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Information Studies
INST126
Introduction to Programming for Information Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: MATH115; or must have math eligibility of MATH130 or higher; or permission of instructor.
Restriction: Must not have completed INST326 or CMSC131; and must be in Information Science program.
Credit only granted for: CMSC106, CMSC122, OR INST126.
An introduction to computer programming for students with very limited or no previous programming experience. Topics include fundamental programming concepts such as variables, data types, assignments, arrays, conditionals, loops, functions, and I/O operations.
INST201
Introduction to Information Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
GenEd: DSHS
Credit only granted for: INST201 or INST301.
Formerly: INST301.
Examining the effects of new information technologies on how we conduct business, interact with friends, and go through our daily lives. Understanding how technical and social factors have influenced the evolution of information society. Evaluating the transformative power of information in education, policy, and entertainment, and the dark side of these changes.
INST311
(Perm Req)
Information Organization
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in INST201; or INST301.
Restriction: Must be in Information Science program; and permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Examines the theories, concepts, and principles of information, information representation and organization, record structures, description, and classification. Topics to be covered in this course include the methods and strategies to develop systems for storage, organization, and retrieval of information in a variety of organizational and institutional settings, as well as policy, ethical, and social implications of these systems.
INST314
(Perm Req)
Statistics for Information Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: (must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in INST201; or INST301); and MATH115; and STAT100.
Restriction: Must be in Information Science program; and permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Credit only granted for: BIOM301, BMGT230, CCJS200, ECON230, ECON321, EDMS451, GEOG306, GEOL351, GVPT422, INST314, JOUR405, PSYC200 or SOCY201. (These courses do not necessarily meet the same major requirements-check with your advisor to see which of these courses will count for your major).
Basic concepts in statistics including measure construction, data exploration, hypothesis development, hypothesis testing, pattern identification, and statistical analysis. The course also provides an overview of commonly used data manipulation and analytic tools. Through homework assignments, projects, and in-class activities, you will practice working with these techniques and tools to create information resources that can be used in individual and organizational decision-making and problem-solving.
INST326
(Perm Req)
Object-Oriented Programming for Information Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in INST201; or must have completed INST301. And (INST126, CMSC106, or CMSC122).
Restriction: Must be in Information Science program; and permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Credit only granted for: INST326 or CMSC131.
An introduction to programming, emphasizing understanding and implementation of applications using object-oriented techniques. Topics to be covered include program design and testing as well as implementation of programs.
INST327
(Perm Req)
Database Design and Modeling
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: CMSC106, CMSC122, or INST126. And must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in INST201; or must have completed INST301.
Restriction: Must be in Information Science program; and permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Credit only granted for: INST327 or BMGT402.
Introduction to databases, the relational model, entity-relationship diagrams, user-oriented database design and normalization, and Structured Query Language (SQL). Through labs, tests, and a project, students develop both theoretical and practical knowledge of relational database systems.
INST335
(Perm Req)
Teams and Organizations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC100; and (INST201; or must have completed INST301).
Restriction: Must be in Information Science program; and permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Team development and the principles, methods and types of leadership will be a focus with an emphasis on goal setting, motivation, problem solving, and conflict resolution. This course examines the principles of managing team projects in organizations through planning and execution including estimating costs, managing risks, scheduling, staff and resource allocation, communication, tracking, and control.
INST346
(Perm Req)
Technologies Infrastructure and Architecture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in INST201; or must have completed INST301. And (INST326 or CMSC131); and INST327.
Restriction: Must be in Information Science program; and permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Credit only granted for: INST346 or BMGT405.
Examines the basic concepts of local and wide-area computer networking including an overview of services provided by networks, network topologies and hardware, packet switching, client/server architectures, network protocols, and network servers and applications. The principles and techniques of information organization and architecture for the Web environment will be covered along with such topics as management, security, authentication, and policy issues associated with distributed systems.
INST352
(Perm Req)
Information User Needs and Assessment
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in INST201; or must have completed INST301. And INST311.
