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IS 369 – Spring 2019: Syllabus/Assignments Log

Information Systems Department

University of Maryland, Baltimore County


1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250

Departmental Office: room ITE 404 ph. 410-455-3206

Instructor: Bill Ryan


- Email: billryan@umbc.edu

- Office hours: Tuesday & Thursday 10:00 – 11:00 AM in ITE 405

General Information:

- Class meets:

o Section 01.1189 Tuesday and Thursday, 1:00-2:15 pm Room: ITE 458

o Section 02.5596 Tuesday and Thursday, 2:30-3:45 pm Room: ITE 458

Optional Textbook: On Writing Well, William Zinsser, 2006

Research Seminar: Writings in Information Systems

This seminar course introduces students to current research writing in the fields related to
Information Systems. Students will be required to read examples of current research publications
to improve their professional analytical, communications and interacting skills. The course is
designed to improve student’s skills through reading and critiquing the IS literature, preparing
written reviews of journal articles, making presentations, and interacting collaboratively.

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The content areas for this work will relate to the broad topical areas that encompass the field of
information systems that have been encountered through other courses in the
program. Recommended Preparation: STAT 351

The content areas for this work will relate to the broad topical areas that encompass the field of
information systems that you may already have encountered in your undergraduate study in other
courses in the program or that you will encounter in the future. There is no assigned textbook for
this course. The content will come from the IS literature. That is the reason that the title of the
course includes Research Seminar.

Student Disability Services (SDS):

UMBC is committed to eliminating discriminatory obstacles that disadvantage students based on


disability. Student Support Services http://www.umbc.edu/sss/html/sss_disab.htm(SSS) is the
UMBC
department designated to receive and maintain confidential files of disability-related
documentation, certify eligibility for services, determine reasonable accommodations, develop
with each student plans for the provision of such accommodations, and serve as a liaison
between faculty members and students regarding disability-related issues.

If you have a documented disability and need to request academic accommodations, please refer
to the SDS website at sds.umbc.edu for registration information or visit the SDS office in the
Math/Psychology Building, Room 212. For questions or concerns, you may contact us
at disAbility@umbc.edu or (410) 455-2459. If you require accommodations for this class, make
an appointment to meet with me to discuss your SDS-approved accommodations.

Diminished mental health can interfere with optimal academic performance. The source of
symptoms might be related to your course work; if so, please speak with me. However, problems
with other parts of your life can also contribute to decreased academic performance. UMBC
provides cost-free and confidential mental health services through the Counseling Center to help
you manage personal challenges that threaten your personal or academic well-being.

Remember, getting help is a smart and courageous thing to do -- for yourself and for those who
care about you. For more resources get the Just in Case mental health resources Mobile and Web
App. This app can be accessed by clicking: http://counseling.umbc.edu/justincase

The UMBC Counseling Center is in the Student Development & Success Center (between
Chesapeake and Susquehanna Halls). Phone: 410-455-2472. Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am-
5:00pm.

Ethical Conduct/Expectations:

By enrolling in this course, each student assumes the responsibilities of an active participant in
UMBC’s scholarly community in which everyone’s academic work and behavior are held to the
highest standards of honesty.

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Cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, and helping others to commit these acts are all forms of
academic dishonesty and they are wrong. Academic misconduct could result in disciplinary
action that may include, but is not limited to, suspension or dismissal.

Inclement Weather: Any work or test due on a class date that has been canceled due to
inclement weather will be due the next class meeting. (If the semester’s last exam is postponed, it
will be given during the time period assigned during the University’s official Final Exam week.)

The below schedule may be revised as needed. If the schedule is revised, you will still have
plenty of time to complete the assignments. Feel free to post questions as needed. Students are
responsible for meeting the deadlines posted here. Please let the instructor know if you spot an
error. TBA means “To Be Announced.”

Attendance and Participation:


Regular and punctual attendance is expected of all students. In the case of absence
due to emergency (illness, death in the family, accident), religious holiday, or participation in
official College functions, it is the student's responsibility to confer with the instructor about the
absence and missed course work.

