IT103Spring2011Syllabus

IT103Spring2011Syllabus - The Department of Applied...

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Page 1 of 8 The Department of Applied Information Technology The Volgenau School of Information Technology & Engineering George Mason University 4400 University Drive Fairfax. VA 22030-4444 IT 103: Introduction to Computing Course Syllabus Course Description 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. Prerequisites 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 and tasks. 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.
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IT 103 Spring 2011 Syllabus Copyright © 2011 Kamaljeet Sanghera. All rights reserved. Page 2 of 8 3. Students will understand many of the key ethical, legal and social issues related to information technology and how to interpret and comply with ethical principles, laws, regulations, and institutional policies. 4. Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate, create, and collaborate effectively using state-of-the-art information technologies in multiple modalities. 5. Students will understand the essential issues related to information security, how to take precautions and use techniques and tools to defend against computer crimes. The General Education mission statement is in the University Catalog (p. 9) and on the web at
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