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    Group Projects

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    Apr 10, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This course does not focus on programming aspect but on management, equipment, finances, etc. Analysis Report on Enterprise System is the project for this course so, again, view it from building a distributed system from ground up in a company.

    Course highlights:

    Greatly concentrated on the concepts, methodology and terminology of Distributed Systems Architecture within the context of Enterprise Technical Architecture and integrate this knowledge with previous courses in operating systems, database management systems, networking, programming and program management.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    First, as I previously mentioned, the course is focused on timeline, cost, equipment and so forth on regards to building a distributed system for an enterprise so it has nothing to do with programming so it may be difficult for people who are majoring in software development. Expect to do a lot of research on getting detailed information for your project because you are basically creating a detailed outline of incorporating a system into an enterprise. Also, the course requires you to work in teams in the final week of class. The instructor did not assign us into groups until the last week and I had to scramble to communicate with several other people to work on the group project (group paper and group powerpoint) while finishing up section 5 of the individual project. It was quite stressful because the instructor expected the other group members to pick up the slack if one or more members were not responding. I advise you to contact the professor in week 3 and request to be put into groups instead of last minute. Be warned right now, make sure you have plenty of free time for this course because you will need it.

    • Winter 2017
    • Jennifer Merritt
    • Yes
    • Lots of Writing Group Projects Requires Lots of Research
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    Mar 26, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    The course covered a lot of ground in a short period of time. I strongly recommend taking a moment to look over what the course entails and try to wrap your head around it. Many stated throughout the course that they struggled to grasp the concepts. Also, if you are not a group project fan, reconsider taking this course.

    Course highlights:

    Throughout the course, you learn what a distributed and enterprise architecture system is. You do not get any hands-on experience, it is all theoretical. You pick an established company and create a hypothetical enterprise architecture system for them.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Try to learn as much as you can about what distribution and enterprise architecture system are prior to taking this course.

    • Spring 2017
    • Jennifer Merritt
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Lots of Writing Group Projects
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    Mar 13, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    The professor is very informative with subject of the course. He covered methodology of enterprise architecture and terminology. He talked about distributed systems during the first week and picks questions from this section to build the foundation for the encryption, authentication, and auditing.

    Course highlights:

    The best section of the course was creating a mock network that you must update each week. I really had fun creating my own online store that sold items online but we had to create the network for the office where the site would be hosted. You learn about Network Topology and how to connect each workstation to the server and resources like printers or scanners. This is very important.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    When you take the course make sure that you research all of the network topologies. The ring topology, bus topology, and mesh topology are highly covered. You must also research the client/server topic so that you know how to setup your network for the project. The network must match the server and the stations that you will be installing.

    • Fall 2015
    • AbdulAziz Bahha
    • Yes

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