DCS861A Emerging Info Tech II

Spring 2001, Pace Graduate Center, White Plains .
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Instructor: Chuck Tappert     Email: ctappert@pace.edu

The topics for this course were selected by the students and include those not covered in the concurrent seminars or in earlier course material. The course goals are to gain a better understanding of the emerging information technologies covered this semester, their issues and potential impact, and to complete team and individual deliverables relating to the material.

Textbooks:   in addition to material on the Internet and papers on reserve, we will continue to use
Emerging Information Technologies, Kendall (Editor), Sage (1999), ISBN 0761917497

Other Suggested Books (not required):
Wharton on Managing Emerging Technologies, Day and Schoemaker, Wiley (2000), ISBN 0471361216
Supporting Web Servers, Networks, and Emerging Tech, Dara-Abrams, Prentice (2000), ISBN 0130858994
Telecosm : How Infinite Bandwidth Will Revolutionize Our World, Gilder, Free Press (2000), ISBN 0684809303
The Emerging Cyberculture, Gibson & Oriedo (Eds), Hampton Press (2000), ISBN 1572731966
Customer-Effective Web Sites, Dalgleish, Pearson (2000), ISBN 0130878278
Decision Support Systems and Intelligent Systems, Turban, Prentice (1997), ISBN 0137409370
Information Technology for Management, Turban, Wiley (1998), ISBN 0471254126
The Digital Economy: Promise and Peril, Tapscott, McGraw (1997), ISBN 0070633428
The New Barbarian Manifesto: How to Survive the Information Age, Angell, 2000, Kogan Page Ltd, ISBN 0749431512
Who Gives a Gigabyte? A Survival Guide for the Technologically Perplexed, Stix & Lacob, Wiley, 1999, ISBN 0471379107

Graded Events and Grade Scale

The following graded events will accommodate students taking the course for 2 or 3 credits.

Five quizzes (25 minutes each) to be taken via CourseInfo.

A team presentation or team project proposal.
The presentation will be a 45-50 minute overview to the class of the session topic (e-Commerce, Pervasive Computing, HCI, XML, etc). The presenting team provides the following (with the first two items emailed to the instructor no later than the Wednesday before the presentation):

  1. readings to augment those posted on the course Website schedule
  2. 10 quiz questions for the instructor to enter into CourseInfo
    (with paper and page number containing each answer)
  3. published webpages of the presentation material

An alternative is a team project proposal, in the form of a Word-for-Windows document, for government funding that relates to emerging information technology. For example, see Example Proposal Idea. A proposal for funding is basically the same as a dissertation proposal.

An individual research paper or individual product evaluation on emerging information technology material of your choice, in the form of a Word-for-Windows document. The paper or product evaluation should relate to your dissertation, and a research paper is preferable unless your dissertation concerns a product. Ideally, you should design the research paper to become the early chapters (background, state-of-the-art, etc.) of your dissertation.

There are a variable number of instructor negotiated options. Possibilities include: product evaluation, research paper, presentation, etc. Each option item and its value (number of points) are to be negotiated with me. These can be individual projects, two-person projects, team projects, etc. Of course, the more people involved the better the expected product.

Finally, there are instructor provided points for your individual class participation, contribution, positive influence, etc.

Event Possible Points
per person
Required Points
per person
Quizzes (5 * 20 points) 100 points 50 points
Team Presentation
or Project Proposal
300 points 250 points
Individual Research Paper
or Product Evaluation
600 points 450 points
Instructor Negotiated Options
(possibilities: product evaluation,
research paper, presentation, etc.)
2 credits: max 100 points
3 credits: max 600 points
Instructor Provided Points
(for class participation,
contribution, positive influence)
average 25, max 50 points
Totals 2 credits: 1150 points
3 credits: 1650 points
See below

Grade Assigned Score Definition
A  93-100% 2 credits: 930 or more points
3 credits: 1395 or more points
Dominates the Material
A-  90-93% 2 credits: 900-929 points
3 credits: 1350-1394 points
Masters the Material
B+  87-90% 2 credits: 870-899 points
3 credits: 1305-1349 points
Good Understanding
with Flashes of Stellar Work
B  83-87% 2 credits: 830-869 points
3 credits: 1245-1304 points
Good Understanding
B-  80-83% 2 credits: 800-829 points
3 credits: 1200-1244 points
Aptitude for the Subject
Less than 80%
2 credits: below 800 points
3 credits: below 1200 points
Weak for Graduate Work