ITFN 1101 - Foundations of Information Technology

(Fall 2018: CRN 80402)

Printable Course Syllabus

Byron Jeff

Phone: 678-466-4411
Office: UC 324
Office hours:
    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.

Course Objectives:

The student should be able to demonstrate general basic IT knowledge and skills that are related to the following:
  1. 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.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of information technology on individuals, organizations, and society.
  3. Describe the major components of information technology applications: Hardware, computer networks, software, data, processes, and people.
  4. Describe the different components of a computer network.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of different types of networks.
  6. Define "Software Engineering".
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of algorithms in the development of IT applications.
  8. Create object-oriented designs for simple applications.
  9. Discuss the role of databases in IT applications.

Program Outcomes:

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 outcomes:

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)

Meeting Times

Day of weekTimesCRNLocation
OnlineOnline 80402Online

Class Email: (80402 Online class)


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 course!*

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:

AssignmentPortion of Grade
Final 15%
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.


Academic Misconduct

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 handbook.

So it is permissible to 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 without assistance.

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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Hardship Withdrawal

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:

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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Disability Services

Students with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations need to register with Disability Services (DS) in order to obtain their accommodations. You can contact them at 678-466-5445 or E-mail at .