Courses Doctor of Information Technology

Doctor of Information Technology

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Sixteen Required Courses

 

 

At least 82 quarter credits

This program is designed to be completed in a recommended sequence.

Learners should consult the DIT Campus page for sequence information.

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
BMGT8432
Projects as Complex Adaptive Systems

Learners in this course examine both seminal and current literature, such as complexity theory, to evaluate the successes and failures of projects and programs in complex and ambiguous environments. This course emphasizes Executing, Monitoring, and Controlling projects and programs based on multidisciplinary theories and applications as defined by the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). Learners develop their professional, consultative, and leadership skills for successful project and program outcomes.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8434
Advanced Risk Management Systems and Research

In this course, learners evaluate and synthesize the use of multidisciplinary theories based on the research and practice of project and program risk management. Learners explore emerging trends, concepts, and methods of project and program risk management systems and research. Topics include evaluating integrated approaches to identifying, analyzing, mitigating, and managing project risks, and identifying strengths, weaknesses, and gaps in project risk management research. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
DIT-V8925 *
Doctoral Project Development – Topic Ideation

In this ten-week virtual residency, learners develop and evaluate proposed topic areas and theories for their doctoral project. Learners analyze the literature on potential topics to assess relevance to the discipline and potential methods to use in the doctoral project. Learners gain an understanding of the writing, research, and critical thinking skills necessary to complete the final project. Further development of the doctoral project is determined through a final assessment. This residency includes required synchronous sessions.  For DIT learners only. Grading for this course is S/NS. Prerequisite(s): BMGT8434.  

3 quarter credits
DIT-V8926 *
Doctoral Project Development – Topic Development

In this ten-week virtual residency, learners apply writing, research, and critical thinking skills by identifying a problem, developing project questions, and finalizing a project topic that is appropriate for the program. Learners use evidence to support the selection of theories, problems, and questions to guide further refinement of their topic. Learners establish an appropriate topic area, preliminary project design, and begin development of a literature review. Further development of the doctoral project is determined through a project topic framework. This residency includes required synchronous sessions. For DIT learners only. Grading for this course is S/NS. Prerequisite(s): DIT-V8925. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

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

Learners investigate 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. Prerequisite(s): DIT8004. 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.

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.

6 quarter credits
DIT8940
Information Technology Consulting Practice Seminar

In this course, learners study the practice of information technology consulting, including the consultant’s role, identifying methods and strategies used by IT consultants, and their vital integration into today’s information technology organizations. This course emphasizes the practitioner role, from designing and building an IT consulting business to working as a consultant within a company. For DIT Learners only. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

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. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
RSCH7860
Survey of Research Methods

Learners in this course critically evaluate research in order to gain an understanding of the scientific methods of inquiry and the ethical considerations of research. Learners develop and apply skills needed to become educated consumers and creators of research. Learners also use their research design skills to analyze and apply research methodologies, validity, reliability and other components of scientific research related to their field of interest. Learners may only earn credit for PSY7860 or RSCH7860. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
RSCH7864
Quantitative Design and Analysis

In this course, learners investigate the fundamental concepts needed to conduct quantitative research. Learners examine and apply quantitative research techniques; appropriate applications of quantitative research; research design, measurement, and analysis, and their associated interdependencies; variable types and levels of measurement; sampling; descriptive and inferential statistics; and hypothesis testing. Learners define the strengths and limitations of descriptive statistics, analyze the quantitative scales of measurement, review the logic of probability and null hypothesis testing, and leverage technology when applicable. Learners also determine the steps necessary to ensure human subjects protection, and consider methodological adaptations when conducting research with vulnerable and diverse populations. Learners may only earn credit for PSY7864 or RSCH7864. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
RSCH7868
Qualitative Design and Analysis

Learners in this course assess the fundamental concepts needed to conduct qualitative research. Learners practice qualitative research techniques; appropriate applications of qualitative research; the strengths and weaknesses of qualitative research design, sampling, and analysis and their associated interdependencies; and leverage technology when applicable. Learners also determine the steps necessary to ensure human subjects protection, and consider methodological adaptations when conducting research with vulnerable and diverse populations. Learners may only earn credit for PSY7868 or RSCH7868. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
TS8535
System and Application Security Advances

This course presents advances in ensuring system and application security and the ways they help decision makers accurately gauge, estimate, and examine the impact of implementing various system and application security protection mechanisms. Learners evaluate emerging information security protection research and identify the potential advantages and disadvantages of protecting system and application security. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
TS8537
Assurance Controls and Compliance Management

This course provides an overview of the management processes and organizational controls needed to ensure data protection. Learners review federal, state, and other governmental and industry standards that companies must follow to be compliant in safeguarding data. Learners analyze the depth and breadth of compliance management research and investigate different approaches to data protection control and compliance. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits

Learners must register for DIT9971 a minimum of three times to fulfill their program requirements:

DIT9971 *
Doctoral Capstone

In this course, learners gain resources, guidance, and support as they fulfill the required milestones toward completion of a doctoral capstone. Learners apply scholarly research within a particular professional context to advance their knowledge in the science and practice of the profession and solve organization, institutional, or community concerns. Department consent is required for registration. Grading for this course is S/ NS. Learners must register for this course a minimum of three times to fulfill their specialization requirements. Prerequisite(s): Completion of all required and elective coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits

 

 

Total

 

 

At least 82 quarter credits

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

Learners who do not complete all program requirements within quarter credit/program point minimums will be required to accrue such additional quarter credits/program points as are associated with any additional or repeat coursework necessary for successful completion of program requirements.

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