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Principles of Information Technology 1a: Introduction

Develop your students’ understanding and proficiency of computers! Students will learn about computer hardware, Von Neumann architecture, peripherals, and maintenance as well as data management and storage options. Learners will trace the history of operating systems and application software while also exploring network systems, administration, and troubleshooting. Finally, students will dive into word processing, spreadsheets, and databases to cement their knowledge of information technology!

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Unit 1: The Basics: Understanding Computer Hardware

We interact with dozens of computers every day, whether we realize it or not. From smartphones to ovens to grocery store kiosks, computers are all around us. Their purpose is to process information in a meaningful way, and it takes quite a lot of hardware to get the job done! We will explore the basics of computer hardware, peripherals, maintenance, and troubleshooting. At the end, get ready to apply your knowledge to a common hardware problem and solve it!

Unit 2: Data and Storage

Data is not just a technical computing term anymore. Data affects almost everyone in one way or another. From the phones we use to the groceries we buy, data is being generated at unprecedented levels. All of that data needs to have a home, which is where secondary storage comes in. Get ready to learn about hot topics involving data, storage devices, and how it affects you!

Unit 3: Systems and Software 101

If hardware is the body of the computer, then software is its mind. Software does the thinking for the computer in a variety of ways. It allows users to interact with the hardware and provides tools for maintaining it. Application software enables users to be productive as well as entertain themselves. The future of software development is exciting and futuristic, just brimming with cool opportunities for new programmers. Software is a broad topic, so get ready to learn!

Unit 4: Networking Fundamentals

The networking world is fast-paced and innovative. The internet can seem mysterious, but behind it are wires, cables, and satellites that carry data to and from computers. Different kinds of network hardware and software are used to enable this communication, and certain rules must be followed. Get ready to dive into the exciting world of the internet and learn just how simple yet complex it can be.

Unit 5: Word Processing

The business and academic worlds make heavy use of word processing software. About 1.2 billion people worldwide use Microsoft Word, making it the most popular word processing software. Not only does Word provide basic functionality for creating and editing documents, it also provides features such as mail merge, macros, and special templates. Get ready to learn the ins and outs of Word and how you can use it to enhance your writing!

Unit 6: Spreadsheets and Databases

All of the data being generated daily in the world needs a place to live. Enter spreadsheets and databases. These kinds of software can help organize, retrieve, manipulate, backup, and export data in various ways. From the simplest spreadsheet to the most complex database, data storage technology is vital to the proper functioning of many societies. So get ready to learn what spreadsheets and databases are capable of by following along in Microsoft Excel and Access.

Unit 7: The World of IT Apps

From business communication applications to accounting software to educational learning management systems to personal smartphone apps, the word of IT apps seemingly knows no bounds! We will discover the uses of various applications, extend our file management skills, explore the browser, improve our online search strategies, and learn where to find tech help if we need it.

Unit 8: The World of IT Careers

With a projected 22 percent growth in IT jobs by 2020, it’s no secret that the tech industry is booming. Whether it’s energy, education, finance, or marketing, most industries need IT professionals to develop software, provide technical support, manage projects, design websites, and manage networks. Companies are on the lookout for employees who not only have solid tech skills but who are also dependable, hard-working, and trustworthy. Get ready to learn about your opportunities to develop these skills, and you’ll soon be on your way to an exciting career!

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