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BTT 101 Information Technologies

School: Northern
Written by: Reza Rowghani
This course introduces students to information and communication
technology in a business environment and builds a foundation of digital
literacy skills necessary for success in a technologically driven society.
Students will develop word processing, spreadsheet, database, desktop
publishing, presentation software, and website design skills. Throughout the
course, there is an emphasis on digital literacy, effective electronic research
and communication skills, and current issues related to the impact of
information and communication technology. Please note: This is a course
about business technology, not an introduction to the world of business.

70% class work, 20% culminating project, and 10% final exam written in

Resources: (Please update every year)
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Unit 1: Digital Literacy

Overall Expectations:
By the end of this unit, students will:
Demonstrate an understanding of the terminology associated with
information and communication technology;
Demonstrate an understanding of the computer workstation
Manage electronic files and folders;

Analyse options for accessing the internet;

Apply effective techniques when conducting electronic research;
The windows Interface and My computer (files/folder/c: and h:
drives) Different parts of the computer label and define
Digital literacy terms
How email works describe the chain of events of sending a
message and receiving one eg. Email client to POP3 server etc.
Operating systems and their purpose get them to research on the
main 3
Different types of computers sizes and speeds eg. Super
computers etc.
Different ways to connect to the internet look at different
Searching on the internet/advanced searches/images etc and
website credibility
Review then Test or another form of assessment.

Unit 2: Productivity Software

Overall Expectations:
By the end of this unit, students will:

Use word processing software to create common business

Use spreadsheet software to perform a variety of tasks;

Manage information using database software.

- Microsoft Word Intro to the interface, Ribbons, using and formatting
text, tables, graphical tools, hyperlinks, spelling check, and tabbing.
Also look at different current software on the internet like Google docs.
- Microsoft Excel cells, formulas, and visually represent data. Get
them to produce business related spreadsheet documents like
invoices, payroll, inventory etc.
- Microsoft Access - define common database terminology (eg field,
record, file, query) , use database features to locate and organize

Unit 3: Design Software

Overall Expectations:

By the end of this unit, students will:

- Use presentation software to create and deliver effective
- Use desktop publishing software to create publications;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the uses and design of effective
websites, and develop their own web pages.
- Powerpoint effective guidelines for designing an affective
electronic presentation (eg. Colour, scheme, font size, slide content)
adding slides, slide master, transitions, and animations.
- Publisher create a variety of publications (eg card, invitation,
flyer, newsletter)
- Web development use a variety of tags to create simple

Unit 4: Ethics and Issues in Information and

communication technology
Lessons :
Use up-to-date information to cover the following:
- Freedom of information and copyright issues
- Social media
- Viruses and anti-virus software
- Importance of keeping information secure and confidential (e.g.,
password, encryption, firewalls, protection of credit card
information, cookies, identity theft spyware, cyber stalking.)
- Health issues associated with the use of information and
communication technologies
- Impact of technology on the environment