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Computing concepts

Intended for

Future programmers or analysts without a specific IT background.


No specific previous knowledge is required.

Training method

Besides the theoretical explanations, a lot of time is spent on practical examples and even some exercises (e.g. on the basic principles of system analysis).

Course leader

Koen De Backer, Guido Indesteege, Ludo Van den dries.


3 days.


No public sessions are currently scheduled. We will be pleased to set up an on-site course or to schedule an extra public session (in case of a sufficient number of candidates). Interested ? Please contact ABIS.


This course gives participants without a specific background a general overview of the basic principles and techniques of the IT world.

At the end of this course the participant will:

  • be familiar with the basic architectures and technologies of hardware, networks, communication;
  • be familiar with the functions and the types of operating systems;
  • understand the different kinds of applications: how they work and how they are made;

Main topics

  • Computer technology basics

computer architecture • binary data • CPU • memory • I/O • mainframe/midrange/PC/server

  • Operating systems:

functions • types • OS overview (Windows, Unix/Linux, MVS-z/OS, OS/400-i5/OS, ...)

  • Data communication and networks:

LAN & WAN • hubs, routers, switches, modems • Ethernet • ADSL • ISDN • TCP/IP • OSI model • Internet

  • Distributed processing:

client/server • web technology • HTML • XML • HTTP • web services • security • firewall

  • Data organisation:

data types • storage media • database types • SQL • locking, protection, recovery • data warehouses

  • Applications:

traditional & object oriented • programming languages (COBOL, C++, Java, Visual Basic, C#, ...) • programming tools (IDE, CASE) • platforms (Java EE, .NET)

  • The development process:

project lifecycle (analysis, design, implementation, test, ...) • methods and techniques • modelling • ERD • Object Orientation (OO) • RUP • UML • organisational aspects

  • Management:

system management • network management • application management • SLA • ITIL