NORFOLK STATE UNIVERSITY
700 PARK AVENUE * NORFOLK, VIRGINIA * 23504
Robinson Technology Center (RTC)
Office:: (757) 823-9454     Fax: (757) 823-9229
Email: CompSci@nsu.edu

Computer Science Courses

DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE SYLLABUS

COURSE NUMBER & TITLE:
ITE-111   Information Technology Principles (formerly CSC-111)
COURSE CREDITS:
3
PREREQUISITES:
MTH 105 or equivalent
CO-REQUISITES:
See Instructor
COURSE DESCRIPTION:

An introductory course that exposes students to the academic discipline of Information Technology (IT). Pervasive IT themes; IT history, organizational issues, ethical aspects and relationship of IT to other computing disciplines will be covered.

COURSE MATERIALS / REQUIRED TEXT(s) / SUPPLEMENTARY READINGS:
    TEXT BOOK:
  • Fluency with Information Technology Fifth Edition; Lawrence Snyder; Addison Wesley; ISBN-10: 0-321-51239-1

  • STUDENT COMPANION ONLINE WEBSITE
  • http://wps.pearsoned.com/ecs_snyder_fluency_5/

  • REFERENCES:
  • Information Technology: Principles, Practices, and Opportunities (3rd Edition); James A. Senn; Prentice Hall; ISBN-10: 0131436260
  • Networked Applications: A Guide to the New Computing Infrastructure (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Networking); Morgan Kaufmann; ISBN-10: 1-558605363

Purchase books/supplies Online at NSU Barnes & Nobles Bookstore (http://norfolkstate.bncollege.com)

COMPUTER SCIENCE OFFICE LOCATION:

The Department of Computer Science is located in Suite 320 Robinson Technology Center. The individual faculty offices are located within the suite.

COURSE RATIONALE:

This is a required course for the BS.ITE Information Technology program. It is designed to cover the introductory core body of knowledge in the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) recommendation for baccalaureate Information Technology curriculum (October 2005). It is the role of the IT professional to select, design, deploy, integrate, and administer network and communication infrastructures in an organization. This course provides an overview of information technologies, solutions, and applications.

COURSE GOALS & INTENDED OUTCOMES

    MAIN OBJECTIVE:
    The major goal of the course is
  • To give an introduction to a broad area of IT fundamental concepts.

    MEASUREABLE OBJECTIVES:
    By the end of the course, students should be able to
  • Use and apply current technical concepts and practices in the core information technologies
  • Analyze, identify and define the requirements that must be satisfied to address problems or opportunities faced by organizations or individuals
  • Analyze the impact of technology on individuals, organizations and society, including ethical, legal and policy issues
  • Recognize the need for continued learning throughout their career

COURSE OUTLINE

  1. IT Overview
  2. History of Computing and the Relationship between IT and Computing
  3. Differences and Relationship Between Data and Information
  4. Components of IT Systems and their Interrelationships
  5. Use of Application Software
  6. Data Communication and the Internet
  7. Ethics and Social Impacts of IT and the Internet
  8. Introductions to Algorithms, Problem Solving, and Programming

PRIMARY METHOD(S) OF INSTRUCTION / METHODS TO ENGAGE STUDENTS

The primary method of instruction will be lectures by the instructor with examples, demonstrations and drills. Students will also participate through class and group discussions.

GRADING STANDARDS

Tests 25%
Quizzes 15%
Homework 15%
Lab Assignments 40%
Final Exam 20%
A:90 - 100
B+:87 - 89
B:80 - 86
C+:77 - 79
C:70 - 76
D+:67 - 69
D:60 - 66
F:Below 60

The instructor reserves the right to revise the grading criteria as appropriate and will make reasonable attempts to notify students

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY STANDARDS

The Department of Computer Science employs a No Tolerance policy on cheating. Cheating includes, but is not limited to, copying others work, misrepresenting the work of others as your own (includes online sites), plagiarism, sharing when unauthorized, and the use of cell phones and/or electronic media when unauthorized. The following outlines the departmental procedure if a student is suspected of cheating during their academic tenure with the Computer Science Department at Norfolk State University.

