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IS 315 Computer Systems Analysis and Design I
Bailey, Emerson R.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

IS 315 Computer Systems Analysis and Design I

Semester

S1T 2006 DLB

Faculty

Bailey, Emerson R.

Title

Senior Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

BS, MBA, CCP (PhD equivalent at some institutions)

E-Mail

Emerson.Bailey@Park.Edu

cg451@hotmail.com

Semester Dates

January 9, 2006 through March 5, 2006

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Prerequisites

IS205 (suggested)

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Kendall, 6th edition, Systems Analysis and Design, Pearson/Prentice-Hall

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.

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Course Description:
This course presents various philosophies, terminology, and techniques used in the analysis and implementation of the system development life cycle.  The student will investigate such areas as project proposals, logical systems, flow diagrams, data remodeling, dictionaries, and documentation.  The student will learn how to use a CASE tool.  Pre-requisite: IS205. 3:0:3

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify stakeholders and describe their roles and individual needs in system development.
  2. Explain the Information Systems professional's role and the user's role in system development in order to achieve user acceptance and a solution that fits both the user's needs and satisfies the business objective.
  3. Evaluate strengths/weaknesses and applicable roles of several strategies/methodologies for design of information systems including Model Driven, RAD, Agile, OO development, and Prototyping.
  4. Evaluate problem/opportunity/directive, cause/effect and business requirements for a given problem scenario.
  5. Illustrate and explain project management life cycle, approaches to scheduling, measuring of project progress and relationship to the system development life cycle.
  6. Identify the responsibilities of the Project Manager and discuss why they are important to the success of the project.
  7. Practice systems analysis traditional tasks: Problem analysis, Requirements analysis. Decision analysis
  8. Build process and data models for analysis within the system development life cycle.
  9. Differentiate between logical and physical models.
  10. Communicate both orally and in writing as an individual and as a member of a team.


Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
Final examination, weekly quizzes, weekly assignments (discussion question, homework, and lessons learned), weekly contributions to individual and group projects.

Grading:
General Grading Policy:

Grades will be assigned by accumulation of points during the eight weeks of the course. Each week I score the assignments on a scale of 0 to 100, then I convert that score to the value of the individual assignment.

As an example, if you receive a 93% score for the Week 2 Discussion Question, you will see the number 15.81 posted in the eCollege grade area for that assignment. This number is the 93% multiplied by the value for that specific assignment (in this case, the Week 2 Discussion Question is worth a possible 17 points). I will be glad to clarify this if you need additional detail.

Points are accumulated by completing and submitting assignments as follows:




IS315 - Assignment Point Schedule

Assignment (Each Week)
Due Date
Total Points In Course

Submitting an answer to a discussion question - and providing peer review for a submitted discussion question (other than your own)
By end of the week
(Weeks 1-8) 140
Submitting answers to a homework problem - and providing peer review for a submitted homework problem (other than your own)
By end of the week
(weeks 1-8)
160
Submitting a project assignment and providing peer review for at least one of your colleagues
By end of the week
(Weeks 1-8)
200
Submitting answers to a quiz
By end of the week
(Weeks 1-7)
100
Submitting a lessons learned assignment (no peer review is required for this)
By end of the week
(Weeks 1-8)
100
Submitting a groupwork assignment (to be sent to me from the Group Leader only)
By end of the week
(Weeks 1- 8)
100
Completing a proctored final exam (single final exam--not a weekly assignment. Please see "Exam Prep" for study hints and a description of the exam format). By end of week 8
200
Total                                                                                                                          1000



Students will be able to track their points throughout the course through use of the classroom grade book. Points for discussion, homework, project, quiz, and lessons learned will be shown each week (the groupwork grade will be posted during Week 8 only); and generally they will be available for review on the Wednesday following the Sunday posting deadline.

Submission of Late Work:

Each week's work must be completed by the end of that week (Midnight, Mountain time on Sunday) to receive full credit. Assignments received after this time will receive a 20% reduction in points unless there was an genuine emergency that prevented your timely posting. As noted above, there is a term posting deadline of Wednesday, March 1, 2006 at midnight (Mountain time) for all assignments EXCEPT the final exam.

