B.S. in Cybersecurity Curriculum

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Immaculata's B.S. in Cybersecurity offers most courses in an accelerated seven- to eight-week format: CYB 301, CYB 330, CYB 320, CYB 325, CYB 350, CYB 390, CIS 105, CIS 335, CIS 224, CIS 218, CIS 317, INFO 120, INFO 230, MATH 216, POL 312, SOC 247, ORBH 301, ORBH 303, ORBH 312, ORBH 320, ORBH 390, BUS 366, CCS 341, ENG 242, PHI 384, THE 381. Liberal arts core courses and electives fulfill the requirement to complete a total of 126 credits.


CIS 105 3D Computing (3)
Introduces computing concepts using a 3D visual environment. The visual environment simplifies the complexities associated with computing. Provides an understanding of computing constructs, logic, object-oriented programming, event-driven programming, algorithms, and problem-solving through the creation of 3D characters and environments.

CIS 218 Software Design & Programming I (3)
Applies intermediate concepts for designing and creating software applications. Content includes problem-solving, algorithm design, decomposition of complex ideas into manageable and understandable components, evaluation of algorithm design and implementation via an object-oriented programming. (Prerequisite: CIS 105, an approved prior programming course, or instructor’s approval)

CIS 317 Networks and Infrastructure (3)
Introduces technical strategies in terms of the hardware, software, and networking concepts that form the infrastructure supporting data communication for organizations.

CIS 224 Data and Information I (3)
Introduces the fundamentals of database, including: development life cycle, data modeling, SQL, architecture, and a survey of new developments. Hands-on projects give the student practical experience with these concepts.

CIS 335 Technology and Ethical Issues (3)
Presents the social and professional environment and context in which information technologists work. Explores the historical, ethical, and legal aspects of computing as it applies to organizations. Also develops communication and teamwork skills relevant to presenting technical information.

CYB 301 Cybersecurity Fundamentals (3)
Cybersecurity Fundamentals introduces learners to the interdisciplinary field of cybersecurity. During the course, learners will review the evolution of information security into cybersecurity, and explore the relationship of cybersecurity to organizations and society. Learners will analyze topics such as vulnerability assessment, ethical hacking, malicious software (malware), virus attacks, spyware, network defense, passwords, firewalls, and intrusion detection. Current issues such as privacy concerns and cyberbullying are also discussed.

CYB 320 Defense in Depth (3)
Defense in depth is the coordinated use of multiple security countermeasures to protect an information technology (IT) enterprise. Students will study the concept of creating multiple layers of security controls as a defense throughout an IT environment to provide redundancy in the event security controls fail or vulnerabilities are exploited. The course will cover aspects of personnel, procedural, technical and physical security controls.

CYB 325 Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing (3)
Cybersecurity professionals must be knowledgeable of the possible dangers to their systems. This course will review the common threats to computer networks and provide students with a basic understanding of how systems are attacked. Further, students will be introduced to industry standard and leading methodologies for vulnerability assessment as well as ethical hacking techniques used to simulate real-world attacks in order to assess security and demonstrate business risk. With this understanding of threats and attack techniques, along with methodologies for technical security assessments, students will be positioned to evaluate network, system, and application security controls, identify and demonstrate security risks, and prioritize vulnerability remediation. (Prerequisite: CYB 320)

CYB 330 IT Security Governance (3)
IT security governance is the process of establishing and maintaining a framework and supporting management structure and processes to provide assurance that IT security strategies are aligned with and support business objectives, are consistent with applicable laws and regulations through adherence to policies and internal controls, and provide assignment of responsibility, all in an effort to manage risk. The course will introduce students to the key components of IT security governance and review governance frameworks and approaches utilized by large enterprise organizations. Students will gain an understanding of the goals and structure of a security governance program and the key performance indicators used to measure program success.

