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Information Systems


Immersive education takes place online and requires that students have access to the Internet, a modern web browser (Internet Explorer or Firefox) and email.
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Courses listed below are open ONLY to students enrolled in a Boston College degree program.

ADIT 134101  Social Media: To the Web and Beyond
Attendance at all classes is highly recommended; adding after the first class is difficult.
This course addresses current and forthcoming Social Media technologies, Web sites, software programs and mobile apps (iPhone and Android apps) with a special focus on privacy and security. Rich and interactive forms of communication, collaboration, and socialization are the heart of Social Media, but come at a price: privacy breaches, identity theft, cyber-stalkers and "online addictions" are among the many issues that we must grapple with. In this unique course students learn how to harness the power of Social Media while protecting themselves and guarding their privacy. Technologies covered in this course include Social Networking (Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Tinder, Snapchat, etc.); video and photo sharing (YouTube, Vimeo, Twitch, Instagram, Imgur, etc.); video games and virtual worlds (Minecraft, World of Warcraft, League of Legends, Second Life, etc.), as well as a forthcoming generation of Social Media technologies.
No auditors.
Wed 6:15–9:15, Jan 20–May 11, Barbara Mikolajczak

ADIT 134501  Understanding Computing Devices
Ubiquitous in today’s society and able to run multiple applications simultaneously, computing devices -- smart phones, tablets, laptops, desktops, servers -- become ever more sophisticated with each new product release. The volume of data produced and consumed by these devices and their applications will continue to grow exponentially. This course introduces and explores the fundamental concepts that form the foundation of how these devices operate, in terms of running applications and managing the data that makes those applications useful: the appointments in your calendar app; your list of Facebook friends; the deposits and withdrawals in your online bank account. Students will write a paper and make a brief presentation on a topic of interest from those covered during the semester.
Wed 6:15–9:15, Jan 20–May 11, Donald Brady

ADIT 134801  Information Systems Applications
Prerequisite: None, but familiarity with Windows and Macintosh operating systems a plus.
This immersive education course covers the fundamentals of operating the Windows and Macintosh OS and a variety of desktop productivity applications. Includes basic concepts: terminology, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation applications, portable document format, webpage browsing, Internet safety, network terminology, blogging and authoring tools. Students are taught to utilize virtual world environments and blogs as well as online discussion groups (via the Internet) for course work conducted outside of class.
No auditors.
Mon 6:15–9:15, Jan 25–May 16, Barbara Mikolajczak

ADIT 134901  Collaborative Computing
Prerequisite: Facile knowledge of spreadsheets, word processing, data management, graphics, and the Internet.
This immersive education course extends knowledge and improves skills in the use of industry standard business software, supplemented with a detailed overview of server and workstation hardware. Students explore the collaborative use of versatile and powerful state-of-the-art applications. Topics include proprietary and open source operating systems, word processing, spreadsheet and presentational applications, hardware interfaces, backup schematics, network applications and protocols, including SSH, HTTP, FTP, DNS, POP3/IMAP Mail Transfer Agents, and client/server remote connect applications, web publishing, compression utilities, collaborative document concepts, and the design and structure of data files.
No auditors.
Mon 6:15–9:15, Jan 25–May 16, Aaron Walsh

ADIT 135801  Video Games &Virtual Reality
Prerequisite: Familiarity using any type of graphics program (such as Photoshop, Paintshop, Flash or similar).
An immersive education course.
Course may be taken simultaneously with MT351.

Video games are a cultural phenomenon and very big business. This exploding industry rivals Hollywood as video games and virtual reality (VR) “turn” the “real world” upside down. This exciting entry level graphics course
introduces students to the unreal world of video games and VR. Topics include: games and entertainment, Virtual Worlds, World of Warcraft, 3D graphics, Virtual Reality, Immersive Education, Hollywood blockbuster movies,
special effects, synthetic humans and more. Skills learned can be applied to a variety of jobs and industries including: Hollywood and film production; television; music videos; video game design and development; virtual reality; medical and military simulation; scientific visualization and more. Hands-on experience using video game and VR content authoring tools. No auditors.
Thurs 6:15–9:15, Jan 21–May 12, Aaron Walsh

ADIT 136001  Database Management
Introduction to database concepts: requirements analysis, data modeling, and database design; conceptual, logical and physical design techniques; normalization; overview of database administration and performance issues. Students analyze a realistic business scenario, design and build a relational database, and work extensively with SQL and its uses in business decision-making. No auditors
Wed 6:15–9:15, Jan 20–May 11, John McLaughlin

ADIT 200001  Computer Security
This course provides a strong starting foundation for understanding the complex threats system managers face today and what they need to do to harden their systems against attack.  Today's business system managers need to understand these threats and know how to protect their digital assets.  Students in this course will look at computer security through a variety of lenses.  Specific topics will include: protecting the physical infrastructure, computer system design considerations, identity and access management functions and how they fit in, the role of network security tools, the importance of audits and having the right security processes and policies in place, business continuity and disaster recover planning, managing vendor contracts and special consideration for cloud-based systems, and ethical considerations.
Tues 6:15–9:15, Jan 19–May 10, Brian Bernier


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