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INFM 603 - Information Technology and Organizational Context

Fall 2016 - Syllabus

 

Instructor:
Office:
Phone:
E-mail:
Office Hours:

Paul Jacobs
TBD
(703) 307 0467
p s  j a c o b s@ umd.edu
5:00 - 5:30 PM Thursday
or by appointment

 

Class meeting time and place:

 

Thursday evenings 6:00 PM to 8:45 PM in Hornbake 105

 

 

 

 

Catalog Description:

Application of communication and information technologies to support work processes, including technology-enhanced communication networks, computer-supported collaborative work, decision-support systems, interactive systems, and systems analysis. Acquisition of information systems and their integration into the organization 

 

Goals:

1) Understand the foundational technical and data management issues in today’s networked information applications

2) Learn and apply some widely-used and practical tools and programs

3) Study how organizations manage technology projects, and get some experience with the business and process issues behind web sites

 

Elements of the Course:

 

Readings:   To be completed in advance of class, from a variety of sources, all of them available on-line at no charge to Maryland students.   The course has no single “required” text.

 

In Class Discussion:   There will be no grades for in-class exercises and participation; however, attendance in class is likely to be essential to mastering the material.    Some sessions will require that you bring a computer to class.

 

Homework: Short (several hour) homework assignments will test mastery of each week’s material and provide practice.    Homework must be completed and submitted on time, prior to class on the due date.

 

Projects: There will a term project, completed in phases, focusing on the three major areas of the course – design, technology, and process.   Consistent with the real-life team focus of this sort of work, and to capitalize on complementary individual skill sets, the projects and presentations will be done by groups of 3-4 individuals

 

Written Exam: There will be an in-class written exam. The final exam date is December 8, 2016

 

Grading:

 

Homework (On time)                           25%

Projects (On time)                                40%

Final exam                                           35%

 

 

 


Topics

 

 

Date

Topics

Recommended Readings

Work Due

1

Sept. 1

Introduction:   Information Technology and Context

Obtain materials

2

Sept. 8

Intro to Web Pages/HTML

Head First HTML/CSS, ch. 1-5

H1

3

Sept  15

HTML/CSS

Head First HTML/CSS, chs. 7-8

H2

4

Sept. 22

Introduction to Programming and Data Structures

Head First Javascript, chs. 1-2

H3

5

Sept. 29

Relational Databases and Data Models

Head First SQL, Chs. 1, 4, 7

H4

6

Oct. 6

Databases – Implementation

Head First SQL, Chs. 2,8

Head First PHP / MySQL, Ch. 1-2

P1

7

Oct. 13

PHP and Server-side Scripting

Head First PHP / MySQL, Ch. 3-4

H5

 

Oct. 20

Project working group

 

H6

8

Oct. 27

Advanced Programming Topics

Head First Javascript, chs. 4-6

P2

9

Nov. 3

Content Management Systems

Building Web Apps with WordPress, Chs. 1-4

H7

10

Nov. 10

The IT Business

See Readings

 

11

Nov. 17

Clean-up and Review

 

 

Nov. 24

No class - Thanksgiving

 

 

Dec. 1

Project presentations

 

P3

 

Dec. 8

Final exam

 

 

Powerpoint slides and readings 

 


Last Updated: November 10, 2016