Information Technology I

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Course Venue:

Lecture Theatre LLT 1A

CIT Block B
College of Computing and Information Sciences
Course Code: 
BIT 1104
Course Credit Units: 
Semester 1
Year of Study: 
Year 1
Undergraduate or Graduate Level: 
Undergraduate Level
Course Description & Objectives: 

This course is intended to be at the introductory level in a curriculum and to provide foundation skills for subsequent courses. Together with Information Technology II it provides an overview of the discipline of IT, and begins to instill an IT mindset. The goal is to help studentsunderstand the diverse contexts in which IT is used and the challenges inherent in the diffusion of innovative technology. The topicscovered in this course include: User Centeredness and Advocacy; InformationAssurance and Security; IT Systems Model; Management of Complexity (Abstraction, Modeling, best Practices, Patterns, Standards, Use of Appropriate Tools); Adaptability; Professionalism (Life-long Learning, Professional Development, Ethics, Responsibility, Interpersonal Skills, Data versus Information).

Learning Outcomes: 

On completion of this course unit, the students will be able to:• Acquire main guidelines for the future study of IT-related courses• To develop knowledge and understanding of the components of IT systems and theirinterrelationships; the nature of complexity occurring in IT systems; tools and methodsused in IT for managing complexity; the role of the IT professional as the useradvocate; the necessity of life-long learning and continued professional developmentfor an IT professional; the importance of adaptability and interpersonal skills to an ITprofessional; the difference between data and information, and their interrelationship,the importance of data and information in IT; the importance of the mastery ofinformation and communication technologies to an IT professional• Form initial skills of identification of the components of IT systems and theirinterrelationships; managing complexity through relevant tools and methods; choosing20valid techniques and methodologies for analyzing and designing different kind ofinformation technologies; advocacy of users’ interests; interpersonal communication.

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