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    computer studies/ information technology

    Hi again!

    In a test on school subjects I found "computer studies", whereas in English Vocabulary in Use by Felicity O'Dell I found "information technology".Are they synonymous (perfectly interchangeable)?

    Thank you very much
    angela

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    Re: computer studies/ information technology

    Quote Originally Posted by tangelatm View Post
    Hi again!

    In a test on school subjects I found "computer studies", whereas in English Vocabulary in Use by Felicity O'Dell I found "information technology".Are they synonymous (perfectly interchangeable)?

    Thank you very much
    angela
    Dear Angela:

    I am no expert, but 'Information technology' would seem to cover a broader range than 'computer studies.' Computers are only one part of information systems.
    Also, 'Computer studies' would seem to cover all aspects of computers, not just their role in 'information technology.'

    I hope this is helpful,

    Petra


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    Question Re: computer studies/ information technology

    Quote Originally Posted by pyoung View Post
    Dear Angela:

    I am no expert, but 'Information technology' would seem to cover a broader range than 'computer studies.' Computers are only one part of information systems.
    Also, 'Computer studies' would seem to cover all aspects of computers, not just their role in 'information technology.'

    I hope this is helpful,

    Petra
    Hi Petra,
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    by simplythebest on 18 Apr 2009, 09:01


    Thank you for your prompt reply.
    I totally agree with you as to the difference between "computer studies" and "information technology", and in a test I gave my pre-intermediate students titled School Subjects I used "Computer studies".
    A friend of mine in Kent, the UK, argued that in the British National Curriculum the term is "Information &Communication Technology", whereas "Computer Studies" appears more often in relation to academic studies.
    On Amazon I found a book "Computer Studies for your GCSE" (1985), and another one published in 1990 using the same construction with reference to middle schools' curriculum.
    On a Google search I found "computer studies" used with reference to primary and secondary school subjects in Australia and New Zealand.
    Is it possible that once frequently used as described above to have in the meanwhile changed its meaning and in contemporary English to be only related to the academic field?

    Looking forward to your reply,
    angela not at her ... best!

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