Information Systems and Technology - Curriculum 370

Program Officer

Christopher Shutt, LCDR, SC, USN

Glasgow West, Room 3010

(831) 656-3635, DSN 756-3635

cmshutt@nps.edu

Academic Associate

Glenn R. Cook

Glasgow West, Room 3012

(831) 656-2778, DSN 756-2778

grcook@nps.edu

Brief Overview

The Information Systems Technology curriculum is part of the larger Information Sciences, Systems, and Operations (ISSO) discipline. The ISSO curricula consist of the Professional Practice Core and seven degree tracks: Computer Sciences; Joint C4I Systems; Information Systems and Technology; Information Warfare; Intelligence Information Management; Modeling, Virtual Environments, and Simulation; and Space Systems Operations. The Professional Practice Core consists of material in Information Sciences and Technology; Command and Control; C4ISR Systems; Acquisition; C4ISR System Evaluation; Information Operations/Warfare; and Enterprise Policy, Strategy, and Change.

This curriculum provides officers with knowledge of information systems technology to include computer and telecommunications systems, software engineering, networked and distributed applications, database management systems, and decision support systems in the military services. Students will also gain proficiency in information systems, economics, and management necessary for the critical management decisions needed in the development and utilization of complex and evolving computer-based military systems.

Information Systems Technology is an interdisciplinary, graduate-level, master's program integrating mathematics, accounting, economics, statistics, computer science, information systems, communications engineering, networks, and management disciplines. This curriculum is sponsored by the Headquarters USMC, Director of Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (C4).

Requirements for Entry

A baccalaureate degree, or the equivalent, with above-average grades in mathematics (including differential and integral calculus) resulting in an academic profile code (APC) of at least 325 is required for direct entry. Students lacking these quantitative prerequisites may be acceptable for the program, through a twelve-week refresher, providing their undergraduate records and/or other indicators of success, such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), indicate a capability for graduate-level work. While previous computer, communications, or information systems experience is certainly helpful, it is not essential. International students should refer to the Admissions section for current TOEFL and entrance requirements.

Entry Date

Information Systems Technology is an eight-quarter course of study with a single entry date in July (with refresher) and September (without refresher). Those requiring the twelve-week refresher will begin study prior to those entry dates. If further information is needed, contact the Academic Associate or Program Officer for this curriculum.

Degree

Requirements for the Master of Science in Information Technology Management degree are met as a milestone en route to satisfying the Educational Skill Requirements established by the curricular program's sponsor.

Master of Science in Information Technology Management

The Master of Science in Information Technology Management degree will be awarded at the completion of the appropriate interdisciplinary program in Curriculum 370. The Master of Science in Information Technology Management requires:

  • Completion or validation of core courses in each of the following disciplines:
    • Information Systems
    • Computer Science
    • Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • Systems Management
  • Completion of a minimum of 52 hours of graduate-level courses, at least 20 hours of which are at the 4000 level.
  • Completion of an acceptable thesis.
  • Approval of the candidate's program by the Chairman, Information Sciences Department.

Subspecialty

Navy none.

U.S. Marine Corps officers completing this curriculum fulfill the requirements for MOS 8848.

Required Courses

The following notional courses are required for the 370 program.

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
CC3000Command and Control

4

0

CC4250Enterprise Architecture

4

0

CS3600Introduction to Cybersecurity

4

1

EO3502Telecommunications Systems Technology

4

0

IS3001Information Sciences for Defense

3

0

IS3200Enterprise Systems Analysis and Design

3

2

IS3201Enterprise Database Management Systems

4

2

IS3202Thin-Client Database Systems Development

4

2

IS3301Computer-Based Tools for Decision Support

3

2

IS3330Research Methods for Information Sciences

3

0

IS3333Thesis Research for Information Sciences

2

0

IS3460Networked Autonomous and Unmanned Systems

4

0

IS3502Network Operations I

4

2

IS4031Economic Evaluation for Enterprise Technology Investments

4

0

IS4182Enterprise Information Systems Strategy and Policy

4

0

IS4220Technology Enabled Process Improvement

3

2

IS4300Project Management for Enterprise Systems

3

2

IS4520Systems Thinking and Modeling for a complex World

4

0

IW3101Military Operations in the Information Environment

4

0

MA1010Algebra and Trigonometry

V

0

MN3154Financial Management in the Armed Forces

3

0

MN3331Principles of Acquisition and Program Management

5

1

MN4125Managing Planned Change in Complex Organizations

4

0

MO1901Mathematics for ISSO

4

0

NW3230Strategy & War

4

2

OS3105Statistics for Technical Management

4

1

SS3011Space Technology and Applications

3

0

SS3613Military Satellite Communications

3

0

Each student in the Information Systems and Technology Curriculum will choose a specialization track no later than the start of the third quarter of study. Current track specializations offered by the Information Sciences Department are:

Network Management Track

Prerequisites

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
IS3502Network Operations I

4

2

Network Track Courses (Choose 3)

