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ITCC121 - Introduction to Computer Science

Course Details

Course Code: ITCC121 Course ID: 2611 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is an overview of computer information systems in which hardware, software, procedures, systems, and databases are explored in relation to their integration and application in business and other segments of society. Telecommunications and network concepts are introduced as a basis for understanding of the Internet and e-commerce capabilities.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/20 - 01/01/21 01/04/21 - 02/28/21 Winter 2021 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/20 - 01/29/21 02/01/21 - 03/28/21 Winter 2021 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/20 - 02/26/21 03/01/21 - 04/25/21 Winter 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to

  1. Explain the major concepts behind computers, computer algorithms, and computer literacy.
  2. Explain the technologies that have contributed to the exponential growth of the Internet and the World Wide Web (WWW)
  3. Describe the impact of software development, and computing technologies on business productivity.
  4. Outline major hardware components and the architecture and configurations of computing systems
  5. Interpret the OSI model in respect to the architecture of networks and operating systems
  6. Summarize the architecture, the flow of control, and the security concerns of the Internet and computer use

Students are expected to maintain routine contact with the instructor throughout the course. While the number of contacts may vary according to the specific course and individual student need, the University requires periodic weekly contacts during the semester. Contact will consist of professor notes, forum interaction, and email feedback. The method of discussion will be on-line related to issues concerning forum assignments, quizzes, assignments, the midterm project and final project.

Review the assigned textbook and support materials for this course! Review the table at the end of the syllabus to see assigned readings for each week.


The projects for this course are located throughout each Lesson. The projects that are required for grading with this course are created from scratch.


The Forum assignments for this course are designed to promote interactivity among students and enhance the online learning process. The Forum provides maximum flexibility because you do not have to be online at the same time as another person and you can read what other students have written.

Forum Timing: For the forum, you must post your work by midnight on Thursday, continue to follow your classmates' posts for the remainder of the week, and post the follow-up peer responses prior to midnight on Sunday, except for week one. Your follow-up posts can add additional insight to a classmate's opinions or can challenge their opinions. Use examples from the readings, or from your own research, to support your views, as appropriate. Be sure to read the follow-up posts to your own posts and reply to any questions or requests for clarification. You are encouraged to conduct research and use other sources to support your answers.

Required Participation: Please keep in mind that the forum assignments require you to make at least 1 post to the forum with at least 250 words about the topic and also respond to at least 2 peers’ posts with at least 150 words. Please be advised that there will be point deductions if you do not comply with these requirements of the assignment. Each one of you will have a different and unique experience that we can all learn from. Your participation in the Forums unleashes the power of synergy in our classroom. To facilitate this interaction, please be prompt when posting your forum work for each week; this provides time for the others to actively engage in the dialogue. For practical reasons, when you respond to other learners’ posts, please start your response by referencing their name. I will read and grade your participation by reading the forum. There is no need to also post your forum work in the assignments area of the classroom. Refer to the forum and the syllabus for more details on grading.


Written communications is an essential tool for any professional. As with any skill, writing well is the result of practice followed by feedback, and the use of relevant and appropriate sources. Therefore, the quality of writing is graded as part of every written assignment. Below are the grading criteria for each written assignment in this class.

Content & Development 50%

  • All key elements of the assignment are covered in a substantive way.
  • Content is comprehensive, accurate, and/or persuasive.
  • Major points are stated clearly, are supported by specific details, examples, or analysis, and are organized logically.
  • Where appropriate, the paper supports major points with theory relevant to the development of the ideas, and uses the vocabulary of the theory correctly.
  • Theory and practice are integrated, whereby the writer is able to link theories to practical experience (i.e., application to a real-world work setting).
  • Research is adequate and timely for the topic.
  • The context and purpose of the writing is clear (e.g., critique, research, sample memo, and business plan).

Organization 20%

  • The structure of the paper is clear and easy to follow.
  • The paper’s organization emphasizes the central theme or purpose and is directed toward the appropriate audience.
  • Ideas flow in a logical sequence.
  • The introduction provides sufficient background on the topic and previews major points.
  • Paragraph transitions are logical and reinforce the flow of thought throughout the paper.
  • The conclusion is logical and flows from the body of the paper.
  • The conclusion reviews the major points.

Format 10%

  • The paper, including citations and the reference page.
  • The paper is laid out effectively and uses reader-friendly aids (e.g., sections, summaries, table of contents, indices, and appendices), when appropriate.
  • The paper utilizes references appropriately.
  • Features such as headings and italics aid in the readability of the paper and are not overused.
  • The paper is neat, with attention given to format requirements.

Grammar, Punctuation, & Spelling 15%

  • Rules of grammar, usage, and punctuation are followed.
  • Spelling is correct.

Readability & Style 5%

  • Sentences are complete, clear, and concise.
  • Sentences are well constructed, with consistently strong, varied structure.
  • Sentence transitions reinforce the flow of thought.
  • Words used are precise and unambiguous.
  • The tone is appropriate to the content and assignment.


The Midterm Project requires you to use your knowledge of to apply knowledge gained.

The Final Project requires you to use your knowledge gained through-out the course apply what you learned.

NameGrade %
Forums 25.00 %
Week 1 Forum 4.17 %
Week 2 Forum 4.17 %
Week 4 Forum 4.17 %
Week 5 Forum 4.17 %
Week 6 Forum 4.17 %
Week 7 Forum 4.17 %
Assignments 10.00 %
Assignment 1: WK1 Internet Hunt 5.00 %
Assignment 2: WK2 Software Paper 5.00 %
PowerPoint Presentations 10.00 %
Assignment 5: WK5 Presentation 5.00 %
Assignment 7: WK7 Presentation 5.00 %
Article Summary 10.00 %
Assignment 3: WK3 Article Summary 10.00 %
Ideal Personal Computer 5.00 %
Assignment 6: WK6 Ideal Personal Computer Paper 5.00 %
Projects 40.00 %
Assignment 8: WK8 Final Project 20.00 %
Assignment 4: WK4 Midterm Project 20.00 %

No Required Course Textbook—Open-source Resources are used and noted in the Lessons of each week!

Software Required: Microsoft Office



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Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.