Melcher Hall, Room 130
MTWTH 12:00 - 2:00pm
Instructor: Lakshmi Goel
Room: MH 280K
Phone: w. (713) 743-4734
Office Hours: M-Th 2pm-3pm
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
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 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 (http://rfcode.com/developer_kits.asp). Finally, the course will teach students
how to work with real-world RFID middleware from Shipcom Wireless, Inc.
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, Dennis Adams in MH 270.
Instructors are not permitted to issue waivers for course prerequisites. This course is an MIS
Computer Literacy Expectations
Since the course will involve programming, it is advantageous for a student 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 few classes introducing
students to Visual Basic.
Grades in the class will be based upon the following distribution:
Grade Percentage Ranges
F Below 60%
Exam I – Midterm 20%
Exam II – Final 20%
Lab Assignments 10%
Research Project 20%
Exam 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 are designed to equip students with hands-on experience with RFID technology
using the RF Code RFID Kit. Each lab assignment will be explained in class. Lab assignments
are to be completed in groups of three.
You will have to submit 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.
You will also need to give a 20 minute presentation on your research to the class. Evaluations
will be based on your idea, content, writing, thoroughness, and the evaluation of your peers. Extra
credit (up to 10%) will be assigned if the project is fully or partially implemented.
There will be quizzes throughout the semester. Students who are absent on the day of the quiz
will receive a zero for that quiz. Assignments will typically require short reports or papers to be
submitted electronically. Correct source citation and good writing are essential for assignments.
There is no text book for this course. All materials required to prepare for the exam will be
provided in class. All material (manuals, software, guides, extra reading material) needed to
complete the coursework will be provided in class.
100% attendance in class is strongly recommended. Attending guest lectures, quizzes, and exams
on the dates specified is mandatory.
The C. T. Bauer College of Business would like to help students who have disabilities achieve
their highest potential. To this end, in order to receive academic accommodations, students must
register with the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) (telephone 713-743-5400), and
present approved accommodation documentation to their instructor in a timely manner.
Academic Honesty Policy
The University of Houston Academic Honesty Policy is strictly enforced by the C. T. Bauer
College of Business. No violations of this policy will be tolerated in this course. A discussion of
the policy is included in the University of Houston Student Handbook,
http://www.uh.edu/dos/hdbk/acad/achonpol.html. Students are expected to be familiar with this
policy. Plagiarism will be dealt with stringently.
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.
May 29 Introduction
May 30th Intro to Auto-ID technologies
May 31st RFID Basics, Principles
June 1st Guest Speaker – Smart Dust
June 4th Quiz, RFID Principles
June 5th RFID in Retail
June 6th Guest Speaker – RFID in Supply Chain
June 7th Quiz, Exam I Review
June 11th Lab
June 12th Lab
June 14th Lab, Research Project
June 18th Lab, Research Project
June 19th RFID Deployment
June 20th Applications, Middleware
June 21st Standards, Privacy & Security
June 25th Research Project
June 26th Research Project
June 27th Class Presentations
June 28th Project Due
June 29th --
Note: The schedule is subject to change anytime during the semester. Schedule for quizzes and assignments
will be announced in class.