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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Information Sciences And Technology (IST)

IST 331 Organization and Design of Information Systems: User and System Principles (3) Interdisciplinary survey of topics related to the use and usability of information systems.

IST 331 Organization and Design of Information Systems: User and System Principles (3)

Not too many years ago, people gained information from watching television news or reading the newspaper. Now, nearly half the population of the United States is connected or planning to connect to the Internet. Recent examples include the release of the "Star Report" which generated a record number of "hits" that almost paralyzed the Internet. IST 331 examines these issues, paying special attention to those problems that are directly impacting the performance and future of this rapidly expanding market. The course will expose the "positive and negatives" of the current information system. Next, it will factor in the "human elements" of the equation, and finally, IST 331 will help the Information Sciences and Technology major to understand the enormous responsibility of their work and how they can "make a difference." This course will serve as a required course in the Infon-nation, Society, and Public Policy Option of the proposed major in Information Sciences and Technology. Upon completion of this course, the students will be able to evaluate the current information systems and apply communication principles. They will also recognize problems in design, appreciating the "human factor" as it relates to pedagogy and research. The material in this course lends itself to active learning elements such as writing projects, library and internet research, and collaborative learning. Evaluation will be based on a combination of examinations, written assignments and papers, and collaborative projects. The exact mix of evaluation components will be determined by the individual instructors. The proposed course has some overlap in content with existing courses in Psychology, English, Instructional Systems, Industrial Engineering, and Management Science and Information Systems. Frequency: IST 331will be offered every semester at University Park. At every other campus location where the Baccalaureate degree program is offered, the course will be offered 1-2 times annually depending on demand. Enrollment: Student enrollment at University Park will begin at approximately 50-75 in the first year and grow to 200 over a 3-4 year time period. At other locations, enrollment should range from 25-50 annually.


General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2004
Prerequisite: IST 230

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