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. Introduces students to operating systems; Internet browsers; e-mail; and word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. This course satisfies the HFC's General Education Computer Technology requirement.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

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

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
Winter 2021
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date