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ITSE-1071: Fundamentals of Information

Technology
Lisanu Tebikew
lisanu.tebikew@aait.edu.et

Lecture 1: Course Introduction


March 28, 2016
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Today

Why ITSE-1071
Course Administrivia

Syllabus
Class Mechanics
Grading
Course Staff

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Welcome to ITSE-1071

Computers are ubiquitous.

Many of you have been using computers or smart phones.


You probably know how to use email, WWW, word processing,

Attend the labs at the beginning is you have doubts.

Expect a steep learning curve

This course helps you understand how a computer works


(Things that you will study in the next 5 years)
Concepts, like how networks work, how computers work,
Skills, like building websites, web programming, databases,
like finding accurate information on the WWW, debugging,

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Syllabus

Part I: Becoming Skilled at Computing

Computer Networks/Internet Web pages (HTML) Finding info.

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Syllabus

Part II: Underlining Concepts Algorithms and Digitizing

Demystifying computers

Part II
Algorithm
Digitizing

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Syllabus

Part III: Data and information

Information and society

How to protect security


and privacy.

Organizing data

Databases data arranged for ease


and speed of search and retrieval

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Syllabus

Part IV: Problem Solving using computers

Move from algorithms to program code

Some JavaScript awesomeness

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Syllabus

Textbooks

Fluency with Information Technology,


L. Snyder, Addison-Wesley

Course materials:

Lecture notes, assignments, labs, etc


will be posted on website
https://piazza.com/aait.edu.et/spring2016/itse1071

Need to give me your email address so that I can invite you in

Cannot join without invitation

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Teach you EVERYTHING?

We are currently preparing students for jobs that don't yet


exist using technologies that haven't been invented in order
to solve problems we don't even know are problems yet.

Technology changes at a rapid pace


No set of topics is "everything" you need to know
Prepare for a lifetime of learning

Ycombinator news

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Class Mechanics

Labs/Tutorials focus on skills

Email, word processing, HTML, JavaScript, databases,


Algorithms,

Lecture focus on Concepts

How computers/networks work, Information representation, Building


web pages with HTML,
We will have Quizzes to make sure we are on the same page.

Assignments integrate the knowledge you got in this course

2 Multi-week assignments to achieve an IT goal.

E.g creating a database to track medical patients in a clinic.

Demonstrations in Labs/Lecture show give you capabilities

Problem solving, how to find correct info on the WWW, debugging,...

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Grading

30% - Quizzes

Evaluates your understanding on the topics covered in lecture


5 quizzes

15% - Labs/Tutorial

Written lab reports or Demo after lab


Almost all the labs/tutorials will have one

25% - Assignments

2 assignments

30% - Final Exam


Final grade according to university Scale.
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Grading

Grade distribution from Previous semester offering


90A+
83A
80A75B+
68B
65B60C+
50C
45C40D
30Fx
0F

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Course Staf

Instructor: Lisanu Tebikew (lisanu.tebikew@aait.edu.et)


You can talk to me about course related issues anytime.
Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday 2:00 4:00
Office: Old pharmacy campus room 103.

Lab/Tutorial instructor
Waquaya Mesfin (Software Engineer, part time teacher)

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