Restriction: Must be in Information Science program; and permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Focuses on use of information by individuals, including the theories, concepts, and principles of information, information behavior and mental models. Methods for determining information behavior and user needs, including accessibility issues will be examined and strategies for using information technology to support individual users and their specific needs will be explored.
INST354
(Perm Req)
Decision-Making for Information Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: INST314.
Restriction: Must be in Information Science program; and permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Examines the use of information in organizational and individual decision-making, including the roles of information professionals and information systems in informed decision-making through techniques such as data analysis and regression, optimization, sensitivity analysis, decision trees, risk analysis and business simulation models.
INST362
(Perm Req)
User-Centered Design
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC100; and (must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in INST201; or must have completed INST301); and must have completed INST326.
Restriction: Must be in Information Science program; and permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Introduction to human-computer interaction (HCI), with a focus on how HCI connects psychology, information systems, computer science, and human factors. User-centered design and user interface implementation methods discussed include identifying user needs, understanding user behaviors, envisioning interfaces, and utilizing prototyping tools, with an emphasis on incorporating people in the design process from initial field observations to summative usability testing.
INST377
(Perm Req)
Dynamic Web Applications
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: INST327.
Restriction: Must be in Information Science program; and permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Credit only granted for: INST377 or BMGT406.
An exploration of the basic methods and tools for developing dynamic, database-driven websites, including acquiring, installing, and running web servers, database servers, and connectability applications.
INST408B
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Information Science; Design and Humanity Disability and Aging
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
INST414
(Perm Req)
Data Science Techniques
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: INST314.
Restriction: Must be in Information Science program; and permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
An exploration of how to extract insights from large-scale datasets. The course will cover the complete analytical funnel from data extraction and cleaning to data analysis and insights interpretation and visualization. The data analysis component will focus on techniques in both supervised and unsupervised learning to extract information from datasets. Topics will include clustering, classification, and regression techniques. Through homework assignments, a project, exams and in-class activities, students will practice working with these techniques and tools to extract relevant information from structured and unstructured data.
INST447
(Perm Req)
Data Sources and Manipulation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: INST326 or CMSC131; and INST327.
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies; and must be in Information Science program.
Examines approaches to locating, acquiring, manipulating, and disseminating data. Imperfection, biases, and other problems in data are examined, and methods for identifying and correcting such problems are introduced. The course covers other topics such as automated collection of large data sets, and extracting, transforming, and reformatting a variety of data and file types.
INST462
(Perm Req)
Introduction to Data Visualization
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: INST362.
Restriction: Must be in Information Science program; and permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Exploration of the theories, methods, and techniques of visualization of information, including the effects of human perception, the aesthetics of information design, the mechanics of visual display, and the semiotics of iconography.
INST466
Technology, Culture, and Society
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: INST201.
Restriction: Must be in Information Science program; or permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Individual, cultural, and societal outcomes associated with development of information & communication technologies (ICTs), including pro- and anti-social factors. Unpacking how gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disabilities, and political affiliations affect consumption and production of online experiences. Unpacking how structures of dominance, power and privilege manifest at individual, institutional and cultural levels.
INST490
(Perm Req)
Integrated Capstone for Information Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: INST314, INST335, INST346, INST352, and INST362.
Restriction: Must be in Information Science program; and must have completed all Information Science major core courses; and permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
The capstone provides a platform for Information Science students where they can apply a subset of the concepts, methods, and tools they learn as part of the Information Science program to addressing an information problem or fulfilling an information need.
INST604
Introduction to Archives and Digital Curation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Credit only granted for: LBSC604 or LBSC605.
Overview of the principles, practices, and applications in the archival and digital curation fields.
INST607
Government Information
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Credit only granted for: INFM718E, INST607, or LBSC708E.
Formerly: INFM718E and LBSC708E.
An introduction to the nature and scope of government information. Tracing the ongoing efforts of government agencies to offer information, services, and resources online, this course examines the nature, current impacts, and future impacts of E-government. More specifically, the course explores information and communication technologies designed to make government more open and transparent; the design, implementation, and evaluation of efficient, effective, and new government and governance mechanisms; the role of information institutions in supporting E-government; and the development and implementation of selected public facing E-government tools (e.g., portals, visualizations).
