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IT Across the Curriculum Grants

IT Across the Curriculum grants support the creation of courses which address IT skills and concepts within disciplines, such as biology, health, or sociology, that are outside of computer science, computer engineering and MIS. These new and revised courses will be the first step towards creating a new IT minor or concentration at many institutions. In 2001, CITI awarded 38 grants for $339,371. The institution, principal investigator, grant name, and amount awarded are listed below:

Bridgewater State College, Anne Hird, Online Teaching and Learning, grant award: $8,000

Bridgewater State College, Elizabeth Englander, Information Technology for Psychology Majors, grant award: $8,334

Bridgewater State College, Arthur Lizie, Introduction to CyberMedia, grant award: $9,000

Bridgewater State College, Walter Carroll, Communications, Technology, and Society, grant award: $10,000

Bridgewater State College, Margaret Landman, Digital Divide in the World Economy, grant award: $10,000

Bridgewater State College, Rob Lorenson, Three-Dimensional Visualization Technologies for Non-Artists, grant award: $11,000

Bridgewater State College, Susan Holton, Organizational Communication 2001 and Beyond, grant award: $13,000

Bristol Community College, Susan Faulkenberry, Information Technology for College Success, grant award: $12,000

Bunker Hill Community College, Diane Smith, Information in the Digital Age, grant award: $10,000

Cape Cod Community College/Massasoit Community College, Jacqueline Crossen-Sills, 5 Web based modules for Physical Therapist Assistant Program, grant award: $10,000

Fitchburg State College, Kevin Austin, Social Impact of Info Tech, grant award: $10,000

Fitchburg State College, Christopher Cratsley, Biological Inquiry through Computer Technology, grant award: $14,000

Fitchburg State College, Daniel Nomishan, Use of Technology to Enhance Learning in the Content Areas, grant award: $12,000

Framingham State College, Patricia Plummer, Redesign 3 General Education Courses to be IT Intensive, grant award: $12,000

Framingham State College, Janet Schwartz, Computer Applications in Dietetics, grant award: $4,500

Framingham State College, Sandra Austin, Nursing Informatics, grant award: $5,000

Holyoke Community College, Susan Mackler, Increase Number and Quality of IT Courses, grant award: $12,000

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, William Spezeski, Core Curriculum Communications Course, grant award: $10,000

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, David Langston, IT and Core Curriculum, grant award: $$12,000

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Joseph Rugutt, Basic Molecular Modelling in College-Level Science Courses, grant award: $15,000

Massasoit Community College, Patricia Laidler, Doing Business on the Internet, grant award: $10,000

Massasoit Community College, Peter Meggison, Introduction to Speech Recognition for Computer Users, grant award: $13,000

Middlesex Community College, Julien Farland, Computers, Ethics, and Society, grant award: $3,994

Middlesex Community College, Robert Matorin, You Are How You Think, grant award: $4,044

Middlesex Community College, Kenneth Dunn, Advanced Legal Research and Writing for Paralegals, grant award: $8,000

Mount Wachusett Community College, John Fielding, Ethics of Marketing on the Internet, grant award: $6,000

Mount Wachusett Community College, Oliver Hooper, Technology and Political Elections, grant award: $8,000

North Shore Community College, Jan Arabas, The Art of the Web, grant award: $10,000

Salem State College, Eric Branscomb, Internet Writing, grant award: $8,000

Salem State College, Dane Morrison, IT Minor for History, grant award: $11,000

Springfield Technical Community College, Linda Meccouri, Computer-Mediated Communication for the "Global Village", grant award: $9,000

Westfield State College, D.F. Treadwell, Op-Scan Data Processing Software, grant award: $799

Westfield State College, James Carabetta, Decision Support Analyses and Reporting, grant award: $7,500

Westfield State College, Andrew Bonacci, IT in Music Research, grant award: $8,000

Westfield State College, Laurence Paquette, Integrating Information Technologies in the Accounting/Auditing Curriculum, grant award: $8,000

Worcester State College, Paul Chiasson, Networking and Data Communication For Non-Technical Majors, grant award: $3,600

Worcester State College, Paul Chiasson, Information Storage and Retrival, grant award: $4,100

