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Technology Leadership / Project Management

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Introduces the administrative concepts, the legal and financial skills, and the social and ethical issues required to successfully manage growing, complex technology organizations.

For industry professionals seeking to join the ranks of tomorrow's technology leaders.

Career options include:

• Manager

• Project Leader

• Technology Manager

• Project Executive

• CIO: Chief Information Officer

Program Requirements

4

Program
Core Courses
12 credits

+

4

Technology Leadership
Required Courses
12 credits

+

3

Technology Leadership
Elective Courses
9 credits

=

11

Program
Total Courses
33 credits

Technology Leadership Required Courses

MSIN 610

Advanced Information Technology Project Management

This Course builds on the prerequisite MSIN 609 IT Project Management by allowing the students to utilize the Project Management Best Practices that they have learned in MSIN 609 and expand their understanding with the knowledge from MSIN 610. The objective is for the student to understand how to bring order to the otherwise chaotic world of information technology projects, by defining a set of guidelines and standards, and then adhering to them. The student will learn to view Project Management as a set of tools that are an integral part of business strategy. This course will also expand the student’s knowledge of the Project Management discipline by not only having them study the Five Process Groups and Ten Knowledge areas but also the 47 individual processes that a Certified Project Manager is required to know and understand.
Prerequisite: MSIN 609
3 Credits

MSIN 611

Project Management Tools

This course focuses on analyzing business needs using current project management tools such as: diagrams, spreadsheet software, and scheduling tools using data derived from real-world business cases. Students learn to use appropriate tools to organize, analyze, and present data, as well as to make business decisions. The course stresses the need for project managers to understand and apply advanced tools and techniques to developing and managing project cost and schedule control using earned value management systems. The course will also introduce popular project management software to schedule and control projects.
Pre- or Co-requisite: MSIN 605
3 Credits

MSIN 621

Budgeting and Finance for Technology Managers

All IT professionals are competing for funding, and as managers, are accountable for properly allocating these funds and delivering business value. This course will provide the IT manager with the tools and practical knowledge to succeed in the real world of “risky business”. The course will focus first on defining the role of an IT CIO, how challenges and opportunities are identified, and then on developing and managing the IT budget to ensure success.
Pre- or Corequisite: MSIN 609
3 Credits

MSIN 622

IT Service Management

IT Service Management is the practice of implementing and managing the various phases of the IT service management lifecycle to meet the growing needs of the organization. Upon the completion of this course, students will learn and be able to apply recognized frameworks using real world scenarios. Students will walk away understanding the processes and best practices to sustain an organization.
Prerequisite: None
3 Credits

Technology Leadership Elective Courses

MSIN 612

Team Management Skills for IT Project Managers

 A crucial role in cultivating business growth, being in charge of team management requires a fusion of interpersonal, technical, and of course, organizational skills. In this course, you'll learn essential leadership skills, including how to inspire and motivate individuals, manage talent, influence without authority, and lead teams.
Prerequisite: MSIN 611
3 Credits

MSIN 649

Information Security Management

Beginning with the technical aspects of information system security, this course goes on to address both formal as well as informal controls regarding the normative structures that exist within organizations. Issues considered include: the nature and scope of information system (IS) security; models for technical specifications of IS security; cryptography and technical IS security; IS risk management; corporate governance for IS security; security standards; legal aspects of IS security; and computer forensics. Case studies of actual security systems, including a selection of security system failures, are analyzed.
Prerequisite: MSIN 611
3 Credits

MSIN 662

Governance of Enterprise IT

This course on Governance of Enterprise IT is taught from the perspective of an Enterprise Solution Architect deploying IT technology and services into an Enterprise Environment. Touro College Graduate School of Technology has an Academic Use License with “The Open Group (TOG)”. As a Text for this course The TOG Architecture Framework Standards (TOGAF v9.2) was used. The class teaches students the breadth and depth of “The Open Group” and specifically what the TOGAF Standards provides with its application of the Architecture Development Method (ADM). The students are encouraged to deeply discuss the Frameworks and Methods with an emphasis on real life implementations in their future professional career / work environment.
The course is about the management of IT architecture and infrastructure, but the students ultimately go much deeper into real understanding of all the nuances, processes and procedures related to IT architecture, systems and best practices. The suggested prerequisite is MSIS609 Introduction to Project Management because the students are encouraged to compare how the TOGAF relates to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), since there is much overlap in the concepts, but applied in different ways. The overall objective of the course is the understanding and tying together things learned in other classes to ultimately build a greater general framework of relevant IT knowledge.     
Prerequisite: MSIN 611
3 Credits

