Note: This is a sample syllabus. The real, updated syllabus is located at wu.granneman.com, which is password-protected and is available for students and guests only.
In addition to the one-week long intensive version of this course, Washington University asked me to teach the course during a full semester as well. This is the syllabus for the semester-long course.
U48 3411—Technology for Managers: Tools & Strategies
Washington University University College
Tuesdays 7:45—9:45 p.m.
Instructor: Scott Granneman
- Adjunct Professor
- Washington University in St. Louis
- Don't Click on the Blue E!: Switching to Firefox (O'Reilly: 2005)
- Hacking Knoppix (Wiley & Sons: 2005)
- Linux Phrasebook (Pearson: 2006)
- Podcasting with Audacity: Creating a Podcast with Free Audio Software (Prentice Hall: 2007)
- Google Apps Deciphered: Compute in the Cloud to Streamline Your Desktop (Prentice Hall: 2008)
- Mac OS X Snow Leopard for Power Users: Advanced Capabilities and Techniques (Apress: 2010)
- Contributor, Ubuntu Hacks (O'Reilly: 2006) & Microsoft Vista for IT Security Professionals (Syngress: 2007)
- Former columnist for SecurityFocus & Linux Magazine
- Former professional Blogger for The Open Source Weblog (also see personal blog)
- Full list of publications at /writing
- Business Owner
- Principal, WebSanity
- Contact Info
- scott at granneman dot com
- 314-644-4900 (office)
- 314-780-0489 (mobile)
- Twitter: scottgranneman
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/scottgranneman
This course is designed for managers involved in making business decisions involving technology. Students are expected to know how to use a computer, but this course is not a hands-on tutorial. Instead, we will discuss a range of issues focusing around modern technologies used by businesses around the world. Topics include networking, communications, open source software, content management systems, computer based training, Web services, Web site usability, wireless, productivity tools, and more.
Readings will consist of articles, analyses, & ephemera from the Internet.
Your grade will be based on the following factors:
- Class attendance and participation in discussion (20%): You are expected to attend class prepared to contribute to the ideas & techniques we bring up in lectures and discussions, as well as react to any assigned readings. We may also work on in-class exercises, and you are expected to take an active part in those as well.
- One midterm paper (30%): Your midterm paper will be a 1500 word essay on a topic that you have proposed to me.
- One final paper (50%): You final paper will be 10 pages, and should be a real-world analysis of your work situation encompassing the following sections:
- An analysis of the issues & problems of one aspect of technology used at your workplace.
- A proposed solution to the problem.
- An elucidation of the benefits of your proposed solution.
Grades will be based on an average of the above as follows:
Accommodation of disabilities: If you have a disability that might affect your ability to complete the required assignments, please contact me during the first week of class to discuss an accommodation.
Policy regarding academic dishonesty: This course will follow Washington University's policies concerning academic dishonesty. Academic dishonesty will result in failure for the assignment in question and/or referral to the college's Academic Integrity Office, which has discretion to impose a stricter penalty. While academic dishonesty includes cheating on exams and quizzes, it also includes plagiarism in written assignments. Plagiarism is not only passing off someone else's work as your own, but also giving your work to someone else to pass off as their own. It also includes submitting work from another course. While I strongly encourage you to discuss your work with each other in and out of class, and while you may research issues together, your writing should be your own. The papers you submit must be your work alone, and must include citations to all references in your work. Please include the URL, or web address, for articles and resources found on the Internet.
It is paramount that we respect each other online, in both email and the discussion group. Follow this simple rule: disagree with the idea, but not the person. In other words, it's OK to say "That's a bad idea, because …", and it's not OK to say "You're a bad/stupid/inconsiderate person, because …". If you have an issue with a classmate's behavior online, please bring it to me privately by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you'd like to find out more, please feel free to read The Core Rules of Netiquette, by Virginia Shea.
1 ~ Introductions; searching & information literacy
2 ~ Knowledge management & flattening hierarchies
Guest: Robert Citek
3 ~ Computing history 1968-1992
4 ~ Computing history 1992-2007
5 ~ Web evolution & design
6 ~ Web development process
Guest: Jans Carton
7 ~ Technology & the law
Guest: Denise Lieberman
8 ~ E-commerce & payment systems
Guest: Jerry Bryan
9 ~ SPRING BREAK
10 ~ LAN management: hardware, networking, software
Midterm essay due
11 ~ Security vulnerabilities
12 ~ Programming & development
Guest: Bill Edney
13 ~ Open standards & open source
Guests: Robert Citek & Craig Buchek
14 ~ Procurement, management, investment
15 ~ Security tools
16 ~ Future trends
17 ~ Final thoughts & goodbyes, wrap ups & evaluations
Final essay due