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Woods College of Advancing Studies

Information Systems

FALL 2014

Professors: Donald Brady, A.B. Holy Cross, M.S. Stevens; Constantine Hantzis, A.B. Boston College; Robert Herbstzuber, B.S., Cand. M.B.A. Boston College;  Barbara Mikolajczak, B.S., Boston University; James Walker, A.B. Boston University; Aaron Walsh, Boston College.                                                                                 
Immersive Education
Immersive eeducation 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 134001  Exploring the Internet
ADIT134001 Syllabus
This course takes a tour of the essential technologies that have shaped today?s Internet. Along the way, students acquire the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to make the best use of this vast repository of information. Course focuses on web-site development using the core dynamic html technologies such as HTML5 and Cascading Stylesheets (CSS). Students gain a clearer understanding of just what exactly the Internet is through the study of its history and underlying protocols. No prior web-development experience and no prerequisites are required. Course is a prerequisite for all programming courses. No auditors.
Fall, Tues 6:30–9, Sept 2–Dec 9, Professor Walker

ADIT 134101  Web 2.0: New Era of Web Technology
ADIT134101 Online Syllabus/Information
Immersive courses bring a new wave of exciting websites and technologies (such as Facebook, YouTube, Virtual Worlds) into the “Web 2.0” era. Rich and interactive forms of communication, collaboration, and socialization are the heart of Web 2.0, but the price is high: privacy breaches, identity theft, cyber-stalkers and addiction are a few issues that become more complicated in the Web 2.0 world. In this unique online course students learn how to harness the power of Web 2.0 while protecting themselves and others. Hands-on experience with social networks, online photo and video sharing, virtual worlds, wikis, blogging, mashups and more.
No auditors.
Fall, Wed 6:30–9, Sept 3–Dec 10, Professor Mikolajczak

ADIT 134801  Information Systems Applications
ADIT134801 Syllabus
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 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.
Fall, Mon 6:30–9, Sept 8–Dec 15, Professor Mikolajczak

ADIT 134901  Collaborative Computing
ADIT134901 Syllabus
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.
Fall, Mon 6:30–9, Sept 8–Dec 15, Professor Hantzis

ADIT 135101  Discovering Computer Graphics
ADIT135101 Online Information/Syllabus
Prerequisite: Comfortable using Microsoft Windows operating system. An immersive education course.
Course may be taken simultaneously with MT 35801.
Discover the joy of computer graphics. Learn how to create your own multimedia greeting cards; customize and enhance digital photos; design and create animated music videos; enhance business presentations and reports. Using collaborative and immersive software, experiment with 3D technology by playing interactive games and exploring virtual reality worlds. With a focus on graphics for the Internet and the Web, students learn related terminology and concepts as they gain valuable hands-on skills. Presents a variety of graphics authoring tools, viewers, and formats while exploring fundamentals of two dimensional (2D) graphics, three dimensional (3D) graphics, Virtual Reality (VR), animation, games, interactive graphics, streaming media, and interactive television. Hands-on experience includes Photoshop, Flash, Shockwave, Powerpoint, YouTube, Virtual Worlds, Audio Whiteboard, Word, Media Player, QuickTime, IPIX, SVG, MPEG, MP3, and more.
No auditors.
Fall, Thurs 6:30–9, Sept 4–Dec 11, Professor Walsh

ADIT 135801  Video Games & Virtual Reality
ADIT135801 Online Syllabus/Information
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.
Fall, By arrangement, Professor Walsh

ADIT 144001  Computer Mediated Presentations
ADIT144001 Syllabus
No auditors.
Computer graphics, presentation software, the World Wide Web, and other emerging technologies change the way we structure and present professional and personal information. Creating, interpreting and revising data are highly desired skills. Competitive environments demand persuasive professional presentations that match medium and message, combine clear organization, succinct organization and attractive design. This course explores the use of color graphic design, electronic photography, web interactivity digital and other media.
No auditors.
Fall, Wed 6:30–9, Sept 3–Dec 10, Professor Herbstzuber

ADIT 500101  Geographic Information Systems
ADIT500101 Syllabus
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is an information technology used for the management, analysis, and display of geographic--or spatial--data, and is represented by information sets such as common maps and more sophisticated data models. This course introduces the fundamental concepts of spatial technology and the increasing application of GIS in academic research, government, and business. The course provides an overview of spatial analysis as a decision support tool, the use and management of spatial data, an introduction to GIS applications, and the unique demands GIS places on IT. Requires no programming experience.
Fall, Wed 6:30–9, Sept 3–Dec 10, Professor Brady