Integrated Science and Technology

Department of Integrated Science and Technology

Freshman – Sophomore Sequence

ISAT 101. ISAT Freshman Seminar. 1 credit.

This seminar course will introduce the ISAT curriculum and career options to freshmen students and will describe how various elements of the curriculum and available ISAT elective sequences in each technology sector relate to the goals and objectives of the program. Prerequisite: Freshman standing at JMU.

GISAT 112. Environmental Issues in Science and Technology  (2, 2). 3 credits.

This course integrates the study of biology, chemistry and statistics within the context of environmental issues that include ozone depletion, acid rain, global warming, waste management and biodiversity. Corequisite: GISAT 141 or permission of instructor.

GISAT 113. Issues in Science and Technology: Living Systems (2, 2). 3 credits.

This course introduces current topics in the life science technologies through lecture and laboratory exercises. Topics include advances in genetic engineering, the hierarchy of life and the rise of infectious diseases. Prerequisite: GISAT 112.

ISAT 131. Connections I (1, 2). 2 credits.

This connections course addresses how science, technology and society interact with respect to ethics and the economy. The class explores ethical dilemmas associated with science and technology and how economic factors influence technical decision-making. All topics are discussed in the context of contemporary issues in science and technology.

GISAT 141. Analytical Methods I (3, 2). 4 credits.

This course introduces the student to science and the scientific method; introductory statistics and graphical data analysis, with emphasis on using the computer for managing data and for empirical modeling; functions for modeling real-world systems; critical thinking skills for analyzing arguments involving data; project management. Corequisite: GISAT 112 or permission of instructor.

ISAT 142. Analytical Methods II (2, 2). 3 credits.

This course includes the use of calculus through differentiation and an introduction to integration in order to model continuous systems in the physical sciences, modeling of one and two-dimensional motion, use of the computer to numerically solve selected problems in mechanics. Prerequisite: GISAT 141 or permission of instructor.

ISAT 180. Topics in Integrated Science and Technology.  1-4 credits.

Special topics in integrated science and technology which are of interest to the entry-level student. May be repeated for credit when course content changes. Students should consult the instructor prior to enrolling for the course. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

ISAT 211. Issues in Modern Production (2, 2). 3 credits.

This course introduces the structure and function of a manufacturing enterprise, product design and process selection with emphasis on computer-based automation and integration technologies. Total Quality Management (TQM), statistical process control, principles of engineering drawings and engineering economy will also be covered. Prerequisite: ISAT 142 or consent of instructor.

ISAT 212. Energy Issues in Science and Technology  (2, 2).  3 credits.

Introduction to scientific and economic concepts relevant to energy. Concepts are taught within the context of three or four themes, e.g., residential energy efficiency, renewable energy sources, “make-or-buy” fossil energy application and space power systems. Themes may change from year to year reflecting contemporary issues and opportunities to link with industry and government agencies. Prerequisite: ISAT 241 or consent of instructor.

ISAT 231. Connections II. 3 credits.

An in-depth treatment of the political and policy-making dynamics related to science and technology issues. The U.S. and global political systems are explored; critical reflection on the role of science and technology in society and the tensions between science, technology and democratic processes is emphasized.

ISAT 241. Analytical Methods III (2, 2). 3 credits.

This course is a continuation of ISAT 142 with a focus on single-variable calculus (including an introduction to differential equations) to model systems involving work, energy, waves, electricity and magnetism. Applications are made to lasers and optics. Prerequisite:  ISAT 142 or equivalent.

ISAT 242. Analytical Methods IV (2,2). 3 credits

Use of formal logic to represent and assess properties of natural language constructs important to scientific inquiry, with application to the development and use of knowledge-based systems; introduction to procedural programming and its uses for producing and tailoring information systems supporting scientific, technical and business problem solving. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing and GISAT 141.

ISAT 280. Projects in Integrated Science and Technology.  1-4 credits.

Projects or special topics in integrated science and technology, which are of interest to the lower-division student. May be repeated for credit when course content changes. Projects or topics selected may dictate prerequisites. Students should consult the instructor prior to enrolling for the course. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

ISAT 300. Foundations of Instrumentation and Measurement  (2, 2). 3 credits.

