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Information Studies
Open Seats as of
07/19/2024 at 10:30 PM
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; or permission of CMNS-Computer Science department.
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
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
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, Aud
Prerequisite: Math placement of STAT100 or higher.
Restriction: Must not have completed INST326; and must be in Information Science, Technology and Information Design, or Social Data Science programs.
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.
INST151
Becoming A Social Media Influencer
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Credit only granted for: INST408N or INST151.
Formerly: INST408N.
Teaches students how to create, grow, and manage influential social media accounts. Topics will include tools for content creation, analyzing and strategizing with analytics, building community, and defining their niche and approach.
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.
INST153
Records Scandals & Data Vandals: Public & Private Sector Controversies Ripped From The Headlines
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
Expressly organized around case studies about well-known individuals and organizations involved in scandals and controversies that have generated headlines around the world. It places these events in a larger historical, legal, technological, ethical and societal context. Drawing upon contemporaneous records in a variety of media, as well as presentations from invited speakers representing the greater archival, historical, and public interest communities, the course seeks to deepen students' appreciation of the role that records and information plays in issues going to the heart of government transparency, corporate accountability, and social justice.
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, 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.
INST204
Designing Fair Systems
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
Credit only granted for: INST208D or INST204.
Formerly: INST208D.
Reviews how specific values are built into different automated decision-making systems as an inevitable result of constructing mechanisms meant to produce specific outcomes. These values create differential outcomes for the different people enmeshed in these systems, but both these values and these systems can be changed to support different values and different outcomes. The class serves as an introduction to the emerging field of algorithmic bias that bridges the disciplines of information science, computer science, law, policy, philosophy, sociology, urban planning, and others.
INST204S
Designing Fair Systems
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
Credit only granted for: INST208D or INST204.
Formerly: INST208D.
Reviews how specific values are built into different automated decision-making systems as an inevitable result of constructing mechanisms meant to produce specific outcomes. These values create differential outcomes for the different people enmeshed in these systems, but both these values and these systems can be changed to support different values and different outcomes. The class serves as an introduction to the emerging field of algorithmic bias that bridges the disciplines of information science, computer science, law, policy, philosophy, sociology, urban planning, and others.
Restriction: Must be in the College Park Scholars program.
INST210
The Nuts & Bolts of Getting Hired
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in the Information Science program, Technology and Information Design program, or Social Data Science program.
Credit only granted for: INST208C or INST210.
Formerly: INST208C.
Have you thought about finding an internship, getting a job, or starting your career? Perhaps you're confused about how to begin. Welcome to The Nuts and Bolts of Getting Hired, where you'll learn the skills necessary to develop your professional tool kit and obtain the internship or job that can help you build the career you want. This course will help you prepare for the next step in your career by exploring the following topics: Identifying your career goals, mastering the skills of crafting a professional resume, effective interviewing, strategic networking, and professional communication.
INST227
(Perm Req)
Fundamentals of Academic Peer Mentoring in Information Studies
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Permission of the College of Information Studies.
Students will be exposed to scholarship of teaching and learning in support of developing applied skills to support active learning as an iSchool academic peer mentor. Students will learn to effectively coach and support the performance of other people. Guided online and face-to-face participation will culminate in a portfolio of teaching activities and professional development.
INST232C
Health Justice: Investigating the Roles of Information in Preventing & Addressing Health Disparities
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHS or DSSP, SCIS
Restriction: Must be a student in the Health Justice Carillon Community.
How do we ensure that every individual has the information they need to live a long and healthy life? In this course, we explore health justice - the conviction and enactment of the idea that every person is morally entitled to a fair and sufficient capability to be healthy. We especially focus on the ways in which information-related factors, such as people's access to health information, their strategies for seeking (or avoiding) health information, and their health and digital health literacy, contribute to health (in)justice. Our goal in this class is to promote health justice for all by identifying information-related solutions that will help to facilitate people's access to health information and improve their abilities to find, assess, and make use of information to optimize their own and others' health.
Restricted to students in Carillon Communities
INST301
Introduction to Information Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
GenEd: DSHS
Restriction: Must be in Information Science program; and restricted to students in the Information Science Program on the Universities at Shady Grove campus.
