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Information Sciences And Technology (IST)

IST 250 New Media and the Web (3) Introduction to how the World Wide Web utilizes emerging technologies. Students acquire conceptual understanding of constructing Web sites.

IST 250 New Media and the Web (3)

This course provides an introduction to how the world wide web utilizes new media technologies. Students will acquire a sound conceptual understanding of how simple to complex web sites are constructed, and how this knowledge can be applied in their professional career. Knowledge gained in this course will dovetail into Information Sciences and Technology Associate degree options.

There are three major course objectives: (1) students will be able to perform a written critical evaluation of any web site, using the criteria listed below for evaluation; (2) students will be able to develop a written and/or electronic comprehensive proposal for the design/redesign of a web site; and (3) students will collaborate in meaningful, deep discussions of the topics listed above with peers, experts, and faculty via interactive technologies, as demonstrated by chat logs or other interaction records.

Students will construct a simple web page that exemplifies the weekly topics. This web page may be built over the course of the initial 10 weeks as new topics are introduced, or the students may construct separate examples for each topic area. In some cases (such as e-commerce) the students may construct a non-functional prototype as opposed to a fully functional site. A quiz on the weekly topic(s) will occur at the end of each week. The quiz will be derived from the assigned readings and chats. This quiz will be on-line and automatically scored. Students will develop a comprehensive proposal for the design/redesign of a web site. Included in the proposal will be: (1) rationale for each decision; and (2) how conceptual criteria covered in segment 1 are applied to the design. IST 250 is part of the core curriculum for the Information Sciences and Technology Associate degree; thus it links to the other core courses in this degree. IST 110 is a prerequisite but may be taken concurrently. In addition, this course is a prerequisite for all courses in the Associate degree Web Administration Option. Generally, enrollment will be 20 students per semester building to 20 students per semester over a 3-4 year ramp-up period of the Information Sciences and Technology program.


General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 1999
Prerequisite: IST 110 or concurrent enrollment

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.