University of Wisconsin Green Bay
Communication Department

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"Providing a thoughtful perspective on the technologies that shape our lives."

Information Technologies


COMM 308 & IS 308


Professor:            Phillip G. Clampitt, Ph.D., Hendrickson Professor of Business
Office:                   MAC C336; MAC C332
Office Hours:        TTh 10:45 - 11:30; T 3:30 - 4:45
Phone:                  465-2324
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  • ·      Understand and evaluate information technologies (What are they? What are they intended to do? What do they actually do?  What are their advantages? Disadvantages?)

  • ·    Make informed, defensible, and theory-driven choices of information technologies in order to meet an organization’s or individual’s information needs.

  • ·    Use a group process to address cases which simulate real-world situations. Present and defend your case in rich (oral) and lean (written) channels.


  • Diffusion of Innovation, Latest edition by Rogers

  • The Victorian Internet by Tom Standage


The approximate weight of the various activities is suggested below:

 Note: All members receive the same letter grade on case studies except for those members whose contributions are below average (2 or more ratings of 5 or less on a 1-10 scale) as rated by fellow group members.  Each group’s case grade will be a combination of the oral and written versions, but the case write-up counts more than the oral presentation.  Oral comments from the instructors after the in-class presentation will point to areas that need improvement for the written version and should be reflected in the paper submitted.

All grading will be done on a “0 - 100%” scale which translates into the following letter grades: 

   A:  92% + C:  72 -78%
   AB:  89 - 91% CD:  69 - 71%
   B:  82 - 88% D:  60 - 69%
   BC:  79 -81% F:  Below 59%

Listed below is some advice from former communications students who have successfully trained their neural pathways.

"Taking a Phil class will definitely raise your stress levels.  However, once the class is over, you will realize that it was all worth it."   -Jerome Allen

"Do not concern yourself with what you believe Phil is "looking for" as the "right answer," rather construct a unique solution to the problem and develop a strong line of rationale and you will succeed beyond measure" -Marcus Reitz

"GO TO CLASS!!!  No matter how many notes you print off the website, you will never get all the information!, read, read!  If you don't read, the multiple choice questions in the exams are going to kick your butt!" -Angela Stangel