Credit only granted for: INST201 or 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.
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, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in PSYC100 or SOCY105.
Restriction: Must be in Technology and Information Design or 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 INST126 or GEOG276; and minimum grade of C- in STAT100, and MATH115 (or higher).
Restriction: Must be in Information Science or Social Data Science program.
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.
INST320
(Perm Req)
Leadership in Collaborative Learning Communities for Information Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in the Information Science, Technology and Information Design, or Social Data Science program; and permission of the INFO College.
This course is the experiential learning component for student leaders selected by the College of Information Studies to facilitate Guided Study Sessions. Student leaders plan and facilitate study sessions that supplement courses by providing additional opportunities to engage with the material. In this course, student leaders will explore and apply evidence-based learning strategies while developing an understanding of how we learn. Throughout this course you will apply principles of teaching and learning, group facilitation, and leadership into the design of your guided study session.
INST326
Object-Oriented Programming for Information Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in INST126 or GEOG276.
Restriction: Must be in Information Science or Social Data 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.
Students who wish to register should contact the College of Information Studies.
INST327
Database Design and Modeling
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in INST126 or GEOG276.
Restriction: Must be in Information Science or Social Data 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.
Students who wish to register should contact the College of Information Studies.
INST335
Organizations, Management and Teamwork
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.
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.
Students who wish to register should contact the College of Information Studies.
INST341
Introduction to Digital Curation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed with a C- or higher, or be concurrently enrolled in INST311.
Restriction: Must be in Technology and Information Design or Information Science programs.
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, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- from INST201 or INST301; and minimum grade of C- in INST326 and INST327.
Restriction: Must be in the Information Science program; and must have earned a minimum of 60 credits.
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.
Students who wish to register should contact the College of Information Studies.
INST347
Cloud Computing for Information Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in INST346.
Restriction: Must be in the Information Science major.
What is cloud computing? Where does cloud computing occur? How can we use cloud computing to solve problems and create opportunities in information science? In this course, the foundations and operation of cloud computing, with a focus on information science applications, will be presented. Key cloud functions such as computing, storage, databases, and networking will be examined. Major cloud providers will be contrasted. The course will conclude with a practical application of cloud services to design and implement a cloud solution to a social, technical, or environmental problem.
INST352
Information User Needs and Assessment
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- from INST201 or INST301; and minimum grade of C- in INST311.
Restriction: Must be in Technology and Information Design or Information Science programs.
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, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- from INST201 or INST301; and minimum grade of C- in INST314 and PSYC100.
Restriction: Must be in the 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.
Students who wish to register should contact the College of Information Studies.
INST362
User-Centered Design
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- from INST201 or INST301; and minimum grade of C- from PSYC100 or SOCY105; and minimum grade of C- in INST326 and STAT100.
Restriction: Must be in the Information Science program or Technology and Information Design program; and must have earned a minimum of 60 credits.
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.
INST363
Fundamentals of Technology Innovation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in the Technology Innovation Leadership Minor; or permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Credit only granted for: INST408T or INST363.
Formerly: INST408T.
Introduces students to the fundamentals of technology innovation, and how leaders approach innovation in the information science field. The course explores approaches and perspectives on how to develop an individual's capabilities to be better at leading others in an innovative environment. Combining theory and practice, students will be introduced to problem solving and explore ways to become an exceptional innovation leader.
INST364
Human-Centered Cybersecurity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- from INST201 or INST301; and minimum grade of C- in INST327, STAT100, MATH115, and PSYC100.
Restriction: Must be in the Information Science program; or must be in the Information Risk Management, Ethics, and Privacy Minor.
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: Minimum grade of C- from INST126 or GEOG276; and minimum grade of C- in STAT100; and minimum grade of C- in one of the following (AASP101, ANTH210, ANTH260, ECON200, ECON201,GEOG202, GVPT170, PSYC100, SOCY100, or SOCY105).
Restriction: Must be in the Information Science, Technology and Information Design, or Social Data Science programs; or must be in the Information Risk Management, Ethics, and Privacy Minor.
