Introduction/Overview of Information Technology (and/or Computers)

Introduction/Overview of Information Technology (and/or Computers)


1. CSE 100: Fluency in Information Technology

Introduces skills, concepts, and capabilities necessary to effectively use information technology. Includes logical reasoning, managing complexity, operation of computers and networks, and contemporary applications such as effective web searching and database manipulation, ethical aspects, and social impacts of information technology. Offered: jointly with INFO 100.

Class description

The first unit covers computer networks, the Internet, the World Wide Web, searching the Web, truth on the Web, and creating a Web site. The second unit covers programming using JavaScript. The third unit covers data storage, transfer, and the associated topics of privacy and security.

University of Washington, Seattle


2. CS 101 – Computer Basics

Integrated, project-based course using student-produced working materials in the form of a mini thesis. Microsoft Office tools are learned in a web-based practical application environment. Credits: (4) General Education Category Basic Skills 6 – Computer Fundamentals

Central Washington, Cheney


3. CPLA 100 Computer Literacy I (1)

Graded Pass/No Credit.  Does not count toward the 180 credit requirement. Passing this course gives clearance of Computer Literacy Part I. [satisfies the pre-university basic skills, computer literacy.] This course is an introduction to computer concepts. Hardware, software and operating systems are presented on both Windows and Mac platforms. An introduction to word processing, presentation software and an introduction to basic Internet use are provided.

Eastern Washington University


4. CPLA 101 Computer Literacy II (1)

Passing the literacy exam at the end of this course gives clearance of Computer Literacy Part II. Prerequisite: CPLA 100 or Computer Literacy Part I clearance. [satisfies the university competencies, computer literacy.] Students will be introduced to and develop skills in spreadsheets, databases and the process of locating informational and reference materials using simple and refined Internet searches. Students will explore societal  issues of security, privacy, viruses and computer crime.

Eastern Washington University


5. CSCE 120: Computerized Information Systems (NS): Introduction to computers including net-centric computing, computer ethics, operating systems, spreadsheets, graphics, and related topics. Includes a computer laboratory component. Prerequisite: MATH 128 or MATH 140 or equivalent. (4)

Pacific Lutheran University


6.  CS 104 – Introduction to Computer Careers 5

Introduction to computers and information systems in preparation for career opportunities in computer fields. Introduction to operating systems, network environments, and basic programming as well as the hardware and software areas of computer science. Designed primarily for students majoring in computer information systems. Prerequisites:  DEVED 104 with grade of C or higher, or assessment score in reading indicating student is college-ready.

Everett Community College



An introduction to fundamentals of computer science . Topics covered include algorithmic design; problem-solving techniques for computer programming; fundamentals of digital logic and computer organization; the role of the operating system; introductory programming methodology, including variables, assignment statements, control statements and subroutines (methods); programming paradigms; the compilation process; theoretical limits of computation; database structures; and social and ethical issues . Prerequisite: MATH 099 or equivalent . (NS)

Peninsula College


8. CS 101 — Computer Literacy (5 cr)

This is an introductory course in computer technology, concepts, operations and applications. Computer terminology is emphasized. It examines the complete system, including hardware, software, data, people and procedures. Students have extensive laboratory exercises in computer operating systems such as exposure to UNIX, DOS and Macintosh; various word processors, spreadsheets, databases and graphics. An exposure to the programming process is provided. Internet and general networking principles are included. Meets the Computer Literacy Requirement for Eastern Washington University and is considered a generally transferable course by the Intercollege Relations Commission (ICRC). (SFCC)

Spokane Falls Community College


9. IS 103 — Information Technology Fundamentals (5 cr)

Students learn computing hardware, operating systems and software applications. They learn to perform daily computer operations, including setting up a computer and installing new software. Skills are developed to evaluate and select business computer software and hardware and discuss and compare common operating systems. Hardware management and network terminology are introduced and selected operating systems are available for the students to experience. Prerequisite: IS 120 or permission of instructor. (SFCC)

Spokane Falls Community College


10/11. CIS 258 Software Integration and Configuration 5

An in-depth study of all the functions and features of installing, configuring, and maintaining Microsoft Office on the Microsoft Windows operating system. They include configuring Internet Explorer and Outlook Express; resolving issues related to customizing and personalizing the MS Office Applications suite; migrating from Outlook Express to Outlook; identifying and troubleshooting network problems; configuring Office security settings; and monitoring security vulnerabilities and updates. Prerequisite: CIS 108, CNA 112, and CIS 123.


CIS 259 Integrating Software 5

Business simulation including application and knowledge of word processing, Outlook, spreadsheets, database, PowerPoint, and internet to integrate documents in projects using critical thinking, lanning, scheduling, organization skills, and group interaction. Prerequisite: CIS 108, CIS 141 and CIS 236.

South Puget Sound Community College


12/13. SOFT 101 Computer Concepts  5

This course provides an overview of basic computer concepts as they apply to MIS professionals. Emphasis is on basic machine architecture including data storage, manipulation, the human-machine interface including the basics of operating systems, algorithms and programming languages.

SOFT 102 Programming Fundamentals 5

In this course, students are provided with the fundamental skills needed for designing computer programs. Focus is on problem analysis and developing algorithms for the step by step solutions to problems.

Bates Technical College



Explore computer concepts and their application in today’s world. Learn about the most current information on computers, software, hardware, the Internet, and emerging issues and technologies. Tailored to prepare students for the rest of the program to identify their interests and talents.

Clover Park Technical College


15.  CS 101 Intro to Computers & Information Technology • 5 Credits

CS 101 is a five-credit introductory class designed to meet the needs of all students as defined in CBC’s “Using Information Technology & Tools Student Learning Outcome. “The class emphasizes the cognitive aspects of dealing with Information Technology (IT): evaluating information, learning practical IT skills, solving problems, and dealing with information-related issues such as privacy, security, ethics, etc. Students will also learn computer basics using Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email, and Internet skills to locate, present, and report information.

Columbia Basin College


16.  C SCI 100 – Survey of Computing 5 credits

Prereq: Min. COMPASS reading 80. General survey of the capabilities, limitations and problems associated with computers. Students develop basic computer competency. Covers basic terminology of computer systems; personal security while online; relationships between hardware and software; data representation and organization; and introductory programming and problem solving. Covers use of applications in the business environment, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software and database software as well as Internet, e-mail and Web fundamentals.

Highline Community College


17.  COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS* 106 Introduction to Information Technology (5)

This computer fluency course includes topics such as computer hardware technology, software, information processing cycle, data communication, networks, the Internet, programming, careers, ethics, and security. Prerequisite: Successful completion of CIS 105 Computer Applications or equivalent or instructor permission. Student option grading.

Shoreline Community College


18/19.  CS 101 Technology & Computer Science • 5 Cr.

Introduces concepts of computer science through development of fluency in modern technology, while offering students an opportunity to increase skills in a variety of information systems. Computer lab work includes operation of computers on networks, programming fundamentals, logical reasoning, web searching, multimedia applications, basic spreadsheets, and database manipulation. Prerequisite: MATH 098 or higher.


IT 101 Introduction to Information Technology • 5 Cr.

Presents a general overview of information technology. Topics include how computers work, different types of computers, input and data storage devices, operating systems, data communications, systems analysis and design, and ethics. Prerequisite: Placement by assessment into ENGL 089. Completion of ENGL 092 or 093.

Bellevue College