Worcester State College, Renuka Jain, Managing E-Commerce, grant award: $8,500


IT Across the Curriculum Grants

Online Teaching and Learning
Anne Hird
Bridgewater State College

In recent years, the use of the Internet as a medium for course delivery has increased dramatically. The primary goal of "Online Teaching and Learning" is to design and pilot a graduate level course that will help participants from both academic institutions and private business to understand the potential of online learning and develop effective online teaching strategies. The course will be taught in an 80/20 format (80% online/20% on-campus), so that participants have the opportunity to become online learners before they attempt to teach online. The course will address the technical skills and the myriad of pedagogical issues that must be considered in designing and implementing successful online learning experiences. A second goal is to adapt the course as a non-credit professional development opportunity for faculty from Bridgewater State College and other state institutions. The faculty development component helps to meet the growing need for qualified online instructors. Top

Information Technology for Psychology Majors
Elizabeth K. Englander
Bridgewater State College

This course will examine the impact that the emerging field of IT has on the field of Psychology. It will first focus on the impact that computer technology has on the public perception and knowledge of, the field of Psychology. Topics covered will be: how psychologists utilize IT in the field, types of technology used by researchers in Psychology and by professors, and how technology can help us understand human behavior more clearly. Finally, the course will examine how technological developments of the near future impact the field of Psychology. Students will be responsible for a semester-long project on an area of their choosing. The class will also develop and publish a Web site listing, research papers and opinions. Top

Introduction to Cybermedia
Arthur Lizie
Bridgewater State College

This course examines the Internet and related digital and new media technology within a range of cultural, political, and economic contexts. While the core of this investigation will focus on the ways in which digital media offers innovative channels for humans to share messages and make meaning, an emphasis will be placed on considering the interrelated issues of access ("the digital divide") and the increasingly global nature of digital communication ("globalization"). The course is divided into four sections: skills, history, identity, and culture. Through a variety of online and offline individual and group exercises, students will not only learn and use basic Internet and new media skills, such as online research and web-page creation, but also develop critical thinking skills while exploring new media environments. Top

Communications, Technology, and Society
Walter Carroll
Bridgewater State College

Communications, Technology and Society will examine the social implications of new digital and communications technologies, with a special emphasis on the Internet and the World Wide Web (WWW). Students will use the Internet and the WWW to: study the development of the Internet and the web, to understand the visions underlying both, and to explore their potential for transforming social life both positively and negatively. Topics covered will include the implications of control over and access to information, the social and cultural effects of technological change, and the effects of the Internet and the web on work and the economy. The course will also examine race, ethnicity, class, and gender in relation to the Digital Divide, the unequal access to new technologies. Top

Digital Divide in the World Economy
Margaret Landman
Bridgewater State College

"Digital Divide in the World Economy" will be an upper-level economics course that explores differential access to information technology and its effects on world economic growth and income distribution. The course will be taught in a primarily web-based format, utilizing Blackboard Course Info electronic communication tools. About 20 percent of the course work will be done in a PC classroom, while the remainder will be done outside of class. Students will use web sites, newspapers, journal articles, and books to conduct research on relevant issues, including: GDP measurement, economic growth models, country-specific social and political factors, infrastructure, population and labor force characteristics. This grant will lead to the creation of timely teaching materials on IT and economic development, which can be distributed to interested faculty at other state institutions. Top

Three-Dimensional Visualization Technologies for Non-Artists
Rob Lorenson
Bridgewater State College

This course provides students with a background in using three-dimensional visualization software. This software is often used to simulate the structure or placement of objects without having to create the real objects or environments themselves. For example, the automotive industry uses this technology to design a car without having to create an actual physical model. The first half of the course would teach the basic aspects of visualization technologies through a hands-on studio course with six contact hours per week like other art studios. In the second part of the course, students will develop and implement a project that applies these technologies to their discipline. A Math/Education major might choose to develop an animation that teaches a mathematical concept that is difficult to describe in words or numbers. Criminology majors might create a forensic animation that would help investigators visualize and tell the story of how a crime was committed. A theatre major could develop a set design and create fly through animations that illustrate his or her design. A history major could develop a series of rendered images that depict what life was like in the medieval renaissance. Top

Organizational Communication 2001 - and beyond
Susan A Holton
Estelle Wenson
Bridgewater State College

