One major issue of the introductory IS course is that it covers too many topics and thus lacks the depth of coverage for these topics. One way to keep a balance between breadth and depth of course content is to organize lecture topics into broader modules and design assignments for these modules that allow students to explore these topics in more depth by themselves. To achieve this goal, we have designed a TCO teaching module that includes a project that covers several IS topics. The purpose of the project is to understand what computer or information systems and technologies (IST) are needed to support an organization and to determine the total cost of ownership (TCO) of the needed IST. We have designed seven lectures to explain the concepts that are needed for the project. The teaching module and project have not been implemented yet, but we plan to implement them in the Fall 2010 term. We have designed a survey to collect student feedback about the usefulness of this project.
Chen, Fang and Brabston, Mary, "Total Cost Of Ownership: A Project Integrating Multiple Topics For The Introductory Is Course" (2009). 2009 Proceedings. 34.