CIT 49900 - Spring 2010 Syllabus
International IT Infrastructure



Thomas Ho



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Office Hours:

use social media

Course Delivery

Hybrid (“bricks & mortar”/online)



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Course Description:
The purpose of this course is to enrich and to enhance the student's knowledge and appreciation of information technology (IT) infrastructure as a nation’s competitive weapon in areas such as: technology, policy and regulation, education, and workforce development.

Course Goals:

  • Fulfill subject matter objectives (see below)
  • Experience a "study abroad trip" via emerging technologies such as social media
  • Build a "personal brand" using social media

Course Objectives:
This course will strive to have students meet the following objectives:

  • Identify the key factors in defining a nation’s information technology infrastructure
  • Distinguish the strengths and weaknesses of the United States’ IT infrastructure in comparison with other countries
  • Identify the key players in industry and in government
  • Explain the motivation of each player
  • Explain the emerging technologies that are likely to impact a nation’s IT infrastructure
  • Explain mechanisms for determining policy and passing laws that impact a nation’s IT infrastructure
  • Identify threats to a nation’s competitiveness as determined by its IT infrastructure

Consumer-oriented issues

This course will provide a decision framework for the overwhelming variety of choices created by the accelerating pace of technological innovation in information technology. Students will learn how to make cost-effective choices among the dazzling array of (especially mobile) hardware (e.g. cell phones and netbooks), software, and services (e.g. broadband and wireless) alternatives available in today’s marketplace as well as to use sources of information for future decisions.

Emerging trends & futures

  • Characterize the trends in IT infrastructure development
  • Explain the business strategy of common carriers and other service providers
  • Define vocabulary relevant to IT infrastructure development
  • Explain “disruptive technology”
  • Explain the significance of broadband Internet access to IT infrastructure
  • Explain the significance of wireless technologies to IT infrastructure

Grading and Assessment

Grading will adhere to the CIT Grade Standards which are defined as follows:

A Represents the highest grade possible and indicates outstanding achievement. This grade is not automatically given to the top student performance but instead indicates student work which demonstrates complete mastery of course learning objectives or evinces a level of creativity or originality which far exceeds course expectations. The grade indicates the student works independently and with strong initiative, seeking knowledge outside the normal framework of the course.

B Represents achievement considerably above expectations. Student performance demonstrates thorough understanding of course learning objectives and a high level of creativity or originality.

C Student performance meets designated course requirements and demonstrates understanding of the course material and attainment of the course learning objectives. This is the grade that may be expected of a student who puts forth a reasonable amount of time and effort and completes all requirements.

D This grade denotes substandard work and indicates incomplete and inadequate understanding of the course learning objectives. It indicates work which may not satisfy all requirements.

F This grade indicates serious deficiency in understanding course learning objectives and failure to complete requirements of the course.

Grades will be based on the following scale:

93 - 100%
90 - 92%
85 - 89%
82 - 84%
80 - 81%
76 - 79%
72 - 75%
70 - 71%
56 - 69%
0 - 55%

General Course Information:
We will be using the Internet, especially social media and other Web 2.0 services, for all class-related activities. This includes all assignments and even "office hours" if you desire. Oncourse CL will mostly be used for presentation of assignment requirements and to record grades.

Late/Missed Assignments :

  • Late assignments will not be accepted.
  • Late reports will lose half a letter grade for each day they are late and will not be accepted more than one week late.


The distribution of class points is shown below:




Course project


Journaling on your course project progress via your blog


Journaling on your use of IT infrastructure via your blog


Contributions via your lifestream using social media



Disabilities Policy:
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), all qualified students enrolled in this course are entitled to "reasonable accommodations." Please notify the instructor during the first week of class of any accommodations needed for the course.

Policy on Cheating and Plagiarism:

Cheating is Absolutely Not Tolerated at IUPUI
The IUPUI Code of Ethics is based on the need for trust in an academic community. IUPUI's system is developed by and maintained for the welfare of its students, and all students should make sure that they read and understand the provisions outlined in the Student Handbook.

Any form of cheating on any test or final exam in the course will result in a zero score for the exam and also may result in an automatic "F" grade for the course. The case will be forwarded to the Dean of Students for appropriate disciplinary action.

Any form of cheating/plagiarism on a homework or lab submission may result in both a zero score for the assignment, and a one-letter grade penalty in the course . The case may be forwarded to the Dean of Students for appropriate disciplinary action.

Any form of cheating on a quiz will result in a zero score for that quiz. The case may be forwarded to the Dean of Students for appropriate disciplinary action.

Cheating, or helping another student to cheat, are considered equal cases of academic dishonesty and will be dealt with as noted above.

Giving another student access to your computer account, or negligently permitting another student to access your computer account constitutes cheating on your part if that other student copies any files that become implicated in a cheating case. Protect your account as if your academic career depends on it!

If you are confused as to the difference between helping each other (which is encouraged) and plagiarism (which will not be tolerated), please see your instructor. Please make sure that you are aware of the results of academic misconduct by reading the information from the Student Code of Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct at IUPUI.

Class Participation

Factors used in evaluating class participation include class interest, meaningful responses to questions, and thoughtful and pertinent questions. Accurate and timely forum responses will also be factored into your class participation points.
Also, tips, techniques, related articles/web sites and work-related experiences that offer value to the class will add positively to your grade.

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