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Introduction to Information Technology

Introduction to Information Technology

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. Full Description

3 semester credits

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Category: Math and Science

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Description

Introduction to Information Technology

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 & Grading

This is a pass/fail course. You must complete 12 Challenge assessments (these are like quizzes) and 4 Milestone assessments (these are like tests) with an overall score of 70% or better.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, you'll be able to:

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

Sophia's Many Ways™
This course provides you access to Sophia's Many Ways™ learning model. This model provides you with various instructional styles for each learning objective. With this unique model, you can find a method that appeals to your individual learning preference.

Reviews

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1375 Student Reviews
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by Vincent H. on September 20, 2020
Very helpful! Learned a lot and enjoyed the comfort to do at your own pace! Thanks
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by Autumn N. on September 20, 2020
took a bit more focus than i anticipated but wasnt overwhelming, finished in about 5 hours.
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by Lubna S. on September 20, 2020
great class
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by Beauregard B. on September 19, 2020
Much of the first half of the course was very easy and I would have liked if the whole course went into more depth. But I was able to easily complete it and make up some time on my degree plan. Much of it was interesting.
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by Christopher S. on September 19, 2020
Great course.
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by Tee Jay H. on September 19, 2020
As someone who has worked in the computer industry for 20 years a lot of this information in this course is either outdated or wrong.
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by Kristopher G. on September 19, 2020
Excellent into course to it
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by Edward F. on September 19, 2020
Great for an intro class. Easy class, just pay attention to the milestone questions.

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    Any work you complete in the Free Trial is saved, so if you decide to register, you do not need to repeat it. Of course, we also let you reset it and start over if you wish.

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