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MArch Special Problems in Architecture Studies

Catalog id : 4.297
 Course Level
Masters / PG

0 Months
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 Tuition fee

24070 USD
24070 USD

Application fee

International 75 USD
National 75 USD
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)90
TOEFL-PBT (min)577
GRE (avg)329
GMAT (avg)710

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About this course

The course investigates e-Learning systems from a business, policy, technical and legal perspective. The issues presented will be tackled by discussion of the design and structure of the various example systems. The connection between information architectures and the physical workplace of the users will also be examined. The course will be comprised of readings, discussions, guest speakers and group design sessions. Laboratory sessions will be focused on implementation tools and opportunities to create one's own working prototypes. Students will learn to describe information architectures using the Unified Modeling Language (used to specify, design and structure web applications) and XML (to designate meaningful content).

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Eligibility Criteria

Graduate Record Examination

Most MIT departments require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test and an appropriate Subject Test. page 4 of this booklet for information on the department to which you intend to apply. The fee for the GRE ranges approximately from $160 to $190 US. The General Test is offered only on the computer in the US and in most locations around the world. The computer-based GRE General Test is available year round, and appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Register early to maximize your chances of scheduling your preferred test date and time.

International English Language Testing System

IELTS exam measures ability to communicate in English across all four language skills – listening, reading, writing, and speaking – for people who intend to study or work where English is the language of communication.

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Course Modules

Part 1
Lec #
Introduction to eLearning and other Multi-User Environments
Reader, Part 3:

Norman, Donald A. Invisible Computer.

O'Reilly. Web Navigation.

Reader Part 5:

Bangs, David. The Business Planning Guide.

Neumann. Computer Related Risks.
Define an "exchange" and a "market" in e-commerce. Start by searching the web. Check out secondary sources too (magazine stands, text books, dictionaries, etc.).

Explain how and by whom these words are used differently and when they are used interchangeably:

An Exchange is:
A Market is:
(Extra Credit: A Business Model is:)
Run Through Example E-Commerce and E-Learning Sites: Discerning the Architecture and Business Model
Mitchell, William J. City of Bits.
Pick up any one idea from the lecture and model a quick website, using the principles discussed today.
Design: Defining Requirements and Determining Form

Introduction to Modelling tools
Reader, Part 1:

Weigers, Karl. The Essential Software Requirement.

Kovitz, Benjamin L. Practical Software Requirements.

Reader, Part 2:

Booch, Grady, James Rumbaugh, and Ivar Jacobson.UML User Guide.

O'Reilly. UML in a Nutshell.

Schneider, Geri, and Jason P. Winters. Applying Use Cases.

Rosenberg, Doug. Use Case Driven Object Modeling with UML.

Conallen, Jim. Building Web Applications with UML.

Douglass, Bruce Powel. Real-time UML.

Harmon, Paul, and Mark Watson. Understanding UML.
Go through the UML lab.
"Politics of Search Engines"
Introna, Lucas, and Helen Nissenbaum. Shaping the Web: Why the Politics of Search Engines Matters.
Mid-term preparation.

Part 2
Lec #
Knowledge Management and Intellectual Property
Legal Issues: Payment/Security options, Authentication/Privacy
Workplace/School place of the Future: Relationship Between Physical Space of Virtual Environments
Coming to Agreement/Agreeing to Disagree: How to Manage Relationships Online
User Interface Revisited: Using Underlying Architecture to Support and Reflect Business and Design Goals
Final Presentations


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How to Apply

Application form including $75.00 application fee to be paid by credit card.
GRE scores   Have your official scores sent from ETS directly to MIT. The institution code is 3514 and our department code is 2703. The exam MUST be taken before December 15, 2015, in order for your application to be reviewed.

For non-native English speakers, either the IELTS (preferred) or TOEFL score is required. Have your official scores sent from either IELTS or ETS directly to MIT. The exam MUST be taken before December 15, 2015, and you must meet the minimum score requirement, in order for your application to be reviewed.

Three letters of recommendation Enter the evaluators’ contact information in this section.  is in your best interest to send the emails out as soon as possible; do not wait to submit the application before sending the emails.  You can later return to this page to see which letters have been submitted.

English Proficiency Requirement

All students whose first language is not English are required to take the English Evaluation Test (EET) prior to registration at MIT. Even students who satisfy the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) requirement for admission may be required to take specialized subjects in English as a Second Language (ESL), depending on their EET results. These subjects do not count toward the required units but will prove helpful to students who need to develop the skills necessary to write a thesis.

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