Middletown, Pennsylvania

School of Information Sciences and Technology
IST 421 Advanced Enterprise Integration: Technologies and Applications
Fall 2004

Instructor: Jane S. Kochanov
e-Mail: Office: Olmsted E-365
Office Phone: 948-6342 Classroom: Olmsted E-334
Office Hours: Mon. 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Tues. 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Thurs. 2:00 - 4:30 p.m. and by Appointment
Class Time: Thurs. 6:15 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Required Text:

B2B Application Integration, by David S. Linthicum, Addison-Wesley, 2001

Software Used In Class:

Sun Java and Eclipse IDE for Java (installed in student labs). Students may download this open source IDE at Sun Java is available at
Microsoft Visio (installed in student labs)

Course Description

IST 421 expands the knowledge gained in IST 420 on the theories and skills required for planning, developing, implementing, and managing the integration of information systems. IST 421 is required of all Information Sciences and Technology (IST) undergraduates who have chosen the Information Technology: Integration and Application option in their Baccalaureate degree. The course will cover the following topics:

A major component of the course will be a team-based project, which analyzes and proposes an integration solution for an enterprise. This course will incorporate collaborative and active learning experiences wherever appropriate. Emphasis will be placed on developing and practicing writing and speaking skills through application of the concepts, theories and technologies that define the course. There will be hands-on experience with XML and core middleware technology such as CORBA.

Course Prerequisite: IST 420.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of the course, the student will have:

Course Requirements:

  1. Active participation in class is expected. This means contributing to class discussions, bringing in relevant materials from outside sources, and being a responsible member of your group.
  2. A hard copy is required for all written assignments. Assignments should be computer-printed, double-spaced, on 8.5" x 11" paper. The pages should have 1" margins. Your name, course number, date, and e-mail address should be on the first page of every assignment. Do not use report covers or folders.
  3. Your work should be properly referenced and adhere to standards of both academic integrity and proper form. Please use the APA style This style may also be found in a professional journal.
  4. For any teamwork, there will be peer evaluations. If a team if having difficulty functioning, I will intervene. Failure of the team may result in deduction of points on an assignment. In extreme cases, team members may be fired. If you are having problems, do not wait until the end of the semester to talk to me. I expect you will treat each other with respect during class and team meetings.
  5. All work must be completed and turned in at the start of class on the assigned date. Assignments turned in late will receive a deduction in points.

Grading Policy

Evaluation of knowledge and understanding of materials will be by examination, hands-on exercises, project, and class participation.
Midterm Exam 25.0%
Final Exam 25.0%
Semester Project 20.0%
Case 15.0%
Labs and Exercises 10.0%
Class Participation 5.0%

Grade Categories:

Attendance Policy

I do not normally take attendance past the first three weeks of class. However, the nature of this course requires your presence in class. Students who miss classes should expect an impact on their grades.

If a student misses class, it is the student's responsibility to find out what work was missed, make up work, and be responsible for any course announcements.

Academic Integrity Policy

Academic integrity is the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception and is an education objective of this institution. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to: cheating, plagiarizing, fabricating of information or citation, facilitating acts of dishonest by others, having unauthorized possession of examinations, submitting work of another person or work from another class without informing the instructor, or tampering with the academic work of other students. See Penn State's Academic Integrity Policy at Engaging in any of these activities will result in a final grade of "F" for the assignment or exam, the course and possibly dismissal from the Program.

Examination Policy

No makeup exams will be given without prior, legitimate excuse and accompanied by documentary evidence.

Disability Access Statement

It is Penn State's policy not to discriminate against qualified students with documented disabilities in its educational programs. If you have a disability-related need for modifications in this course, contact the Disability Service Coordinator in the Student Assistance Center (W-117) at 948-6025.

Classroom Etiquette

Please be considerate of your classmates during our class. Cell phones and pagers should not be used during class. It might be tempting to use your computer to finish an assignment, surf the net, check e-mail, or even play a game. This is not appropriate behavior during class.