Study program / study programs: E-BUSINESS, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Study type and level: Undergraduate applied studies


Course status: Compulsory

ECTS credits:

Course objectives

The objective of the course is acquiring the basic knowledge in the area of computer hardware, software and the Internet, as well as to acquire essential prerequisites for further studies in information and communication technology and programming in general. To understand the scope of the influence of IT on the society, with all its advantages and disadvantages. To comprehend the principles of mobile and wireless technologies whose development and application are becoming the most prominent aspects of today’s IT. 

Learning outcomes

Students will master the fundamentals of PC hardware, the factors that determine the speed of computing, the fundamentals of the binary system, the types of computer memory. They will also learn about primary, secondary and tertiary computer memory and what one should keep in mind when choosing a computer and when upgrading an existing one. The course also deals with the types and application of computer ports, various types of monitors, the basic types of software, the types of operating systems, the types of application software, the mechanisms of software malfunctions, the essentials of OSI models, the factors that determine the speed and stability of a computer network, IPv4 and IPv6 protocol, internet services, modes of internet connection, wireless networking and communication standards, the causes of interference in wireless connections, the impact of IT on society and individuals, the goals of usable and useful interaction between humans and computers, data and computer protection in a network, the types of malicious software, shareware, the concept of copyright, the factors that determine the best choice for an office computer. 

Course content

Theoretical classes:

  • The concept of information technology
  • Hardware: basic hardware components, hardware reliability
  • Software: types of software, system software and application software, the development and importance of localized software versions
  • Software reliability
  • Networking: the concept, the classification of computer networks, networking hardware and topologies
  • Internet: services, protocols, networking technologies
  • Wireless and mobile communications: historical overview and evolution, the principles and models of wireless communication
  • Wireless standards: wireless standards and their compatibility, achievable performances, mobile IPs, mobile stations protocols (WAP, Bluetooth)
  • Public cellular mobile system 
  • Satellite communications
  • Global Positioning System
  • IT’s impact on society, advantages and disadvantages
  • The purpose and the role of IT in organizations
  • Typical IT functions in an organization
  • The role of IT in information processing
  • Developing one’s own IT system vs. using an existing one
  • Using computers at home and in the office
  • Computers in education
  • Computer-based training and learning
  • Interaction between humans and computers: user interface, different interpretation of words, icons and symbols across different cultures and communities
  • Collaboration and coworking
  • Collaboration techniques in organizations
  • Video Conferencing
  • Video On Demand
  • Health and safety at work for individuals who work with computers
  • Computer and data protection
  • Computer viruses
  • Copyright and copyright law