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Georgia Foundations of Secure Information Systems

This course provides an exploratory foundation in information systems, networking, and cybersecurity. Through integrated instructional activities, students will have opportunities to apply employability skills and to research possible career options in the information technology area. They will also complete many hands-on activities to build a strong foundation in computer hardware and connectivity. Students who successfully complete this course will be prepared for the following pathways upon entering high school: Information Support & Services, Networking, and Cybersecurity. This course may be taught in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade.

Syllabus

Units: 5
Contact Hours: 40

By the Numbers


Contact Hours 40
Lessons 35
Videos 37
Exercises 10
Offline Handouts 53

Units

Unit Description
Computer Basics: Students will learn about the physical elements of computers and networking such as motherboards, RAM, routers, and the use of port numbers, ethernet and wireless devices.
Networking Fundamentals: Students will explore the structure and design of the internet and networks, and how this design affects the reliability of network communication, the security of data, and personal privacy. They will learn how the Internet connects computers all over the world. Finally, students will explore basic networking protocols, practical networking, and how networks are secured.
Project: Troubleshooting: In this project, students will explore the troubleshooting methodology and utilize it to solve sample IT support issues.
Cybersecurity and Digital Citizenship: This module provides students with an introduction to cybersecurity. It focuses on why cybersecurity is important, recent threats to cybersecurity, and different careers in the field.
Project: Public Service Announcement: For this project, students will create a Public Service Announcement (PSA) to teach their peers about digital citizenship and cyber hygiene. They can select any of the topics covered in the previous unit.

Demos

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Windows OS Installation Simulation

Windows Updates

Phishing Simulator

Resources

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Format of Course

The course utilizes a blended classroom approach. The content is fully web-based, with students writing and running code in the browser. Teachers utilize tools and resources provided by CodeHS to leverage time in the classroom and give focused 1-on-1 attention to students. Each unit of the course is broken down into lessons. Lessons consist of video tutorials, short quizzes, example programs to explore, and written programming exercises.

Who is it for?

This course is designed for middle school students and will provide an exploratory foundation in information systems, networking, and cybersecurity. It is designed to be taught in a 9-week rotation in 45-minute daily classes. Through integrated instructional activities, students will have opportunities to apply employability skills and to research possible career options in the information technology area. They will also complete many hands-on activities to build a strong foundation in computer hardware and connectivity. Capstone projects Students who successfully complete this course will be prepared for the following pathways upon entering high school: Information Support & Services, Networking, and Cybersecurity. This course may be taught in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade.

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Standards

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