Course Syllabus

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Enterprise Information Management and Storage Architecture (3 credits) - Provide in-depth study of the concepts, issues, and technologies associated with the complex world of enterprise information and storage architecture.

As organizations look for new ways to exploit their information assets, enterprise information architecture (EIA) is emerging as a critical area of focus. Organizing functionality, content, and associated technologies into a structure that people are able to navigate intuitively requires solid planning and understanding of the issues, technologies, and best practices associated with EIA. Organizations must recognize the importance of information architecture or else they run the risk of developing inappropriate information architectures that won’t provide the needed efficiencies and competitive advantages. This course is designed to introduce students to information storage management concepts, technologies, issues, and best practices. This course will focus on applying concepts and technologies to real-world problems and cases. A major component of the course will be a team-based project along with several individual and team assignments.


  • IST 301


This course is designed to introduce students to enterprise information storage and management concepts, issues, trends, and technologies. As a junior/senior level course, the focus will center on applying design concepts and associated technologies to real-world problems in the area of enterprise information storage and management. Existing partnerships with leading information management firms will be leveraged to provide real-world exposure to the complex enterprise information storage and management issues facing all organizations today. This course also focuses increasingly on the critical areas of information security and the emerging field of information storage virtualization. The course will mix technical details, applied value, and organizational insights of enterprise information storage and management through the use of labs, case studies, real-life problems, and team projects. This is a unique course that has generated great industry interest.


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  • Required Textbook: Information Storage and Management: Storing, Managing, and Protecting Digital Information in Classic, Virtualized, and Cloud Environments. EMC Education Services, 2012, Second Edition. ISBN: 9781118094839
  • Additional readings are available online.

Assignments & Grading

Course Grading Breakdown
Grading Category Percentage of Final Grade
Exams 35%
Quizzes 25%
Team Design Case 20%
Mini-Cases 10%
Blogs 9%
Introduction and Academic Integrity 1%
TOTAL 100%

Course Grading Scale

The following are minimum cutoffs for each grade:

  • 93.00% = A
  • 90.00% = A-
  • 87.00% = B+
  • 83.00% = B
  • 80.00% = B-
  • 77.00% = C+
  • 70.00% = C
  • 60.00% = D
  • less than 60.00% = F

Course Policies and Expectations

  • Logging into Canvas - Students are expected to login regularly to check for course updates, announcements, emails, discussions, etc.
  • Emailing through Canvas - Students are expected to use Canvas for all course email communication.
  • Attending virtual meetings - Students are expected to use specified virtual meeting tool(s) for collaboration, meetings, presentations, etc., as needed.

Technical Requirements

Standard World Campus computer technical specifications are assumed for this course. Please test your computer for requirements. In addition, a webcam and a headset with a microphone are REQUIRED for the course. These may be used for virtual meetings, virtual office hours, interactions with classmates and your instructor, and team presentations - which are all conducted with virtual meeting tools. No special software is required.


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University Policies

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The following schedule outlines the topics covered in this course, along with the associated timeframes, readings, activities, and assignments. All due dates reflect Eastern Time (ET). Specifying the time zone ensures that all students have the same deadlines, regardless of where they live.

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