Fundamental nature of measurement in the practice of science, how and why measurements are taken and representative instrumentation.  Data collection in science (measuring physical properties and biometrics), statistical tools for analyzing data and visualization of data.  Prerequisite: ISAT 241.

Junior – Senior Sequence

ISAT 301. Instrumentation and Measurement in Energy (0, 2). 1 credit.

Instrumentation is used to acquire data from representative systems that include mechanical, thermal, solar, chemical and nuclear energy. Students analyze the data to enhance understanding of these forms of energy. Energy transport processes are also characterized. Computer-based data acquisition is emphasized. Prerequisites: ISAT 212 and ISAT 300 or permission of instructor.

ISAT 302. Instrumentation and Measurement of the Environment (0, 2). 1 credit.

Traditional and contemporary analytical laboratory and field techniques used in environmental quality monitoring are surveyed. Emphasis is placed on understanding the physical, chemical and biological basis of these techniques. Hands-on laboratory and field work will be emphasized, in addition to quality control/assurance of environmental data. Corequisite: ISAT 320 or permission of instructor.

ISAT 303. Instrumentation and Measurement in Engineering and Manufacturing (0, 2). 1 credit.

Instrumentation is used to acquire data from representative systems that are relevant to modern manufacturing processes. Process control instrumentation is also studied. Topics include shop floor data collection, electronic sensors and actuators, pneumatics and hydraulics. Computer-based data acquisition is emphasized. Prerequisites: ISAT 211 and ISAT 300 or permission of instructor.

ISAT 305. Instrumentation and Measurement in  Biotechnology (0, 2). 1 credit.

This course provides a hands-on experience of the techniques and instrumentation used in the modern biotechnology laboratory. Topics include aseptic techniques for establishing microbial cultures, detection and analysis of recombinant DNA molecules, protein purification, SDS gel electrophoresis and the use of PCR technology for genetic analysis. Prerequisites: ISAT 300 and ISAT 350 or permission of instructor.

ISAT 306. Transmission Electron Microscopy. 3 credits.

This practical laboratory course provides hands-on experience in the preparation and examination of biological specimens with the transmission electron microscope. Techniques to be mastered include support film preparation for negative staining of bacteria and viruses, fixation, embedding and thin sectioning of tissues, electron optical alignment and microscope operation. Prerequisite: ISAT 300 or permission of instructor.

ISAT 310. Energy Fundamentals. 3 credits.

This course covers the integration of fundamental concepts from  physics, chemistry, mathematics and engineering within the context of energy applications. Principles governing energy transformations, transport and conversion, including laws of thermodynamics, chemical and nuclear reactions and thermal science. Prerequisite: ISAT 212 or consent of instructor.

ISAT 311. Role of Energy in Modern Society. 3 credits.

This course covers the role of energy in the U.S. and world economies. Geology of energy-valued natural resources; size, quality and economics of domestic and world resource base. Models for energy use by different sectors. The role of energy in global climate change; other energy-related environmental concerns; and the implications for national and international security will be studied. Prerequisite: ISAT 212 or consent of instructor.

ISAT 320. Fundamentals of Environmental Science and Technology I. 3 credits.

This course provides the student with a basic understanding of environmental pollution, processes and control technologies. The course begins with a review and extension of the basic sciences supporting environmental science. Water and wastewater quality, management and treatment are then addressed, culminating in independent team projects in this area. Prerequisite: GISAT 112 or permission of instructor.

ISAT 321. Fundamentals of Environmental Science and Technology II. 3 credits.

This course continues to build on the student’s basic understanding of environmental pollution, processes and control technologies. The course considers solid and hazardous waste and its management, discusses the principles of environmental risk assessment and addresses air quality analysis and management, culminating in independent team projects in this area. Prerequisite: ISAT 320 or permission of instructor.

ISAT 330. Manufacturing Systems: Techniques and  Technologies. 3 credits.