INST612
Information Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Credit only granted for: INST612 or LBSC625.
Formerly: LBSC625.
Nature, structure, development and application of information policy. Interactions of social objectives, stakeholders, technology and other forces that shape policy decisions.
INST616
Open Source Intelligence
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
An introduction to Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) for Information Professionals. For the purposes of this course, OSINT will be defined as the use of free, publicly available online sources that can be used to gather information that may be later used to conduct analysis or reach conclusions. Students will learn basic and advanced techniques for using search engines, people directories, social media networks, location-based services, images and videos, public records, and other sources. The course will also offer students more technical aspects of open-source information, including domains, IP addresses, and the deep web. Throughout the modules, data quality and validation procedures will be key topics.
INST627
Data Analytics for Information Professionals
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Skills and knowledge needed to craft datasets, perform quantitative and qualitative analyses, and develop information resources that bridge the gap between raw data and decision makers' needs.
INST630
Introduction to Programming for the Information Professional
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
An introduction to computer programming intended for students with no previous programming experience. Topics include fundamentals of programming and current trends in user interface implementation that are relevant to information professionals.
INST632
Human-Computer Interaction Design Methods
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: LBSC671, INFM603, or INST631; or permission of instructor.
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Methods of user-centered design, including task analysis, low-tech prototyping, user interviews, usability testing, participatory design, and focus groups.
INST646
Principles of Records and Information Management
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Credit only granted for: LBSC680 OR INST646.
Formerly: LBSC680.
Principles and practices of managing records in the context of information management programs in government, corporate and other institutional settings. Includes access; legal requirements; digital technologies; and creation, administration, appraisal, and retention and disposition of records.
INST652
Design Thinking and Youth
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Methods of design thinking specifically within and for youth contexts, including user-centered design, understanding user needs, ideation, contextual design, participatory design, iterative prototyping, and visual design. These topics will specifically be studied in the context of designing with and for youth.
INST702
Advanced Usability Testing
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor; or (INFM605 or INST631).
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Credit only granted for: INFM702 or INST702.
Formerly: INFM702.
Usability testing methods -- how to design and implement them both for desktop and mobile sites. Students will learn the complex process of facilitating usability testing and how to synthesize test data into a report.
INST709
INST728B
Special Topics in Information Studies; Digitization and Legacy Holdings
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
INST728G
Special Topics in Information Studies; Smart Cities and Urban Data Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Also offered as URSP688Y. Credit granted for URSP688Y or INST728G.

The proliferation of data, technology and new analytical methods are changing cities in rapid and dramatic fashion. These changes have implications for the look and feel of cities, the behavior patterns of the people who inhabit them, and the decisions made by people who govern them. As cities become smarter, our understanding of them must evolve in a similar fashion. This course will introduce students to the concept of Smart Cities and their implications for the current and future development of urban areas. Students will learn about the history of urban development and when cities gained their sentience, how cities learn and grow their intelligence, and how these trends shape the lives of urban and rural dwellers alike. The course begins by introducing the "components" of the smart city: new and novel data sources (embedded sensor networks, crowdsourcing), new methods of (connected devices, machine learning, data science), and new ways of modeling, simulating, and visualizing urban phenomena. The second half of the course discusses how these components are changing the performance and experience of different aspects of urban life inareas like transportation, public health, criminal justice, and social equity.
INST728K
Special Topics in Information Studies; Consumer Health Informatics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
INST733
Database Design
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: LBSC690, LBSC671, or INFM603; or permission of instructor.
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Credit only granted for: INST733 or LBSC793.
Formerly: LBSC793.
Principles of user-oriented database design. Requirements analysis. Data modelling. Data integrity and security and multi-user databases. Implementing an information system using a database management system (DBMS).
INST734
Information Retrieval Systems
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: LBSC671 or INFM603; or permission of instructor.
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Credit only granted for: INST734 or LBSC796.
Formerly: LBSC796.
