Course Syllabus Emerging Technologies, TECH 3023

         

Cliff Layton
layton@rsu.edu
Office: RSU Claremore Campus, Herrington Hall 253
Office Hours:MT, 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM in HH 253 or the RSU Business and Technology Advising Center; T, 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM in HH 253; W, 8:00 to 10:30 AM in HH 253; R,7:30 AM to 10:30 AM in HH 253.
Phone: 918-343-7665
Fax: 918-343-7623

 

See http://www.rsu.edu/faculty/clayton/.


Required Texts

 

There is no paper text for this course.  The two main reasons are below.

1.  Emerging technologies are often too new to be adequately treated in paper texts.

2.  The list of currently most promising emerging technologies is rapidly changing over short-time frames.

Materials for this course can be found on the WWW, on Internet listservs, in Internet news groups, in magazines, through business/industry and other experts, and sometimes in parts of many and varied very recently published paper books.

 

 


Course Description

 

This course will cover emerging technologies such as those in the table below, at a somewhat detailed introductory level, but the list of technologies is subject to change by course students, professor and others, based on professor discretion, as the course progresses, in terms of both additions and deletions of technologies.

Each student in the course will research and report on one or more of the emerging technologies selected for the course; each report will be in both written and presentation form, using Microsoft Word for writing and Microsoft PowerPoint for presentation slides.  In addition, each student will give an oral/graphic presentation using PowerPoint slides, the Internet and PalTalk (http://www.paltalk.com); this will require access to an Internet multimedia computer with microphone input and sound output.

NOTE:As is the case with most Internet environments, use of PalTalk can lead to spaces which are offensive to some, unless caution is practiced in such use.FOR THIS REASON, IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT INSTRUCTIONS FOR PALTALK USE WITHIN THE COURSE BE FOLLOWED EXPLICITELY, AND THAT PALTALK LINKS OTHER THAN THOSE SPECIFIED IN THE COURSE PALTALK INSTRUCTIONS NOT BE FOLLOWED.

NOTE:  Course PalTalk presentations should be scheduled between 8 AM and 5 PM on a typical school day, at a time negotiated by the reporting student and the course professor.  This may require some students to adjust their typical schedules or require additional negotiation between the course professor and a course student.

Each student in the course will be responsible for demonstrating understanding of each technology covered in the course at the depth of the course report on the technology.

A sample list of emerging technologies for the course follows.  NOTE:  this is only a sample list, and should not hinder any student from suggesting some other technology for course consideration.  The order of the technologies listed does not necessarily correspond to the order in which the technologies will be considered in the course.  Each student is strongly encouraged to choose a technology consistent with their major field, on which to report.

The SAP topics are new to the list of sample topics from which you can choose for course reporting.Please do choose one of the SAP topics if you think it appropriate, instead of one of the topics in the table below (or some other emerging technology topic of your choice).

Choosing an SAP topic could have the added benefit of improving your chances of being hired by a company which uses SAP:American Airlines, Centrilift, Conoco-Phillips, Wal-Mart (Corporate), just to name a few.You need not have hands-on access to an SAP environment in order to do a course presentation on SAP; however hands-on access and use of an SAP environment in doing a course presentation may have added benefits (SEE THE PARAGRAPH JUST BELOW)!

If you successfully make significant Hands-on use of a SAP environment (software system) made available to you in the course, in creating and doing a SAP topic presentation, this will have the added benefit of counting towards your receiving a SAP University Academic Alliance Certificate which could further improve your chances of being hired by a company which uses SAP.THIS HANDS-ON USE WILL REQUIRE THAT YOU AND I ARRANGE FOR YOU TO HAVE ACCESS TO A SAP ENVIRONMENT WITHIN A SAP ONLINE SPACE PROVIDED SPECIFICALLY FOR THE EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES COURSE!!

NOTE1:Eighty percent of the Fortune Five Hundred companies use SAP.

NOTE2:SAP is the most widely used ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software in the world!

SAP Overview
SAP Office
SAP Cross-Application Components
SAP Collaboration Projects
SAP Logistics
SAP Accounting
SAP Human Resources
SAP Information Systems
SAP Tools

Artificial Intelligence

ASPs (Application Service Providers)

Distributed Java Database and Computing Issues

E-Commerce

Internet Broadcasting

Internet Collaboration

Internet Multimedia

Linux Platforms and Software

Object-Oriented Databases and Software Development

SMIL

Topic Maps

Voice I/O (Computer Input/Output)

Voice over IP (IP Telephony)

XML

 

 

 


Course Objectives

 

1.  The student shall investigate and report on one or more of the emerging technologies listed in the Course Description.  Each report will be in the form of a paper and a presentation (stand-up or web or both).

