INFO 863 Topics in Information Systems Fall 2009 - 2010
Michael E. Atwood Rush Building, Room 426 Office hours: Tuesday, 2pm - 4pm, or by appointment Office phone: 215 895 6273 Email: [email protected]
Graduate education, especially at the Ph.D. level, should not focus on learning
. While this course will cover topics such as systems, people, and evaluating information systems, the goal is not that you learn
these topics. Rather, the goal is that you learn
an information systems professional involves becoming a member of the community of information systems professionals. Members of a community of practice share a common body of knowledge and collectively work to expand that body of knowledge. Becoming a member of a community of practice requires an understanding of that body of knowledge. During this course, you will read and discuss some of the most important texts and papers in the field of information systems. In doing so, you will develop an understanding of the core concepts on which research in information systems is built, including how these concepts interrelate. At the conclusion of this course, you should have a firm understanding of the foundations of information systems and the ability to determine how new research builds on these foundations.
This course is built on weekly readings, weekly homework assignments, in-class discussion, and a final exam. The major activity of the class will be a discussion that will be based on your homework assignment. The course concludes with a final exam.
For each week, except the first week of classes, your assignment is to write two questions, based on that week’s readings, and to justify why these questions are relevant. The questions may pertain only to the current week’s readings or they may pertain to how the readings relate to previous ones. You need not answer the questions. However, you must explain why the questions help us better understand the foundations of information systems. These questions should form the basis for in-class discussions.
During class, you are expected to participate in discussions. When commenting on the ideas of others, constructive, positive comments are encouraged. Your comments should reflect what you have learned in this course. Quality is much more important than quantity! Participation will be graded.
The final exam will consist of essay questions. Whether this exam is “in class” or “take home” will be decided later by a class vote. You may wish to revise your final exam and include it in your student portfolio.
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Academic honesty is taken very seriously in this college. All known or suspected violations are pursued and, if substantiated, the penalties are severe. The University’s statement on
Academic Honesty is in Chapter 10 of the Student Handbook . Familiarize yourself with this statement. Ignorance of what constitutes academic dishonesty is not an acceptable defense! The most common problem is plagiarism. Plagiarism is the representation of someone else's work as your own. Thus if your individual assignment appears to me to be identical or highly congruent to another student's assignment, I must assume that each of you is representing the other's work as your own. Also, if your assignments include material which was copied from a book, journal, or an electronic publication (e.g., a web page), and the source of that material was not accurately attributed, then you have effectively represented someone else's work as your own.
. Lectures may be recorded and/or streamed and rebroadcast for educational purposes only.
Assignments In-class Participation Final Exam 50 25 25
We will start with a discussion of the overview and objectives of this course. Each student will also be asked to introduce themselves.
Sciences of the artificial
(third edition). MIT Press, 1996. (1,2,3,4,5,8)
Brown, J.S. & Duguid, P.
The social life of information.
Harvard Business School Press, 2000.
The timeless way of building.
Oxford University Press; 1979.
Schön, D.A. Educating the reflective practitioner. Jossey-Bass; 1990.
Why things bite back: Technology and the revenge of unintended consequences.
Vintage, 1997. (1,8,9,10,11,12)
The Mythical man-month: Essays on software engineering
. Addison-Wesley, 1995.
The wealth of networks
. Yale University Press, 2006. (Part One intro, 2,3,5,10,12) Also available at http://www.benkler.org/
Burke, J. & Ornstein, R.
The axemaker’s gift: Technology’s capture and control of our minds and culture.
Tarcher Penguin, 1997. (1,2,3,10,11)
Pasteur’s quadrant: Basic science and technological innovation?
Brookings Institution Press, 1997. (1,2,3)