Bryant & Stratton College

Course Syllabus

Introduction to Information Technology – INFT111

Fall 2007 (updated 9/12/2007)


Course Syllabus in Microsoft Word is available at:


Instructor: Jeff Fineberg


Course URL:

Class Discussion Web:


Course Time: Monday / Wednesday 5:55pm-7:10pm

Course Location: Room A02– Amherst Campus

Office hours: Room A02 or B02 – Monday / Wednesday 7:15-7:45 (or by appointment)


Biographical Information: I have 19 years of professional IT experience.  I have held various positions including Software Development, Systems Administration, Database Administration, Project Management and Teaching.  I have worked on platforms including Mainframe MVS, Unix, Linux and various flavors of Windows.  Regarding formal education, I received a Diploma in Data Processing from Bryant and Stratton in 1983, a Bachelors Degree in “Music and Media Studies” from the University at Buffalo in 1992, and a Masters Degree in Computer Science in 2004.


Course Description: This course is a survey on the application of computer technology and its uses for the student – both personally and professionally.  We will cover a wide scope of computer technology in order to gain an understanding of the many areas that exist in computer technology.  This course also provides a great opportunity to think about some of the areas you may be interested in pursing in this technical field.  Additionally, an important goal of this course is to help the student gain research techniques for finding information and solving problems.


Course Outcomes: Understanding of computer concepts, career opportunities in IT, hardware overview, computer history and architecture, use of computers, and operating systems / system software.


Prerequisites: Computer Literacy Exam or completion of INFT100


Textbooks: “Succeeding with Technology – 2nd edition” Ralph M. Stair / Kenneth J. Baldauf (Thomson)

                       “Security Awareness: Applying Practical Security in Your World – 2nd edition”  Mark Ciampa (Thomson)




Lecture and Whiteboard notes


Useful resources


Interesting Websites (picked by students and instructor)


Time Management and Study Skills Resources


                                   Schedule (subject to change)

Class Date

Topic(s) Discussed / Activities

Assignments / Reading - see details under "assignments"

Sep 12

Introductions and Course Overview.  Course Survey

-         Read Chapter 1

Sep 17,19


Text: “Succeeding with Technology”

Chapter 1 – Why Study Computers?

-         Read Chapter 1

Sep 24,26

Chapter 1 – Why Study Computers?


-         Read Chapter 2

-         Assignment from Chapter 1

-         Study for Test 1 – Chapter 1

Oct 1,3

Chapter 2 – Hardware Designed to Meet the Need

Test 1 – covering Chapter 1

-          Read Chapter 3


Oct 10

**Off Oct 8-Columbus Day**

Chapter 3 – Software Solutions for Personal and Professional Gain


-         Read Chapter 3

-         Study for Test 2 – Chapter 2

-         Assignment from Chapter 2

Oct 15,17

Chapter 3 – Software Solutions for Personal and Professional Gain

Test 2 – covering Chapter 2

-         Read Chapter 4


Oct 22,24

Chapter 4 – The Internet and World Wide Web

Midterm Grades Available

-         Read Chapter 5

-         Assignment from Chapter 3


Oct 29,31

Chapter 5 – Telecommunications, Wireless Technologies and Computer Networks


-         Read Chapter 7

Nov 5,7

Chapter 7 – Database Systems


-         Assignment from Chapter 4, 7 (skipping 5)

-         Read Chapter 8 and 9

Nov 12,14

Chapter 8 – E-Commerce

Chapter 9 – Information, Decision Support, Artificial Intelligence and Special-Purpose Systems

-         Read Chapter 10

Nov 19,21

Chapter 10 – Systems Development


-         Read Chapter 11 and 12

-         Study for Test 3 – Chapters 4, 7, 8

Nov 26,28

Chapter 11 – Computer Crime and Information Security

Chapter 12 – Digital Society, Ethics, and Globalization

Test 3 – covering Chapters 4, 7, 8 (not 5)

-         Read Chapter 1 of “Applying Practical Security in Your World”

-         Assignment from Chapter 8, 9, 10

Dec 3, 5

Text: Security Awareness : Applying Practical Security in Your World

Chapter 1 – Introduction to Security

-         Read Chapter 2 of “Applying Practical Security in Your World”



Dec 10, 12

Chapter 2 – Desktop Security


- Study for test 4 – Chapters 9, 10 and Chapters 1, 2 in the Security text.