From UMBC’s Title IX office

Disclosures of Sexual Misconduct and Child Abuse or Neglect

As an instructor, I am considered a Responsible Employee, per UMBC’s Policy on Prohibited


Sexual Misconduct, Interpersonal Violence, and Other Related Misconduct (located
at http://humanrelations.umbc.edu/sexual-misconduct/umbc-resource-page-for-sexual-
misconduct-and-other-related-misconduct/). While my goal is for you to be able to share
information related to your life experiences through discussion and written work, I want to be
transparent that as a Responsible Employee I am required to report disclosures of sexual assault,
domestic violence, relationship violence, stalking, and/or gender-based harassment to the
University’s Title IX Coordinators.

As an instructor, I also have a mandatory obligation to report disclosures of or suspected


instances of child abuse or neglect (www.usmh.usmd.edu/regents/bylaws/SectionVI/VI150.pdf).
The purpose of these reporting requirements is for the University to inform you of options,
supports and resources; you will not be forced to file a report with the police. Further, you are
able to receive supports and resources, even if you choose to not want any action taken. Please
note that in certain situations, based on the nature of the disclosure, the University may need to
take action.

If you need to speak with someone in confidence about an incident, UMBC has the
following Confidential Resources available to support you:
The Counseling Center: 410-455-2472
University Health Services: 410-455-2542
(After-hours counseling and care available by calling campus police at 410-455-5555)

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Other on-campus supports and resources:
The Women’s Center, 410-455-2714
Title IX Coordinator, 410-455-1606
Additional on and off campus supports and resources can be found
at: http://humanrelations.umbc.edu/sexual-misconduct/gender-equitytitle-ix/.

From Faculty Development Center website

Diversity Statement on Civil Dialogue:

I hope the course challenges us to engage with issues that touch our and others’ lives personally
and politically and to develop ways of thinking and acting to address them in nuanced, conscious,
and accountable ways. Questions, personal insights, experiences, and emotions about the
materials and topics are always welcome in class. I do not expect that we share the same views
on the topics we cover (in fact I hope we do not). We all need to speak up, especially when we
do not agree with each other’s views, but do so in a respective manner. The range of views you
hold and the experiences you bring into the classroom will make our learning experiences much
more interesting and enriching. In order to ensure an environment for robust intellectual debate,
please do not video or audio record in class. (Example from Autumn Reed’s FYS 107Y-01, U.S.
Orientalism)

Diversity Statement on Respect:

Students in this class are encouraged to speak up and participate during class meetings. Because
the class will represent a diversity of individual beliefs, backgrounds, and experiences, every
member of this class must show respect for every other member of this class. (From California
State University, Chico’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion).

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Course Schedule:
Jan. 29:

1. General structure of the course (Tentative)


a. Reading articles together: group work
b. Seeking articles and writing reviews
c. Making PowerPoint presentations of reviews
d. Inter-teaching sessions on selected articles
i. Four to six collaborative peer tutoring sessions will be scheduled that
involve discussing questions with a partner that are based on an article.
The purpose of these exercises is to develop your skill in reading journal
articles and to interact with a peer in discussing the article’s contents.
Students will be paired for these sessions.
ii. Quizzes based on the inter-teaching questions
 The format of the quizzes will be objective, fill-in-blanks, and
short answer. The quiz may be taken having access to the article.
2. Overview of material posted on Blackboard.
a. Look over the course site before the next class.
3. Grades
1. ASSIGNMENT: (Introductions): Assignment due to Blackboard by midnight.
4. Student Introductions
a. Introductions with PowerPoint. Create a PowerPoint presentation in class that
addresses the seven points given below. Attach your presentation in the
assignment in Blackboard. For students not familiar with making PowerPoint
slides, support will be given in class.
i. Your name
ii. Major and minor
iii. Experience in making PowerPoint presentations
iv. Experience in reading the IS journal literature
v. Experience in writing reviews of journal articles
vi. What professional skills would you like to acquire or improve from taking
this course?
vii. Plans after graduation
b. Presentations in class

Jan. 31:

1. In class reading and discussion of a journal article (Evaluation 1): Bargas-Avila, J.A.,
Orsini, S., Piosczyk, H., Urwyler, D., & Opwis, K. (2011). Enhancing online forms: Use
format specifications for fields with format restrictions to help respondents. Interacting
with Computers, 23(1), 33-39. This article will be handed out in class, although it is
available on Blackboard.
You should take notes during this discussion to address the following points, which are
based upon the review guidelines that we will discuss in detail during a later class:

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i. Write the citation in APA format.
ii. State the major theme of the paper.
iii. What was the methodology?
iv. What was the general finding?
v. Give a strength of the paper.
vi. Give a weakness of the paper.
vii. Give an overall evaluation of the paper. This is your opinion about the value of
the paper.