Proctored Final Examination:

A final proctored examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an approved alternative location.  For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test.  Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website.
Other Information on proctored exams:
It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, no later than the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor.  
Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor.  
A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval.  
Failure to take a final proctored exam will result in an automatic "F" grade for the course.
Course Grading Scale

IS315 - Points To Grade Schedule

Grade
Points
Percent

A
900 points or higher
90 to 100%

B
800 to 899 points
80 to 89 %

C
700 to 799 points
70 to 79 %

D
600 to 699 points
60 to 69 %

F
599 or fewer points
59 or less %




Late Submission of Course Materials:
Unless an actual emergency prevented timely posting, a 20% penalty will be assessed for work submitted after each weekly deadline. There is also a term posting deadline of Wednesday, March 1, 2006 at midnight (Mountain time) for ALL assignments (except the final examination).

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
General E-mail: When sending e-mail other than assignments, you must identify yourself fully by name and class in the subject line of all e-mail sent to me and/or other members of our class.  

For example, your subject line would read as follows (without the quotes): "IS315: Albert Johnson, Week 1 project draft"

Response Policy: I will check my e-mail frequently and respond to course-related questions within 24-48 hours (unless I notify you previously that I will be unavailable).

File Attachments: When files are sent attached to an email, the files should be in Microsoft Office-compatible formats (Word .DOC, Excel .XLS, PowerPoint .PPT) or .RTF (Rich Text Format) file formats. You may also send attachments in Adobe .PDF (Portable Document File) format.

Weekly Submitted Material: Each week's work must be completed and submitted to the online classroom by the end of that week (Midnight, Mountain time on Sunday). Assignments received after this time will receive a 20% reduction in your score unless a genuine emergency prevented you from posting in a timely fashion. You must contact me individually before any waiver of lateness penalties will be considered.

Term Posting Deadline: All assignments (except the final examination) must be completed and posted to the eCollege conference threads NO LATER THAN Wednesday, March 1, 2006 at midnight (Mountain time) to be included in the gradebook. Any assignments posted after that deadline will NOT be added to the grade calculation. Please refer to your copy of the "Checklist" (in the Course Home section) for additional detail.


Online Communication: All your Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact. Spelling and grammar are very important in an Online course. What you put into an Online course reflects on your level of professionalism. Use of American Standard English with correct grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and spelling is expected for all material submitted to the online class classroom. Here are a couple of references that discuss writing online: http://goto.intwg.com/ and netiquette , http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html.





Other Course Policies: Students are responsible for clicking on the link below and thoroughly reading each Online course policy.  If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification.

Online Course Policies

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1: Systems Analysis Fundamentals

Overview & Introductions: Review the syllabus, course policies, and assignment schedule. Write a paragraph about yourself and submit it to the classroom in the "Introductions" thread.

Lecture: Read the lecture on "Using a CASE Tool".

Reading Assignment: Systems Analysis & Design Chapters 1, 2. Also strongly recommended are the PowerPoint slides for these chapters. They are located in each Week's section in the "PPT Slides" thread, and you can either view them online or save them for later viewing offline.

Special Note on "ff" designation: When you see a page reference followed by "ff" (for example, in the Discussion Question below, you will find "...page 23ff or 44ff...") the "ff" abbreviation means "and following" and thus designates the first of a possible series of pages. In this example you will find available questions to answer on page 23 only--since there are no more questions for this chapter. However, starting on page 44 you will also find questions on page 45. Thus the "ff" does not always mean that there are more pages but that there might be additional pages.

Discussion Question: Choose one question from Systems Analysis & Design Review Questions on page 23ff or 44ff , and develop a complete answer to the question--then submit it to the classroom. Provide peer review for at least one weekly discussion question answer (other than your own) in the classroom.

Homework Problem: Choose one problem from Systems Analysis & Design on page 25ff or 45ff, and develop a complete solution for the problem including examples--then submit it to the classroom. Provide peer review for at least one weekly problem solution (other than your own) in the classroom.

