Current IST Undergraduate Courses

IST 110 HONORS – Information, People and Technology

Information, People and Technology presents the high points of an education in the School of Information Sciences and Technology. Three perspectives (or facets) address the core issues: information or the basic science of data encoding, transmission and storage; people or the interactions among technologies, institutions, regulations and users; and technology or the design and operation of basic information technology devices. Students completing the course will be confident users, evaluators and consumers of information technology. Students will develop research and analytical skills to evaluate specific devices and understand how those devices function in larger socio-technical systems. Students will be able to predict and anticipate the impact of new technologies on human institutions as well as understand the potential impact of institutions on the use and design of information technologies. At the end of the semester we want to see first year students who understand how a) digital data is stored, transmitted, and retrieved; b) information is transformed into knowledge; c) to use communications and information technologies to organize, coordinate, and inform human enterprises; d) application designs can meet human needs, facilitate rapid adaptation, and encourage creativity; and e) information and communication technologies can improve the quality of human life.The course employs an action-oriented approach. Students learn by doing—formulating and solving problems drawn from professional contexts, detecting and recovering from errors related to technology use, and locating, reading and studying materials that support their analysis and problem-solving.

IST 301 – Information in Organizations

This course seeks to develop students who have tools to observe, analyze and evaluate organizations; who can act within organizations to formulate, identify, and solve problems of information transmission, storage and applications; who are prepared to enter workplace organizations knowing the vocabulary, the questions to ask, the sources to search and the methods of analysis to manage organizational change. The successful IST 301 student will be able to do the following; describe and classify the structure of an organization, determine the function of the various parts of an organization. Illustrate the flows of power, lines of control and patterns of decision-making within an organization, predict the relationship between an organization?s characteristics and its? design, use and implementation of Information technology, illustrate the flow and process of information within an organization, and evaluate existing models, methods and theories of organizations as applied to actual organizations.

IST 431 The Information Environment

The ways that people communicate and utilize information is being changed dramatically by new information technologies. Information and the technologies that are employed to create, organize, transfer and utilize that information in a networked environment, using such global networks as the Internet or internal networks such as Intranets, have become a key component of the global economy. This information environment is changing the ways we interact, communicate, and function on the job and in our daily lives. Emerging technologies also raise new economic, cultural, legal, ethical, and social issues that are of grave importance to society. IST 431 examines factors in the overall context of this evolving information environment that are influencing the design, development and use of information systems and technology. This course also examines the impacts of new information technologies on people, organizations, and societies. IST 431 is a required course in the Information Context: People, Organizations, and Society degree option. Course Approach In the real world, the information environment is a messy one. The issues are not clearly identified, there are competing interests, solutions are extremely difficult to develop, and often, there is no one, best answer to the problem. In order to help you develop the skills necessary for coping with this situation, the learning approach taken in this course mimics this real world of the information environment. In order to accomplish this, the course employs the Problem Based Learning approach to education. The subject matter of the course will be learned through a series of problems that enable the students to learn about the layers of the information environment and the factors embedded in them. The problem based learning format emphasizes classroom participation.

IST445 HONORS – Global Trends in World Issues

This course covers trends in globalization and their influence on U.S. policy making as well as the role of the U.S. in international issues.