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  1. 1. DISC4397 RFID & Business Applications Summer 2008 Melcher Hall, Room 127 MTWTH 10:00am – 12.00pm Contact Information Instructor: Vlad Krotov Room: MH 280L Email: vokrotov@uh.edu Phone: office (713) 743-4735; cell (713) 498-5383 Skype: vlad1039 ICQ: 209625050 Office Hours: Before and after the class Web: http://www.bauer.uh.edu/rfid/summer2008.html Course Overview Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is an emerging technology that holds the promise to revolutionize supply chain management. Even though RFID has been around for decades, it is only now that businesses are coming to realize potential improvements in supply chain visibility and cost efficiencies that can be brought by RFID. However, the impact of RFID technology may go beyond improvements in supply chain efficiency. In his 1995 book titled “The Road Ahead”, Bill Gates talks about the concept “information highway”. He envisions “information highway” as a ubiquitous network with electronic devices being the only nodes in the network. RFID technology may be taking the concept of information highway even further. With the help of RFID, people, animals, physical objects (including electronic devices) may all become a part of a network. This extended version of information highway may offer opportunities beyond those envisioned by the Microsoft’s founder. Of course, it may take time for this new type of network to emerge. At this point of time RFID is still an emerging technology imposing a number of challenges on early adopters. The primary objective of this course is to equip students with technical and managerial knowledge which will help them to address challenges and take advantage of the opportunities related to the RFID technology. The course has two main components: conceptual and technical. The conceptual component of the course intends to provide a thorough overview of the technology from the managerial standpoint. As a part of the conceptual component of the course, we are expecting to have a number of guest speakers from companies that work with RFID. The technical component of the course is designed to help students to gain knowledge in several areas. First of all, the course will cover technical issues surrounding RFID
  2. 2. technology, such as physics of RFID. Secondly, students will learn how to set up and configure RFID hardware. Thirdly, students will learn how to develop simple RFID applications using the RF Code’s Mantis Developer’s Kit. Prerequisites The Department strictly enforces all prerequisites. Unfortunately, students without the appropriate prerequisites may be dropped from the class roll. Those students with a legitimate reason for not taking the necessary courses may contact the Department Chair, Dr. Khumawala in MH 270. Instructors are not permitted to issue waivers for course prerequisites. This course is an MIS elective. Computer Literacy Expectations Since the course will involve programming, students are expected to have basic knowledge of a fourth generation programming language, preferably Visual Basic. Contingent on the overall level of students’ expertise in programming, I may spend a class or two introducing students to Visual Basic. Grading Grades in the class will be based upon the following distribution: Grade Percentage Ranges A 100-93% A- 92-90% B+ 89-87% B 86-84% B- 83-80% C+ 79-77% C 76-73% C- 72-70% D 69-60% F Below 60% Exam I: 25% Exam II: 40% Lab Assignments: 30% Quizzes: 5% Final grades will be rounded to the nearest percent using the “0.5 rule”. Grades for Exam I and Exam II will not be rounded. Exam I & II grades will have 2 decimal point precision (e.g. 78.12 %).
  3. 3. Exams: All exams multiple choice. Questions will come from lectures, reading materials, guest speaker presentations, and lab assignments. Exam II will be semi- comprehensive. It will focus on material covered after the Exam I, but will also include questions on material covered before the Exam I. Lab Assignments: You will have to complete 3 lab assignments using the RF Code RFID Kit. Lab assignments are designed to equip students with hands-on experience with RFID technology. Each lab assignment will be explained in class. Lab assignments are to be completed in groups of three. The deadlines for completing the lab assignments will be flexible. However, you have to complete all the lab assignments before the Exam II. Quizzes: There will be several quizzes based on guest speaker presentations. Extra Credit: There are three ways to get extra credit (up to 7pts towards your final grade). The first two are mutually exclusive. In other words, you have to decide which one of the two you want to do – you cannot do both 1 and 2. 1. Write a research paper on a topic related to RFID. Please have you research topic approved by me before you start writing the paper. Paper requirements: 8+ pages, double-spaced, 1 inch margins, 12 pts Times New Roman font, properly cited sources, original work. The paper has to be submitted no later then two days (within 48 hours) after the final exam. (4pts) 2. Come up with a good, innovative idea for an RFID application. Goodness and novelty are a matter of degree, so I will use my judgment in deciding how good novel your idea is. Submit a write-up of the idea. It doesn’t matter how long the write-up is (as long as I can understand your idea). (3pts) 3. After you complete your lab assignments, I will ask you to distribute 3pts among your team members proportionally to each member’s contribution to the lab assignments. (3pts) Course Materials There is no text book for this course. Reading slides and handouts should be sufficient to prepare for exams. For each topic that we discuss in class I will have a number of handouts either in electronic or hard copy formats. The white papers in electronic format will be posted to our class web site. The white papers in hard copy format will be distributed in class. If you miss a class, you can always pick up a handout from my drop box, which is located to the right of my office door (r. 280L).
  4. 4. Software You will be provided with all the necessary software for the class. Attendance Even though attendance is not mandatory, I strongly encourage you to attend every class. I expect 100% attendance on the days when we have a guest speaker. Quizzes will be administered on these days to encourage attendance. Classroom Protocols • Eating and drinking. Eating and drinking are allowed, but please do not make too much noise. • Cellular phones and beepers. Please put these devices in silent/vibrate mode. Please try to refrain from returning calls or pages in class. • Punctuality. Please make every effort to be on time. Disabilities The Center for Students with Disabilities provides a wide variety of academic support services to all currently enrolled UH students who have any type of mental or physical disability of either a temporary or permanent nature. These services include assistance with course accommodations, adaptive equipment, individualized exam administration, taped textbooks, wheelchair repair, library needs, registration, and handicapped parking accessible housing and transportation, as well as many other needs. If you feel that you may need assistance of this nature, you may wish to call the Center at (713) 743-5400. In addition, you should let your instructor know about any special needs as soon as possible. Academic Honesty Policy College of Business Administration is proud of the high quality of students and our academic programs. In efforts to maintain out high standards, it is important that you complete you individual assignments on your own. Evidence of unauthorized cooperation on assignments will result in severe penalties, including receiving an F for the course. Teaching Evaluations The CBA has a policy that requires all of its instructors to be evaluated by their students. The results of these evaluations are important to provide feedback to instructors on how their performance can be improved. In addition, these evaluations are carefully considered in promotion, salary adjustment, and other important decisions. We openly encourage our students to provide feedback to the instructors and the CBA through the evaluation process.
  5. 5. Tentative Schedule June 2 Introduction to the Class Monday June 3 Introduction to Auto-ID Tuesday June 4 Physics of RFID Wed June 5 RFID Tags Thursday June 9 RFID System Design Monday Interrogation Zones June 10 Performing Site Analysis Tuesday RFID Installation June 11 RFID Peripherals Wednesday Regulations and Standards June 12 Monitoring and Troubleshooting RFID Systems Thursday Midterm Exam Review June 16 MIDTERM Monday June 17 RFID Middleware Tuesday RFID Programming June 18 RFID Programming Wed June 19 RFID and Supply Chain Management Thursday RFID Programming June 23 RFID Applications Monday RFID Programming June 24 RFID Privacy and Security Tuesday RFID Programming June 26 The Future of RFID Wednesday RFID Programming June 27 RFID Programming Thursday June 30 RFID Programming Monday July 1 Final Exam Review Tuesday July 3 FINAL EXAM Thursday

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