Electronic Continuing Education Class:


(Spring/Summer 1999)

Instructor: Bor-sheng Tsai btsai@nyx.net btsai@partt.edu

Maintained by: Bor-sheng Tsai

                           (URL=  http://www.nyx.net/~btsai

Information Programming and Processing Spring/Summer 1999

Instructor: Bor-sheng Tsai (3 cr.)


I. Course Philosophy II. Course Goals III. Course Objectives IV. Competencies Expected V. Content VI. Course Methodology VII. Performance Evaluation #######################################################################


     This course serves as the foundation for information science
and information technology courses in the Library and Information
Science Program. It focuses on cognitive coordination and programming- 
one of the most decisive and promising components in the information 
age, an the base of automatic instruction techniques for information  
re-engineering. This course emphasizes the consistent enhancement and 
influence of information science and information technology on 
libraries and information organizations' business structure, culture,  
and behavior. It urges information professionals to produce and market
electronic information packages for improving the information 
organization's economy. In order to accomplish this goal, information 
professionals in libraries and information organizations of all types 
and sizes must learn how to: 

a) effectively utilize emerging hypermedia, multimedia, imaging and 
   virtual reality technologies and services; 
b) efficiently conduct remote access to and local packaging from a wide 
   range of electronic databases and networked information resources; 
c) intelligently study the informational behavior effected by instruction 
   photon movement; and 
d) proficiently promote the principle of multiple and parallel virtuality 
   and the principle of individual and social responsibility for 
   harmonizing increasingly diversified multicultural effect in an actual 
   or virtual information organization and environment.    

     Based on the above course philosophy, two goals are set for
this summer semester.

1) It is necessary to review the multitude of computer concepts,  
   intelligence synthesis, and computer applications presently    
   available in libraries and information organizations.
2) It is also important to recognize the strong relationship that 
   exists in the parallel processes and behaviors of inquiry,     
   acquisition, storage, retrieval, transferring, and learning that 
   characterize the "dynamic thinking/memorizing" logic of a human mind/
   memory and the "automatic instructing/reflecting" logic of a          
   computing mechanism/machinery.

     To achieve these two goals, students need to:

1) practice operating systems using MS-DOS (Microsoft-Disk        
   Operating System), Unix operating system, and manipulate graphical 
   user interface (GUI) using MS-Windows, or X Windows.
2) experience original computer programming techniques using          
   Quick BASIC (Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction      
   Code) and HTML (HyperText Markup Language) as starters         
   (followed up with software packages applications, information  
   packaging and management in  Microcomputer Applications 
   in Information Organizations; with animation and virtual       
   reality applications for electronic information map making in  
   Infometry- Measuring Subject Information Field; with   
   DBMS and SQL, Visual BASIC and C in  Advanced           
   Information Programming and Processing; and with Multimedia    
   Toolbook, HTML, VRML (Virtual Reality Modelling Language) and C in 
   LIS855: Information Coordination System Analysis and Design).
3) apply popular microcomputer software packages: WordPerfect or 
   MS-Word, dBASE or MS-Access, MS-Excel, or LOTUS 1-2-3, Paint, 
   Power Point, Pegasus, WS-FTP, and Netscape VRML browser.
4) analyze the formats and structures of subject knowledge        
   navigation systems through programming and reading.

     Students will strengthen individual perceptibility in programming 
and processing information, in understanding computer systems 
operation, and in knowing how to utilize software packages.  With a 
solid and firm foundation for studying information science, 
information technology, and information systems, students will 
cultivate continuous learning abilities.  These abilities will meet 
the challenges derived from constantly advancing computer and 
information science, technology, systems, management, and services. In 
this approach, students will increase overall prospects for creativity, 
productivity, and employability.

     This course, as an integral component of the core of required 
courses, ensures that students are exposed to information science 
and information technology, computing system operating procedures 
and to constantly changing information packaging and marketing 
business.  The overall goal of this course is to cultivate students 
to gradually become successful information scientists, information 
specialist, information brokers, information system managers, or 
information entrepreneurs with a strong sense of social, economical 
and educational mission and responsibility.

     Students will develop both an understanding and a familiarity 

1) information programming, processing, mapping, and packaging    
   concepts and techniques;
2) electronic library bibliographic/file organization and data    
   processing applications in information storage and retrieval;
3) basic principles of information system analysis and design as  
   applied to libraries and information organizations;
4) conditional logic, searching strategy, electronic information  
   mapping, and interactive/adaptive circuitry;
5) major microcomputer software packages; and 
6) cognitive coordination and programming.

     By the end of the course, students will be able to:

1. Analyze components of information management systems.
2. Develop information flow-chart or map, and computer program.
3. Utilize current software packages for information programming  
   and processing.
4. Review current information storage, retrieval, transferring, and              
   casting processes.
5. Operate an electronic computing system and organize virtual    
   programs and files in secondary storage.
6. Understand how machine can be utilized to augment human        
   cognitive coordination and programming in a "synergistic" 
   memory/instruction interactions among human, machine, system, 
   organization, environment, and society.
7. Understand the common coding metrics for structuring textual,  
   and audio-visual data.
8. Understand the nature and the importance of the information    
   specialist's role as an information entrepreneur.

1. Disk Operating System (DOS) 
2. Graphical User Interface (GUI) and Windows Operation  
3. Cognitive Coordination and Programming, and automatic 
4. Information Programming and Mapping Concepts and Techniques
5. Basic Computing and Information Management System Coordination 
   Concepts and Techniques
6. Microcomputing and Structured Information Programming
7. Information Storage, Retrieval, Transferring and Casting
8. Computer Assisted Instruction and HTML Techniques
9. Expert System and Multi/Hyper/Inter-media Applications in      
   Libraries and Information Organizations
10. Object-Oriented Programming and Graphing
11. Sound/Visual Data and Image Processing and Representations   
12. Animation, and Virtual Reality Applications
13. Networked Information Processing, Home Page Making and        
    Electronic Information Packaging, Publishing and Marketing

Lectures; readings; discussions; exercises; computer programming;
microcomputer software package applications; information

Reading assignments; information flow-charting, programming and
mapping exercises; examinations; class attendance and

Please send your questions, suggestions and comments to:

Dr. Bor-sheng Tsai btsai@nyx.net btsai@partt.edu

Email: btsai@nyx.net btsai@pratt.edu URL= http://www.nyx.net/~btsai http://soho.pratt.edu/~btsai Tel: (718) 636-3655 or -3702 Fax: (718) 636-3733