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Information Science &Technology at Mercer University August 22, 2001. What is Information Science & Technology?. New emerging academic discipline Closely associated with computer science in that it builds upon the theoretical foundations of CSC

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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