COM 1506 Introduction To Information Technology

This is an introductory level course consisting of both basic theory and practice relating to Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).  This course emphasis on ICT principles, use of ICT and role of ICT in knowledge economy. The module includes: Introduction, Computer hardware and software, Computer network and Internet, Information systems, E-business and, social and ethical issues in information systems.

  • Identify different types of computers and information technologies used in both personal life and businesses.
  • Identify different software applications and hardware components used in a computer system.
  • Understand about different computer networks, personal technologies, and equipments used today.
  • Understand about different types of databases used and their importance to today’s organizations.
  • Understand about various security and other issues faced by organizations.
  • Understand the process of developing information systems.

Upon completion of this course, the students will be able to:

  • Understanding the role of ICT in knowledge economy
  • Understand the key concepts of ICT
  • Understand the role of computer hardware and software component of a computer system
  • Understand the basic of computer networks and internet services
  • Understand the basic types of information systems and their role of organization
  • Understand the key participant and processes of system development
  • Analyze the information need of an organization and information systems
  • Understand the principles of e-business
  • Understand the social and ethical issues in ICT.

1. Introduction to Information Technology: Your Digital World
1.1 The practical user
1.2 Information technology & your life
1.3 Information technology is all pervasive
1.4 The varieties of computers
1.5 Understanding your computer: How computers work?
1.6 Where is information technology headed?

2. The Internet and the World Wide Web: Exploring Cyberspace
2.1 Connecting to the Internet
2.2 How does the Internet work?
2.3 The World Wide Web
2.4 Email and other ways of communicating over the net
2.5 The online Gold Mine
2.6 The intrusive Internet

3. Software: Tools for Productivity and Creativity
3.1 System software
3.2 The operating system
3.3 Other system software
3.4 Common features of the user interface
3.5 Common operating systems
3.6 Application software
3.7 Word processing software
3.8 Spreadsheet programs
3.9 Database software
3.10 Specialty application software
3.11 Filenames, extensions and data compression

4. Hardware: The CPU and Storage: How to Choose a Multimedia Computer System
4.1 Microchips, Miniaturization, and Mobility
4.2 The System Unit
4.3 Secondary storage
4.4 Future developments in processing & storage
5. Hardware: Input & Output: Taking Charge of Computing and Communications
5.1 Input & output
5.2 Input hardware
5.3 Output hardware
5.4 Input and output technology and quality of life
5.5 The future of input and output

6. Communications, Networks, and Safeguards: The Wired and Wireless World
6.1 From the analog to the digital age
6.2 Networks
6.3 Wired communications media
6.4 Wireless communications media
6.5 Cyber threats, hackers, and safeguards

7. Personal Technology: The Future is You
7.1 Convergence, portability, & personalization
7.2 Portable media players
7.3 High-tech radio
7.4 Digital cameras
7.5 Digital television
7.6 E-book readers
7.7 Tablet PCs
7.8 Smart phones
7.9 Videogame systems

8. Databases are in Your Life: Digital Engines for Today’s Economy
8.1 Managing files: Basic concepts: How data is organized
8.2 Database management systems
8.3 Database models
8.4 Data mining
8.5 Databases & the digital economy
8.6 Information systems in organizations
8.7 Databases: Concerns about Privacy and identity theft

9. The Challenges of the Digital Age: Society and Information Technology Today
9.1 Truth issues
9.2 Security issues
9.3 Security safeguards
9.4 Quality-of-life issues
9.5 Economic and political issues

10. Building Systems and Applications: Software Development, Programming and Languages
10.1 Systems development and the life cycle of a software project
10.2 Programming
10.3 Five generations of programming languages
10.4 Programming languages
10.5 Markup and scripting languages

Lectures, seminars, course manuals, workshops, assignments, self study.

  1. LaudenK. C., and Lauden J. P. (2012) Management Information Systemsgfmt, 12th edition, Managing the Digital Firm, Prentice Hall of India (Pvt) Ltd.
  2. O’Brien J. A. and Marakas, G. (2012). Introduction to Information Systems, 16th McGraw Hill Companies, Inc.