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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ITAM BAS, Project Management Specialization

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Students will gain knowledge specific to managing projects. Graduates in this high-demand field of project management will gain skill and knowledge that, when combined with the soft-skills classes, will give you the competitive edge in the marketplace. Project management skills are not specific to any industry and are sought after by many organizations.

Soft Skills

  • management and leadership
  • project management
  • business communications
  • financial management
  • ethics
  • professional selling
  • customer relationship management

Hard Skills

  • managing projects through all stages or the project management lifecycle
  • managing project budgets, schedules, and resources
  • managing project risk, quality, and procurement
  • developing WBS and reporting project performance
  • implementing project management maturity practices

Program Learner Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge in core IT Management foundation areas.
  • Demonstrate the ability to understand the significance of information technology management on individuals, organizations, and society.
  • Have the ability to apply basic quantitative tools.
  • Have the ability to communicate effectively.
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage and lead.
  • Apply advance use of current techniques, skills and tools necessary for information technology management.

ITAM-BAS Program and Core Requirements

Providing students with management, leadership, critical thinking skills is the primary purpose of the ITAM-BAS degree. Students learn the soft-skills to excel in managing people, projects or departments. A curriculum rich in communication and problem-solving skills, the program complements any professional/technical degree with timely and relevant skills to qualify students for leadership roles in their technical area.

ITAM-BAS Program Admission Requirements

Applicants for the ITAM-BAS must meet the following admission requirements before admittance to the program:

  • Completion of an applied or technical degree with at least 40 credits in an applied/technical area from a community college or technical college.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.3.
  •  A world language is not required.

ITAM-BAS Graduation Requirements

  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.3.
  • Completion of CWU General Education requirements.
  • Completion of the ITAM-BAS core requirement courses and one of the ITAM-BAS specialization lists of courses with a minimum grade of C- in each course.

List of Specializations for ITAM-BAS program

Students seeking the ITAM-BAS program take a common set of core courses. Additionally, students entering the ITAM-BAS program must choose a specialization and complete the CWU General Education program. Students choose from tfour unique specializations:

  1. Administrative Management
  2. Cybersecurity
  3. Information Technology Management
  4. Project Management

Administrative Management Specialization: Qualify to work in any business environment where leadership and information processing is required. With classes such as Project Management, Customer Relationship Management, Financial Analysis, and Advanced Spreadsheet Applications, you will have the skills to manage in any administrative capacity. Industries like healthcare, manufacturing, education, retail, and even non-profit organizations are asking for employees with this educational background. Any completed professional/technical associate degree will satisfy the admission requirement.

Cybersecurity Specialization: Learn to detect, protect, and recover from attacks to an organization’s information assets. Public utility companies, national security agencies, food and water suppliers, financial services, and companies with intellectual property to protect are now hiring experts in this area. The skills to detect and recover from cyber-attacks, coupled with the team leadership, effective communication, and project management skills of the BAS core, will provide a thorough knowledge base for managers and technology leaders concerned with the operation and management of cybersecurity systems. Because of the technical IT skills classes involved in this specialization, a computer-related associate degree is suggested for admission.

Information Technology Specialization: Managing in an IT department or organization requires team leadership, project management, effective communication, and critical thinking skills. Those soft-skills when combined with the hard skills from an associate degree in network security, computer support technology, wireless technology, server support, CAD technology, etc. give students the best opportunity for advancement in their field. With specialization classes directed specifically to management in the IT environment, students have the best opportunity for furthering their careers. Requires a professional/technical associate degree with at least 40 credits in computer-related classes for admission.

Project Management Specialization: Meeting growing industry need for skilled employees capable of leading projects, the this specialization from ITAM provides graduates with an in-depth understanding of the skills and techniques of effective project management. These skills have universal application, spanning every organization from construction firms to non-profits to tech start-ups. For students wishing to earn a double specialization, Project Management will complement any option, particularly Web and Database Administration and Management, Cybersecurity, and Network Administration. The advanced project management courses frame a core foundation of both relevant human-centered soft skills and technical know-how.

Project Management Specialization

Total Specialization Credits: 20

Total Credits: 66-68

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