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As the use of technological systems and information continues to grow amongst all sectors of business, the need to effectively manage and safeguard these systems and information is becoming increasingly important and critical to day to day business management. And demand for professionals with the skills to manage the many facets of IS/IT continues to grow.

Choosing the most appropriate program depends on your knowledge, skills and experience in the IS/IT field and, of course, your ultimate professional goals. The information below will help you determine which courses are right for you.

IS Security

Information security has become increasingly complicated and critical, increasing the demand for individuals with the skills to protect a company’s vital systems and data. The IS Security courses from Villanova allow individuals to gain skills critical for protecting information infrastructures against these security threats.

Business Analysis

Mounting pressure to improve business performance has driven professionals to understand all aspects of their company’s operations. Now more than ever, it is essential to have an effective information system in place in order to ensure timely delivery of cost-effective products. The online Business Analysis program helps professionals in determining business requirements that drive IT-related projects and teaches how to identify, analyze and design processes to improve the overall flow of information within the company.

Software Testing

According to the Department of Commerce, software bugs cost the U.S. economy an estimated $59.5 billion a year. Whether you’re a test engineer, test consultant, software developer or other IT professional, it’s your job to make sure software applications are ready to go upon release. This software testing program will teach you sound testing techniques and principles to reduce defects, improve quality and ensure a successful launch.

Business Intelligence

In today’s competitive marketplace, business intelligence skills must reach beyond mere data collection. Careful analysis of this data must reveal a general view of a company’s health, answers to inquiries regarding financial loss or gain, opportunities for efficiency improvement in business operations and more. Gain the business intelligence skills necessary to help your organization become more proficient and to position yourself as a vital employee to the organization.

IT Service Management

The total amount of business information has increased to never-before-seen levels, making management of this information a critical function that can mean the difference between success and disaster. The key to continued success lies with a pairing of IT services and business strategy to remove the barriers and silos that would otherwise lessen an IT department’s impact. This IT Service Management program instructs you in data collection, analysis and distribution – skills that are useful across many industries.

IS/IT Courses

Courses run between eight and twelve weeks in length and new sessions start monthly. Enrollment is open; there are no pre-requisites.

Project Management for IS/IT Professionals $1,795

ACE 3 | CEUs 6.0 | PDUs 60 | Contact Hours 60

Project Management for IS/IT Professionals draws from the most current methods and leading experts to enable IS/IT professionals to advance in responsibility, recognition and rewards. Students desiring PMP® or CAPM® certification will gain a thorough understanding of knowledge areas as presented in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®).

Who Should Register?

Project Management for IS/IT Professionals is designed for IT professionals, process engineers and team leaders, Project Management Office directors/managers, Six Sigma and other quality-control managers, business analysts, product consultants, and professionals interested in developing critical PM skills.

What You’ll Study

  • Systems
  • Competencies
  • Organization & Resources
  • Essential Elements

Maximizing IS/IT Team Effectiveness $1,595

ACE 3 | CEUs 4.5 | PDUs 45 | Contact Hours 45

In this course you’ll learn to use practical and flexible tools and techniques that will improve your people skills and make you a more effective IT project manager or IT team member.

Who Should Register?

Maximizing IS/IT Team Effectiveness is essential for any IS/IT middle or upper management professional or those technology project managers aspiring to team management positions or any IT professional who participates on a team.

What You’ll Study

  • The IS/IT Project Manager
  • Communication
  • Team Collaboration
  • Managing Outside Stakeholders

Essentials of IS Security $1,595

ACE 3 | CEUs 4.5 | PDUs 45 | Contact Hours 45

As an IS/IT professional, you know that hackers and cyber-terrorists have pushed corporations to new levels of alert these days, creating the need for heightened security to protect both infrastructure and data. And undoubtedly, you also know that increasing your understanding of risk assessment and security is an ongoing process. It’s essential to maintain up-to-the-minute skills to combat threats, prevent attacks and remedy unanticipated casualties — and to prepare to achieve CompTIA Security+, SSCP, CISSP®  or CAP certification.

Who Should Register?