Groupwork: Join a group and introduce yourself in the group study area. With your group, review possibilities for a groupwork project. During the course the group will be developing a groupwork Project Document for a system development activity with which you are familiar. You should choose a simple activity from your personal life or one at work. The activity should have a definite beginning, a definite completion point, milestones to be achieved, and resources to be applied. The activity must involve more than one person. Among the group members select a Group Leader to be the contact person, and have the Group Leader send your groupwork project description to me by e-mail for approval.

Individual Project: Choose an information system for an individual project. During the course your project will be developing an Information Systems Plan for an existing or hypothetical system. Each week you will develop parts of that plan. Weekly assignments include a system description, needs analysis, feasibility analysis, data analysis, process analysis, and financial analysis. The final assignment will be to consolidate all previous assignments into one document. Once you have chosen a system, submit your choice to me by e-mail for approval, and then post it to the virtual classroom AFTER any recommended changes have been incorporated.

Quiz: Submit a weekly quiz on learning objectives to me for grading and feedback.

Lessons Learned: (Special Note: This assignment will be used by you as your personal final exam review document, so I strongly recommend that you be complete and format your Lessons Learned in a way that will make it as easy as possible to prepare for the comprehensive, closed-book and closed-notes final exam). After completing all the assignments, then develop a summary comment on individual course activities during the week. The summary may include topics that are key points, particularly useful items, or any other information that will be beneficial to the class. Incorporate at least one key term from Systems Analysis & Design on page 22ff or 44ff and include related examples from your personal observation or your work. Submit the lessons learned summary to the classroom.

Week 2: Managing Systems Analysis & Design Activities

Lecture: Read the lecture on "The System Development Life Cycle As A Project".

Reading Assignment: Systems Analysis & Design Chapter 3. Search the Internet for project management information. Include the following websites in the reading:

-  Project Management Resources & Exploration: http://web.mit.edu/ist/about/resources/projectmgmt/index.html

-  ACM Portal: http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=332051.332066

Discussion Question: Choose one question from Systems Analysis & Design Review Questions on page 81ff, and develop a complete answer to the question--then submit it to the classroom. Provide peer review for at least one weekly discussion question answer (other than your own) in the classroom.

Homework Problem: Choose one problem from Systems Analysis & Design on page 82ff, and develop a complete solution for the problem including examples--then submit it to the classroom. Provide peer review for at least one weekly problem solution (other than your own) in the classroom.

Groupwork: Write a statement of work for your groupwork Project Document. The statement of work should be in general terms and include a written narrative giving the activity a name, objectives to be achieved by the activity, when the activity begins and ends, major milestones during the activity with associated results or deliverables, how each deliverable will be measured to determine success or failure of the associated milestone, and written reports that will be generated during the activity. Save the statement of work for consolidation in the final document to be submitted during Week 8. Have the Group Leader submit a draft to me for possible suggestions.

Individual Project: Write and submit a detailed description of the information system chosen for the Information Systems Plan. Include the system name, type of system, key system benefits, along with interrelations and interdependencies with other systems. If there is an existing system to be replaced or upgraded, provide a description of the replacement or upgrade and the associated supporting technology. Submit the information system description along with a document outline for the Information Systems Plan to me for possible suggestions, then (once those suggestions are incorporated) post to the virtual classroom for grading and peer review.

Quiz: Submit a weekly quiz on learning objectives to me for grading and feedback.

Lessons Learned: After completing all the assignments, then develop a summary comment on individual course activities during the week. The summary may include topics that are key points, particularly useful items, or any other information that will be beneficial to the class. Incorporate at least one key term from Systems Analysis & Design on page 81ff and include related examples from your personal observation or your work. Submit the lessons learned summary to the classroom.

Week 3: Requirements Analysis

Lecture: Read the lecture on "Technology Connectors".

Reading Assignment: Systems Analysis & Design Chapters 4, 5

Discussion Question: Choose one question from Systems Analysis & Design Review Questions on page 113ff or 144ff, and develop a complete answer to the question--then submit it to the classroom. Provide peer review for at least one weekly discussion question answer (other than your own) in the classroom.

