FALL 2002 (Dec 9)
I don't have to out run the bear...
|Watch this spot for announcements:
TIP: I was searching www.google.com using the search words "computer" and "dictionary" and got many hits. I did a quick check of some of them and found http://www.webopedia.com/ and http://foldoc.doc.ic.ac.uk/foldoc/index.html particularly useful. They will be useful in your studies.
Please let me know immediately if any of the due dates conflict with religious or cultural holidays.
Aug 29: Added Ch 2 assignments.
NOTE: Thursday (Sept 12) will be a lab day. I will available in my office to discuss your term projects.
Sept 9: updated projects.
WARNING: It is getting late for class participation--which is 10% of your final grade!!
Oct 30: Now, the revised Chapter 8 ppt slides posted.
NOTE: Thursday (Nov 7) will be a lab day. I will available in my office to discuss your term projects.
Nov 8: See requirements
regarding PowerPoint presentations.
NOV 21: I NEED ELECTRONIC MEDIA FOR REPORT, SLIDES, AND QUESTIONS FOR SEVERAL OF THE PROJECTS. See table.
Nov 22: More links added--and some corrections made--to student project table--SOME STILL MISSING.
Nov 25: The IN-CLASS review for the final exam will be Tuesday, Dec 3. I will be available in my office during my regular office and class hours on Thursday, Dec 5 to help students on an individual basis.
Nov 26: Final exam seating charts for
3:30 Class has been linked. Make
sure your name is listed!
Dec 3: Teams should be ready to answer questions from their fellow students about their papers in class today. Teams that submit electronic (e.g., email) answers to their questions by Thursday will receive additional class participation credit. If you already provided answers, there is no need to resubmit your answers. 3:30Class Questions 7:00Class Questions
Dec 4 & 5: Answers have been updated, but not officially blessed by me yet.
Dec 7: I have reviewed and added some comments to the posted questions and answers. In addition, I reserve the right to add the “why” to any question—as in: Why is A better then B? Secondly, I reserve the right to ask for definitions of terms that appear in the questions and answers. In other words, it is important that you actually understand the questions and the answers.
A frequent question for any exam is how many question will appear on the exam. As I said in class, there will be one question from each term paper and one or two questions from each of the three chapters.
Dec 8: Here is how the final exam is shaping up: 2 questions from Chapter 6, 1 question each from Chapters 7 and 8, and 1 question from each set of term paper questions. The chapter questions are inspired by the end-of-chapter questions (not problems), which means some of the questions are identical to end-of-chapter questions and other questions expand on (e.g., "briefly discuss" instead of "list") end-of-chapter questions.
NOTE: since some of the term project questions included a definition question (e.g. What is the definition of VPN?), and since I reserve the right to ask definition questions in addition to other suggested questions, some of my questions may be the equivalent of 2 of the suggested questions--the definition of a term or concept + some other aspect of that term or concept.
Dec 8v2: On closer look at the questions and answers a couple of things came to my attention. For the 3:30 class, 802.11 had 6 questions. Eliminate #4 (about speed). For 7pm class, Chipset had 6 questions. Eliminate #6 (about memory management). Also for 7pm class, Question #4 is missing. The answer is there, but not the actual question. I have added it and reposted the 7pm questions/answers.
Dec 9: 7pm Seating Assignment added.
Prerequisite: Completion of the IS pre-major with a grade point average of 2.00 or higher and a grade of "C" or higher in IS 211 or IS 302.
The objective of this course is to provide a grounding in basic computer
technology by discussing the information technology (IT) that is used in
business, specifically the characteristics of hardware architecture, operating
systems concepts, and their interactions.
The objective of this course is to provide a grounding in basic computer technology by discussing the information technology (IT) that is used in business, specifically the characteristics of hardware architecture, operating systems concepts, and their interactions.
|Computer Evolution||Ch 2||End of chapter Terms & Questions 1-6, Prob. 2|
|Computer Functions||Ch 3||End of chapter Terms & Questions 1-6,
Problems 3.1, 3.2, and 3.3
9/12 = Lab day
|Cache Memory||Ch 4||End of chapter Terms & Questions 1-9|
|Internal Memory||Ch 5||End of chapter Terms & Questions 1-7, 9-11, Problems 1 and 2.|
(Review for mid-term )
|Ch 6||End of chapter Terms & Questions 1-15|
||MID-TERM EXAM (10/8)|
|End of chapter Terms & Questions 1-7, Problems 1 & 2|
|Operating System||Ch 7
|Operating Systems||Ch 8
|End of chapter Terms & Questions 1-10, Take a shot at Problems 1|
|Additional topics||Notes & References|
|LAB DAYS||Finalize presentations|
The final course grade will be based on the following weights:
The final course letter grade is assigned competitively (on a curve).
+ and - grading will be used.