This course is right for you if you’re a professional developing skills on the management side of IS security; if you’re charged with protecting the hard or soft assets within your organization or if you’re looking to transition into the IS security field. This eight-week course is applicable to both the experienced IS security professional and aspiring IS/IT managers.

What You’ll Study

  • Introduction to Security and Investigation Phase
  • Security Analysis
  • Logical Physical Security Design
  • Implementation and Maintenance of Security

Mastering IS Security+™ $1,995

ACE 3 | CEUs 4.5 | PDUs 45 | Contact Hours 45

This in-depth 12-week course builds on Essentials of IS Security to expand your knowledge in the IS security field. Learn about topics such as communication security, infrastructure security, cryptography, access control, authentication, external attack and operational and organization security. The course also includes over 500 sample questions that will help you prepare for the CompTIA Security+ certification exam.

Who Should Register?

Mastering IS Security+ is designed for the IS security professional, the IT networking professional, those interested in learning more in-depth information about the IS security profession, as well as those interested in obtaining the CompTIA Security+ certification.

What You’ll Study

  • Introduction to Mastering IS Security+
  • Security in Transmissions
  • Security in the Infrastructure
  • Operational Security

Advanced Information Assurance and Security $2,595

ACE 4 | CEUs 6.0 | PDUs 60 | Contact Hours 60

This course has been updated based on the recent changes to (ISC)² CBK®. If you’re looking for comprehensive preparation for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) or Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP®) certification exam, then enroll in Advanced Information Assurance and Security! This in-depth 12-week course analyzes advanced facets of security management and practices to help you combat cryptographic attacks and other computer crimes that threaten your organization’s security. The course also includes 650 sample questions that will help you prepare for the recently updated certification exam.

Who Should Register?

This course is ideal for all professionals who must manage security processes that are critical to today’s business and service environment. It provides managers and other professionals with the high-end skills necessary to achieve CISSP® or SSCP® certification through (ISC)²®.

What You’ll Study

  • Access Control
  • Applications Security
  • Business Continuity and
  • Disaster Recovery Planning
  • Cryptography
  • Legalities and Ethics
  • Operations Security
  • Physical Security
  • Security Architecture and Design
  • Information Security and Risk Management
  • Telecommunications and Network Security

Advanced Information Assurance and Security – Government $2,595

ACE 4 | CEUs 6.0 | PDUs 60 | Contact Hours 60

This specialized, 12-week government security training course analyzes advanced aspects of information assurance and best practices to help you prevent cryptographic attacks and other computer crimes that threaten the government and your country. Advanced Information Assurance and Security – Government helps government employees and contractors alike prepare for demanding certification exams, with 650 sample questions for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) and Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP®) exams, and hundreds of sample test-prep questions for the Certification and Accreditation Professional (CAP®), a new (ISC) qualification which satisfies Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) requirements. Further, the course supports CNSS National Standards 4011 and 4012, which deal with intelligence activities, military command and control, and other vital issues impacting national security. You cannot go without these in-demand areas of knowledge in today’s information security field.

Who Should Register?

This course is for all professionals tasked with managing the security processes that are critical in today’s government environment. It provides managers and other professionals with the high-end skills necessary to achieve CAP®, CISSP® or SSCP® certification through (ISC).

What You’ll Study

  • Access Control
  • Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning
  • Cryptography
  • Operations Security
  • Physical Security
  • Security Models and Architecture
  • Information Security and Risk Management
  • Telecommunications and Network Security

Essentials of Business Analysis $1,595

ACE 3 | CEUs 4.5 | PDUs 45 | Contact Hours 45

If you’re involved in analyzing and defining project requirements, the Essentials of Business Analysis course is for you! This eight-week course helps managers and professionals identify, analyze and design processes to improve the overall flow of information within a company. You’ll gain skills to determine the business requirements that drive IT-related projects, plus you’ll learn how to maintain an effective information system to ensure timely delivery of cost-effective products. This program will prepare students for the CBAP® and CCBA™ certification exams from IIBA®.

Who Should Register?

This course is for anyone involved in gathering, analyzing, documenting and validating information in a professional environment or those looking to transition into this role. It provides knowledge, skills and techniques that will enable you to strengthen your organization in key areas.

