Online Computer Technology Course course at Sessions College

Online Computer Technology Course

3 credits

GEN 105: Computer Technology

Gain a firm foundation in computer technology

To succeed in today's digital workplace, it's imperative to understand how computers work. In this online computer technology course, you'll gain a foundation in modern computer systems. The focus is on providing a basis in the computer fundamentals that every working professional should know. Students explore the conceptual framework behind computing, learning basic programming techniques, and examining some of the social issues associated with computer technology.

Course At A Glance

Course Features

  • 100% online
  • Project-based
  • Instructor-led
  • Credit-bearing: 3 Credits
  • Classes start January, April, and August


The course is taught by the following instructor(s):

Course developed by: Debra Herman

Take this course as a standalone or as part of the following program(s):

Course Projects

    1. Computer Hardware

      We'll start things off in this lecture with an overview of the fascinating history of computer hardware and a look at the components of a modern computer system. In the exercise, you'll explore trends in computer systems and learn to configure computer systems for different users.

    2. Computer Software

      In this week's class, we'll discuss the roles played by system software and application software, and take a close look at the software that is essential to design professionals.

    3. The Internet

      Like so many others worldwide, you are very likely connect to the Internet every day. You use the Internet to send and receive emails or Twitter tweets, to browse or update Web pages, to attend online meetings, to make phone calls, to listen to or view streaming media, to make purchases, and much more. But what really is the Internet? In this lecture, we'll answer that question as well as look at how the Internet works, who invented it, how Web pages are created and displayed, and how search engines work.

    4. Data Representation

      In this lecture, you will learn how such diverse data is represented in computer systems using only ones and zeroes. Once you have a good idea of how data is represented, you will take a look at two important processes relating to digital data: encryption and compression.

    5. Computer Programming

      In this week's class, you will get an overview of the software development process and get the chance to develop some simple programs of your own. You will learn the fundamentals of the Python programming language, a high-level, general purpose programming language that many people use as a springboard to other programming work.

    6. Social Issues in Computer Use

      This lecture takes a close look at three important issues: Why, as other professions have become more open to women, has computer science remained a largely male-dominated arena? What has been the impact of digital typefaces and computer typesetting on the quality of printed materials? And, what does the ability of computers to endlessly replicate digital data mean for the intellectual property rights of the creators of that information?

Sample Student Work

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Course Outcomes

What Are The Course Projects?

Writing and research projects deepen your understanding computer hardware and software, the internet, data representation, programming and social issues in computer use.

What Software or Supplies Do I Need?

  • Computer with Internet connection.
  • MS Word or equivalent program.

What Will I Learn?

Students in this course can expect to learn to:

  • Define what a computer is and explain the fundamentals of how it works.
  • Identify important milestones in the development of computer hardware, software, the Internet, and programming languages.
  • Define and discuss important terms and concepts in computer hardware.
  • Explore system configuration options for different computer users.
  • Define and discuss important terms and concepts in computer software.
  • Explain the roles played by system and application software programs.
  • Define and discuss important terms and concepts relating to the Internet.
  • Create a basic Web page and compare the features of different search engines.
  • Explain how computers use binary number systems to represent numbers, text, and graphic images.
  • Explain the benefits of data encryption and data compression on computers and how each works.
  • Explain how software is developed and write a basic program script.
  • Research and discuss social issues relating to computer technology.

Getting Started

Course Registration

  • Classes start January, April, and August
  • 3 Credit Course
  • Project-Based: Exercises, Discussions, and Critiques

Course Tuition and Fees 
Registration Fee* $200
Total Course Price $1730

Registration fees are nonrefundable after 5 days from enrollment. All tuition includes a digital materials fee for course content.

Click Register Now to enter your information and desired start date. An Admissions Advisor will contact you to arrange payment and provide you with an Enrollment Agreement.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


What Are The Courses Like?

Our courses are project-based. In each course you’ll enjoy a series of lectures, projects, discussions, and critiques designed to stretch your creative skills, earning college credit for your completed course.

How Much Time Do I Need?

Classes start January, April, and August, and this course can be completed in a 15-week term. College credit from this course can be applied to a range of degree and certificate level programs at Sessions College.

Who Are The Instructors?

Our courses are developed and taught by our faculty of professional artists, designers, and photographers. This means that you’ll learn in-demand skills, get feedback on your work, and build a portfolio of creative work.

Is Sessions College accredited?

Yes. Since 2001, Sessions College has been accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).