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Course Descriptions - Integrated Information, Science & Technology
PSIS 2101 & 2102: Writing and Communications, and Media Relations I and II
Organize and present thoughts and ideas in writing and in oral presentations with examples that will prepare students for their capstone project presentations, and communications in formal settings.
PSIS 2103 & 2104: Foundations in Mathematical and Statistical Sciences and Data Analysis I & II
The tools necessary to tackle a variety of problems in physical, biological, and social sciences, including experiment design and data analysis.
PSIS 2105 & 2106: Foundations in Information Technology and Computation I & II
The understanding of computers and their associated technologies that provide computational tools for tackling more complex problems resulting from the study of global warming, evolutionary processes in complex systems, or financial analysis.
PSIS 3122: Ethics and Its Role in Science and Technology Policy
The role of ethics in science and technology policy. On many important modern day issues, the effects of policy on various disciplines in science and technology can not be ignored and ethics (although a separate topic) is closely intertwined with many policy decisions, e.g. stem cell research, privacy issues, etc.
PSIS 4137: Alternative Energy Sources
An exploration of the science, technology and policy associated with alternative and renewable energy sources. The history and technology of a number of renewable energy sources such as solar power, wind, geothermal, and biofuels will be described and a comparative analysis of alternative energy sources will be performed.
PSIS 4138: Introduction to Health IT
This course will cover the basics of current and emerging healthcare information technologies, the policies involved in the delivery of healthcare and health IT, and the people and the processes that support the delivery of healthcare. The process of selecting and implementing such technologies to drive higher quality healthcare while decreasing the cost of this care will be discussed.
PSIS 4141: Computer and Telecommunication Networks
Telecommunications and networking as applied to enterprises in the commercial and public sector. LANs and Internet technologies. Selection of technologies and configurations necessary to support business applications.
PSIS 4142: Relational Databases and Their Design
The theory, architecture, and implementation of database management systems in corporate and organization information systems. Fundamental concepts of database and processing. Hands-on experience with database management packages.
PSIS 4144: Information and Network Security
The philosophies, principles, and practices of security management, and the impact of privacy legislation on computer-based systems. Risk assessment, state-of-the-art measures, trends in the information security field, and roles of the various levels of management and technology staff.
PSIS 4145: Software Systems Development Processes
The information systems life cycle is discussed in terms of technologies, impact and management. Topics include structured and object-orientated analysis, prototyping, software reuse, testing, life-cycle costs, and software development environments.
PSIS 4152: Entrepreneurship and Technology Venture
Insight into the process of innovation-entrepreneurship used to launch and build new ventures, with emphasis on technology ventures. Organizing for innovation, raising venture capital, wealth creation, managing the small technology-based venture, marketing information technology products and services. Case studies of companies involved in recent technology ventures. Opportunity to develop a new venture proposal for technology-based ventures in group projects.
PSIS 4191 & 4192: Capstone Project and Senior Thesis I & II
The Capstone Project is a two-semester long independent study course, which will run over fall and spring terms.The Capstone Project is designed to give the students an opportunity to conduct significant, independent research or work on a real-world project that would allow them to use the knowledge and the skills that they have acquired throughout the program. For most students, the Capstone Project is an opportunity to showcase their skills and to construct a comprehensive written report or a portfolio that can be presented to future employers. Students will conduct independent research or design and implement a project that is relevant to their interest in the technology field.