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1 Introduction to Information Technology ITP 101x (4 Units) Objective Introduction to computer hardware, operating systems, networks, programming. Survey of application software in business and industry. Computer issues in the work place and society. Concepts Increasing computer literacy through awareness, knowledge, and interaction. Students will learn the fundamentals of computer hardware, software, and networking. In addition, they will learn about current trends related to information technology, such as growth of the Internet, E-commerce, and wireless communication. Students will also gain insight into security and ethical issues related to information exchange. Through the use of lecture, hands-on labs, and perusal of current technology news, students will become aware of the impact of technology on everyday life. Prerequisite None Lecture 3 hrs/week Lab 2 hrs/week Required Textbooks Computers in Your Future - 4th Edition, by Pfaffenberger. Publisher: Prentice Hall. ISBN: ITP 101 Lab Schedule and Projects Optional Textbooks Projects for Word 2000, by Johnson. Publisher: Addison-Wesley. ISBN: Projects for Power Point 2000, by Toliver. Publisher: Addison-Wesley. ISBN: New Perspectives on Excel 2000 (Comprehensive Edition) by Parsons. Publisher: Course Technology. ISBN: New Perspectives on Access 2000 by Adamski. Publisher: Course Technology. ISBN: x New Perspectives on Windows Introductory by Parsons, Oja, and Carey. Publisher: Course Technology. ISBN: Grading The following point-structure will be used in determining the grade for the course. Final grade will be based upon the total points received, the highest total in the class, and the average of the class. Projects 100 Midterm I 100

2 Midterm II 100 Final Exam 100 Total 400 Policies - Make-up policy for exams: In order to make up for a missed exam, the student must provide a satisfactory reason along with proper documentation. Usually make-ups are allowed only under extraordinary circumstances. - Projects: It is YOUR responsibility to turn in your lab projects on, or before, the deadlines as set by the instructor. IT IS NOT THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE LAB TA! - Late Projects: Late submission of projects will lead to loss of points, so please turn in your projects on time! No projects will be accepted after 2 weeks beyond the project s original due date. Everything regarding a project should be settled within 2 weeks of the project s due date. - Though working together is encouraged, the projects must be your own effort. Duplicate projects will all receive zero points and possible referral to the Office for Student Conduct. - All students should read, understand and abide by the University Student Conduct Code

3 Introduction to Information Technology ITP 101x (4 Units) Course Outline Week 1 Introduction to Information Technology: Principles, Practices and Opportunities - Understanding the information age; computer hardware and software; communications networks, functions and benefits of information technology. Week 2 Operating Systems - Understanding operating systems; windows; networking operating systems; Unix; multiprogramming vs. multitasking; resource allocation - Establish account, user name and password - Learn how to connect to the Internet from home/school - Learn how to FTP and the project as an attachment to the class account Week 3 Networks - Network service applications ( , voice mail, video conferencing, bulletin boards, EFT, Electronic Data Interchange, etc.); types of networks; network operating systems (protocol and communications control, network administration); topologies. Week 4 The Internet - History; internet addresses; World Wide Web (browsers, web pages, HTML, linking, URL s, etc.); HTML (text, tags, tables); compatibility issues; internet technologies (video streaming, push technology, VRML, etc..) - Defining purpose, target audience, and concise outline of information for a web site - Survey of Web sites- commercial, educational, entertainment, social and personal. What makes a compelling and effective Web site? - Design your website using a WYSIWYG html editor - Create links, import graphics, tables, lists, backgrounds - Publish the web pages at the USC UNIX web servers Week 5 Internet Research and Word Processing - Understanding the research process; evaluation of information; understanding source hierarchy (reference, primary, secondary); search concepts (boolean, proximity; truncation, wildcards); structure of online catalogs and periodical databases; using WWW search engines as a research tool.

4 - Word Processing (formatting, editing, spell checkers, thesaurus) - Desktop publishing (fonts, leading and kerning) - Locating on-line articles and abstracts of print publications - Using WSRN (Wall Street Research Network) or search engines to locate companies and websites - OLE Embedding of a Chart - OLE Embedding of a portion of a spreadsheet - OLE Embedding of an Organizational Chart - Mail Merge - Use a variety of word processing features such as a header and footer, pagination, clip art, indentation, tables, bulleted lists, word count, spell checker. Week 6 The Central Processor and Multimedia - Understanding the CPU; control unit and ALU; how the CPU executes program instructions; RAM and ROM; memory size; binary data representation; registers; speed and power; inside the system unit (processor and memory chips, ports, add-in boards, plug and play) Week 7 Spreadsheets and Business Graphics - Spreadsheet fundamentals; formulas and functions; problem solving (absolute and relative references, what-if analysis); linking of spreadsheets; business graphics; formatting; importing and exporting data; publishing spreadsheet files on the web; database management; macros. Project 1: - Analyze the feasibility and profitability of a new business - Create financial statements: projected cash flows, an income statement, and a balance sheet. - Use statistical functions. - Write formulas where appropriate - Format the table. Project 2: - Create a spreadsheet that will consider economic conditions in the consideration of two investment projects. - Use relative and absolute references. - Use functions from the following categories (lookup, financial, logical, statistical) - Link two sheets that display the project comparisons with the project costs. - Display the results using a line graph Project 3: - Import data into the spreadsheet from a Relational database - Work with lists - Create a Pivot Table - Create a Pivot Table with Pivot Chart from external data

5 - Create a Macro - Save the Pivot Table in HTML format and work with it interactively on the Internet Week 8 - Midterm Covers material from weeks 1 8 Week 9 Input and Output Devices - Getting data from the user to the computer; outputting information; survey of input and output devices (keyboard, mouse, scanners, digital cameras; monitor, printer); source data automation (optical and magnetic recognition); future trends - voice input. Week 10 Database Management Systems - Objectives of a Database Management System; comparisons between databases and spreadsheets; database terminology; database models; creating and using databases; client-server database systems - Design and create a database. - Create a data input form. Add fields and primary keys - Create several tables and establish relationships between them - Query the database to show certain filtered lists - Generate a report based on the tables Week 11 Storage - Secondary storage; magnetic and optical devices; hard disk; floppy disk; optical disks; how data is stored and retrieved; batch processing and transaction processing Week 12 Multimedia - Basics of digital imagery, sound, and video - Survey of popular editing applications - Examples of interactive web pages and CD-ROMs Project 1 - Learn how to use presentation software to create powerful presentations. - Layouts, design templates, text, pictures, clip art, drawing tools, video, animation effects, and basic interactivity. Project 2 - Learn how to use a scanner, different file formats, resolution, color depth - Manipulate the pictures in a digital image editing application to create a print/web advertisement - Learn basic image editing techniques such as layers, color balancing, photo retouching, masking, airbrushing

6 Week 13 Information Systems - Computer Information Systems (CIS) - Systems analysis and design - Programming and programming languages; programming process; levels of languages; major programming languages; Compilers and interpreters; object-oriented programming - Create a Windows-based application using Visual basic - Learn how to design and program a logon window - Program various objects to execute VB code. - Understand and implement a VB application that connects to a previously designed Access database to edit records Week 14 Security, Privacy, and Ethics - Identification and access; disaster recovery plans; software and data security; privacy legislation; copyright issues; Internet privacy and encryption; censorship; computer crimes. Week 15 The Cutting Edge - Artificial intelligence; robotics; expert systems; virtual reality; online entertainment; natural languages Week 16 - Final Exam

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