ITS832 – Information Technology in a Global Economy
ITS832 – Information Technology in a Global Economy

Course Summary

Course Number and Name

ITS 832 – Information Technology in a Global Economy

Course Term and Delivery

2019 Summer – Main

Hybrid Course

Residency weekend: June 28-30, Alexandria, VA

Course Instructor

Dr Jess Schwartz, Professor


Course Description

This course covers theory, development and impacts of national and international policy on IT. It explores how frequent shifts in public policy require IT businesses to adjust rapidly to adhere to regulations. Students will develop sophisticated strategies to be able to adapt to the changing environment including new technologies, global transfer and analysis.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

· Develop an understanding of public policy and how it impacts IT from a business and development standpoint.

· Demonstrate the ability to perform analyses related to trade policy, standards, domestic and international regulatory policy, and the impacts of changes in policy on the IT structure of a business.

· Describe an example of: (1) a public policy that had a positive impact on IT, and (2) a public policy that had a negative impact on IT.

· Discuss the current trends in the global IT arena ranging from technology, hardware, policy, software, and available services including out-sourcing.

· Define the activities and tools required to develop a sophisticated national and international strategy for IT.

· List and describe available tools to assist business organizations in the development of a competitive strategy.

· Understand how international and developing markets play an ever-changing role in IT; and integrate that understanding into an existing strategy to develop reasonable estimates of the effect of new products, services and vendors.

· Describe an example of the effect of an emerging market on global IT competition.

Course Structure

· Watch weekly lecture

· Participate in class discussion via iLearn forums

· Reading assigned texts

· Complete quizzes based on assigned reading and lecture

· Complete cases based upon a given scenario

· Complete homework assignments from the text and other sources

Learning Materials and References

Required Resources

· Janssen, M., Wimmer, M. A., & Deljoo, A. (Eds.). (2015). Policy practice and digital science: Integrating complex systems, social simulation and public administration in policy research (Vol. 10). Springer.

Course Outline*

Note: Assignments in the following table are listed as when they are due.
Grading Category Activity Title Grade Allocation

(% of all graded work)

Lesson 1: Introduction

Required Readings · Chapter 1, “Introduction to Policy-Making in the Digital Age”
Assignment Discussion 1
Lesson 2: Educating Public Managers and Policy Analysts
Required Readings · Chapter 2, “Educating Public Managers and Policy Analysts in an Era of Informatics”
Assignment Written Activity 3
Lesson 3: The Quality of Social Simulation
Required Readings Separate article: Computational Modelling of Public Policy:

Reflections on Practice

Assignment Discussion 1
Lesson 4: Policy Making and Modelling in a Complex World
Required Readings · Chapter 4, “Policy Making and Modelling in a Complex World”

· Sense4US Policy Modelling and Simulation Tool Article


Assignment Written Activity 3
Lesson 5: Decision Making Using Systems Modeling
Required Readings · Chapter 5, “From Building a Model to Adaptive Robust Decision Making Using Systems Modeling”
Assignment Discussion 1
Lesson 6: Added Value of Simulation Models
Required Readings · Chapter 6, “Features and Added Value of Simulation Models Using Different Modelling Approaches Supporting Policy-Making: A Comparative Analysis”
Assignment Written Activity 3
Lesson 7: Tools and Technologies for Policy Making
Required Readings · Chapter 7, “A Comparative Analysis of Tools and Technologies for Policy Making”
Assignment Discussion 1
Lesson 8: Value Sensitive Design of Complex Product Systems
Required Readings Module Reader

M 4301-410

Knowledge and Innovation Management KIM-03 Knowledge Management

KIM-04 Models of Knowledge Transfer

Research paper/presentation Residency week research paper/presentation including Practical Connection Activity and other short quizzes 52
Lesson 9: Stakeholder Engagement in Policy Development
Required Readings KIM-05 Diffusion of Innovations

KIM-06 Diffusion of Hybrid Corn in Iowa

Research Paper Mid-term research paper 8
Lesson 10: Values in Computational Models Revalued
Required Readings · Chapters 8 & 10

· Chapter 8, “Value Sensitive Design of Complex Product Systems”

· Chapter 10, “Values in Computational Models Revalued”

Assignment Discussion 1
Lesson 11: Complex Systems and Microsimulation
Required Readings · KIM-10 Basic concepts for understanding adoption and diffusion

· Chapter 13, “Management of Complex Systems: Toward Agent-Based Gaming for Policy”