  • Offense 1 – The student will receive a grade of ZERO on the assignment AND a note will be placed in the student’s permanent departmental file. Non- CS Majors will receive a ZERO and be reported to the chair of their respective department.
  • Offense 2 – The student will receive a letter grade of ‘F’ for the course AND the student will be reported to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities for adjudication.

The department requires all work that contributes to a student's grade to be the unaided work of the student. Copying work of others, working together, asking others for help and giving help are not ethical and prohibited. The only allowable sources of help are the instructor or teaching assistants. These rules apply to homework, tests, quizzes, laboratory exercises, take-home examinations and in-class examinations. When exceptions to the policy are made; as in the case of group projects, the allowable cooperation will be explained by the instructor.

Any violation of the above rules or any other form of dishonesty, such as, changing an answer on an examination paper that has been returned and claiming credit for the corrected answer, will be treated seriously by the Department. In most cases, the students involved will immediately fail the course. Except in exceptional cases, where it can be demonstrated that work has been stolen from a student without the student's knowledge, the same penalties will apply to the provider and the copier.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Classroom Lectures with web-enhanced course material delivered through NSU Blackboard

SCHOOL-WIDE TUTORING SERVICES STATEMENT

The college of Science, Engineering, and Technology provides tutoring services through the STARS Tutoring Center for those NSU student who may be experiencing difficulties in Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Nursing, Technology and Physics courses. The STARS office is located in Suite 100, RTC. This service is free of charge and provided to NSU students only. You can access information about this service by going to http://stars.nsu.edu.

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) STATEMENT

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, we ask if you have a disability or think you have a disability, please contact O.A.S.I.S., the Office of Accessibility Services, upon registration at Norfolk State University to confidentially discuss any accommodation needs.

    Audrey M. Wells, Coordinator, O.A.S.I.S.
    Office of Accessibility Services and International Student Services
    Norfolk State University, 700 Park Ave., Student Services Center, Suite 110, Norfolk, VA. 23504
    Phone: 757-823-8325, Fax: 757-823-2640, Email: amwells@nsu.edu

UNIVERSITY ASSESSMENT STATEMENT

As part of NSU's commitment to provide the environment and resources needed for success, students may be required to participate in a number of university-wide assessment activities. The activities may include tests, surveys, focus groups and interviews, and portfolio reviews. The primary purpose of the assessment activities is to determine the extent to which the university's programs and services maintain a high level of quality and meet the needs of students. Students will not be identified in the analysis of results. Unless indicated otherwise by the instructor, results from University assessment activities will not be computed in student grades.

WRITING COMPETENCY ASSESSMENT

All first-time freshmen and readmitted students entering Fall 2001 and thereafter and transfer students entering Fall 2002 and thereafter are required to take an exit examination to assess writing competency. After completing ENG 102, students must register for ENG 299 (no credit, no charge) until successfully passing the Examination of Writing Competency. Degree-seeking students at the baccalaureate level are required to take the writing examination before completing 90 semester hours. Associate degree-seeking students must take the exam no later than one semester prior to the anticipated date of graduation. For more information, refer tot he NSU Undergraduate catalog.

UNIVERSITY WIDE & COURSE-SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

    Information Technology Literacy
  • Learning foundation skills (hardware, software, and operating systems).

    Critical Thinking
  • Solving problems utilizing application software from a narrative description.
  • Knowing the appropriate software application to apply to a specific task.

    Laboratory
  • Demonstrating proficiency in utilizing software applications.
CLASS ATTENDANCE POLICY

A student is expected to attend all classes. The student assumes all responsibility for work missed due to an absence. Make-up work may be permitted at the discretion of the instructor. Refer to the NSU Student Handbook (https://www.nsu.edu/Assets/websites/student-affairs/student-handbook/NSU-Student-Handbook.pdf)

NSU EMAIL ACCOUNT

In an effort to keep student informed about Norfolk State University updates and account information, students must check their official NSU email account frequently. You may access your official NSU email account through the MyNSU portal at https://www.nsu.edu/mynsu/index. Once there, follow instructions provided to login to the MyNSU portal (NOTE: you access your NSU email from within the MyNSU portal).

DISCLAIMER: The instructor reserves the right to revise the syllabus as appropriate and will make reasonable attempts to notify students.