DCS861A Emerging IT II - Spring'04

Instructors: Chuck Tappert    Email: ctappert@pace.edu    http://www.csis.pace.edu/~ctappert/
            and Sung Cha    Email: scha@pace.edu    http://www.csis.pace.edu/~scha/

This course presents a variety of topics not fully covered in the concurrent seminars or in earlier course material. Four of these topics are selected, investigated, and presented by the student teams. 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:  none, we will use material on the Internet

Other recommended but not required books

Graded Events and Grade Scale

The following graded events and grade scale were set up to accommodate students taking the course for either 2 or 3 credits. Note that the possible attainable points exceed the 100% level of 1000 points for 2 credits or 1500 points for 3 credits.

Five quizzes (each with 25 minute limit) to be taken via Blackboard. The quizzes are designed not only to check that you read the assignments but, more importantly, to increase your capability to quickly process and comprehend IT material. All quizzes must be attempted and half of the total quiz points achieved.

A team presentation: a 50-60 minute overview (leaving 10-15 minutes for discussion) to the class on the session topic negotiated at the first session of the course. Deliverables: a list of readings to augment those on the course syllabus page at least one week prior to the presentation, and Powerpoint slides or other presentation material to be posted on the course website following the presentation.

An individual research paper in the form of a 10-20 page Word-for-Windows document. You must use the DPS dissertation format (see link to the Dissertation Guide on the "Dissertation" page of the DPS internal website); for example, the references must be in alphabetical order by first author and numbered sequentially. You should spend at least 20 hours on this assignment. Like last semester's research paper the purpose of this requirement is to give you the learning experience of researching a topic and writing a technical paper with appropriate references. This can be a refinement of your research paper from the first semester or a paper on a new topic. 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 your instructor. These can be individual projects, two-person projects, team projects, etc. Of course, the more people involved the better the expected product. The negotiated options allow students to pursue topics of their interest and to do so in the manner of their choosing. They not only provide additional points for those taking the course for three credits, but also provide an opportunity for students to obtain additional points to improve their grade. Note that the negotiated option points are limited to 100 points for those taking the course for 2 credits and to 600 points for 3 credits.

Incompletes: in order to be fair to those students who complete the course in a timely manner, my policy is to reduce the grade of those students taking an incomplete by a letter grade for each semester, or portion thereof, that the incomplete is in effect.

Graded Events
Event Possible points per person
Quizzes (5 * 20 points) 100 points
Team Presentation 300 points
Individual Research Paper 600 points
Instructor Negotiated Options variable (max 100 2cr, 600 3cr)
Totals 2 credits: max 1100 points
3 credits: max 1600 points


Grade Scale
1000 points (1500 for 3 credits) = 100%
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%
Incomplete/Failure
2 credits: below 800 points
3 credits: below 1200 points
Weak for Graduate Work