Current Affairs Assignment for IST 402

Frank E. Ritter

10 September 03

Once during the semester your group may find an article or resource from a current magazine, newspaper, periodical or other media or create your own resourse that addresses issues of information and information technology with respect to course material. The first several weeks may be done by volunteers. The remainder will be by random assignment.

The resource should be a real resource. Some time should appear to have gone into its choice. Random newspaper articles or the first thing you find in a search in Google are not high quality resources. The resource you find should be useful to the class, potentially for several semesters. Java applets, seminal works that are now online, and web sites are potential candidates.

In one page or less, you will comment on how that resource relates to the current class discussion or topic. You will share both the resource and your comments with the class. The purposes of this assignment are:

The resource must:

The resource that you create may be a program or text or web page. See me for details and/or ask in class. You can choose do a resource with your partner if you wish. The standard will be higher but you may have more fun.

Ideas for topics (unless already reported on)

other textbooks

programs that are useful, particularly JAVA based ones

Papers on how teams and groups work and how to help them

Specific interesting models

Other architectures


The writeup

* one standard page (with standard fonts and margins). Please bring two copies of the writeup and the article (stapled together) to class on the days when you are to speak. Keep one for yourself, the other is for me.

* with your name, email, date, and indicate what this is.

* include the following sections:

* You will be asked to present the article to your peers near the start of class. You will have two minutes.


See the current web site for guidance, as the resources listed there are offered as genuine resources. Some of them came from previous students.


Grading will be based on:

Clarity of presentation

Quality of summary

Link between article and class topic

Insights and observation

(For a total of 5 points/review)