2. Write an evaluation of this reading exercise and discussion. From the perspective of
reading and evaluating a journal article, did you learn anything new from this discussion
of a journal article? Please explain briefly.
3. Answer the above seven points.
4. Assignment due to Blackboard by midnight. Create a word document for items 2 and
3 and attach the word document file into the assignment in Blackboard. Note: You should
make an effort to complete your work in a timely fashion – the sooner the better.

Feb. 5:

1. In class reading and discussion of a journal article (Evaluation 2): Lin, P.-C., &
Chien, L.W. (2010). The effects of gender differences on operational performance
and satisfaction with car navigation systems. International Journal of Human-
Computer Studies, 68, 777-787. This article will be handed out in class, although it is
available on Blackboard. You should take notes during this discussion to address the
following points, which are based upon the review guidelines that we will discuss in
detail during a later class:
i. Write the citation in APA format.
ii. State the major theme of the paper.
iii. What was the methodology?
iv. What was the general finding?
v. Give a strength of the paper.
vi. Give a weakness of the paper.
vii. Give an overall evaluation of the paper. This is your opinion about the value of
the paper.

2. Write an evaluation of this reading exercise and discussion. From the


perspective of reading and evaluating a journal article, did you learn anything
new from this discussion of a journal article? Please explain briefly.
3. Answer the above seven points.
4. Assignment due to Blackboard by midnight: Create a word document for Items 2 and
3 and attach the word document file into the assignment in Blackboard.

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Feb. 7:

Lecture: Article Review Guidelines.


PowerPoint Practice Article Assignment #1 – due to Blackboard by midnight.

Feb. 12:

1. Lecture: (1) Writing examples. (2) What is Research Methodology? (3) Types of
Information Systems (4) format of Article Reviews.

2. As you read an article, it is almost certain that you will encounter words and concepts
that you don’t understand. My suggestion is to take advantage of search engines to find
additional information as needed to clarify your understanding of difficult material. This
assignment is related to terms that are contained in the article that will be used for first
inter-teaching session.

3. Assignment due to Blackboard by midnight: Find definitions of the three terms below;
indicate where you found the information. Write this information into a word document
and attach the word document file into the assignment in Blackboard. Be advised that
Wikipedia is NOT to be regarded as an authoritative source of information for this course,
although I sometimes use it as a quick start. Also, find definitions in a source other than
the article posted for the inter-teaching session.
a. IT artifact
b. Nomological
c. Nomological network

4. Practice PowerPoint Article Assignment #2 – Assignment due to Blackboard by midnight.

Feb. 14:

1. Jack Seuss, VP of IT at UMBC (and Steve Kolbe, State of Maryland)), will talk to the
class about his work and background. Mr. Seuss was an undergraduate IS major at
UMBC, and his perspective and insights are invaluable to consider as you plan your
future career.
ASSIGNMENT: (Comments, Guest Speaker): Due to Blackboard by midnight.
2. Write your impression of the guest speaker’s presentation and address the following
points:
a. What were the main “messages” in the presentation?
b. What information did you find especially valuable?
c. Did anything come as a surprise to you?
d. Did the presentation influence your perspective on your career plans?
3. Create a word document for Item 2 above and attach the word document file into the
assignment in Blackboard.

