IT103 Syllabus

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        The Department of Applied Information Technology Engineering         George Mason University         4400 University Drive         Fairfax. VA  22030-4444                    IT 103: Introduction to Computing              Course Syllabus Professor:   James Moody Phone:  Email:  jmoody@gmu.edu Office Hours:  Wednesdays between 9AM and 10:30AM BY  APPOINTMENT Office Location: The Engineering Building, room 5353 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. Page 1 of 10
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IT 103 Fall 2009 Syllabus General Education Course This course is part of the University General Education Program. The General Education  mission statement is in the University Catalog (p. 9) and on the web at  http://www.gmu.edu/departments/provost/gened/ IT 103 is designed to help students understand cutting-edge technology trends, effective  use of technology, and the impact of computer-oriented society in their lives.  Credit by Examination   Students who think they already know the material in IT 103 should read the information on  Credit by Examination posted on  http://ait.gmu.edu/student/it103/it103_testout  web site. Objectives After successful completion of the course, the students will be able to – Understand basic functions of computer hardware and software components  including operating system functions Identity various networks (LAN, WAN, intranet), topologies (ring, bus, star), protocols  coaxial cable, fiber optics, microwave, radio frequency, infra-red), and network  hardware (router, hub, gateway)  Know how to use search techniques (inclusion, exclusion, wildcards, phrase,  Boolean search), evaluate the information found on Web pages (chat rooms,  newsgroups, RSS, podcasting sites, Wikipedia, blogs), and cite electronic and 
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