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Information Studies
INST101
Bits and Bytes of Computer and Information Sciences
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Restriction: For first time freshmen and first time transfer students.
Cross-listed with: CMSC100.
Credit only granted for: CMSC100 or INST101.
Students are introduced to the fields (and disciplines) of computer science and information science within a small classroom setting. They will learn to make a successful transition from high school to the university, while exploring study skills, student success plans and research opportunities.
INST104
Design Across Campus
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
What is design, who does it, and how is it done? There is no one answer to this question--it depends on who you ask. The answers to these questions vary across disciplines and across the University campus. This course, designed with modules from contributors in UMD programs including Information Studies, Human-Computer Interaction, Graphic Design, Immersive Media Arts, Journalism, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Engineering, and Policy, will introduce students to the goals and values, approaches, skills, and practices of diverse fields of design. It will enable students to identify grand challenges in design and serve as a sorting hat to help students find a design practice that matches their own values, approaches, skills and goals.
INST123
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Restriction: Must not have completed or be currently taking INST327 or BMGT402.
An introduction to relational databases for students with no previous programming experience. Provides a means for students of diverse backgrounds to successfully learn how to store, retrieve, and maintain data in relational databases. Topics include a brief comparison of database systems with an emphasis on relational databases, fundamental relational database concepts, and data types. Includes technical approaches to accessing information stored in relational databases.
INST126
Introduction to Programming for Information Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, 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; and must be in Information Science program.
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
"Fake Checking": Battling Misinformation and Disinformation in the Real World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
GenEd: DSSP
Examining the phenomenon of "fake news" using the principles of information literacy, students will develop their skills in locating, analyzing, and evaluating different information sources -- in the classroom, in their personal lives, and in the workplace.
INST154
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
Examines Apollo mission, one of the greatest engineering accomplishments of all time, in which Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. Since the mission, people have asked: if we can land on the moon, why can't we eliminate poverty? Why can't we cure cancer? Why can't we prevent global warming? Asks what were the social, political, financial, scientific, engineering, operational, and human aspects of the Apollo program that came together to make the moon landings possible?
INST155
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
Credit only granted for: INFM289I or INST155.
Formerly: INFM289I.
Introduces methods for analyzing and understanding how people use social media - social networking websites, blogging and microblogging, and other forms of online interaction and content generation - and their societal implications. Introduces students to the science and social science of network analysis. Through real world examples, including analysis of their own social networks, students develop skills for describing and understanding the patterns and usage of services like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and others.
INST201
Introduction to Information Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, 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.
INST208B
Special Topics in Information Studies; Voice Tech Today
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
INST228
Academic Peer Mentor Experience in Information Science; Academic Peer Mentor Experience in Information Science
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
INST309
(Perm Req)
Independent Study in Information Science
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
INST311
Information Organization
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Information Science program.
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: Minimum grade of C- in STAT100 and MATH115 (or higher).
Restriction: Must be in the Information Science program.
Credit only granted for: BIOM301, BMGT230, CCJS200, ECON230, EDMS451, GEOG306, GEOL351, GVPT422, INST314, JOUR405, PSYC200 or SOCY201.
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, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in INST126.
Restriction: Must be in the Information Science program.
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
Database Design and Modeling
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in INST126.
Restriction: Must be in the Information Science program.
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
Organizations, Management and Teamwork
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, 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.
Examines principles, methods and types of leadership with an emphasis on goal setting, motivation, problem solving, and conflict resolution. Examines principles of developing teams and managing team projects through planning and execution, including estimating costs, managing risks, scheduling, staff and resource allocation, communication, tracking, and control. Trains students to recognize and capitalize on opportunities to use information to increase efficiency, improve performance, and support innovation within teams and organizations. Focuses on strategic use of emerging technologies and new information resources to execute information-enabled change.
INST341
Introduction to Digital Curation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in INST126, INST201, INST311, STAT100, MATH115, and PSYC100.
Restriction: Must be in Information Science program.
Explores various dimensions and contexts for digital curation, which includes all activities involving the management, representation and preservation of both born-digital and digitized information. Focuses on opportunities, challenges and demands of every-increasing digital data and networked information infrastructure.
INST346
(Perm Req)
Technologies, Infrastructure and Architecture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, 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 computer hardware, systems software, networking, client/server architectures, cloud computing, distributed systems, and high performance computing as applied to information rich domains. Technology and architectures will be discussed within the contexts of solving social issues, supportingscience, and conducting business operations. Current computing topics such as web environments, IoT, security, management, and policy will also be reviewed.
