ITFN 1101 - Foundations of Information Technology
(Fall 2018: CRN 80402)
Office: UC 324
MW 2:00 - 3:15 PM and 6:15 - 7:00 PM , TR 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM, or open door
Note: the syllabus and schedule are subject to change.
Course Description (3-0-3)
Foundations of Information Technology
An introductory course in information technology. Topics include foundations in hardware, software, data, and procedures. Students are introduced to structured programming techniques, systems development, database design and networking. Aspects of appropriate business ethics are discussed. Interpersonal skills and team building emphasized.
The student should be able to demonstrate general basic IT knowledge and skills that are related to the following:
- Define the academic discipline of Information Technology and contrast it
with other computing related academic disciplines, such as Computer
Engineering, Computer Science and Information Systems.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of information technology
on individuals, organizations, and society.
- Describe the major components of information technology applications:
Hardware, computer networks, software, data, processes, and people.
- Describe the different components of a computer network.
- Demonstrate an understanding of different types of networks.
- Define "Software Engineering".
- Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of algorithms in the
development of IT applications.
- Create object-oriented designs for simple applications.
- Discuss the role of databases in IT applications.
The BIT curriculum is built on nine core program outcomes. Successful
completion of this course will contribute to
the following subset of these nine outcomes.
Graduates will demonstrate a Developing level of mastery for the following
- 5) Identify and investigate current and emerging technologies and assess
their applicability to address individual and organizational needs.
- 6) Analyze the impact of technology on individuals, organizations, and
- 8) Communicate effectively and efficiently.
- 9) Recognize the qualities necessary to succeed in a professional
Students are expected to obtain a developing level of mastery of information technology concepts, terminology, and skills. Students will demonstrate an emerging level of knowledge of the basic components of information systems. Students should show potential to perform independently and develop an awareness of the benefits of teaming. Students should exhibit communication, reasoning, critical thinking and problem solving skills.
The University Description for the course details the prerequisite information for the course. Below is a summary.
|Math 1101 or higher (see the DUCK for more info) (with D% or better grade) |
|Day of week||Times||CRN||Location|
Computer Concepts 2018: Comprehensive
June Jamrich Parsons, Cengage 2018
You will have numerous opportunities to practice and demonstrate mastery
of the materials covered in this course. It is up to you to keep
current on all readings and assignments (including in-class
announcements). *If you fall behind, you will most assuredly fail this
Grading will be based upon the following scale:
|A|| >= 90%|
|B|| 80% - 89%|
|C|| 70% - 79%|
|D|| 60% - 69%|
|F|| < 60%|
Assignment weights are as follows:
|Assignment||Portion of Grade
|Two Monthly Tests|| 20% (10% for each of 2 tests given in Sep and Oct)|
|Assignments|| 20% |
|Quizzes|| 20% |
|Project|| 25% |
The final and monthly tests for this class are not comprehensive. They will
only cover material covered since the previous exam.
In addition the grade on the
Partial credit may be given.
Words of Wisdom (TAKE THIS PART SERIOUSLY!)
- Skills Practice is essential for learning success. When learning new
skills that will be assessed on exams, be sure to practice examples in
order to gain the confidence to perform that skill on the exam. Not all
skills practice will be graded work. Nontheless, it is essential to
practice skills for both understanding and mastery.
- Start assignments early. This way, you can ask questions and clarify
things that are confusing. Be sure to take a look at the homework when you receive it and not an hour before it is to be turned in!
- If you cannot keep up with the pace of this class,
please talk with your professor as soon as possible. Please do not simply
drop the class without first discussing your situation.
Any student is found obtaining or granting inappropriate help in this
course on any in-class graded assignment (test, quiz, exam) will
subject to acadmic discipline. The offense will go on permanent record
with the university. If this is not the student's first academic
misconduct offense at CSU, he will be recommended for expulsion from
the university. This is in full accord with CSU's policy, and we
encourage you to read and review the university's policy in your student
So it is
do group work or work with a tutor or other
instructors on outside work in this course that is to be turned in for a grade.
However, remember that the objective is to gain understanding of the
problem solving process and apply that understanding.
Note that the majority of the course grade is done via
an in-class assessment, which each student must do on their own work
Academic discipline can range from a zero for the in-class assessment in question to
expulusion from the University depending on the circumstances.
All alleged instances of acadmic misconduct will be referred to the Office
of Student Affairs.
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professional staff tutoring in over 100 core subjects. We are located
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Students who experience an unexpected event or circumstance beyond
their control that directly interferes with their ability to continue
to make satisfactory progress in classes, such as serious illnesses or
unexpected major life events, may petition the Dean of their major for
a hardship withdrawal from all classes. In order to be considered for a
hardship withdrawal, the student must have been passing all courses at
the time that the emergency or other hardship arose and notify his or
her instructors or other University officials about the hardship
situation as soon as possible after it arose (per University and BOR
policy, passing is defined as a grade of D or above). Hardship
requests that are not filed in a timely manner are subject to denial
even if the student was passing and the hardship was legitimate.
Students who attend any classes through the end of a term and complete
all course requirements (i.e. final project or exam) are not eligible
for hardship withdrawal. If you have taken a final exam in any of your
courses, you may not request a hardship withdrawal. For more
information go to:
ITP Choice Information
Beginning Fall Semester 2001, all students at CCSU are required to state
that they have on-demand access to a notebook computer that meets the
recommended hardware/software specifications that have been established
by Clayton State faculty. Academic penalties may be incurred for not
meeting this requirement. See
for more information.
Computer Skill Prerequisites
Students in this course must have the following prerequisite skills:
- Able to use Windows operating system
- Able to use Microsoft Word word processing system
- Able to send and receive email using Outlook. Your instructor will
respond only to emails that originate from your Clayton State student
email. Use only your Clayton State to communicate information to your
instructor. D2L E-mail may have a slower response time than CSU E-mail
- Able to attach and receive attached files via email
- Able to use a Web browser
Disruption of the Learning Environment
Behavior which disrupts the teaching-learning process during class activities will not be tolerated. While a variety of behaviors can be disruptive in a classroom setting, more serious examples include belligerent, abusive, profane, and/or threatening behavior toward the instructor and/or other students in the class. A student who fails to respond to reasonable faculty direction regarding classroom behavior and/or behavior while participating in classroom activities may be dismissed from the class. A student who is dismissed from the class is entitled to due process and will be afforded such rights as soon as possible following dismissal, in collaboration with the Office of Community Standards. If found in violation, a student may be administratively withdrawn and may receive a grade of WF.
More detailed examples of disruptive behavior are provided in the Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures sections of the Clayton State University Academic Catalog and Student Handbook.
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Students with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations need to
register with Disability Services (DS) in order to obtain their
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