Undergraduate Electives

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES THAT HAVE BEEN PRE-APPROVED
AS ADVISOR-APPROVED ELECTIVES IN DIGITAL SCIENCES OR RELATED AREA:

The courses listed below have been pre-approved as advisor-approved electives in Digital Sciences or related area for the BA and BS in Digital Sciences.  However, other courses may also count as advisor-approved electives; consult your academic advisor about other specific courses of interest.

The following course descriptions are from a Class Search in the Kent State University 2013 - 2014 Catalog.  Click on a course name for additional information.

COMM 21008 - SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGIES
(Cross-listed with JMC 21008) Designed to help students understand and use social media in critical and strategic ways that will improve their lives and careers. Helps students harness the power and potential of the social Web, including strategies used to position and market organizations as well as individuals. Exposes students to the latest social-media applications and to critical views of social media's impact on business, society and culture. Students are also introduced to interaction perspectives of social media, which are embedded within both the communication studies and the journalism and mass communication curriculum. Students emerge from the class with a strategic plan designed to enhance their lives and their careers. Prerequisite: none. 3.000 Credit hours

COMM 26001 - PUBLIC COMMUNICATION IN SOCIETY
Examines communication in public settings. Content includes issues in mass media, political communication and political advertising, news, crisis communication, public opinion, and communication in executive, legislative and judicial settings. Students explore the influence of mediated messages via application of mass communication theories and constructs. Prerequisite: none.  3.000 Credit hours

COMM 35600 - COMMUNICATION IN SMALL GROUPS AND TEAMS
Focuses on the application and practice of group communication skills and techniques applied to goal-oriented small group situations. The course explores communication theory and research about small groups and teams, relating in group and teams, managing conflict in groups and teams, leadership in groups and teams, and problem-solving in groups and teams. Prerequisite: cumulative GPA of 2.000 or better. 3.000 Credit hours

COMM 43000 - COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY AND HUMAN INTERACTION
Aims to help students develop a critical understanding of diverse newer media and how they are used, and affect human interaction. In achieving this goal, students are expected to learn how newer media are different from and similar to face-to-face communication or traditional mass media, newer media's social and psychological effects on human interactions, and theoretical frameworks explaining these media. Prerequisite: none. 3.000 Credit hours

COMM 45006 - MEDIA USE AND EFFECTS
The course examines the ways in which communication scholars have conceptualized and analyzed media processes, uses and effects. We explore such issues as media portrayals, news coverage, political campaigns, sex and violence in the media, media entertainment, children and television, and newer communication technologies. Prerequisite: None. 3.000 Credit hours

COMM 45957 - LANGUAGE, MEANING AND COGNITION
Overview of language use in social contexts, including basic components of language production; semantics; pragmatics (speech acts); the production and comprehension of sentences; message production; message comprehension; language and society (conversational rules; coherence); individual differences in language use (adaptive ability, gender differences); powerful vs. powerless speech; and intercultural considerations. Prerequisite: none. 3.000 Credit hours

COMT 36308 - ERGONOMICS IN COMPUTER SYSTEMS
Introduction to ergonomics, usability design, and assessment methods for the development of computer hardware, software, and systems. Prerequisite: junior standing. 3.000 Credit hours

COMT 36318 - SURVEY OF INFORMATION SECURITY INTERNET FRAUD AND COMPUTER FORENSICS
This lecture-based, survey course provides a non-technical introduction to contemporary issues in information security, Internet fraud and computer forensics. Prerequisite: ENG 21011 or HONR 10297; and junior standing. 3.000 Credit hours

COMT 36320 - COMPUTER FORENSICS
Hands-on skills in incident response, forensic preparation, and data recovery, and analysis. Prerequisite: COMT 21002 or CS 33211 or DSCI 26010 ;or TECH 23010 and TECH 26301 3.000 Credit hours

COMT 36321 - NETWORK FORENSICS
Emphasizing hands-on skills in live incident response, the proper use of network forensic tools, network monitoring, live data capture, evidence analysis, data integrity and other related topics. Prerequisite: COMT 21002 or CS 33211 or DSCI 26010; or TECH 23010 and TECH 26301. 3.000 Credit hours

COMT 36330 - LOCAL AREA NETWORK SECURITY FUNDAMENTALS
Examines the primary issues involved in securing resources in a LAN, including threat assessment, countermeasures, best practices, security protocols, cryptography and management-related issues. Prerequisite: COMT 21002 or CS 33211 or DSCI 26010; or TECH 23010 and TECH 26301. 3.000 Credit hours

