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ISSC386 - Green Computing: Foundations and Strategies

Course Details

Course Code: ISSC386 Course ID: 4404 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course provides a basic understanding of the overall environmental need for an organization to adopt a Green IT strategy including: Climate Change, dangerous and exploitive working practices, the effect of hazardous waste use and disposal, consumption of precious resources such as oil, gas and water. The course identifies an organization’s external drivers and opportunities for greening its IT including: political, environmental, social and legal.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

The successful student will fulfill the following learning objectives:

  1. Classify Green IT regulations, legislation, and policy
  2. Identify organization’s current Green IT credentials
  3. Develop methods to move forward in delivering greener IT
  4. Categorize the comprehensive scope of Green IT
  5. Classify the political, environmental, social and legal drivers for Green IT
  6. Discuss practicalities of energy efficiencies
  7. Explain the business benefits of adopting a Green IT strategy
  8. Explain the importance of IT when trying to achieve an organization’s green objectives

Chapter Review Summary Essays (please see below after the Outline for more details)

Chapter Summary Review Essays will be as completed as assigned in the syllabus and amplified in the class announcements and the assignment itself.

Each essay will be no less than one-thousand words. Formatting (APA), grammar and spelling count.

You can begin writing your essays as soon as you finish your reading but they will be turned as noted in the syllabus.

Student Case Study

Students will complete a Case Study that will be completed as assigned in the syllabus and amplified in the class announcements and the assignment itself.

***The time to ask questions about assignments is before they are due and not after.

Weekly Forum Participation

Classroom interaction is a vital part of the online experience. Valuable knowledge can be gained from understanding the experiences of other class participants. You will earn participation points for activity in the forums.

As I monitor the boards for participation so there is no reason for you to submit your comments and peer reviews as separate assignments.

***Weekly forums can not be made up after the week in question.

Each week one or more questions will be posted in the forums. Each student will provide at a minimum a 250-word response (total), to answer the forum questions. Additionally, you must provide peer reviews for two or many students the sum of which will be 300 words in response to other students’ forum inputs. Your peer review will review/analyze an input and provides justification why you agree/disagree with the information in the student input. You must always be courteous (professional) even in disagreement.

Weekly Lessons

Weekly lessons are additional readings that will add to your basic knowledge but are not testable as such.

Submission of Textbook Assignments and Project Documents

Upload assignments as attachments and not inline comments. The only exception to this rule is your forum participation which you fulfill by posting to the forums.

NOTE: Uploaded files are time stamped using Eastern Standard Time (EST). This time stamp is used to determine if an assignment is submitted on time.

NameGrade %
Chapter Summaries 54.00 %
Chapter 1 Summary Essay 13.50 %
Chapter 2 Summary Essay 13.50 %
Chapter 3 Summary Essay 13.50 %
Chapter 4 Summary Essay 13.50 %
Case Study 22.00 %
Case Study 22.00 %
Forums 24.00 %
Week 1 Forum 3.00 %
Week 2 Forum 3.00 %
Week 3 Forum 3.00 %
Week 4 Forum 3.00 %
Week 5 Forum 3.00 %
Week 6 Forum 3.00 %
Week 7 Forum 3.00 %
Week 8 Forum 3.00 %

Software Requirements

  • Microsoft Office 2007 and beyond or any word processor with the ability to export a *.txt file.

Selected Bibliography

Wikipedia, Green Computing, Retrieved May 12, 2012, from

Wikipedia, IT energy management, Retrieved May 12, 2012, from

Donnellan, B., (n.d.). Integrating your Green IT strategy into business objectives, Retrieved May 12, 2012, from

KPI Library, KPIs in ‘Green IT’, Retrieved May 12, 2012, from

The Daily Beast, (taken from Newsweek), Newsweek GREEN RANKINGS, Retrieved May 12, 2012, from

Environmental Protection Agency, (April 5, 2012.), National Top 50, Retrieved May 12, 2012, from

Business & Leadership, (taken from “The Green Economy: An Irish Director Report (May 31, 2011.). Green assets, Retrieved May 12, 2012,

U.S. General Services Administration, (April 19, 2012.). Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings, Retrieved May 12, 2012,

Book Title:Green IT Strategies and Applications: Using Environmental Intelligence- E-book available in the APUS Online Library
Author:Bhuvan Unhelkar
Unit Cost:$86.54
Book Title:To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit to locate the eReserve by course #.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.