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

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. Presentations will come from the following sources:

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 45-60 minute overview (leaving about 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:

The first deliverable must be sent to the instructor at least two weeks prior to the presentation so the readings can be posted on the course website and available to the students. The second 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. Each team will also make a brief 15 minute presentation summarizing their report at our last session.

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
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
300 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