"Organizational Communication and beyond" will explore the changes in organizations and the ways in which the people within them communicate with each other and with their external constituents. We will investigate both traditional print media and state-of-the art software that are currently available or under development, and which facilitate mediated organizational communication. In addition, we will visit institutions and organizations that are engaged in cutting-edge research and development, with the objective of further development of this course. Top

Information Technology for College Success
Susan McCourt Faulkenberry
Karl Schnapp
Bristol Community College

"Information Technology for College Success" will meet a key objective in the institution's strategic plan to extend the use of technology across age, gender and financial resources. The goal is to achieve this by improving teaching and learning through the integration of information technology into the curriculum. This course is designed to foster student success in college by increasing their information technology skills, with particular emphasis on the IT tools and resources available in the institution's computer labs and on the local-area network used in college courses. In addition to the tools of basic computer literacy, students will learn how to use the Learning Resource Center's 34 online reference databases for the retrieval of abstracts and full-text journal and newspaper articles. Students will also gain valuable experience with email, chat, and threaded discussion through their work in Web CT, the software chosen by the institution for delivery of web-enhanced and distance-learning courses. Top

Information in the Digital Age
Diane M. Smith
Bunker Hill Community College

"Information in the Digital Age" will be an on-line three credit Bunker Hill Community College course that combines theory and practice to increase the learner's ability to critically consider and use paper and electronic information sources. It will focus on the methods and means of accessing information, organizing data, and analyzing and evaluating facts and opinions to achieve meaningful results. Two modules will be developed (one involving a computer or media department faculty member and another faculty person from the health sciences) to demonstrate the adaptability of the course across the curriculum. The ability to locate, retrieve, sort, analyze, evaluate, and communicate information in meaningful terms from a range of disciplines and for a variety of purposes is a learned skill essential to the academic, professional, and personal success of literate citizens. This course demonstrates that the technical skills needed to locate and gather data are developed best when integrated into the intellectual process of evaluating and applying that information. Top

Web Based Modules for the Physical Therapist Assistant
Ellen Price
Jacqueline Crossen-Sills
Cape Cod Community College/Massasoit Community College

This purpose of this grant is to develop 5 Web based modules for existing courses within the Physical Therapist Assistant Programs: PT202, Principles of Physical Therapy II at Cape Cod Community College, and 88-201 Neurological Assessment and Treatment at Massasoit Community College. This course will utilize web-based research and instruction to examine the neuroanatomic implications for the assessment and treatment of the pediatric and adult patient. The computer training modules will assist the student with the mastery of neuroanatomy, normal and abnormal development throughout the life span, standardized testing procedures, and treatment planning through problem solving patient scenarios. Students will develop the ability to critically analyze Internet based resources to determine relevant medical information. Students will learn professional collaboration through the use of faculty-guided instruction on line, bulletin board messaging and neurological based chat rooms. These modules will be developed using Web CT as the interactive tool. Top

Social Impact of Information Technology
Kevin Austin
N.V.R. Mahadev
Fitchburg State College

Coverage of computer ethics is a requirement for obtaining accreditation for any Computer Science curriculum by the CSAB (Computer Science Accreditation Board.) Our current program does not adequately cover ethical and social issues. This CITI Curriculum Enhancement Grant will be used to develop a 3-credit, freshman-level course that will expose students to the social and ethical issues associated with information technology. Our objective for this course is that students will understand the changes brought by this technology and the extent of its influence on society. They will understand the responsibilities of individuals, professionals and governments in managing these changes in a way to benefit and not hurt the society. The course will be accessible to students of all majors. Top

Biological Inquiry through Computer Technology
Christopher Cratsley
Fitchburg State College

"Biological Inquiry through Computer Technology" will teach students the processes of experimental design, data collection, data analysis and presentation using contemporary computer techniques. Through readings from on-line databases and journals, students will produce draft research proposals for experiments using computer applications for: ecological modeling, data acquisition, statistical data analysis, and digital imaging. Students will learn about these applications through classroom instruction and guided research investigations inspired by the class' proposals. By the end of the course, each student will have completed an independent investigation based on their proposal and present their findings to the class as a Powerpoint presentation. The final product of this course will be a web site hosting student work that demonstrates examples of computer applications for biological inquiry. Top

The Use of Technology to Enhance Learning in the Content Areas
Daniel Nomishan
Fitchburg State College

