IST Courses
Art 202 is a studio course introducing the students to 3-D computer modeling and rendering applications on the Macintosh computer using the Alias Maya software.
After completing this course I am able to produce 3-D animations with my own models. This course has taught me how to produce videos utilizing the powerful software used by top animators who have create Toy Story, A Bugs Life, The Incredibles, etc.
This course aims to introduce computer-based problem solving. The problem examples are from the sciences domain. Some of the problems are numerical in nature, while others are concerned with handling data. The programming language C++ will be used to implement the solutions. Basic syntax and programming constructs will be covered in the .NET IDE on a Windows platform.
This course has reinforced my learnings from high school. I am given problems and a general direction then told to solve it. This course has provided little challenge but does keep my programming skills functioning.
A beginning level graphic design course. Instruction touches on the practice, theories, history and processes of the graphic design industry.
Having never taken a formal graphics design course, this was very interesting. Most of the course focused on creating/manipulating graphics using PhotoShop. Another portion of the class required taking photos which fit a given criteria. Important concepts such as color choice, font choice, placement, etc. were a large focus as well.
Focuses on group problem solving through real life situations. Students are put into groups of 4-6 members and given a problem, timeline, and specifications for the project. The group must independently assign a leader and create an internal and external MOU.
This course has provided me with the ability to work in groups to solve, in detail, real life business problems. I found the course very informational and en excellent source of experience.
The objective of IST 210 is to provide an introduction to the storage, retrieval, manipulation, analysis and display of information. This course includes an introduction to data structures, physical storage devices and access, database models and database management systems architectures, database analysis and design, query languages, user interface design, database administration and policy and social concerns in data management. Students will learn to use a commercial database management system and group assignments and projects, and other performance indicators.
Every large company utilizes databases. They are accessible through web sites or locally through client programs. I learned how to design, create, and manipulate such databases using the MySQL programming language.
The course includes an introduction to: telecommunications history; telecommunications transmission media (conducted and radiated); transmission characteristics (including an introduction to coding and modulation techniques); error characteristics, detection, and correctional; local and wide area networking applications, hardware, and software; the OSI models; industry standards; topologies; protocols; inter-networking devices; communications management; security and recovery; information system applications; and the selection of telecommunications and networking systems. Special attention will be paid to evolving Internet Protocol (IP) technologies, e.g., Internet2.
Networking may seem simple at first, but it takes a lot of knowledge to be able to correctly design and develop large scale networking systems. This course prepared me to do just that in addition to understanding general and in depth concepts dealing with networking and the communication which is allows.
Introduction to formal languages, mathematical logic, and discrete mathematics, with applications to information sciences and technology.
A mathematical approach to problem solving was the basis for this course; using algorithms, statistics, and algebra to create valid and substantial conclusions. Project management, leadership, communication, and technology was also a focal point.
Introduction to the specification and application of languages and language paradigms that interact with computers.
This java programming course gave me the knowledge to create simple programs. More importantly, being an object oriented language, it taught how to research and debug programming code. The final, cumulative, project require more advanced coding and mathematical formulas to be implemented. The focus of this course was on graphical implementation of java, not command line.
Exploration and application of the basic concepts, methodologies, and tools of project management in the field of information sciences and technology.
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Interdisciplinary survey of topics related to the use and usability of information systems.
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An Information Technology related internship which provides both a business and technology learning experience. The grade in the course is based on evaluations both by the student and his/her supervisor.
Over the 5-week timeframe of this course we will select elements of specific problems that you will be required to work in teams. You will also be completing individual assignments that will enhance your opportunities for internships and part-time employment. Through your shared work on realistic problems it is our hope and objective to introduce you to: the intellectual and vocational field of information sciences and technology, library search and research skills, team and personal management skills, the world of IST Internships and ISTechTRAK, the culture and environment of IST and Penn State, and what professionalism means in IST.
I was taught the basics of resumes, portfolios, and group work. I learned about being professional and how to apply all of this in jobs and other endeavors.