Lectures: 2 sessions / week, 1.5 hours / session
Recitations: 1 session / week, 1 hour / session
This course is an intensive review of information technology. It covers topics in software development methods, data modeling and databases, application development, Web standards and development, system integration, security, and data communications. Most of the homework sets lead the class through a project in which a database and Web application are designed and constructed, using good software process and addressing security, network and other issues. The project, which is done in two-person teams, provides hands-on experience to complement the lectures and readings. Recitations discuss readings and provide more detailed information on the software tools used. The course goal is to cover the key concepts in the major areas of information technology, to enable students to successfully understand, work with and manage IT efforts as part of supply chain, transportation or civil engineering projects.
No. No programming experience is required. You should be familiar with the use of Microsoft® Windows® and Word®.
Problem sets are due Tuesday or Thursday, as noted in the calendar, at 11:59pm. They are submitted electronically on the course website. In some homework sets, you may need to upload a database or Web pages to a course server; there will be instructions in the homework on how to do that. You will receive one penalty-free extension until the following Saturday or Thursday, whichever is shorter. There are no extensions beyond that unless repeated or extended family or medical emergencies occur. We will generally require a note from the dean or medical department; see the instructor if this occurs.
Late homework sets submitted before the following Saturday or Tuesday, beyond the one penalty-free extension, are penalized 30 points. Homework sets submitted after that receive no credit, since solutions are posted then.
We don't give makeup exams. Please make sure you are here for the midterm exam and final exam. You will be excused from the exams for medical or family emergency reasons only.
You will collaborate with your partner to do the homework sets. You may ask other groups for explanations or help but cannot look at or copy any of their work.
You may work alone or with a partner or in a group for classroom exercises done in lecture. If you do the active learning outside (before) lecture, you must do it alone.
Exams are individual work.