Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

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So, What is ICT?

NetEssBookICT is NMSU’s premier distance education Information Technology (IT) program accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) curriculum covers the topics and concepts that are required to design, implement, and manage a variety of computer-based information systems.

The curriculum includes the study of:

  • computer hardware,
  • application and operating systems software,
  • system integration,
  • database design and management,
  • networking, and network security.

Graduates can expect to fill positions with titles such as Information Technologist, Project Manager, Systems or Network Administrator, Computer Support Specialist, and Database Administrator.

What is Degree Completion?

The ICT courses, themselves, are junior and senior level. This makes the program an attractive path to the baccalaureate degree for associate degree graduates of computer and other technology-related programs. However, an associate degree is not a requirement. Freshmen and sophomore students that are majoring in the program have numerous options and course combinations that will prepare them for their junior-senior ICT courses. These options include computer technology, business information systems, computer graphics, computer assisted design, and engineering technology.

What Background is Needed?

Before enrolling in the junior/senior ICT courses, students are expected to have a computer-related or technology background, for example, in computer assisted drafting or graphics, programming, networking, electronics, or other related technology area. There are some specific course requirements that also need to be met before taking the junior level ICT courses. These are in the areas of written and oral communications, mathematics, and science.

Are There Requirements?

Students taking the distance ICT courses must have familiarity with and unrestricted access to a computer with a CD drive, a current web browser, a high speed connection to the Internet without restrictions, email capability, a sound card, and Microsoft Office. Technologies used for course delivery include WebCT, Quicktime videos, PDF files, and other commonly used formatting. Some software required for specific courses will be available at student discount. The NMSU Distance Education Homepage has more information on orientation, support, the use of library resources, and the use of the university bookstore for students in distance programs.

ICT program places an emphasis on practical applications of engineering and science rather than placing an emphasis on theory and derivation. There is an overlap between the curricula of the ICT Program and the department’s Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology Program.
Unlike the other programs offered by the department, the ICT Program was not designed to be an Engineering Technology program. For example, the mathematics and science requirements are noticeably different. This and other differences do not compromise the program’s objectives and maximize the use of transfer credit from a variety of programs.

To view the ICT Degree Plan, click here!

NMSU and the ICT Program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

ICT Flowchart and Other Information:
Spring 2017 ICT Flowchart
ICT Degree Plan
 
ICT Course Descriptions