CIS-100: Introduction to Information Technology

Business, Entrepreneurship, & Professional Development
Computer Information Systems
Academic Level
Course Subject
Computer Information Systems
Course Number
Course Title
Introduction to Information Technology
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

Survey the field of computer technology and information management. Covers computer hardware, the use of the Internet for communication, e-commerce, information retrieval, the social impact of technology, computer security, networking, and industry-related careers. Also introduces students to the Windows operating system, Internet browsers, e-mail, word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software using computer laboratory sessions. This course satisfies the HFC's General Education Computer Literacy requirement.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. The HFC Network
  2. The Internet and the World Wide Web, Search Engines, Research, Information Literacy
  3. Application Software
  4. Computer Hardware: Input, Output, Processing, Storage
  5. Operating Systems and Utility Programs
  6. Communications and Networks
  7. Microsoft Word
  8. Microsoft Excel
  9. Microsoft PowerPoint
  10. Common Databases
  11. E-Commerce
  12. Computers Security, Privacy, Netiquette, and Ethics
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  • Log into and out of a computer network.
  • Setup, send, and open e-mail, including attachments.
  • Operate basic PC hardware, including common input, output, and storage devices.
  • Perform file management tasks, including finding, organizing, saving, copying, and printing files.
  • Use basic word processing functions to prepare a document that incorporates a variety of formatting options.
  • Locate information on the Internet, identify appropriate search terms, download files, and use a search engine effectively.*
  • Prepare a spreadsheet that incorporates basic formulas and a variety of formatting options.*
  • Create and view a slideshow using basic presentation software functions.
  • Identify issues and recommendations related to computer ethics and netiquette.
  • Recognize common threats to computer security and privacy, such as viruses, phishing, and identity theft; and identify methods of prevention.*
  • Describe job types in the Information Technology field.
  • Explain how electronic commerce operates.
  • Develop an appreciation for how technology can help in educational and vocational endeavors.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Exams, Quizzes, Homework, and Laboratory Assignments

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Departmental Exam
Minimum Departmental Exam Score

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2016
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date