CS444--Emerging Technologies--Spring 2014
Tuesday, Thursday, Period R (3:25-4:40 PM), Room 222






The Textbook


Course Description


Course Objectives


Course Policies


Grading System


Course Schedule
        

Prof. Thomas A. Easton


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THE TEXTBOOK

W. Brian Arthur, The Nature of Technology: What It Is and How It Evolves, Free Press, 2009, 978-1-4165-4405-0 (Kindle edition available from Amazon).
Chris Anderson, Makers: The New Industrial Revolution, Crown, 2012, 978-0-307-72095-5 (Kindle edition available from Amazon).


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COURSE DESCRIPTION


This course provides the opportunity for students to identify, research, gain a basic knowledge of, discuss and evaluate IT-related new and emerging technologies and their impact on information systems, business, and society.

See "Course policies" below for details on testing and grading.


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COURSE OBJECTIVES


Upon completion of this course, students will:
  1. Be able to explain why it is important for IT professionals to keep abreast of evolving technologies.
  2. Be able to explain how innovation happens and new technologies emerge.
  3. Be able to discuss the advantages, disadvantages, and prospects of some current emerging technologies.
  4. Be able to demonstrate the research skills necessary to identify and evaluate emerging technologies.
  5. Be able to discuss in depth a chosen emerging technology, based on independent research.
Assessment will be by means of eight 3-5 page papers, and one 15-20 page final research paper.


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COURSE POLICIES


Assigned readings should be done on time, for they feed the thinking needed for discussion and the papers. Additional readings may be posted on Moodle. Papers are due as assigned. Do NOT wait till the end of the course to do them all.

Class time will be spent more on discussion than lecture.

Students who do not deliver papers on time will be dropped from the course.

GUIDELINES FOR THE EIGHT SHORT PAPERS:
  1. Consider the topic question (see the Schedule section below) carefully.
  2. Do some research, even if the question seems to ask for no more than your opinion (your opinion must be supported). Use library resources such as EBSCO, NOT JUST GOOGLE!
  3. Cite your research; each paper should have 4-6 references, including the course readings.
FINAL PAPERS

Each student will prepare a 15-20 page research paper on the following topic:
  • Choose an emerging technology that you think will have major impact in the near future, describe it, describe its potential impact, and explain why you think it will have such impact.
 Have your topic chosen by Tuesday, March 5.

Research the topic using printed and online sources. Develop a proposed outline of your paper and submit by Thursday, April 9.
Your paper is required to have the following:
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GRADING SYSTEM



Grades will be based on:
A (94 - 100)      A- (90 - 93)
B+ (87 - 89)     B (83 - 86)    B- (80 - 82)
C+ (77 - 79)     C (73 - 76)     C- (70 - 72)
D+ (67 - 69)     D (63 - 66)    D- (60 - 62)
F (below 60)



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COURSE SCHEDULE

CAUTION: COURSE SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT WARNING!


DATETOPICASSIGNMENT
  
Week 1: Jan 7, 9 What Is an "Emerging Technology"? Read Em-Tech.doc (see Moodle)
  
Week 2: Jan 14, 16 Disruptive TechnologiesRead Em-Tech.doc (see Moodle)
 Paper #1
Due next week
Many technologies have been (or have been called) "disruptive" technologies. Find three examples and use them to discuss what it is that makes a technology "disruptive." Consider whether disruptiveness can be identified in advance.
  
Week 3: Jan 21, 23 The 3D Printing Revolution Read "The Design Economy"
and Anderson, Part I (pp. 3-78)
 Paper #2
Due next week
How disruptive will it be when "We Are All Designers Now"? (title of Anderson's Chapter 4)
  
Week 4: Jan 28, 30 The Evolution of TechnologyRead Arthur, pp. 1-26
 Paper #3
Due next week
What is W. Brian Arthur trying to accomplish in his book?
  
Week 5: Feb 4, 6 The Nature of InnovationRead "You Think You're So Smart, So There"
  
Week 6: Feb 11, 13 Combination and StructureRead Arthur, pp. 27-43
and Anderson, Ch. 6 (pp. 81-98)
  Paper #4
Due next week
What are the "components" (in Athur's sense) of 3D printing?
  
Feb 17-21WINTER BREAK
  
Week 7: Feb 25, 27 PhenomenaRead Arthur, pp. 45-67, and the "Promise of Poop" handouts
 Paper #5
Due next week
What "phenomena" (in Arthur's sense) does "microbiota restoration therapy" capture and use?
  
Week 8: March 4, 6 Domains & Problem-SolvingRead Arthur, pp. 69-106
Final Term Paper Topics Due!What do you think the next big thing will be? Choose an emerging technology that you think will have major impact in the near future, describe it, describe its potential impact, and explain why you think it will have such impact.
  
Week 9: March 11, 13 Origin of TechnologiesRead Arthur, 107-143
and Anderson, Chh. 7-9 (pp. 99-164)
 Paper #6
Due next week
How does "open hardware" encourage the development of new technologies?
  
Week 10: March 18, 20 Technological Revolution Read Arthur, pp. 145-189
  
Week 11: March 25, 27Technological Revolution Read Anderson, Chh. 10-13 & Epilogue (pp. 165-229)
 Paper #7
Due April 9
Where is the "Maker Revolution" going?
  
March 31-April 4SPRING BREAK
  
Week 12: April 8, 10 Economic RevolutionRead Arthur, pp. 191-216
 Paper #8
Due next week
What do you expect the economic effect of 3D printing to be?
 Due NOW: Outline of Final Paper  
  
Week 13:  April 15, 17 ForecastingRead Next Big Thing.doc
 Final Paper
Due in two weeks
 
  
Week 14: April 22, 24 WORK ON FINAL PAPER; CONSULT AS NEEDED
  
Mon April 28 FINAL EXAM WEEK BEGINS
Exam DayHand in Final Paper




Syllabus last modified October 10, 2013.