IT 1130 – Introduction to Information Technology

Course Description

A 3 credit course that provides students with an introduction to IT as an academic discipline and the structure of the BS IT degree at Georgia Southern.  It also provides students with an introduction to the range of applications of Information Technology, partly through an introduction to the second disciplines available to them.  Finally, it introduces students to some of the techniques that they will need for later courses, in particular object-oriented design and databases and SQL. This course is part of the IT core  required for all IT majors.

Prerequisites

The course presumes a thorough familiarity with the basic productivity tools.

Course Outcomes

On completion of the course, students will be able to

  1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the field of IT, including the ability:
    1. Define the term “Information Technology”;
    2. Explain the specializations within the BS IT degree;
    3. Recognize the disciplines that have contributed to the emergence of IT, namely Computer Science, Information Systems, and Computer Engineering;
    4. Understand the difference between CS, IS, and IT.
    5. Identify areas in which IT has significantly impacted individuals, organizations and/or societies, including ethical, legal and policy issues.
    6. Describe the attributes of an IT professional.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of basic information technology software applications, including the ability to:
    1. Using a given specification, create a simple database;
    2. Use SQL for simple queries using the Access database management system;

Rationale for Inclusion

This course is required for IT majors and provides for most of them a first introduction to IT as an academic discipline.  The course contributes to the following program outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate expertise in the core information technologies;
  2. Demonstrate sufficient understanding of an application domain to be able to develop IT applications suitable for that application domain;
  3. Communicate effectively and efficiently with clients, user and peers, both orally and in writing;
  4. Demonstrate independent critical thinking and problem solving skills;
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of technology on individuals, organizations and society, including ethical, legal and policy issues;
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the need for continued learning throughout their career.
Department of Information Technology • P.O. Box 8150 • Statesboro, Georgia 30460 • (912) 478-4848