Implementing an IT Concentration in a CS Department: Content, Rationale, and Initial Impact

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The increasing use of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software has created a demand for information technology (IT) professionals, people that build and manage systems assembled from COTS components. The East Tennessee State University Dept. of Computer Information Systems Fall 1999 program of study for training IT professionals is presented. This IT concentration differs from other concentrations in four key ways: it emphasizes Visual Basic instead of C++; it emphasizes Web, database and networking applications instead of system software; it puts more emphasis on human issue in computing, ethics, computer-assisted instruction, and systems analysis and specification; and it deemphasizes science and math.