Course Syllabus

Please note that the specifics of this Course Syllabus are subject to change. Instructors will notify students of any changes and students will be responsible for abiding by them. Even if you print this syllabus, please check the online version often.

Description

IST 420: Fundamentals of Systems and Enterprise Integration (3 credits) - Introductory course on integration of information technology into different venues, including the planning, development, and implementation of the integration.

This course introduces students to integration of information technologies. Emphasis is placed on methodologies and skills used during the front-end of integration projects, especially analysis and design activities. This course will incorporate collaborative and problem-based learning experiences.

Prerequisites

  • IST 240
  • IST 242
  • IST 301
  • IST 302
  • A grade of "C" or better is required in all courses 

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  • Describe the relationship between business strategy and IS strategy
  • Be able to apply a life cycle development methodologies to an integration project
  • Be able to manage an IS implementation project using an accepted integration methodology
  • Understand the context of integration projects
  • Be able to take a stakeholder’s view of a problem/opportunity and integrate it with other stakeholder views to determine the functional requirements of the current system
  • Represent the functional requirements using unified modeling language (UML)
  • Create a high-level system design based on a set of UML and other functional requirement documents.

Instructor

  • TBD

Materials

  • Grässle, P. Baumann, H. Baumann, P. (2005). UML 2.0 in Action: A Project Based Tutorial. Birmingham: PACKT Publishing, ISBN 9781904811558
    • An online version of this text is available at no cost as a Penn State Library E-Book and can be accessed through Library Resources in the course navigation. Some E-Books will only be available online, while others will be available to download in full or in part. You may choose to use the E-Book as an alternative to purchasing a physical copy of the text. For questions or issues, you can contact the University Libraries Reserve Help.
  • Other reading materials for this class are located within the course or linked to external sites.

Assignments & Grading 

Course Grading Breakdown
Grading Category Percentage of Final Grade
Exams 50%
Individual Assignments 22%
Group Project 25%
Peer Evaluation 3%
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.

Academic Integrity

Penn State and the College of Information Sciences and Technology are committed to maintaining Penn State's policy on Academic Integrity in this and all other courses. We take academic integrity matters seriously and expect you to become a partner to the University/College standards of academic excellence.

For more information, please review these policies and procedures:

WARNING: In addition to other policies, using any material in any media format - from “answer sites” (such Course Hero, Chegg, and all others) and/or other type of sources - is considered CHEATING and will not be tolerated. Sanctions range from failure of the assignment or course to dismissal from the University. Contact your instructor with questions related to this topic.

University Policies

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Resources

Find extensive information and links to many Penn State and IST resources (including the Penn State libraries, video conferencing tools, technology and software, writing and research help, and much more) on the Resources page.

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 group presentations - which are all conducted with virtual meeting tools. No special software is required.

Schedule

The following schedule outlines the topics covered in this course, along with the associated time frames, 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.

Course Summary:

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