INST352
Information User Needs and Assessment
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, 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.
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
Decision-Making for Information Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (INST201, INST301); and minimum grade of C- in INST126, INST314, MATH115, STAT100, and PSYC100.
Restriction: Must be in Information Science program.
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
User-Centered Design
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, 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.
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.
INST364
Human-Centered Cybersecurity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (INST201, INST301); and minimum grade of C- in INST126, INST327, STAT100, MATH115, and PSYC100.
Restriction: Must be in Information Science program.
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.
INST366
Privacy, Security and Ethics for Big Data
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: INST201 or INST301; or permission of instructor.
Evaluates major privacy and security questions raised by big data, Internet of things (IoT), wearables, ubiquitous sensing, social sharing platforms, and other AI-driven systems. Covers history of research ethics and considers how ethical frameworks can and should be applied to digital data.
INST377
Dynamic Web Applications
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (INST201, INST301); and minimum grade of C- in INST126, INST327, STAT100, MATH115, and PSYC100.
Restriction: Must be in Information Science program.
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.
INST402
Designing Patient-Centered Technologies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: A minimum of a C- in INST201, MATH115, PSYC100, INST126, and STAT100.
Restriction: Must be in the Information Science program.
Companies have created a vast array of apps and other technologies for understanding managing personal health and wellness, but many of them have been created with little understanding of audience needs or potential ethical issues. Course introduces students to the unique challenges of studying people's health and wellness needs as well as designing and evaluating technologies to meet those needs.
INST408C
Special Topics in Information Science; Ethical Hacking
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
INST408K
Special Topics in Information Science; Competitive Business Intelligence
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
INST408M
Special Topics in Information Science; Managing with Data and Simulations
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
General principles of modeling, data analysis, and decision making methods. Approaches to evaluating and assessing effective concepts, methods, and procedures of modeling and data analysis for decision making in management, advocacy and communication situations. Ethical considerations in management, advocacy, and communication situations in professional life.
INST408P
Special Topics in Information Science; Introduction to Salesforce
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
INST408Q
Special Topics in Information Science; Teaching and Learning in the Information Sciences
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This course is intended to introduce students to the various ways that topics learned about as part of their InfoSci degree interact with teaching and learning. As part of the course students will be introduced to teaching and learning related careers for students with InfoSci degrees, explore implications of ideas from InfoSci on teaching and learning, and engage in hands-on projects related to the design of learning environments and foundational aspects of effective teaching.
INST408R
Special Topics in Information Science; Human-Centered Computing in a Global Context
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisites: 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (INST201 or INST301), INST126, STAT100, MATH115, PSYC100 (Required)

This course is jointly offered by two institutions: the College of Information Studies (iSchool) at UMD in the U.S., and the College of Computer Science at Fudan University in China. Students will learn existing theories and practices that outline the cultural differences regarding human users' expectations, practices, and problems of using technology to address social issues. Students from both universities will work in virtual groups to perform design projects together. Given the time difference between countries, students who register for this course should be up for group work at early-morning or late-night slots. INST362 or equivalent (Highly Recommended).
INST408Y
Special Topics in Information Science; Search Engines
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
INST414
Data Science Techniques
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (INST201, INST301); and minimum grade of C- in INST126, INST314, STAT100, MATH115, and PSYC100.
Restriction: Must be in Information Science program.
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.
INST441
Information Ethics and Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in MATH115, PSYC100, INST201, INST126, and STAT100.
Restriction: Must be in the Information Sciences program.
Explores via case studies the legal, ethical, and technological challenges in developing and implementing policies for managing digital assets and information. Emphasizes access questions pertinent to managing sensitive information and the roles and responsibilities of information professionals.
INST443
Tools and Methods for Digital Curation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in INST341.
Introduces students to the application of digital tools and methods in a variety of organizational settings, academic disciplines, and economic sectors.
INST447
Data Sources and Manipulation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (INST201, INST301); and minimum grade of C- in INST126, INST327, STAT100, MATH115, and PSYC100; and 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (INST326, CMSC131).
Restriction: 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.
INST452
Health Data Analytics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: Minimum of a C- in INST201, MATH115, PSYC100, INST126, and STAT100.
