Governor's Career & Technical Academy Arlington

ITE 115: Computer Applications and Concepts

Course Syllabus


Jeffrey Elkner

Contact Information:

Phone: 703-228-5771
Email: jeff@elkner.net
Web Site:

Course Schedule

Office Hours:

Course Description and Purpose:

An introduction to computer applications and concepts. Topics include computer hardware, communications technology, operating systems, ethics and security, information literacy, productivity tools, web authoring and publishing, multimedia concepts, and software development.

This is a 3 credit course which will combine class discussion with hands-on projects.

Course Objectives:

The objective of this introductory ICT course is to help students quickly aquire the core skills needed to effectively understand and use computers and other information and communication technologies.

A detailed list of specific competencies (skills) for this course is included here.

Textbooks and Resource Materials:

Our principal resource will be:

Suggested supplementary resources will be made available throughout the course.

Evaluation and Grading:

The central goal of this program is for students to aquire real world skills in web application development. In pursuit of that goal we will take a competency based learning approach, and evaluation will focus on each student's ability to perform varifiable tasks (competencies) for each course in the program through completion of hands-on projects using the skills.

Students will be evaluated on their ability to perform each skill in the competency list for each course (see the Course Objectives section above) and given a numeric score using the following scale:

4Expert - Can teach others the skill
3Competent - Can perform the skill without assistance
2Practicing - Can perform the skill with help
1Exposed - Can recognize the skill being performed
0No Evidence of mastery or recognition of skill

A student is competent when she can perform the skill without assistance, earning a score of 3 or 4.

Students will receive a letter grade for each course based on their average score on required skills mastered during the quarter.

GradeSkill points earned / Possible skill points
Eless than 12.5

Class Policies:


Attendance in this class is mandatory. Students must adhere to the attendance policy of the Summer School of Arlington Public Schools. Additionally, the policy of Northern Virginia Community College appertaining to attendance will be observed.

Classroom Conduct:

Every student must exhibit behavior which contributes to an atmosphere conducive to teaching and learning. All Students are expected to show respect for their classmates, the teacher and other staff members, and to be actively engaged in learning for this course during their time in class.

Academic Honesty:

The Arlington Public School and The Northern Virginia Community College are committed to the highest standards of academic honesty. As a result, appropriate actions will be taken in this course to discourage breaches of academic honesty. All work presented by the student as theirs should be the work of that student alone. Plagurism in any form will not be allowed.

Note: In the interest of responding in real time to student learning needs, all information in this syllabus is subject to change by the instructor at any time.