Iam in the third semester at Empire State College, with a focus onMathematics and Science as the area of study, and a concentration incomputer science. I am very committed to pursuing the field as I havecommitted fifteen years, whereby I aim at learning the foundationalprinciples and theories on which technology is grounded. My input inthe medical sector as a computer analysis at SUNY Downstate enablesme to showcase and employ my skills regarding the changes intechnology, with the aim of improving the lives of the patients. Byacquiring a higher degree, my primary objective is to obtainconfidence, knowledge and communication skills are required to get anadvanced degree.
Discretemathematics is one of the math courses that I have chosen to fulfillmy requirements in SMT. The course will be helpful in the sense thatit will support algorithmic thinking (Winn 1137). In addition tothis, it will cover concepts concerning complexity, logic,introduction to proof and methods of graph theory. Prior knowledgeabout pre-calculus also has a strong experience in discretemathematics.
Inorder to ensure that the guidelines of Science Math Technology (SMT)are met, I have identified and selected some courses that arecritical in my area of study. To ensure that the requirements ofScience Math Technology are met I should have an understanding ofprogramming, and I should not limit it to coding. I should be able touse logic in problem-solving as this will enhance my analyticalskills (Winn 1140). I should be able to generate algorithms, developunderstanding through different languages of programming. The purposeof incorporating programming in SMT is to solve or to automate theperformance of a particular task to find solutions for specificproblems.
ProfessionalBehavior and Responsibilities
Thenext selected course in Professional/ Social issues aids in aprevious course I had undertaken Health Informatics entails ofregulatory and ethical principles in the sector of healthcare. Inthis course, several aspects regarding ethics will be explored.Additionally, legal and social issues will be studied as well.Presently, the corporation I work for is an extension of a heathinformation exchange. Therefore, the course will improve myunderstanding of the shared information technology.
Anotherrequirement that is of great importance is professional conduct andresponsibilities as a student majoring in Science Math Technology Ishould be able to fully understand my professional, ethical as wellas social responsibilities when furthering with computer science(Winn 1146). It would aid me in the analysis of professionalresponsibilities and roles, identification of value conflicts,evaluation, and analysis of claims, and the exploration of primarycategories of issues using ethical frameworks. As a studentundertaking SMT, it should include analysis of the technologicalsystem context which involves the recognition of legal andinstitutional context as well as ensuring the stakeholders areidentified.
Inthe healthcare sector, the information systems in several healthfacilities have faced threats emanating from breaches of security. Inparticular, hackers now breach the security of hospitals and obtainaccess to private and confidential information. They then use theacquired information for illegal activities such as identity theft orblackmail (Winn 1152). As such Cyber Crime and Computer Forensic is acourse which will be valuable to me as it will enable me to gatherenough information regarding security and the enforcement of the lawin the IT area.
OrganizationalBehavior is also a course that will help me in understanding thepsychological aspects of providing services to several customers.Communications for professionals will aid in improving mycommunication skills. For instance, there are several users ofcomputers in the helpdesk, and in some cases, they have conflicts,which have to be amicably solved by effective communication. Some ofthese conflicts emanate from the fact that the computer users may notagree with the policies and decision of the management. As such, Iwill have to effectively communicate and address the issue, which mayturn to be the worst case scenario if proper actions are notexecuted. I will also be exposed to different contexts regardingroles and audiences. The skills will further help me to enhance mycommunication skills and equip me with communication strategies thatcan be used in several business settings.
Disasterrecovery entails the manner in which companies aim at successfullycontinuing the business in cases of accidents. This course isvaluable as it will equip me with knowledge about how to assessfirms, identify potential risks as well as their impacts, andcommunicate the importance for proper planning. The information Iwill gather in attending Data Structures and Algorithms will becritical in the enhancement of my knowledge since it is one of thecore courses in my major of computer science (Winn 1160). I will beable to learn algorithms which will be required for systemimplementation. The introduction to OOP and C++ will be essential asit will provide me with the required skills in the workplace.
Thegranted opportunity to study at ESC would without a doubt be a greatachievement, and I am thankful for that. In studying at ESC, my goalis not only to further my career, but also to give my children thebest opportunities they can get. Thank you in advance for consideringme as a student who wants to pursue his educational goals.
Winn,Jane K. "Are "better" Security Breach NotificationLaws Possible?" BerkeleyTechnology Law Journal.24.3 (2009): 1133-1165. Print.