The course will introduce students to the various manufacturing systems within a manufacturing organization. The systems studied will be selected from the following areas: (a) manufacturing/production management—batch and continuous (b) resources utilization, (c) material management and (d) scheduling and inventory control. Prerequisites: ISAT 142 and 211 or permission of instructor.

ISAT 331. Automation in Manufacturing. 3 credits.

This course offers an in-depth treatment of the structure and function of computer integrated manufacturing processes; integration and automation in design and manufacturing; product and process design,  computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing, process planning, robotics and flexible manufacturing systems; production planning and product data management. Prerequisites: ISAT 142 and ISAT 211 or permission of instructor.

ISAT 340. Software Development. 3 credits.

This course is an introduction to the processes, methods and techniques of efficient and effective software application development. Students will create or enhance software systems in a sophisticated development environment. Prerequisite: ISAT 242.

ISAT 341. Modeling and Simulation. 3 credits.

The development and use of models to understand, analyze and improve systems in several areas of science and technology. Students will use computer simulation in a variety of modeling projects. Prerequisites: Junior standing and ISAT 340 or CS 139 or permission of instructor.

ISAT/CS 344. Intelligent Systems. 3 credits.

In-depth introduction to current and future intelligent systems, including expert systems, neural networks, hybrid intelligent systems and other intelligent system technologies and their development, uses and limitations. Prerequisites: Junior standing and ISAT 340 or CS 139.

ISAT/CS 345. The Software Industry. 3 credits.

Study of means for the development and maintenance of high quality software products, delivered on time and within budget. Topics include requirements analysis and specification, software design, implementation, testing, maintenance, project management, ethics, and the responsibilities of software engineering professionals. Prerequisites: CS 139 or ISAT 340 and sophomore standing.

ISAT 348. The Multimedia Industry. 3 credits.

Students are introduced to a variety of tools for viewing multimedia and to the issues in designing effective human-computer interactions. This includes an introduction to the many forms of media that occur in computing systems (text, graphics, images, sound, animation) and to the characteristics of well-produced media. Prerequisite: CS 139, ISAT 340 or permission of the instructor.

ISAT 350. Biotechnology for the New Millennium I. 3 credits.

This course covers the scientific foundations and historical development of biotechnology. Specific topics include living system nanotechnology; cell structure and function; origins of genetic engineering; and recombinant DNA technology. Prerequisite: GISAT 113 or equivalent.

ISAT 351. Biotechnology for the New Millennium II. 3 credits.

This course is a continuation of ISAT 350 and describes applications of biotechnology in agriculture, industry and medical science as well as associated social, ethical and philosophical issues. Topics include study of an emerging infectious disease; energy transduction in living systems; and novel applications of biotechnology. Prerequisite: ISAT 350. Corequisite: ISAT 305.

ISAT 401. Advanced Computer-Based Instrumentation I. 3 credits.

This is largely a laboratory course in which students build and program their own instruments. Topics include programming techniques for real-time instrumentation programming; buffered analog and digital input and output; timing considerations; passive analog filters and active analog filters; digital-filtering techniques; and real-time programming issues. Prerequisites: ISAT 300 and ISAT 242 or permission of instructor.

ISAT 402. Advanced Computer-Based Instrumentation II. 3 credits.

Students design and build their own instruments. Topics include representative sensor techniques as applied to physical, chemical and biological systems as well as basic and advanced circuits for signal manipulation: buffers, amplifiers and active and passive filters. An instrument design project is the capstone of the course. Prerequisites: ISAT 300 and ISAT 242 or the permission of the instructor.

ISAT 410. Sustainable Energy Development. 3 credits.

This course is concerned with science and the applications of solar and other renewable technologies, e.g., solar thermal electric, photovoltaics, wind power, biomass-derived alcohols, solar hydrogen and ocean thermal energy conversion. Energy storage systems and materials, combined renewable-conventional systems for peaking and load management and alternative energy sources for transportation will be studied. Prerequisite: ISAT 310 or permission of instructor.

ISAT 411. Energy Economics and Policy. 3 credits.

This course is concerned with methods for analyzing the economics, environmental and societal benefits of energy technologies. Topics include optimization techniques, utility planning and finance, cost- benefit techniques, discounting for time and risk, econometric models and input-output analysis. The role of government in determining energy costs supply and markets will be considered. Prerequisite: ISAT 311 or permission of instructor.

