introduction to Operating Systems
IST 276. Introduction to Internet Programming
IST 301. Experiential Learning (4 hours)
Each IST 301 course carries 1 hour of credit and a subtitle. Students must take IST 301 four times with at least three different subtitles.
Four courses from:
TCO 341. Technical Communication
CYS 223. Cybersecurity Principles and Foundations
IST 311. Scripting Languages
IST 321. Networks II
IST 349. Management Information Systems
IST 351. Dynamic Content Delivery
IST 417. Server Systems Security and Administration
IST 470. Senior Project Design I
IST 471. Senior Project Design II
IST 472. Information Technology Internship
IST 485. Topics in Information Science and Technology (3 hours)
 
Minor in Information Science and Technology
15 semester credit hours minimum
IST 126. Introduction to Information Science and Technology
IST 301. Experiential Learning repeated at least three times
Nine additional hours of IST coursework with at least six hours in courses numbered 310 or above.
 
IST 126. Introduction to Information Science and Technology (3 hours)
This course serves as a broad introduction to information technology concepts. Topics to be covered include an introduction to database systems, networking, operating systems, and web development. Security, societal issues, and cloud concepts will be included throughout. (Every year)
IST 198. Special Introductory Topics in Information and Science Technology: (Subtitle) (3 hours)
Study of an introductory topic in Information Science and Technology not covered in any of the departmental offerings. This course may not be applied to the Information Science and Technology major or minor. (Occasionally)
IST 220. Introduction to Databases (3 hours)
Prerequisite: IST 126.
This course introduces relational database concepts and basic SQL skills. A commercial DBMS will be used to give students practical experience. Topics to be covered include relational data modeling, database design and implementation, data retrieval and modification, user and privilege management, common database building blocks, and state of the art data management techniques. (Every two years)
IST 221. Introduction to Networks (3 hours)
Prerequisite: IST 126.
This course serves as an introduction to network fundamentals. Course will include practical experience in network design and implementation. Topics to be covered include networking terminology, network theory, standards bodies, network models, and cabling techniques. (Every year)
IST 222. Introduction to Operating Systems (3 hours)
Prerequisite: IST 126.
This course serves as an introduction to multiple computer operating systems from the administrator’s point of view. Course will include practical experience in operating system administration and use. Topics to be covered include system administration, system security, scripting, event tracking, virtualization, scalability, troubleshooting, and resource sharing. (Every two years)
IST 276. Introduction to Internet Programming (3 hours)
Prerequisite: IST 126.
This course provides the foundational skills required for internet programming. Topics to be covered include hypertext markup language, cascading style sheets, and JavaScript. (Every two years)
IST 285. Topics in Information Science and Technology: (Subtitle) (1-4 hours)
Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
An intensive study of some significant topic in Information Science and Technology not otherwise covered in departmental course offerings. Students must engage in projects of assignments requiring at least one contact hour per week for every hour, or equivalent, of credit. May be repeated with different topics, but total credit may not exceed 8 hours. (Occasionally)
IST 301. Experiential Learning: (Subtitle) (1 hour)
Prerequisites: IST 126 and consent of instructor.
Students will engage in real world projects related to information science and technology. They will have scheduled meetings to share and reflect on their experiences. All students will maintain a log of their activities and prepare a final report on their project. Graded S/U. May be repeated, but total credit may not exceed 8 hours. (Every semester)
IST 311. Scripting Languages (3 hours)
Prerequisite: CSC 204.
This course serves as a survey of computer scripting languages and techniques for various computing environments. Topics to be covered include an overview of scripting languages, scripting for network administration, scripting for cybersecurity, and scripting for applications. (Every two years)
IST 321. Networks II (3 hours)
Prerequisite: IST 221.
A detailed examination of the techniques, tools, and technologies used to implement, maintain, and secure an organization’s computer network. The course will focus on the evaluation, selection, deployment, and administration of various type networks and network devices. Topics include routing and switching, IP addressing techniques, path selection, and standard network protocols. (Every two years)
IST 349. Management Information Systems (3 hours)
(Same as BUS 349 and IDM 470)
Prerequisites: IST 220; or EGR 126; or CSC 125 or IST 126, and ACC 205, MKT 361, and MGT 363; or consent of instructor.
A study of management information systems and the impact these systems have on management decision making. The emphasis of this course is on data collection techniques, information flow within an organization, techniques of problem analysis, and design and implementation of a system. (Every year)
IST 351. Dynamic Content Delivery (3 hours)
Prerequisites: IST 220 and IST 276.
This course explores the techniques used for server-side and client-side delivery of dynamic Internet content along with design, implementation, and maintenance of database systems used in web development. Topics to be covered include server-side web programming and fundamentals, database design and tuning, database security, and the configuration of client/server and web environments. (Every two years)
IST 398. Internship in Information Science and Technology (1-3 hours)
Prerequisites: junior or senior standing, and permission of department chair.
An intensive practicum experience at an approved business, organization, or academic institution. Students, under the direction of a faculty member and an on-site supervisor, must engage in projects or assignments requiring at least three on-site hours per week for every hour of credit. Students will learn through observation, regular discussions with the on-site supervisor and Mercer faculty member, and written reflection. In addition, students may be required to attend training events, workshops, or weekly seminars. This course may be repeated for a total of 9 hours and does not count toward a major or minor in Information Science and Technology. Graded S/U. (Every year)
IST 417. Server Systems Security and Administration (3 hours)
Prerequisite: CYS 305.
This course is an exploration of server system security and vulnerabilities, including server architectures and operating systems, and server administration. It provides the detailed technical coverage necessary to administer and protect information and servers by presenting the knowledge of server platform computer hardware components, server network devices and interfaces, as well as the structure and usage of common server operating system software from an information security perspective. Ongoing maintenance and operational issues of servers will also be included. (Every two years)
IST 470. Senior Project Design I (3 hours)
Prerequisite: completion of at least 6 hours of IST courses numbered 310 or above.
This course is the capstone in Information Science and Technology. It includes a study of current techniques for specification, design, implementation, documentation, and testing of technology systems. Additional topics include business, professional, ethical, and social concerns of technology. Students will work in teams on a major project that integrates previous IST coursework. (Every two years)
IST 471. Senior Project Design II (3 hours)
Prerequisite: IST 470.
This course provides the student with the opportunity for expanded development of projects created within IST 470. (Occasionally)
IST 472. Information Technology Internship (3 hours)
Prerequisite: IST 470.
This course is implemented as a directed internship within the local Information Technology community. Students will gain valuable hands-on experience with the knowledge learned during their academic career. Graded S/U. (Occasionally)
IST 485. Topics in Information Science and Technology: (Subtitle) (1-4 hours)
Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
An intensive study of some significant topic in Information Science and Technology not otherwise covered in departmental course offerings. Students must engage in projects or assignments requiring at least one contact hour, or equivalent, per week for every hour of credit. May be repeated with different topics, but total credit may not exceed 8 hours. (Occasionally)