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.
INST367
Prototyping and Development Studio
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in INST380.
Restriction: Must be in the Technology and Information Design program.
Credit only granted for: INST398A or INST367.
Formerly: INST398A.
Covers interaction design--the process of defining products and the broad services built around them--and user experience research--how you determine what to design and how successful your design is. When interacting with systems, people build expectations and mental models of how things work, based upon their previous experience with similar products or processes, and the successful or unsuccessful nature of their interactions determines the success of your design. This course is about how to design for digital interactions that will resonate with your audiences (how the features and functions of a product get translated into something people find usable, useful, and desirable), and the research that goes on throughout that process (from contextual inquiry to evaluating the final product), with a particular emphasis on prototyping and iteration.
INST377
Dynamic Web Applications
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (INST201, INST301, or BSOS233); and minimum grade of C- in INST327, STAT100, and MATH115 (or higher).
Restriction: Restricted to Information Science and Social Data Science.
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.
INST380
Technology and Information Design: Do Good Now
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in INST201, INST126, STAT100; minimum grade of C- from (PSYC100, SOCY105).
Restriction: Must be in the Technology and Information Design program.
Credit only granted for: ARHU380, BSOS388B, PLCY388D, or PLCY380.
Climate change. Poverty. Racism. Pressing social issues are big, complex, and difficult. They can feel overwhelming to understand and impossible to address. You might care deeply about an issue, and want to make a difference, but don't know where to start. Sometimes you might not even try. This course will equip and empower you to delve deep into understanding a social issue of your choosing. Through course materials and activities, you'll try out your changemaker muscles and mindsets. Our goal is that this course will empower you to be an informed, engaged citizen who contributes to your community with and beyond your profession. Along the way, we'll address questions like, "What is social change?" and "What happens when our actions have unintended consequences?" We'll talk about the importance of understanding, empathy, agency, and community, and reflect on how these concepts relate to us as individuals.
INST381
Design Thinking for Visual Communication
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in PSYC100 or SOCY105; and minimum grade of C- in INST126, INST201, and STAT100; and minimum grade of C- in MATH115 or higher.
Restriction: Must be in the Technology and Information Design major.
Credit only granted for: INST398J or INST381.
Formerly: INST398J.
In an age where technology increasingly permeates our daily existence, there remain certain human qualities that machines cannot replicate: creativity, curiosity, and empathy. This course endeavors to delve into the dynamic relationship between the pillars of aesthetics and the core skills of Design Thinking (DT), all with the goal of enhancing the design process. Throughout the course, we will witness instances where DT bolsters Visual Communication (VC), and conversely, where VC lends its support to the DT process. Our exploration will revolve around three pivotal questions: How can we engage users and establish meaningful connections with them? How can we empathize with users' challenges and provide them with effective solutions? How can we embrace a holistic approach to design?
INST398C
Special Topics in Information Studies; Managing Remote and Hybrid Teams
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
The shift towards hybrid work models is becoming increasingly prevalent in today's work environment. This model presents unique challenges for individuals and organizations, where some employees work in the office while others work remotely. As a result, organizational leadership needs to adapt to this agile environment and develop new skills to effectively manage remote, hybrid, and virtual teams. The course also addresses the impact of globalization on team communication, emphasizing the importance of management control, trust, and interpersonal connections in this context.
INST398K
Special Topics in Information Studies; Team Management for Information Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in STAT100 or MATH115 or higher; and minimum grade of C- in INST126 or GEOG276; and minimum grade of C- in (PSYC100, SOCY105, or BSOS233) and a minimum of C- in INST335.

This upper-level seminar for undergraduates delves into the management of teams, including cross-cultural and diverse teams, using information science examples. You will gain a better understanding of team characteristics (e.g. diversity) and team processes (e.g. conflicts) that affect outcomes (e.g. productivity, satisfaction).
INST402
Designing Patient-Centered Technologies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- from INST362 or INST367.
Restriction: Must be in Technology and Information Design or Information Science programs.
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.
INST405
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in INST126, STAT100 or INST201; and minimum grade of C- from PSYC100 or SOCY105.
