Department of Technology and Design

ADMINISTRATOR

TIMOTHY S. MYATT, Chair, Department of Technology and Design, Associate Professor of Information Technology, 2012—
BA, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, 1981; MS, The Ohio State University, 1983; MBA, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, 2010; DBA, Anderson University, 2017. 

Department of Technology and Design General Information

The Department of Technology and Design provides several degree opportunities for those interested in pursuing careers in Information Technology. In addition to the BBA degree listed in the Department of Business Administration with its concentrations in information technology, E-commerce, and digital multimedia communication, the Department of Technology and Design offers a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) and a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design and Technology (BSGDT). These programs provide comprehensive and substantial hands-on work in most key technologies being used by businesses today. The department offers concentrations in two areas of study in the BSIT program: specialized computing and web development. The Specialized Computing concentration allows students to create an individualized course of study in computing technologies that fits their desired career objectives. Some possibilities include computer science, application development, Windows technologies, networking, and database technologies. The department has joined the academic initiatives of many vendors, including IBM, Microsoft, and Oracle, to provide state of the art software and technologies within the programs of study. It is predicted that information technology will rank as one of the top areas for which career opportunities will exist over the coming years both in Tennessee and nationally.

The department also offers an Associate of Science degree in Information Technology (ASIT) for those interested in a 2-year degree and a minor for those in other disciplines who seek to integrate learning in the area of information technology. The Department of Technology and Design also offers an evening accelerated Computer Information Technology (CIT) degree for working adult students in conjunction with the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies.

Mission Statement

The Department of Technology and Design provides education in information technology to prepare students for careers of excellence as Information Technology and Graphic Design professionals who glorify and honor God through stewardship, leadership, and service.

Objectives

  1. Provide students state-of-the-art information technology and graphic design and technology programs with content that matches the best programs in the country.
  2. Assist students to acquire skills in the four key information technology domains of software development, databases, networks, and web technologies.
  3. Provide education that is rigorous and challenging to the students and motivates them to excel.
  4. Prepare students to successfully enter the field of their choice.

Student Learning Outcomes

Information Technology

Graduates from the information technology programs will be:

  1. Able to demonstrate knowledge of current IT languages, databases, and technologies.
  2. Able to solve business problems using information technologies and critical thinking.
  3. Able to clearly communicate business requirements and technical information.
  4. Prepared for employment and/or admission to graduate/professional programs.

BSIT graduates with concentrations in Web Development will be:

  1. Able to develop dynamic web content based on business requirements.

BSIT graduates with concentrations in Specialized Computing will be:

  1. Able to solve business problems using technologies from their area of specialization.

Graphic Design and Technology

Graduates from the graphic design and technology program will be:

  1. Able to demonstrate knowledge of current IT concepts and technologies.
  2. Able to solve business problems using graphic design technologies and critical thinking.
  3. Able to develop graphic design artifacts based on organizational needs.
  4. Prepared for employment and/or admission to graduate/professional programs.

Requirements

The Department of Technology and Design provides a wealth of opportunities to those students serious about becoming the best in their chosen discipline.

Most courses taken by majors in the department require prerequisites so students should carefully plan their course of study with their advisor. One internship/cooperative experience is required for graduation. It should be a minimum of 165 hours and is usually taken during the summer following the junior year or during the spring or summer of the senior year.

Students desiring to major in Information Technology are required to obtain a laptop computer and appropriate software for use in the IT programs. If a student currently does not own a laptop and qualifies for such aid, any excess non-institutional financial aid funds may be used to meet this need. If there are questions regarding special student circumstances or the specifications please contact the Department of Technology and Design at 615-248-1256.