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Estimated Completion Time

2 segments/ 36 weeks


Technology has made an impact on nearly all facets of our lives, and it will continue to make an impact on yours as you make your way into college and career! In this course, you are going to pull back the veil on what goes into some of the technology we use every day. You will investigate computer hardware and software and learn what goes into building a computer while exploring programs and applications, you’ll study the history of the internet and how to use its capabilities even more effectively, and you’ll also dive deep into email and some of today’s most powerful processing tools. Get ready to really know the technology you have at your fingertips so you can continue to make it work for you!

Major Topics and Concepts

Unit 1: Introducing IT

  1. Discuss the history of technology
  2. Explain how information technology is used in business
  3. Describe the effects of technology on society and personal lifestyles
  4. Classify technology into various IT segments

Unit 2: Hardware

  1. Discuss binary concepts and how the computer represents data
  2. Identify the main hardware components of a computer system and how they function together
  3. Describe the stages of building a computer
  4. Explain the need for peripherals and how they are used
  5. Apply troubleshooting principles to a variety of computer issues

Unit 3: Software

  1. Compare and contrast the appropriate use of specialized software
  2. Distinguish between system software and application hardware and their uses
  3. Perform proper file management techniques
  4. Explain the use of systems management tools
  5. Identify and troubleshoot common software problems

Unit 4: Using the Internet

  1. Describe the history of the internet and how it works
  2. Explain the domain name system and IP addresses
  3. Apply effective internet search strategies
  4. Discuss online security threats and what can be done to mitigate them

Unit 5: Email

  1. Explain the difference among email clients, servers, and webmail
  2. Identify the components of an email and how to send emails
  3. Use an address book to organize email contacts
  4. Employ effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills

Unit 6:

  1. Compare and contrast a variety of familiar software applications
  2. Explore more advanced software programs for workplace use
  3. Identify and apply terminology associated with word processing software
  4. Use advanced word processing tools
  5. Create professional documents using a word processor

Unit 7:

  1. Define spreadsheet terminology
  2. Perform mathematical calculations in spreadsheets
  3. Use advanced spreadsheet features such as lookup tables and custom functions
  4. Create a relational database and explain the purpose of fields/records

Unit 8:

  1. Define the function and basic terminology of presentation software
  2. Describe the components of multimedia that enhance presentations
  3. Create a self-running presentation with audio, images, and animation
  4. Collaborate with team members to create a multimedia business presentation


Credits .5

Competency Group Overview

Meets ICT graduation requirement


  • Information Technology
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of informational technology by describing the history of technology, explaining the use of information technology in business, and summarizing the effects of technology on society.
  • Hardware
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of hardware by describing the hardware components of a computer system, explaining troubleshooting principles, and summarizing the stages of building a computer.
  • Software
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of software by describing uses of specialized software, explaining systems management tools, and summarizing troubleshooting software problems.
  • Internet Use
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of internet use by describing internet anatomy, explaining internet search strategies, and summarizing security threat mitigation.
  • Email
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of email by describing components of email, explaining proper use of email service, and explaining effective communication skills.
  • Word Processing Software
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of word processing software by describing types of software applications, explaining functionality of advanced word processing tools, and creating professional documents.
  • Spreadsheet and Databases
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of spreadsheets and databases by describing spreadsheet features, explaining mathematical calculations in spreadsheets, and explaining database functions.
  • Presentation Software
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of presentation software by explaining functions of presentation software, describing multimedia components that enhance presentations, and creating a self-running presentation.



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