Restriction: Must be in the Information Science program or Technology and Information Design program.
Credit only granted for: INST408J or INST405.
Formerly: INST408J.
Games are a structured form of play that are typically undertaken for recreational--but sometimes also educational and even professional--purposes. But what constitutes a successful game? In this course, you will learn the fundamentals of game design: applying elements and principles of game design, such as goals, rules, and challenges to create games, such as board games, card games, and digital games. You will be introduced to the basic tools and methods of game design: paper and digital prototyping, design iteration, design critique, and user testing. As part of the course, you will be designing several games of different types. You will also learn how to use your 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.
INST406
Cross Disciplinary Communication Lab
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in INST380; and a minimum grade of C- in Professional Writing General Education requirement.
Restriction: Must be in the Technology and Information Design program.
Explores the world of communicating the ideas behind the things we make. In design, the product tends to be the prize: a manifestation of experience, sensibilities, and observations. But products do not always articulate a complete picture of what they are and how they came to be. Communication--speaking, writing, depicting, presenting to various audiences--is an under-leveraged component of design, connecting the product with emotion, process, context, and most importantly, the audience.
INST407
Leading and Sustaining a Culture of Innovation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Technology Innovation Leadership minor; or permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Credit only granted for: INST408L or INST407.
Formerly: INST408L.
Successful leaders know that the key to value creation and sustained growth lies in innovation -- continuously seeking opportunities to create value whether by launching new products and services, entering new markets, or rethinking key processes. This course will focus on the most efficient leadership strategies, change management, team motivation, technology team management for information management within organizations. We will examine some of the best ways to foster innovative behaviors within a team and organization. Students will engage with a course-long culture change challenge.
INST408B
Special Topics in Information Science; Knitting = Algorithms + Coding
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Students will examine the relationship between knitting, algorithms, and coding through the investigation and practice of knitting stitches, the design of knitting patterns, and textile creation independent of current technology and time. In this course, we will explore the concepts of com putational thinking, algorithms, and coding using the medium of knitting , creating fiber arts that reflect an understanding of the importance of algorithms and their use in problem-solving. We will capture that unders tanding and translate algorithms into knitting patterns, culminating in a project to create fiber art employing designs developed in the course.
INST408I
Special Topics in Information Science; Introduction to Cyber Intelligence
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
INST408R
Special Topics in Information Science; Human-Centered Computing for Global Challenges
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This course involves hands-on projects where students use recently developed computational techniques and systems to tackle social problems in the U.S. and worldwide. Each project should focus on at least one of the 17 global challenges listed in the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We especially welcome students interested in technology and design, suchas those from iSchool's InfoDesign program andComputer Science, to join. Students should complete INST362 or a similar course before taking this one.
INST408V
Special Topics in Information Science; Visual Design Studio
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This is a studio, project-based course primarily aimed at developing foundational, visual language and skills related User Experience Design. The course will offer students room to explore U/X from varied perspectives and design methodologies while introducing them to modern platforms and processes. Students will learn the entire U/X workflow as well as understand where U/X fits in the industry pipeline.
INST408Z
Special Topics in Information Science; Creative Coding
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This course studies computational and data-driven tools for writing poetry and fiction. The focus is on experimental writing with computers, including digital fiction and poetry. Students will also explore novel forms of collaboration with the computer, such as using an AI-generated passage of text as the seed for a more conventionally authored short story; writing a poem that contains lines and stanzas scored either ridiculously high or low by sentiment algorithms; using paper rather than screens as a medium for computational display.
INST410
Managing with Data and Simulations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in INST126 and STAT100; minimum grade of C- in PSYC100 or SOCY105; minimum grade of C- in INST201 or INST301; and minimum grade of C- in MATH115 or higher.
Restriction: Must be in the Information Science or Technology and Information Design programs.
Credit only granted for: INST408M or INST410.
Formerly: INST408M.
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.
