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Preparing for IT (ITEC 1005)

Total Credits: 1
Lab Credits: 1

Description: This course introduces professional and technical skills required by the Information Technology industry. You will gain knowledge and learn skills which will prepare you to be successful in Minneapolis College's ITEC programs, and in the workplace. You will learn the professional qualities required by IT employees: teamwork and group skills; networking; troubleshooting; professional communication; preparing an initial resume and other essential career documentation. You will design and implement your own personal study and career plan. Must be taken A-F.

Topical Outline:
1. Introduction/orientation to information technology study and careers
2. ITEC program overview; programs and areas of study offered in the ITEC department
3. Soft skills/non-technical skills in IT
4. Online skills - online applications and online research
5. Critical thinking and solving programs
6. IT careers, IT industry issues and trends

Learning Outcomes:
1. Demonstrate proficiency in online course management applications as used in the ITEC department
2. Describe the different areas of study offered in the ITEC department and compare and contrast the roles and responsibilities of a professional in each of these fields
3. Demonstrate communication skills required of IT professionals, with a focus on technical communications; including reading, writing, speaking, and the ability to work in a team
4. Create an initial personal resume, suitable for applications for entry-level IT jobs
5. Identify non-technical "employer required" skills of an IT professional

Prerequisites:  Placement into READ 1300 or completion of READ 0200 or ESOL 0052