Emerging Technologies

THOMAS COLLEGE

CS 444

FALL 2000

“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 120-A

Office Hours:

Monday: 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Wednesday: 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Friday:  1:00 PM – 2:30 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 or

profjhc@mint.net

Snow Phone/Cancellation Line: 859-1140

 

 

Class Schedule: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays - From 10:00 AM to 10:55 AM in Room 126.

 

Text:

Textbook of Emerging Communications Technologies by Rafael Osso

 

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Prerequisite: CS 345

This course provides the opportunity for students to identify, research, discuss and evaluate emerging technologies and their impact on information systems, business and society.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

By the end of the course, the student should:

·        Understand the importance of keeping abreast of evolving technologies

·        Have gained an understanding of the current emerging technologies outlined below

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

·        Be able to evaluate the impact  - both benefits and drawbacks -of these emerging technologies on business and society

 

 ASSIGNMENTS:

Each week students will have reading assignments from the text or online sources. Students will be assigned to one of three weekly research groups. The research groups will investigate the assigned topic and provide information and online sources to the class on a weekly basis. Students’ grades will based on two, equally weighted take-home exams, written assignments, projects, their weekly topic research and their final paper/presentation. 

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%

Written Assignments / Projects.........................................….…15%

Topic Research and Class Participation...............................… 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.

 

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY:

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

 

 

Important Links

 

Emerging Technologies Links Page

 

E-INSITE

 

Robotics Info

 

YEAR 2067

 

ImpactLab

 

World Technology Network 

 

WebBOARD

  

Thomas College Homepage

 

Guidelines for Weekly Group Topic Presentations

 

RESEARCH AND PRESENTATION GUIDELINES

 

Presentation Dates

 

 

SCHEDULE

DATE

TOPICS

9/6

9/8

 Introduction, Course Review and Expectations

 Video Manipulation Technology - EVERYONE

 

 

9/11

9/13

9/15

 Virtual Reality – Roger, Brad, Tom, Jill

  Robotics – Gordon & Arnold

  Wearable PCs – Amy, Dave, Moe

 

 

9/18

9/20

9/22

 DVD Technology – Roger, Brad, Tom, Jill  (CH. 6)

 HDTV – Gordon & Arnold  (CH.15)

 Web TV – Amy, Dave, Moe

 

 

9/25

9/27

9/29

 Smart Cards – Roger, Brad, Tom, Jill

 E-Stamps – Gordon & Arnold

 Online banking and e-cash – Amy, Dave, Moe

 

 

10/2

10/4

 Optical Technologies – ALL GROUPS (CH. 9, 10)

 

 

10/11

10/13

 Satellite Technologies – Roger, Brad, Tom, Jill and Gordon and Arnold  (CH.12)

 Radio Technologies – Amy, Dave, Moe  (CH. 16)

 

 

10/16

10/18

10/20

 Genome Project – Roger, Brad, Tom, Jill

 Cloning – Gordon & Arnold

 Nanotechnology – Amy, Dave, Moe

 

 

10/23

10/25

10/27

 DSL – Roger, Brad, Tom, Jill

 Broadband – Gordon & Arnold

 HDLC – Amy, Dave, Moe

 

 

10/30

11/1

11/3

 Streaming and Compression Technology – Roger, Brad, Tom, Jill

 ETECH MIDTERM

 Wireless Technology – Gordon & Arnold (CH. 3)

 RSVP – Amy, Dave, Moe (CH. 1, 2)

 

 

11/6

11/8

 Distance Education – Roger, Brad, Tom, Jill

E-Commerce – Gordon & Arnold and Amy, Dave, Moe (CH. 17)

 

 

11/13, 11/15

11/17, 11/20

 Privacy and Network Security – Roger, Brad, Tom, Jill and Gordon & Arnold (CH. 18)

 Viruses – Amy, Dave, Moe

 

 

11/27

11/29

12/1

 Speech Recognition – Roger, Brad, Tom, Jill

 Artificial Intelligence – Gordon & Arnold

 Artificial Intelligence – Amy, Dave, Moe

 

 

12/4, 12/6, 12/8

 Research Presentations

 

 

12/11, 12/13, 12/15

 Research Presentations

 

 

Week of 12/18

 TBA

   

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

Last Revised: September 4, 2000