INST414
Data Science Techniques
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in MATH115 (or higher) and STAT100; and a minimum grade of C- from INST126 or GEOG276; and a minimum grade of C- from one of the following (INST201, INST301, or BSOS233); and a minimum grade of C- from one of the following (AASP101, ANTH210, ANTH260, ECON200, ECON201, GEOG202, GVPT170, PSYC100, or SOCY100); and a minimum grade of C- from BSOS233 or INST314.
Recommended: Minimum C- in MATH140 and (INST326, BSOS326, or GEOG376).
Restriction: Must be in Information Science or Social Data 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- from INST341 or INST380.
Restriction: Must be in the Information Science program or Technology and Information Design 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.
INST442
Digital Curation Across Disciplines
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed with a C- or higher, or be concurrently enrolled in INST341 or INST380.
Restriction: Must be in the Information Science program or Technology and Information Design program.
Examines how to apply digital curation principles, tools, and strategies in managing diverse data collections and digital information in different disciplinary settings. Explores differences among data curation principles and practices across diverse settings, ranging from scientific organizations (such as business and academic research laboratories and computational science settings), to humanities-based institutions (such as cultural heritage organizations) to social science-based institutions (such as data-intensive professional environments).
INST447
Data Sources and Manipulation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in STAT100 and INST327; and a minimum grade of C- from one of the following (INST201, INST301, BSOS233); and a minimum grade of C- from one of the following (AASP101, ANTH210, ANTH260, ECON200, ECON201, GEOG202, GVPT170, PSYC100, or SOCY100); and a minimum grade of C- from BSOS233 or INST314; and a minimum grade of C- from one of the following (BSOS331, GEOG273, or INST326).
Restriction: Must be in Information Science or Social Data 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.
INST451
Consumer Health Informatics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in INST126, INST201 or STAT100; and minimum grade of C- from PSYC100 or SOCY105.
Restriction: Must be in the Information Science program or Technology and Information Design program.
Credit only granted for: INST408A or INST451.
Formerly: INST408A.
Explores people's health-related information needs and whether, how, and why people seek out and use (or do not seek out and use) health information and the types of health information they find useful. We will also cover the important and interrelated topics of information avoidance, health behaviors, health literacy, digital health literacy, doctor-patient communication, and patient-to-patient communication through support groups and online communities. Throughout the course, we will also focus on the important concept of health justice - a world in which everyone has an adequate and equitable capability to be healthy.
INST453
Project Management for Information Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: BMGT485, ENCE320, ENCE325, INST408O or INST453.
Formerly: INST408O.
Provides a comprehensive overview of project management, focusing on the needs of information resources (IR). The course covers the 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, tracking, control, and other aspects of successful project completion.
INST455
Information Assurance and Compliance
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: INST408U or INST455.
Formerly: INST408U.
Examines the protection of organizational data, personalized information, intellectual property and the associated assurance of the data's transfer, storage and communication. Students will understand how to manage these concerns and respond to both emergent and existing threats within the information domain. We will look at the key principles of Information Assurance, compliance and best practices in the real world.
INST461
Emerging Technologies and Risk Management
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: INST408Z or INST461.
Formerly: INST408Z.
Focuses on how people and companies can achieve various tangible and intangible benefits and assess risk in using and incorporating emerging technologies (i.e. mobile devices, social media, robotic process automation, 3-D printing, cloud computing, blockchain technologies, artificial intelligence, etc.) into the activities and operations of a company.
INST462
Introduction to Data Visualization
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in STAT100; minimum grade of a C- from one of the following (INST201, INST301, or BSOS233); minimum grade of C- in INST126 or GEOG276; a minimum grade of C- from one of the following (AASP101, ANTH210, ANTH260, ECON200, ECON201, GEOG202, GVPT170, PSYC100, SOCY100, or SOCY105); and a minimum grade of C- from BSOS233 or INST314.
Restriction: Must be in Information Science or Social Data 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.
Students who wish to register should contact the College of Information Studies.
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, Aud
GenEd: DVCC
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in INST201 or INST301; and minimum grade of C- in PSYC100 or SOCY105.
Restriction: Must be in the Information Science program or Technology and Information Design 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.
INST490
(Perm Req)
Integrated Capstone for Information Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in INST311, INST314, INST326, INST327, INST335, INST346, INST352, and INST362.