YOU MUST TAKE YOUR EXAMS WITH THE SECTION YOU ARE REGISTERED IN. The exams are closed book. The final exam will be comprehensive. The exams include short answer and essay-type questions. Bring LARGE (81/2 x 11) bluebooks to the exams. No make-up mid-term exams will be given. If the mid-term is missed for an acceptable reason, then the weight for the mid-term will be added to the final exam weight. Failure to notify me with documented support for missing the mid-term will result in a zero on the mid-term.
Test tips and comments: Focus on the end-of-chapter terms and the assigned questions and problems. In class we have answered the assigned questions and problems. Although we have not specifically discussed the end-of-chapter terms in class, don't discount those terms. Successful IS professionals must walk-the-walk and talk-the-talk, so those terms will be an important part of the exams. All the terms are defined in the applicable chapters.
Regarding the answers to
the questions, problems and terms, you cannot send me an email (or phone, etc.)
asking what is the answer to a question or definition of a term. You have to
send (give) me your answer or definition and then ask me if it is correct or
For the term project your team will summarize computer technology not covered in class. Your project will include an in-class presentation and a summary document that you turn in.
The summary documents will be posted to the IS 311 Web site and will be considered the common body of knowledge for the final exam.
Additional Comments on Project Requirements
Nov 8: Additional Comments Regarding PowerPoint Presentations
Here are the basic parameters (more details later):
(1) Team size must be 4 or 5 students--5 is preferred because of class size! NO WHINING ABOUT TEAMMATES.
(2) You can select essentially any IT technology not covered in the textbook. The textbook author lists the following possibilities (but there are many more possibilities):
PC, web TV
matrix LCD displays
NT/ Windows ‘98/2000/XP
K5, other P5 clones
(3) I must approve your technology selection so that there will be only one presentation of any technology in each section. Approval will be on a first-come basis via email. So, soon as you form your team, identify a specific technology or two or three and then email me with the names of the team members and 2 or 3 of your top technology choices.
(4) Your in-class presentation should be at least 25 minutes. It should include a PowerPoint or Web-based presentation.
(5) Your report should be at least 10 pages including graphics. The report will be evaluated based on content and presentation style. The report can be in Word or PDF format.
(6) Grading: The projects will be graded on a competitive basis. Since the two sections are doing the same project, the projects from both sections will be pooled for evaluation and comparison. The best projects that meet the minimum requirements could get up to 85 points. Truly outstanding projects could get up to 110 points. The factors that contribute to truly outstanding includes extra length, well-written, good presentation style, excellent in-class presentation, and well researched. Because the equivalent of 3 full class periods have been set aside for presentations, longer presentations are acceptable--but let me know ahead of time so I can schedule the groups.
All the project reports are due November 19 whether you are presenting that day or not.
COMMENT ON PRESENTATION ORDER: The class presentations start November 19. All written project materials (including your report plus things like copies of your PowerPoint slides) are due November 19. In terms of the order in which the class presentations occur, your team can volunteer or you will be randomly volunteered. Send me an email if you want to volunteer for a specific slot. Slots will be assigned based on the order in which I receive your emails. If the slot you are requesting is filed before I get your email I give you the next available slot.
· Everyone in your team must attend the presentation. (Students who do not attend the presentations will receive 0 points for their presentation grade.)
· All team members should participate in creating the presentation and be part of the presentation.
· Each presentation is allotted 25 minutes with another 5 minutes for questions and answers. [Additional time is available upon request.] Have all team members join the group for the question and answer time.
· A COW or other computer will be available. You can bring your laptop with your PowerPoint slides. To use the projector in the classroom the display resolution of your computer should be set to 1024 x 768. This is done via the Display option under your Control Panel.
· Be prepared for the unexpected by having a printout of your presentation and a disk with your PowerPoint slides, which you can use with the computer in the room.
· Look sharp and feel sharp.
· Speak loudly and clearly. Look at your audience. Do not read your presentation.
· Practice! Practice! Practice! Do a dry run of your presentation with your team members. Invite a friend to listen and give you feedback. Practice creates a very polished presentation.
· Prepare an excellent presentation.
· Have fun! This is your chance to show off your hard work.
The class will be evaluating each presentation using the presentation evaluation form. Attendance is mandatory during presentations.
Team member will evaluate each other with the team evaluation form.
Selected Technology (Team rep.)
|LCD displays (Garcia)||#1 Nov 21||Linux (Landa)||#2 Nov 26|
|802.11b (Likes)||#1 Nov 19||USB vs Firewire (Chang)||#1 Nov 19|
|VPN (Jerath)||#2 Nov 21||Voice over IP (Heger)||#2 Nov 19|
|MPEG (Quack)||#2 Nov 19||VPN (Beduya)||#1 Nov 26|
|LINUX (Kathuria)||#1 Nov 26||AMD vs. Intel (Hepp)||#3 Nov 19|
|Routers (Ponce)||#2 Nov 26|