Your grade in this course is determined by several means, so that you have the optimal chance at receiving a grade that properly reflects your effort and mastery of the material. Please note that attendance at lectures is expected but not accounted for in the grade.
- Exams (30%)
- Assignments (50%)
- Final Exam or Project (10%)
- Blog (10%)
- Extra Credit
There are three mid-term exams and a final exam or project. The exams are in-class but given online -- be sure to always have access to a mobile computing device with a Blackboard-compatible browser. They will consist of a mix of multiple-choice, multiple-answer, true/false, fill-in-the-blanks, and occasionally short essay questions. The lowest mid-term exam grade is dropped; the final exam or project is not dropped.
Students are required to analyze and evaluate cases and prepare written case memos, solve quantitative problems, and create various information science artifacts (such as data models, process models, risk models, data ontologies, etc.) Additionally, a short (10-15 minutes) well-prepared in-class presentations of the cases or problem sets are expected. The lowest assignment grade is dropped.
Students are expected to maintain a blog which will act as a journal and in which students will provide their commentary on how the material discussed in class relates to current IT and IS trends, topics, and news. This is an important learning element of the course. The blog is expected to be reflective and not simply a summary of the weekly material.
Some assignment and exams may provide opportunities for extra credit which are added to the final grade.