Course description

How is information technology changing our workplaces, homes and society as a whole?

Complement your technical knowledge by examining how computing and communication technologies are transforming business, education, health care, government and everyday life. Engage with your instructor and fellow learners in discussing current topics in privacy, security, intellectual property, global development and community management.

The online format of the course lets you study from anywhere, anytime.

Text: Web-based readings only.

Learning objectives

  • Realize the impact of technology on various sectors of the economy.
  • Evaluate the consequences of the use of technology in the workplace.
  • Research the impact of technology on employment issues.
  • Understand the impact of information technology on education.
  • Discuss the implications of government regulation of the Internet.
  • Evaluate the legal implications of securing information in computer systems and the Internet.
  • Evaluate the role of the knowledge-based industry in modern society.
  • Examine the use of communication technology and its impact on the individual, cultures and society.

Required equipment/software

  • a reliable Internet connection
  • Windows or Apple OS X computer
  • Microsoft Office 2007 or higher (or LibreOffice)

Recommended web browsers

For Windows computers:

  • Internet Explorer: latest version
  • Mozilla Firefox: latest version
  • Google Chrome: latest version

For Apple computers:

  • Mozilla Firefox: latest version
  • Apple Safari: latest version
  • Google Chrome: latest version

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