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Sustainability and Information Technology

Sustainability and Information Technology


This is a syllabus for CIS 3700: Sustainability & IT


Kannan Mohan, Professor, Information Systems, Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, CUNY


Blogs@Baruch, Blackboard (for Gradebook), Dropbox, Baruch College eReserve, One Note notebook, various online journals and databases.


View Prof. Mohan’s CIS 3700: Sustainability & IT syllabus here.


Students investigate IT’s carbon footprint, how IT can offer sustainable solutions to environmental concerns, and IT’s connection to social sustainability. Students produce case analysis reports on IT and environmental and sustainability issues, create deliverables on IT as a solution, and complete a project (including a report and presentation). Since the course is information-heavy, and the relevant content frequently updates, Professor Mohan uses two Blogs@Baruch sites: one for more interactive, comment-based participatory learning from the students and one as a course portal to convey course information and links to resources. Professor Mohan also provides an online glossary to reinforce vocabulary and key terms for students (many of whom are multilingual learners).


In Kannan Mohan’s Sustainability and IT course, class meetings alternate weekly between face-to-face and online modes. Rather than having a comprehensive syllabus, Professor Mohan uses the course website to organize and share information with students. The “Syllabus” section of the site houses important information such as instructor contact information, learning objectives, required materials and prerequisites, and grade and course policies. More detailed information about assignments and the course schedule can be found in other areas of the site, such as “Schedule” and “Assignments”. The “Resources” section contains digital material related to the course. Engaging with Professor Mohan’s site gives students an opportunity to write about their research and projects, collaborate with peers, and receive feedback from the instructor.

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