ISAT 412. Dynamic Control of Energy Systems. 3 credits.

This course considers methods for developing dynamic models of energy processes and technologies to achieve improved process control and increased efficiency with applications of differential equations and discrete math equations. Dynamic models are used to evaluate load management strategies and to develop computer control algorithms for building energy systems. Prerequisite: ISAT 310 or consent of instructor.

ISAT 413. Options for Energy Efficiency. 3 credits.

This course makes detailed examination of new technologies to increase the efficiency of energy conversion, transportation systems and end-use technologies. Examples include MHD, combined-cycle systems, advanced nuclear reactors, intelligent transportation systems, high- efficiency lighting, energy management and utilization of low-temperature heat. Consideration is made of the socioeconomic and governmental barriers to energy efficiency. Prerequisites: ISAT 310 and ISAT 311 or consent of instructor.

ISAT 416. International Energy Studies. 3 credits.

Study-abroad course examining international energy problems and providing team-oriented project experiences. Course addresses energy issues associated with economic and social development. Project participation, tours and meetings with local experts illustrate energy-related problems that are compared with those in the United States. Prerequisites: ISAT 212 and ISAT 300.

ISAT 420. Environmental Analysis and Modeling. 3 credits.

This course explores applications of mathematical techniques and computer models to the environmental field. The course introduces the principles underlying environmental analysis and modeling, including limitations and pitfalls. Several environmental models and analytical systems are then discussed and applied, using a variety of computational platforms. Prerequisite: ISAT 321 or permission of instructor.

ISAT 421. Environmental Policy and Regulation. 3 credits.

This course will familiarize students with basic environmental laws and regulations. The course discusses the purpose of environmental policy, the role of environmental economics in policy decisions and the policy instruments available to environmental regulators. Current federal and state statutes affecting waste disposal, air quality and water quality are discussed. Corequisite: ISAT 321 or permission of instructor.

ISAT 422. Environmental Management. 3 credits.

This course addresses environmental issues faced by industry, including such topics as waste management, chemical inventories, pollution prevention and discharge permitting. Industrial ecology is introduced as an approach to the development of a sustainable industrial society, including treatment of life cycle analysis, design for environment, environmentally conscious manufacturing and ISO14000.

ISAT 423. Environmental Remediation. 3 credits.

This course will examine chemical, physical, economic and regulatory aspects of the remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater. Topics include chemical properties of major contaminants, environmental site assessment, remediation design, and current and emerging remediation technologies and their limitations in soil and groundwater restoration. Prerequisites: ISAT 320 and ISAT 321 or permission of instructor.

ISAT 424. Natural Resource Management. 3 credits

This course focuses on how resource management decisions affect the human and natural communities involved. Topics include definition and importance of natural resources, resource management styles and policies, and planning for resource conservation. Conservation biology is introduced as a tool for developing sustainable resource use policies. Mandatory weekend field trip. Prerequisite: ISAT 320 or ISAT 321 or permission of the instructor.

ISAT 425. Environmental Hydrology. 3 credits.

This course integrates the study of surface water and ground water hydrology and examines current technologies used to assess the behavior and quality of water in the environment. Topics include monitoring and management at the watershed level, the influence of wetlands on water quality and the impact of current regulations. Prerequisite: ISAT 320 or permission of instructor.

ISAT 426. Environmental Information Systems. 3 credits.

This course provides students with practical experience applying advanced environmental informational systems technologies to environmental problems. Students will employ such technologies as decision support systems, geographic information systems, expert systems, relational databases, multimedia systems, and modeling and simulation. This course is often offered in a study-abroad format. Prerequisite: ISAT 320 or permission of instructor.

ISAT 427. Industrial Hygiene. 3 credits.

This course provides an introductory survey of the field of Industrial Hygiene. Chemical hazards are addressed first, focusing on respiratory and dermal exposures, followed by a treatment of physical hazards including sound, radiation and temperature. The course includes industrial case studies illustrating administrative and engineering controls in common use.

