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Course Syllabus

Course Title: Information Technology and Web Science Capstone Course number: ITWS 4100 / ITWS 6800 Credit hours: 4 Credits / 3 Credits Semester/ year: Spring 2014 Meeting days: Mondays and Thursdays from 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM Room location: Lally Hall Room 102 Instructor: Gregory N. Hughes Office location: Lally Hall Room 304 Office telephone number: (518)-276-2590 Office hours: Mondays 4 PM to 6 PM E-mail address: hugheg@rpi.edu Instructor: Richard Plotka Office location: Amos Eaton 133 Office telephone number: Office hours: E-mail address: plotkr2@rpi.edu Teaching Assistant: Melissa Hay TA office location: ITWS Lab Lally 205 TA office hours: Wednesdays 7 PM to 9 PM TA e-mail: haym@rpi.edu

Course Description: This course integrates the knowledge and professional practice of ITWS core and applications courses. Topics in database systems, networking, software design, web science, management of technology, human computer interaction, and ethics are applied within a framework of global strategy. The course utilizes an Information Technology Team Project with a real organization to practice the major concepts of the ITWS Degrees. The Team Project involves strategic and business planning, systems design and development, and technology implementation. Student Learning Outcomes: 1. Students will apply and integrate the concepts of Information Technology and Web Science. 2. Students will apply and integrate the concepts of business strategy, systems engineering, database systems, networking, software engineering, and human computer interaction. 3. Students will plan, design, develop, and write a complex and professional Information Technology and Web Science Capstone Project Report. 4. Students will deliver a multi-media presentation of their Capstone Project to a professional audience. 5. Students will demonstrate leadership and team work on Capstone Project Teams. Required Textbook: Hitt, Michael A., Ireland, R. Duane, and Hoskisson, Robert E., Strategic Management, Concepts, 10th Edition, Thomson South-Western, Mason, Ohio, 2013. ISBN13: 978-1-133-49523-9 Readings: Cases, Articles and an online Project Management Simulation are available in a Coursepack from Harvard Business School Press at the following link: https://cb.hbsp.harvard.edu/cbmp/access/24591120. You will pay $36.20 for this Coursepack online with a credit card. Current event articles related to the weekly topics may be assigned prior to the week of classes. These readings will be accessible via the Internet and will be posted on the course LMS site weekly. All reading assignments must be completed before each class so the class time can be devoted to interactive discussions of the topics in the context of current business events.

Grading: Case Write-ups and Other Non-Project Weekly Assignments Participation Capstone Project and Presentations Capstone Project Grading (60% of Course Grade) Milestone Project Assignments (Drafts of Each Section) Mid-Term Presentation Draft of Final Report Final Presentation Final Report

20% 20% 60%

10% 10% 10% 20% 50%

Numerical averages will be calculated and letter grades will be assigned using the following criteria 90.0 - 100.0 = A-, A 80.0 - 89.9 = B-, B, B+ 70.0 - 79.9 = C-, C, C+ 60.0 69.9 = D, D+ <60.0 =F Attendance and Grading Policy The majority of your grade will be received through classroom participation and the Capstone Project. Therefore it is expected that you attend every class. A participation grade will be given for each individual for each class. As part of the Project grade, there will be considerable team and client meeting time required. Questions from the Case and/or Readings will be posted on LMS. Each student must post on the LMS site the answer prior to class. Each Case Write-up and Weekly Assignment posted on LMS will be given a grade. The grades for the accumulated class participation, weekly assignments, and project milestones will be posted on LMS. Academic Integrity Integrity is an extremely important part of any professionals character and behavior. This course expects the highest level of personal and academic integrity. You are encouraged to discuss homework and cases in groups, but each student should write the individual case and homework assignments separately. Any ideas and/or quotations from any source, including the Internet, should be properly referenced in homework and the Capstone Project. The Capstone Project is to be accomplished in collaboration with other team members. For any assignment associated with the Capstone Project, one individual from the team should submit one copy for the entire team on LMS. Any breach of the academic integrity code listed in the Rensselaer Handbook will be considered grounds for failure in the course. LMS The course syllabus, assignments, grades, bulletin board, and other course materials will be available on LMS.

Course Calendar
Class Date Key Topics Chapter in Text Cases and Complementary Readings Project Milestones Assignments

Thurs. Jan. 23

Mon. Jan. 27

Thurs. Jan. 30

Mon. Feb. 3

Course Introduction Review syllabus Discuss Capstone Project Strategic Management Strategic Competitiveness Capstone Project How to write first Case Assignment External Environment Term Project Internal Environments Management of Technology Business Level Strategy Competitive Advantage

Chapter 1

Read Chapter. Submit resume on LMS.

Chapter 2

Read Chapter. Work on Identifying a Term Project.

