Course Plan (Syllabus)

Semester: Spring 2013
Course Number and Title: ITE 105 - IT Careers & CyberEthics
Mr. Tom Faigle
Prepared by:
Mrs. Carlotta Eaton, Course Manager
Approved by: Division Chair (signature on file)

I. Course Description

Career paths in Information Technology will be explored to help the student determine the appropriate degree plan. Career paths will include but not be limited to software development, computer science, database, networking, system administration and operations, end user support, web design, and management. The student will learn ethical concerns in business and information technology including the ACM Code of Ethics.

Lecture 2 hours per week. 2 credits. Lecture 2 hours per week. 2 credits.

II Instructional Materials

  1. Ethics in Information Technology, 3rd edition, George Reynolds, 2010 Course Technology, ISBN: 978-0-538-74622-9
  2. StrengthsQuest:  Discover and Develop Your Strengths in Academic Career and Beyond, Second Edition, Donald Clifton, 2004 Gallop Organization.  ISBN: 1-59562-011-7 (978-1-59562-011-8) Important Note: Buy only a new copy of this book. It contains a one-time use code.
  3. Financial Peace 5 Chapter Student Guide, Dave Ramsey, 2011, ISBN: 978-1-936948-02-4
  4. Note: This book moved to ITP 251, 290 and 297 classes. Act the IT Resume, 2nd edition, Paula Moreira, 2007 McGraw Hill ISBN: 978-0-07-149274-4 This book will not be used in this class this semester.
  5. Flash drive at least 256KB or portable hard drive.
  6. Notebook to take notes, Folder with pockets to organize handouts and assignments.
  7. Course Web page
  8. Blackboard site will only be used for discussion board items unless indicated otherwise by your instructor.
  9. Computer with an Internet connection, browser such as Internet Explorer, and Word. Computers are available in the Mall Lab 109, Mall hallways, NRCC Library, Rooker 253, and Rooker 254 labs for your use while on campus. Please check the lab schedules on the lab doors to determine availability.

NRCC assumes no liability for virus, loss of data, or damage to software or computer when a student downloads software for classes.

High School Level Pre-Requisite Knowledge

  • Computer key boarding with at least 30 wpm with 2 errors.
  • Windows operating system basics such as booting up the system, starting an application, exiting an application and using the Windows help system.
  • Windows management basics such as maximizing, minimizing, resizing, tiling and closing windows on the screen.
  • File and folder basics such as creating, copying, deleting and moving folders, and creating, copying, deleting, moving and finding files in the appropriate folder.
  • Word processing basics such as opening, editing, saving changing and printing existing documents and creating new documents with Word.
  • Web browser basics such as using a browser to search and find specific web sites or topics.

III. Evaluation

The course grade will be determined on class and team participation, attendance, and assignments. Grades will be earned according to the following point schedule. Assignments must be submitted on time to avoid a 0 grade.
Grading: Assignments, Teamwork & Classroom Activities and Final Project






<= 59%

IV.  Professor Location

Mr. Tom Faigle
Section M6
Office: Mall 125
Phone: x4145

V. Attendance Requirements

No-Show Policy
A student must either attend face-to-face courses or demonstrate participation in distance learning courses by the last date to drop for a refund. A student who does not meet this deadline will be reported to the Admissions and Records Office and will be withdrawn as a no-show student.  No refund will be applicable, and the student will not be allowed to attend/participate in the class or submit assignments. Failure to attend or participate in a course will adversely impact a student’s financial aid award.

Students are expected to maintain regular, consistent attendance.  Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class.

If you miss a class, you are responsible for getting the missed material.  Let your instructor know in advance if possible any day that you will miss a class. Read the text material, check the course web pages, or contact a classmate for notes before contacting the professor if you miss a class meeting.

Excessive absences (twice the number of weekly meetings) will result in Faculty Initiated  Withdrawal during the first 60% of the course, and an F in the last weeks of the course. No refund will be applicable.

Inclement Weather Policy

If NRCC cancels classes due to inclement weather, any quizzes or exams scheduled for that day will be taken at the next class meeting. Any assignments are also due at the next class meeting.

