Information Technology Management

An Information Technology Management (ITM) concentration can prepare you for a variety of careers. Many students who have completed the ITM concentration are hired to work as analysts in companies or consulting firms. Others pursue a more typical IT career as programmers or database professionals. Some others become tech entrepreneurs. While the various IT job types have a core set of knowledge and skills, each job type also has specialized knowledge and skills. The concentration requirements are designed to provide both core and specialized knowledge and skill sets. The courses for the ITM concentration are divided into four groups: Creator, Designer, Analyst, and Entrepreneur. To satisfy the requirements for the ITM concentration, students need to take a total of SIXTEEN (16) CREDITS. FOUR (4) of these credits MUST be from the Creator. The other TWELVE (12) may be selected from any combination of the four groups. Please note that some of the courses are 2 credits while others are 4 credits. Students are guided in their elective selections by identifying a career interest, which more or less corresponds to one IT job type or position.

Sponsored by: Operations and Information Management Division

Faculty Contacts: Donna Stoddard and G. Shankar

Faculty contacts serve as advisers to those students who have an interest in the given concentration. You should feel free to contact these faculty members with questions.

Required

  • 4 credits from the CREATOR group.

Electives (choose three)

  • Select any combination of 12 credits from CREATOR, DESIGNER, ANALYST, and/or ENTREPRENEUR.

Current Composition of the FOUR groups

Creator

  • OIM 3640 Problem Solving and Software Design or
    ENGR 2510 Software Design (Olin)* or
    CS 111 Computer Programming & Problem Solving (Wellesley)*
  • OIM 3690 Web Technologies
  • CS 230 Data Structures (Wellesley)*
  • ENGR 3520 Foundation of Computer Science (Olin)*
  • ENGR 3525 Software Systems (Olin)*

Entrepreneur

  • OIM 3525 Enterprise 2.0: Building Social Networks
  • OIM 3560 The Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies **
  • OIM 3610 The Mobile App: Concept to Market (2 cr)
  • OIM 3615 Creating Tech Tools for Entrepreneurs (2 cr)
  • OIM 3565 Agile Experimentation
  • OIM 3580 Artificial Intelligence in Business

Analyst

  • OIM 2645 Modeling with Excel (2 cr)
  • OIM 3525 Enterprise 2.0: Building Social Networks 
  • OIM 3545 Business Intelligence and Data Analytics 
  • MKT 3515 Digital Marketing
  • MKT 4530 Digital Analytics
  • QTM 2601 Applications of Discrete Math

Designer

  • OIM 3620 Cybersecurity
  • OIM 3635 User Interface Design (2 cr) ***
  • OIM 3650 UI/UX Design Web App (4 cr)***
  • QTM 3674 Cryptology
  • CS 232 Artificial Intelligence (Wellesley)*
  • ENGR 3220 User Experience Design (Olin)*
*Please visit the Registrar’s Cross-Registration page to review the cross-registration process and Babson course pre-approval list.
**Please note OIM 3505 and OIM 3605 together are equivalent to OIM 3560. Because the content overlaps, you cannot take OIM 3560 if you have taken either OIM 3505 or OIM 3605 and cannot take either of the 2 credit courses if you have taken OIM 3560.
***Please note, if you have taken OIM 3635 (2 cr), you can not take OIM3650 (4 cr) and vice versa.

Suggested Courses Based on Job Type/Co-concentrations

The suggestions below are meant as a GUIDELINE and are not to be perceived as a recommendation. Please contact your advisers if you have questions.

Career PathDescriptionSuggested Courses
Developer/Coder For students interested in a more technical, programming-oriented career path 4 credits from Creator + 12 more credits from Creator and/or Designer
Business Analyst For students interested in learning how organizations can derive value from transactional, customer, Web, and social data to improve decision-making, innovation, and performance 4 credits from Creator + 12 more credits from Analyst, Designer, or Entrepreneur
IT Analyst/Consultant For students that want to pursue technology consulting and/or project management careers involving identifying, implementing, and managing technology and related solutions 4 credits from Creator + 12 more credits from Designer and/or Analyst
Business Consultant For students interested in learning how to leverage digital technologies to improve business processes and performance 4 credits from Creator + 12 more credits from Entrepreneur/Designer/Analyst
Digital Entrepreneur For students interested in learning how organizations and knowledge workers are leveraging public and private platforms to identify entrepreneurial opportunities 4 credits from Creator + 12 more credits from Entrepreneur and/or Analyst
Cross ConcentratorsDescriptionSuggested Courses
Marketing/ITM For students interested in marketing positions with ITM skills (such as email and social media marketing). Also applicable for students that pursue a career in sales of technology-based products/services 4 credits from Creator + 12 more credits from Analyst and/or Entrepreneur
Finance/ITM For students interested in opportunities in finance that require a strong technical skillset 4 credits from Creator + 12 more credits from Creator and/or Analyst
Operations/ITM For students that want to pursue careers in operations (such as supply chain, product design, and project management) that require a solid foundation in ITM 4 credits from Creator + 12 more credits from Designer and/or Analyst
Creative Design/Marketing For students interested in creative design (e.g., with Adobe) opportunities to support marketing functions 4 credits from Creator + 12 more credits from Designer
Accounting/ITM For students interested in pursuing a career in accounting. Considering that technology is increasingly used in auditing functions, this is for students that desire that technical skillset 4 credits from Creator + 12 more credits from Entrepreneur and/or Analyst

General Guidelines

  • Students who are undecided about a concentration should take one of the required courses in order to get a feel for the IT field.
  • Students may opt for a dual concentration—the ITM concentration can be an additional (second) concentration.
  • While 16 credits will satisfy the ITM concentration requirements, students are advised that employers often look for a broad and comprehensive set of IT-related courses that go beyond this number.
  • No sequencing is mandatory excepting those indicated as course prerequisites. SME 2012 (Information Technology) is a prerequisite for all ITM courses.
  • Any X5XX course may be used to satisfy the Advanced Elective credit or Free Elective credit requirements, e.g., OIM3580.
  • Any X6XX course may be used to satisfy the Advanced Liberal Arts credit, Advanced Elective credit, or Free Elective credit requirements , e.g., OIM 3620, OIM 3640, OIM 3650, OIM 3690.