Introduction to Information Technology

Please review the technical requirements and course outcomes below before purchasing.

$200.00

This course provides an introduction to information technology and computing systems. It covers both the history and theory of information systems as well as the practical application of technologies. The student will be introduced to computer software, hardware, and networking technologies, as well as information security, privacy, and social issues inherent in information technologies. The practical applications of productivity software, data management, HTML, and CSS are covered, as well as an introduction to computer coding through Scratch and Java. Future trends in information technology are addressed through topics including data mining, visualization, natural language processing, artificial intelligence, and Blockchain. This course includes a final experiential project which is developed through the 5 Mastery Assignments.

* This course is offered as an Elective.

Additional information

Credit Hours

3

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What can you expect to do after successfully completing this course?

 

  • Explain and summarize the history and development of information technologies, including computing hardware, software, and Internet-based technologies.
  • Compare and analyze the fundamental structures of computer networks and the Internet.
  • Compare functions of and create projects based on current information applications, including productivity, data management, visualization, and website development.
  • Design and implement information solutions with basic computer coding.
  • Analyze and evaluate security, privacy, policy, and other social issues inherent in information technology development and use.
  • Summarize and compare emerging information technologies and their impacts on users, society, and organizations.
  • Evaluate and create information technology solutions through systems design and programming.

How much work will it be?


Each TEL course includes 135-160 contact hours. The bulk of that will be reading the material, watching the instructional videos, and taking the Check Your Knowledge Participation Quizzes. Expect to spend at least 20 hours on the larger mastery assignments and the remainder studying for and taking your midterm and final exams. You have a full calendar year from registration to complete the course. 

What support will you receive?


Even though the course is asyncronous so you can work through the course on your schedule, TEL's experienced instructors are active participants in your learning. They will hold regular office hours and make themselves available for any questions on the material. TEL also has Student Coaches who will check in on your progress, organize study groups, and help you set goals so you can be successful in your course. 

Age and Identification Requirements


Students must be at least 13 years old to take a course through TEL. To be eligible for transferable college credit for this course, TEL must be able to verify your identiy through a government-issued photo ID. You will need an ID to complete the proctored mid-term and final examinations, as well as to appy for a transcript. You can begin your studies in this course while obtaining the appropriate identification but you must have the government-issued photo ID prior to scheduling the mid-term exam.

Learn more about our exam proctoring in the FAQs.

Technological Requirements

 

This course is delivered fully online and you will be required to have access to a computer, laptop, or web-capable mobile device – along with consistent access to the internet – to access course material and complete assignments.

Review the information relvant to your operating system to ensure your device meets the minimum requirements necessary to complete a course for credit.  

PC

Hardware

  • Intel Core 2 Duo (or AMD 64×2 Dual-Core) processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 80 GB hard drive
  • 1024×768 resolution monitor
  • Soundcard with microphone and speakers
  • Built-in or external webcam
  • Broadband internet connection with speeds of  at least 2 Mbps download and 2 Mbps upload. Hot spots are not recommended. Test internet speed at: http://www.speedtest.net
  • Browser with pop-up blocker disabled

Software

  • Windows 7 or above
Mac

Hardware

  • Intel Core 2 Duo (or AMD 64×2 Dual-Core) processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 80 GB hard drive
  • 1024×768 resolution monitor
  • Soundcard with microphone and speakers
  • Built-in or external webcam
  • Broadband internet connection with speeds of  at least 2 Mbps download and 2 Mbps upload. Hot spots are not recommended. Test internet speed at: http://www.speedtest.net
  • Browser with pop-up blocker disabled

Software

  • Mac OS 10.6 “Snow Leopard” or above
Tablet or Smartphone

NOTICE:  Though you can view and interact with all of the available course content on a tablet or smartphone, you MUST USE A DESKTOP OR LAPTOP computer to complete the proctored midterm and final examinations.

Hardware

  • 2 GHz process or faster
  • 1 GB RAM or greater
  • 80 GB hard drive
  • Microphone and speakers
  • Wireless internet connection

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