Homework Problem: Choose one problem from Systems Analysis & Design on page 114ff or 145ff, and develop a complete solution for the problem including examples--then submit it to the classroom. Provide peer review for at least one weekly problem solution (other than your own) in the classroom.

Groupwork: Write a work breakdown structure statement for your groupwork Project Document. The work breakdown structure should define the hierarchy of activity tasks and associated work packages and include a structure showing tasks with associated subtasks. Save the work breakdown structure statement for consolidation in the final document to be submitted during Week 8. Have the Group Leader submit a draft to me for possible suggestions.

Individual Project: Conduct and document a 'needs analysis' for the Information Systems Plan. Include a description of the system organizational environment, stakeholders, users, levels of management served, and the organizational culture for the system. Also include how the analyst will interface with the organization and the role of the analyst in system development. Provide details on activities, methodologies, and techniques to be used in the analysis and design of the system along with planned use of CASE tools. Include the justification for CASE tool use. Send me a draft for possible suggestions, then (after the suggestions are incorporated) post the project material to the virtual classroom for grading and peer review.

Quiz: Submit a weekly quiz on learning objectives to me for grading and feedback.

Lessons Learned: After completing all the assignments, then develop a summary comment on individual course activities during the week. The paragraph may include topics that are key points, particularly useful items, or any other information that will be beneficial to the class. Incorporate at least one key term from Systems Analysis & Design on page 113ff or 144 and include related examples from your personal observation or your work. Submit the lessons learned summary to the classroom.

Week 4: Systems Analysis Methods

Lecture: Read the lecture on "System Requirement Viewpoints"

Reading Assignment: Systems Analysis & Design Chapters 6 and 7

Discussion Question: Choose one question from Systems Analysis & Design Review Questions on page 180ff or 226ff, and develop a complete answer to the question--then submit it to the classroom. Provide peer review for at least one weekly discussion question answer (other than your own) in the classroom.

Homework Problem: Choose one problem from Systems Analysis & Design on page 181ff or 226ff, and develop a complete solution for the problem including examples--then submit it to the classroom. Provide peer review for at least one weekly problem solution (other than your own) in the classroom.

Groupwork: Write an organizational structure for your groupwork Project Document. Present the structure for the activity. Show the functional responsibilities of individuals conducting the activity and reporting relationships between individuals. Have the Group Leader submit the organizational structure for possible suggestions, then consolidate everything in the final document to be submitted during Week 8.

Individual Project: Conduct and document a “feasibility analysis” for the Information Systems Plan. Include operational, technical, and economic feasibility. Provide system objectives, organizational objectives, and how system and organizational objectives are aligned. Also include necessary technology resources to support the system with associated approaches and feasibility of procuring these resources. Provide an overview of the costs for the resources and activities and the associated economic feasibility of these. Make recommendations on the feasibility of the project. Send me a draft for possible recommendations, then (after the recommendations have been incorporated) post the project material to the virtual classroom for peer review and grading.

Quiz: Submit a weekly quiz on learning objectives to me for grading and feedback.

Lessons Learned: After completing all the assignments, then develop a summary comment on individual course activities during the week. The summary may include topics that are key points, particularly useful items, or any other information that will be beneficial to the class. Incorporate at least one key term from Systems Analysis & Design on page 180ff or 225ff and include related examples from your personal observation or your work. Submit the lessons learned summary to the classroom.

Week 5: Data Analysis

Lecture: Read the lecture on "Estimating Software Costs".

Reading Assignment: Systems Analysis & Design Chapter 8. Search the internet for websites on data analysis.

Discussion Question: Choose one question from Systems Analysis & Design Review Questions on page 268ff, and develop a complete answer to the question--then submit it to the classroom. Provide peer review for at least one weekly discussion question answer (other than your own) in the classroom.

Homework Problem: Choose one problem from Systems Analysis & Design on page 268ff, and develop a complete solution for the problem including examples--then submit it to the classroom. Provide peer review for at least one weekly problem solution (other than your own) in the classroom.

