About the course

INFO I101 Introduction to Informatics and Computing is an exciting class that gives students a hands-on approach to understanding and using technology. This course teaches basic concepts in the field of Informatics and Computing. It focuses on subjects that will prepare students for more advanced coursework with the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering.

Specific lecture topics taught include problem solving techniques, information theory, career panels, and research areas within the School. A lab component teaches basic technology skills in the areas of web design, media computation, and a basic introduction to programming.

Lecture and laboratory work together to prepare students by providing a basic foundation and general knowledge within the realm of informatics and computer science.

INFO I101 also counts as a General Education (GenEd) Natural and Mathematical Sciences Requirement.

Skills gained

Social Awareness

The ability to identify, evaluate, and critique the impact of technology on society/culture, over time, and into the future.

Basic Data Proficiency

The ability to understand and transform data into meaning and actionable information and knowledge.

Abstract Thinking

The ability to apply critical and logical thinking to solve real world problems.

Practical Applications

The ability to use and apply computational tools to solve real world problems.

Technology Fundamentals

The ability to identify and explain different parts of technology (key terms, basic theories, etc.).

Problem Deconstruction

The ability to evaluate the nature of a given problem.

Course Prerequisites


There are no prerequisites for the course! An interest in learning about technology (and how we interact with it) is all that you need.

Land Acknowledgement

We wish to acknowledge and honor the Indigenous communities native to this region, and recognize that Indiana University Bloomington is built on Indigenous homelands and resources. We recognize the Miami, Delaware, Potawatomi, and Shawnee people as past, present, and future caretakers of this land.

Beyond our campus, we acknowledge and honor the Indigenous communities across the country and around the world on whose homelands and resources the physical infrastructure of our digital world is built.