Information Technology Leadership

Program Description

In the Master of Science in Information Technology Leadership (M.S. in ITL) program, students examine the foundation of information technology and the leadership skills needed for mid- to high-level information technology or systems managers. There is ample evidence that companies have a significant need for such leaders with the widespread use of information technology. Industry studies report that it is important for both the technical and the business sides to better understand each other’s jobs and functions, especially as technical people assume project management roles.

Recommended by industry leaders, the program’s curriculum in information technologies and management of human and technology resources is meant for professionals who wish to become leaders in information technology. The program builds upon the strengths of the University’s M.S. in Computer Information Science and MBA programs, enabling students to acquire the foundation of leadership skills and technology concepts.

The M.S. in Information Technology Leadership program focuses on three main competency areas:

  • Managerial Competencies: leadership, human resource management, and process management
  • Technical Competencies: architecture, data communication, application development, data management, and security
  • Technology Management Competencies: Policy and Organizational Competencies—mapping IT to mission, budget process, and organizational processes; capital planning competencies, investment assessment, and acquisition; and implementation, legacy, migration, and integration issues and performance measures.

Additionally, these areas are extended through electives in emerging technologies or management. Finally, the program is completed with an integrative capstone experience.

The program emphasizes teamwork, interpersonal communication, and presentations. To address the dynamic nature of the field and the realization that there will always be a need for some self-training, this program encourages active student involvement and collaborative learning. Students are expected to participate in class discussions, to evaluate new software packages, to make formal presentations, and to do independent projects. The program prepares individuals for end-user computing services by addressing both technical challenges and management skills. The program promotes the professional development of the student in the field of Information Technology Leadership.

A strength of the program is its practical focus, built upon a strong conceptual foundation.

The program is offered mainly in an online format and follows the traditional academic calendar of a fall and spring semester and a shorter summer semester. The fall and spring semesters are divided into two 8 week terms.  A full-time graduate student carries a minimum of 6 semester credit hours. Some courses may require more hours per week in some areas of instruction. All courses are online and 3 credits in the length. The courses will meet both synchronously (optional) and asynchronously. Students are required to participate in chat sessions and/or discussion boards, which will take the place of classroom meetings.  Synchronous sessions will be recorded for students who are not able to attend the actual session.  Students who are not able to attend the synchronous sessions will be asked to complete a short assignment related to the recorded session. Depending on their personal schedules, students may elect to take courses every term or wait for the next term to continue studies.  Courses in the summer are also 8 weeks in length.  If a student decides to take two courses during the summer session, they will overlap in the time frame.

Mission

Graduate education in Computer Information Science will provide a forum for the study, investigation, discussion, and presentation of how technical solutions may be used to improve an individual’s productivity and to enhance departmental and corporate systems. In order to prepare computing professionals who will be able to keep pace with the dynamic nature of the discipline and contribute to its growth, this program will emphasize individual and group effort, as well as lecture and hands-on training. The approach will be consistent will the philosophy of graduate education at La Salle.

Program Goals

  • Prepare students to create, implement, manage and review a technical solution to a real world problem through all phases of the problem resolution
  • Prepare students to use problem solving techniques and skills to analyze, design, and develop technical solutions using software engineering methodologies.
  • Manage the problem solution through the gathering of requirements, problem refinement, design modeling, implementation, and user testing
  • Prepare students to collaborate on problem solutions
  • Prepare students for professional workforce.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe, evaluate and plan and illustrate the technology systems needed to support enterprise operations.
  2. Formulate and manage effective technology project plans.
  3. Develop resource and personnel plans to meet the enterprise strategic needs.
  4. Manage development of technology and software solutions.
  5. Assess technology resources to meet organizational goals.
  6. Develop leadership skills involving team management and motivation.
  7. Develop organizational practices to comply with legal requirements

Program Specific Information

 

Five-Year Bachelor's in Computer Science or Information Technology to Master's in Information Technology Leadership

Students may earn both a B.A. in Computer Science and a M.S. in Information Technology Leadership, or a B.S. in Computer Science and a M.S. in Information Technology Leadership, or a B.A. in Information Technology and a M.S. in Information Technology Leadership, or a B.S. in Information Technology and a M.S. in Information Technology Leadership by participating in the University's Five-Year Program. Students would satisfy the undergraduate computer science or information technology major requirements during their first four years at the Univeristy, earning a minimum of 120 credits, while maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or better. Upon completion of a bachelor's degree, students may then enter the M.S. in Information Technology Leadership by completing the remainder of the full degree requirements.