Groupwork: Develop a schedule for your groupwork Project Document. Include the tasks, subtasks, and activities shown on the work breakdown structure as they relate to milestones shown in the statement of work. Identify the time required to complete the tasks, subtasks, and activities. Show the sequence of tasks, subtasks, and activities and how they relate to each other including dependencies and precedence relationships. Identify the critical path for the schedule. Have the Group Leader send me a draft for possible suggestions, then save the schedule for consolidation in the final document to be submitted during Week 8.

Individual Project: Document and submit a ‘data analysis' giving an overview of the system data. Show how various data relates to the system organizational environment, users, levels of management served, and the organizational culture for the system. Provide a narrative for overall data flow, elements, structure, and data stores. Illustrate the narrative with a level-0 data flow diagram of the system showing entity relationships. Send me a draft for possible recommendations, then (after the recommendations are incorporated) post the project material to the virtual classroom for peer review and grading.

Quiz: Submit a weekly quiz on learning objectives to me for grading and feedback.

Lessons Learned: After completing all the assignments, then develop a summary comment on individual course activities during the week. The summary may include topics that are key points, particularly useful items, or any other information that will be beneficial to the class. Incorporate at least one key term from Systems Analysis & Design on page 268ff, and include related examples from your personal observation or your work. Submit the lessons learned summary to the classroom.

Week 6: Process Analysis

Lecture: Read the lecture on "System Analysis Flow Diagram Methods"

Reading Assignment: Systems Analysis & Design Chapter 9. Search the Internet for websites on process analysis.

Discussion Question: Choose one question from Systems Analysis & Design Review Questions on page 309ff, and develop a complete answer to the question--then submit it to the classroom. Provide peer review for at least one weekly discussion question answer (other than your own) in the classroom.

Homework Problem: Choose one problem from Systems Analysis & Design on page 310ff, and develop a complete solution for the problem including examples--then submit it to the classroom. Provide peer review for at least one weekly problem solution (other than your own) in the classroom.

Groupwork: Define resources and resource loading for your groupwork Project Document. Show resources required by each task, subtask, or activity and how resources will be allocated. Provide a time-cost model for expenditure of funds. Have your Group Leader submit a draft to me for possible recommendations, and then save the resource statement for consolidation in the final document to be submitted during Week 8.

Individual Project: Conduct and develop a ‘process analysis' for the Information Systems Plan. Provide a narrative of system processes with associated data and data flow. Utilize the structured English, decision table, and decision tree logical analysis tools to perform the analysis. Send me a draft for possible recommendations, and (after incorporating the recommended changes) post the project material to the virtual classroom for peer review and grading.

Quiz: Submit a weekly quiz on learning objectives to me for grading and feedback.

Lessons Learned: After completing all the assignments, then develop a summary comment on individual course activities during the week. The summary may include topics that are key points, particularly useful items, or any other information that will be beneficial to the class. Incorporate at least one key term from Systems Analysis & Design on page 309ff, and include related examples from your personal observation or your work. Submit the lessons learned summary to the classroom.

Week 7: Financial Analysis

Lecture: Read the lecture on Structured Analysis Concepts

Reading Assignment: Systems Analysis & Design Chapter 10. Search the Internet for websites on financial analysis.

Discussion Question: Choose one question from Systems Analysis & Design Review Questions on page 350ff, and develop a complete answer to the question--then submit it to the classroom. Provide peer review for at least one weekly discussion question answer (other than your own) in the classroom.

Homework Problem: Choose one problem from Systems Analysis & Design on page 351ff, and develop a complete solution for the problem including examples--then submit it to the classroom. Provide peer review for at least one weekly problem solution (other than your own) in the classroom.

Groupwork: Write a control statement for your groupwork Project Document. Indicate how and when the activity results (deliverables) will be measured, timing and content of graphic and written reports, and action to be taken for deviations in the planned schedule and resource loading. Have your Group Leader send me a draft for possible recommendations, then save the control statement for consolidation in the final document to be submitted during Week 8.