Principles of organizing and providing access to information using automated information storage and retrieval systems. Retrieval systems models, index language selection, data structure, user interfaces, and evaluation for text and multimedia applications.
INST736
Computational Linguistics II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: LING723 or CMSC723; or permission of instructor.
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Also offered as: CMSC773, LING773.
Credit only granted for: INST736, INST728C, CMSC773, LING773, or LBSC774.
Natural language processing with a focus on corpus-based statistical techniques. Topics include: stochastic language modeling, smoothing, noisy channel models, probabilistic grammars and parsing; lexical acquisition, similarity-based methods, word sense disambiguation, statistical methods in NLP applications; system evaluation.
INST737
Introduction to Data Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: INST627; and (LBSC690, LBSC671, or INFM603). Or permission of instructor.
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
An exploration of some of the best and most general approaches to get the most information out of data through clustering, classification, and regression techniques.
INST741
Social Computing Technologies and Applications
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: INFM603 and INFM605; or (LBSC602 and LBSC671); or permission of instructor.
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Credit only granted for: INFM741 or INST741.
Formerly: INFM741.
Tools and techniques for developing and configuring social computing applications. Theories and paradigms for social computing. Strengths and limitations of different application styles and types. Evolution of applications as responses to social computing challenges. Information and organizational systems co-development.
INST742
Implementing Digital Curation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: INST604; or permission of instructor.
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Management of and technology for application of digital curation principles in specific settings. Characteristics, representation, conversion, and preservation of digital objects. Application of standards for digitization, description, and preservation. Planning for sustainability, risk mitigation and disaster recovery.
INST762
Visual Analytics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: INFM603 or INST630; or permission of instructor.
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Credit only granted for: INST728Q OR INST762.
Formerly: INST728Q.
Visual analytics is the use of interactive visual interfaces to facilitate analytical reasoning. In essence, visual analytics is based on the--not uncontroversial--idea that humans and computers working alone are insufficient for the data challenges of today and tomorrow, and that effective synthesis of both humans and computational algorithms are needed to create human-in-the-loop systems. Thus, visual analytics bridges human-centered disciplines such as visualization and human-computer interaction with computation-centered disciplines such as machine learning, probabilistic methods, and knowledge discovery. The course contents will include both theoretical foundations of this interdisciplinary science as well as practical applications of integrated visual analysis techniques on real-world problems.
INST767
Big Data Infrastructure
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: INST737; or permission of instructor.
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Principles and techniques of data science and business intelligence. Technologies and architectures for large-scale data warehousing and scale-out data analytics platforms. Supervised and unsupervised data mining.
INST776
HCIM CAPSTONE PROJECT
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: INST775; or permission of instructor.
Restriction: Must be taken in the semester immediately following completion of INST775 HCIM Capstone Prep; and permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
The opportunity to apply the skills learned through coursework in a semester-long project applied to a real -world problem. Capstone projects may follow the design, prototyping and evaluation process from end-to-end or may focus on a subset of elements in that process, such as formative study and design.
INST794
(Perm Req)
Capstone in Youth Experience
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: INST650, INST651, and INST652; or permission of instructor.
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies; and must be part of Youth Experience (YX) certificate program.
Through a supervised project, to synthesize design thinking, participatory design, connected learning, and learning theory/frameworks students will produce a technology-infused program for and with youth. Students will develop and carry out a project with a community partner through their library system. The project must incorporate technology and design thinking, and must be based on one or more learning theory/frameworks. Through the course, students will learn many practical skills related to planning and implementation of a technology-infused programming at or through their library, including marketing, fundraising, budgeting, legal issues, logistical issues, developing and sustaining community partnerships, developing engaging experiences for youth, and creating and analyzing learning assessments.
Course is restricted to students admitted to the Youth Experience (YX) Certificate Program.
INST799
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
INST808
Seminar in Research Methods and Data Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
INST809
Individualized Teaching Experience
Credits: 3 - 5
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
INST810
Individual Research Experience
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Credit only granted for: INST810 or LBSC810.
Formerly: LBSC810.
Pre-candidacy individual research experience directed by a faculty member.
INST898
(Perm Req)
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
INST899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.