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Information science technology at mercer university august 22 2001
Information Science &Technology at Mercer UniversityAugust 22, 2001

What is information science technology
What is Information Science & Technology?

  • New emerging academic discipline

  • Closely associated with computer science in that it builds upon the theoretical foundations of CSC

  • Provides a focus on some area such as computer networks, database development or administration, or Internet development

  • Emphasizes state-of-the-art tools and technology

  • Emphasizes integration of technology for end user

Signs that ist is developing as a new academic discipline
Signs that IST is Developing as a New Academic Discipline

  • NSF has for the first time ever provided 90 million dollars for IT research

  • Computer Science Accreditation Commission has just recently announced preliminary criteria for such a program

  • IT Curriculum is being discussed at CSC Conferences such as ACM SIGCSE – Feb 21-25, 2001

    • “IT Curriculum Development”

    • “Model Curricula for IT Schools”

Differences between ist and csc
Differences Between IST and CSC

  • Computer scientist tends to build and extend underlying technology, while the information technologist tends to apply available technology to solve real-world problems

  • IT identifies a need for technology, CSC then creates the technology, which then IT helps people to use effectively

  • CSC involves more programming; IST involves more putting together of existing components with tools like Visual Basic

  • Information Technologist helps decide what technology is appropriate and helps deploy it

Why should we offer an ist major
Why Should We Offer an IST Major?

  • Recognized as an academic discipline by various organizations (CSAC, NSF)

  • Bring diverse academic disciplines together through technology

  • Builds upon the strengths of current faculty

    • Programming

    • Web development

    • Computer networks

  • Potential for attracting new students to Mercer

  • Lots of jobs available

Our philosophy for ist
Our Philosophy for IST

  • Offered within the context of a strong liberal arts educational environment

  • Interdisciplinary in nature

  • Emphasize theoretical foundations, analysis & design throughout the program

  • Prepare students to be able to adapt to changing technology vs. learning only current technology

  • Should include equal coverage of:

    • Skills

    • Foundational concepts

    • Intellectual capabilities

Distinctive feature of ist major
Distinctive Feature of IST Major

  • Offered within context of strong liberal arts environment

  • Housed within CSAC accredited computer science program

  • Offered by very qualified faculty

  • Designed around proposed standards for accreditation

  • Goal is to make students critical thinkers that are able to cope with the change that is common to technology

  • Emphasize theoretical foundations and design

Requirements for b s in ist
Requirements for B.S. in IST

  • Major

    • 44 hours in IST and CSC

      • 24 – 36 hours in IST

      • 7 – 20 hours in CSC

    • 6 hours in MAT

    • 6 hours in TCO

    • 3 hours in BUS

  • CLA General Ed. (42 – 50 hours)

  • Required minor: 15 hours

  • General electives: 4 – 13 hours

  • See for course descriptions

Requirements for b a in ist
Requirements for B.A. in IST

  • Major

    • 37 hours in IST and CSC

      • 18 – 30 hours in IST

      • 7 - 16 hours in CSC

    • 6 hours in MAT

    • 3 hours in TCO

  • CLA General Ed. (42 – 50 hours)

  • 32 – 40 hours available for 2nd major or minors

Requirements for minor is ist
Requirements for Minor is IST

  • Minimum of 17 hours to include:

    • IST 126. Introduction to Information Science and Technology

    • At least 6 hours of IST courses numbered 300 or above

    • CSC 204, 205, and 206 may be used towards the 17 hours

How students may combine another academic area with ist
How Students May Combine Another Academic Area with IST

  • Minor in IST and major in another area

  • Major in IST (B.A.) and major in another area

  • Major in IST (B.S.) and Emphasis in another area

Emphasis component of ist
Emphasis component of IST

  • Emphasis from other departments and schools encouraged

  • Potential areas for emphasis in IST: Physics, Education, Art, Music, Math

  • Example: Major (B.S.) in IST and emphasis in Graphic Art

    • Major in IT: 35 hrs in IST & CSC courses

    • Art Department: 9 hours of Graphic Art

    • Minor in Art – 15 hrs in ART

    • Senior Design Project in Graphic Art

    • Internship position in Graphic Art

Schedule of courses
Schedule of Courses

  • Develop courses gradually

  • Fall, 2001 – IST 126

  • Spring, 2002 – IST 126 & IST 222

  • Groups of three courses offered on a rotational basis

Additional resources
Additional Resources

  • New IST faculty position for fall, 2001

  • Second IST faculty position for fall, 2002

  • Networks Laboratory

  • Additional Classroom space

What about the it professionals
What About the IT Professionals?

  • Expand certification training for IT professionals

  • Extend offerings to both fall and spring

  • Non-credit courses

  • Potential areas of training:

    • System Administration (MCSE)

    • Network Administration (CCNA)

    • Database Administration (MCDBA)

    • Software Development (MCSD)

Undergraduate computer related programs at mercer
Undergraduate Computer-Related Programs at Mercer

  • Computer Science: B.S. and B.A. in CLA

  • Information Science and Technology: B.S. and B.A. in CLA

  • Computer Engineering: BSE in Engineering School

  • Computer Information Systems: BBA in Business School