The course will integrate computers and other technologies into the teaching of elementary and middle school subjects, and will introduce students to the nature and scope of science, mathematics, history/social sciences, the arts, and literature. Students will use library resources, web-based media, videos, and other resources to investigate a variety of content models and curriculum programs. They will also explore theoretical foundations, practical applications, and current trends across the curriculum. The students will be using technology for computation, problem solving, explorations, and for providing practice and feedback in critical analysis and adaptation of existing materials and technology. This course will enhance the student's ability to perform web-based research, show students how to analyze different web-based learning modules, and allow them to use some of these modules for hands-on approach. Top

Redesign 3 General Education Courses to be IT Intensive
Patricia Plummer
Framingham State College

This grant award addresses the need for all students to become fluent in Information Technology. Three highly enrolled general education courses will be redesigned to infuse IT throughout the courses, thus enabling students to learn a variety of IT skills including Internet research, asynchronous online teaching and learning, presentation techniques including the use of smart classroom technologies, electronic portfolios, web page development and course specific software. Students will become proficient in utilizing a variety of instructional technology equipment including digital cameras, document camera, interactive smart board, LCD's etc. By learning and utilizing these technology skills in general education courses, students will develop an awareness of the importance of technology to all aspects of work and life. Students will be able to apply at least one of the "IT Intensive General Education Courses" towards an IT minor. The College will provide intensive faculty development programming and course development assistance to the faculty participating in this grant. Top

Computer Applications in Dietetics
Janet Schwartz
Karen McGrail
Framingham State College

The goal of this project is to expand "Computer Applications in Nutrition" to allow Food and Nutrition majors to develop fluency in a variety of Information Technologies. Students will learn to utilize and evaluate software appropriate to nutrition; evaluate and develop Web Sites for professionals and consumers; and evaluate nutrient analysis programs. Investigations include the development, application, and evaluation of computer hardware and software and other technology used in nutrition practice. The course will be placed on BlackBoard 5, FSC's course platform and contain some on-line units. Top

Nursing Informatics
Sandra I. Austin
Framingham State College

The existing course Professional Nursing provides the student with an overview of the Nursing Department's philosophy, conceptual framework, and objectives. Philosophical, historical, ethical, economic and legal aspects of nursing practice are examined. The course will be reengineered to introduce the student to the role of nursing informatics, which includes identifying, collecting, processing, and managing information that uniquely impacts the nursing practice. The infusion of information technology into this course includes a hands-on clinical component, which will prepare the professional nurse to utilize computer technology proficiently in the health care delivery system. The course will include three main areas: computer operations in Nursing, professional issues, and the application of Nursing informatics to Nursing Education, Nursing Research, Nursing Administration, and Nursing Practice. Top

Increase Number and Quality of IT Courses
Sue Mackler
Holyoke Community College

The purpose of this project is to increase the number and quality of IT-based courses available to students enrolled in a wide range of certificate and degree programs. In addition to new course development, existing required courses will be revised to address the fact that the number of electives is limited in certificate and associate degree programs. Courses that have the potential to reach a large number of students and represent a variety of disciplines were selected. These courses are: Storytelling in the Cyber Age-A Multimedia Learning Community; Language, Literature and Communication 112: Topics in Electronic Media; Psychology 110: Introduction to Psychology; Marketing 110: Principles of Retailing. Academic disciplines represented are: Humanities, Social Sciences, and Business. Top

Core Curriculum Communications Course
William Spezeski
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

The project proposal is to develop a computer literacy course for the
College's new Core Curriculum. The course is designed to prepare students to
use a computer as a tool for communicating in the informatiom age. Topics to be covered include an overview of the computer, networks (in general), the internet, a windows operating system, and an introduction to a number of computer applications including word processing, spreadsheets, graphics presentation, E-mail tools, a Web browser and basic Web page development. Both computer based tools as well as traditional methods (tests, papers, etc.) will be used to assess the students' progress in the course. Top

IT and Core Curriculum
David Langston
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