 

 

Academic Requirements

Students must complete between 36 and 42 graduate credits in the program to complete the M.S. I.T.Leadership degree. Each student is required to complete up to two foundation courses, nine core competencies courses, two elective courses, and the capstone experience. The total number of credits to fulfill the requirements depends upon the student’s academic and professional background.

The design of this program assumes that the student has a background in information science, information systems, or business administration. Some students may be required to take one or two foundation courses to supplement their experience.

Master's Degree Requirements

Twelve to 14 courses (at least 36 graduate credits) are required for the degree. The following outline specifies the program requirements regarding the foundation, core, electives, and capstone courses. Individual plans for progression will be determined for each student in consultation with the Program Director.

Foundation Courses

The purpose of the foundation courses is to provide students with a
broad-based background in research and writing, networks, databases, and statistics. The following four courses (three credits each) are required but may be waived based on a student’s academic and professional training.

Databases

CIS 523 - Data Processing and Database Management 

Networks

CIS 540 Network Theory

Core Competencies Courses

The core curriculum focuses on managerial, technical, and technology management competencies. Students are required to take a total of nine courses in these core competencies: three courses from the Managerial Competencies area, three courses selected by the student from the Technical Competencies area, and three courses from the Technology Management area.

Managerial Competencies

(all three required)

  • CIS 612 - Ethics, Issues, and Government Regulations
  • CIS 615 - Project Management
  • INL 652 - Leadership Assessment and Evaluation
Technical Competencies

(three courses; one required and two selected)

  • INL 631 - Technology Architecture or
    INL 653 Web Services
  • CIS 624 - Data Warehouses
  • INL 644 - Information Security
  • INL 650 - User-Interface Technologies
Technology Management

(all three required)

  • INL 632 - Technology Development Management
  • INL 660 - Effective Strategic IS/IT Planning or
    NPL 625 - Strategic Planning
  • INL 736 - Organizational Effectiveness: Beyond the Fads or
    HCD 730 - Strategic Approaches to Human Capital (for online students)
Electives

(two selected)

Electives provide the framework for keeping pace with the rapid advancements in technology. Students are required to take two elective courses in new technologies.

  • CIS 658 - Data Mining
  • INL 635 - Digital Media Content Development
  • INL 665 - Computer Digital Forensics
  • INL 668 - Computer and Network Security
  • INL 743 - Entrepreneurship
  • INL 760 - IS/IT Human Resource Management
Capstone Experience

(one course)

Students culminate their study with an integrative three-credit capstone experience, taken in the final semester of the program. This course is completed with a team of students and provides the opportunity to integrate what has been learned in the core and elective courses.

  • INL 880 IT/IS - Capstone Experience

Course Sequence

Fall 1

INL 632

INL 653

Spring 1

CIS 615

CIS 612

Summer 1

CIS 658 (INL 631)
Elective (INL 665)

Fall 2

INL 660

INL 644 (CIS 624)

Spring 2

INL 736 (HCD 630)

INL 652

Summer 2

Elective (See above)

Capstone

Degree or Certificate Earned

M.S.

Number of Courses Required for Program Completion

12

Number of Credits Required for Program Completion

36

GPA Required for Program Completion

3.0

Program Contact Information

M.S. IT Leadership

Holroyd 123

mccoey@lasalle.edu

(215) 951-1136

Staff Contact Information

Margaret McCoey

Program Director

Holroyd 123

mccoey@lasalle.edu

(215) 951-1136

Faculty

Program Director: Margaret M. McCoey, M.S.
Associate Professors: Blum, Highley, Redmond, Wang
Assistant Professors: McCoey
Lecturers: Casey, Cerenzio, Crossen, Henry, McGinley, McManus, Monaghan, Wacey, Walters

Course Descriptions

INL 631 - Technology Architecture

This course examines the relationships among business models and processes, communications architectures and infrastructures, applications architectures, security architectures, and the data/information/knowledge/content that supports all aspects of transaction processing. It examines alternative computing and communications platforms, major support technologies, and the issues connected with aligning technology with business goals, as well as issues associated with legacy systems, migration, and integration. Student work includes class presentations and plans to implement, modify, or supplement technology infrastructures.

