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Enterprise Architecture (ENARCH)

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Supporting Coursework (12 credits)

Enterprise Architecture (EA) is one of the fastest growing career fields today. Organizations of all types are struggling to find qualified individuals at all levels to meet the growing demand in this field. Knowledge of EA is very beneficial for all Information Sciences and Technology (IST) and Security and Risk Analysis (SRA) students.

Architecture-related jobs are being created at a rapid pace today. Some examples include: business architect, security architect, process architect, data architect, applications architect, software architect, network architect, integration architect, storage architect, and many others. The EA Support of Option provides the foundational knowledge needed to succeed in these architecture-related careers. For more on this dynamic career field, please view this presentation on EA: http://ea.ist.psu.edu/videos/Oracle%20Public%20Sector%20EA%20Call.mp4

EA applies architecture principles related to the “orderly arrangement of parts” to analyze the components, structure, and connectivity of business architecture, data architecture, application architecture, technology architecture, and security architecture and identify their relationships to each other and to the strategy of the organization. EA provides a holistic set of descriptions about the enterprise (and the extended enterprise or supply chain) over time.

An EA process that delivers business value to the enterprise produces several things:

  • An articulation of the strategic requirements of the enterprise
  • Models of the future state, which illustrate what the enterprise should look like across all EA viewpoints in support of the business strategy
  • A road map of the change initiatives required to reach that future state
  • The requirements, principles, standards, and guidelines that will steer the implementation of change initiatives

The primary purpose of describing the architecture of an enterprise is to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and agility of the organization. This includes innovating the structure of an organization, centralizing business processes, assuring quality and timeliness of information, and ensuring that money spent on information technology can be justified. For more information on EA, please visit http://ea.ist.psu.edu/perspective.php

The Enterprise Architecture Process

The Enterprise Architecture Process

The EA course concentration consists of 12 credits and is open to all IST and SRA students. The student will earn a certificate in EA and will develop the skills that are in demand among prospective employers in all sectors.

Program Details

Prescribed Courses:

Theoretical foundations and practice of enterprise architecture.

Prerequisite: IST 301

Provide in-depth study of the concepts, issues, and technologies associated with the complex world of enterprise information and storage architecture.

Prerequisite: IST 301

Theoretical foundations and practice of enterprise modeling.

Prerequisite: IST 301

Additional Courses (select 3 credits):

Provides an understanding of the overview of information security including security architecture, access control, and internet secure applications.

Prerequisite: SRA 111, IST 110/110S, IST 140 or CMPSC 101

Introduction to the engineering of complex software systems including software system specification, design and implementation, integration and test, and evolution.

Prerequisite: IST 311 
IST 412 is offered in fall only.

Legal environment of information technology, constitutional/political issues, intellectual property, management, e-commerce, privacy, access, computer contracting, cyberspace regulation.

Prerequisite: IST 301 or SRA 231 or equivalent

Explores and applies the basic concepts, methodologies, tools, and techniques of consulting and professional service organizations in information sciences and technology.

Prerequisite: IST 210, IST 220 . Prerequisite or concurrent:IST 302 orIST 412

Exploration of legal, regulatory, public policy, and ethical issues related to security and privacy for information technology professionals in public institutions, private enterprise, and IT services.

Prerequisite: IST 432

Contemporary Security Issues; security management processes, architecture and models; risk analysis and management; security planning, analysis and safeguards; security policies development and administration; contingency planning, incidence handling and response; and security standards and certification processes.

Prerequisite: IST 220, SRA 221

Introduce visual analytic techniques for security informatics and intelligence.  It covers analytical techniques on visualizing threats, risk, and vulnerability.

Prerequisite: IST 110/110S, SRA 111 
SRA 468 is offered spring semester only.

Please consult with your advisor to determine the best sequencing of courses. For more information, please contact the IST Advising Center at advising@ist.psu.edu.