MSIN 666

Agile Project Management

Agile methodologies have revolutionized approaches to product development and project management. This course is designed for those students who have a foundational understanding of traditional project management tools and processes, e.g., timelines and budgets, tools such as Microsoft Project, and Gantt charts, either through formal training or practical experience. A number of agile methodologies will be introduced, such as Scrum, XP, Lean, and Kanban. While learning how to break down a project into pieces that can be scheduled, tracked, and controlled, attention will also be given to the human element in product lifecycles, including how to foster group engagement. The nature and types of project risk involved will also be examined.
Pre- or Corequisite: Permission of the Program Chair
3 Credits

MSIN 667

Special Topics in IT Project Management

This course covers emerging trends in IT Project Management in order to broaden students’ understanding of the topic. Specific contents and applications will be determined by the interests and expertise of faculty and students.
Pre- or Corequisite: Permission of the Program Chair
3 Credits

MSIN 671

Risk Management

This course provides the understanding and application of how organizations identify, analyze, quantify, and manage risk in order to develop techniques and processes that will enable them to make decisions that balance risk and reward tradeoffs.  Students will learn to assess and measure risk, as well use risk management tools and will apply these skills using case studies.
Pre- or Corequisite: Permission of the Program Chair
3 Credits

MSIN 675

Professional Internship Experience

The student will work in a professional environment, for a minimum of 480 hours over a period of at least two semesters. Students may secure an internship independently or may work with the GST Department of Career Services. Weekly logs and examples of work are required for the successful completion of the internship, and are reviewed by the Faculty Internship Coordinator, upon completion of the internship. The purpose of the internship is to provide students with practical, hands-on experience in their chosen field of expertise to complement their coursework. The Internship must be approved in advance by the program chair.
Pre- or Corequisite: Permission of the Program Chair
3 Credits

Any Other Elective Approved by the Dean

Technology Leadership Preparatory Courses

To enroll in this concentration, you must either have an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Information Technology or a baccalaureate degree in any field with relevant technology experience. You may be required to take some or all of the following courses:

MSIN 411

Computer Concepts

The IT Essentials (ITE) curriculum emphasizes practical experience to help students develop fundamental computer and career skills. ITE helps students prepare for entry-level career opportunities in ICT and the CompTIA A+ certification. The course also provides a learning pathway to Cisco CCNA.
1 Credit

GCO 141

Introduction to Programming

This course introduces students to problem solving techniques used in programming. Students will learn object-oriented and event driven programming concepts including language constructs, logical structures, file management and error trappings. Students will program in the Alice 2.3 3-D Programming Language Environment that was specifically developed to make learning programming more accessible and exciting to students. Students will learn how to create and use objects and their properties and methods, as well as how to write code for custom object methods. Students will utilize programming control structures such as loops, selection structures, methods, and classes.
3 Credits

WMMN 607

Database Concepts and Design

Covers the database concepts that are the foundation and building blocks of sound database design and management. It explains why good database design is critical to the accurate and efficient storage and retrieval of data. The course will explore database design techniques such as database models, database modeling/design tools using Microsoft Visio. The course identifies the functions provided by a database management system to help insure the integrity of data. It teaches students how to design a database that maximizes data integrity using normalization techniques. Students will use MS Access interface to create and populate a database. It also covers the use of SQL to create and populate tables, retrieve and update data.
3 Credits

GCON 202

Networking Essentials

This course introduces networking concepts, principles and related terminology; presents real world examples of basic networks; describes network hardware, media, design, components and their corresponding functions; Introduces different network operating environments; and generates a basic understanding of how "connection" and "communication” are achieved in a network. Networking communications and protocols Architectures and Administration are also discussed. Some networking technology is discussed in a very fundamental manner. This will also be a major step in helping the student to prepare for Network+, MCTS, CCNA, and Security+ certifications.
3 Credits