· Chapter 15, “Visual Decision Support for Policy Making: Advancing Policy Analysis with Visualization”

Assignment Written Activity 3
Lesson 12: Energy Policy & ECO Farming
Required Readings · Chapter 16, “Analysis of Five Policy Cases in the Field of Energy Policy”

· KIM-15 The diffusion of eco-farming in Germany

Assignment Written Activity 3
Lesson 13: Policy-Making in Developing Countries
Required Readings · Chapter 17, “Challenges to Policy-Making in Developing Countries and the Roles of Emerging Tools, Methods and Instruments: Experiences from Saint Petersburg”

Assignment Modeling Discussion 1
Assignment Modeling Written Activity 3
Lesson 14: Sustainable Urban Development

Required Readings · Chapter 18, “Sustainable Urban Development, Governance and Policy: A Comparative Overview of EU Policies and Projects”


Assignment Written Activity 3
Lesson 15: eParticipation & Lesson 16: Course Wrap Up
Required Readings · Chapter 19, “eParticipation, Simulation Exercise and Leadership Training in Nigeria: Bridging the Digital Divide”
Assignment Discussion 1
Research Paper Final Paper – Course Reflection 12

Evaluation and Grading

Course Assignments and Evaluation Criteria

Grading will be based on accumulated points of each graded requirement in the course distributed as described in the table below:

Required Assignments*
Assignment Description Weight
Discussions (7) Students will be required to create 1 new thread, and provide substantive comments on at least 3 threads created by other students. 7%
Written Activities/Project (8) Each student will create a new written activity for a peer-reviewed research paper that pertains to the week’s assigned reading, and work on a final course reflection activity 33%
Research Project/Midterm paper/Practical Connection Activity During the Residency weekend you will be required to complete a research project and make an oral presentation.

Included in Residency is Practical Connection activity, short quizzes (2), and mid-term research paper

TOTAL 100%

* Assignments may change at the discretion of the professor and changes in the assignments will be announced in class. Students are responsible for noting and completing any changes in assignments. This syllabus can change at any time without notice. APA formatting will be 20% of the grade for all written activities.

Grade Conversion

The final grades will be calculated from the rounded percentages earned in the course, as follows:

Grade Percentage
A 90–100%
B 80–89%
C 70–79%
F <70%

Course Expectations

Class Participation

Students are expected to:

1. Be fully prepared for each class session by studying the assigned reading material and preparation of the material assigned.

2. Participate in group discussions, assignments, and panel discussions.

3. Complete specific assignments when due and in a professional manner.

4. Take exams when specified on the attached course schedule

Academic Integrity

At a Christian liberal arts University committed to the pursuit of truth and understanding, any act of academic dishonesty is especially distressing and cannot be tolerated. In general, academic dishonesty involves the abuse and misuse of information or people to gain an undeserved academic advantage or evaluation. The common forms of academic dishonesty include:

a. cheating – using deception in the taking of tests or the preparation of written work, using unauthorized materials, copying another person’s work with or without consent, or assisting another in such activities

b. lying—falsifying, fabricating, or forging information in either written, spoken, or video presentations

c. plagiarism—using the published writings, data, interpretations, or ideas of another without proper documentation

Episodes of academic dishonesty are reported to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The potential penalty for academic dishonesty includes a failing grade on a particular assignment, a failing grade for the entire course, or charges against the student with the appropriate disciplinary body.



Since this is an asynchronous online class there will be no mandatory class sessions, but you will be expected to complete weekly assignments. If you do not attempt the weekly coursework before the beginning of the following week, you will be considered absent from course that week. The University’s attendance policy is that on the third absence you will receive a grade of “F” for the course.

Students with Disabilities

University of the Cumberlands accepts students with certified disabilities and provides reasonable accommodations for their certified needs in the online classroom or in other areas. For accommodations to be awarded, a student must submit a completed Accommodations Application form and provide documentation of the disability. Students who may have a disability meriting an academic accommodation should contact the Disability Services Coordinator (Nate Clouse, in Boswell Campus Center) to ensure that their needs are properly evaluated and that documentation is on file. Any accommodations for disabilities must be re-certified each bi-term by the Disability Services Coordinator before course adjustments are made by individual instructors.

Student Responsibilities

1. Students are expected to login several times per week to participate in class discussions.

2. Students are expected to find out if any changes have been made in the class or assignment schedule.

3. Students are expected to be self-motivating in an online, asynchronous course.


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