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Feb. 19:
Part 1

1. There will be a presentation by Drew Alfgren (UMBC Library) on the use of search
engines to find information on a topic. The presentation will assist you in finding articles
and other information related to the course requirements and to your professional
objectives. The presentation will be in the AOK Library room 259.
2. It is important that you be on time for this presentation. Attendance will be taken and
arriving promptly will be appreciated.
Part 2

1. Examine and discuss the article review guidelines.


a. There will be between three to four individual journal article reviews required
during the semester. There will also be several PowerPoint presentations based
upon the reviews.
b. The exact number required will depend on the pace of the course, and there will
be ample time to complete any assignment.
c. There will also be several reviews of a journal article written collaboratively in
teams of two or three students.
d. Examination and discussion of example reviews and PowerPoint presentations.
PREPARATION for (Article Review 1):
2. In class, search for an article for the first review (Article Review 1). The topic of the
article may be related to any aspect of the broad field of information systems that you
have encountered in your studies. It is to your advantage to select articles that interest you
or that have professional value to you. The best work happens when you are interested in
what you are doing. Be advised that not all journals are posted on the web. You may have
to go to the library to find an article that interests you personally.
3. Write the article citation in APA format and email it to the professor for approval.
[*Note: All Request for APA Citation approvals for Article Review 1 are due by
03/04/2019 by 11:59pm. Include a PDF of the proposed article. Any Requests for APA
Citation approvals, for Article Review 1, sent after this date will not be accepted]

• This must be a journal article, not a conference paper or proceedings.


There is a huge amount of information on the web, and its quality cannot
be documented.
For that reason, we will stay with articles in journals for this course.
There may be occasional exceptions to this requirement in the case of
white papers and government documents.
b. Once your article has been approved, you should plan your schedules to read the
article and write a review essay. You should also plan your PowerPoint
presentation (Presentation 1) on the article.

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Feb. 21:

The class will be divided up into groups of two students to complete the inter-teaching in class
assignment given below.

1. You should come prepared for the inter-teaching session by reading the article before
class and looking for answers to the inter-teaching questions. You should use the inter-
teaching session to confirm your answers with your partner and to test your
understanding in preparation for the quiz. This guidance applies to all inter-teaching
sessions.
2. ASSIGNMENT: (Inter-teaching session IT-1.): Assignment due to Blackboard by
midnight.
a. Benbasat & Zmud (2003)
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o This classic paper is taken from the Ph.D. reading list. Ph.D. students
were required to read it for comprehensive exams.
o It is difficult. Give yourselves permission to struggle with a difficult
article.
At the conclusion of the work with your partner, each student is to complete an inter-teaching
report and attach it into the assignment (IT-1) in Blackboard. Each student is to complete a
separate report.

Feb. 26:

1. Lecture: Learning benefits of writing Article Reviews, practice review, etc.


2. Practice Research Assignment #3 – assignment due to Blackboard by midnight.

Feb. 28:

1. Practice Research Assignment #4 – assignment due to Blackboard by midnight.

Mar. 5:

Article Review 1 and Presentation 1 due: Attach your Article Review 1, word document file into
the “Article Review1” assignment in Blackboard. Attach your MS PowerPoint file into the
“Presentation1” assignment in Blackboard.

The below PowerPoint presentations (Presentation 1) are based upon Article Review 1 that you
selected to review and had approved. (Note: 6 assigned students are to present.)

1. PowerPoint presentations.
• Attach your PowerPoint file into Blackboard.

ASSIGNMENT: (Comments03/05_ Present1): Due to Blackboard by midnight.


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2. Write your impression of each Student’s Presentations into the word document
(Presentation Comments) and attach the file into the assignment in Blackboard. What
information was especially interesting or valuable to you? (Note: You may take notes in
word, during the presentation.)
3. In addition to the above comments on content, make an effort to identify the aspects of a
presentation that made it effective. That is, don’t criticize anyone’s presentation. In this
way, the class can come to appreciate what makes for a good presentation. You may
make positive comments on each presentation.
4. All students are to make comments, including those who presented today.

Part 2

PREPARATION for (Article Review 2):


5. Search for an article for the second review (Article Review 2). Write the article citation in
APA format and email it to the professor for approval. [*Note: All Request for APA
Citation approvals for Article Review 2 are due by 04/01/2019 by 11:59pm. Include a
PDF of the proposed article. Any Requests for APA Citation approvals, for Article
Review 2, sent after this date will not be accepted]. This may be done outside of class. It
is advisable to have your article approved promptly so that you will have enough time to
prepare a quality review. When your article has been approved, begin to prepare your
next review and PowerPoint presentation (Presentation 2).

Mar. 7:

(Presentations 1) continued for Article Review 1.

The below PowerPoint presentations (Presentation 1) are based upon Article Review 1 that you
selected to review and had approved. (Note: 6 assigned students are to present.)

