LIS 525 (2008 Winter) - General Information


Managing Internet Information Services.


Tim Craven, NCB 203, tel. 519-661-2111 ext. 88497.


  1. To provide an understanding of the management functions required for Internet technologies.
  2. To examine law and standards involved in participation in the Internet.
  3. To analyze selected aspects of the structure, growth, and governance of the Internet.
  4. To provide practice with tools for the management of Internet information services.

Course documentation

Course documentation will be posted on Web sites as follows:


7 out of 10 weekly elective reports @9% each 63%
Preliminary definition of Internet information service on which the consultant's report will be written (due January 22, 9 am) 2%
Final consultant's report (due April 8, 9 am) 17%
Participation in online discussions 18%
Total 100%

Grades on the traditional 15-point scale (-2 to 12, or F to A+) will be assigned to each of the components of course work worth more than 2%; a pass/fail type grade will be assigned to the preliminary definition. An appropriately weighted average of these will be computed, and the result will then be translated into a percentage mark to meet the requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. (You can see how the conversion works at on the FIMS intranet.)

Weekly elective reports

What is actually expected in weekly elective reports is indicated in the "Assignments" file [525ass.htm].

The assignment will form the basis for evaluating each report. Criteria used in evaluating all reports will be correctness, clarity of thought and presentation, and coverage of all parts of the assignment. Where the assignment requests a more extended discussion, weight will also be given to the number of significant points made within the length indicated. You are reminded that intentional duplication of another student's work constitutes a violation of the policy on plagiarism.
"Plagiarism: Students must write their essays and assignments in their own words. Whenever students take an idea or a passage from another author, they must acknowledge their debt both by using quotation marks where appropriate and by proper referencing such as footnotes or citations. Plagiarism is a major academic offence (see Scholastic Offence Policy in the Western Academic Calendar). The University of Western Ontario uses software for plagiarism checking. Students may be required to submit their written work in electronic form for plagiarism checking."

Confidential feedback will be provided on each report (usually a grade plus suggestions for improvement where appropriate).

Assignments generally call for a report to be e-mailed to the professor. For e-mailing, you should adhere to the guidelines given at All submissions should be received by the professor by the time indicated. Submissions received late will receive lowered grades or will not be credited, depending on the circumstances.


Professor to students: In addition to the confidential feedback on each report, the course discussion boards will provide considerable general feedback. Additional individual feedback is available on request.

Students to professor: E-mail or telephone me directly.


  1. January 8-9. Introduction.
  2. January 15-16. Origins and history of the Internet.
  3. January 22-23. Preliminary ideas for student projects.
  4. January 29-30. Network utilities.
  5. February 5-6. ISPs.
  6. February 12-13. Preliminary proposals for ISP choice and bandwidth and storage needs.
  7. February 19-20. Preliminary proposals for personnel, hardware and software, and service requirements.
  8. [Research Week.]
  9. March 4-5. Log file analysis.
  10. March 11-12. Legal issues.
  11. March 18-19. Accessibility and publicity.
  12. March 25-26. Preliminary proposals for policies, budget, security, promotion, and evaluation.
  13. April 1-2. Sample instructions for content providers.
  14. April 8-9. Final consultants' reports.


Last updated October 2, 2007.
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Faculty of Information and Media Studies
University of Western Ontario,
London, Ontario
Canada, N6A 5B7