Today, understanding the fundamentals of information technology (IT) is necessary. This course deals with information technology issues such as software, hardware, tele-communications, the Internet and personal productivity. The course will bring you up to speed on the different facets of information technology and will prepare you not only for courses to come but also for today’s industry expectations.
This course is designed to provide you with the opportunity to deal with information technology from different perspectives and focuses on practice rather than theory. To that effect, you are required to be an active participant by participating in a number of interactive activities. From a pedagogical perspective, the design of the course is based on cognitivism and inquiry. Cognitivism focuses on the use and development of cognitive skills (as they relate to IT in this case) while ‘inquiry’ is derived from learning by exploration. Additionally, web-based support activities are provided by means of a series of virtual tutorials. The format provides an opportunity to further develop self-directed learning, encompassing 40 hours of hands-on experience in a virtual laboratory.