Course Summary
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Self-paced. Students have 60 days to complete the course
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Introduction to Information Technology and Basic Computing


The course objective is to provide students with an overview of information systems including hardware and software components, networking, database management, and issues related to privacy, security and ethics. Students will learn how computers represent, store, and process information and how businesses and organizations use technology and information systems to make decisions.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the primary functions of a computer
  • Identify computer hardware and types of software
  • Identify various numbering systems used to represent digital data
  • Describe the purpose and function of operating systems, including commercial, open-source, and mobile operating systems
  • Identify essential elements of the Microsoft Windows operating system
  • Define the structure and role of data warehousing in business environments
  • Apply a professional code of ethics in the field of computing
  • Identify activities and tools used by IT professionals
  • Identify the main phases of a software development cycle
  • Identify characteristics of a database
  • Describe common network components and network types
  • Evaluate a workstation for health and safety risks
  • Define the roles and responsibilities within the computing profession
  • Describe main technological trends and advances in computer science for the future

General Topics:

  • Computers and their functions
  • Computer hardware and software
  • Data storage and memory
  • Operating systems
  • Productivity software
  • Databases
  • Computer networks
  • The Internet, online risks, and social media
  • Ethical and legal considerations
  • Information technology in the workplace
  • Process automation and software development
  • Professional careers and future trends
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Case Studies
  • Computer Based Training
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes

Minimum Passing Score:

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