Restriction: Must be in Information Science program; and must have earned a minimum of 90 credits; 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.
INST600
Foundations for Librarians and Information Professionals
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Credit only granted for: LBSC791 or INST600.
Formerly: LBSC791.
An introduction to the field of library and information science (LIS), its history, and future direction that provides students with an understanding and appreciation of the nature and functions of the profession(s) they have entered. The focus is on core concepts underlying the LIS discipline, with particular emphasis on professional ethics/values, diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA), and the ways in which technology has shaped and continues to shape the field.
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 (federal, state, and local). Tracing the ongoing efforts of government agencies to offer information, services, and resources online, this course also examines the nature and current impact of new technologies on participatory democracy. More specifically, the course explores information and communication technologies designed to make government more open and transparent; the design, implementation, and evaluation of new government and governance mechanisms, including through the use of social media and AI; the role of legal authorities and information institutions such as libraries in supporting access to government information; and the development and implementation of selected public facing online tools (e.g., data visualization, crowd-sourcing, etc.).
INST608Q
Special Topics in Information Studies; Consumer Health Informatics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
In this course, we investigate Consumer Health Informatics and Information Behavior, focusing most heavily on their intersection - Consumer Health Information Behavior. We explore people's health- related information needs and whether, how, and why people seek out and use (or do not seek out and use) health information. We also look at information avoidance, health behaviors, health literacy, digital health literacy, doctor-patient communication, and patient- to-patient communication. Throughout the course, we emphasize the importance of health justice - a world in which everyone has an adequate and equitable capability to be healthy. We will identify populations that experience social injustice and explore information-related factors that contribute to the health inequities they face and the resulting consequences. Our central aim in the course is to conceive of ways to facilitate people's access to health information and their health-related information seeking, and to promote health justice for all.
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.
INST615
Information Professionals and the Law
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Credit only granted for: LBSC735 OR INST615.
Formerly: LBSC735.
An exploration of the interrelated issues of the provision of and information literacy about legal information by information organizations and the impacts of legal issues, such as privacy and filtering, on the practice of information organizations that serve the public.
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
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.
INST639L
Practical Skills in HCI; Accessibility Evaluation Workshop
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: S-F, Aud
INST643
Curation in Cultural Institutions
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
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
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
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.
INST653
Introduction to Museum Scholarship
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Cross-listed with: AMST655, ANTH655, HIST610.
Credit only granted for: AMST655, ANTH655, HIST610, INST728T or INST653.
Provides students a basic understanding of museums as cultural and intellectual institutions. Topics include the historical development of museums, museums as resources for scholarly study, and the museum exhibition as medium for presentation of scholarship.
INST661
Introduction to Game, Entertainment, and Media Analytics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
With the continuing global growth in the Game, Entertainment, and virtual/augmented reality and immersive experiences industries, entertainment providers increasingly depend on data analytics to maintain a competitive edge while continuing to improve the customer experience. This course provides an overview of the Game, Entertainment, and Media (GEM) industries, discuss the relationships between the entertainment providers and the entertainment consumers, and explore the analytical techniques used to maximize the overall value to both the providers and consumers. The course will focus on the uses of analytics methods such as personalization, recommendation, clustering and segmentation, behavioral analytics, etc., will discuss core data management and data architecture concerns, and examine how big data infrastructure can support scalability as data volumes grow and as streaming speeds accelerate. In addition we review socio-technical aspects of entertainment, especially in the areas of cyberpsychology, social networks, and information policy concerns such as privacy protection, fraud, equity, and national security concerns.
INST680
Health Informatics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in INFM600 or LBSC602; or permission of instructor.
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Credit only granted for: INST680 or INST728F.
Formerly: INST728F.
An introduction to the ways in which medical data, information, and knowledge are created, stored and used. Students will gain an understanding of the current trends in the delivery of medical care and the ways in which these trends influence health information resources and systems.
INST704
Inclusive Design in HCI
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: INST631; or permission of instructor.
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Credit only granted for: INST728Z OR INST704.
Formerly: INST728Z.