This grant will be used to incorporate information technology into the college's core curriculum. We anticipate that integrating technology into these courses will lead to higher levels of student engagement with their learning and to higher levels of student interest in the course topics. Nine faculty members will be involved in preparing computerized modules for the core curriculum courses to be offered in the fall. The faculty will meet during the month of June to design the modules, learn the appropriate software, and revise the syllabus for each course. The instructors will design hypertext learn projects, learn how to integrate those projects with web browsers, learn elementary programming techniques, and design exams and other evaluation procedures. The best projects from the fall courses will be made into CD format and distributed within Massachusetts' higher education system. A web site will also be established with examples and a synopsis of the process. Top

Basic Molecular Modeling in College-Level Science Courses
Joseph K. Rugutt
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

The constant emergence of new computer-based technologies requires companies to hire highly skilled, well educated, and technologically flexible graduates. The use of Molecular Modeling programs (MM), especially in chemistry, has provided researchers with simple tools for three-dimensional (3D) visualization of molecules. In the proposed interdisciplinary course, the MM program "Alchemy 2000" will be used to introduce science students and faculty to computational techniques. "Alchemy 2000" is an ideal teaching tool because it combines the ease of the Windows environment with chemically smart software, to allow students to better understand the 3D concepts and get information about small and large molecules. The course will be practically oriented with hands-on use of the computing system and graphic programs. "Alchemy 2000" supports multiple file formats for importing and exporting files, making it compatible with most programs on the market today. Top

Doing Business on the Internet
Pat Laidler
Lynda Thompson
Massasoit Community College

The course "Doing Business on the Internet" will be the first course in the Business Administration Department that deals specifically with the various aspects of e-commerce. This survey course will cover diverse topics related to this burgeoning part of the American economy. Topics such as, international business on the web, web-based marketing, and starting e-businesses will be covered. The instructors believe this course will be the first of several courses in this area, perhaps leading to a certificate program. The instructors plan to inform their course development process by attending the AACSB (accrediting agency for business programs) E-commerce conference after the end of the Spring 2001 semester. When they return, they plan to work on course development until June 30th, in anticipation of teaching "Doing Business on the Internet" in the Spring 2002 semester. Top

Introduction to Speech Recognition for Computer Users
Peter Meggison
Massasoit Community College

Speech-recognition usage prevents cumulative trauma disorders such as carpal-tunnel syndrome and other repetitive stress injuries. The course "Introduction to Speech Recognition for Computer Users," will present the features of voice typing, using speech-recognition software (i.e., Dragon Naturally Speaking) to help students and professionals increase their productivity at computer applications while improving their speaking and written communication skills. Participants will create an individual speech profile, adjust the microphone, use speech commands and software features effectively, correct and train for unique words, and produce voice-typed documents. After completing the course, participants should be able to achieve voice-writing speeds in excess of 100 words per minute on new material with 97 percent accuracy. Top

Computers, Ethics and Society
Julien Farland
Middlesex Community College

"Computers, Ethics, and Society," a new course, will introduce students to the various roles computers and information technology play in diverse societies throughout the world. The course will include: 1) an historical overview and introduction to computers and information technology (IT); 2) an analysis and discussion of the social impact of computers and IT]; 3) an examination and discussion of the economic and political impact of computers and IT; 4) an overview and discussion of the role and status of computers in the workplace, including models of productivity and efficiency and notions of personal, social, and professional accountability; 5) an analysis and discussion of the ethical frameworks that influence the use of computers and IT; 6) an examination and discussion of the role of computers and IT in an international context; and, 7) an inquiry into the philosophical and psychological implications of these new technologies. Top

You Are How You Think
Robert Matorin
Middlesex Community College

How can new technologies change the way we see reality, view the world, behave in it and even think? Society now stands on the threshold of profound changes based on digital technology, especially as it is applied to communications media. Since we are taking only our first steps in this area, we cannot predict its effects with certainty, but we can learn more about the range of thoughts and approaches offered to help understand these issues. In this course, students will examine earlier information innovations such as writing, the printing press and broadcasting, in order to discover how people first thought about them. Students will compare early predictions with the changes that actually occurred. They will then evaluate current ideas about the future effects of digital technology. Top

Advanced Legal Research and Writing for Paralegals
Kenneth Dunn
Deb Walsh
Middlesex Community College

