Information Technology

Learning Outcomes:

Almost no area of academic, professional, or personal life is untouched by the information technology revolution. Success in college and beyond requires computer and information literacies that are flexible enough to change with a changing IT environment and adaptable to new problems and tasks.

The purpose of the information technology requirement is to ensure that students achieve an essential understanding of information technology infrastructure encompassing systems and devices; learn to make the most of the Web and other network resources; protect their digital data and devices; take advantage of latest technologies; and become more sophisticated technology users and consumers.

Courses meeting the “IT only” requirement must address learning outcomes 1 and 2, and one additional outcome. Courses meeting “IT with Ethics component” must address outcomes 1, 2, 3, and 5. Courses meeting the only IT Ethics component must address outcomes 3 and 5.

  1. Students will be able to use technology to locate, access, evaluate, and use information, and appropriately cite resources from digital/electronic media.
  2. Students will understand the core IT concepts in a range of current and emerging technologies and learn to apply appropriate technologies to a range of tasks.
  3. Students will understand many of the key ethical, legal and social issues related to information technology and how to interpret and comply with ethical principles, laws, regulations, and institutional policies.
  4. Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate, create, and collaborate effectively using state-of-the-art information technologies in multiple modalities.
  5. Students will understand the essential issues related to information security, how to take precautions and use techniques and tools to defend against computer crimes.

Required: One approved 3-credit course that meets all IT requirements, or completion of an appropriate combination of courses.

Approved Courses: For the most current list of approved courses for 2017-2018, please see the Catalog

Information Technology with Ethics

These courses fulfill the Mason Core requirement for IT/Ethics:

Department Course Number Course Title
SOAN ANTH 395 Work, Technology, and Society: An IT Perspective
CDS CDS 130 Computing for Scientists
CS CS 100 Principles of Computing
SCHAR GOVT 300 Research Methods and Analysis
HIST HIST 390 The Digital Past
IST IT 104 Introduction to Computing
BUS MIS 303 Introduction to Business Information Systems
SMUS MUSI 259 Music in Computer Technology


Information Technology (IT only courses)

These courses fulfill only the IT portion of the Mason Core requirement for IT/Ethics. To fulfill this core requirement, students must also select an additional course from the Ethics only section.

Department Course Number Course Title
SART AVT 180 New Media in the Creative Arts
CS CS 112 Introduction to Computer Programming
PHYS PHYS 251 Introduction to Computer Techniques in Physics
PSYC PSYC 300 PSYC 300 Statistics in Psychology
PSYC PSYC 301 PSYC 301 Research Methods in Psychology
PSYC PSYC 372 PSYC 372 Physiological Psychology

PSYC 300, 301, and 372 must be taken in sequence

SOAN SOCI 410 Social Surveys and Attitude and Opinion Measurements


Information Technology Ethics (Ethics only courses)

These courses fulfill only the Ethics portion of the Mason Core requirement for IT/Ethics. To fulfill this core requirement, students must also select an additional course from the IT only section.

Department Course Number Course Title
CDS CDS 151 Data Ethics in an Information Society (1 credit)
CEIE CEIE 409 Professional Practice and Management in Engineering (1 credit)
CS CS 105 Computer Ethics and Society (1 credit)
ECE ENGR 107 Introduction to Engineering (2 credits)
IST IT 304 IT and the Global Economy
PHIL PHIL 112 Ethics and the Cybersociety (1 credit)