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Woods College of Advancing Studies

Information Systems

SPRING 2017

ADIT 134101  Social Media: To the Web and Beyond
Attendance at all classes is highly recommended; adding after the first class is VERY 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 18–May 10, Barbara Mikolajczak ONLINE COURSE - MEETS ONLINE ON WEDNESDAYS
FULLY ONLINE COURSE - Synchronous - Day and time are specific; students must participate weekly per all communications and instructions from the professor, must adhere to course schedule, and submit all course work on time.

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 23–May 15, Barbara Mikolajczak  ONLINE COURSE - MEETS ONLINE ON MONDAYS
FULLY ONLINE COURSE - Synchronous - Day and time are specific;  students must participate weekly per all instructions and communications from the professor, must adhere to course schedule, and submit all course work on time.

ADIT 134901  Collaborative Computing
Prerequisite: Comfortable using the Microsoft Windows or Macintosh operating system [includes being fully experienced with the process of installing new software on your own computer]. Tablet computers, netbooks and similar low-powered computers are not capable of running the graphics software required for this course. A traditional desktop or laptop computer is required.
This Immersive Education course explores collaborative computing principals using fun and familiar social media tools (such as Google docs, Google Hangouts, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, Minecraft, Scratch, Twitch, Prezi and more), modern distributed computing technologies such as Bitcoin (and related crypto-currencies), peer-to-peer file sharing networks (such as BitTorrent), brute-force hacking botnet "robot networks" (also known as "zombie networks"), and industry standard business software. These topics are supplemented with a high-level overview of server and workstation hardware. Students explore the collaborative use of versatile and powerful state-of-the-art desktop and Web applications. Topics covered in this course include: collaborative social media apps and tools, collaborative coding (programming), Bitcoin and related crypto-currencies, zombie networks, BitTorrent and related peer-to-peer file sharing networks, proprietary and open source operating systems, word processing, spreadsheet and presentational applications, hardware interfaces, backup systems, network applications and protocols (such as  SSH, HTTP, FTP, DNS, POP3/IMAP Mail Transfer Agents), 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 23–May 15, Aaron Walsh  ONLINE COURSE - MEETS ONLINE ON MONDAYS
FULLY ONLINE COURSE - Synchronous - Day and time are specific; students must participate weekly per all communications and instructions from the professor, must adhere to course schedule, and submit all course work on time.


ADIT 135001  Introduction to Programming
Prerequisite: Comfortable using Microsoft Windows or Apple Macintosh computers (including downloading and installing software), Web browsers, and email.
This course teaches students the fundamentals of programming (coding) using HTML, the markup language that every Web site and many mobile phone apps are built with, and the industry-standard JavaScript programming language. Designed specifically for individuals who have little-to-no programming experience, this course teaches participants how to create their own Web sites from scratch and how to bring them to life with JavaScript. During this course students will: 1) Use programming tools to express themselves creativity as they learn the fundamentals of coding, 2) Create Web pages using the HTML language that every Web site is built with, 3) Bring Web pages to life with the JavaScript programming language, and 4) Explore the fundamentals of Virtual Reality, video games and 3D computer graphics.
No auditors.
Thurs 6:15–9:15, Jan 19–May 11, Aaron Walsh  ONLINE COURSE - MEETS ONLINE ON THURSDAYS
FULLY ONLINE COURSE - Synchronous - Day and time are specific; students must participate weekly per all communications and instructions from the professor, must adhere to course schedule, and submit all course work on time.

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 18–May 10, 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 17–May 9, Brian Bernier

ADIT 404001  Intermediate Coding and Design
Pre-requisite: Intro to Programming or equivalent
This is a hybrid course, which combines some in-person and some online class meetings. Please refer to the course syllabus on the Course Information and Schedule page in AGORA and on the Woods College website for more detailed information.


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Thurs 6:15–9:15, Jan 19–May 11, The Department

 

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