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Information Studies
INST126
Introduction to Programming for Information Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in MATH115; or must have math eligibility of MATH140 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.
INST152
Foundational Scholarship and Critical Inquiry in the Information Age
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
GenEd: DSSP
Students will acquire, hone, and learn to apply foundational information literacy skills for research and application including: ethical information use and creation; information accessibility; and interpreting scholarly discourse.
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.
INST301
Introduction to Information Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
GenEd: DSHS
Restriction: Must be in Information Science program; and permission of INFO-College of Information Studies; and restricted to students in the Information Science Program on the Universities at Shady Grove campus.
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.
INST309
(Perm Req)
Independent Study in Information Science
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg
INST311
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
Statistics for Information Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in INST201; or must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in INST301. And minimum grade of C- in INST201 and INST301; and MATH115; and STAT100; and minimum grade of C- in 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
Object-Oriented Programming for Information Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (INST126, CMSC106); and must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in INST201 or INST301. And minimum grade of C- in INST201; or minimum grade of C- in INST301.
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.
Students who wish to register should contact the College of Information Studies.
INST327
(Perm Req)
Database Design and Modeling
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (CMSC106, CMSC122, INST126); and must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in INST201 or INST301; and minimum grade of C- in INST201 and 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.
Students who wish to register should contact the College of Information Studies.
INST335
Teams and Organizations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (INST201, INST301); and minimum grade of C- in PSYC100.
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.
Students who wish to register should contact the College of Information Studies.
INST346
(Perm Req)
Technologies Infrastructure and Architecture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (INST201, INST301); and 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (INST326, CMSC131); and minimum grade of C- in 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.
Students who wish to register should contact the College of Information Studies.
INST352
(Perm Req)
Information User Needs and Assessment
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (INST201, INST301); and minimum grade of C- in 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.
Students who wish to register should contact the College of Information Studies.
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.
Students who wish to register should contact the College of Information Studies.
INST362
(Perm Req)
User-Centered Design
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (INST201, INST301); and minimum grade of C- in INST326; and minimum grade of C- in PSYC100.
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.
Students who wish to register should contact the College of Information Studies.
INST364
Human-Centered Cybersecurity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: INST201 or INST301; and must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in INST352.
Restriction: Must be in Information Science program; and permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Cybersecurity is fundamentally a problem of human interaction with technology, but its technical challenges are better understood than its human challenges. This course is designed to give you an overview of human interactions with cybersecurity technology, from users to system designers. Using the information gleaned in this course, you should be able to make better predictions about how people react to cybersecurity policies and tools, and how those reactions shape organizational behavior. The earlier part of the course focuses on explanations for behavior, while the later parts of the course focus more on the development and evaluation of tools for assisting people in cybersecurity.
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.
Students who wish to register should contact the College of Information Studies.
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.
INST448
(Perm Req)
Digital Curation Research in Cultural Big Data Collections
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
INST462
(Perm Req)
Introduction to Data Visualization
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: INST314.
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.
Students who wish to register should contact the College of Information Studies.
INST466
Technology, Culture, and Society
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
GenEd: DVCC
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: Minimum grade of C- in 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.
INST610
Information Ethics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Credit only granted for: INFM718Q, INST610, or LBSC708I.
Formerly: INFM718Q and LBSC708I.
Investigation of the diverse range of ethical challenges facing society in the information age. Ethical theories, including non-Western and feminist theories. Application of theories to information ethics issues.
INST613
Information and Human Rights
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
An examination of information as a human right, including topics: social, cultural, economic, legal, and political forces shaping information rights; the impact of information rights on information professions, standards, and cultural institutions; and information rights and disadvantaged populations.
INST620
Diverse Populations, Inclusion, and Information
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Credit only granted for: LBSC620 OR INST620.
Formerly: LBSC620.
Importance of equality of information access. Social, political, and technological barriers to information. Information needs of diverse and underrepresented populations. Principles of inclusive information services.
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.
INST631
Fundamentals of Human-Computer Interaction
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in INST630; or permission of instructor.
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Credit only granted for: INST631 or LBSC795.
Formerly: LBSC795.
Principles of human-human and machine-machine communication as a basis for models of human-computer communication. Issues related in input/ output devices, conceptual models, levels of control, metaphor and personification, adaptability, and intensionality/extensionality.
INST641
Policy and Ethics in Digital Curation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: INST604; or INST640; or permission of instructor.
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Discussion of strategies to address intellectual property, privacy, security and other policy and ethics concerns raised by the curation of digital records and data.
INST643
Curation in Cultural Institutions
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
An overview of the principles, practices, and current debates in the management, care and representation of digital artifacts in libraries, archives, and museums.
INST650
(Perm Req)
Facilitating Youth Learning in Formal and Informal Environments
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Credit only granted for: INST650 or LBSC640.
Formerly: LBSC640.
The historical, organizational, and contemporary contexts of formal and informal learning spaces; the principles of teaching, learning, and information literacy that underlie the formal and informal learning spaces; and the leadership role that information professionals can play within their schools, libraries and communities.
INST651
(Perm Req)
Promoting Rich Learning with Technology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Credit only granted for: INST651 or LBSC642.
Formerly: LBSC642.
Exploration of how technology can be used to promote rich learning experiences, with a particular focus on youth populations. Assessment of the how, when, and why of infusing technology into the teaching and learning process.
Course is restricted to the Youth Experience Certificate Cohort.
INST652
(Perm Req)
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.
