Integrated Science and Technology


College of Integrated Science and Technology

Freshman ­ Sophomore Sequence

ISAT 111. 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 focus on advances in genetic engineering, the hierarchy of life and the rise of infectious diseases.
ISAT 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.
ISAT 131. Connections I (1, 2). 2 credits.
Focuses on the role of science in society by looking at the nature of the research enterprise, public perceptions of science and issues related to science, technology and social justice. Course includes participation in professional seminars.
ISAT 132. Connections II. 2 credits.
An in-depth treatment of the social impacts of science and technology. Examines competing values and the nature of social controversies over science and technology. All topics are discussed in the context of current events and issues in science and technology. Students will participate in professional seminars.
ISAT 141. Analytical Methods I (2, 2). 3 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.
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: ISAT 141 or equivalent.
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 student to manufacturing terminology and how automation and other technologies are impacting this discipline. Discrete service and continuous-process manufacturing will be addressed. Chemistry and statistics concepts pertinent to manufacturing will be covered. Prerequisite: ISAT 141or 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 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 natural language constructs important to scientific analysis, with application to the development of knowledge-based systems; use of knowledge-based systems to model processes important to business and industry; introduction to procedural programming and its use for producing and tailoring information systems supporting scientific, technical and business problem solving. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
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.

Junior ­ Senior Sequence

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.
ISAT 301. Instrumentation and Measurement in the Energy Sector (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. Prerequisite: ISAT 212 and ISAT 300 or permission of instructor. Corequisite: ISAT 310.
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. Prerequisite: ISAT 300 or permission of instructor. Corequisite: ISAT 330.
ISAT 305. Instrumentation and Measurement in Biotechnology (0, 2). 1 credit.
Biotechnology is surveyed by a combination of hands-on and simulated experiences. Topics include technology of genetic engineering, the study of cellular and subcellular processes and techniques for the detection and analysis of biological molecules. Prerequisite: ISAT 300 and ISAT 350 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, ISAT 141, 142, 241, 242 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. 3 credits.
This course provides the student with a basic understanding of environmental pollution, processes and control technologies. The course addresses the three major areas of environmental concern (air, water and waste), as well as environmental risk and decision making. Topics are presented in an integrated manner and in the context of the regulatory programs defining them. Prerequisite: ISAT 112 or permission of instructor.
ISAT 321. Environmental Projects. 3 credits.
This is a project-oriented course providing students with experience in the team-based solution of environmental problems, while using and expanding their environmental knowledge base. Students will participate in environmental projects such as impact assessment, site remediation, water quality management and air quality monitoring. 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. Prerequisite: ISAT 141, 142, 211, 241, 242 or equivalent.
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. Prerequisite: ISAT 141, 142, 211, 241, 242 or equivalent.
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 141, 142, 241, 242.
ISAT 341. Knowledge Management. 3 credits.
This course is an introduction to issues in information and knowledge management, the information and knowledge management industries and information and knowledge management systems. Legal, ethical and social issues in knowledge management will be studied. Prerequisites: Junior standing and ISAT 340 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. Prerequisite: Junior standing and ISAT 340 or CS 139.
ISAT/CS 345. The Software Industry. 3 credits.
The process is examined by which software products are developed. This process includes requirement, analysis and specification, design methodis, automated support systems, testing and measurement of software, and project planning and management. Prerequisite: ISAT 340 or CS 139.
ISAT/CS 348. The Multimedia Industry. 3 credits.
Production of interactive multimedia and hypermedia systems including treatment of technical issues and human interfacing issues. This course provides exposure to hypermedia development techniques and extensive practical experience in hypermedia development. Prerequisite: ISAT 340 or CS 139 or consent 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: ISAT 111 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.
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 consent 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 consent 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. Prerequisite: ISAT 310 and 311 or consent of instructor.
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 320 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. Prerequisite: ISAT 320 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. Prerequisite: ISAT 320 or permission of instructor.
ISAT 423. Environmental Remediation. 3 credits.
This course examines the principles of environmental chemistry which apply to the remediation of contaminated soils and water, including the properties of soil systems and the factors controlling mass transport, partitioning and chemical fate. Current and emerging remediation technologies and their limitations in soil and ground water restoration are reviewed.
ISAT 426. International Environmental Issues. 3 credits.
This summer-session Study Abroad course examines international environmental problems thorugh field study. The environmental issues associated with economic growth and development are discussed. Case studies and tours are used to illustrate issues and problems. Environmental management problems particular to the host nation will be studied in detail. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
ISAT 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 330 or consent of instructor.
ISAT 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. Prerequisite: ISAT 211, ISAT 141, 142, 241 and 242 or equivalent.
ISAT 440. Seminar in Emerging Information Technologies. 3 credits.
This course is an in-depth study of new knowledge management methods, tools and technologies in a seminar format. Attention will focus on the impact of new technologies on problems in science and technology, society and culture. Prerequisite: Senior standing, ISAT 341 or permission of instructor.
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 in 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 351or 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 or ISAT 351or 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 structure and function. The course requirements include written and oral presentations and creation of Web pages. Prerequisite: ISAT 350 or permission of instructor.
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 prerequisites.
ISAT 490, 491, 492. 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 490 (one credit) is for project identification and proposal. ISAT 491 (three credits) and ISAT 492 (two 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 490, 491, 492 sequence.

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1996-97 Undergraduate Catalog
Last reviewed: 30 November 1996
Information Publisher: Division of Academic Affairs
James Madison University