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Information Technology Education Specialization Doctor of Information Technology

School of Business and Technology

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Residency Requirement(s):

Three four-day residencies. See university policy 3.04.05 Attendance at Residencies and the Residencies page on Campus for more information. Also see each graduate school’s residency courses.

 

 

Eighteen Required Courses

 

 

82 quarter credits

All courses taken in a prescribed sequence:

Learners should contact their advisor for sequence information.

Core courses:

DIT-R8921
DIT Residency Track 1 †

In the first residency, learners review the DIT programs and dissertation processes associated with learner competencies, milestone achievements, mentor facilitation, and university policies and procedures. Learners also examine the scholarly writing skills needed for the dissertation and participate in writing skills assessments and skill development exercises. For DIT learners only. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

2 quarter credits
DIT-R8922 *
DIT Residency Track 2 †

In the second residency, learners review the school guidelines for developing and writing Chapters 1 and 2 of the dissertation, identify and discuss common problems and practices of mentor approval, and examine various research methods appropriate to use in gathering data for their proposed topic. Learners assess their progress in constructing Chapters 1 and 2 and develop a strategy for completion. For DIT learners only. Prerequisite(s): DIT-R8921. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

2 quarter credits
DIT-R8923 *
DIT Residency Track 3 †

In the third residency, learners review the school guidelines for developing and writing Chapters 3, 4, and 5 of the dissertation and identify and discuss best practices for completion. Learners assess their progress in constructing Chapters 3, 4, and 5 and developing Chapter 3 into a final dissertation proposal. For DIT learners only. Prerequisite(s): DIT8212, DIT-R8922. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

2 quarter credits
DIT8004
Research and Practice in Information Technology

Learners in this course apply critical thinking skills to analyze practical solutions to problems in information technology. Learners connect these solutions to the knowledge base in research literature, develop scientific research skills, employ academic writing and critical thinking skills, and engage in collaborative learning in a cohort setting. This course prepares learners to embark on the doctoral journey in the DIT program. For DIT learners only. Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
DIT8020 *
Research Foundations

This course introduces learners to the fundamental principles, concepts, and methodological approaches of applied business research, including ethical considerations. Learners examine the process of translating management problems to research purpose statements and research questions, including how to incorporate theoretical frameworks into their research. Finally, learners review different approaches to help create literature reviews in support of business research. For DBA and DIT learners only. Prerequisite(s): DB8002 or DIT8004; DB-R8921 or DIT-R8921. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
DIT8055 *
Research Design and Methodology

Learners in this course build upon the research foundations covered in DIT8020 by engaging in the tasks associated with choosing a research design and methodology. Learners study how to develop population boundaries, sampling frames, and sampling techniques, as well as how to create researchable hypotheses and propositions, data collection and analysis strategies, and the use of instrumentation. Learners present evidence to justify the reliability and validity of instrumentation and theoretical frameworks and also present major ethical issues and risks in business research, including ways to mitigate these risks. For DBA and DIT learners only. Learners may only earn credit for DIT8055. Prerequisite(s): DIT8020; DBR8921 or DIT-R8921. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
DIT8210
Information Technology Leaders as Partners in Organizational Strategic Planning

This course focuses on the information technology leader’s collaborative roles working with an organization’s non-IT senior leadership, including aligning business strategy with IT strategy, acting as an equal contributor to the formation of organizational strategy, and integrating ethical policies and practices into an organization. Learners evaluate multidisciplinary research and practices related to leadership, organizational structures, and culture. Through the lens of complexity/chaos and change theories, learners analyze information technology’s role in contributing to organizational resiliency. For DIT learners only. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
DIT8212
Leading Information Technology Strategic Planning in Complex and Global Environments

In this course, learners examine processes by which senior information technology leadership must evaluate different IT governance models from a global perspective, including decision models, management structures, business engagement processes, leadership theories, and risk assessment processes. Learners evaluate methods of performance measurement and control, and assess the relevance and effect of social responsibility issues and strategic partnering on IT strategic planning. For DIT learners only. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
DIT8214 *
Guiding the Implementation of Information Technology Policies and Processes

This course presents key issues related to the implementation of information technology policies and processes as day-to-day operations, including consideration of ethical, cultural, and global issues, and potential effects on internal and external stakeholder needs. Learners evaluate strategies for implementing different governance models and assess the ways in which those models relate to change management processes and organizational innovation. For DIT learners only. Prerequisite(s): DIT8210, DIT8212.

6 quarter credits
DIT8216 *
Innovating Information Technology Life Cycle Management Processes in a Changing Environment

In this course, learners evaluate evolving theories and practices that inform decisions related to the information technology system development life cycle. Learners assess different development models and examine the IT leader’s role in IT enterprise portfolio management against the backdrop of changing workforce considerations, including offshore, contract, multicultural, and multigenerational workers in global enterprises. For DIT learners only. Prerequisite(s): DIT8210, DIT8212.

6 quarter credits
DIT8950 *
Teaching Practice Seminar in Information Technology Education

This seminar covers the practice fundamentals learners need to prepare themselves for a career in information technology education. Learners examine syllabus and course development, online and classroom instruction, and the fundamentals of human development in the classroom. For DIT learners only. Prerequisite(s): Completion of all core coursework. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
DIT9940 *
Dissertation Mentor Courseroom ‡

This course provides objectives and content topics that assist learners in developing a five-chapter DIT dissertation proposal that meets the 8–10-quarter completion guideline. Learners engage with their mentors through structured discussion topics and virtual and live conferences to begin the process of selecting a dissertation topic, review the DIT program, and prepare for the residency and writing assessment assignment that demonstrates research writing proficiency. For DIT learners only. Grading for this course is S/NS. Learners must register for this course a minimum of ten times to fulfill their program requirements. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

non-credit

Specialization courses:

ED7311
Theory and Methods of Educating Adults

In this course, learners study adult learning theory and learning styles and preferences. Course topics include adult education theories, principles of adult learning, and methodology for best practice in adult education. Learners also reflect on their personal educational philosophy and practice. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
ED7312
Teaching Adults

This course presents best practices of higher education teaching. Learners evaluate multiple teaching models and strategies and their underlying theoretical and research bases. Learners also examine cultural influences on teaching and learning; identify ways to incorporate technology into the teaching-learning process; and assess their teaching dispositions and educational philosophy. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
ED7712
Classroom Assessment in Education

Learners in this course explore evidence-based classroom assessment and evaluation practices and apply a variety of tools and strategies to assess and evaluate learning. Learners also develop appropriate formative and summative classroom assessment techniques that address intended learning outcomes and promote learning in a global society. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
ED8446
Curriculum Development and Teaching Strategies for Adult Learning

This course focuses on the evaluation and development of curriculum for adult learners. Learners in this course incorporate trends, theories, models, various instructional strategies, and technology as employed in designing 21st-century learning. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits

Learners must register for DIT9921 a minimum of two times to fulfill their program requirements:

DIT9921 *
Dissertation with Project Mentoring

Learners complete the required dissertation milestones and prepare their dissertation for publication. For DIT learners only. Grading for this course is S/NS. Learners must register for this course a minimum of two times to fulfill their program requirements. Prerequisite(s): DIT8940 or DIT8950, DIT-R8923. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits

 

 

Total

 

 

82 quarter credits

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

† Learners are responsible for the cost of their travel, accommodations, food, and other expenses associated with this course.

‡ Learners must register for DIT9940 a minimum of ten times to fulfill their program requirements.

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