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Software Design and Development, Bachelor of Science

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The Wilmington University undergraduate degree program in Software Design and Development provides students with the technical skills to design and build sophisticated application systems. The latest software design and development approaches are critically important for the success of any commercial enterprise. Students in Wilmington University’s Software Design and Development degree program learn the latest in software development technologies for application systems, achieve a sound understanding of current business practices, and develop capable communications skills. This gives the students the technical skills and the broad education needed to compete for jobs in today’s global marketplace.

Purpose

The goal of the Software Design and Development program is to prepare students for careers in designing and building application systems. Accordingly, it not only incorporates the detailed skills and knowledge needed to work in the present-day software environment, but also stresses fundamental concepts that persist across rapid technological changes. The Software Design and Development degree looks at systems development tools currently in demand. The technologies of choice within this curriculum (which, by design, will dynamically change to meet the requirements dictated by innovation) include HTML/CSS, PHP, Java, JavaScript, and MySQL. Included in the curriculum are courses that concentrate on user-centered design, object oriented methodologies, database design, and the most current systems analysis and software project management techniques.

Program Competencies

Students in the Software Design and Development Program (B.S.) will be able to:

  • Integrate ethical, legal and economic accountability required of computer professionals;
  • Apply software development best practices and current methodologies to create, deliver, and support information technology projects;
  • Use critical thinking as a basis for identifying the technological needs of individuals and organizations;
  • Synthesize knowledge of appropriate software development concepts to make informed software design choices in solving problems across a range of disciplines;
  • Access, use, and evaluate appropriate informational resources that are generally accepted as legitimate and valid;
  • Appraise the needs of the audience and then speak in a clear and succinct manner.  Research, construct, and deliver professional presentations using a variety of communication tools and techniques; and
  • Write with clarity and precision using correct English grammar: mechanics and usage. Correctly and ethically exhibit competence in writing for specific purposes, diverse audiences, and genres.


Accelerated Option for Technology Project Management Graduate Certificate

The Accelerated Option with Technology Project Management Graduate Certificate provides students in the Software Design and Development B.S. degree program (SDD) the option of completing their bachelor's degree along with the Graduate Certificate in Technology Project Management.  Students selecting this option can complete both their undergraduate degree and graduate certificate by completing 120 credits (105 undergraduate credits and 15 graduate credits).  The five graduate courses (15 credits) needed for the Technology Project Management Graduate Certificate would count as five courses (15 credits) towards the undergraduate degree.  The 15 credits consist of either 15 free elective credits, or 12 free elective credits and taking IST 7060 instead of ISM 450.  

Students selecting this option also receive the benefit of completing five graduate level courses that count towards an M.S. Information Systems Technologies (MS-IST) - Technology Project Management degree.  Students selecting this option are not required to pursue the MS-IST degree or Graduate Certificate in Technology Project Management.

Admission requirements include:

  1. A minimum GPA of 3.25;
  2. Completion of at least 60 credits;
  3. A meeting with an academic advisor to submit an Accelerated Option Intent (AOI) form upon the completion of at least 30 credits; and
  4. Recommendation of the Program Chair

Students will not be eligible to register for graduate level courses until they have successfully completed at least 60 credits towards their SDD degree and have an approve AOI form.

Note: Students must receive their B.S. degree in order to receive the Technology Project Management Graduate Certificate.


Software Design and Development B.S. Curriculum

General Education Requirements (39 credits)

COM 250 Technical Writing

CTA 326 Integrating Excel into Business Problem Solving

ECO 105 Fundamentals of Economics

ENG 121 English Composition I

ENG 122 English Composition II

ENG 131 Public Speaking

HUM 360 Human World Views: 3500 BCE – 1650 CE

HUM 361 Human World Views: 1650 CE - present

MAT 205 Introductory Survey of Mathematics

PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking

POL 300 American Politics

OR

HIS 381 Contemporary Global Issues

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology

SCI 321 Technology in the Sciences

Business and Management Core (21 credits)

BBM 201 Principles of Management

BBM 301 Organizational Behavior

BBM 320 Business Communications

BBM 347 Interpersonal Skills and Professionalism in the Workplace

MAT 312 Business Statistics

MIS 320 Management Information Systems

PHI 314 Ethics for Computer Professionals

Software Design and Development (45 credits)

ISM 420 Data Modeling and Warehousing

ISM 450 Project Management and Practice

SDD 100 Basic Web Design & Development

SDD 240 JavaScript

SDD 305 Basic Applications Development

SDD 306 Intermediate Applications Development

SDD 315 Foundations of Object-Oriented Programming

SDD 320 Advanced Applications Development

SDD 325 Java Programming I

OR

SDD 310 Microsoft .NET I

SDD 335 Java Programming II

OR

SDD 311 Microsoft .NET II

SDD 370 User Centered Design

SDD 345 Database Foundations

SDD 400 Object-Oriented Systems Analysis and Design

SDD 487 SDD Senior Project

OR

SDD 490 Software Design and Development Internship

SEC 235 Networks and Telecommunications

Free Electives (15 credits)

Students with less than 16 transfer credits are required to take FYE 101 as one of their electives.

