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IT 510 Computing Hardware and Software Systems

(First semester/3 credits) 

This course presents an overview of the terms and concepts of computing hardware and software systems that are fundamental to contemporary information technology. It introduces computers, operating systems and networks, and how they handle information flow, processing and storage in typical organizations. Topics include: 1) computer architecture, including data representation, the CPU and memory, input/output, computer peripherals and physical networks; 2) operating systems, including internal and external (user) perspectives, file management; and 3) applications execution, including basic networking software. Students apply the course topics to a series of small, hands-on computing related projects.