CIS-100: Introduction to Information Technology

Business, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Development
Computer Technology
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

This course is a survey of computer, information and digital technology. Covers computer hardware, networks, operating systems, file management, and common productivity software, including word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Professional email, computer security, privacy, netiquette, ethics, and social media practices are examined. An introduction to artificial intelligence and its application to various fields is also covered. This course satisfies the HFC's General Education Computer Technology requirement.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Computer Hardware: Input, Output, Processing, and Storage
    • Operate basic computer hardware including common input, output, and storage devices.
    • Describe important concepts related to computer hardware, e.g., memory, secondary storage, storage units, speed, etc.
  2. Computer Networks
    • Log into and out of a computer network including the HFC Network.
    • Compose a professional email.
    • Send and open e-mail including attachments.
    • Describe the difference between various types of networks, e.g., HFC Network, LANs, WANs, the Internet, etc.
    • Effectively use the World-Wide-Web, search engines and other information resources online.
  3. Operating Systems, File Management and Utility Programs
    • Describe the purpose and functions of an operating system (OS).
    • Differentiate the major operating systems, e.g., Windows, Mac, Linux, etc.
    • Perform file management tasks including finding, organizing, saving, copying, and printing files in client, network and cloud-based environments.
    • Utilize common utility program including compression/zip and pdf files.
  4. Productivity Software
    • Utilize client, network and cloud-based application and productivity software.
    • Create word processing documents that incorporate a variety of formatting options.
    • Create spreadsheets that incorporate data, information, formulas, functions, data analysis and a variety of formatting options.
    • Create, modify, and view a professional slideshow using a variety of presentation software features.
  5. Computer Security, Privacy, Netiquette, Ethics, and Social Media
    • Recognize common malware threats to computer security and privacy such as viruses, phishing, spoofing, ransomware, and identity theft.
    • Identify common methods of malware, security, and privacy protection such as antivirus software, safe browsing and email usage, software updates, strong passwords, firewalls, and VPNs.
    • Identify common computer ethical and netiquette standards and expectations.
    • Describe the benefits and risks of social media.
  6. Artificial Intelligence
    • Describe various types of artificial intelligence, e.g., weak, strong, multi-model.
    • Describe applications of A.I. in various fields, such as education, health care, national defense, manufacturing, graphics, and software engineering.
    • Demonstrate the effective use of multiple current A.I. systems.
    • Describe the ethical implications to artificial intelligence, e.g., academic integrity, bias, hallucinations, career skills, misinformation, deepfakes.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Assessment of academic achievement may include (but is not limited to) exams, quizzes, homework, and laboratory assignments.


General Education Categories
  • Computer Technology
Institutional Outcomes
  • Computer Technology
Satisfies Wellness Requirement

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 2024
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date
Review Semester
Fall 2024