FAQ

Acceptance of Transfer Credit from another institution is not assured and must be pre-approved. A maximum of one transfer course is allowed. This can only be used to fullfill the Elective category of requirements and must have received a grade of B or better. No courses with Pass/Fail as a grade are accepted towards completion of the IT Minor.

To participate in the IT Minor you must complete an Enrollment Form (printed copies available the IT Program office). Without completing this form, you will not receive emails from the IT Program office about courses and programs, and the office will not be able to verify to course instructors that you are an IT Minor. When you submit the enrollment form to the IT Program office you are automatically enrolled in the minor.

Make sure you are enrolled in the IT Minor and then contact the course instructor. Explain that you are an IT Minor and that you would like to take the class. Space permitting, the instructor may allow you to enroll in the class.

 

Possibly, but you can't enroll through SPIRE. Make sure you have enrolled in the minor and then contact the instructor. The instructor will want to make sure you are adequately prepared to take the course, but you may not have to take the listed prerequisites.

You must fill out a Declaration of Completion of the Minor form when you have completed all the courses for the minor, or during the semester in which you are taking the last courses for the minor. You may complete the Declaration of Completion Web Form or pick one up from the IT MInor office or the Registrar. If you do not complete this form, you will not complete the minor and it will not be listed on your transcript.

Yes. Although these courses may coincide with requirements for your specific field of study, at least two of the courses used to complete the IT Minor must be taken outside of your major. Further, no more than two required courses within your major may be used to fulfill the requirements of the IT Minor.

Please note that, per University regulation, a course may only be applied to two credentials (major, minor or certificate).

Yes. Although these courses may coincide with requirements for your specific field of study, at least two of the courses used to complete the IT Minor must be taken outside of your major. Further, no more than two required courses within your major may be used to fulfill the requirements of the IT Minor. Please note that, per University regulation, a course may only be applied to two credentials (major, minor or certificate).

No, courses must be graded to count toward the minor. No courses with Pass/Fail as a grade are accepted towards completion of the IT Minor. The only exception to this is practicum or internship credits, which must meet specified criteria in order to be counted as an elective (see below).

Students must have a minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA for courses applied to the minor and may only count one grade below a C (2.0) toward the minor.

 

The foundation course assures that you have a solid basis for taking technical courses in the minor. These courses are not simply about how to turn on a computer--they give you a grounding in understanding and using computer systems, as well as word processing, spreadsheet, and database software. This grounding is required for other courses in the minor--the instructors in those courses will assume you know the basics.

If you believe that you can document equivalent learning, discuss this with the IT advisor. Any exemptions to Curriculum or Foundation waiver must be approved by the IT Program Director.

Criteria for Approving IT Minor Courses

This statement  is drawn mostly from the original document that established the IT Minor. Direct quotes from that document are in italics. Additional statements were taken from a Curriculum Committee discussion on April 16, 2010.

I.Defining “IT Content”

Information Technology was defined by the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) as, “the study, design, development, implementation, support or management of computer-based information systems, particularly software applications and computer hardware.”  Encompassing the computer and information systems industries, information technology is the capability to electronically input, process, store, output, transmit, and receive data and information, including text, graphics, sound, and video, as well as the ability to control machines of all kinds electronically.

II.Foundation Courses

Fundamental concepts of computer information systems and basic skills (e.g., word processing, spreadsheet, database, web and multimedia). “Course objective is for students to learn the concepts of computer information systems (emphasizing the key concept of information), the rudiments of electronic technology, and the technical base to succeed in other IT courses.”

III.Technical Courses

A.Technical/A. Principles of Object-Oriented Programming

Focuses on object-oriented design and programming, exposing students to design strategies, language features, and constructs that support the object environment. Enables students to apply system development principles with an object-oriented language, and to understand how object-oriented techniques increase productivity of complex systems.

B.Technical/B. Representing, Storing, and Retrieving Information

“Introduces the representation, storage, retrieval, manipulation, analysis, and display of information. Includes introduction to database structures, design principles of databases, database models and database management systems, architectures, database analysis and design, and database administration. Topics will include heterogeneous collection of data and effectiveness of various search engines.”

C.Technical/C. Internet Technology and Multimedia Systems

Develops a familiarity with the concepts, vocabulary, and tools of Internet technology, and enhances students’ written and oral presentation skills.” ” or “Introduces systems issues in multimedia: how multimedia applications are implemented; design of multimedia components; network performance, compression algorithms, and errors.” 

IV.Broadened Inquiry Courses

These courses place IT within a broader context (e.g., cultural, social, legal, historical, esthetic, ethical, or psychological).

V.Electives

In an IT Elective, a student masters a new complex toolset that goes beyond what students are generally expected to know. The nature of these “tool sets” may change over time. When the IT Minor was started, many student were not skilled at the use of word processing software, but now that competence is generally expected. Therefore the fact that a course involves writing using a computer would not now qualify it as “an IT course”. Similarly, courses that use relatively simple and “user friendly” software to compute statistics, manipulate numbers, or produce graphics, may not qualify a course as an IT course

 

March 3, 2011

The foundation course can only be waived for equivalent coursework or documented and evaluated training. We have no way of evaluating learning you may have done on your own or through work experience. If you believe that you can document equivalent learning, discuss this with the IT advisor. Any exemptions to Curriculum or Foundation waiver must be approved by the IT Program Director.

 

It is possible to count practicum or internship (minimum of 3 credits) as one, and only one, of your electives. This requires the prior approval of the IT Advisor. You must demonstrate sufficient IT content in the experience.

No, only one foundation course may be counted toward the minor.

 

No. University policy is that courses toward a minor must be completed prior to graduation.

 

Make sure you understand the requirements for the minor and that you contact the IT Advisor if you are not sure about anything. 

You should take a foundation course early to make sure you are prepared for high level courses, but there is no strict order for taking courses for the minor. Tehnical and Broadened Inquiry coureses can be the most difficult to fit into your schedule, so you should not wait until the last opportunity to take these courses.

 

The IT Minor is designed to supplement any other major with some relevant IT knowledge and skills to use in other fields. There is no "Information Technology" major at UMass Amherst.