Individual Project: Provide a financial analysis for the Information System Plan. Include an estimate of time and resources (e.g. facilities, technology, vendor and employee expenses, etc.) with associated cost. Also, include a break-even analysis, cash flow analysis, and present value analysis. Provide a narrative on methods to be used for control of project activities and costs. Illustrate the material with charts and graphs. Send me a draft for possible recommendations, and (after the recommendations are incorporated) post the project material to the virtual classroom for peer for peer review and grading.

Quiz: Submit a weekly quiz on learning objectives to me for grading and feedback.

Lessons Learned: After completing all the assignments, then develop a summary comment on individual course activities during the week. The summary may include topics that are key points, particularly useful items, or any other information that will be beneficial to the class. Incorporate at least one key term from Systems Analysis & Design on page 350ff, and include related examples from your personal observation or your work. Submit the lessons learned summary to the classroom.

Week 8: Object Oriented Analysis

Special Reminder: Week 8 is a "short" week since all assignments for the entire term must be posted to our eCollege site no later than our term posting deadline (which is listed elsewhere in this syllabus AND in the "Checklist")

Lecture: Read the lecture on Object Oriented and Structured Analysis Comparison

Reading Assignment: Systems Analysis & Design Chapter 18. Search the Internet for websites on object oriented analysis.

Discussion Question: Choose one question from Systems Analysis & Design Review Questions on page 700ff, and develop a complete answer to the question--then submit it to the classroom. Provide peer review for at least one weekly discussion question answer (other than your own) in the classroom.

Homework Problem: Choose one problem from Systems Analysis & Design on page 701ff,and develop a complete solution for the problem including examples and submit it to the classroom. Provide peer review for at least one weekly problem solution (other than your own) in the classroom.

Groupwork: Consolidate material from previous assignments into one groupwork Project Document. Include the names of participants, course, date, document title, statement of work, work breakdown structure, schedule, organizational structure, resource allocation, and control information. Include a table of contents that indicates the location of the previous assignments in the document. Have the Group Leader submit the completed groupwork Project Document to the classroom for peer review and grading.

Individual Project: Consolidate the previous weekly project assignments into an Information Systems Plan document. Include a title page with student, course and system name. Also include the system description along with needs, feasibility, data, process, and financial analysis material. Provide a table of contents that indicates the location of the previous assignments in the document. Formalize the document and submit it to me for review and recommendations--then (after making all recommended changes) post to the classroom for peer review.

Final Examination: Take the final exam that I have sent to your approved proctor.

Student Opinion Survey: Complete the Student Opinion Survey form at the Park College Distance Education web page.

Lessons Learned: After completing all the assignments, then develop a summary comment on individual course activities during the week. Confirm that the final exam has been taken with a proctor and the Student Opinion Survey form has been completed. The summary may include topics that are key points, particularly useful items, or any other information that will be beneficial to the class. Incorporate at least one key term from Systems Analysis & Design on page 699ff, and include related examples from your personal observation or your work. Submit the lessons learned summary to the classroom.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

Additional Information:

I've been in the computer field actively since 1970, but my first paying job (when I was 8 years old) was building electronic devices for people--mostly from kits but sometimes from schematics and photographs of existing radios, etc. Computers were a natural follow-on to my love for electronics, and I've worked in a number of areas:



  • Programming,
  • Systems analysis and design,
  • Network administration and support,
  • Consulting (for a large accounting firm), and
  • Consulting (for small to medium-sized clients in our own consulting firm)

I've been teaching for Park University since 1994 in a classroom setting, and in 2001 I started teaching online. It has been a fascinating experience, and it's probably the most fun I've had in years! Students are enthusiastic and motivated, and none of us has to drag ourselves to a 3-hour lecture after a 10-hour day of work--we can complete assignments when we are fresh and ready and at any time of the day or night (given that the computer itself is working!). I look forward to working with each of you and answering any questions you might have as we progress this term. Feel free to contact me at Emerson.Bailey@Pirate.Park.Edu


Attachments:
Checklist of Weekly Assignments

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