Introduction to Information Technology
Instructor: Professor Howard Burpee
Office phone: 207.956.0850
Class Hours: CMIT 100 01, Tuesday and Thursday,
1:30 - 2:45 PM
Open Lab Hours:
As posted for each classroom
Location: CSEC 04
Textbook: Information Technology: An Intro for Today's Digital World, Richard
Fox / CRC Press. ISBN 978-1-4665-6828-0
minimum of two 8 GB or larger UFDs (USB flash drives) which will be used as
installation devices for operating systems on the classroom systems.
none. Corequisites: ENGL 050 or ENGL 075 and MATH 050
This course introduces a wide variety of concepts encountered in real-world
IT work and provides an
overview of computer organization and hardware, Windows and Linux operating
administration duties, scripting, computer networks, and computer security.
It also gives students insight
on IT-related careers such as network and web administration, computer
forensics, web development, and
software engineering. The course addresses concepts essential to all IT
professionals to include operating systems and hardware to information
security and computer ethics.
The class will be a combination of lecture and labs.
After successfully completing the course, the student will be able to:
- Describe and differentiate between types of IT careers.
- Describe the skill sets required to succeed in IT.
- Identify the components of a computer system hardware.
- Illustrate the use of binary in a computer with a focus on IP
- Describe the roles of the operating system .
- Describe the elements of the file system from both the logical and
- Describe the roles of the users and groups.
- Discuss password management.
- Differentiate between types of network media.
- Compare network topologies and classifications.
- Discuss types of software and software classification.
- Describe the differences between high-level language and low-level
- Discuss ethical conduct in IT fields.
- Demonstrate an ability to read and interpret technical information,
as well as listen effectively to, communicate orally with, and write
clearly for a wide range of audiences.
- Produce technical documentation responsive to an identified
- Use documentation or a knowledge base to resolve a technical
challenge in an identified computing scenario.
Lab Assignments = 30 points
- Quizzes and Tests = 30 points
- Homework = 15 points
- Written Assignments = 15 points
- Presentation = 10 points
(link to SMCC grading rubric)
Regular and prompt attendance is required. Excessive lateness and absences will affect the final course grade.
More than six absences throughout the semester = -10 points
- Six or more consecutive absences throughout the semester = Academic Failure
- Two lates = 1 absence
- If for any reason a student is absent from a class, it is the responsibility of the student to obtain the lecture notes from another student and to immediately schedule with the instructor a makeup time for any missed in-class assignments.
- All assignments that are submitted or completed after the scheduled time and date shall receive a five point (5%) grade reduction for each day they are late.
Only business days count for this penalty, therefore an assignment must be
made up within four weeks of the due date to receive any credit at all for
- The only exception to the above late submission policy is that tests
must be made up before the second class period after the test date
(within one week), but are still subject to the five points per day late
- There is no such thing as an excused absence. In extraordinary circumstances, as in cases of valid and urgent medical or personal emergency, a modification of this policy, at the discretion of the instructor, may be possible.
- If a student is able to identify, in advance, a particular day that they shall be unable to attend a class, and if the student emails the instructor at least one week in advance of the day they shall be absent, a modification of this will take effect.
Classroom and Computer Use Policies:
- All students are expected to be familiar with the IT Dept. classroom policies and SMCC policies as
published in the SMCC Student Handbook and posted
- Students, when sending an email to the instructor, must use an email client that displays their real name in the “From” field. All emails to the instructor that are related to this course should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
- Computer monitors at the workstations must be turned off during the
lecture portion of the class.
- Cell phones should be put in silent / vibrate mode and must never be
used for any purpose during any lectures or task / lab assignments.
- The use of a laptop, netbook, or tablet as a note taking device is permitted during lectures, according to the following parameters:
- The network connection on the device must be disabled.
- The device should only be used for notetaking and no other purpose
during a lecture.
NOTE: Failure to
follow these classroom and computer usage policies may result in a grade
Course content and course requirements are subject to change without notice.
At any time during the semester, if you experience any difficulty with the course material or feel that you could be performing at a higher level, please consult with your instructor.
To schedule time with a tutor for any course, register with the Academic Achievement Center on the second floor of the Campus Center.
If you have a disabling condition and wish to request accommodations in order to have reasonable access to the programs and services offered by SMCC, you must register with the Disability Services Coordinator, Sandra Lynham, who can be reached at 741-5923.
Further information about services for students with disabilities and the accommodation process is available upon request at this number. Course policies about online testing are modified to suit each individual’s accommodations.
Southern Maine Community College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and employer. For more information, please call 207-741-5798.
If you have a disabling condition and wish to request accommodations in order to have reasonable access to the programs and services offered by SMCC, you must register with the Disability Services Coordinator, Sandra Lynham, who can be reached at 741-5923. Further information about services for students with disabilities and the accommodation process is available upon request at this number. Course policies about online testing are modified to suit each individual’s accommodations.
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