Dec 17, 19

Misc. Security topics

Chapter 6 – Digital Media for Work and Leisure

Course Conclusion

Test 4 (on Dec 17) – covering Chapters 9, 10 and Chapters 1, 2 in the Security text

Read further in the security text on your own, if you like.  There are interesting topics in there.


**Have a nice break!!!**

                                    (Bold items in schedule are of high importance)


Diagnostic assessment (Grading Criteria)  - a general Rubric to be utilized for assignments


The following parameters are *generally* being used for grading assignments:

Grading Aspect

Level 1: 5-10 points

Level 2: 11-20 points

Level 3: 21-25 points


Difficult to follow and understand.

Some aspects could use further clarification.

Easy to understand points that were made.


Several inaccuracies were found in the work.

The work was generally good, but at least one inaccuracy was found.

All work was found to be correct from the standpoint of accuracy.


The work was not completed, therefore the usefulness of it was low.

There was at least one aspect to the work that wasn’t completed.

The work covered all the required aspects and could be used in a ‘real world’ setting.

Citing of sources

Unpublished Source used for the work.  No Published sources used.

Published sources used mainly, however there were some unpublished sources.

All sources for the work were from well-noted published sources.


What is meant by the use of the term *generally*?  If there is a deviance from this Rubric, it will be provided on the assignment.


Authentic assessment: Comprehension of the material will be assessed through homework assignments and tests, using the following grading policy:


                          Grading Policy



40% (4 @ 10% each)


35% (5 @ 7% each)

Class participation activities (contributing to discussions, participation, group work, etc)










Below 70



Comments regarding grading criteria and material:

-         Tests are given to help you gauge your understanding of the material.  They consist of material covered within the period since the previous Test.  Since some material builds on previous topics, therefore tests may be somewhat comprehensive.  Advanced arrangements must be made if a Test is to be missed (unless a documented emergency exists).

-         Assignments are based upon the material covered in class and from reading assignments. 


Portfolio Inclusion – the written assignments and tests are both possible candidates for your portfolio.  It is important that your work be well formatted for this purpose.


Critical Workplace Skills – this course will have an emphasis on persistence, a sense of quality, problem solving, processing information (utilizing past experience to enhance your knowledge – the ability to learn new information).


Lifelong Learning Competency Development – this course will help with the development of lifelong learning through research and problem solving activities.


Make-up Policy / Late Work **WARNING – an absence does not automatically give an extension to assignments!!!**

-         Assignments/Projects not submitted in by the due date will be penalized by 20% per day.  If a test or assignment is missed with no advanced warning and a documented emergency exists, it will be the instructor’s discretion as to whether or not a make-up test (or time extension) will be allowed.


Incompletes: under normal circumstances these are not given.  Where appropriate, any special cases need to be approved by the Dean’s office.


Student Support Services (SSS): Specific blocks of time are set aside in the morning, afternoon and evening when both students and instructors are available.  Please take advantage of this valuable resource.  I am available Monday and Tuesday from 7:15-7:45 (or by appointment) for any additional help you may need.


Class List by email: Periodically messages may be sent via email to everyone in INFT111 regarding assignments, etc.  Also, please feel free to email me directly with any questions or suggestions at:


Attendance: attending class is critical in order to gain an understanding of the material.  In addition, there is material that you will be responsible for that is covered only in class (in addition to the text). 


Class participation: This portion of your grade is composed of class activity work, answering questions in class, suggesting useful / interesting resources, URLs, etc.


Classroom Etiquette: please exercise good judgment during the class.  Make sure that your cell phones aren’t set up to ring.  During class lecture, conversations should involve the topics being discussed and should be shared with the class.  Also, it is the school policy that food and drink should not be brought into the classroom.


Academic Integrity / Plagiarism: It is expected that each student perform their own work.  Any acts of plagiarism will be dealt with according to the policy of Bryant and Stratton.