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CTCITC 110: Introduction to Information Technology

CTCITC 110: Introduction to Information Technology

This course provides an overview of information technology (IT) with emphasis on making technical and business decisions. The course will introduce students to a variety of IT areas and identify their connections. Course topics include: office productivity applications, basic computer hardware, networking and security, and webpage creation and programming. Problem-based learning will be used to stress employability skills such as teamwork, written and oral communication, problem solving, troubleshooting, and project management. Students will also research an IT career path and describe the opportunities and the requirements needed for employment.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Distinguish the functions of hardware, software, data, procedures, and people in a business computer system
  • Identify the major hardware elements of a computer system and describe the purpose of each element
  • Recognize the role of and use a variety of widely-used software packages including spreadsheets, word processors, databases, and presentation software
  • List the major functions of the operating system and demonstrate how to use its essential features and commands
  • Describe the programming process and the role of software in solving business-related problems
  • Give examples of how communications and network technologies are used
  • Explain the role of and use of the Internet
  • Outline the requirements for choosing specific hardware systems and software packages
  • Discuss the role of information and how management information systems (MIS) are developed and used in an organization
  • Summarize what a database is including database terminology and the role it plays in a business environment including how it is used on the Web
  • Discuss how multimedia can be used to enhance communication
  • Recognize prominent computer-related ethical, security, privacy, and legal issues
  • Give examples of career opportunities in the technology sector

By the end of this course, students may be able to:Understand the components of, and how to build an online IT project portfolio to house and showcase IT development projects, research, examples, samples of work, resume, etc.

  • Understand the components of, and how to build an online IT project portfolio to house and showcase IT development projects, research, examples, samples of work, resume, etc.
  • Identify and describe the different steps of the system development life cycle and the type of activities performed in each step
  • Practice and demonstrate employability skills such as teamwork, written and oral communication, problem-solving, troubleshooting and project management

Note:

1.  If a college chooses to include/cover some type of overview of applications (for example, MS Office) and/or keyboarding within the course, as long as the other learner outcomes are covered and mastered by the student, then that is an internal decision, and it would still be considered the common IT course, “Introduction to Information Technology”. (Note: many colleges offer keyboarding and applications as either a separate course, or through their business technology program. And, many colleges use keyboarding and applications as a prerequisite for the Introduction to Information Technology.)

2.  If a college offers Introduction to Information Technology as a common IT course that is a three-credit course (and, time and time again, IT industry professionals have indicated when reviewing transcripts, they view five-credits as more credible and robust) as long as the learner outcomes are covered and mastered by students, then that is an internal decision.

 

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