Information Technology Fundamentals

Information Technology Fundamentals provides students with an introduction to IT-based concepts, including application development, networking, data, architecture, etc. Furthermore, the course serves as an entryway for students seeking to complete the IT Management Certificate Program. But please note that students need not commit to the entire program and can enroll in this or any other course in the program as a ‘one-off’ experience. As students will most likely be coming from disparate backgrounds, the course provides a means to level-set student experiences and to establish a foundation for the remaining courses.

Topics covered in the course include:

  • An Introduction to Information Systems / The Internet
  • Information Systems in Organizations
  • Hardware: Input, Processing, and Output Devices
  • Software: Systems and Application Software
  • Database Systems: Data Centers, and Business Intelligence
  • Telecommunications and Networks
  • Systems Development
  • Information Systems in Business and Society

After completing this course, students should:

  • Understand the nature of information technology
  • Display basic knowledge of IT components
  • Be able to identify the key elements of IT
  • Have the capacity to clearly articulate the various aspects of information technology
  • Be prepared to absorb and apply those IT management principles explored in the subsequent ITMCP courses.

Information Technology Fundamentals consists of eight (8) modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and assignments. Module titles are listed below.

  • Module 1: An Introduction to Information Systems / The Internet
  • Module 2: Information Systems in Organizations
  • Module 3: Hardware: Input, Processing, and Output Devices
  • Module 4: Software: Systems and Application Software
  • Module 5: Database Systems: Data Centers and Business Intelligence
  • Module 6: Telecommunications and Networks
  • Module 7: Systems Development
  • Module 8: Information Systems in Business and Society

Formal work in the course requires students to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, take a proctored midterm examination, and complete a final project. As for the discussion forums, one topic is assigned each week, requiring substantive analysis, research, and reflection from personal experience and integrating concepts learned from the course text and other sources researched.