Emerging Technologies

THOMAS COLLEGE

CS 444

FALL 2001

“As commented in the IEEE 1999 Technology Analysis and Forecast, 'never before in the field of electronic communication has so much been changed so rapidly by so many'. All over the world engineers are adding new service capabilities and refining old ones. For example, on the cellular front, satellite-based systems that provide truly worldwide access have become a reality. In local area networks, Gigabit Ethernet has gone from infancy to early adulthood in about 18 months, while asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) has established itself in wide area nets and may yet realize its potential in local area networks as well. Convergence --coming together and uniting in a common interest -- has become the dominant watchword for emerging networks. At the industry level, telephone companies, cable operators, and Internet Service Providers are beginning to merge. At the application level, popular developments include Internet telephony, WebTV, and the growing use of imagery, video, and audio in both Internet and intranet environments. At the human level of the convergence are issues and technologies related to the ultimate security, privacy, human interface and appliances used to connect to the network.”

(http://www.ouhk.edu.hk)

 

 

Instructor: Prof. Judy Hansen-Childers

Office: Room 209

Office Hours:

Monday: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM; 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Tuesday: 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Wednesday: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Thursday: 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Friday:  9:00 AM to 10:00 AM ; 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

You are welcome to drop by at other times or make an appointment !

Office Phone: 859-1335

Home Phone: 582-7632

E-Mail:

hansenj@thomas.edu

Snow Phone/Cancellation Line: 859-1140

 

 

Class Schedule: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays - From 11:00 AM to 11:55 AM in Room 126 (Period D).

 

Text:

There is no single text. Readings from Periodical Publications and the Internet will be assigned.

 

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Prerequisite: CS 345

This course provides the opportunity for students to identify, research, gain a basic knowledge, discuss and evaluate emerging technologies and their impact on information systems, business and society. Topics to be addressed include those listed in the prelude above.

COURSE OBJECTIVES (Learning Outcomes):

By the end of the course, the student should:

1.      Understand the importance of keeping abreast of evolving technologies.

2.      Understand the current emerging technologies outlined in the schedule below.

3.      Have developed the research skills necessary to identify emerging technologies (just-in-time learning).

4.      Be able to evaluate the impact, both positive and negative, of these emerging technologies on business and society

5.      Have gained an in-depth understanding of a chosen emerging technology through independent research.

ASSESSMENT:

Objective #1:  The student’s understanding of the importance of keeping abreast of emerging technologies will be evaluated through class discussion and two essay exams.

Objective #2: The student’s understanding of current emerging technologies will be assessed through class discussion and two essay exams.

Objective #3:  The student’s research skills will be assessed through group topic assignments and a 15-page (minimum) research paper.

 Objective #4: The student’s ability to evaluate the impact of emerging technologies on business and society will be evaluated through class discussion and two essay exams.

Objective #5: The student’s understanding of their emerging technology topic will be assessed through a 15-page (minimum) research paper and an oral presentation.

 

ASSIGNMENTS:

 

IMPORTANT!! Students are expected to complete the assigned readings OUTSIDE OF CLASS.

Each week students will have reading assignments from online or other sources. Students will also be assigned to a research group. The research groups will investigate an assigned topic and provide information and online sources to the class on their assigned day. Students’ grades will based on two, equally weighted take-home exams, group research, class discussion, and their final paper/presentation. 

IF YOU ARE HAVING PROBLEMS WITH A CONCEPT OR MATERIAL COVERED IN CLASS PLEASE SEE ME ASAP!!  (However, I will expect that you have made a good faith effort to attend class and read the assigned material)  J

GRADING SYSTEM

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)

 

GRADING:

Two take-home essay exams………………………………….20%

Group Research...........................……………….............….…15%

Class Discussion..........………………………........…..........… 35%

15 –page Research Paper and Presentation…………………. 30% 

ATTENDANCE:

Students are expected to attend all class sessions and to be prepared to discuss the assigned readings and topic. If a student must miss a class session, it is the student’s responsibility to arrange other ways of obtaining the information covered in class. Please notify the instructor in advance if you have to miss a class. Students with excessive absences may not receive a passing grade.

 

INTEGRITY OF SCHOLARSHIP:

Students who plagiarize papers and projects or cheat on exams will receive zeros for the work in question.

 

 OTHER IMPORTANT NOTES:

·        Changes in the syllabus and assignments may be modified as deemed appropriate by the instructor.  All changes will be announced in class.

·        Students with a disability who are requesting academic accommodations should contact Ellen McQuiston at the Center for Academic Support (CAS) and the instructor as soon as possible.

 

 

Important Links

 

Emerging Technologies Links Page

 

E-INSITE

 

Robotics Info

 

YEAR 2067

 

ImpactLab

 

World Technology Network 

 

MIDTERM EXAM

  

Thomas College Homepage

 

GUIDELINES AND SCHEDULE FOR RESEARCH GROUPS

 

RESEARCH AND PRESENTATION GUIDELINES

 

 

FINAL EXAM

 

Presentation Dates

 

 

SCHEDULE

 

DATE

TOPICS

  9/5,

  9/7

 Introduction, Course Review and Expectations

 Video Manipulation Technology

 

 

  9/10,

  9/12,

  9/14

 Privacy  and Security Issues

 Viruses

 Web TV / HDTV

 

 

9/17,

9/19,

9/21

 Computer-to-Telephony Integration

 Cellular and Personal Communication Systems

 Cable Modem Systems and Technology

 

 

9/24,

9/26,

9/28

  Wireless Technologies

  Radio Technologies / Satellite Technologies

  Land Warrior Computerized Combat System **

 

 

10/1,

10/3

  Optical Technologies

  Space Tourism

 

 

10/10,

10/12

  Voice over IP **

  Digital Subscriber Line Technologies

 

 

10/15,

10/17,

10/19

 Asynchronous Transfer Mode

 Integrated Services Digital Network

 Intelligent Toys

 

 

10/22,

10/24,

10/26

 Software Agents  **

 Speech Recognition

(Midterm Exam due 10/29) – No class Friday 10/26

 

 

10/29,

10/31,

11/2

  Genome Project  **

  Cloning  **

  Nanotechnology  **

 

 

11/5,

11/7

  E-Stamps

  Project Research

 

 

11/12,

11/14,

11/16,

11/19

 

  Artificial Intelligence

  E-Commerce

  Pet-Human Interaction Technologies **

  Smart Cards ; Online Banking and E-Cash  

(RESEARCH PAPER DUE 11/19)

 

 

11/26,

11/28,

11/30

  Wearable PCs

   Robotics

  Virtual Reality

 

 

12/3,

12/5,

12/7

  Research Presentations

  Research Presentations

  Research Presentations

 

 

12/10,

12/12,

12/14

  Research Presentations

  Research Presentations

  Research Presentations

 

 

Week of 12/17

 ( E-Tech Final Exam due on day of final)

  Research Presentations

   

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This syllabus may be changed at the discretion of the instructor.

Last Revised: August 15, 2001