Volume 6

Volume 6, Number 33

March 12, 2008

9 pages490 K bytes

An Alternative Approach to Technology Infrastructure Presentation within the IS2002 Model Undergraduate Curriculum

Irv Englander
Bentley College
Waltham, MA 02452, USA

Abstract: Modern computer systems are characterized by distributed computing, with multiple computer facilities and other digital resources connected together and integrated using network and Internet technology. The IS2002 undergraduate curriculum treats computer technology and networking as separate entities within a three-course Technology Infrastructure area. In this paper, we consider the reorganization of the material in the IS2002 technology infrastructure courses into a sequence of two new courses that reflect modern computer system architectural design. In our reorganization, the new courses incorporate nearly all of the material from the original IS2002 computer technology and networking courses, plus selected material from the third course, along with new material reflecting recent developments that are covered sketchily or not at all in the IS2002 model. The material is to be presented with an emphasis on system architecture, integration, and interaction, with computer technology and network components present in both courses. The introductory course presents material suitable for a beginning IS/IT student with average computer literacy. This course also serves as preparation for a subsequent IS system design course. The advanced course uses the knowledge gained in the introductory course and other IS courses to offer deeper insight into the technology infrastructure of large integrated systems.

Keywords: system architecture, system integration, technology infrastructure, computer technology, networking, IS2002-4, IS2002-6

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Recommended Citation: Englander (2008). An Alternative Approach to Technology Infrastructure Presentation within the IS2002 Model Undergraduate Curriculum. Information Systems Education Journal, 6 (33). http://isedj.org/6/33/. ISSN: 1545-679X. (Updated from The Proceedings of ISECON 2004: §3415. ISSN: 1542-7382.)