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
CS3690Network Security

4

1

IS4926Network Operating Centers

3

2

IS4505Tactical and Wireless Networking

3

2

CS3690: w/su

IS4926: w

IS4505: sp

Computer and Information Security Track

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
CC4250Enterprise Architecture

4

0

Track Courses (Choose 3)

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
CS3670Secure Management of Systems

3

2

CS3695Network Vulnerability Assessment and Risk Mitigation

3

2

CS3690Network Security

4

1

CS4677Computer Forensics

3

2

CS3670, CS4677: f/sp

CS3695: f/sp/su

CS3690: w/s

Information Operations/Information Warfare Track

(Classified: U.S. Only)

Prerequisite

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
IW3101Military Operations in the Information Environment

4

0

Track Courses (Choose 3)

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
IO4300Planning and Execution of Military Operations in the Information Environment

3

2

IW3921Non-Kinetic Targeting

3

0

IW4500Information Warfare Systems Engineering

3

2

IO4300: su

IW3921: sp

IW4500: w

USN Space Cadre

Prerequisite (Already in Matrix)

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
SS3011Space Technology and Applications

3

0

SS3613Military Satellite Communications

3

0

SS3011, SS3613: su/f

Track Courses

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
PH2514Introduction to the Space Environment

4

0

PH3052Physics of Space and Airborne Sensor Systems

4

0

PH2514: f/w

PH3052: f/sp

Acquisition Track

Prerequisite (Already in Matrix)

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
MN3331Principles of Acquisition and Program Management

5

1

Track Courses (Choose 3)

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
MN3307Enterprise Innovation Design

4

0

MN3309Software Acquisition Management for Strategic and Tactical Systems

4

1

MN3318Operational Contract Support & Contingency Contracting

3

0

SE4011Systems Engineering for Acquisition Managers

3

2

MN3309: w/s

MN3318: f/sp

SE4011: sp

Cyber Systems Track

(Classified: U.S. Only)

Prerequisite (Already in Matrix)

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
CS3600Introduction to Cybersecurity

4

1

IS3502Network Operations I

4

2

Track Courses

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
CY3110Internet Protocols

3

1

CY3520Practical Network Operations

3

3

CY4700Defensive Cyberspace Operations

3

3

CY4710Adversarial Cyberspace Operations

3

2

CY3110, CY4700, CY4710: f/sp

CY3520: w/su

There may be other available courses based upon clearance (TS/SCI) and experience.

Students with a strong educational or experience background in information systems or computer science may be eligible to validate certain requirements. Students who have validated certain courses will be required to substitute additional courses into their educational plan. These courses may include additional courses of study within their specialization track or other courses offered within the Information Sciences Department or other related fields of study. The Academic Associate and the Program Officer must approve all changes to the matrix.

Educational Skill Requirements (ESR)

Information Systems Technology - Curriculum 370

Engineering, Management and Problem Solving: The Information Systems and Technology graduate shall have the knowledge, skills, and competencies to engineer information systems afloat and ashore; manage information systems, centers, and commands afloat and ashore; and solve information systems engineering and management problems individually and in teams. These general Educational Skill Requirements are supported by the following topical Educational Skill Requirements.

  1. Space, Information Warfare and Command and Control Professional Practices: The officer shall possess skills in the ISSO core subject areas of Science and Technology (Information Technology, Communications, Space, and Sensors), Analysis and Evaluation (Statistics, Operations Analysis, and System Evaluation), Operations Information Management and Systems (C2, C4ISR, Information Operations, and Acquisition Management).
  2. Software Development: The officer must have a thorough knowledge of modern software development to include: an understanding of the software development process; the ability to plan and implement a major programming project and develop the appropriate documentation; the ability to utilize object-oriented techniques in system design; and the ability to use modern software development tools in the construction of modeling, virtual environment, and simulation systems.
  3. Information Systems Technology: The officer must have a thorough knowledge of information systems technology to include: computer system components, computer networks, computer and network security, communication systems and networks, software engineering, database management systems, decision support and expert systems.
  4. Information Systems Analysis and Management: The officer must master the following concepts to effectively manage information system assets: managerial concepts, evaluation of information systems, systems analysis and design, management of information systems, adapting to technological, organizational, and economic changes.
  5. Military Applications: The officer must be able to combine analytical methods and technical expertise with operational experience for effective military applications to include: DoD decision-making process on information systems, information technology acquisition management, DoD computer and telecommunications, C4ISR, C2W, and military use of commercial telecommunications systems.
  6. Independent Research: The graduate will demonstrate the ability to conduct independent research analysis, and proficiency in communicating the results in writing and orally by means of a thesis and a command-oriented briefing. The research in information technology and its management will include problem formulation, decision criteria specification, decision modeling, data collection and experimentation, analysis, and evaluation.

Curriculum Sponsor and ESR Approval Authority

HQMC C4. May 2016.