Number of Credits: 3

INL 632 - Technology Development Management

This course examines technology development and maintenance methodologies, including testing, configuration management, and quality assurance strategies used to manage IT projects. Discussion topics include the business value of the project, as well as the development, collection, and analysis of metrics for technology management. Students investigate development methodologies, such as Waterfall and Rapid Application Development (RAD), technology maintenance, and evolution planning. Case studies are used to evaluate technology management strategy in specific business areas.

Number of Credits: 3

INL 644 - Information Security

This course explores all aspects of computing and communications security, including policy, authentication, authorization, administration, and business resumption planning. It examines key security technologies, such as encryption, firewalls, public-key infrastructures, smart cards, and related technologies that support the development of an overall security architecture. Coursework includes plans for developing and implementing a technology security strategy focused on business needs.

Number of Credits: 3

INL 650 - User-Interface Technologies

This course will examine the issues associated with human-computer interaction, including interface-design principles, human-computer task allocation, and interface technologies, such as GUIs, speech, virtual reality, body interfaces, and mimetics. It will also address how to design interfaces likely to enhance performance. Discussion of interface technologies support for good interface design, so technology managers can understand interface issues in technology choice. Evaluation methods will also be examined, so UI designers can determine if their interfaces are enhancing or degrading human performance. Course work will include a significant team project in which end-user needs are understood, a prototype is developed using a chosen user-interface technology, and persuasive presentation is delivered.

Number of Credits: 3

INL 652 - Leadership Assessment and Evaluation

This experiential course emphasizes the importance of feedback and self- assessment for leadership development. It includes extensive assessment of each participant’s management style and skills based on self-evaluations (using structured questionnaires) and feedback from coworkers, faculty, and other participants. Leadership development experiences emphasize time and stress management, individual and group problem-solving, communication, power and influence, motivation, conflict management, empowerment, and team leadership. Each participant identifies skills he or she needs to develop and reports on efforts to develop those skills.

Number of Credits: 3

INL 653 - Web Services

This course explores current Web services and solutions used in technology projects. Case studies are used to identify technology options and explore solution alternatives, including the use of open source technologies, and packages. Students investigate case studies to propose interface solutions and alternatives with standard frameworks (i.e., Windows and Linux).  Students work in groups to analyze case solutions for controlling the application development, deployment, and maintenance for a real-world problem.

Number of Credits: 3

INL 660 - Effective Strategic IS/IT Planning

This course discusses the management of the development, planning, and utilization of IT business systems within an organization. This course addresses business models, organizational impact, IT infrastructure, secure IT services, and delivery. Students complete online reading, discussions and participation, and assignments, as well as written and oral presentations.

Number of Credits: 3

INL 665 - Computer Digitial Forensics

This course examines techniques used to conduct computer crime investigations and gather probative evidence to secure a conviction under state and federal laws. Students will simulate a computer forensic investigation: developing an investigation plan, securing the crime scene, analyzing evidence, preparing the case for court, and testifying in a moot court situation.

Number of Credits: 3

INL 668 - Computer and Network Security

Students will study and implement basic computer and network security strategies on Window and Linux networks. Students examine and analyze network traffic, including investigating wireless transmission, install firewalls and define Internet Protocol Security Controls (IPSEC). Labs include system hardening, dissecting network packet structure and creating encryption formats; managing authentication and access controls. Students study implementing a public key infrastructure and best strategies for using intrusion detection systems.

Number of Credits: 3

INL 736 - Organizational Design: Beyond the Fads

This course examines various factors that managers should consider when structuring (or restructuring) their organizations, including employees' skill levels and engagement, as well as the organization's size, external environment, competitive strategy, international expansion, technologies, and alliances with other organizations. It also explores the impact that managers' own values and preferences have on the creation of control systems and structures, and on employees' reactions to them. Case assignments require students to apply what they have learned to improve organizational functioning.

Number of Credits: 3

INL 760 - IS/IT Human Resource Administration

This survey course provides an overview of the major areas of human resource management, including HR strategy and planning, EEO laws, job analysis and competency models, recruiting, selection, training, performance appraisal and management, job design, compensation, benefits, and labor relations. The focus is on both the line manager's and the human resource professional's role in creating a culture that attracts, rewards, and retains the talent necessary to ensure a business' success.

Number of Credits: 3

INL 880 - Integrative Capstone

The capstone experience provides an opportunity for students to work in a team to apply the leadership skills and tools learned in other required courses to analyze, design, and evaluate a solution for an information technology management environment. Students work in a team, in partnership with an external company. This course requires a paper or report and a presentation. Further guidelines can be found on the program Web page.

Number of Credits: 3