What You’ll Study

  • Introduction to Business Process Modeling
  • Requirements Definition
  • Business Analysis Goals and Objectives
  • Collecting Data Requirements

Mastering Business Analysis $1,995

ACE 3 | CEUs 5.0 | PDUs 50 | Contact Hours 50

This twelve-week course builds on the critical concepts that were learned in the Essentials course. You’ll strengthen skills previously developed and expand your knowledge of the techniques necessary to become an effective business analyst. You’ll explore advanced topics in quality management, testing, verification and validation. And you’ll use your new skills immediately, on the job!

Who Should Register?

Managers and professionals who have taken the Essentials course will strengthen their business analysis skills and enhance the flow of information within their organizations.

What You’ll Study

  • Defining, Making and Measuring Quality
  • Planning for Testing, Verification and Validation
  • Testing Conformance to Requirements
  • Managing and Interacting with Verification, Valuation and Test Teams
  • Lean and Six Sigma for Business Analysts

Essentials of Software Testing $1,595

ACE 3 | CEUs 4.0 | PDUs 40 | Contact Hours 40

Essentials of Software Testing provides knowledge, skills and techniques that will enable you to strengthen your expertise in critical areas.

Who Should Register?

This course is designed for anyone involved in software testing and development — or for project managers, quality managers and others with a general interest in the software testing process.

What You’ll Study

Fundamentals of Testing
  • Steps of the Testing Process
  • How Software Testing Finds and Prevents Defects
Testing Throughout the Software Lifecycle
  • Software Development Models
  • Regression Testing and Impact Analysis in Maintenance
Static Techniques
  • Static Review Techniques in the Design Phase
  • Four Primary Types of Reviews
Test Design Techniques
  • Core of Software Testing Body of Knowledge (TBOK)
  • Conducting a Comprehensive Risk Analysis
Test Management
  • Test Progress Monitoring and Controlling Techniques
  • Ten Steps for Writing Effective Reports
Tool Support for Testing
  • Benefits and Risks of Test Automation
  • How to Successfully Deploy a Testing Tool Throughout the Organization
Distributions and Data Analysis
  • Binomial Distribution and use of Tables
  • Hypothesis Testing

ISTQB® Software Testing Capstone $1,195

ACE 3 | CEUs 4.0 | PDUs 40 | Contact Hours 40

This capstone course will help you build upon the concepts and skills you learned in Essentials of Software Testing. Designed for students who are preparing to take the ISTQB Certified Tester examination, this eight-week course includes a series of practice tests modeled after the actual ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) exam.

Who Should Register?

Students who have completed Essentials of Software Testing and are preparing to sit for the ISTQB® Certified Tester examination should complete this course, which provides high-end skills for testers, project managers, IT directors and others.

What You’ll Study

Fundamentals of Testing
  • General Testing Principles that Guide Software Testing Efforts
  • Psychology of Software Testing
Testing Throughout the Software Lifecycle
  • Objectives and Targets for Software Testing
  • The CMMI Process Maturity Model
Static Techniques
  • Steps that Make Up the IEEE 1028 Standard for Software Reviews
  • Static Analysis Tools
Test Design Techniques
  • Contents of the IEEE 829 Standard for Software Test Documentation
  • Specification-Based (Black Box), Structure-Based (White Box) and Experience-Based Testing
Test Management
  • Selecting the Proper Test Strategy
  • Impact of Risk Analysis and Risk Management on Test Planning
Tool Support for Testing
  • Opportunities and Risks Associated with Using Test Tools
  • Factors to Consider when Introducing Test Tools

Essentials of Business Intelligence $1,595 each

ACE 3 (Except Healthcare) | CEUs 4.5 | PDUs 45 | Contact Hours 45

Essentials of Business Intelligence
Essentials of Business Intelligence – Healthcare

This course introduces the importance and organization of the vital concepts in enterprise business intelligence. Learn to make more effective and efficient business decisions by studying the principal skills of data management, warehousing, business intelligence requirements and data quality. In addition to the topics listed below, each course spotlights case studies and examples from healthcare and other fields.