An introduction to inclusive technology design, that is, the design and evaluation of user interfaces for diverse users and use contexts. Building on basic concepts in human-computer interaction, students will learn about design exclusion and barriers to use, and methods by which these can be overcome. Assistive input and output technologies will also be covered. Populations include older adults, users with visual, cognitive or motor impairments, users who are deaf or hard of hearing, children, users in low resource contexts, and users in mobile contexts. Research trends and practical design considerations (e.g., web accessibility requirements) will be covered. Students will interact with the material through readings, discussion, and individual and group assignments.
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
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.
Restriction: For students in HCIM program only.
INST711
Interaction Design Studio
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
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.
INST728A
Special Topics in Information Studies; Digital Accessibility Law and Management
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Organizations understand the basic concepts of digital accessibility for people with disabilities but are often confused about what their legal responsibilities are, and how to actually plan for, implement, and manage accessibility. This course will cover: the legal rules (statutes, regulations, and case law) related to digital accessibility, international technical standards for accessibility and methods for accessibility evaluation, and best practices in management from education, government, libraries, and business to ensure accessibility of digital technologies.
INST728B
Special Topics in Information Studies; Music Encoding for Preservation & Research
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
In this course, students will gain hands-on experience in creating, manipulating, and analyzing encoded music, specifically working with theMusic Encoding Initiative (MEI)schema, and explore how these digital representations can serve performers, scholars, librarians, and archivists. Through collaborative experiential learning, students will publish a dataset of encoded works based on archival materials, and directly contribute to the scholarly discourse surrounding best practices. No previous coding experience necessary.
INST728C
Special Topics in Information Studies; Advanced Visual Design for Interfaces
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
This studio course gives students a professional, career-ready visual design skill-set by continuing to explore and build off of advanced topics in strategy, concept, artistic direction and execution. Students will combine visual design analysis with business objectives to produce iterative, presentable projects and case studies that reflect the real world processes and results of commercial work
INST728D
Special Topics in Information Studies; Learning and Community Engagement in Museums
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Museum learning and community engagement teams regularly create a wide range of specialized learning opportunities for audiences of all ages both inside and outside of the museum, including formal settings (i.e., schools, universities) and informal settings (i.e., community venues, social media). Through a lens of critical museum studies, this course will introduce the wide range of learning opportunities in museums and methods by which to design and deliver learning programs using equitable and inquiry-based methodologies, empowering students to create and promote equitable learning and engagement opportunities in their institutions.
INST728F
Special Topics in Information Studies; Generative AI in UX: Transforming UX Practice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
INST728Z
Special Topics in Information Studies; Advanced Game, Entertainment, and Media Analytics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
INST735
Natural Language Processing
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in CMSC422; and permission of CMNS-Computer Science department.
Cross-listed with: CMSC723, LING723.
Credit only granted for: CMSC723, LING723, or INST735.
Additional information: CMSC students may only receive PhD Comp. credit for CMSC723 or CMSC823, not both.
Introduce fundamental concepts, techniques, and algorithms for the computational handling of natural language. Statistical and machine learning techniques, models, and algorithms that enable computers to deal with the ambiguity and implicit structure of human language. Approaches that focus on uncovering linguistic structure, such as syntactic or semantic parsing, as well as those that focus on manipulating text in useful ways, such as question answering or machine translation.
INST737
Introduction to Data Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: INST627 and (LBSC690, LBSC671, INFM603, or JOUR652).
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.
INST752
Location Intelligence
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: INFM600, INFM603, INST630, and INST733; or permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Provides a comprehensive overview of the principles of geographic information systems and location analytics for a variety of business scenarios. Explores the processes for integrating location information, maps, and demographic information with business information and implementing analytical applications. Reviews business contexts such as government and citizen analysis, zoning and planning, retail site selection, supply chain management and logistics, fieldservice planning and tracking, real estate, insurance, public safety, municipal maintenance, and others. Provides hands-on opportunities to apply location intelligence methods.
