Prior Notes Fall '20

(8/13) Y'all are requested to team up, or be a team of one. Check out the videos for The Accounting and be ready to deliver a pdf with your startup doc soon.

If you haven't already logged into to info465.us and changed your password, please do it asap. Email me if you need your userid and password. If you're not able to connect, google on 'what is my IPV4 address' and let me know what it is, your subnet may need to be opened in info465.us firewall. This is the list as at Wednesday morning:

jalphonse: OK
balvare: OK
zamonoo: OK
aasgedom: OK
jcasey: OK
mchudasama: OK
jcoveney: OK
ferroa: OK
efaik: OK
aguo: OK
yjemere: <-- HAS NOT CHANGED PASSWORD !!
rmiller: OK
pnguyen: OK
vnguyen: OK
jnickens: OK
foropeza: OK
spalikhe: <-- HAS NOT CHANGED PASSWORD !!
cparsons: OK
fpeuat: OK
aphan: OK
psingh: OK
dwallace: <-- HAS NOT CHANGED PASSWORD !!
sworkneh: OK

(8/17) Welcome to Senior Projects. This is a time to work with an application that does order entry, fulfillment, some management, and accounting, and to practice with application analysis tools and database. And, it's to assess skills at database, user interface, and coding. There's a mix of teamwork and individual projects.

Points and F I N A L grades from the summer are posted. This semester's points will be similarly assigned. An ordinary semester is graded on a '10 point scale' where 90-100 is an A. The Summer had a handicap applied where 85 - 100 was an A. The instructor believes a C is a bad grade and seldom posts lower unless somebody really does nothing.

Nobody asked for the on-line experience we've had to cobble together for y'all in the wake of COVID, and I appreciate your showing up and making the best of it. The Fall and Summer classes showed me as much good-looking stuff as I've see walking around in class for the past 40 years or so, there were few complaints, the video-lectures get good feedback, and the zoom classroom works well for tech support. There were a lot of As and Bs.

An ordinary course that's 'taken on-line' takes a full semester and effort by a couple or few people to get it on-line in any kind of professional and polished manner, and this one had about a week to get started and was hurriedly updated trying to stay ahead of the class.

The course is classed as 'synchronous on-line' and attendance in the zoom classroom is required. The course has traditionally been taught entirely from the several pages of notes below, with verbal specs, trying to model what a Boss would ask to have done, classroom demos, and lots of Q&A.

Most of the classroom demos have been recorded. The format for class meetings will be announcements and brief run-throughs of the project as listed in the 'Class Meetings' section below and reference to the video lectures, followed by Q&A and Tech Support.

Teams are asked to organize themselves and collaborate in whatever virtual or real space suits them and work together for the project's management and clerical steps including simulating business under the 2017Winter PAYGO's umbrella.

Team points are posted for all members of a team except where a team member has not participated in the projects. Team's are asked to put the name of each team member who contributed on each of the deliverables. Participation in the PAYGO process is scored from the logs.

There may be an 'exit exam' near the end of the semester and if there is, it will count 10 points of your grade. The exam hasn't been decided for certain, due to lack of funds and the Univertity's austerity campaign, but in past years it has led to ICCP's Information Systems Analyst certifcate, which more than half our Seniors earned and could purchase at a discount. More about this will be shared when I know.

We'll start off with a demo of the app and environment for this semester's project. The first assignments will start next week, are team projects. Please arrange yourself in teams of three or four before the next meeting.

Tonight, we'll get everybody logged into info465.us and connected to the 2017Winter database. Next week, we'll get the class enrolled at 2017Winter...

Syllabus

My goal as an instructor trying to maintain the value of our IS Degree is to _see_ that each student can do what the objectives say our grads can do. In recent years, there's some or a lot of 'remediation' required for students who somehow didn't get those 'database programming' skills earlier but have mastered most of the UML and MSProject stuff. My method is to limit the scope of the class' projects to something that can be done in a semester, provide a tried and true framework & sample code for it, and provide as much tech support as 1 instructor in a class and the best TA can provide.

The ordinary student masters the several technologies involved, meets the specs, and leaves the course with an A or B.

Good-looking project documents make valuable exhibits in a graduate's professional portfolio, can go a long way to convincing some interviewer you know a debit from a credit, a while from an if, and have a good grip on user experience, databases, and all expected of an IS grad. If a student doesn't have a portfolio of technical skills or can't pull one together It can break the relationship with the recruiter or hiring manager way short of the threshold to some career if you can't sit and do whatever's needed for the job at hand...