1. PowerPoint presentations.
• Attach your PowerPoint file into Blackboard.

ASSIGNMENT: (Comments03/07_ Present1): Due to Blackboard by midnight.


2. Write your impression of each Student’s Presentations into the word document
(Presentation Comments) and attach the file into the assignment in Blackboard. What
information was especially interesting or valuable to you? (Note: You may take notes in
word, during the presentation.)
3. In addition to the above comments on content, make an effort to identify the aspects of a
presentation that made it effective. That is, don’t criticize anyone’s presentation. In this
way, the class can come to appreciate what makes for a good presentation. You may
make positive comments on each presentation.
4. All students are to make comments, including those who presented today.

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Mar. 12:

(Presentations 1) continued for Article Review 1.

The below PowerPoint presentations (Presentation 1) are based upon Article Review 1 that you
selected to review and had approved. (Note: 6 assigned students are to present.)

1. PowerPoint presentations.
• Attach your PowerPoint file into Blackboard.

ASSIGNMENT: (Comments03/12_ Present1): Due to Blackboard by midnight.


2. Write your impression of each Student’s Presentations into the word document
(Presentation Comments) and attach the file into the assignment in Blackboard. What
information was especially interesting or valuable to you? (Note: You may take notes in
word, during the presentation.)
3. In addition to the above comments on content, make an effort to identify the aspects of a
presentation that made it effective. That is, don’t criticize anyone’s presentation. In this
way, the class can come to appreciate what makes for a good presentation. You may
make positive comments on each presentation.
4. All students are to make comments, including those who presented today.

Mar 14:

Presentations 1) continued for Article Review 1.

The below PowerPoint presentations (Presentation 1) are based upon Article Review 1 that you
selected to review and had approved. (6 assigned students are to present.)

1. PowerPoint presentations.
• Attach your PowerPoint file into Blackboard.

ASSIGNMENT: (Comments04/14_ Present1): Due to Blackboard by midnight.


2. Write your impression of each Student’s Presentations into the word document
(Presentation Comments) and attach the file into the assignment in Blackboard. What
information was especially interesting or valuable to you? (Note: You may take notes in
word, during the presentation.)
3. In addition to the above comments on content, make an effort to identify the aspects of a
presentation that made it effective. That is, don’t criticize anyone’s presentation. In this
way, the class can come to appreciate what makes for a good presentation. You may
make positive comments on each presentation.
4. All students are to make comments, including those who presented today.

SPRING BREAK – March 17 – 24, 2019

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Mar. 26:

QUIZ 1:
1. Lecture: TBA

2. Quiz 1. This quiz comes directly from the questions on IT-1.


a. You may use the article from the inter-teaching session to answer the quiz
questions.

**********This completes one cycle of work in this course***********

Mar. 28:

1. You should come prepared for the inter-teaching session by reading the article before
class and looking for answers to the inter-teaching questions. You should use the inter-
teaching session to confirm your answers with your partner and to test your
understanding in preparation for the quiz. This guidance applies to all inter-teaching
sessions.
2. ASSIGNMENT: (Inter-teaching session IT-2.) Due to Blackboard by midnight.
a. Zhang, D.S., Lowry, P.B., Zhou, L., & Fu, X. (2007)
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b. At the conclusion of the work with your partner, each student is to complete an
inter-teaching report and attach it into the assignment (IT-2) in Blackboard. Each
student is to complete a separate report.

Apr. 2:

Article Review 2 and Presentation 2 due: Attach your Article Review 2, word document file into
the “Article Review2” assignment in Blackboard. Attach your MS PowerPoint file into the
“Presentation2” assignment in Blackboard.

The below PowerPoint presentations (Presentation 2) are based upon Article Review 2 that you
selected to review and had approved. (Note: 6 assigned students are to present.)

1. PowerPoint presentations.
• Attach your PowerPoint file into Blackboard.

ASSIGNMENT: (Comments04/02_ Present2): Due to Blackboard by midnight.


2. Write your impression of each Student’s Presentations into the word document
(Presentation Comments) and attach the file into the assignment in Blackboard. What
information was especially interesting or valuable to you? (Note: You may take notes in
word, during the presentation.)
3. In addition to the above comments on content, make an effort to identify the aspects of a
presentation that made it effective. That is, don’t criticize anyone’s presentation. In this

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way, the class can come to appreciate what makes for a good presentation. You may
make positive comments on each presentation.
4. All students are to make comments, including those who presented today.

Part 2
PREPARATION for (Article Review 3):
5. Search for an article for the third review (Article Review 3). Write the article citation in
APA format and email it to the professor for approval. [*Note: All Request for APA
Citation approvals for Article Review 3 are due by 04/22/2019 by 11:59pm. Include a
PDF of the proposed article. Any Requests for APA Citation approvals, for Article
Review 3, sent after this date will not be accepted]. This may be done outside of class. It
is advisable to have your article approved promptly so that you will have enough time to
prepare a quality review. When your article has been approved, begin to prepare your
next review and PowerPoint presentation (Presentation 3).

APR. 4:

(Presentations 2) continued for Article Review 2.

The below PowerPoint presentations (Presentation 2) are based upon Article Review 2 that you
selected to review and had approved. (Note: 6 assigned students are to present.)

1. PowerPoint presentations.
• Attach your PowerPoint file into Blackboard.

ASSIGNMENT: (Comments04/04_ Present2): Due to Blackboard by midnight.


2. Write your impression of each Student’s Presentations into the word document
(Presentation Comments) and attach the file into the assignment in Blackboard. What
information was especially interesting or valuable to you? (Note: You may take notes in
word, during the presentation.)
3. In addition to the above comments on content, make an effort to identify the aspects of a
presentation that made it effective. That is, don’t criticize anyone’s presentation. In this
way, the class can come to appreciate what makes for a good presentation. You may
make positive comments on each presentation.
4. All students are to make comments, including those who presented today.

Apr. 9:

(Presentations 2) continued for Article Review 2.

The below PowerPoint presentations (Presentation 2) are based upon Article Review 2 that you
selected to review and had approved. (Note: 6 assigned students are to present.)

1. PowerPoint presentations.
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• Attach your PowerPoint file into Blackboard.

ASSIGNMENT: (Comments04/09_ Present2): Due to Blackboard by midnight.


2. Write your impression of each Student’s Presentations into the word document
(Presentation Comments) and attach the file into the assignment in Blackboard. What
information was especially interesting or valuable to you? (Note: You may take notes in
word, during the presentation.)
3. In addition to the above comments on content, make an effort to identify the aspects of a
presentation that made it effective. That is, don’t criticize anyone’s presentation. In this
way, the class can come to appreciate what makes for a good presentation. You may
make positive comments on each presentation.
4. All students are to make comments, including those who presented today.

Apr. 11:

Part 1

(Presentations 2) continued for Article Review 2.

The below PowerPoint presentations (Presentation 2) are based upon Article Review 2 that you
selected to review and had approved. (Note: 6 assigned students are to present.)

1. PowerPoint presentations.
• Attach your PowerPoint file into Blackboard.

ASSIGNMENT: (Comments04/11_ Present2): Due to Blackboard by midnight.


2. Write your impression of each Student’s Presentations into the word document
(Presentation Comments) and attach the file into the assignment in Blackboard. What
information was especially interesting or valuable to you? (Note: You may take notes in
word, during the presentation.)
3. In addition to the above comments on content, make an effort to identify the aspects of a
presentation that made it effective. That is, don’t criticize anyone’s presentation. In this
way, the class can come to appreciate what makes for a good presentation. You may
make positive comments on each presentation.
4. All students are to make comments, including those who presented today.

Apr. 16:

QUIZ 2:
1. Quiz 2. This quiz comes directly from the questions on IT-2.
a. You may use the article from the inter-teaching session to answer the quiz
questions.

**********This completes two cycles of work in this course***********


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Apr. 18:

1. ASSIGNMENT: (Inter-teaching session IT-3.). Due to Blackboard by midnight. Banker,


Bardhan, & Asdemir (2006)
2. At the conclusion of the work with your partner, each student is to complete the inter-
teaching report and attach it into the assignment (IT-3) in Blackboard.
3. Each student is to complete a separate report. (Note: This session is to be done with a
different partner.)

