ICT Essentials

Instructor(s): Prof. C. Tjortjis
Teaching Hours and Credit Allocation: 30 Hours, 6 Credits
Course Assessment: Exam & Coursework



This course is intended for students with little or no background in computer technology. It offers a broad coverage of modern technology concepts, outlining the basic principles of computing. ICT Essentials is an introduction to a variety of technologies and their applications, such as:

  • Computer Systems Architecture
  • Operating Systems
  • Software Architecture and Information Systems
  • Databases and Storage Systems
  • Computer Networks, the Internet & the World Wide Web
  • Mobile Computing
  • Data Science and Business Analytics
  • Big Data and Cloud Computing
  • Information and Network Security


Learning Outcomes

The overall goal is not to turn managers into computer specialists but to provide them with the technological background that will allow them to

  • make informed business decisions based on the utilization of technology
  • effectively interact with the technical staff


Recommended Reading

  1. Brian Williams and Stacey Sawyer, Using Information Technology, 11th Ed., 2015, McGraw Hill
  2. R. Kelly Rainer, Brad Prince, Casey G. Cegielski, Introduction to Information Systems, 5th Ed. Int’l Student Version, 2014, Wiley.
  3. Carol V. Brown, Daniel W. DeHayes, Jeffrey A. Hoffer, Wainright E. Martin, William C. Perkins, Managing Information Technology, 7/E, 2012, Pearson.
  4. Preston Gralla, “How the Internet works”, 8th edition, Que Publishing.
  5. John Petersen, “Absolute beginner’s guide to databases”, Que Publishing.
  6. V. Anton Spraul, “How software works: the magic behind encryption, CGI, search engines and other everyday technologies”, No Starch Press.