IS 451 Introduction to Network Information Systems

Hands-on introduction to technology systems for use in information environments. The course steps students through choosing, installing, and managing computer hardware and operating systems, as well as networking hardware and software. The course also explores alternatives for administering IT and how to assess emerging technologies and their applicability to library settings. While students are expected to have basic computer competencies per the School of Information Sciences admissions requirements, the goal of the course is to provide practical detailed knowledge of the technology for all levels of competency. The primary objective is to provide a conceptual understanding of the topics of the day through concrete hands-on examples of implementation. By learning the underlying concepts, students will be better prepared to help design networked systems that not only work well today, but also develop systems that can be easily adapted for the needs and technologies of tomorrow.

Learning objectives

  • Develop a clear hands-on working understanding of the physical and software layers of computers and networks.
  • Evolve a more holistic and nuanced understanding of the sociotechnical artifacts use as a daily part of our professional lives.
  • Develop a critical approach to sociotechnical artifacts.
  • Advance community agency in appropriating technology to achieve our individual and community development goals through a reconsidered digital literacy learning and practice.

Recent syllabus

Scheduled Offerings

  • Fall 2018

    • IS451A
      Tue/Thu, 11:00 am - 12:20 pm
      Armory 182
      On-Campus
      There is a $125 class materials fee for the Raspberry pi starter kit that will be assessed to the student's tuition & fees bill.
      Instructor
      Martin Wolske
      CRN
      68267
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      4

Textbooks and Course Materials

Available from the Illinois Union Bookstore (IUB).