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Undergraduate DSCI

The following course descriptions are from a Class Search in the Kent State University 2013 - 2014 Catalog.  Click on a course name for additional information.

 

DSCI 10010 - SOCIETY, CULTURE AND THE DIGITAL SCIENCES
A survey course intended to give a broad understanding of society, culture and the digital sciences. Students understand not only the impact of digital sciences on culture and society, but also the impact of culture and society on the development and adoption of digital sciences. Topics include relationship and identify formation and maintenance, the relationship between digital science and race, gender, culture and globalization. Prerequisite: none. 3.000 Credit hours

DSCI 10310 - MY STORY ON THE WEB 
A first course in understanding the Web's impact on our private and public lives. Investigates web site design, storytelling, multimedia, intellectual property, ethical considerations and social media. Students develop practical website design skills for presenting and navigating both textual and multimedia content. Students build their own website that presents their story. The website is in effect an online multimedia resume in which the student presents their accomplishments, skills, interests and objectives. Prerequisite: none. 3.000 Credit hours

DSCI 10410 - INFORMATION ETHICS AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY 
Investigates ethical and societal responsibility issues related to information technology including tensions between legal and ethical values; access and control of intellectual property; the US Patriot Act as it relates to private and public records; ethical vendor management; the digital divide, outsourcing, and green computing; and network security and protections (e.g., viruses, protecting minors, cyberbullying). In addition, bias in information retrieval and indexing, information seeking behaviors and professional codes of ethics are explored. Prerequisite: none. 3.000 Credit hours

DSCI 13210 - DESIGN PROCESSES AND PRINCIPLES
Introduction to the discipline of design, including general design models and procedures, rational and creative models of design, and design as problem solving. Specific design contexts are introduced including information design, graphics and visual design, architectural design and educational design. Prerequisite: none. 3.000 Credit hours

DSCI 15310 - COMPUTATIONAL THINKING AND PROGRAMMING
Introductory, broad, and hands-on coverage of basic aspects of computational thinking with emphasis on problem solving using a high-level programming language. Prerequisite: none. 3.000 Credit hours

DSCI 19995 - SPECIAL TOPICS IN DIGITAL SCIENCES
(Repeatable for credit) Analysis of significant and current issues in digital sciences not covered in regular courses. Offered when opportunities and resources permit; the topic is announced when the course is scheduled. Prerequisite: none. 1.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours 

DSCI 23410 - COGNITION IN TECHNOLOGY
Introduction to the basics in human cognition as they affect technology and as technology affects human cognition. Addresses designing technologies to fit and enhance cognition, augmenting cognition with technology, and cognitive tools, as well as the impact of technology on various cognitive processes. Leverages both traditional and online course delivery. Prerequisite: none. 3.000 Credit hours

DSCI 26010 - TELECOMMUNICATION INFRASTRUCTURE 
Provides a broad overview of communication infrastructures for the public switch telephone network, wireless networks and data networks. Other topics covered include security, network management and monitoring. Prerequisite: none. 3.000 Credit hours

DSCI 29995 - SPECIAL TOPICS IN DIGITAL SCIENCES
(Repeatable for credit) Analysis of significant and current issues in digital sciences not covered in regular courses. Offered when opportunities and resources permit; the topic is announced when the course is scheduled. Prerequisite: none. 1.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours 

DSCI 31010 - ENTERPRISE ARCHITECTURE
Enterprise architectures facilitates the alignment of IT and IS investment decisions with business goals. Enterprise architecture is increasingly used in the industry as a result of the continued emergence of new technologies and ongoing pressures to reengineer business processes to achieve improved efficiency and greater customer focus. Enterprise architecture identifies the main components of an organization and the ways in which these components work together. The components include performance and strategy, people, business capabilities, applications, technology, knowledge and information, as well as financial and other resources. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. 3.000 Credit hours

DSCI 33310 - HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION
A survey course intended to provide a broad foundation of HCI principles and perspectives relevant across multiple digital science concentrations. Focuses on both understanding HCI, through the presentation of major concepts, issues and principles in HCI across the full-spectrum of the user-centered design process (research, sketching, prototyping, evaluation, etc.), and doing HCI, with a focus on the user, needs and task analysis, and sketching, prototyping, and evaluation. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. 3.000 Credit hours

DSCI 34410 - DIGITAL INFORMATION MANAGEMENT AND PROCESSING
Presents a holistic view of information management including the external and internal information environment. Covers the history of information management, information industry and markets, internal information politics, behaviors, and cultures, information management policies, processes and technologies. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. 3.000 Credit hours

DSCI 39995 - SPECIAL TOPICS IN DIGITAL SCIENCES
(Repeatable for credit) Analysis of significant and current issues in digital sciences not covered in regular courses. Offered when opportunities and resources permit; the topic is announced when the course is scheduled. Prerequisite: none. 1.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours

DSCI 40910 - CAPSTONE IN DIGITAL SCIENCES
Provides an integrative experience, bringing together aspects of the student's required coursework in the major and concentration. Students work in project teams, whenever possible together with senior project courses in digital science affiliated programs or capstone project teams from other digital sciences concentrations. Prerequisites: DSCI 31510; and TECH 36411; and senior standing. 3.000 Credit hours 

DSCI 41510 - GLOBAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND TEAM DYNAMICS
Explains to technical and non-technical students alike what it takes to lead teams and projects from start to finish. Students will learn the critical and common challenges of leading projects and managing teams, studying diagrams and war stories of successes and failures using practical tools and methods. Prerequisite: 2.500 cumulative GPA; and MIS 24065; and MIS 24053 with a minimum grade of C. 3.000 Credit hour. Course Attributes: Writing Intensive Course

DSCI 41610 - DIGITAL SYSTEMS SECURITY
The real threat to information system security comes from people, not computers. Students will understand human, behavioral and managerial factors to deal with personal computer security, social engineering, cyberthreats and risk management. Prerequisites: DSCI 34410; and DSCI 15310 or CS 13001. 3.000 Credit hours

DSCI 49910 - EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES IN DIGITAL SCIENCES
(Cross-listed with DSCI 59910) Explores new and emerging technologies in the digital sciences, examining each technology from multiple viewpoints representative of the interdisciplinary nature of the digital sciences. Prerequisite: junior standing. 1.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours 

DSCI 49992 - INTERNSHIP IN DIGITAL SCIENCES
(Repeatable for a maximum of 6 credit hours) A credit-bearing work experience with educational outcomes, utilizing and enhancing a student's academic learning in practical occupational situations. The student is expected to complete pre-determined assignments, which may include a weekly journal, final paper, or experience report. Prerequisites: junior standing and special approval.  1.000 TO 6.000 Credit hours.  Course Attributes: Experiential Learning Requirement.

DSCI 49995 - SPECIAL TOPICS IN DIGITAL SCIENCES
(Repeatable for credit) Analysis of significant and current issues in digital sciences not covered in regular courses. Offered when opportunities and resources permit; the topic is announced when the course is scheduled. Prerequisite: none. 1.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours

DSCI 49996 - INDIVIDUAL INVESTIGATION IN DIGITAL SCIENCES
(Repeatable for a maximum of 6 credit hours) Independent study carried out by a student under the supervision of a faculty member. Subject content, objectives, assignments and evaluation methods may vary. Prerequisite: junior standing and special approval. 1.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours