Back to School

Tuesday, August 25, 2009
I took the summer off of school this year for a variety of reasons, but mostly because I didn't feel like going. Since I typically take classes for enrichment purposes only, I had minimal guilt about this decision. But the Mad Cow is relentless, and now that fall is approaching, I need to get back to the virtual classroom and stimulate my brain.

Since my employer has very generously agreed to pay my tuition through their tuition assistance program, my studies must be related to the work I do for them. So this fall I've decided to take a course from the Science and Technology catalog:
ST 3100 - Business Computer Applications Organizations today purchase technology to solve business problems. This course introduces students to business processes and requirements that can profit from the application of computer technologies. Students develop an understanding of business functions, requirement definition, process mapping, and selection and implementation of appropriate software applications. Topics include such items as System Development Lifecycle (SDLC), process engineering, Enterprise Resource Productivity (ERP), and how to build a case for a particular computer technology application.
I'm not sure how much I'll enjoy this class, but it's required for my degree program and Quantitative Reasoning wasn't offered this quarter. The book costs $198.23, which makes it the most expensive book I've had to purchase to date, which kind of sucks. On the gripping hand, I may actually be able to use what I learn in my current job. That probably makes it worthwhile in its own right.

I sincerely hope I don't get any evangelizing dipshits in this class. So far those individuals who have displayed this behavior have been majoring in "Leadership and Organizational Studies" (quite possibly the most useless course of study on the planet) rather than Science and Technology. Perhaps that means I'm free of them, since I've done my required courses in that catalog.

Hope springs eternal...

7 comments:

Steve Buchheit said...

Now you've jinxed it.

Wendy said...

Damn girlfriend, that ONE course description sounds a lot like the definition for my whole BS in IS I got 15 years ago, and that took me 4.5 years to do that!!!

Huh. That sucks.

oh, well...the times they are a changin! Have fun!!

WendyB_09

mom in northern said...

Go goody my daughter is going to become a REAL geek!

Janiece said...

Because right now I'm just a borderline geek.

Hehe.

Dr. Phil (Physics) said...

A geek with portfolio credentials.

Dr. Phil

Janiece said...

Which portfolio, Dr. Phil?

::insert dirty joke here::

Ilya said...

I suspect the person with your level of experience will be alternatively bored and fighting urges to call the BS... Good luck! ;-)