Chapter 3

Proposal for Term Project

Read Chapter Submit Proposal for Capstone Project on LMS

Thurs. Feb. 6

Chapter 4

Final Decision on Capstone Project

Final Decision on Capstone Project Work with Capstone Project Client on Systems Requirements

Mon. Feb. 10

Box Case

Box: Building the Next Generation Enterprise Software Company Case from Harvard Business School Course Pack

Submit answer to Box Case question on LMS

Class Date

Key Topics

Chapter in Text

Cases and Complementary Readings

Project Milestones

Assignments

Thurs. Feb. 13

Thurs. Feb. 20

Tues. (academic Mon.) Feb. 18

Competitive Rivalry and Competitive Dynamics Summary of Strategic Planning Systems Requirements IT CostBenefit Analysis IT Financial Management IT Project Management Project Management Simulation

Chapter 5

Read Chapter

Mini-Strategic Plan

Submit MiniStrategic Plan (Strategy) for Capstone Project

Project Management Simulation: Scope, Resources, Schedule Simulation from Harvard Business School Course Pack Project Management Simulation: Scope, Resources, Schedule Simulation from Harvard Business School Course Pack

Systems Requirements

Submit Systems Requirements Document for Capstone Project

Mon. Feb. 24

IT Project Management Project Management Simulation IT Portfolio Management Mid-Term Capstone Project Presentations Presentations Video Recorded

Cost-Benefit Analysis

Submit Cost-Benefit Analysis File and Discussion for Capstone Project

Thurs. Feb. 27

MS Project Plan Class Give Mid-Term Capstone Project Presentations Class Give Mid-Term Capstone Project Presentations

Submit Project Plan and Discussion for Capstone Project Class Submit MidTerm Project Presentations

Mon. Mar. 3

Mid-Term Capstone Project Presentations Presentations Video Recorded

Class Submit MidTerm Project Presentations

Class Date

Key Topics

Chapter in Text

Cases and Complementary Readings

Project Milestones

Assignments

Thurs. Mar. 6

Database Systems Guest Professor Software Engineering Guest Professor Database Systems

Read materials for Database Systems Class Submit Database Assignment for Capstone Project Read materials for Software Engineering Class

Mon. Mar. 17

Thurs. Mar. 20

Semantic Web Web Science Guest Professor

Software Engineering

Submit Software Engineering Assignment for Capstone Project Read materials for HCI Class

Mon. Mar. 24

Thurs. Mar. 27

Human Computer Interface Guest Professor Corporate Level Strategy

Read materials for HCI Class

Chapter 6

HCI

Submit HCI Assignment for Capstone Project Read Chapter

Mon. Mar 31

Intuit QuickBooks Case

Intuit QuickBooks: From Product to Platform from Harvard Business School Course Pack

Submit answer to Intuit QuickBooks Case question

Thurs. Apr. 3

Data Analytics Data Science Guest Professor

Read materials for Data Analytics and Data Science Class

Class Date

Key Topics

Chapter in Text

Cases and Complementary Readings

Project Milestones

Assignments

Mon. Apr. 7 Thurs. Apr. 10

International Strategy Building Brand Infosys Case

Chapter 8 Building Brand Infosys Case from Harvard Business School Course Pack Chapter 9 The Strategy that will Fix Healthcare from Harvard Business School Course Pack athenahealth: Innovating in Response to a Crisis in Healthcare Case from Harvard Business School Course Pack

Read Chapter

Submit answer to the Building Brand Infosys Case question Read Chapter

Mon. Apr. 14 Thurs. Apr. 17

Cooperative Strategy Healthcare IT Strategy that will Fix Healthcare athenahealth Case

Submit answer to the athenahealth Case question

Mon. Apr. 21

Ethics Guest Professor

Draft Report of Entire Capstone Project

Read Materials for the Ethics Class Submit Draft Report of Entire Capstone Project.

Thurs. Apr. 24

Emotiv Systems Case

Emotiv Systems, Inc.: Its the Thoughts that Count Case from the Harvard Business School Course Pack

Read and be prepared to discuss Case No written case question. Work on Project

Mon. Apr. 28

Feedback on Draft Final Report Coaching on Final Presentation

Class Date

Key Topics

Chapter in Text

Cases and Complementary Readings

Project Milestones

Assignments

Thurs. May 1

Capstone Project Final Presentations Capstone Project Final Presentations

Presentation of Capstone Project Presentation of Capstone Project Final Project Report

Class Present Capstone Project

Mon. May 5

Class Present Capstone Project. Submit Final Report and Final Presentation for Term Project. Submit Grade and Rank of all other Capstone Projects Submit Peer Evaluation of Term Project Team Members

May Finals

No Final Exam

No Final Exam