It professional | IT-200-H4807 | Southern New Hampshire University

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Competency

In this project, you will demonstrate your mastery of the following competency:

  • Articulate the roles and functions of the information technology professional

Scenario

Whether you are just beginning your career in information technology  or taking the next step in your career path, it is vital to understand  the numerous opportunities available to you within this field. In this  project, you will be conducting a survey of the information technology  field that includes several career options aligned with your interests  and begins to sketch out the training and certifications necessary for  those roles.

 

Directions

The Information Technology Field: Before you explore  career options in information technology, it is important to  distinguish between the various disciplines that exist within this  field. In this section, you will be considering these disciplines, as  well as two primary tools for information technology professionals:  programming and scripting.

  • IT Disciplines: To begin your report on careers within the information technology field, define the distinction between computer science, information systems, engineering, and information technology.  In your description, first define each discipline and then describe how  that discipline is related to others within IT. In your definition,  address the following: 
    • What roles and careers within the IT field are related to these disciplines?
    • What tools and technologies are most applicable to these disciplines?
  • Programming and Scripting: Following your description of the different disciplines within information technology, explain the relationship between programming and scripting and their uses within the IT field. In your explanation, first define scripting and programming, then address the following: 
    • What distinguishes a script from a program?
    • How would an IT professional use scripting in their work? How would they use programming?
    • Describe a potential case where an IT professional would use a  scripting language in their work. Describe a potential case where an IT  professional would use a programming language in their work.

Information Technology Careers: Once you have  defined the fields available in the world of information technology, it  is time to start examining careers. For this section, you will be  examining three positions within your chosen area of interest.

  • Careers of Interest: First, identify careers of interest within the IT field.  You will choose an appropriate entry-level position, mid-level  position, and ultimately the position you will strive to achieve. Then,  determine whether each position is most closely aligned with information  technology, computer science, information systems, or engineering. In  your report, describe the roles and responsibilities of each of these  careers. As evidence, ensure that you are submitting the job postings  referenced in your report.
  • Tools and Technologies: Next, within each of your identified careers, describe the tools and technologies specific to your chosen IT roles.  For each career, identify and describe various tools, including  hardware and software, that a professional working in that career would  use.
  • Training and Certifications: Finally, identify education, training, and certifications necessary for chosen IT roles.  For your identified roles, describe these trainings and certifications,  using the information in your identified job postings and descriptions  as a reference. For each training and certification, describe its  utility in the information technology field and sketch out how an  interested person would obtain each certification. Finally, describe the  transferable skills within these certifications and how they might  prepare you for other careers and fields within the information  technology profession.

What to Submit

To complete this project, you must submit the following:

Information Technology Career Report
You will  create a report describing the information technology field, including  distinguishing between the various disciplines within the IT field and  identifying at least three careers of interest within the field. This  report should be between 800–1,200 words. You should also include copies  of your selected job postings for your instructor’s reference.

 

Project One Rubric

 Criteria Exemplary (100%) Proficient (85%) Needs Improvement (55%) Not Evident (0%) Value      IT Disciplines Exceeds proficiency in an exceptionally clear, insightful, sophisticated, or creative manner Defines the distinction between computer science, information systems, engineering, and information technology Shows progress toward  proficiency, but with errors or omissions; areas for improvement may  include accuracy, clarity, logic, and detail Does not attempt criterion 18   Programming and Scripting Exceeds proficiency in an exceptionally clear, insightful, sophisticated, or creative manner Explains the relationship between programming and scripting and their uses within the IT field Shows progress toward  proficiency, but with errors or omissions; areas for improvement may  include accuracy, clarity, logic, detail, and thoroughness Does not attempt criterion 18   Careers of Interest Exceeds proficiency in an exceptionally clear, insightful, sophisticated, or creative manner Identifies careers of interest within the IT field and describes their roles, responsibilities, and qualifications Shows progress toward  proficiency, but with errors or omissions; areas for improvement may  include accuracy, clarity, logic, and detail Does not attempt criterion 18   Tools and Technologies Exceeds proficiency in an exceptionally clear, insightful, sophisticated, or creative manner Describes the tools and technologies specific to chosen IT roles Shows progress toward  proficiency, but with errors or omissions; areas for improvement may  include accuracy, clarity, logic, detail and correct alignment of tools  to IT roles Does not attempt criterion 18   Training and Certifications Exceeds proficiency in an exceptionally clear, insightful, sophisticated, or creative manner Identifies education, training, and certifications necessary for chosen IT roles Shows progress toward  proficiency, but with errors or omissions; areas for improvement may  include accuracy, clarity, logic, and detail Does not attempt criterion 18   Articulation of Response Exceeds proficiency in an exceptionally clear, insightful, sophisticated, or creative manner Clearly conveys meaning with correct  grammar, sentence structure, and spelling, demonstrating an  understanding of audience and purpose Shows progress toward  proficiency, but with errors in grammar, sentence structure, and  spelling, negatively impacting readability Submission has critical errors in grammar, sentence structure, and spelling, preventing understanding of ideas 5   Citations and Attributions Attributes sources where applicable using citation methods with very few minor errors Attributes sources where applicable, but with consistent minor errors Attributes sources where applicable, but with major errors Does not attribute sources where applicable 5   Total: 100%    ​