Course Information

COURSE TITLE: Introduction to Information Technology Concepts

COURSE CODE: INFO 1600

TYPE: Core

LEVEL: 1

SEMESTER: 1

START DATE: SEPT-01-2016

DEPARTMENT and FACULTY: DCIT/FST

CREDITS: 3

PRE-REQUISITE(S): None

ESTIMATED STUDY HOURS:

2 1-hour lectures, 1 1-hour tutorial, 4 hours per week independent study

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This is a foundation course in Information Technology and introduces students to the discipline of Information Technology. It describes how it relates to other computing disciplines. At the end of the course, students will be able to appreciate what is Information Technology and how it is used by organizations today to improve their efficiency and profitability. The course also provides a general overview of the B.Sc. in Information Technology so that when the course concludes, students will understand how the whole degree fits together in a cohesive manner. Numerous examples are presented throughout the course so that students can get a concrete picture of the role of information technology in organizations.

COURSE RATIONALE:

Information Technology is used to organize and manage businesses today. Students will have the opportunity to explore specialized application domains and develop teamwork and communication skills that would enhance their employability. The goal is to help students understand the diverse contexts in which information technology is used and the challenges inherent in the diffusion of innovative technology.

 

COURSE CONTENT:

  • Information Technology: Basics (2 weeks)
    • Overview of the history of IT
    • Impact of IT on business and society
    • Stages of Data Processing in an organization (input, processing, output)
    • Difference between Data and Information
    • Characteristics of valuable information
    • Information and Management Decision Making
    • Information Systems: classifications and examples
  • Pervasive Themes in IT (2 weeks)
    • User Centeredness
    • Information Assurance and Security
    • IT Systems Model
    • Management and Complexity
    • Organizational Issues
    • Information and Communication Technologies
    • Emerging Computing Environments
  • Technical Foundations of Information Systems (2 weeks)
    • Computers and Information Processing
    • Hardware Components associated with Information Systems
    • Information Systems Software
    • Managing Data Resources
    • Telecommunications and Networks
    • The Internet: Electronic Commerce and Electronic Business
  • IT Ethics, Impact and Security (2 weeks)
    • Ethical Issues
    • Impact of IT on organizations and jobs
    • Impact of IT on individuals at work
    • Impact of IT on society and internet communities
    • Vulnerability of Information Systems and computer crimes
    • Protecting Information Resources
  • IT and its Related and Informing Disciplines (2 weeks)
    • Computer Science
    • Software Engineering
    • Database Systems
    • Computer Architecture
    • Human-Computer Interaction
    • Other disciplines
  • Application Domains (2 weeks)
    • Bio-informatics, Medicine, Business, Law Enforcement, Education, Entertainment, Agriculture, etc.

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Upon the successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Map-out the input processing and output stages for a given business scenario.
  2. Utilize common information technology criteria to identify valuable associated information in a business scenario.
  3. Apply the IT system model to a business scenario
  4. Identify the hardware required to support a particular information system
  5. Describe the types of system software that maybe required in a given scenario.
  6. Analyse common ethical issues that arise in an information system environment
  7. Map common related disciplines to the field of information technology

COURSE ASSESSMENT:

Assessment

Learning Outcomes

Weighting %

Assessment Description

Duration

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

Assignment 1

X

X

20%

Short answer, problems and case studies

Assignment 2

X

X

X

Assignment 3

X

X

X

X

X

X

CW Examination 1

X

X

X

X

30%

Problems & short answer

1.5 hour

Final Examination

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

50%

Problems & short answer

2 hours

TOTAL %

100%

TEACHING STRATEGIES:

This course uses a case-study approach to introduce main concepts. This approach allows students to apply processes, procedures and methods in solving stated problems. The course also relies heavily on student participation to solve given cases through discussions and brain storming.

 

RESOURCES:

Textbooks

Management Information Systems (11th edition). Kenneth C. Laudon and Jane P. Laudon Management Information Systems, Effy Oz. Thomson

COURSE CALENDAR:

Week

Topic

1, 2

Information Technology: Basics

3

Assignment 1

3, 4

Pervasive Themes in IT

5

Examination 1

5, 6

Technical Foundations of Information Systems

7

Assignment 2

7, 8

IT Ethics, Impact and Security

9

Assignment 3

9, 10

IT and Its Related and Informing Disciplines

10

Examination 2

11, 12

Application Domains

13

Revision