220 Course Descriptions
2019-2020 USC Upstate Catalog
known research project leads to the application of that model to individualized
honors projects. Example project models might include the human genome
project and its implications for the limits of humanity, or the TED movement.
Prerequisites: Acceptance to the Honors Program or consent of the Honors
Program director and 9 Honors credits.
INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES (IDST)
IDST U300. Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies (3) Approaches
to understanding, analyzing, and synthesizing information from varied
perspectives. Emphasis is on researching, writing, and crafting sound
arguments from multi-disciplinary approaches. Prerequisite: ENGL U102.
IDST U301. Ethics in the Professions (3) A research seminar that inves-tigates
the laws and ethics codes of various professions, such as education,
business, healthcare and data management. Each seminar participant selects
one profession to track throughout the semester and reports on that field’s
laws, conduct requirements, legal cases and methods of conflict resolution.
Evaluations are based on oral presentations, papers and participation in
IDST U398. Interdisciplinary Studies Internship (1-6) Supervised work
experience in a community agency or business based on an individualized,
contracted program planned in conjunction with a faculty member and ap-proved
by the student's advisor. For six internship credit hours, a student is
to work 270 hours with an approved agency; for five credit hours, 225 work
hours; for four credit hours, 180 hours; for three credit hours, 135 hours; for
two credit hours, 90 hours, and for one credit hour, 45 hours. A student may
repeat IDST U398 once with a different internship contract description for
a total of no more than six hours of undergraduate credit. Prerequisites:
junior standing, and approved internship contract.
IDST U490. Senior Seminar in Interdisciplinary Studies (3) Reading and
research on selected topics designed to explore issues of broad interdisciplin-ary
interest. Particular emphasis is placed on integration of knowledge at
an advanced level, exploration of ethical issues, and experience in research
and oral presentations. Seminar topics vary. Prerequisites: IDST U300, senior
standing, and permission of IDS advisor.
INFORMATION MANAGEMENT AND SYSTEMS (INFO)
INFO U101. Survey of Information Technology (3) Use of information
technology to collect, analyze, and transform data into knowledge using
desktop software and commonly available Internet-based resources and the
evaluation of information sources for accuracy, suitability, safety, security,
societal and ethical issues.
INFO U102. Introduction to Digital Safety (3) Approaches to identifying
exposure threats against personal information as a means to establishing
end-user best practices. Topics include digital reliance impact on culture;
system exploitation at the hardware, operational, and application level;
ethical concerns related to hacking and application use.
INFO U139. Introduction to Object-Oriented Applications (3) Object-oriented
problem-solving tools, techniques, and solution structures for
desktop-oriented, user-layer environments, a survey of third-generation pro-gramming
languages (3GL), introduction to the object-oriented paradigm.
Prerequisite: INFO U101 or INFO U102 or CSCI U138 or consent of instructor.
INFO U201. Concepts of Information Management and Systems (3)
Theoretical foundations of organization of information; cognitive structures
and processing of data, information, knowledge, and understanding
information uses and users. The integrated and interdisciplinary nature
of information science and computer science is introduced and developed
through case studies and examples from concentration disciplines: business,
education, communication, and healthcare settings. Prerequisite: INFO U101
or CSCI U138 or CSCI U150.
INFO U211. Microcomputer Organization (3) Introduction to the major
features of operating system software, the primary functions of CPU's, bus
architectures, secondary storage devices, peripheral devices, hardware
and software configuration. The goal is the assembly and disassembly of
microcomputer systems and installation of operating systems, network
operating systems, and applications software. Prerequisite: INFO U101 or
CSCI U138 or CSCI U150.
INFO U303. Organizational Informatics and IT Platforms (3) Needs,
uses and consequences of information in organizational contexts, information
technology platforms, architectures and infrastructures, functional areas
and processes, information-based products and services, the use of and
redefining role of information technology, sociotechnical structures, and
the rise and transformation of information-based industries. Prerequisite:
INFO U201 or consent of instructor.
INFO U305. Social Informatics (3) Key social research and perspectives
on the use of information and communication technologies, information
ethics, relevant legal frameworks, popular and controversial uses of technol-ogy,
digital divides, and multicultural issues of information management.
Prerequisites: INFO U303 or equivalent or consent of instructor.
INFO U307. Systematic Innovation (3) Methodologies, tools, skills,
and knowledgebase supporting a repeatable, structured, and disciplined
approach to innovative problem solving, brainstorming, and alternative
thinking including, but not limited to: useful/harmful feature analysis,
problem formulator diagraming, selection and application of innovation
operators, and the innovation situation questionnaire. Prerequisites: 24
credit hours or consent of instructor.
INFO U315. Networking Technology (3) Basic concepts of computer
networks, data telecommunication and distributed applications, including
network topology, hardware, software protocol, security, and the implica-tions
of network technologies on the deployment and implementation of
networked systems. Prerequisites: CSCI U300 or INFO U303 or consent of
INFO U325. Fundamentals of Relational Database Management
Systems (3) Basic architecture, structures, and query languages. Topics
include design and implementation of RDBMS, relational data models,
conceptual modeling, data independence, specification of data requirements,
normalization, recovery and security. Prerequisites: CSCI U300 or INFO U305
or consent of instructor.