2.  The student shall demonstrate understanding of each of selected emerging technologies discussed in the course, in terms of threaded or other discussion in the unit of the course in which the technology is the unit main topic.

3.   The student shall demonstrate understanding of each of selected emerging technologies discussed in the course, in terms of a mid-term exam, a final exam, or both.

 

 


Course Syllabus

 

Emerging Technologies

Class Name, Number, and PIN Number

    Emerging Technologies, TECH 3023 

Instructor Name, Phone Number, and Office Number

    Cliff Layton, 918-343-7665, (Office) HH 253

Course Prerequisite

   

Course Description

This course will cover the following emerging technologies at a somewhat detailed introductory level, but the list of technologies is subject to change by course students, professor and others, based on professor discretion, as the course progresses, in terms of both additions and deletions of technologies.

Each student in the course will research and report on one or more of the emerging technologies selected for the course; each report will be in both written and presentation form.  Each student in the course will be responsible for demonstrating understanding of each technology covered in the course at the depth of the course report on the technology.

The current list of possible emerging technologies for the course follows, but these topics are only suggested.A STUDENT IN THE CLASS MAY CHOOSE ANY OTHER EMERGING TECHNOLOGY TOPIC FOR MY POSSIBLE OK FOR COURSE REPORTING!!

SAP Overview
SAP Office
SAP Cross-Application Components
SAP Collaboration Projects
SAP Logistics
SAP Accounting
SAP Human Resources
SAP Information Systems
SAP Tools

Artificial Intelligence

ASPs (Application Service Providers)

Distributed Java Database and Computing Issues

E-Commerce

Internet Broadcasting

Internet Collaboration

Internet Multimedia

Linux Platforms and Software

Object-Oriented Databases and Software Development

SMIL

Topic Maps

Voice I/O (Computer Input/Output)

Voice over IP (IP Telephony)

XML

Required Text(s) and Materials

There is no paper text for this course.  The two main reasons are below.

1.  Emerging technologies are often too new to be adequately treated in paper texts.

2.  The list of currently most promising emerging technologies is rapidly changing over short-time frames.

Materials for this course can be found on the WWW, on Internet listservs, in Internet news groups, in magazines, through business/industry and other experts, and sometimes in parts of many and varied very recently published paper books.

An Internet multimedia computer with microphone, Microsoft-Office (especially Word and PowerPoint), and PalTalk are required.  PalTalk is FREE of charge and available from www.paltalk.com.  Screen grabber software such as SnagIt, HyperSnap, and MWSnap is required.  MWSnap is FREE for download at the below.

http://www.mirekw.com/winfreeware/mwsnap.html

Course Objective(s)

1.  The student shall investigate and report on one or more of the emerging technologies listed in the Course Description.  Each report will be in the form of a paper and a presentation (stand-up or web or both).

2.  The student shall demonstrate understanding of each of selected emerging technologies discussed in the course, in terms of threaded or other discussion in the unit of the course in which the technology is the unit main topic.

3.   The student shall demonstrate understanding of each of selected emerging technologies discussed in the course, in terms of a mid-term exam, a final exam, or both.

Teaching Methods (Student-Instructor Interaction)

    The primary modes of Teacher/Student interaction in the course will be e-mail, e-file transfer, document sharing (in RSU Online), the WWW for presentation posting, PalTalk (for multipoint audio conferencing), threaded discussion (in RSU Online or other site).

You should communicate with me, and send files to me through e-mail and e-mail attachment, regarding your questions, assignments, etc. I will communicate with you similarly.

Multiple files should be sent in one attachment, where appropriate, by zipping the files together prior to sending the result; and I may send several files to you zipped together, with unzipping required at your location. If you do not have zipping/unzipping software or do not know how to use it, I will send you instructions on how to get it, or on how to use it.

Threaded discussion topics, appropriate to several of those involved in the course at one time, will be posted and added to in the threaded discussion area, which should be checked frequently.

Student presentations on emerging technologies will be posted on the WWW, and discussion of these presentations will be supported by threaded discussion and document sharing (in RSU Online) or other discussion, and PalTalk conferencing.  As the course progresses, please expect changes in topics to be covered in the course consistent with current emerging technologies; these changes, if any, will be announced in the Message Center area online and through e-mail to you.

Excepting holidays, sometimes weekends, and cases in which I am on trips away from e-mail, I will respond to e-mail and e-file-transfers daily. I hope you will do likewise.

Other forms of Teacher/Student interaction such as phone, FAX, online-conferencing, etc. may also be used in the course.

Evaluation Techniques

    Evaluation will be based on totaling scoring of a portfolio of weekly projects, and on NON- PROCTORED Mid-Term and Final Exams.  This is detailed in the General Topic Outline and Agenda.  Please see Grading Policies in RSU Online or below, if possible.