This course assumes that students have already learned basic research skills in the Legal Research course. It will build on that course's content, which introduces legal materials in their traditional hard cover book format, by introducing students to the recent trend of law offices to do much of their legal research on the computer, through Internet sources, CD-ROM's and fee-based web services. The course will require students to research legal issues independently and prepare written materials that analyze those issues in light of the research done. Preparation of an office memorandum using proper "bluebook" citation form will be a key component of the course. In preparing this legal memorandum, emphasis will be placed on effective use of computer resources, developing an organized, analytical writing style, and on editing work for clarity and conciseness. The course will allow students to develop the computer research skills that law offices look for in hiring paralegals. Top

The Ethics of Marketing on the Internet
John T. Fielding
Mount Wachusett Community College

The course "The Ethics of Marketing on the Internet," will examine a selection of literature focusing on the impact of marketing on the Internet, with particular regard to the ethical concepts involved. The students' ability to conduct viable research will be enhanced, as will their writing skills and their ability to engage in critical thinking. The first half of the semester will be devoted to a literature search, as well as an analysis of various web sites as a means of determining the impact technology has had on marketing products directly to the consumer. At the end of the semester students will be responsible for a research project on the ethics of marketing on the Internet. Top

Technology and Political Elections
Oliver Hooper
Mount Wachusett Community College

This grant will involve the developing of a course that will provide students with a broader understanding of how today's technological advances will affect everyone on a local, regional and national level. It will also increase their awareness of the technology presently being used to influence them and of future technologies that will be put into play in the political arena. The areas that will be covered in the course are: a historical review of the use of technology in political campaigns, traditional and non-traditional mass media information systems, the development and application of technology in shaping and sampling public opinions, the use of computer based technology in political data tracking systems, the use of the internet as an alternative to print and broadcast media, technology in the registration process, and technology in the voting process. Upon completion, the course content will be provided on a website and burned on CD-ROM for dissemination to other state institutions. Top

The Art of the Web
Jan Arabas
North Shore Community College

This grant will support the creation and dissemination of the course "The Art of the Web." This course will examine architecture, design, drawing, painting, sculpture, video and new media on the World Wide Web. Course material along with relevant Web links will be organized on a course Web site, which Prof. Arabas will design and a professional Web developer will program. This site will have its own registered domain name and will be the primary means of disseminating the course through the state college system. Professor Arabas will also write an on-line faculty guide for the course. North Shore Community College will assist Professor Arabas by hosting the Web site on the college server, and providing Web support. Top

Internet Writing
Eric Branscomb
Salem State College

This grant will be used to develop the course, "Internet Writing." This course is an advanced writing course (400-level) whose goal is to provide students with an understanding of the theory and practice of effective Internet discourse, including but not limited to web page composition, asynchronous media such as email and newsgroups and synchronous media such as MOOs. Students will analyze models of Internet writing and compose a variety of Internet documents. At the end of the course, students will: be able to use a variety of resources for composing Internet writing, be familiar with the different modes of Internet discourse, understand the role of community in the production of Internet discourse, be able to critically analyze Internet discourse, be able to compose a variety of documents using the principles of effective Internet communication. Top

IT Minor in History
Dane Morrison
Salem State College

This "IT Across the Curriculum" grant will be used to plan, develop, and teach two new courses, "Society, Culture and Information Technology" and "Information Technology for Historians." These courses will form the basis of a pilot Information Technology minor for History majors at Salem State College. These history courses will contribute discipline-specific aspects of an IT minor for history students interested in adding information technology and computer skills to their history degree. These courses will provide knowledge and skills in information technology necessary to be competitive in the contemporary job market or graduate school. Top

Computer-Mediated Communication for the "Global Village"
Linda Lucia Meccouri
Springfield Technical Community College

Advances in computer technology have made it possible to engage in communications locally and internationally, which have never before been possible. Americans are a diverse people from every corner of the Globe; the need to further cultural understanding and communication while progressing technically is critical. The Internet has made it possible to bring diverse peoples together however the "digital divide" between the "haves and have-nots" of technology is growing wider. This grant will be used to develop a course that will bring the disciplines of Information Technology and Diversity studies together in an integrated exploration of the impact of technology on issues of class, race, and culture. This will be achieved while learning and using the tools of Computer-Mediated Communication. An accompanying web site will be developed with the intention of offering part of the course as distance learning, sometime in the future time. Top

