Introduction to Information Technology

In this course, we introduce students to the knowledge base and technical skills that will help them to successfully compete for jobs within the Information Technology Career Cluster. Lessons are structured so that students learn and then demonstrate not only critical assessment and analytic skills, but also interpersonal skills that are valued so highly among IT employers.

We explore a range of career tracks that include network engineers, application/programming developers, and systems analysts. These career paths are described in depth, discussing typical job responsibilities, educational and licensure requirements, working conditions, and job outlooks.

Our lessons help students place the evolution of technology and job opportunities in context so that they will understand their important role in furthering its development. We believe that the most successful IT professionals combine technical know-how with leadership ability. To this end, students learn that their acquired expertise comes with the responsibility to represent themselves and the companies they work for within the highest legal and ethical standards.

Objectives

  • Identify the basic components and structure of a computer system and its use within a networking/communications environment.
  • Design and implement a basic network while being introduced to multiple types of network systems.
  • Apply both ethical and industry standard security policies to networks.
  • Discuss the history and development and use of the Internet in business and society.
  • Explain the development of human-centered technology interaction.
  • Apply mobile computing technology capabilities to learning and business.
  • Identify the variety of operating systems found on desktops, laptops, and mobile devices.
  • Understand mobile application architecture, deployment, and marketing.
  • Determine best practice application skills for the variety of information technology systems available to implement.
  • Plan, develop, and implement an information system.
  • Maximize use of the Internet within the home and business.
  • Identify the structure of wireless communication networks and the mechanisms behind its functionality.
  • Identify and develop protocols for use of the Internet within business.
  • Identify and develop information system libraries and repositories of information.
  • Develop an understanding of the logic behind object-oriented programming.
  • Identify the multiple programming languages for use in mobile/Internet application development.
  • Plan, develop, and implement a mobile/Internet application.

State: National, California, Florida, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Washington
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Information Technology
Course Length: Semester