University of Phoenix rEsource Syllabus Course Title CIS319 – Computers and Information Processing Course Schedule Mondays, 8/22/2005 through 9/26/2005 (no class on 9/5/2005) Course Materials All materials can be found on resource, which can be accessed through the University of Phoenix eCampus Web site. The instructor keeps a personal UOP web-site with class-specific information: General info and FAQ: http://tomdickens.com/uofp/index.html CIS319: http://tomdickens.com/uofp/cis319/index.html Instructor’s Name Tom Dickens Primary eMail Address Home: [email protected] : I check this at least every other day. Alternate eMail Address Work: [email protected] : Use for questions M-F for quick reply. Telephone Number(s) Work : 425-234-1024 Availability Best time is at work, Monday through Thursday, daytime. E-mail is best; I take my laptop with me and log in wherever I can. University Policies Please review University Policies regarding topics such as student conduct, attendance, and plagiarism in your Program Handbook, which can be accessed through the University of Phoenix eCampus Web site. Modality Procedures This is an onground class. The typical UofP policy applies as far as attendance and absences. Course-Specific Standards Attend all classes and study groups; please contact me before if you must miss any. Classes run from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm each night. Read the material before class – be prepared to ask meaningful questions. All assignments are to be typed and turned in on time (starting of the class indicated). No late homework is accepted without prior arrangement, and will only receive half credit. Weekly progress and revisions on the Learning Team paper. Have fun and learn a lot. Welcome Tom Dickens is a Boeing engineer and Associate Technical Fellow working in aerodynamics research. He is a professor/ instructor at University of Phoenix, Henry Cogswell College, the University of Washington, and Boeing off-hours training. He teaches a variety of IS/IT classes including Java, C++, Operating Systems, Web Programming, and of course this overview class, Computers and Information Processing. He has a BS in Electronics Engineering Technology with an emphasis on digital electronics, microcontrollers, and embedded systems. He has a Master’s in Computer Engineering and his thesis was in Genetic Algorithms. Academic Honesty Academic honesty is highly valued at the University of Phoenix. Students must always submit work that represents their original words or ideas. If any words or ideas used in a class posting or assignment submission do not represent the student’s original words or ideas, all relevant sources must be cited along with the extent to which such sources were used. Words or ideas that require citation include, but are not limited to, all hard copy or electronic publications, whether copyrighted or not, and all verbal or visual communication when the content of such communication clearly originates from an identifiable source. Please see the University of Phoenix Catalog for more information about academic honesty, including consequences of academic dishonesty. Privacy and Confidentiality in the University of Phoenix Classroom One of the highlights of the University of Phoenix academic experience is that students can draw on the wealth of examples from their organizations in class discussions and in their written work. However, it is imperative that students not share information that is confidential, privileged, or proprietary in nature. Students must be mindful of any contracts they have agreed to with their companies. WEIGHTING of ASSIGNMENTS Individual Assignments (70%) Week One Week Two Week Three Week Four Week Five Participation (all weeks) Learning Team Assignments (30%) Learning Team Assignments Learning Team Presentation TOTAL Points 5% 10% 15% 15% 15% 10% 25% 5% 100 POINT/GRADE CONVERSION 100-95 94-90 89-87 86-84 83-80 79-77 A AB+ B BC+ 76-74 73-70 69-67 66-64 63-60 59 or < C CD+ D DF INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENTS Week One Complete assignments posted on the rEsource course page. o Due at the start of class on week 1 - The pre-course assessment. Keep for comparison at the end of the class. Assignment: Due before 6:00pm Thursday 8/25/2005 - Complete the e-mail assignment, specified at: http://tomdickens.com/uofp/email_conventions.html Discussion Question(s): Nothing to turn in, but be prepared to discuss in class: What are the implications for management of each of the following trends: Reduction in cost of hardware with time Reduction in size of hardware with time Increase in power of hardware with time How important is it to understand the strengths and weaknesses of a particular technology? How important is it to have an established process when implementing a new technology into an organization? Which phases are important in the SDLC process? What additional phases would you identify as important to the process? Week Two Discussion Question(s): Nothing to turn in, but be prepared to discuss in class: What are the advantages and disadvantages of virtual offices, including telecommuting? What are important considerations for an organization to dispose of old computer equipment? What methods would work best for the organization in which you are working or have worked? Why is it recommended to establish a formal evaluation criterion when considering the purchase of hardware for the organization? Are any of the criteria from the wireless laptop article applicable to any other types of hardware to be purchased for your organization? Paper: Due at the start of class on week 2 - Prepare a paper (2-5 pages) discussing all of the following 5 topics: 1. Accuracy of data input is important. What method of data input would be best for each of the following situations and explain why: o Printed questionnaires o Telephone survey o Bank checks o Retail tags o Long documents 2. Convenience and quality of output are important. Explain what method of output would be best for each of the following situations and explain why: o Color photograph o Hand held computer o Resume o Memorandum o Statistical report o Company annual report 3. Explain the difference between primary storage and secondary storage. 