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DISC9310 - Spec Topics In Is and Comm
Spring 2013 Doctoral

This seminar focuses on problems like the technical, management and legal aspects of the Year 2000 computer problem and its ramifications in small and large businesses and organizations. Using the Year 2000 problem (Y2K) as a current example of a significant technology-based problem that affects the survival and bottom line of businesses worldwide, the course investigates in-depth the following topics: the intricate networking of information and data exchange systems within and among organizations; mainframe systems and applications, PC and network systems and applications, and embedded chip issues as related to the Y2K technical problem and potential solution sets; budgetary and management impact of resolving or ignoring the problem; five-step strategy for addressing the problem and conducting institutional audits of the Y2K problem; cost analysis and financial planning; risk and impact assessment strategies; legal issues related to personal and organizational liability, software/hardware licenses and agreements; SEC, FASB, and other compliance regulations; and auditing. Related communication issues are integrated with these topics. Students are required to conduct an audit of the Y2K situation in their (or in another) organization and report on the problems and strategies used to address the problem. Course includes readings and discussions, demonstrations, RMC/PBS Y2K video series, case analysis, panel discussions, and guest expert lectures. 6 credits
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