Restriction: Must be in the Information Science program.
Health data analytics involves the extrapolation of actionable insights from patient data, using data sources such as electronic health records (EHRs), claims data, surveillance data, and surveys. Health data is complex, often unstructured and incomplete, and is organized for clinical care rather than to meet analytic needs. This course will involve the use of various analytical methods in order to translate large and complex data, whether structured or unstructured, into insights that improve decision-making from both the patient and provider perspectives. Healthcare data are rich and hold so much potential, but a challenge is presented to patients, providers, and even government agencies when it comes to figuring out how to leverage these data. Students in this course will learn foundational topics in data analytics focused on health data and will apply this knowledge to real health datasets through hands-on labs integrated into the lectures.
INST462
Introduction to Data Visualization
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (INST201, INST301); and minimum grade of C- in INST126, INST314, MATH115, PSYC100, and STAT100.
Restriction: Must be in Information Science program.
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.
INST464
Decision Making for Cybersecurity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: Must have earned a minimum grade of C- in INST201, INST126, MATH115, PSYC100, and INST364.
Restriction: Must be in Information Science program.
Credit only granted for: INST408W or INST464.
Formerly: INST408W.
Discusses human and organizational decision making from a variety of perspectives. Applies different risk assessment and decision making frameworks that are relevant to personal and organization cybersecurity, with a focus on the quantitative Factor Analysis of Information Risk (FAIR) model. Considers monetary, social and societal costs of cybersecurity decisions. Considers a range of questions relating to cybersecurity, from whether to install a game on a smartphone to how to allocate scarce information security resources in an organization.
INST466
Technology, Culture, and Society
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DVCC
Prerequisite: 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (INST201, INST301).
Restriction: Must be in the Information Science program.
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.
INST467
Fundamentals of Cybersecurity for Policy Makers
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in INST126, INST201, INST364, MATH115, STAT100, and PSYC100.
Restriction: Must be in Information Science program.
Credit only granted for: INST408V, PLCY388C, or INST467.
Formerly: INST408V.
Explores the key issues facing policy makers attempting to manage the problem of cybersecurity from its technical foundations to the domestic and international policy considerations surrounding governance, response, critical infrastructure risk management, and privacy. Designed for students with little to no background in information technology, and will provide the principles to understand the current debates shaping a rapidly evolving security landscape.
INST490
(Perm Req)
Integrated Capstone for Information Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (INST201, INST301); and minimum grade of C- in INST126, INST311, INST314, INST326, INST327, INST335, INST346, INST352, INST362, PSYC100, STAT100, and MATH115.
Restriction: Must be in Information Science program; 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.
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.
INST614
Literacy and Inclusion
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
The educational and psychological dimensions of helping and supporting new users to become information literate and experienced users to remain engaged.
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 is defined as the use of free, publicly available online sources to gather information about people, organizations/groups, places, businesses, activities/events, and capabilities. Collected information is used to conduct analysis or reach conclusions with estimated level of certainty. Students will learn basic and advanced techniques for using search engines, people directories, social networks, location-based services, images and videos, public records, domain analytics, documents, archives, and other sources. Throughout the modules, data quality and validation procedures will be key topics. Professional applications of the skills taught are extensive and include libraries, law offices, journalism, human resources, competitive intelligence, law enforcement, opposition research, government agencies, ethical hacking, and many more.
An introduction to Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) for Information Professionals. For the purposes of this course, OSINT is defined as the use of free, publicly available online sources to gather information about people, organizations/groups, places, businesses, activities/events, and capabilities. Collected information is used to conduct analysis or reach conclusions with estimated level of certainty. Students will learn basic and advanced techniques for using search engines, people directories, social networks, location- based services, images and videos, public records, domain analytics, documents, archives, and other sources. Throughout the modules, data quality and validation procedures will be key topics. Professional applications of the skills taught are extensive and include libraries, law offices, journalism, human resources, competitive intelligence, law enforcement, opposition research, government agencies, ethical hacking, and many more.
INST622
Information and Universal Usability
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Credit only granted for: LBSC622 OR INST622.
Formerly: LBSC622.
Information services and technologies to provide equal experiences and outcomes to all users. Laws, standards, approaches, component concepts, access needs, and technologies in relation to physical and online information environments.