ISAT/MATS 430. Manufacturing Processes. 3 credits.

This course provides an introduction to the processes used for fabricating parts, such as machining, grinding and casting and sheet-metal fabrication, including both traditional and nontraditional processes. Topics include interaction of materials, processing and design, economics of manufacturing, design for improved processing. Manufacturing processes for metals, plastics and composites are addressed. Prerequisite: ISAT 431 or permission of instructor.

ISAT/MATS 431. Materials Science in Manufacturing. 3 credits.

This course is the study of engineering materials used in the fabrication of products including metals, polymers, ceramics, composites and elastomers. Topics include physical, mechanical and electrical properties of materials, elements of strength of materials, failure criteria and materials selection. Prerequisites: ISAT 211 and ISAT 142 or permission of instructor.

ISAT/MATS 432. Selection and Use of Engineering Materials and Manufacturing Processes. 3 credits.

This course deals with the interplay between engineering product specification, design, economics, environment, energy, materials selection, fabrication route, manufacturing cost and product service requirements. Students will be taught how to perform design projects that involve understanding the behavior of materials and selection of materials for a specific function. Prerequisite: ISAT 211 or permission of instructor.

ISAT 433. Selected Problems in Manufacturing. 3 credits.

This course addresses selected problems in manufacturing and their solutions. Materials, processes and systems will be stressed. Solutions may involve laboratory experiments and/or other analytical tools, such as modeling, system selection and evaluation and process selection and improvement. Case studies and current projects from industry will be used. Prerequisite: ISAT 330 or permission of instructor.

ISAT 435. Integrated Product and Process Development.  3 credits.

This courses focuses on the integrated approach for developing products simultaneously with manufacturing processes. Students learn about successful product development techniques and effective organization of product development teams. Topics include design for manufacturing, design for the environment, rapid prototyping, economics of product development and managing of development projects. Prerequisite: ISAT 331 or permission of instructor.

ISAT/MATS 436. Micro-Nanofabrication and Applications.  3 credits.

This course examines processes used in the manufacture of microelectronic devices (VLSI integrated circuits, optoelectronic devices, flat panel displays), microelectromechanical devices (micromotors, microactuators), data storage media (magnetic and optical disks, including CDs), optical fibers and some sensors and transducers. Principles of operation of semiconductor and other devices are also studied. Prerequisite: ISAT 300 or PHYS 150 or PHYS 250 or permission of instructor.

ISAT 440. Seminar in Knowledge Management. 3 credits.

Philosophical, ethical, social and political issues in information and knowledge management, the information and knowledge management industries and information and knowledge management systems. Prerequisite: Senior standing.

ISAT 450. Biotechnology and the Environment. 3 credits.

This course will examine the impact of biotechnology on the environment, biotechnology solutions to environmental challenges as well as associated regulatory, ethical and legal issues. Topics include bioremediation, biosensors, release of engineered organisms and risk assessment. Prerequisite: ISAT 320 or ISAT 350.

ISAT 451. Biotechnology in Industry and Agriculture. 3 credits.

This course illustrates the applications of biotechnology in agriculture and industry, linking scientific discoveries to business and manufacturing practices. Topics include pharmaceutical product development, genetic engineering in agriculture, biotechnology in food processing and regulatory issues. Prerequisite: ISAT 330 or ISAT 350.

ISAT 452. Medical Biotechnology. 3 credits.

This course will survey the research development and implementation of select biomedical technologies, including genetic-based medical technologies, biomedical diagnostics, bioengineering at the macroscopic and microscopic levels, imaging technologies, lasers in medicine and relevant regulatory and legal issues. Prerequisite: ISAT 351 or permission of instructor.

ISAT 453. Energy and Living Systems. 3 credits.

The potential of living systems as alternative energy sources will be explored by describing energy production and transduction in living systems in the context of current and anticipated applications of biotechnology to energy production. Prerequisite: ISAT 310, ISAT 351 or permission of instructor.

ISAT 454. Computer Applications in Biotechnology. 3 credits.

