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.


IST 421: Advanced Enterprise Integration: Technologies and Applications (3 credits) - Advanced course on the integration of information technology into systems applications.

This course expands the knowledge gained in IST 420 on the theories and skills required for planning, developing, implementing, and managing the integration of enterprise information systems. This course is designed around real-world problems and projects involving enterprise systems integration. A major component of the course will be a group-based project, which analyzes and proposes solutions to a problem case regarding systems integration needs of an enterprise.


  • IST 420, completed with a grade of "C" or better


After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Analyze and model complex enterprise integration problems
  • Design possible solutions to a complex enterprise integration problems
  • Evaluate possible problem solutions and articulate the business case for the recommended solution
  • Prototype the recommended enterprise integration solution
  • Understand the major types of technologies used in enterprise systems integration
  • Understand different approaches and methodologies for performing enterprise systems integrations
  • Reduce the risks in implementing an enterprise systems integration solution


  • TBD



  • Sherif, M. H. (2010). Handbook of enterprise integration. Boca Raton: Auerbach Pub./CRC Press. ISBN 9781420078213
    • 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.
  • Gold-Bernstein, B., & Ruh, W. A. (2004). Enterprise integration: The essential guide to integration solutions. Boston: Addison-Wesley. ISBN 9780321223906

Course Resources:

  • Research subscriptions from Gartner and Forrester available through the PSU Library Portal
  • Safari Tech Books Online - contains most of the technical books you'd find at the Barnes and Nobel book store - complete text and free to PSU faculty and students.

Optional Resources:

  • Application Integration: EAI, B2B, BPM, and SOA by Manouvrier and Menard. Wiley. © 2007.
  • Lean Integration: An Integration Factory Approach to Business Agility by Schmidt and Lyle. Addison-Wesley. © 2010
  • Next Generation Application Integration by Linthicum, D S. Addison-Wesley. © 2004

Assignments & Grading

Course Grading Breakdown
Grading Category Percentage of Final Grade
Academic Integrity Acknowledgment  1%
Project  35%
Quizzes 15%
Case Study 14%
Exams 20%
FQs 10%
Activity/Discussion 5%
TOTAL 100%

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.
  • Late assignments - For each day that an assignment is late, it will be assessed a 2% penalty per day up to total of 10% penalty per week.
  • 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:

While utilizing additional sources outside of this class is encouraged for gaining a better understanding of course concepts, seeking explicit answers for graded assignments from outside sources (e.g. Course Hero, Chegg, tutoring services like, etc.) is considered CHEATING and will not be tolerated. Sanctions range from failure of the assignment or course to dismissal from the University. Additionally, sharing course content without permission is a violation of copyright and may result in university sanctions and/or legal ramifications. Contact your instructor with questions related to this topic. 

University Policies

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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.


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:

Date Details Due