IT 1130 – Introduction to Information Technology

Course Description

A 3 credit course that provides students with an introduction to IT as an academic discipline and the structure of the BS IT degree at Georgia Southern.  It also provides students with an introduction to the range of applications of Information Technology, partly through an introduction to the second disciplines available to them.  Finally, it introduces students to some of the techniques that they will need for later courses, in particular object-oriented design and databases and SQL. This course is part of the IT core  required for all IT majors.


The course presumes a thorough familiarity with the basic productivity tools.

Course Outcomes

On completion of the course, students will be able to

  1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the field of IT, including the ability:
    1. Define the term “Information Technology”;
    2. Explain the specializations within the BS IT degree;
    3. Recognize the disciplines that have contributed to the emergence of IT, namely Computer Science, Information Systems, and Computer Engineering;
    4. Understand the difference between CS, IS, and IT.
    5. Identify areas in which IT has significantly impacted individuals, organizations and/or societies, including ethical, legal and policy issues.
    6. Describe the attributes of an IT professional.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of basic information technology software applications, including the ability to:
    1. Using a given specification, create a simple database;
    2. Use SQL for simple queries using the Access database management system;

Rationale for Inclusion

This course is required for IT majors and provides for most of them a first introduction to IT as an academic discipline.  The course contributes to the following program outcomes:

1. Identify and define the requirements that must be satisfied to address user needs.

3. Identify and evaluate current technologies and assess their applicability to address individual and organizational needs.

5. Use current computing techniques, skills, and/or technologies.

(a) An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the program’s student outcomes and to the discipline.

(b) An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.

(c) An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.

(h) Recognition of the need for an ability to engage in continuing professional development.

(i) An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.

(j) An ability to use and apply current technical concepts and practices in the core information technologies. [IT]

(m) An understanding of best practices and standards and their application. [IT]

Last updated: 9/17/2014

Department of Information Technology • P.O. Box 8150 • Statesboro, Georgia 30460 • (912) 478-4848