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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>Define the basic functions and types of computers.</li><li>Identify major computer hardware and differentiate roles between hardware and software.</li><li>Apply numbering systems to data representation and compare different data representation models.</li><li>Describe the role and functions of operating systems including Microsoft Windows and demonstrate how to troubleshoot common problems in an operating system.</li><li>Recognize various types of productivity applications and their formats.</li><li>Determine characteristics of a database, and differentiate common database types, including flat file and relational databases.</li><li>Describe common network components, including hardware and software.</li><li>Identify functions and common concerns for internet usage and apply basic website development knowledge using HTML.</li><li>Recognize legal ownership rights regarding digital content and apply a professional code of ethics in the field of computing.</li><li>Identify activities and tools used by IT professionals to maintain and evolve secure information systems</li><li>Determine the main phases of a software. development cycle and various software development methodologies.</li><li>Describe current occupational roles and the future outlook for the field of computing including technologies and recent advancements.</li></ul>

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