IA as a Multidisciplinary Discipline


IA Exist in Non-IA Courses

There are several other academic programs at Jackson State Community College that include IA components in its curriculum. The Nursing program includes a discussion about HIPAA during their orientation sessions in the NUR 110, Foundations of Nursing, and NUR 140, LPN Career Mobility, courses. In addition, students in the Nursing Program are required to spend time in clinical settings. Students are required to complete training on hospital policies relating to acceptable computer use, patient record confidentiality, which includes procedures for disposing of any materials that have a patients name on it such as used IV bags. Students must then pass an online test and be validated each semester.

The Nursing Program has a student handbook that includes references to IA policies and guidelines that students must follow. (See excerpt from the Nursing Student Handbook). In many clinical sites, students are required to use multifactor authentication which include biometric finger prints and usernames and passwords.

JSCC also has a very strong Allied Heath Program that includes EMT/Paramedic, Medical Laboratory Technician, Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiography and Respiratory Care Technology. These programs all include similar IA policies as the Nursing program with regards to HIPAA and patient confidentiality. Here are some example documents from the Physical Therapist Assistant Program.

PTA 170 Course Syllabus

PTA Normative Model

The Principles of Accounting I course, ACCT 1010, addresses the IA topic of integrity with regards to accurately reporting corporate financial information. In the Introduction to Business course, BUS 111, topics such as email security, company, employee and client information privacy/confidentiality and other information security issues are discussed. The Business Math course, BUS 121, includes a project that requires learners to create financial pages using Yahoo Finance. As part of this project, students discuss security issues relating to how to protect certain financial information that should be kept private and what information should be made public. In the Business Communication Course, BUS 245, some of the same IA topics are discussed, especially in the area of privacy and confidentiality.

Jackson State Community College offers a course called Software Applications that is taken by students in all majors as either an elective or requirement depending on the major. This course has a section that focuses on information assurance, which includes cyber security awareness, username and password security and malware.

This is by no means an exhaustive list. Many other courses also include IA related discussions. Please see the college catalog for a complete course inventory.

Here is a short list of non-IA courses and their descriptions that include IA components:

ACCT 1010 Principles of Accounting I - A survey and orientation of basic terminology and principles of accounting. Emphasis is given to procedures involved in data accumulation, preparation of financial statements, communication, and use of financial information.

BUS 111 Introduction to Business - An introductory survey course designed to give the student a working knowledge of basic business operations and real-world applications. Topics to be covered include the foundations of business, management, marketing, finance, economics, management information system, and current events that affect business today.

BUS 121 Business Math - A course that emphasizes basic applications of mathematics in the business world. Topics include operation of the electronic calculator, accounting mathematics, mathematics of retailing, and mathematics of finance.

BUS 245 Business Communications - A performance based course that emphasizes effective business communications in formal and informal business experiences. Technology and research will be used to create and deliver presentations.

CIS 101 Software Applications - A course designed to enable students to achieve sufficiently proficient skill levels for accomplishing both academic and career tasks using file management, document processing, spreadsheet, presentation, graphic applications, Internet browsing, and electronic mail applications. Emphasis will be placed on promoting, developing, and enhancing practical applications skills in the laboratory.

NUR 110 Foundations of Nursing - The core program concepts of person, environment, health, and nursing are introduced and applied to care of persons of various cultural backgrounds who are experiencing variations along the wellness-illness continuum. The nursing process incorporating theories of Maslow and Erikson, and the principles of teaching and learning is utilized as the basis for client care. Laboratory and clinical experiences provide opportunities for the student to assist clients in adaptation to changes in their health status and promotion of optimum self-care behaviors. The roles of the Associate Degree nurse are introduced.

NUR 140 LPN Career Mobility - This course is designed to assist the student in transition from the Licensed Practical nurse to Associate Degree nurse. Content is drawn from the foundations and maternal-child nursing courses to provide a conceptual and theoretical background congruent with the program. Program core concepts of person, environment, health, and nursing are introduced and applied to care of persons of various developmental levels and cultural backgrounds experiencing variations in the wellness-illness continuum. Laboratory and clinical experiences provide opportunities to utilize the nursing process incorporating Maslow, Erikson, and other developmental theories as well as theories and principles of teaching and learning to assist clients/client families in adaptation to problems related to maternity, women’s health, and pediatrics in the promotion of self-care. The LPN begins socialization into the roles of the Associate Degree nurse.


Non-Technical Courses of Study for IA Program

The Computer Information Systems Information Assurance Concentration requires 60 semester hours of coursework. Fifteen of those hours are IA Concentration courses. Thirty of the hours are CIS core computer courses. The remaining 15 hours must consist of approved general education courses, such as English Composition, Literature, Economics, Pre-Calculus, Biology, etc. Here is a link to the IA concentration course requirements that include the general education (multidisciplinary) requirements for the degree:


Here are the specific General Education course requirements for each CIS graduate:

Communications - English Composition I - 3 Hours

Humanities - 3 Hours

Natural Science or Mathematics - 3 Hours

Social/Behavioral Science - 3 Hours

General Education Elective - 3 Hours


Non-Credit/Credit Professional Development Courses in IA

As a member of CSEC, Jackson State Community College has offered 16 professional development workshops for college faculty across the State of Tennessee over the past four years. These are 30 to 40 hour workshops that address Principles of Information Assurance, Network Security, Enterprise Security Management, Secure E-Commerce, Digital Forensics and Automation and Control Device Security. Approximately 40 community college faculty from across the state have attended one of more of these free workshops. See Section 4.a. for more detailed information about CSEC's funding and its partnerships with business, industry and government.

Jackson State has also offered continuing education courses in cyber security and digital forensics. The college has also hosted several open house type sessions for the general public that focused on the IA topics. The college has also hosted a one-day cyber security awareness seminar at Nashville State Community College for public sector employees. The event included speakers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Tennessee Office of Homeland Security.

Through Jackson State Community College's Continuing Education Department, AccessData Certified Examiner (ACE) courses are offered periodically. The College is an AccessData Academic Partner and is authorized to administer the ACE Certification exam.

Jackson State Community College is a Cisco Regional Academy. For the last four years, the college has hosted the Cisco Academy Program annual meeting. Normally the afternoon session of this meeting is reserved for special topics. During three of the last four meetings, the topic has been on cyber security education, which is an appropriate topic based on the role Cisco routers play in securing network access.

Cisco introduced a new CCNA Security Certification Course about three years ago, which has been mapped to the CNSS 4011 Certification. In the summer of 2010, Jackson State Community College partnered with the Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA) to offer a Cisco Train-the-Trainer workshop on the College’s campus for Cisco Academy Program instructors in Tennessee. The participants included faculty from high schools, technology centers, community colleges and universities.

In the June 2010, Jackson State hosted a workshop for high school faculty and students that focused on special Cisco topics including cyber security. The majority of the two-day event was dedicated to hands-on lab activities relating to router and switch configuration as it relates to cyber security. This was a very unique workshop because both high school faculty and students worked together on the lab activities.