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Introduction to Information Technology

Introduction to Information Technology

Sophia's Introduction to Information Technology course provides you with an overview of information systems including hardware and software components, networking, database management, and issues related to privacy, security and ethics. You will learn how computers represent, store, and process information and how businesses and organizations use technology and information systems to make decisions. Full Description

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  • 3 semester credits at University of Phoenix
  • University of Phoenix Equivalency: Science/Technology General Education category

Category: Math and Science

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Description

Introduction to Information Technology

Course Description
Sophia's Introduction to Information Technology course provides you with an overview of information systems, including hardware and software components, networking, database management, and issues related to privacy, security, and ethics. You will learn how computers represent, store, and process information and how businesses and organizations use technology and information systems to make decisions.

Assessments & Grading

This is a pass/fail course. You must complete 12 Challenge assessments (these are like quizzes) and 4 Milestone assessments (these are like tests) with an overall score of 70% or better.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, you'll be able to:

  • Identify major internal and external computer hardware
  • Differentiate between type of software, including sub-classifications of application software
  • Describe the purpose and function of operating systems, including commercial, open-source,
    and mobile operating systems
  • Identify characteristics of a database, and differentiate common database types, including flat
    file and relational databases
  • Compare and contrast various network types, including Internet, Intranet, WAN and LAN
  • Apply appropriate HTML tags to represent data (text, hyperlink, image, etc.) in website
    development
  • Identify activities and tools used by IT professionals to maintain and evolve secure
    information systems
  • Identify the main phases of a software development cycle and various software development
    methodologies

Sophia's Many Ways™
This course provides you access to Sophia's Many Ways™ learning model. This model provides you with various instructional styles for each learning objective. With this unique model, you can find a method that appeals to your individual learning preference.

Reviews

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456 Student Reviews
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by Curiea A. on May 25, 2020
The final milestone was harder than expected. Overall course was very well organized and easy to learn.
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by Charisse L. on May 25, 2020
Good, informational course that covers the basics of IT.
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by Jessica M. on May 25, 2020
Great class, very informative but not overly drawn out. I highly recommend this class. A lot of this class is common knowledge, so you can breeze through that part and focus on the technical information.
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by PAUL D. on May 24, 2020
very good!!!
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by Julie L. on May 24, 2020
The course was very well presented. The terminology was easy to understand. Especially for those of us who are not "techies". The charts, images and descriptions were very helpful. The course did get much more difficult at the end. It took me 2 full days to complete. It was worth it. I highly recommend this class.
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by Hunter T. on May 24, 2020
Great Course
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by Ginger T. on May 24, 2020
Amazing learning experience!!!
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by Carrie P. on May 24, 2020
Lots of good information, can be done quickly. May need to update content, at least 5 years old.

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    Any work you complete in the Free Trial is saved, so if you decide to register, you do not need to repeat it. Of course, we also let you reset it and start over if you wish.

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  • Q: How am I graded in the course?

    A: Sophia courses are graded on a pass/fail basis, with 70% overall required to pass the course. Your score is based upon points earned in the formative assessments ("Challenges"), summative assessments ("Milestones"), and if applicable, the authentic assessments ("Touchstones"). Currently, our Foundations of English Composition, English Composition I, and Public Speaking courses contain Touchstones.

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    A: We provide our faculty graders with up to 7 business days to grade a Touchstone. The actual time may vary based on volume and grader capacity.