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The discussions around topic 2. Information and systems were great. There were lots of interesting “finds” and comments.

The first couple of weeks of the quarter are always a bit chaotic, especially in distance learning and if you are new to the online Catalyst system. However, it gets easier. We use the same basic format and tools throughout the course. You will discover the options and functions that help you move around the resources. And as you get to know your classmates, you will appreciate the interactions, even if they are not real-time.

The activities will provide a framework for your learning during the semester. The Lifecycle project allows you to explore an area of interest to you while learning about information systems, computers, data and application development.

The keywords are guides to concepts and terminology for individual topics. The topics are broad so this is a way for you to find information that will help you build your knowledge of the topic from whatever your current level of understanding. In a course like this, everyone comes with some knowledge, so the I know… discussions help you to think about that. The keyword activities encourage you to discover and share new and extended information.

3. Hardware – computers, peripherals and networks

Starting with things we can touch and see, there are a wide variety of objects – physical, mechanical, electronic, that are considered in the broad classification of “hardware”.

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