IST 420 – Fundamentals of Systems and Enterprise Integration

Section 1 (3 credits)
Spring 2015


Bill Cantor                                  


Phone: (717) 771-4143

Office: 226 ISTC

Office Hours:

  • I will be available for most of the day on Tuesday and Thursday with the exception of my scheduled classes. Feel free to drop by on these days if I am in my office. Otherwise, my scheduled hours are as follows:
  • Tuesday 3:30 - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 3:00 - 4:00 PM
  • by appointment

Class Meeting Time


104 ISTC

9:20 - 10:35 am

If the campus is operating under a two-hour delay, the class time will be 11:10 - 12:15 p.m. .


This course introduces the student to the role of information systems and technologies in achieving a variety of system goals. Emphasis will be placed on the theories and skills required for planning, analyzing, designing, implementing, and managing the integration of information technology and different systems.


  • IST 240 (XML, Java, UML)
  • IST 110/210/220
  • IST 301
  • IST 302

  • Attendance
  • On-time
  • Reading prior to class
  • Participation


  • Students will understand the methodology of integrating technology from a business process perspective.
  • Students will apply this methodology to a 'real-world' project and produce high quality professional deliverables that can be used by the customer to continue the project. This may include an implementation or a prototype. Students will use project management techniques to plan and track the progress of this project.
  • Students will understand the basic concept of ‘enterprise integration’ using SAP as an example.
  • Students will apply their knowledge of business process integration and ERP systems to configure and document an SAP implementation.
  • Students will be able to discuss and suggest practical uses of Web Services in solving enterprise integration issues.

Required Materials


Managing and Using Information Systems

UML 2.0 in Action: A project-based tutorial 

Henriette Baumann, Patrick Grassle, Philippe Baumann

ISBN-10: 1904811558
ISBN-13: 9781904811558

Managing and Using Information Systems, 5th Edition

Keri E. Pearlson, Carol S. Saunders
ISBN-13:  978-1-118-28173-4

Other Requirements

  • *PSU computer system User ID & Password
  • Familiarity with Angel

*These items can be obtained in room 106 ISTC.

Tentative Schedule





The information Systems Strategy Triangle
Strategic Use of Information Resources
Organizational Strategy and Information Systems
Information Systems and the Design of Work
Information Systems for Managing Business Processes
Architecture and Infrastructure
The Business of IT


Governance of the Information Systems Organization


Enterprise technologies


Enterprise technologies


Web Services


Web Services





Note: The reading is to be completed prior to the start of class. Class lectures will not be used to cover everything in the readings. Students are expected to know the material given in reading assignments whether or not it is covered in class.

Test Schedule

Exam 1   February 10th

Exam 2  April 7th


Lecture Policy

During lectures (unless specifically directed otherwise) do not use your computer.

Attendance and Grading Policy

ON-TIME ATTENDANCE is REQUIRED of all students.  Attendance will be taken at all lectures. Students who arrive late must see the instructor at the end of class to ensure that their attendance is counted.

You will be permitted to miss 2 classes without penalty. Any more than 2 missed classes will require giving a formal excuse to the instructor immediately upon your return to class. Excuses will only be granted for legitimate reasons such as illness, family emergency, etc.  Adequate documentation must be provided.

Students are also responsible for all work required by the course unless specifically exempted by the instructor. It is the student’s responsibility to make up any missed work during an absence. If a student is absent, it is their responsibility to get class notes from another student.

Without proof of emergency or illness, students will receive a zero for missed tests, quizzes or assignments. In order to schedule a make-up exam, the instructor must be notified within 24 hours of the missed class.



5% (includes participation in IST Spring Event)





*Team Project/Presentations
     Group Success
     Individual Accomplishment
     Peer Review
*Students must fully participate in the team project in order to pass this class.


Letter grades will be assigned according to the following scale:

94 – 100


90 - 93


87 - 89


84 - 86


80 - 83


77 - 79


70 - 76


60 - 69


below 60


Assignment Policy

Assignments are due on or prior to the due date. Late assignments will not be accepted.

Academic Integrity

All students are expected to act with civility, personal integrity; respect other students' dignity, rights and property; and help create and maintain an environment in which all can succeed through the fruits of their own efforts. An environment of academic integrity is requisite to respect for self and others and a civil community.

Academic integrity includes a commitment to not engage in or tolerate acts of falsification, misrepresentation or deception. Such acts of dishonesty include cheating or copying, plagiarizing, submitting another persons' work as one's own, using Internet sources without citation, fabricating field data or citations, "ghosting" (taking or having another student take an exam), stealing examinations, tampering with the academic work of another student, facilitating other students' acts of academic dishonesty, etc.

Academic dishonesty violates the fundamental ethical principles of the University community and compromises the worth of work completed by others. A student should avoid academic dishonesty when preparing work for any class. If charged with academic dishonesty, students will receive written or oral notice of the charge by the instructor. Students who contest the charge should first seek resolution through discussion with the faculty member or the campus Director of Academic Affairs. If the matter is not resolved, the student may request a hearing with the Commonwealth College Committee on Academic Integrity at the campus.

Sanctions for breaches of academic integrity may range (depending on the severity of the offense) from F for the assignment to F for the course. In severe cases of academic dishonesty, including, but not limited to, stealing exams or "ghosting" an exam, students may receive a grade of XF, a formal University disciplinary sanction that indicates on the student's transcript that failure in the course was due to a serious act of academic dishonesty. The University's statement on Academic Integrity from which the above statement was drawn is available at:

Where To Find Assistance

  1. Ask questions in class
  2. Ask other students
  3. The Nittany Success Center - Rooms 107 and 108 of the Main Classroom Building
  4. E-mail questions to me:
  5. Office hours (226 ISTC)
  6. Schedule appointment (, 771-4143)

Computer Use and Network Security

Students are expected to abide by the Penn State Policy AD20 Computer and Network Security. Violations of this policy can result in termination of privileges, academic probation, expulsion from Penn State or criminal prosecution.

Students With Disabilities

Penn State is committed to providing access to a quality education for all students, including those with documented disabilities. If a student has a disability and wishes an accommodation for a course, it is the student's responsibility to obtain a University letter confirming the disability and suggesting appropriate accommodation. This letter can be requested from the York campus Disability Contact Liaison, Dr. Cora Dzubak, Nittany Success Center. 

Students are encouraged to request accommodation early in the semester so that, once identified,reasonable accommodation can be implemented in a timely manner.


This syllabus is subject to revision by the instructor.

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