If NRCC is open, but the roads are bad at your home please stay home. Don't risk your life to come to school. Call or email your instructor. We will view the high school closings to grant leniency for any assignments due.

VI. Course Content - Tentative schedule      



  • Syllabus
  • ITE 105 web site
  • IT web site and IT degrees at NRCC
  • Time Management Planning
  • Personal Finance workbook
    • Chapter 1: 1) Introduction & Expectations, 2) Course Pre-test
    • Chapter 4: Choosing a Major: Strengths


  • Personal Finance workbook
    • Chapter 1 Savings: 1) Baby Steps, 2) Emergency Fund, 3) Weath Building, 4) Compound Interest
  • Strengths Quest textbook
    • Strengths Quest Assessment tool
    • Chapter 1 The Nature of Strengths
    • Chapter 2 Gaining Direction for your Quest
    • Chapter 3 Affirming and Celebrating Your Talents


  • Personal Finance workbook
    • Chapter 5: Choosing a Major: 1) Personality, 2) Financial Aid
  • Strengths Quest textbook
    • Chapter 4 Relationships from the Strengths Perspective
    • Chapter 5 Insights into Strengths Development
    • Chapter 6 Considering Strengths when Planning your Education


  • Personal Finance workbook
    • Chapter 5: 1) Life after graduation 2) Landing a Job
  • Strengths Quest textbook
    • Chapter 7 Developing Academic Strengths in College
    • Chapter 8 Developing Leadership Strengths in College
    • Chapter 9 Becoming Your Own Best Educator and Learner
    • Chapter 10 Strengths and Career Planning


  • Personal Finance workbook
    • Chapter 5: 1) Working Part Time 2) Money and Marriage 3) Money and Kids


  • Personal Finance workbook
    • Chapter 2: Budgets sections 1 and 2 Budgets and Checking Accounts


  • Personal Finance workbook
    • Chapter 2: Budgets sections 3 and 4 Budget and Cash Flow
  • Personal Finance workbook
    • Chapter 2: Budgets sections 5 Student Budget


  • Personal Finance workbook
    • Chapter 3: Debts Sections 1 and 2 History and Lenders


  • Personal Finance workbook
    • Chapter 3: Debts Sections 3 and 4 Car Loans and Mortgages


  • Personal Finance workbook
    • Chapter 3: Debts Sections 5 and 6 Credit Cards and Debt
  • Ethics in IT Book
  • Chapter 1 An Overview of Ethics
  • Chapter 2 Ethics for IT Professionals and IT Users


  • Personal Finance workbook
    • Chapter 3: Debts Sections 7 Gazelle Intensity
  • Ethics in IT Book
  • Chapter 3 Computer and Internet Crime
  • Chapter 4 Privacy
  • Chapter 5 Freedom of Expression


  • Personal Finance workbook
    • Chapter 5: Family, Friends Sections 1 and 2
  • Ethics in IT Book
  • Chapter 6 Intellectual Property
  • Chapter 7 Software Development
  • Chapter 8 Employer/Employee Issues
  • Chapter 9 The Impact of IT on the Quality of Life


  • Personal Finance workbook
    • Chapter 5: Family, Friends Sections 1 and 2
  • Strengths Quest textbook
  • Chapter 11 Further Insigths Into Choosing a Career


  • Final Exams

VII. Learning Objectives

Students will be provided the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in the following areas:

Computer Career & Planning

  1. Describe the Information Technology career field and job pathways in the field.
  2. Apply effective job search tools. Find a job opening in IT in Virginia and in the US.
  3. Understand the expectations of the profession of IT.
  4. Understand personality traits, strength quest themes and how they apply to different jobs in IT.
  5. Explain job supply and demand and its affect on IT salaries.
  6. Create a personal career building toolkit including being a professional, and creating an educational plan during and beyond college.
  7. Understand your StrengthQuest or StrenghtBuilder personal strengths to use them to help your future career in Infomation Technology.
  8. List steps to financial planning. Explain basic reasons for saving money.
  9. Explain how money is active. Identify ways to earn money while attending college. Summarize the benefits of a budget.
  10. Summarize the history and evoluation of credit. Evaluate and refute the myths associated with debt. Describe reasons for avoiding debt.
  11. Describe the role of money in deciding a career. Explain personality types and identify possible majors for each.
  12. Integrate healthy communication about money with parents, spouses, roommates and friends.

