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Introduction to Information Technology: Course outline (IT-301)

Course description

This course will provide hands on experience to students in the use of computers as a productivity and learning tool. Proficiency shall be developed in the use of computer hardware and Microsoft's latest Windows and Office packages so that students use computers effectively and easily. Students will also be taught to use the Internet and its extensive tool set as an effective information resource and a global connectivity mechanism.

Learning outcome

  1. Understand the main components of computer architecture, and their work.
  2. Know the importance of Information technology nowadays and in which way they can use IT in their specialties and in everyday life
  3. Understanding the basic system information. Windows Environment, Desktop, The minimize, maximize and restore, close , Switching between applications…
  4. Understanding Microsoft office, Word , Excel, Power point.
  5. Understanding how to use Internet and the advantages and disadvantages of using internet.
  6. Work on case studies to show how to use Microsoft office for writing or present documents in an intelligent way.
  7. Knowledge in computer skills, and using the help for enhancing their Knowledge.
  8. Use the computer, and have the ability to improve their skills.
  9. Work with groups to discuss how computers are used today.

Course content

Week 07


  • Types of storage devices
  • Magnetic storage devices
  • How  data is stored  on a disk
  • How data is organized on a disk
  • Optical storage devices

Recordable optical technologies.

Week 08,09


  • Introduction to Word Processing,

Print preview and print, insert page, page break, date and time, spelling and grammar, mail merge, tables, insert/delete column and row

Week 10,11


  • Introduction to spreadsheets
  • inserting data in a worksheet, save and exit file, open and close, cut copy and paste the data, formatting, cell, column, bold, italic, underline, font and font size, borders.

Formula writing, print preview and print, insert: cell, row, column, pictures, fill and filter data, generating charts, spell checker, find and replace.

Week 12


  • Creating a basic presentation, building presentation, modifying visual elements, formatting and checking text, inserting objects, applying transitions. Preparing handouts and slides for display.

Week 13


Introduction to database, designing database files, commands in database, working with file, brows and edit, sort, indexing and filter printing and reporting, set command and functions, data importing and exporting, link with the files.

Text book

Reference book

Course content

Week 01,02

INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS                                                                                            

  • Brief history of computers
  • Types of computers
  • Why are computers so important
  • Looking inside the machine
  • Software brings the machine of life
  • The shapes of computers today

Week 03,04


  • Transforming data into information
  • How computers represent data
  • Bits and Bytes
  • Text Codes
  • Number Systems
  • Binary, octal, decimal and hexadecimal number systems
  • Inter-conversations between various number systems
  • How a computer processesdata
  • The CPU
  • Memory
  • Factors affecting processing speed
  • Parallel processing

Week 05


  • Input and output devices
  • Connecting Input/Output devices to the computer
  • Serial and parallel ports
  • Storing information in a Computer
  • Magnetic Storage Devices
  • Diskette drivers
  • How data is organized on a disk
  • Hard disks
  • Tap drivers
  • Optical storage devices


Week 06


  • What is an operating system
  • The user interface
  • Parts of interface
  • Becoming familiar with the interface
  • The command line interface
  • Running programs
  • Sharing information
  • Multitasking
  • Managing files
  • Magnetic Hardware
  • Processing interrupts
  • Drivers
  • Networking
  • Enhancing the operating system with utility software
  • File defragmentation
  • Data compression
  • Backup software
  • Data recovery software

Antivirus utilities screen savers

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