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The Department of Applied Information Technology
The Volgenau School of Information Technology & Engineering
George Mason University
4400 University Drive
IT 103: Introduction to Computing
Introduction to Computing (3:1:2)
This course, using both lecture and laboratory practice,
introduces students to basic computer concepts in hardware, software, networking, computer
security, programming, database, e-commerce, decision support systems, and other emerging
technologies such as blogs, wiki, RSS, podcasting, and Google applications. Additional lectures
examine social, legal, ethical issues including privacy, intellectual property, health concerns, green
computing, and accessibility. Students learn techniques to search, evaluate, validate, and cite
information found online. Widely used applications including word processing, spreadsheets,
databases, presentation, and web development software are studied.
Knowledge of high school algebra.
General Education Course
Almost no area of academic, professional, or personal life is untouched by the information
technology revolution. Success in college and beyond requires computer and information literacies
that are flexible enough to change with a changing IT environment and adaptable to new problems
The purpose of the information technology requirement is to ensure that students achieve an
essential understanding of information technology infrastructure encompassing systems and
devices; learn to make the most of the Web and other network resources; protect their digital data
and devices; take advantage of latest technologies; and become more sophisticated technology
users and consumers.
1. Students will be able to use technology to locate, access, evaluate, and use information, and
appropriately cite resources from digital/electronic media.
2. Students will understand the core IT concepts in a range of current and emerging technologies
and learn to apply appropriate technologies to a range of tasks.