COURSE SYLLABUS

TITLE:                   System Integration Independent Study

COURSE NUMBER:           AP131

INSTRUCTOR:              Alan Sheets,, 970 663 2031

CREDIT HOURS:            4 credits

COURSE LENGTH:           Four weeks, 40 hours of contact time. Class
                         currently scheduled for Period 2 (Mon-Thur,
                         11:30am to 2pm)

TEXT and MATERIALS:      As assigned or needed

COURSE DESCRIPTION:      Provides an overview of integrating multiple
                         hardware and software systems, for operation in
                         a heterogeneous environment


COURSE OBJECTIVES:       Upon successful completion of this course, the
                         student will be familiar with the useful
                         integration and co-habitation of multiple
                         software suites across multiple environments.

TOPICAL OUTLINE:         See below. Additional materials can be found at

TEACHING STRATEGIES:     This course is independent study. The student
                         will be expected to be conscientious about
                         reporting to the independent study hall as
                         required, as well as carry out research on
                         multiple topics via both hardbound and on-line
                         volumes. The instructor will be available to
                         guide the student, recommend courses of action,

GRADING:                 The student will be required to present a number
                         of short position papers on several integration
                         topics. Each paper will be worth 25 points. The
                         papers should be between 1 and 3 typewritten
                         pages in length. Topics include the following:
   1. The Typical Office Workstation – give
      options, costs, and recommendations
      regarding the outfitting of a typical and
      useful business workstation suite of
      software tools.
   2. The Heterogeneous Network– describe
      the situations that exist where UNIX,
      Apple, and Windows workstations and
      servers have to work together, and what
      techniques/software/clients/services exist
      to make the two environments work
   3. Thin Client Solutions – describe what a
      thin-client solution is, and in what
      situations it makes sense to deploy one.
   4. Open Source vs. Proprietary – discuss the
      advantages, disadvantages, and costs of
      using Open Source technology in place of
      common products provided by Microsoft,
      Cisco, Oracle, etc.
   5. Hardware – design and outfit a cost-
      effective, reliable server, workstation, and
      infrastructure platform for the modern
      business. Discuss advantages of this
      proposal over other designs.
   6. Licensing – discuss issues regarding the
      proper licensing of software, and what
      happens when it isn’t done.
   7. Deployment of Software – discuss
      methods and costs of various deployment
      mechanisms, both manual and remote.
   8. Security and Backups – discuss the
      methods by which workstations and
      servers can be compromised, and the cost
      and effectiveness of appropriate defenses.

The student will also be responsible for
arranging a hardware demonstration, worth 40
points. The student will put together a solution
that encompasses as many of the below listed
items as possible in a working package suitable
for deployment in a typical office, as well as
defend his/her choices during oral questioning.

   1. Easy-to-use operating system
   2. Ability to access LAN resources
                                 3. A suite of office tools (word processor,
                                     spreadsheet, email client, desktop
                                     publishing, presentation designer, etc.)
                                 4. Audio
                                 5. Graphics
                                 6. Access to useful proprietary formats (zip,
                                     pdf, etc)
                                 7. Internet access
                                 8. Ability to work with a simple network-
                                     based database
                                 9. Remote administration (updates,
                                     maintenance, etc.)
                                 10. Programming and development packages
                                 11. Security
                                 12. Other packages as needed

                              The Professionalism grade, worth 10 points, is
                              based on timeliness, professional dress, attitude,
                              accountability, and leadership. The Average
                              Professional Grade will be published on the
                              student’s transcript with his/her academic
                              grades and with the student’s percent of
                              attendance. A poor Average Professionalism
                              Grade could limit the number and types of
                              placement leads available to the graduate.

                              Attendance: 2 percent of the final grade will be
                              deducted for every hour of contact time missed.

SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION: A student must achieve a C- grade, or higher, to
                       successfully complete this course.

MAKE-UP POLICY:               Quizzes and examinations may NOT be made
                              up. NO LATE WORK will be accepted.

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS: Activities will include classroom study of course
                      objectives with accompanying analysis and
                      associated problems applying principles.

PLAGIARISM:                   The use of unattributed source material or
                              intellectual property is expressly prohibited. It
                              is required that all presented materials contain
                              the appropriate source citations, where
                              applicable. Failure to do so will result in
                              penalties including and up to expulsion from CA.
DATE REVISED:   7 May 2003

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