Texas A&M University-Texarkana IS 395E
Living in the 21st Century


Fall 2011 - final syllabus

ANNOUNCEMENTS: project assignment

  1. FACULTY :

    Instructor : Dr. Robert S. Owen
    Office : 215 Academic Building
    Office phone : (903) 223-3010
    Department phone : (903) 223-3020 (Sue Hughes)
    Fax : (903) 223-3121
    Email : robert(dot)owen(at)tamut(dot)edu
    Web site : www.tamut.edu/~bowen/
    Office Hours : TWR 3:00 - 5:00
    check twitter.com/robertowenphd for availability at other times

  2. COURSE :

    1. Meeting Time and Place :
      Monday, 7:00 - 9:45 PM UC217.  This is a web-enhanced course, meaning that you will also need to be active on the course Web CT/Blackboard pages on weeks when we do not meet face to face. (Blackboard/WebCT)

    2. Course Material :
      Textbook : Purchase ONE of the two textbooks that contains topics of interest to you:

      • Harf (2010), Taking Sides (Global Issues), 6th ed., McGraw-Hill, ISBN 9780078139468
      • Easton (2010), Taking Sides (Science,Tech & Society), 9th ed., McGraw-Hill, ISBN 9780077381974

      Materials :
      Access to Blackboard/WebCT and to WWW is required.

    3. Catalog Description :
      "Through reading, lecture, discussing, multimedia presentations, and research the student will explore the major national and international issues that provide the challenges and opportunities for achieving success in a chosen career and in attaining life goals. Although course topics may vary, they include: human diversity and multiculturalism, science, society and technology, economy and environment, human values and professional ethics."

    4. Content Objectives :
      • Reflect upon one’s own values and belief systems and the role these play in shaping one’s own perspective towards global issues.
      • Develop a larger world view which broadens the students’ understanding of local, state, national and international issues.
      • Relate one’s personal viewpoint about current world issues to individual career and life goals.
      • Strengthen skills in critical thinking, writing, public presentation and group interaction.

    5. Major Topics :

      Week 1
      29 AUG
      • Introduction to course
      • Introduction to case/situation analysis


      5 SEP
      • Labor Day - no class


      Week 2
      12 SEP
      • Distribution of final syllabus; determine schedule of web-enhanced in-class meeting dates
      • Assignment of groups
      • Discussion of case/situation analysis


      Weeks 3-14
      Teams and presentation chedule to be determined in second class period.  This is a web-enhanced course that will not meet face-to-face each week.  You are expected to participate online at the course Web CT/Blackboard page.

      You will be expected to participate in four in-class presentations that are a team effort, to be in all class sessions to do an evaluation of others' class presentations and to participate in class discussions, and to perform an individual in-class written case exercise at the end of the semester.


      Week 2
      12 DEC
      • Individual in-class written case exercise


    6. Evaluation Methods :
      Students will be evaluated on

      200 pts. = four team case presentations (4 x 50)
        75 pts. = individual written case exercise
        25 pts. = class participation, effort, etc.
      300 pts. = TOTAL

      where class participation is assigned by the professor on the basis of class and online participation in discussions, quality of participation in evaluation of other teams, attitude, perceived effort, evaluation by team peers, etc.

    7. Grading System :
      Final grades will be based on the following totals in points:

       A=270-300 points

    8. University Academic Honesty Statement:
      "Academic honesty is expected of students enrolled in this course.  Cheating on examinations, unauthorized collaboration, falsification of research data, plagiarism, and copying or undocumented use of materials from any source constitute academic dishonesty and may be grounds for a grade of 'F' in the course and/or disciplinary action.  For additional information see the university catalog."

    9. University Accommodations Statement:
      "Students with disabilities may request reasonable accommodations through the A&M-Texarkana Disability Services Office by calling 903-223-3062."

    10. A&M-Texarkana Email Address:
      "Upon application to Texas A&M University-Texarkana an individual will be assigned an A&M-Texarkana email account.  This email account will be used to deliver official university correspondence.  Each individual is responsible for information sent and received via the university email account and is expected to check the official A&M-Texarkana email account on a frequent and consistent basis.  Faculty and students are required to utilize the university email account when communicating about coursework."

    11. Drop Policy:
      "To drop this course after the 12th class day, a student must complete the Drop/Withdrawal Request Form, located on the University website http://tamut.edu/Registrar/droppingwithdrawing-from-classes.html or obtained in the Registrar's Office.  The student must submit the signed and completed form to the instructor of each course indicated on the form to be dropped for his/her signature.  The signature is not an "approval" to drop, but rather confirmation that the student has discussed the drop/withdrawal with the faculty member.  The form must be submitted to the Registrar's office for processing in person, email Registrar@tamut.edu, mail (P. O. Box 5518, Texarkana, TX 75505) or fax (903-223-3140).  Drop/withdraw forms missing any of the required information will not be accepted by the Registrar's Office for processing.  It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the form is completed properly before submission.  If a student stops participating in class (attending and submitting assignments) but does not complete and submit the drop/withdrawal form, a final grade based on work completed as outlined in the syllabus will be assigned."