Computer Ethics

ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Task Force on Computing Curricula 2001 recommends the inclusion of the following 10 units of instruction on social, ethical, and professional topics:

  1. History of computing
  2. Social context of computing
  3. Methods and tools of analysis
  4. Professional and ethical responsibilies
  5. Risks and liabilities of computer based systems
  6. Intellectual property
  7. Privacy and civil liberties
  8. Computer crime
  9. Economic issues in computing
  10. Philosophical frameworks

VIII. Instructional Procedures

The course will consist of lectures, discussions, demonstrations, quizzes, and hands-on assignments.

IX. Withdrawal Policy

Student Initiated Withdrawal

A student may drop or withdrawal from a class without academic penalty during the first 60% of a session. For purposes of enrollment reporting, the following procedures apply.

    1. After the add/drop period, but prior to a completion of 60% of a session, a student who withdrawals from a class will be assigned a grade of "W".
    2. After that time, if a student withdraws from a class, a grade of "F" will be assigned.

See the current NRCC Catalog for more details.

Instructor Initiated Withdrawal

    • A student who adds a class or registers after the first day of class is counted absent from all class meetings missed. Each instructor is responsible for keeping a record of student attendance in each class.

    • Students who have not attended class by the last day to drop the class and receive a refund must be deleted by the instructor during the following week. No refund will be applicable.

    • When a student's absences equal twice the number of weekly meetings of a class (within the first 60% of classes), the student may be dropped for unsatisfactory attendance in the class by the instructor. The student will be notified of the withdrawal by the Admissions and Records Office.

    • See the current NRCC Catalog for more details. Note: A student will be awarded an F for excessive absences with in the last 40% of classes.

Withdrawal From College

A student who wishes to withdrawal form college should contact a counselor to determine the appropriate procedure. Failure to follow established procedures could place the student's college record in doubt and prejudice the student's return to this or another college.

X. Academic Honesty

The NRCC Code of Conduct states:

    As a member of the New River Community College Student Body,
    I will act in a responsible manner with the utmost integrity at all times.
    I will obey all college rules and regulations.
    I will respect the rights and privileges of others.

Students will be expected to maintain complete honesty and integrity in their experiences in the classroom. Any student found guilty of dishonesty in academic work is subject to disciplinary action. Penalties include but are not limited to disciplinary probation. withholding of transcript or degree, denial of degree, suspension or expulsion. See the current NRCC Student handbook for more information and details.

Sexually Explicit Material: Warning! Despite the wealth of great material on the web, there are also objects in poor taste. Do not download them or view them on any NRCC computer.  It goes without saying to not include any of these images on your web pages. Display of sexually explicate images may result in suspension or permanent expulsion from the class at the discretion of the professor. These images are very clearly marked and cannot be downloaded by "accident". Displaying these images on any screen in the computer lab, at any time, would cause embarrassment, would be in extremely poor taste and could be seen as sexually harassment.

Disability Statement

    If you are a student with a documented disability who will require accommodations in this course, please register with the Disability Services Office located in the Counseling Center in Rooker Hall for assistance in developing a plan to address your academic needs.

Diversity Statement

    The NRCC community values the pluralistic nature of our society.  We recognize diversity including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, social class, age, gender, sexual orientation and physical or mental capability.  We respect the variety of ideas, experiences and practices that such diversity entails.  It is our commitment to ensure equal opportunity and to sustain a climate of civility for all who work or study at NRCC or who otherwise participate in the life of the college.

NRCC Learning Links

    Additional resource materials for some New River Community College classes can be found on the NRCC Web-based learning site at


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