CS 10001 - COMPUTER LITERACY
Introduction to history, language, procedures, applications, abuses and impact of computers. Hands-on experience with microcomputers. Not open to students with previous experience. Prerequisite: None. 3.000 Credit hours

CS 10051 - INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE
An introductory, broad and hands-on coverage of aspects of computer science, including algorithms, problem solving, operating systems concepts, computer architecture, programming languages and modern applications. Three-credit lecture with one-credit lab. Prerequisite: none. 4.000 Credit hours. Course Attributes: Kent Core-Math and Crit Reason, LER-Math and Crit Reasoning

CS 13001 - COMPUTER SCIENCE I-PROGRAMMING AND PROBLEM SOLVING
Computer science concepts including algorithm development and problem solving strategies focused on procedural abstraction. High-level programming concepts including data types, expressions, program structures, functions, parameter passing, scope, extent, arrays, introduction to recursion and an introduction to object oriented-concepts. Course is three hours lecture and one hour lab. Prerequisite: C (2.000) or better in MATH 11009 or 11010. 4.000 Credit hours

CS 13401 - USER LEVEL COMPUTER SECURITY
Introduction to computer and network safety; detection and removal of viruses, detection and defense against spyware and rootkits, firewall description and use, protection mechanisms against computer system hacking, spam, identity theft and phishing, protecting wireless networks, safe computing. Includes many in-lecture tutorials. Prerequisite: none. 3.000 Credit hours

CS 23001 - COMPUTER SCIENCE II-DATA STRUCTURES AND ABSTRACTION
Computer science concepts and problem solving focusing on data structure and abstraction. Object-oriented concepts and programming including encapsulation, information hiding, object design, generics, polymorphism and an introduction to inheritance. Dynamic memory structures including dynamic arrays, pointers, linked-lists and the use of recursion for problem solving. Abstract data types including stacks, queues, lists, trees and graphs. Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C (2.000) in CS 13001. Corequisite: CS 23022. 4.000 Credit hours

CS 23022 - DISCRETE STRUCTURES FOR COMPUTER SCIENCE
Discrete structures for computer scientists with a focus on: mathematical reasoning, combinatorial analysis, discrete structures, algorithmic thinking, applications and modeling. Specific topics include logic, sets, functions, relations, algorithms, proof techniques, counting, graphs, trees, Boolean algebra, grammars and languages. Prerequisite: and minimum grade of C (2.000) in MATH 11009 or 11010. 3.000 Credit hours

CS 33007 - INTRODUCTION TO DATABASE SYSTEM DESIGN
An introduction to the basic theoretical aspects of database systems, file organization, search methodologies, language design and performance evaluation techniques, initial modeling concepts and their use in hierarchical, network, relational and object-oriented database designs. Prerequisite: minimum grade of C (2.000) in CS 23001. 3.000 Credit hours

CS 33223 - UNIX TOOLS
Course will cover UNIX operating system environment topics that will make the user more productive. Topics will include the user environment, shells, files, the file system, editors, scripting languages, document processing, processes, remote access and documentation. Prerequisite: CS 13001. 3.000 Credit hours

CS 33901 - SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
An introduction to software engineering concepts: life cycle models; modeling languages; requirements analysis; specification; design; testing; validation; project management and maintenance. Prerequisite: C (2.000) or better in CS 23001. 3.000 Credit hours

CS 35101 - COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE
Functional overview of computer systems, interconnection of basic components, system performance measures, instruction set design, arithmetic logic unit, control unit, memory system, pipelining, interrupts and input-output. Prerequisite: CS 13001. 3.000 Credit hours

CS 43202 - SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATION
(Cross-listed with CS 53202) The setting up and day-to-day administration of multiuser multitasking systems, such as the various versions of UNIX, together with the analysis of problems which can arise in these activities. Prerequisite: CS 33211. 3.000 Credit hours

DSCI 10310 - MY STORY ON THE WEB 
A first course in understanding the Web's impact on our private and public lives. Investigates web site design, storytelling, multimedia, intellectual property, ethical considerations and social media. Students develop practical website design skills for presenting and navigating both textual and multimedia content. Students build their own website that presents their story. The website is in effect an online multimedia resume in which the student presents their accomplishments, skills, interests and objectives. Prerequisite: none. 3.000 Credit hours

DSCI 15310 - COMPUTATIONAL THINKING AND PROGRAMMING
Introductory, broad, and hands-on coverage of basic aspects of computational thinking with emphasis on problem solving using a high-level programming language. Prerequisite: none. 3.000 Credit hours