Grading System

    The course grading system is keyed to the Evaluation Techniques indicated above and on the General Topic Outline and Agenda below, according to the following scale.

90% -- 100% A

79% -- 89% B

65% -- 78% C

50% -- 64% D

0% -- 49% F

Attendance Policies

    In an online course version, attendance corresponds to contact between student and instructor at least twice per week.  In a traditionally offered version of the course, attendance will be taken by roll call or student sign-in.  Attendance and late arrivals are not directly factored into grading in the course, but it is highly unlikely that students in the course not having contact with the instructor at least twice per week, or attending traditional classes regularly, will generally do well in the course.

Late Assignments and Make-up Work Policy

Late assignment submission and test make-up will not be allowed, subject to negotiation (not recommended).

General Topic Outline and Agenda

For a Summer course, please map the work in weeks 1 and 2 (below) to week 1 (in Summer), the work in weeks 3 and 4 to week 2, etc., so that the course will become an 8-week course in Summer with the coverage indicated below.

Week
Number

Topic to Be Covered

Assignment or Test Due at Week End

Worth

1

Course Overview and Selection/Assignment of Course Emerging Technologies

Threaded or Other Discussion

  2%

2

Course Overview and Selection/Assignment of Course Emerging Technologies

Threaded or Other Discussion

 

  2%

3

Emerging Technology 1

Student Presentation and PalTalk Conference, and Discussion

  x%

  2%

4

Emerging Technology 2

Student Presentation and PalTalk Conference, and Discussion

  x%

  2%

5

Emerging Technology 3

Student Presentation and PalTalk Conference, and Discussion

  x%

  2%

6

Emerging Technology 4

Student Presentation and PalTalk Conference, and Discussion

  x%

  2%

7

Emerging Technology 5

Student Presentation and PalTalk Conference, and Discussion

  x%

  2%

8

Emerging Technology 6

Student Presentation and PalTalk Conference, and Discussion

  x%

  2%

Mid-Term Exam

10%

9

Emerging Technology 7

Student Presentation and PalTalk Conference, and Discussion

  x%

  2%

10

Emerging Technology 8

Student Presentation and PalTalk Conference, and Discussion

  x%

  2%

11

Emerging Technology 9

Student Presentation and PalTalk Conference, and Discussion

  x%

  2%

12

Emerging Technology 10

Student Presentation and PalTalk Conference, and Discussion

  x%

  2%

13

Emerging Technology 11

Student Presentation and PalTalk Conference, and Discussion

  x%

  2%

14

Emerging Technology 12

Student Presentation and PalTalk Conference, and Discussion

  x%

  2%

15

Emerging Technology 13

Student Presentation and PalTalk Conference, and Discussion

  x%

  2%

16

Final

20%

 

NOTE1:A Survey Test will be given in the first and last weeks of the course, 1 point of credit will be assigned for each completion no matter what the raw score.In either the first of second week of the course, a student should demonstrate attendance in the PalTalk etchat room, for 2 points of credit; this is discussed in the first few units of the course.

NOTE2:  For ALL students, threaded or other discussion participation will count 2% each week excepting the week of the Final.

NOTE3:  A student presentation will be given in each of most weeks of the course, and the student giving the presentation will be required to be available synchronously in a PalTalk audio/text Internet conference in which the instructor and other students in the class will participate.  For the student giving the presentation, the worth of the presentation and conferencing will be x %, were x is 36/n and n is the number of presentations given in the course by the student.  The number of presentations given by each students will depend on the number of students in the class, and negotiations between instructor and each student.A presentation package will include a presentation topic paper, slides, and live Paltalk presentation.

A typical A grade presentation paper is at least 15 pages long, single-spaced, and in 10 point or so font; some graphics are appreciated.Of course comprehensive coverage of the presentation topic in the paper is expected.

A typical A grade presentation slide set contains at least 15 slides; some graphics are appreciated.Of course comprehensive coverage of the presentation topic is expected.

The presentation paper will count a maximum of 12 %, the presentation slides a maximum of 12 %, and the actual live PalTalk presentation a maximum of 12 %.

NOTE3:  Attendance of the PalTalk synchronous conferences is not required, but content of the conferences will be open to testing even if different from the content of students presentations (MS-Word Documents); these conferences may be recorded for asynchronous sharing.  Also, participation in the PalTalk conferences will be counted for extra credit.

NOTE 4 (mid-term exam):  On the mid-term exam, 10 student reports should be summarized in essay form.  Each report should be at least .75 page in length, in small font and single-spaced.  The reports will be specified as the course progresses.