INST639C
(Perm Req)
Practical Skills in HCI; Makerspace
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: S-F, Aud
INST639G
Practical Skills in HCI; UX Strategy
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: S-F, Aud
Explore applications of business strategy and UX design that create innovative digital products and services to meet user needs, enhance an organization's value proposition, and advance its mission and goals.
INST639J
Practical Skills in HCI; Seeing the Internet
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: S-F, Aud
Investigate how the physical reality of the Internet (coppe r cables, optical fiber, electromagnetic waves, computing devices) enables layers of hardware, software, and virtualization to build a system that increasingly connects humans and anything, anywhere, anytime. We will trace the physical and logical paths that Internet traffic takes. Through a combination of in-person and online experiences, we will learn" to see better the Internet around us" and to share models of, and stories about, how the Internet as a system works end-to-end.
INST639K
Practical Skills in HCI; Practical Skills in HCI; Empathic Robots
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: S-F, Aud
Algorithms, their online embodiments as bots, and offline embodiments as robots, are everywhere. Algorithms, bots, robots, and humans work with each other, connect with each and influence each other. This course explores those collaborations, connections, and influences, focussing on the changes in human and robot cultures, social interactions between them, legal and societal implications of the rise of the machines, and where we might go from here.
INST639L
Practical Skills in HCI; Information Architecture
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: S-F, Aud
Formerly: INST639H (Summer 2021). Credit only granted for INST639L or INST639H (when taken in Summer 2021).
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.
INST644
Introduction to Digital Humanities
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
A survey of the history, methods, and principal topics of the Digital Humanities, examined from theoretical and applied perspectives.
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.
INST682
Personal Health Informatics & Visualization
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
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.
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 test design, implementation and analysis for computer and mobile devices; special attention will be paid to remote testing. Students will learn the complex process of coordinating and facilitating a usability test and how to synthesize test data into reports appropriate for various audiences.
INST703
Visual Design Studio
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in the Human-Computer Interaction Master's program.
Credit only granted for: INST728T or INST703.
Formerly: INST728T.
This hands-on studio course will help students develop foundational visual skills related to user experience (UX) design. Students will explore methodologies and processes used in many of the industry's top creative environments and study the entire visual design skillset, including concept development, content creation, system design, and tools and process.
INST705
Game Design Studio
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Recommended: Programming experience will be useful, but not strictly necessary.
Credit only granted for: INST408J, INST608J or INST705.
Formerly: INST608J.
Learn the fundamentals of game design by applying elements and principles of game design, such as goals, rules, and challenges, to create board games, card games, and digital games. Students will be introduced to the basic tools and methods of game design: paper and digital prototyping, design iteration, design critique, and user testing. Students will design several games of different types to add to a growing portfolio of game design concepts. Students will also learn how to use their skills to deconstruct and critique the components of existing games, as well as gain an understanding of the role of the game designer in real-world game development teams.
INST709
(Perm Req)
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
INST710
User Experience Research Methods
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
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.
INST711
Interaction Design Studio
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in INST631 and INST710.
Covers basic interaction design principles and design process from a studio-based design perspective. Focuses on how to design for interactions that will resonate with your audiences: how the features and functions of a project get translated into something people find usable, useful, and desirable. Explores the role of interaction designers. Students design and prototype interactive products, systems, and services.
INST725
Legal Research for Information Professionals
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Prerequisite: INST615.
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
An in-depth exploration the methods, resources, and context of conducting advanced legal research. After offering an overview of various types of legal materials, the course will focus on finding and analyzing legal materials through various primary sources, databases, secondary sources, and public records for government and corporate settings. The course will also discuss practical issues of conducting legal research, such as data management and budgeting.
INST728G
Special Topics in Information Studies; Smart Cities and Urban Data Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Jointly offered with URSP688Y. Credit granted for URSP688Y or INST728G.
INST728I
Special Topics in Information Studies; Museum Scholarship Practicum
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: AMST856, ANTH856, or HIST810. Restriction: Permission of Museum Scholarship Program required. Cross-listed with ANTH857, AMST857, and HIST811. Credit only granted for: AMST857, ANTH857, HIST811, or INST728I.

Students devise and carry out a research program using the collections at the Smithsonian Institution or some other cooperating museum, working under joint supervision of a museum professional and a university faculty member.