Who Should Register?

If you use data for business decision-making, this course is highly beneficial. From IT professionals working in or moving into data warehousing to members of upper management, this 8-week course delivers the tools and abilities you need to answer questions concerning corporate financial gains and losses, as well as the performance of products, regions and employees.

What You’ll Study

Introduction to Business Intelligence
  • Ÿ Business Acumen, Business Worth and ROI
  • Ÿ The Basics of Warehousing Data
  • Ÿ The Lifecycle and Architecture of Business Intelligence
  • Ÿ Making the Business-Side Case for Business Intelligence
Organizing for Business Intelligence
  • Ÿ Intelligence Project – Business vs. Business Intelligence Program
  • Ÿ Department Level Business Intelligence vs. Enterprise Level
  • Ÿ Change Management and Data Governance
 BI Development Phases and Methods Approaches
  • ŸMain Phases - Plan, Build, Deliver
  • Waterfall Approach for Systems Development
  • Business Intelligence Projects – The Nimble Approach
  • Planning - Scope, Charter, Issue Resolution and Requirements
  • Designing - Logical/Physical Models, Subject Areas and Source Systems
Data Warehousing
  • Ÿ Inmom and Kimball Approaches
  • Ÿ Metadata
  • Ÿ Packaged Data Marts
Data Quality and Architecture
  • Ÿ Measuring and Improving Data Quality
  • Ÿ Dissimilar Data Sources
  • Ÿ Governance of Data
  • Ÿ Master Data Management (MDM)
Business Intelligence Requirements Gathering
  • Ÿ Top-Down and Bottom-Up Requirements Gathering
  • Ÿ Fluctuating and Unknown Requirements
  • Ÿ Best Practices for Gathering Requirements
Readiness for Business Intelligence and Maturity Models
  • Ÿ Business Intelligence Readiness Assessments
  • Ÿ Evaluating Data and Technology
  • Ÿ Readiness Assessments: Organizational, Process and Procedures
 Technology and Vendor Review
  • Ÿ Build vs. Buy
  • Ÿ Choosing and Assessing Technologies
  • Ÿ Appliances for Data Warehousing
  • Ÿ Front-End Tools for Business Intelligence

 

ITIL Foundation $1,795

ACE 3 | CEUs 4.5 | PDUs 45 | Contact Hours 45

The ITIL® Foundation course familiarizes professionals with the most commonly implemented framework for IT service management—IT Infrastructure Library®. This 100% online certificate course explains the five core publications within ITIL®: Service Strategy, Design, Transition, Operation and Continual Service Improvement. Acquire the skills to improve IT services, bring down costs and grow ROI for IT investments, while learning how to align IT services with business requirements and processes. These approaches can instill measureable, improvable and dependable service and processes to boost customer service for your organization.

Who Should Register?

The ITIL® Foundation course is intended for IT professionals in both public and private sectors who have an interest in furthering their knowledge regarding IT process and service improvements providing knowledge, skills and methods that can help you reinforce your organization in key areas.

What You’ll Study 

Introduction to ITIL® and Service Management
  • Ÿ 5 Main Publications of IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL®)
  • Ÿ Business Challenges and Common Terms
  • Ÿ The RACI Model and the 4 Functions
Service Strategy
  • Ÿ Service Strategy Procedures
  • Ÿ Service Portfolio Management
  • Ÿ Financial and Demand Management
Service Design
  • Ÿ Service Design Value, Technology and Architecture
  • Ÿ Overseeing Service Capacity
  • Ÿ Managing Information Security and Availability
  • Ÿ IT Service Continuity
 Service Transition
  • Ÿ Service Asset Management
  • Ÿ Configuration and Change Management
  • Ÿ Release and Deployment
 Service Operation
  • Ÿ Managing Complications and Incidents
  • Ÿ Event and Access Management
  • Ÿ Request Fulfillment
 Continual Service Improvement
  • Ÿ Baselines, KPIs and CSFs
  • Ÿ Generating Meaningful Metrics
  • Ÿ The Deming Cycle and the CSI Model