Apr. 23:

Article Review 3 and Presentation 3 due: Attach your Article Review 3, word document file into
the “Article Review3” assignment in Blackboard. Attach your MS PowerPoint file into the
“Presentation3” assignment in Blackboard.

The below PowerPoint presentations (Presentation 3) are based upon Article Review 3 that you
selected to review and had approved. (Note: 7 assigned students are to present.)

1. PowerPoint presentations.
• Attach your PowerPoint file into Blackboard.

ASSIGNMENT: (Comments04/23_ Present3): Due to Blackboard by midnight.


2. Write your impression of each Student’s Presentations into the word document
(Presentation Comments) and attach the file into the assignment in Blackboard. What
information was especially interesting or valuable to you? (Note: You may take notes in
word, during the presentation.)
3. In addition to the above comments on content, make an effort to identify the aspects of a
presentation that made it effective. That is, don’t criticize anyone’s presentation. In this
way, the class can come to appreciate what makes for a good presentation. You may
make positive comments on each presentation.
4. All students are to make comments, including those who presented today.

Apr. 25:

(Presentations 3) continued for Article Review 3.

The below PowerPoint presentations (Presentation 3) are based upon Article Review 3 that you
selected to review and had approved. (Note: 7 assigned students are to present.)

1. PowerPoint presentations.
• Attach your PowerPoint file into Blackboard.

ASSIGNMENT: (Comments04/25_ Present3): Due to Blackboard by midnight.

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2. Write your impression of each Student’s Presentations into the word document
(Presentation Comments) and attach the file into the assignment in Blackboard. What
information was especially interesting or valuable to you? (Note: You may take notes in
word, during the presentation.)
3. In addition to the above comments on content, make an effort to identify the aspects of a
presentation that made it effective. That is, don’t criticize anyone’s presentation. In this
way, the class can come to appreciate what makes for a good presentation. You may
make positive comments on each presentation.
4. All students are to make comments, including those who presented today.

Apr. 30:

(Presentations 3) continued for Article Review 3.

The below PowerPoint presentations (Presentation 3) are based upon Article Review 3 that you
selected to review and had approved. (Note: 7 assigned students are to present.)

1. PowerPoint presentations.
• Attach your PowerPoint file into Blackboard.

ASSIGNMENT: (Comments04/30_ Present3): Due to Blackboard by midnight.


2. Write your impression of each Student’s Presentations into the word document
(Presentation Comments) and attach the file into the assignment in Blackboard. What
information was especially interesting or valuable to you? (Note: You may take notes in
word, during the presentation.)
3. In addition to the above comments on content, make an effort to identify the aspects of a
presentation that made it effective. That is, don’t criticize anyone’s presentation. In this
way, the class can come to appreciate what makes for a good presentation. You may
make positive comments on each presentation.
4. All students are to make comments, including those who presented today.

May 2:

(Presentations 3) continued for Article Review 3.

The below PowerPoint presentations (Presentation 3) are based upon Article Review 3 that you
selected to review and had approved. (Note: 3 assigned students are to present.)

1. PowerPoint presentations.
• Attach your PowerPoint file into Blackboard.

ASSIGNMENT: (Comments05/02_ Present3): Due to Blackboard by midnight.


2. Write your impression of each Student’s Presentations into the word document
(Presentation Comments) and attach the file into the assignment in Blackboard. What
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information was especially interesting or valuable to you? (Note: You may take notes in
word, during the presentation.)
3. In addition to the above comments on content, make an effort to identify the aspects of a
presentation that made it effective. That is, don’t criticize anyone’s presentation. In this
way, the class can come to appreciate what makes for a good presentation. You may
make positive comments on each presentation.
4. All students are to make comments, including those who presented today.

May 7:

1. Quiz 3. This quiz comes directly from the questions on IT-3.


b. You may use the article from the inter-teaching session to answer the quiz
questions.
**********This completes three cycles of work in this course***********

ASSIGNMENT: (Group Work 1):


1. It is important that you come to class prepared for this group work #1. Read the article
before class. That will help your discussion.
2. In class 2-person group discussion and analysis of a journal article: Jackson, L.A., von
Eye, A., Witt, E.A., Zhao, Y., & Fitzgerald, H.E. (2011) A longitudinal study of the
effects of Internet use and videogame playing on academic performance and the roles of
gender, race and income in these relationships. Computers in Human Behavior, 27, 228–
239. The article is available on the Bb site. You will need a hard copy for best team work.