DSCI 23410 - COGNITION IN TECHNOLOGY
Introduction to the basics in human cognition as they affect technology and as technology affects human cognition. Addresses designing technologies to fit and enhance cognition, augmenting cognition with technology, and cognitive tools, as well as the impact of technology on various cognitive processes. Leverages both traditional and online course delivery. Prerequisite: none. 3.000 Credit hours

DSCI 26010 - TELECOMMUNICATION INFRASTRUCTURE 
Provides a broad overview of communication infrastructures for the public switch telephone network, wireless networks and data networks. Other topics covered include security, network management and monitoring. Prerequisite: none. 3.000 Credit hours

DSCI 31010 - ENTERPRISE ARCHITECTURE
Enterprise architectures facilitates the alignment of IT and IS investment decisions with business goals. Enterprise architecture is increasingly used in the industry as a result of the continued emergence of new technologies and ongoing pressures to reengineer business processes to achieve improved efficiency and greater customer focus. Enterprise architecture identifies the main components of an organization and the ways in which these components work together. The components include performance and strategy, people, business capabilities, applications, technology, knowledge and information, as well as financial and other resources. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. 3.000 Credit hours

DSCI 33310 - HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION
A survey course intended to provide a broad foundation of HCI principles and perspectives relevant across multiple digital science concentrations. Focuses on both understanding HCI, through the presentation of major concepts, issues and principles in HCI across the full-spectrum of the user-centered design process (research, sketching, prototyping, evaluation, etc.), and doing HCI, with a focus on the user, needs and task analysis, and sketching, prototyping, and evaluation. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. 3.000 Credit hours

DSCI 49992 - INTERNSHIP IN DIGITAL SCIENCES
(Repeatable for a maximum of 6 credit hours) A credit-bearing work experience with educational outcomes, utilizing and enhancing a student's academic learning in practical occupational situations. The student is expected to complete pre-determined assignments, which may include a weekly journal, final paper, or experience report. Prerequisites: junior standing and special approval.  1.000 TO 6.000 Credit hours.  Course Attributes: Experiential Learning Requirement.

DSCI 49996 - INDIVIDUAL INVESTIGATION IN DIGITAL SCIENCES
(Repeatable for a maximum of 6 credit hours) Independent study carried out by a student under the supervision of a faculty member. Subject content, objectives, assignments and evaluation methods may vary. Prerequisite: junior standing and special approval. 1.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours

GEOG 49070 - GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE
(Cross-listed with GEOG 59070 and GEOG 79070) Introduction to theories and methods for geographic data processing, including data capture and input data storage and management and data analysis and displays. Emphasis is on laboratory exercises using GIS software packages for real world applications. Prerequisite: At least 6 hours of geography. 3.000 Credit hours

ITEC 47413 - DIGITAL VIDEO IN EDUCATION
(Cross-listed with ITEC 57413 and ITEC 77413) Students learn how to produce their own video programs, beginning with the planning and scripting process, developing camerawork and audio recording skills, and editing the final production. They also learn how to obtain footage in the field and work with other participants. In addition, the use of video for instruction is explored, with an emphasis upon how it can be effectively integrated into curricula and used to enhance lessons in dynamic ways. Prerequisite: None. 3.000 Credit hours

ITEC 47427 - TECHNOLOGY AND LEARNING
Overview of technology used in education. Focuses on implementing and facilitating learner- centered curriculum with computer technology. Students develop web-based instructional materials. Prerequisite: none. 3.000 Credit hours

ITEC 47430 - COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN EDUCATION
Preparation for use of computers effectively in variety of educational settings. Students should have some expertise with computers. Focus on advanced applications in education. Macintosh and Windows. Prerequisite: none. 3.000 Credit hours

JMC 21001 - PRINCIPLES OF ADVERTISING
Advertising history, purposes, techniques, media and research; analysis of functions of advertising organizations. Prerequisite: None. 3.000 Credit hours

JMC 21008 - SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGIES
(Cross-listed with COMM 21008) Designed to help students understand and use social media in critical and strategic ways that will improve their lives and careers. Helps students harness the power and potential of the social Web, including strategies used to position and market organizations as well as individuals. Exposes students to the latest social-media applications and to critical views of social media's impact on business, society and culture. Students are also introduced to interaction perspectives of social media, which are embedded within both the communication studies and the journalism and mass communication curriculum. Students emerge from the class with a strategic plan designed to enhance their lives and their careers. Prerequisite: none. 3.000 Credit hours

JMC 28001 - PRINCIPLES OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
Explores strategic role and function of public relations in business, nonprofit public institutions and society. Covers public relations practice from development to present. Prerequisite: None. 3.000 Credit hours

