Introduction to Information Technology

Course Description: 

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 is offered as an Elective.

Course Information

Explain and summarize the history and development of information technologies, including computing hardware, software, and Internet-based technologies.

Bloom’s level 5

Compare and analyze the fundamental structures of computer networks and the Internet.

Bloom’s level 5

Compare functions of and create projects based on current information applications, including productivity, data management, visualization, and website development.

Bloom’s level 6

Design and implement information solutions with basic computer coding.

Bloom’s level 6

Analyze and evaluate security, privacy, policy, and other social issues inherent in information technology development and use.

Bloom’s level 5

Summarize and compare emerging information technologies and their impacts on users, society, and organizations.

Bloom’s level 5

Evaluate and create information technology solutions through systems design and programming.

Bloom’s level 6

Course Outline

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How Our Syllabus Stacks Up (Syllabus Equivalency)

Syllabi for equivalent courses from four other institutions were reviewed. The following table represents the coverage of rigor in terms of number of assessments and content in a TEL course as it relates to other similar courses.

4 Year Regional Public College
4 Year Private Research University #1
4 Year Private Research University #2
2 Year Public College
 Lesson   Quizzes
56 N/A Variable N/A N/A
1- Final Project
12 6 10 9
 Module   Quizzes
13 N/A N/A 10 6
1 Midterm Exam
1 Final Exam
1 Midterm Exam
1 Final Exam
2 Midterm Exams
1 Final Exam
2 Midterm Exams
1 Final Exam
1 Midterm Exam
1 Final Exam
 Lesson Practice
21 N/A N/A N/A N/A
The final project takes the information learned from assignments to create a program. N/A N/A N/A N/A

Lesson Features

Each of our lessons is designed as self-contained learning environment that provides all the context, explanation, and resources you need to learn about a specific topic. We give you the information you need in a format that helps you apply it in your daily life.


Knowing why a topic matters and how it applies to your experience is an important part of learning anything. That’s why we make sure you have the proper context for the information we give you.

Video Overview

Every TEL Library lesson features a video overview of the information being presented. Our videos provide helpful text callouts and a downloadable transcript.


We provide two different readings that elaborate information related to the lesson topic. The first gives you essential, objective information while the second offers a deeper look at a specific sub-topic or a view of different perspectives.

Check Your Knowledge

Developing a clear understanding of a topic generally requires that you spend time reflecting on the meaning or impact of its concepts and information. We facilitate this reflection with polls designed to help you create connections to the topic.



It’s easy to get tripped up on unfamiliar terms when you’re trying to learn something new. We’ve developed in-line glossary definitions of key terms to help make lessons easier to read and understand.

Toolbox Resources

We know that our lessons are simply a starting point for many learners. That’s why we provide a toolbox with related web resources for each lesson so that you can continue your learning journey on a specific topic.

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