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Course description

Sophia's Introduction to Information Technology course provides you with an overview of information systems including hardware and software components, networking, database management, and issues related to privacy, security and ethics. You will learn how computers represent, store, and process information and how businesses and organizations use technology and information systems to make decisions.

Assessments and grading

This is a pass/fail course. You must complete 12 Challenges (formative assessments) and 5 Milestones (summative assessments) with an overall score of 70% or better.

Learning outcomes

<p>At the end of the course, you'll be able to:</p> <ul><li>Identify major internal and external computer hardware</li><li>Differentiate between type of software, including sub-classifications of application software</li><li>Describe the purpose and function of operating systems, including commercial, open-source, and mobile operating systems</li><li>Identify characteristics of a database, and differentiate common database types, including flat file and relational databases</li><li>Compare and contrast various network types, including Internet, Intranet, WAN and LAN</li><li>Apply appropriate HTML tags to represent data (text, hyperlink, image, etc.) in website development<br></li><li>Identify activities and tools used by IT professionals to maintain and evolve secure information systems</li><li>Identify the main phases of a software development cycle and various software development methodologies</li></ul>

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