Introduction to Information Technology: Certificate Course

Welcome to Introduction to Information Technology

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 application 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 contains 13 modules, each with multiple lessons that support varied approaches to help a student learn and engage with the topic, including readings, video, and a knowledge-check quiz.

To earn a Certificate of Completion for this course, you must complete all of the content in the course lessons, as well as earn a passing grade of at least 80% on each of the 13 module quizzes.

Before you start the course

  • Review the Course Learning Outcomes, located in the the tab above
  • Download and review the Course Requirements Document, located in the Documents tab above.
  • Review the Technology Requirements, located in the Technology tab above.

To complete this course and receive a Certificate of Completion

  • Study all of the lessons within each module and complete the Check Your Knowledge activity at the bottom of each Lesson to receive participation credit.
  • Complete each module quiz with at minimum grade of 80%.

Ready to learn more about Introduction to Information Technology?

To enroll in this course, click “Take this Course” below, or click on the Modules below to get started.

This course focuses on the following learning outcomes. By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • 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.

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 below to ensure your system meets the minimum requirements necessary to complete a course.  

PC Requirements

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
  • Browser with pop-up blocker disabled

Software

  • Windows 7 or above

Macintosh Requirements

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
  • Browser with pop-up blocker disabled

Software

  • Mac OS 10.6 “Snow Leopard” or above

Tablet or Smartphone

Hardware

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

Course Content

Modules Status
1

Module 1: Introduction to Computer Systems

2

Module 2: Computer Hardware

3

Module 3: Computer Software

4

Module 4: Data and Databases

5

Module 5: Information and Information Systems

6

Module 6: Computer Networks and the Internet

7

Module 7: Productivity Software

8

Module 8: Creating a Website

9

Module 9: Applied Data Management

10

Module 10: Introduction to Computer Programming

11

Module 11: Programming: Scratch

12

Module 12: Programming: JavaScript

13

Module 13: Emerging Information Technologies