Op-Scan Data Processing Software
D. F. Treadwell
Westfield State College

As marketing, public relations and political communication have become more sophisticated in researching public opinion the technology of public relations research has also increase in sophistication. The focus of this CITI grant is on incorporating Op-Scan Data Processing Software into the Communication curriculum. Through this software, students will be introduced to data acquisition and project planning. The intent of this software acquisition is not so much the development of a new technology-specific course as enhancing students' IT experiences in a variety of existing courses. The software will enrich a number of courses taken by communication students. The basic educational outcome across all such courses will be to move students from an awareness of such technology to hands-on experience in its application. Top

Integrating Information Technologies in the Accounting/Auditing Curriculum
Laurence R. Paquette
Westfield State College

Recruiters indicate that what they expect in new hires are students who can apply information solutions to business problems and more importantly that they can contribute immediately to an implementation effort. This grant will provide material that can be used by faculty to develop these abilities and narrow this existing preparation or expectation gap. The material will be in the format of a running case that emphasizes both the breadth and depth of computer skills that are expected of today's accounting student. The complete case or portions of it can be integrated into existing accounting or auditing courses. The application will provide exposure to and integration of the spreadsheet, database, and word processing components of Office with a focus on the movement of the data from one application package to the other within the suite in order to take advantage of the strengths of each individual application package. This "hands-on" approach to the tools used by accounting professionals will expose the student to the information technologies that are impacting the profession. Top

Decision Support Analyses and Reporting
James Carabetta
Westfield State College

This grant will be used to develop "Decision Support Analyses and Reporting." This course will uncover the role and use of IT-supported analytic skills in problem solving. An understanding of IT-supported decision support concepts and various contemporary tools will be gained and applied to various types of real-world problems, with emphases on model design, data gathering, analysis and interpretation, and preparation and reporting of results. Students will be expected to acquire skills that will allow them to address a project in its entirety, as an endeavor aided by technology skills. Topics to be covered are: Decision Support System Tools and Techniques, Statistical Concepts and Methods, and Data and Information Reporting Tools and Techniques. Top

Information Technology in Music Research
Andrew Bonacci
Westfield State College

This CITI grant of will enables Westfield State College to offer it's first IT based music course: Information Technology in Music Research. The goal of this course is to provide music students with knowledge and skills that they can apply to subsequent coursework and field experience in their professional studies and careers. It is designed to provide an introduction to information technology for music majors, as well as for non-majors with a strong interest in music. This course includes an overview of hardware and software, and most importantly, how to use these tools effectively in a musical environment. Top

Information Storage and Retrieval
Paul Chiasson
Aparna Mahadev
Worcester State College

Effective use of information is a skill every student must master to succeed in today's market. This course is designed to address this need. The course covers the basics of database technology and retrieval that are commonly used in industry. The ability to properly find and utilize data is key to success in modern business, research, and education. The concepts of data retrieval are more than simply hardware access techniques. Successful data mining is key to the proper utilization of today's massive amounts of information available on the Internet. To this end, emphasis will be put on data mining and retrieval via current techniques (search engines) and English-like query languages. Top

Networking and Data Communications for Non-Technical Majors
Paul Chiasson
Worcester State College

An understanding of basic communications infrastructures and the effective use of communication methodologies are essential competencies for students minoring in Information Technology. "Network and Data Communications" is designed as a sophomore level course with no prerequisites. A systematic approach will be taken to computer networking using the Internet as a reference point. Detailed study of network concepts and structure will be performed with an emphasis on understanding the interplay of those components and their importance to the network as a whole. Students will obtain a working knowledge of computer networking and concepts essential to success in the marketplace. Top

Managing E-Commerce
Renuka Jain
Worcester State College

The nature of the current business environment clearly indicates a pressing need to prepare our students so they can face the complex blend of business and information technology readily and skillfully. This course will introduce the students to an innovative and cutting-edge learning experience that responds to the fast-changing needs of the digital economy by providing a clear understanding of major components of e-commerce in a broad sense. This introductory course is designed to explore how business and industry have adopted the Internet as an integral component of contemporary business operations, how the principles of e-commerce shape business-to-business partnerships, business-to-consumer relationships, current pathways-to-profitability; and how electronic commerce is transforming business and society. We will also explore the role that people, cultures, and technologies play in managing e-commerce. Top


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