TITLE: System Integration Independent Study
COURSE NUMBER: AP131
INSTRUCTOR: Alan Sheets, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
2. The Heterogeneous Network– describe
the situations that exist where UNIX,
Apple, and Windows workstations and
servers have to work together, and what
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.)
6. Access to useful proprietary formats (zip,
7. Internet access
8. Ability to work with a simple network-
9. Remote administration (updates,
10. Programming and development packages
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