DCS861A Emerging Information Technologies II

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The Emerging Information Technologies two-semester course sequence presents a variety of topics not fully covered in the other DPS course material. The basic materials covered in the first course (book readings and most quizzes) are chosen by the instructor, with additional topics presented by the teams and the guest speakers. The basic materials covered in the second course (readings and most quizzes) are chosen by the students to increase the diversity of topics and to better align them with student interests, with additional topics covered in presentations by the guest speakers. In covering these materials and in all presentations, many dissertation research possibilities will be mentioned.

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 related to the material. The individual deliverables consist of five quizzes and four presentation evaluations, and the team deliverables consist of an emerging information technology presentation (with related reading material and quiz questions) and a report on the agile DPS dissertation process.

Textbooks:  none

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 2 credits. Note that the possible attainable points exceed the 100% level of 1000 points.

Five quizzes (each with 30 minute limit) to be taken via Blackboard. Four of the quizzes, created by the student teams, relate to the presentation topics, and one, created by the instructor, relates to the guest speaker presentations. 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.

Four presentation evaluations allow you to develop critical evaluation skills. We usually have about ten presentations on a variety of topics during the semester, roughly two in each of our five Saturday sessions. Some of these will come from the team presentations (you are permitted to evaluate presentations from teams other than your own). Most of the other speakers will be former or current DPS students who will talk about their dissertation research and their experience with the DPS dissertation process. Others presentations may come from researchers from local companies, such as IBM, who will talk about their research or the research of their group, or from Pace University professors who will talk about their research interests. Your task in this assignment is to critically evaluate four of these presentations by completing the Evaluation Form. An evaluation should not exceed three pages.

A team presentation: a 45-50 minute overview (leaving 10-15 minutes for discussion) to the class on an emerging information technology negotiated at the first session of the course. The presentation should include a comprehensive overview of the technology, a description of a representative piece of (doctoral quality or better) research related to the technology, and a list of several potential dissertation topics related to the technology. Deliverables:

  1. a list of readings pertaining to the presentation topic
  2. a set of 12 quiz questions (the instructor will choose 10 to post in a quiz) based on the readings
  3. a set of PowerPoint slides or other presentation material for posting on the course website
The first two deliverables must be sent to the instructor at least two weeks prior to the presentation so they can be posted on the course website. The third deliverable must be sent to the instructor immediately following the presentation.

A team report: a 3-6 page report that critiques the agile DPS dissertation process, suggests improvements, and possibly gives examples of XP iterations in the dissertation idea paper and/or research work. In Research Seminar 2 we presented an Overview of the Agile DPS Dissertation Process.

Finally, there are a number of possible instructor negotiated options. The purpose of these options is to provide additional opportunities for students to expand their knowledge and to obtain additional points for improving their grade. These options allow students to pursue topics of their interest and to do so in the manner of their choosing. Possibilities include: product evaluation, highlights from a conference, short research paper/project/presentation, etc. Option items are to be negotiated with your instructor. While most negotiated options are individual, they can also be two-person options, team options, etc., but the more people involved the better the expected product. The negotiated option points are limited to 50 points per individual.

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
Four Individual Presentation Evaluations 400 points (100 each)
Team Presentation on
an Emerging Information Technology
300 points
Team Report on
the Agile DPS Dissertation Process
200 points
Instructor Negotiated Options variable (max 50)
Totals max 1050 points


Grade Scale
1000 points = 100%
Grade Assigned Score Definition
A  93-100% 930 or more points Dominates the Material
A-  90-93% 900-929 pointss Masters the Material
B+  87-90% 870-899 points Good Understanding
with Flashes of Stellar Work
B  83-87% 830-869 points Good Understanding
B-  80-83% 800-829 points Aptitude for the Subject
Less than 80%
Incomplete/Failure
below 800 points Weak for Graduate Work