Content of IP

1 Basic Concepts for IP course

In the IT Passport, contents are set in each of the fields of strategy, management, and technology in accordance with the concepts below.

[1] Strategy

This course explains basic terminology and concepts, required to perform analysis concerning computerization and corporate activities, and knowledge on basic terminology and concepts to appear in high school’s information subject, general newspapers, books, and magazines are explained.

Methods for understanding and analyzing familiar work and solving problems, and basic knowledge of utilization of office tools for data analysis and problem solving are also included.

[ 2] Management

This course explains basic terminology and concepts and others relating to system development and project management processes, but highly specialized and specific terminology and concepts are not explained.

Basic knowledge to consider the improvement of business operations environment by using computers, networks, office tools, and others such things are included.

[ 3] Technology

This course explains basic terminology and concepts, and logical thinking, but a high level of technical specialism is not explained. Basic knowledge on secure use of familiar systems are also explained.


2 Scope of IP course


Field

Major category

Middle category

Scope of contents

Strategy

1

Corporate and

legal affairs

1

Corporate

activities

• Fundamental concepts about corporate activities and business management

• Techniques for analyzing familiar business tasks and resolving issues, the concept of PDCA, and operational planning using techniques such as Pareto charts

• Visual expressions used for understanding business tasks, such as workflow

• Fundamental concepts of accounting and financial affairs, such as financial statements and break-even points

2

Legal affairs

 

• Familiar laws of workplaces, such as intellectual property rights (copyright law, industrial property rights related laws, etc.), security related laws (act on the prohibition of unauthorized computer access, etc.), Act on the Protection of Personal Information, Labor Standards Act, and Act for Securing the Proper Operation of Worker Dispatching Undertakings and Improved Working Conditions for Dispatched Workers

• Concepts and characteristics of software license, such as license types and license management

• Concepts of corporate rules and regulations, such as compliance and corporate governance

• Significance of standardization

2

Business

strategy

3

Business

strategy

management

• Fundamental concepts about typical management information analysis techniques and business management systems, such as SWOT analysis, PPM (Product Portfolio Management), customer satisfaction, CRM, and SCM

• Understanding of the use of office tools (software packages) such as spreadsheet software, database software, etc.

4

Technological

strategy

management

• Understanding of the significance and purpose of technology development strategy

5

Business

industry

• Characteristics of typical systems in various business fields such as e-commerce, POS systems, IC cards, and RFID application systems

• Characteristics of typical systems in the engineering filed and e-business

• Characteristics and trends of intelligent home appliances and embedded systems

3

System

strategy

6

System

strategy

• Significance and purpose of information system strategies and the concepts of strategic goals, business improvement, and problem solving

• Concepts of typical modeling in business models

• Effective use of groupware for communication and of office tools

• Purpose and concepts of increasing operational efficiency by using computers and networks

• Concepts of solution business through typical services, such as cloud computing

• Significance and purpose of the promotion and evaluation activities of system utilization

7

System

planning

• Purpose of computerization planning

• Purpose of the operational requirements definition based on the analysis of current state

• Fundamental flow of procurement, such as estimates, RFPs, and proposals

Management

4

Development

technology

8

System

development

technology

• Fundamental flow of the process of system development such as requirements definition, system design, programming , testing and software maintenance

• Concepts of the estimate in system development

9

Software

development

management

techniques

• Significance and purpose of typical development models and development methods

5

Project

management

10

Project

management

• Significance, purpose, concepts, processes, and methods of project management

6

Service

management

11

Service

management

• Significance, purpose, and concepts of IT service management

• Understanding of related matters such as service desks (help desks)

• Concepts about system environment maintenance, such as computers and networks

12

System audit

• Significance, purpose, concepts, and target of systems audit

• Flow of systems audit, such as planning, investigating, and reporting

• Significance, purpose, and concepts of internal control and IT governance

Technology

7

Basic theory

13

Basic theory

• Fundamental concepts about radix including the characteristics and operations of binary numbers

• Fundamental concepts about sets, such as Venn diagrams, probability, and statistics

• Fundamental concepts of how to express information content, such as bits and bytes, and of digitization

14

Algorithm and
programming

• Fundamental concepts of algorithms and data structures, and how to draw flow charts

• Roles of programming

• Types and fundamental usage of markup languages, such as HTML and XML

8

Computer

system

15

Computer

Component

• Fundamental configuration and roles of computers

• Performance and fundamental mechanism of processors, and the types and characteristics of memory

• Types and characteristics of storage media

• Types and characteristics of input/output interfaces, device drivers, etc.

16

System

component

• Characteristics of system configurations, of the types of processing, and of the types of usage

• Characteristics of client/server systems and virtual systems

• Characteristics of Web systems

• Concepts of system performance, reliability, and economic efficiency

17

Software

• Necessity, functions, types, and characteristics of OSs

• Concepts and use of basic functions of file management, such as access methods and search methods, and the fundamental concepts of backups

• Characteristics and fundamental operations of software packages, such as office tools

• Characteristics of OSS (Open Source Software)

18

Hardware

• Types and characteristics of computers

• Types and characteristics of input/output devices

9

Technical

element

19

Human

interface

• Concept and characteristics of interface design, such as GUI and menus

• Concepts of Web design

• Concepts of universal design

20

Multimedia

• Types and characteristics of encodings such as JPEG, MPEG, and MP3

• Purpose and characteristics of application of multimedia technology, such as AR (Augmented Reality), VR (Virtual Reality) and CG (Computer Graphics)

• Characteristics of media, and compression and decompression of information data

21

Database

• Significance, purpose, and concepts of database management systems (DBMS)

• Concepts of data analysis and design, and the characteristics of database models

• Manipulation methods such as data extraction

• Database processing methods such as exclusive control and recovery processing

22

Network

• Types and configurations of LAN and WAN regarding networks, and the roles of Internet and LAN connection devices

• Necessity of communication protocols, and the roles of typical protocols

• Characteristics and fundamental mechanism of the Internet

• Characteristics of e-mail and Internet services

• Understanding of the types and characteristics, accounting, and transmission rates of communication services, such as mobile communication and IP phones

23

Security

• Fundamental concepts of information security from the viewpoint of safe and secure activities in a network society

• Information assets, the purpose of risk management, and the concepts of information security policy

• Concepts, types, and characteristics of technological security measures, such as measures against mal ware (computer viruses, bots, spy ware, etc.) and various attacks (phasing, targeted attacks, etc.)

• Concepts, types, and characteristics of physical and human security measures, such as entrance/exit control and access control

• Types and characteristics of authentication technologies such as ID, password, digital signature, and biometric authentication

• Mechanisms and characteristics of encryption technology, such as common key cryptography, public key cryptography, and public key infrastructure (PKI)