MIS 24163 - PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT
(Equivalent to BMRT 11009) Introductory course in management and organizational design. The leading contributions in the area are reviewed and practical implications are developed. The course covers the principles that most management professors have come to expect in an introductory course: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. In addition, the students need to be aware of critical issues managers must be aware of to succeed: diversity, globalization, ethics, technology, among them. The course serves as an introduction to many upper level business courses. Prerequisite: minimum sophomore standing. 3.000 Credit hours

MIS 34036 - ENTERPRISE SYSTEMS
Introduction to the structure and use of Enterprise Computer Systems. Course topics include Networking, Telephony and VoIP, Mainframe and ClientServer, Virtualization, Database, Security, Collaboration and Social Networking and Datacenter Operations. Prerequisites: minimum cumulative 2.500 GPA; and MIS 24053 with a minimum C (2.000) grade; and MIS 24065. 3.000 Credit hours

MIS 34054 - USING INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR SOLVING BUSINESS PROBLEMS
Examine key concepts about information systems that are relevant for business managers. The focus will be on promoting an understanding of the use of IS in solving business problems. There will also be hands-on assignments. Prerequisites:Cumulative 2.500 GPA; and MIS 24053 or COMT 11000. Course not open to computer information systems (CIS) majors. 3.000 Credit hours

MIS 34068 - SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND DESIGN
This is an introductory course in Systems Analysis and Design. Students will be presented with the concepts, techniques, and methodologies that are required for the successful development of information systems. Application of methods and concepts to real-world problems will be emphasized. Prerequisites: minimum cumulative 2.500 GPA; and MIS 24053 or COMT 11000 with a minimum grade of C (2.000); and minimum C (2.000) grade in MIS 24065, ENG 21011, COMM 15000 and MATH 11010. 3.000 Credit hours

MIS 34070 - PROGRAMMING THEORY AND APPLICATIONS
Programming in a strongly-typed language environment with an emphasis on problem-solving. Prerequisite: minimum cumulative 2.500 GPA; and MIS 24053 with a minimum C (2.000) grade; and MIS 24065. 3.000 Credit hours

MIS 34161 - MANAGERIAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT
Introduce the main components of health care information technology, with emphasis on the components that distinguish the health care delivery system from other business enterprises. Pepares students as clinical managers and consultants who must rely upon or manage information technology to accomplish their objectives. Prerequisite: none. 3.000 Credit hours

MIS 44042 - NETWORK THEORY AND APPLICATIONS
Presentation of current and emerging network technologies and services, including business applications and performance issues. Topics include transmission media, modulation and signaling schemes, switching and multiplexing techniques, local and wide area network protocols and standards, and internetworking devices. Prerequisite: minimum cumulative 2.500 GPA; and MIS 24053 with minimum C (2.000) grade; and MIS 24065. 3.000 Credit hours

MIS 44043 - DATABASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
Development of skills and knowledge associated with the utilization, design, implementation, and administration of database management systems in organizations. Emphasis is on enterprise-level database systems. Prerequisites: minimum cumulative 2.500 GPA; and 24053 with a minimum C (2.000) grade; and MIS 24065. 3.000 Credit hours

MIS 44045 - INFORMATION SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT
Management of information systems resources in organizations of all types and sizes; IT best practices; the effective and efficient use of IS in support of the organization’s mission and to achieve competitive advantage in today’s global economy; the impact of IT on enterprises, users, customers, society, and the environment. Prerequisites: senior standing; and minimum cumulative 2.500 GPA; and MIS 24053 with a minimum C (2.000) grade; and MIS 24065. 3.000 Credit hours

MIS 44062 - SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
Students learn the basic analytical tools needed to coordinate business operations across the value chain. Course involves hands-on coverage of supply chain management with emphasis on supplier partnering and development, customer relations management, strategic sourcing and pricing, e-business, measuring supply chain performance, mass customization, planning supply and demand coordination in the supply chain. Prerequisite: minimum 2.500 GPA and junior standing. 3.000 Credit hours

PSYC 11762 - GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
Introduction to the scientific approach to understanding human behavior and mental processes such as emotions, perceptions and cognitions. Topics may include personality, social and environmental factors, biological aspects of behavior and the experience of emotion and psychological disorders. Prerequisite: none.  3.000 Credit hours. Course Attributes: Diversity Course-Domestic, Kent Core-Social Sciences, LER-Social Sciences, TAG - Social/Behavior Sciences, Trnfr Module-Social Sciences

PSYC 30445 - COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
Covers the mental processes that underline human thought and behavior, such as attention, memory, comprehension, reasoning, problem-solving and language. Considers established and current theoretical models, research methods and experimental results. Prerequisite: PSYC 11762. 3.000 Credit hours