Students learn how complex biological molecules support and regulate processes in living systems through building interactive computer models of protein and nucleic acid structures. Other computer applications include image processing, genome data manipulation and NMR data processing. Written and oral presentations are also required. Prerequisite: ISAT 350 or permission of instructor.

ISAT 455. Regulatory Issues in Biotechnology. 3 credits.

This course examines the policies and guidelines of federal government agencies that regulate the use of recombinant DNA technology, genetically engineered organisms and the manufacturing of biotechnology products. Issues of product safety, product labeling, physical and biological containment, environmental release and mammalian cloning are presented. Prerequisite: ISAT 351 or permission of instructor.

ISAT 456. Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of  Biotechnology. 3 credits.

The ethical, legal and social implications of the field of biotechnology and its applications are explored in this course. Students will analyze at an in-depth level the social impacts and ethical implications of human subjects and biological materials research, cloning,  human genetic engineering and transgenic agricultural crops. Prerequisites: ISAT 131 and ISAT 231 or permission of instructor.

ISAT 457. Business of Biotechnology. 3 credits.

This course will discuss the business concepts behind the biotechnology industry. Specifically, students will learn how the industry was born, how product concepts arise and develop, how biotech products are developed and marketed, what factors lead to company success and/or failure, what the role of intellectual property protection and regulatory issues play in the industry. Prerequisite: ISAT 351 or permission of the instructor.

ISAT/CS 460. Local Area Networks. 3 credits.

An overview of LAN hardware, LAN topology and design, and LAN protocols. Installation and management of LAN operating systems and LAN services (address management, name management, file and print sharing, account management). Prerequisite: CS 350 or CIS 320 or equivalent. Formerly CS 451

ISAT/CS 461. Internetworking. 3 credits.

Wide Area Network (WAN) and Metropolitian Area Network (MAN) design. Audio, voice, data and TV transmission over ATM/B-ISDN networks. The SONET signal hierarchy and Q3 standard interface model. Network security. Performance analysis of a given network. Prerequisite: ISAT/CS 460.

ISAT/CS 462. Network Applications Development. 3 credits.

Design and implementation of network-based applications using languages and architectures such as sockets, JAVA, TL1 and CORBA. Concepts in distributed processing, including synchronization of interprocess communication and management of replicated data. Analysis of performance issues related to distributed applications. Prerequisites: CS 239 or CIS 344 and ISAT/CS 460.

ISAT/CS 463. Network Analysis and Design. 3 credits.

In-depth introduction to the techniques and tools used to design and analyze computer and telecommunications networks. Overview of issues related to network performance, including the impact on cost, reliability and security. Prerequisites: CS/ISAT 460 and ISAT 340 or equivalent.

ISAT/CS 464. Issues in the Telecommunications Business.  3 credits.

Addresses complex business concepts and issues in the telecommunications industry. Explores the interrelation of the economics of the telecommunications industry with ensuing social, ethical and security issues. Discusses topics in product and service creation, marketing, customer service and billing, and electronic commerce. Prerequisites: CIS 320 and SMAD 356, and ISAT 340 or equivalent.

ISAT 480. Selected Topics in Integrated Science and  Technology. 1-4 credits.

Topics in integrated science and technology, which are of interest to the upper-division student, but not otherwise covered in the regular course offerings. Offered only with the approval of the program coordinator. May be repeated for credit when course content changes. Students should consult the instructor prior to enrolling for the course. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing required. Topic selected may dictate prerequisite.

ISAT 491, 492, 493. Senior Thesis. 6 credits.

Three-course sequence. Student performs an independent research project, either alone or within an investigative team, to identify and analyze a technologically based problem, develop alternative solutions, recommend the best solution and provide a written and oral technical report. ISAT 491 (one credit) is for project identification and proposal. ISAT 492 (two credits) and ISAT 493 (three credits) follow.

ISAT 499. Honors Thesis. 6 credits.

Three-course sequence. Student performs an independent research project that meets the requirements set forth by the honors program. Student must identify and analyze a technologically based problem, develop alternative solutions, recommend the best solution and provide a written and oral technical report of the effort. May be taken in lieu of ISAT 491, 492, 493 sequence.



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