(Note: Detailed instructions for completing this (Group Work 1) assignment will be
handed out in class.)
3. Assignment due to Blackboard by midnight.

May 9:

2. ASSIGNMENT: (Group Work 2):


3. It is important that you come to class prepared for this group work #2. Read the article
before class. That will help your discussion.
4. In class 2-person group discussion and analysis of a journal article: Djamasbi, S., Siegel,
M., & Tullis, T. (2010). Generation Y, web design, and eye tracking. International
Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 68, 307-323. The article is available on the Bb site.
You will need a hard copy for best team work.

(Note: Detailed instructions for completing this (Group Work 2) assignment will be
handed out in class.)
5. Assignment due to Blackboard by midnight.

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May 14:

ASSIGNMENT: (Group Work 3):


1. It is important that you come to class prepared for this group work #3. Read the
article before class. That will help your discussion.
2. In class 2-person group discussion and analysis of a journal article: Seckler, M., Tuch,
A.N., Opwis, K., Bargas-Avila, J.A. (2012). User-friendly locations of error messages
in web forms: Put them on the right side of the erroneous input field. Interacting with
Computers, 24, 107-118. The article is available on the Bb site. You will need a hard
copy for best team work.
(Note: Detailed instructions for completing this (Group Work 3) assignment will be
handed out in class.)
3. Assignment due to Blackboard by midnight.

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Grading Policy:
Grading – out of 1000 possible points:

Average Grade
≥ 90% - 100% A
≥ 80% - ≤ 89% B
≥ 70% - ≤ 79% C
≥ 60% - ≤ 69% D
≥ 50% - ≤ 59% F

Throughout the course, a numerical score will be associated with each deliverable and
class participation assignment. Numerical scores may change for similar deliverables, and it
is the responsibility of students to monitor the gradebook throughout the semester to
determine those scores.

Final letter grades will generally be determined by conventional percentages: 90 - 100 = A,


80 - 89 = B, etc. The gradebook will show ongoing percentages as the course
progresses, and students should monitor the gradebook frequently. Grades will be
based upon the content of the Percent of Total column. Students must report an error
or omission in the grade book within one week of the due date for an assignment.

There is an exception to this policy regarding final letter grades. All students must submit all
journal article reviews required in a given section of this course to receive a grade of A, no
matter the percentage. The letter grade may be reduced if all reviews have not been
submitted.

If you are scheduled to give a presentation on a certain date and you are absent on
that date you will automatically receive a zero for that assignment. The only
exception is you must notify me in advance and have a valid reason (sick, death in
the family). You do a dis-service to other students in the class if you are not present.
It’s dis-respectful when you are scheduled to do something, and you don’t show up
(unless you have a valid excuse).

For the Article Reviews (1, 2 & 3): your score will be reduced if your journal article does not
involve research!

Attaching numbers to a written document is an art, not a science. The numerical grades are
based upon the instructor's collective experience. Because of the number of deliverables in
this course, it is not difficult to move beyond a few low grades. However, all students should
aim to do their best work on all assignments.

Consistent with IS policy, extra credit work will not be available, and routine incompletes are
not awarded.

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The instructor reserves the right to request documentation in case a class is missed
because of illness. It is understood by taking this course that work will be completed on
time. In general, late work is not accepted unless the instructor has been notified and
agrees to accept late work. Late work may have points reduced.

The reason for any missed class or assignment must be reported to the instructor in
a timely fashion, and it is understood that routine makeup work is not available.

This course requires discipline in managing your schedule. It is your responsibility to


monitor the Assignments Log and to meet the posted deadlines. To receive credit for
in-class work, students must arrive on time. Otherwise, credit may be denied. Students who
are often late arriving to class, late with assignments, or absent from class may have a letter
grade reduced at the discretion of the instructor. Plan your schedules to arrive on time,
taking into consideration traffic and parking difficulties at UMBC.

Feel free to contact the instructor about any question that you may have. The instructor is
dedicated to your success in this course, but you must accept your responsibility in making
that happen.

Your participation in this course indicates your acceptance of these policies and
guidelines. READ THIS AGAIN!

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