NOTE 5 (final-exan):  On the final exam, 10 student reports should be summarized in essay form.  Each report should be at least .75 page in length, in small font and single-spaced.  The reports will be specified as the course progresses.

The end of a week will be considered to be Monday immediately following the week at midnight.

Academic Misconduct

Students are expected to follow university policies as put forth in the institution''s Student Code of Responsibilities and Conduct. In accordance with Title 12 of The Student Code (page 11), instances of alleged academic misconduct will follow the policies and procedures as described in Title 12. As a general rule, Faculty at Rogers State University have the responsibility of enforcing the academic code. Therefore, if academic misconduct is suspected, I will submit a letter of alleged academic misconduct to the Office of Student Affairs.

Non-academic Misconduct

In order to maintain an effective learning environment, students are expected to fully comply with The Student Code. Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. It is the responsibility of each student to read and become familiar with the policies of The Student Code.

The Rogers State University Plagiarism Statement

 

Plagiarism is the representation of the words or ideas of another as oneís own, including: direct quotation without both attribution and indication that the material is being directly quoted, e.g. quotation marks; paraphrase without attribution; paraphrase with or without attribution where the wording of the original remains substantially intact and is represented as the authorís own; expression in oneís own words, but without attribution, of ideas, arguments, lines of reasoning, facts, processes, or other products of the intellect where such material is learned from the work of another and is not part of the general fund of common knowledge.

 

Syllabus Statement

Americans with Disabilities Act:


Rogers State University is committed to providing students with disabilities equal access to educational programs and services. Any student who has a disability that he or she believes will require some form of academic accommodation must inform the professor of such need during or immediately following the first class attended. Before any educational accommodation can be provided, it is the responsibility of each student to prove eligibility for assistance by registering for services through Student Affairs. Students needing more information about Student Disability Services should contact Kendra Cagle, Coordinator of Student Disability Services at Rogers State University, 1701 W. Will Rogers Blvd., Claremore, OK 74017 or 918-343-6828.

 

 


General Policies

 

Attendance Policies

    This course is an online course in which attendance corresponds to contact between student and instructor at least twice per week.  Attendance and late arrivals are not directly factored into grading in the course, but it is highly likely that students in the course not having contact with the instructor at least twice per week will generally do well in the course.

Late Assignments and Make-up Work Policy

Late assignment turn-in and test make up will not be allowed, subject to negotiation (not encouraged).

Academic Misconduct

Students are expected to follow university policies as put forth in the institution''s Student Code of Responsibilities and Conduct.  In accordance with Title 12 of The Student Code (page 11), instances of alleged academic misconduct will follow the policies and procedures as described in Title 12.  As a general rule, Faculty at Rogers State University have the responsibility of enforcing the academic code.  Therefore, if academic misconduct is suspected, I will submit a letter of alleged academic misconduct to the Office of Student Affairs.

Non-Academic Misconduct  

 In order to maintain an effective learning environment, students are expected to fully comply with The Student Code.  Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.  It is the responsibility of each student to read and become familiar with the policies of The Student Code.

 


Grading Policies

 

Each course student will be graded in the course according to the following.

 

Survey Test 1

1%

PalTalk Connection

2%

Threaded Discussion Participation

30%

Report or Reports on Emerging Technologies

36%

Comprehensive Take Home Essay Mid-Term Exam

10%

Comprehensive Take Home Final Essay Exam

20%

Survey Test 2

1%

Weekly threaded discussion is expected, relative to a specified topic.  Participation in threaded discussions may be in terms of direct responses to a specified topic, or in terms of responses to the responses of others.  Both quantity and quality of responses will be considered in threaded discussion evaluation.  If n is the number of threaded discussion topics, each threaded discussion will count 30/n %.

Each student will report on one or more emerging technology topics negotiated by student and instructor, but with the instructor having final approval.  The report or reports will be evaluated and results of this evaluation will count 36 %.  If a student has n reports in the course, the worth of each report will be 36/n %.  The report will be a Microsoft Word document, and will be shared with other students and discussed in threaded discussion; part of the sharing of the report will involve the author being available in an audio chat using FireTalk (http://www.firetalk.com), software for this chat is free but a multimedia MS-Windows computer with microphone is assumed (a text chat may be considered as an alternative if deemed necessary by the instructor).

There will be a take-home mid-term essay exam in the course covering whatever has been covered in the course by the end of the 8th week, including threaded discussion and course reports by students and comments of instructor.  The mid-term exam will count 10%.

There will be a take-home final essay exam in the course covering whatever has been covered in the course by the end of the course, including threaded discussion and course reports by students and comments of instructor.  The mid-term exam will count 20%.

The scale for course grading is below.

90 - 100 %                     A

79-89 %                         B

65-78 %                         C

50-64 %                         D

0 - 49%                          F