INST728M
Special Topics in Information Studies; UX Business Basics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Explore the business side of UX design and what it takes to successfully bring products to market and take a product from ideation through prototype of a minimum viable product (MVP) while also assessing risks and defining metrics for product success. Topics include project management, project scope, problem identification, market research, and how to effectively communicate research findings to various stakeholders and teams as well as presentation skills and building winning pitch decks for funding.
INST728O
Special Topics in Information Studies; Science, Technology, and Society
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
INST728T
Special Topics in Information Studies; Introduction to Museum Scholarship
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Cross-listing with AMST655, ANTH655, and HIST610. Credit only granted for AMST655, ANTH655, HIST610 or INST728T.
INST728U
Special Topics in Information Studies; Museum Research Seminar
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Cross-listed with AMST856, ANTH856, and HIST810. Credit granted for AMST856, ANTH856, HIST810, or INST728U.
INST733
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).
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.
INST747
Research in Advanced Digital Curation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Prerequisite: INST604; or permission of instructor.
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Credit only granted for: INST728L or INST747.
Formerly: INST728L.
Students will build their ability to understand the complexity of research strategies and apply tools involved in the management and use of digital information in the Age of Big Data. The class will contain class lectures, class discussions, assigned readings, and extensive hands-on experience with student experience in digital curation projects. The research projects are focused around six major themes that will engage students in multiple arenas of research in Big Data. These are: community displacement, refugee narratives, movement of people, citizen internment, racial zoning, and cyberinfrastructure for digital curation. Project participants will have the opportunity to work with external stakeholders.
INST750
Advanced Data Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
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.
INST751
IoT and Streaming Data Analytics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: INFM603, INST733, or other programming and database courses, or Permission of the instructor.
An increasing number of sensors, actuators, Internet-connect instruments and apparatuses, smart devices, and systems are generating and broadcasting a wide variety of continuous data streams. Machine-generated structured data sources are joined by a myriad of unstructured data streams from social media, weather, and news sources, among others. Integrated into networks, these continuously-streaming devices (collectively referred to as the Internet of Things, or IoT) provide a fertile array of data sources that can be ingested and analyzed to inform and automate decision processes for numerous purposes including operational intelligence, process monitoring, optimization, risk management, personalization, and prediction in real time. This course looks at architectures and operational modes for streaming data sources and examine methods for descriptive analytics, creation of predictive models, and integrated deployment of these models via centralized and edge computing resources. We will discuss a variety of uses cases for streaming data analytics and how they are applied in different industries including public utilities, smart cities, manufacturing, telecommunications, and healthcare.
INST755
eGovernment for Smart Cities
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Federal, state, and local government entities are increasingly communicating, interacting, and providing services digitally in an online and networked environment. Concurrently, urban planners and administrators seek to leverage the potential of rapidly evolving technologies to transform service provisioning for the efficient management of assets and resources, with the goal of creating sustainable, livable, innovative, and economically vibrant cities and communities. This course will examine the intersection of these two developments and provide a framework for understanding the technical, policy, and information management issues that are emerging.
INST756
Information Risk Management
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Prerequisite: INFM600; or permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Looks at information system threats, vulnerabilities, risk assessment and management. Explores how regulations scope and define what is considered to be protected information. Considers how data assets are assessed and classified in terms of their levels of sensitivity. Discusses specifying data protection policies and the techniques for enforcing compliance with those policies.
INST762
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: INFM603, INST630, or JOUR652; 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.
INST771
Foundations of Cybersecurity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Explores the foundational concepts of cybersecurity including the Threat Landscape, the evolution and structures of the global telecommunications network, key communication protocols and foundations of networks, the history, culture and emergence of the hacking process, and the core motivations and tactics of threat actors.
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.
INST785
Documentation, Collection, and Appraisal of Records
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: INST604; or permission of instructor.
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Credit only granted for: LBSC785 OR INST785.
Formerly: LBSC785.
Development of documentation strategies and plans; collecting policies to guide programs in acquiring records; theories and techniques for appraising records to identify those with continuing value.
INST799
(Perm Req)
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
INST808
Seminar in Research Methods and Data Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Focuses on experimental and quasi-experimental methods, particularly for behavioral and social aspects of technology and information topics. This course will include study design, data collection, and some initial ways to analyze quantitative data. Students will design a study on a topic of their choice.
INST809
(Perm Req)
Individualized Teaching Experience
Credits: 3 - 5
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
INST818
Individual Research Experience
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
INST878O
Special Topics in Information Studies; Science, Technology, and Society
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
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: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.