Accelerated Option with Technology Project Mgt Graduate Certificate

The certificate requires 15 graduate credits.  Students will complete IST 7060 and four of the seven IPM courses listed.  Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in order to earn the certificate. 

Technology Project Management Graduate Certificate Core Courses


IST 7060 Project and Change Management

Choose four (4) of the following:

IPM 6000 IT/IS Project Scope Development and Management

IPM 6010 IT/IS Project Scheduling

IPM 6020 IT/IS Project Budgeting

IPM 6030 IT/IS Project Risk Management

IPM 6040 IT/IS Project Quality Management

IPM 6050 Agile Project Management

IPM 6090 Special Topics in IT/IS Project Management


CAP/Co-op Program Option (6 credits)

The co-op option is an alternative to the SDD 315 - Foundations of Object Oriented Programming course and the SDD internship: SDD 490. Each co-op assignment is one semester long and normally the two co-op assignments span two consecutive semesters with the same employer. In order to be eligible, students must first have completed SDD 306 - Intermediate Application Development and have at least 60 credits, plus a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students must inform the Director of the CAP/Co-op program and the SDD Program Chair one semester before they would like to begin a co-op assignment.

For additional information on the CAP/Co-op program option, please see the website:

http://www.wilmu.edu/coel/work-integrated-learning.aspx



Suggested Program Sequence

Freshman

Semester 1

CTA 326 Integrating Excel into Business Problem Solving

ENG 121 English Composition I

MAT 205 Introductory Survey of Mathematics

PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking

SDD 100 Basic Web Design & Development

Semester 2

ECO 105 Fundamentals of Economics

ENG 122 English Composition II

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology

SDD 345 Database Foundations

SEC 235 Networks and Telecommunications

Sophomore

Semester 1

COM 250 Technical Writing

HUM 360 Human World Views: 3500 BCE – 1650 CE

MAT 312 Business Statistics

MIS 320 Management Information Systems

POL 300 American Politics

OR

HIS 381 Contemporary Global Issues

Semester 2

BBM 201 Principles of Management

ENG 131 Public Speaking

HUM 361 Human World Views: 1650 CE - present

SDD 305 Basic Applications Development

SDD 306 Intermediate Applications Development

Junior

Semester 1

BBM 301 Organizational Behavior

SCI 321 Technology in the Sciences

SDD 240 JavaScript

SDD 315 Foundations of Object-Oriented Programming

SDD 370 User Centered Design

Semester 2

BBM 320 Business Communications

ISM 420 Data Modeling and Warehousing

PHI 314 Ethics for Computer Professionals

SDD 400 Object-Oriented Systems Analysis and Design

Free Elective

Senior

Semester 1

BBM 320 Business Communications

ISM 450 Project Management and Practice

SDD 310 Microsoft .NET I

OR

SDD 325 Java Programming I

Free Elective

Free Elective

Semester 2

BBM 347 Interpersonal Skills and Professionalism in the Workplace

SDD 311 Microsoft .NET II

OR

SDD 335 Java Programming II

SDD 487 SDD Senior Project

OR

SDD 490 Software Design and Development Internship

Free Elective

Free Elective


Completion Degree Requirements

What is a Completion Degree?

A completion degree is a personalized version of a bachelor's degree created exclusively for students who have completed an associate degree at an accredited institution. Completion degrees are available for most Wilmington University Bachelor of Science degrees. A student who expects to transfer a completed associate's degree should communicate with a Wilmington University academic advisor before registering for courses. A transcript with documentation of the conferred degree must be received by Wilmington University to confirm eligibility.

Software Design and Development Completion Degree

BBM 320 Business Communications

BBM 347 Interpersonal Skills and Professionalism in the Workplace

ISM 420 Data Modeling and Warehousing

ISM 450 Project Management and Practice

MAT 312 Business Statistics

MIS 320 Management Information Systems

SDD 305 Basic Applications Development

SDD 306 Intermediate Applications Development

SDD 315 Foundations of Object-Oriented Programming

SDD 320 Advanced Applications Development

SDD 325 Java Programming I

OR

SDD 310 Microsoft .NET I

SDD 335 Java Programming II

OR

SDD 311 Microsoft .NET II

SDD 370 User Centered Design

SDD 400 Object-Oriented Systems Analysis and Design

SDD 487 SDD Senior Project

OR

SDD 490 Software Design and Development Internship

SDD315 may be completed as a Co-op.  Students must notify the Office of Cooperative Education at least one semester in advance.

All students interested in this degree must have completed the following prerequisites or their equivalents:

BBM 201 Principles of Management

COM 250 Technical Writing

CTA 326 Integrating Excel into Business Problem Solving

SDD 100 Basic to Intermediate Web Design

SDD 240 JavaScript 

SDD 345 Database Foundations

SEC 235 Networks and Telecommunications

MAT 205 Introductory survey of Mathematics

ENG 122 English Composition II



This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2018-2019 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2018 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.