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Course Outline

ITEC 1010 A Fall 2002

TR 8:30-10:00 in CSEB A

Taught by: Professor Gene Denzel

Office: N615 Ross

Office Hours: Monday 9-10 and 3:00-4:00; Wednesday 9-10; and by appointment

Email: Gene.Denzel@mathstat.yorku.ca

Web page: http://www.yorku.ca/lezned

Textbook: Introduction to Information Technology by Turban, Rainer, and Potter & (Wiley 2001)

Recommended supplements:

  1. You may use any books on Windows98/2000 (particularly if you are a novice user), Microsoft Office and HTML.  The books listed blow might be useful to implement assignments
  2. .
  3. The Web Wizard's Guide to HTML by Wendy Lehnert; ( Addison-Wesley 2002)
  4. 10 Minute Guide to Microsoft Excel 2002. J. Habraken. Que, 2002. ISBN: 0-7897-2633-5 
  5. 10 Minute Guide to Microsoft Access 2002. J. Habraken. Que, 2002. ISBN: 0-7897-2631-9 
  6. The Web Wizard's Guide to DHTML and CSS. S.G. Estrella. Pearson Education Inc., 2002. ISBN: 0-201-75834-2

    TA's:
  • Camille Nettermeier; Office is N608 Ross Building ;
    Office hours: T 4-5 .
  • Harold Rodriquez; Available in lab only.

LAB HOURS: Help will be available during T 2-4 and another W2-4 in CLAS/GLADE labs (in 137 and 125 CCB). Look first in 137. You can use these labs or the ps-2 labs at other times as well, or any computer equipped with Microsoft Office Professional (for the exercises on Access and Excel). You can use any computer with a text editor and a web browser to do the exercises on HTML.

General outline (from the 2001-2 Minicalendar):

** AS/ITEC 1010 3.0 - Information and Organizations15

The value and importance of information to organizations, how it is used, stored and processed; emphasizes the uses of information technologies of various kinds, the benefits of the technologies, and the associated costs and problems, and the use of desktop applications.

Information is often viewed as a strategic asset and critical to improvements in quality, productivity and competitive advantage. This course aims to develop an understanding of why information is considered so important. It examines the ways in which information flows through, is processed, and is stored in typical organizations such as businesses, hospitals, or government departments. It emphasizes the uses of information technologies of various kinds in handling such information, the benefits of the technologies, and the costs and problems associated with their use. It also includes some history of the evolution of the use of information technologies in organizations and speculation on future trends. The course includes practical experience with personal productivity applications such as presentation graphics, spreadsheet and database, use of the Internet, and HTML programming.

Topics include:

  • Roles of information and information technology
  • Roles of people using, developing and managing systems
  • Cost/value and quality of information
  • Analysis of knowledge work and its requirements
  • Knowledge work productivity concepts
  • Application versus system software
  • Database features, functions and architectures
  • Systems concepts
  • System components and relationships

Suggested Supplementary Readings:

  1. J. P. Laudon, K. C. Laudon, C. G. Traver, Information technology - Concepts and issues (2nd ed.), Boyd & Fraser Publishing Co., 1995.
  2. R. A. Spinello, Case studies in information and computer ethics, Prentice Hall, 1997.
  3. H. C. Lucas, Information technology: The search for value, Oxford University Press, 1999.
  4. J. M. Grochow, Information overload: Creating value with the new information systems technology, Yourdon Press, 1997.

Prerequisite: none

We will be covering the material in the textbook, skipping Chapter 13 and some topics in 14 and 15. You will also be responsible for material covered in the lectures. You will also be studying and doing exercises in HTML, EXCEL, Access, and more on HTML. Part of your learning will require you to use web-based resources. The examinations will consist of a mix of multiple-choice and short-answer questions.

Grading: The grading in the course will be based on the following breakdown.

Assignments (4 equally weighted):30%
2 Midterms : 30%
Final Ex.: 40%
All exams will be closed book, but you may bring in one (1) regular letter-sized sheet of paper with whatever information you want.

Cell-phone Policy:
Please turn off all cell-phones prior to class beginning. Any ringing of cell-phones during class will cause a disruption of the lecture. Any cellphone ringing during an exam or test will result in a grade of zero on that paper.

Late Policy
Late assignments will not be accepted late unless medical or other acceptable documentation is supplied. Such documentation must indicate that either - you could not be present on the due date or - some problem prevented you from working on the task for at least 50% of the time that you had to do it.

Assignments submitted later than 1 week will not be accepted and they will receive a mark of zero. Only in exceptional cases, when the medical documentation indicates that you were in the hospital for the period of the time corresponding to the assignment, the weight of that assignment will be added to the weight of the final exam.

A make-up midterm will not be provided. If you miss the midterm for medical reasons the weight will be added to the weight of the second midterm or the final exam. However, for the purpose of you receiving feedback on your learning you may write the midterm at home under (self-imposed) examination conditions. The paper will be marked but not recorded. The will not contribute to your final grade, and it will constitute valid feedback only if you have not discussed the test with other students who have already written it. Such arrangements will be made only with valid documentation (e.g. medical note) of the reason for missing the test.

Final Exam The final exam is held during the University examination period. The date of the final exam is not known until the official University examination schedule is published. It is your responsibility to be present at the exam. No agreement will be given for deferred standing for reason of travel plans.