TECH 10001 - INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Introduction to the operation and use of computer systems in technology-related applications. Laboratory assignments include the use of microcomputers for solving technical problems. Prerequisite: None. 3.000 Credit hours

TECH 26301 - NETWORKING HARDWARE I
A hands-on, applied engineering-focused course emphasizing the operation, maintenance, and performance aspects of personal computer networking hardware. Topics include networking hardware operation, characteristics, configuration, and troubleshooting fundamentals. Course also includes network standards, protocols, configuration, topologies, and administrative fundamentals as related to networking hardware systems. Note: This course is part of the Networking Hardware course sequence required for students enrolled in the Computer Engineering Technology concentration. Prerequisite: TECH 16010 or 21021 or DSCI 16010. 3.000 Credit hours 

TECH 36302 - NETWORKING HARDWARE II
Continuation of TECH 26301. In-depth coverage of personal computer-based enterprise networking systems hardware with a focus on network hardware and software configuration, fault analysis, diagnostics, and troubleshooting. Topics include router and switch operation, programming, configuration, and troubleshooting, along with overall enterprise network maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair. Course also includes WAN and VLAN fundamentals, intermediate TCP_IP, and network administration and maintenance as related to fielding and maintaining networking hardware components and systems. Prerequisite: TECH 26301. 3.000 Credit hours

TECH 43050 - INVENTIVE PROBLEM SOLVING
Theory of Inventive Problem Solving, TRIZ, is a collection of powerful problem-solving tools for a broad range of inventive problems. Capstone web-based course for students finishing their bachelor's degree. Assists students in utilizing material learned in earlier courses to solve many real world problems in multiple disciplines. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing. 3.000 Credit hours

TECH 46312 - WIRELESS NETWORK AND TELECOMMUNICATION SYSTEMS
Topics covered include the Public Switch Telephone Network infrastructure, electronic switching systems, transmission systems and emerging wireless networks. Note: This course is part of the Networking Hardware course sequence required for students enrolled in the Computer Engineering Technology concentration. Prerequisites: TECH 36302 3.000 Credit hours

TECH 46330 - VISUAL BASIC PROGRAMMING IN ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY
The course content includes programming in a high-level object-oriented, event- driven visual programming language, Visual Basic 2010 Express, conditional statements, iterative statements, arrays, object oriented programming, classes, objects, methods, inheritance, exception handling, graphical user interfaces with Windows Forms. Prerequisite: TECH 10001 or TECH 16010. 3.000 Credit hours

TECH 46350 - NETWORK MANAGEMENT AND DESIGN TECHNOLOGY
Course covers the technical aspects of centrally managed and distributed Wide Area Networks, with an emphasis on the techniques used to maintain and improve the performance of telecommunications and data networks. Students will use software packages to monitor the real-time performance of a network and to diagnose various networking hardware and software problems. Topics include the five stacks of network management (fault management, configuration management, performance management, security management, and accounting management). Examples of current specific network management products are reviewed. Prerequisite: TECH 36302. 3.000 Credit hours

VCD 14001 - VISUAL DESIGN LITERACY
Examines the topics visual communication design theory, two-dimensional graphic design, environmental graphic design, typography, illustration, photographic illustration, and interactive media. Introduction to how and why professionals in the field of visual communication design create meaning and context through their work. Students explore the language of visual communication, how it is influenced by form, content and context. Prerequisite: none. 3.000 Credit hours

VCD 14002 - COMMUNICATING WITH COLOR
Introduction to color as it applies to fields of design and related areas. Topics covered include the vocabulary of color, the primary elements of color theory, color systems, color printing, color in film and online, and the effects of lighting on color. Students gain an appreciation for how color influences design and commerce through an understanding of basic practices of color forecasting and a study of how color perception is influenced by cultural differences. Prerequisite: none. 3.000 Credit hours

VCD 34004 - VISUAL ETHICS
An extension of the information covered in the course Visual Literacy or Introduction to Visual Communication Design. Topics include the understanding of visual form, responsibility of the designer, photographer, and illustrator and those working in collaboration with visual communicators. Looks at image manipulation, copyright laws and ethical and professional guidelines. Also covered are topics such as sustainable design practices, acting as an advocate of the consumer and audience member. Discussion topics include credibility, dignity and developing a personal philosophy towards visual ethics. Prerequisite: VCD 14001 or VCD 13000. 3.000 Credit hours

VCD 37000 - VISUAL DESIGN FOR MEDIA:ADVANCED
A lab course in which students apply design concepts to computer-generated communication pieces using a layout software program. May not be used toward degree requirements by visual communication design majors. Prerequisite: none. 3.000 Credit hours

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