CYB 350 Open Source Intelligence (3)
Prior to attacking a particular system or organization, hackers will gather intelligence on potential targets to understand its strengths and weaknesses. This course will instruct students how to utilize open-source intelligence (OSINT) methods on the deep and dark web, and techniques to improve the way they collect, collate and analyze open source information to generate intelligence. Students will learn how to develop target assessments which list potential vulnerabilities and can be utilized for penetration testing. (Prerequisite: CYB 325)

CYB 390 Cybersecurity Capstone (3)
This class will guide the learner in the development of his or her capstone project. The capstone project is at least a 30-page proposal for a cybersecurity plan, a project for implementation at an actual organization. Learners are expected to utilize all of the skills and knowledge learned from previous classes. After they create and have approved a comprehensive project proposal, class sessions and assignments will progressively assist learners to research and develop their project. This course will utilize web-conferencing, online discussion boards, research, and readings to assist learners in the development and creation of their project or proposal. Learners will work collaboratively with the facilitator and other learners. (Prerequisites: CYB 301, CYB 330, CYB 350)

INFO 120 Web Design Fundamentals (3)
Introduces the fundamental technology and tools used for designing and managing web-based content. Hands-on projects provide the development of the skill proficiency required for designing and managing web-based content.

INFO 230 Web Design Applications (3)
Develops skills for designing, implementing, and testing web-based applications. Considers design approaches leading to the implementation of effective interfaces appropriate for the users of the applications. Includes the use of current tools, databases, and digital media (Prerequisite: INFO 120)

MATH 216 Fundamentals of Discrete Mathematics (3)
An introduction to discrete mathematical concepts including: logic, sets, sequences, probability, combinatorics, functions, relations, and graphs. The material will be taught from a problem-solving perspective with emphasis on applications to information technology.

ORBH 301 Group and Organizational Behavior (3)
The study of group behavior and how group functioning affects organizational effectiveness. Emphasis is placed upon decision-making and conflict resolution. Students develop strategies for efficient and productive group management and determine which tasks are handled by groups or by individuals. (Fulfills social science core requirement)

ORBH 303 Organizational Concepts (3)
Students examine the formal and informal functions of organizations and analyze an agency or organization based upon a systems model. Students also explore and solve organizational problems using a step-by-step method. This analysis will be applied to students’ research throughout the program, which typically is work-related.

ORBH 312 Introduction to Applied Research (3)
This course introduces students to the research design process and helps them write a well-structured, soundly presented literature review. The course will assist students in selecting a topic, researching and analyzing prior literature, and finally writing the literature review. In addition, emphasis will be placed on utilization of the American Psychological Association (APA) style. The course includes library orientation, investigation of campus resources, and an introduction to the writing center. (Pre/co-requisite: ORBH 303)

ORBH 320 Research and Analysis Using Statistics (3)
This course introduces students to the theoretical principles and practical applications of academic research with a focus on business. Students learn to form initial inquiry questions, locate and evaluate print and electronic sources, and summarize, paraphrase, and incorporate source material in written presentations using the APA citation format. (Pre/co-requisite: ORBH 312)

ORBH 390 Research Methodology (3)
This course assists students in formulating a research problem statement, identifying its hypothesis, proposing research design, and formulating proposed intervention and analysis. Provides students the opportunity to conduct a professional presentation on their own research topics. (Pre/co-requisite: ORBH 320)

POL 312 Cyber War and Cyber Peace (3)
Examines the role of computers, the Internet, and telecommunications in and as the subject of international affairs.

SOC 247 High-Technology Crime (3)
The epidemic of high-technology crime in America will be examined in regard to the criminal’s methods and motives and the social, economic, legal and technological factors that have facilitated the prevalence of technological crimes in the U.S. Specific investigative and prosecution hurdles experienced by the criminal justice system will be explored and the solutions offered will be addressed and analyzed.

BUS 366 Leadership Dynamics (3)
This course will develop an awareness of the knowledge, abilities, and skills that a professional needs in order to perform effectively in leadership situations. Areas of inquiry include examination of individual temperament, leadership theories and styles, leader-collaborator relationships, group and organizational dynamics, problem and decision analysis, and conflict resolution.

CCS 341 Cultural Modes of Expression (3)
An exploration of the nuances of intercultural expression in the global community for an awareness and sensitivity needed for mutual understanding in international affairs.

ENG 242 Writing for Applied Research (3) 
Theoretical principles and practical applications of academic research with a focus on emergency management. Students learn to form initial inquiry questions; locate and evaluate print and electronic sources; and summarize, paraphrase and incorporate source material in written presentations using APA citation format.

PHI 384 Organizational Ethics (3) 
A study of ethical situations in organizations, accountability in government, respect for human rights, and responsibility for contemporary life choices. Ethical theories and personal values are examined through readings and analysis of situations in organizations.

THE 381 Foundations of Spiritual Freedom (3)  or THE 335 Christian Faith in Action (3)

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