4. Different types of storage devices are optimal for different situations. Explain what situations are appropriate for the following devices and explain why: o Hard disk o Floppy disk o RAM o CD ROM o Tape 5. Explain the role of each of the following in determining the speed of a computer: o RAM o Clock speed o Data on hard disk o Data on CD ROM o Data on floppy disk Week Three Discussion Question(s): Nothing to turn in, but be prepared to discuss in class: What are all the databases associated with the contents of your wallet? What are the major differences between Java programming language and any other language? List and discuss three items. How could your company utilize PDA technology to improve efficiencies? Would there be a time, cost, or labor savings? Paper: Due at the start of class on week 3 - Prepare a 2-3-page memorandum (350 words per page) describing what office automation and group collaboration software is used in your organization. Include an analysis of the advantages and disadvantages for each. Week Four Discussion Question(s): Nothing to turn in, but be prepared to discuss in class: What is the difference between the front-end and back-end processes of office automation? How would/does your company utilize workflow database technology? Do you believe workflow technology improves productivity? What could be done to improve upon it? What types of tasks would benefit from databases utilizing workflow technology? Paper: Due at the start of class on week 4 - Prepare a 2-3-page memorandum (350 words per page) analyzing the use of databases in your organization. Include what database applications are used (Microsoft Access, DB2, Oracle, etc.). Conclude by proposing improvements. For large organizations, restrict the scope of the paper to the department in which you work. Week Five Discussion Question(s): Nothing to turn in, but be prepared to discuss in class: How important is wireless networking to your company? Would your company improve the sales/service process utilizing wireless networking? Would you utilize a WEP enabled phone to perform stock trades? Why or why not? With each of the above technologies, how is security important? Would you trust the methods that exist today to secure these technologies? Paper: Due at the start of class on week 5 - Locate two Websites that sell books. Compile a list of 10 books that can be found on each site. List the Author, Title, Price on Web site 1, and Price on Web site 2. What conclusions can be made about the pricing? Describe the quality of the user interface on each Website. Complete a Learning Team Evaluation. LEARNING TEAM ASSIGNMENTS Description The purpose of the Learning Team project is to introduce you to the methodology used to develop systems in either a single-user or a multi-user environment, and to familiarize you with the System Development Life Cycle (SDLC). You will be introduced to SDLC in Week One. System solutions are a large capital investment in today’s business world, and the application of such large investments must be based on specific business needs and subsequent returns. System projects are being held accountable for meeting business needs. It is therefore critical to identify and articulate, both verbally and quantifiably, those business needs in order to obtain successful information technology solution projects. Objective Apply the System Development Life Cycle methodology. Standards Refer to “Standards for Written Work” and “Standards for Presentations” in your Program Handbook, which can be accessed through the University of Phoenix eCampus Web site. The papers prepared in meetings 1 through 3 are sections for the final paper for meeting 4. You will get feedback on these papers that should be included in the final paper. Meeting One Create a Learning Team Charter. Select a business situation that requires a systems solution. Write a 1-2 page (350 words per page) executive summary that states the business need to be solved, identifies the purpose of the project, and lists constraints and assumptions used in defining the project. Meeting Two Write a 2-4 page (350 words per page) paper that would identify the business requirements definition in the form of business topics, such as: Inventory tracking Accounting Marketing communication Marketing research Sales – projection, actual Salesperson production Manufacturing production Service tracking Besides a listing of requirements, you may want to use process flow charts, procedures, or policy statements to articulate the business requirements in terms of specific process or business development needs. Meeting Three Write a 2-4-page (350 words per page) paper to include software and hardware recommendations for the information technology solution. Meeting Four Prepare a 7-10 page paper (350 words per page) summarizing the project proposal. Prepare a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation (20 minutes plus Q/A) of the project.