Introduction to Professional Development
Interdisciplinary course to introduce students to the issues, concepts and skills involved in successfully transitioning into professional life. IST 390 Introduction to Professional Development (1) IST 390 focuses on introducing the students to professionalism and professional development in the field of IT. Emphasis will be placed on the theories and skills required for planning, developing, implementing, and managing professional skills. For example, students will attempt to master relationship skills such as client relationship management and interpersonal communication, business skills such as presentation planning and scheduling; leadership skills such as decision making and goal setting; and career management skills such as networking and interviewing. Additional focus will be placed on the various resources and strategies available for pursuing a successful job search. Students will be given opportunities to practice the concepts, theories, and methodologies learned in class by working in teams on real-world case studies (many derived from corporate partners). Students will be periodically assessed through examinations, case studies, individual and group assignments and projects, and other performance indicators where appropriate.The audience is students who are ready to enter the work force. For those pursuing Baccalaureate Degrees, this would mean a class standing of Junior or Senior. For those pursuing Associate Degrees, this would mean a second year standing.