Course is restricted to the Youth Experience Certificate Cohort.
INST660
Strategic Leadership
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: INFM612; or LBSC631; or LBSC635; or permission of instructor.
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Credit only granted for: INST660, LBSC708F or INFM718F.
Formerly: LBSC708F, INFM718F.
Students will use research and best practices to act and think like a leader, increase your self-awareness, and learn how to unlock potential in others. From the stories of great leaders and everyday people, you will learn and practice empowerment, accountability, courage, creativity, and humility, which are the key leadership skills. In addition, this course will teach you how to create new opportunities and lasting impact to drive growth and value creation in your organization.
INST682
Personal Health Informatics & Visualization
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Personal Health Informatics cover a broad concept that encompasses an array of approaches to collect, store, share, analyze, and reflect on personal health data. Not only health care providers are relying on Health Technologies to improve patient care, people are increasingly using health devices and apps in their everyday life. Individuals have started using new technologies to collect data, increase awareness, and reflect on and change their behaviors. They also use various tools for curiosity and fun. This course will provide an overview of this exciting field and examine how social and behavioral theories can be applied to create effective health applications.It is difficult to create health technologies that can successfully be integrated into people's daily life due to many obstacles in individuals' data collection, integration, self-reflection, and sharing practices. Understanding these challenges is an important part of designing Health Technologies. Therefore, this course will cover HCI and design thinking methods that you can leverage in understanding the adoption of Health Technologies. Moreover, visualizations facilitate people to gain insights from their data, so we will cover common visualization approaches used in the personal data contexts.
Also offered as CMSC838X. Credit only granted for INST682 or CMSC838X.
INST701
Introduction to Research Methods
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Credit only granted for: LBSC701, INFM718M or INST701.
Formerly: LBSC701, INFM718M.
Techniques and strategies of research as applied to the definition, investigation, and evaluation of information problems. Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods of research design methods are considered from the aspects of implementation, analysis, and interpretation.
INST706
Project Management
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: INFM603 and INFM612; or (LBSC631 and LBSC671); or (LBSC635 and LBSC670); or permission of instructor.
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Credit only granted for: INST706 or INFM706.
Formerly: INFM706.
Comprehensive overview of project management, focusing on the needs of information resource (IR) projects. Concepts and techniques for planning and execution of projects including developing work breakdown structure, estimating costs, managing risks, scheduling, staff and resource allocation, team building, communication, monitoring, control, and other aspects of successful project completion.
INST709
INST710
User Experience Research Methods
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Students will learn to conduct user research in industry and to provide foundational knowledge needed for academic research. It examines the theoretical and epistemological differences between research paradigms and provides an overview of qualitative, quantitative and mixed-method approaches. It overviews user-centered design (UCD) methods, and uses Contextual Inquiry/Contextual Design as the backbone for a research project, incorporating related formative UCD methods and techniques. It is a project-based course, where students conduct a semester-long project to prepare them for the HCIM Capstone as well as other types of formative user research.
INST735
Computational Linguistics I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: CMSC421; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Also offered as: CMSC723, LING723.
Credit only granted for: CMSC723, LING723, or INST735.
Fundamental methods in natural language processing. Topics include: finite-state methods, context-free and extended context-free models of syntax; parsing and semantics interpretation; n-gram and Hidden Markov models, part-of-speech tagging; natural language applications such as machine translation, automatic summarization, and question answering.
INST750
Advanced Data Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: INFM603 and INST737; or permission of instructor.
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Credit only granted for: INFM750 OR INST750.
Formerly: INFM750.
Application of data science techniques to unstructured, real-world datasets including social media and geo-referenced sources. Techniques and approaches to extract information relevant for experts and non-experts in areas that include smart cities, public health, and disaster management.
INST760
Data Visualization
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: INST630; or INFM603; or permission of instructor.
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Credit only granted for: INST760 or INST728V.
Formerly: INST728V.
Introduction to the science and technology of data visualization--the graphical representation of data to aid understanding--and includes both theoretical foundations as well as practical applications of integrated visualization techniques on real-world problems. Application of these techniques to state-of-the-art problem domains within research, society, and industry.
INST775
HCIM CAPSTONE PREP
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: INST631, INST632, and INST717; and must have completed Research Methods; and permission of INFO-College of Information Studies. Or permission of instructor.
Restriction: Must be taken in the fall semester of the year in which the student plans to graduate; and permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Students will define a project, which requires a high level of background research, rigor in execution and evaluation, and documentation. 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.
INST782
Arrangement, Description, and Access for Archives
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: INST604; or permission of instructor.
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Credit only granted for: LBSC684, LBSC781, LBSC782, or INST782.
Formerly: LBSC684, LBSC781, and LBSC782.
Introduction to the key concepts and practices involved with arrangement and description of archives, and the techniques appropriate to enable users to access archival information in traditional and nontraditional archival contexts.
INST784
Digital Preservation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: INST604; or permission of instructor.
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Credit only granted for: LBSC784 or INST784.
Formerly: LBSC784.
Issues and practices regarding digitization of analog materials and preservation of digital materials, both digitized and born digital.
INST799
(Perm Req)
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
INST800
The Engaged Intellectual: An Introduction to Research and Academic Work
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies; and restricted to students in Ph.D. in Information Studies (INFS) program.
An introduction to the academic life with a particular focus on what it means to undertake research, teaching, and service.
Restricted to Doctoral Students.
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.