Y'all are requested to team up, or be a team of one. Check out the videos for The Accounting and be ready to deliver a pdf with your startup doc soon.

If you haven't already logged into to info465.us and changed your password, please do it asap. Email me if you need your userid and password. If you're not able to connect, google on 'what is my IPV4 address' and let me know what it is, your subnet may need to be opened in info465.us firewall. This is the list as at Wednesday morning:

jalphonse: OK
balvare: OK
zamonoo: OK
aasgedom: OK
jcasey: OK
mchudasama: OK
jcoveney: OK
ferroa: OK
efaik: OK
aguo: OK
yjemere: <-- HAS NOT CHANGED PASSWORD !!
rmiller: OK
pnguyen: OK
vnguyen: OK
jnickens: OK
foropeza: OK
spalikhe: <-- HAS NOT CHANGED PASSWORD !!
cparsons: OK
fpeuat: OK
aphan: OK
psingh: OK
dwallace: <-- HAS NOT CHANGED PASSWORD !!
sworkneh: OK

(8/17) Welcome to Senior Projects. This is a time to work with an application that does order entry, fulfillment, some management, and accounting, and to practice with application analysis tools and database. And, it's to assess skills at database, user interface, and coding. There's a mix of teamwork and individual projects.

Points and F I N A L grades from the summer are posted. This semester's points will be similarly assigned. An ordinary semester is graded on a '10 point scale' where 90-100 is an A. The Summer had a handicap applied where 85 - 100 was an A. The instructor believes a C is a bad grade and seldom posts lower unless somebody really does nothing.

Nobody asked for the on-line experience we've had to cobble together for y'all in the wake of COVID, and I appreciate your showing up and making the best of it. The Fall and Summer classes showed me as much good-looking stuff as I've see walking around in class for the past 40 years or so, there were few complaints, the video-lectures get good feedback, and the zoom classroom works well for tech support. There were a lot of As and Bs.

An ordinary course that's 'taken on-line' takes a full semester and effort by a couple or few people to get it on-line in any kind of professional and polished manner, and this one had about a week to get started and was hurriedly updated trying to stay ahead of the class.

The course is classed as 'synchronous on-line' and attendance in the zoom classroom is required. The course has traditionally been taught entirely from the several pages of notes below, with verbal specs, trying to model what a Boss would ask to have done, classroom demos, and lots of Q&A.

Most of the classroom demos have been recorded. The format for class meetings will be announcements and brief run-throughs of the project as listed in the 'Class Meetings' section below and reference to the video lectures, followed by Q&A and Tech Support.

Teams are asked to organize themselves and collaborate in whatever virtual or real space suits them and work together for the project's management and clerical steps including simulating business under the 2017Winter PAYGO's umbrella.

Team points are posted for all members of a team except where a team member has not participated in the projects. Team's are asked to put the name of each team member who contributed on each of the deliverables. Participation in the PAYGO process is scored from the logs.

There may be an 'exit exam' near the end of the semester and if there is, it will count 10 points of your grade. The exam hasn't been decided for certain, due to lack of funds and the Univertity's austerity campaign, but in past years it has led to ICCP's Information Systems Analyst certifcate, which more than half our Seniors earned and could purchase at a discount. More about this will be shared when I know.

We'll start off with a demo of the app and environment for this semester's project. The first assignments will start next week, are team projects. Please arrange yourself in teams of three or four before the next meeting.

Tonight, we'll get everybody logged into info465.us and connected to the 2017Winter database. Next week, we'll get the class enrolled at 2017Winter...

Syllabus

My goal as an instructor trying to maintain the value of our IS Degree is to _see_ that each student can do what the objectives say our grads can do. In recent years, there's some or a lot of 'remediation' required for students who somehow didn't get those 'database programming' skills earlier but have mastered most of the UML and MSProject stuff. My method is to limit the scope of the class' projects to something that can be done in a semester, provide a tried and true framework & sample code for it, and provide as much tech support as 1 instructor in a class and the best TA can provide.

The ordinary student masters the several technologies involved, meets the specs, and leaves the course with an A or B.

Good-looking project documents make valuable exhibits in a graduate's professional portfolio, can go a long way to convincing some interviewer you know a debit from a credit, a while from an if, and have a good grip on user experience, databases, and all expected of an IS grad. If a student doesn't have a portfolio of technical skills or can't pull one together It can break the relationship with the recruiter or hiring manager way short of the threshold to some career if you can't sit and do whatever's needed for the job at hand...


G Saunders,
Dept of Information Systems
VCU School of Business

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