INST753
Data Governance and Data Quality
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: INFM600, INFM603, and INST733; or permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Surveys the methods and practices for understanding the relationship between organizational performance objectives and their effective oversight, use, and management of information. Examines methods for instituting information governance, data governance, and data quality in the context of information policies for assessing information risk, observing data policies, and enforcing accountability for protection of sensitive information. Explores models of data ownership and accountability, roles and responsibilities for data governance and data stewardship, and processes for soliciting and documenting information and data requirements. Covers techniques for data quality assessment, specification of data quality rules, and applications for validating compliance with data quality expectations, monitoring levels of data quality, and notifications and dashboards for monitoring data compliance.
INST754
Data Integration and Preparation for Analytics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: INFM600, INST630, and INST733; and (INFM603 or JOUR652) ; or permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
Provides a comprehensive overview of the end-to-end processes for acquiring, ingesting, managing, cleansing, transforming and integrating data sources for the purposes of reporting andanalytics. Concepts include data acquisition, data streaming, data staging, standardization, data quality, concept and metadata harmonization, transformation, and data modeling. Students will learn how ingested data sets can be transformed, integrated, and prepared for analytical use.
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.
INST764
Data Literacy for Arts and Entertainment Management
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of INFO-College of Information Studies.
This survey course provides an overview of the integral use of data and information to manage, inform the operations, engage customers, patrons, and donors, and influence product/exhibit/program design in arts and entertainment businesses and organizations. The course will introduce core concepts of data literacy such as metadata and data management for collection curation and management, information seeking behaviors and enabling search, data management for business operations, descriptive analytics for reporting, using data for customer relationship management, and more advanced analytics. The course will explore how all these concepts fit together in the context of Arts and Entertainment Management and provide laboratory projects that provide hands-on experience with the different information and data management practices discussed.
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.
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.
INST779
Readings Seminar; Readings Seminar
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg
Cross-listed with INST828. Credit only granted for INST828 or INSt779.
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.
INST787
(Perm Req)
Museum Scholarship Practicum
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: AMST856, ANTH856, or HIST810.
Restriction: Permission of Museum Scholarship Program required.
Cross-listed with: AMST857, ANTH857, HIST811.
Credit only granted for: AMST857, ANTH857, HIST811, INST728I or INST787.
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.
INST798
Seminar in Research Methods and Data Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
INST799
(Perm Req)
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
INST800
(Perm Req)
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.
INST801
Theoretical and Epistemological Foundations in Information Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Credit only granted for: INST888 or INST801.
Formerly: INST888.
Pursuing a doctorate in information studies involves the scholarly examination of the interaction between people, information, technology, and society. There are, however, as many ways to examine the interaction of people, information, technology, and society as there are researchers and ways of understanding what counts as evidence and knowledge in different components of the field. Students will be introduced to the diverse scholarly traditions that comprise information studies. Students will explore why there are so many ways of knowing and methods of discovery within the field, in order to help them identify the social theory and methods that will support their path through information scholarship.
INST808
Seminar in Research Methods and Data Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
INST809
(Perm Req)
Individualized Teaching Experience
Credits: 3 - 5
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
INST811
Pedagogy and Curriculum Development
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
In this course, doctoral students will gradually and iteratively build a syllabus for an original course related to Information Studies. The course will cover, in sequence: curriculum models and development; learning outcome development; syllabus development; classroom management and dynamics; design of student assessments; design and delivery of classroom lectures; discussion moderation; working with teaching assistants; hybrid and online pedagogy; learning outcomes assessment; course evaluations; and teaching statements. Upon completion of the course, students will have a fully developed teaching portfolio.
INST818
(Perm Req)
Individual Research Experience
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
INST828
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Cross-listed with INST779. Credit only granted for INST828 or INSt779.
INST878D
Special Topics in Information Studies; Governing Algorithms & Algorithmic Governance
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Cross-listed with CMSC839C. Credit only granted for INST878D or CMSC839C.

This cross-cutting interdisciplinary course, taught jointly between the College of Information Studies and the Department of Computer Science, investigates the role that algorithms and automated decision-making systems play in markets, societies, and policymaking. The course connects policy and computational conceptualizations of transparency, security, fairness, privacy, manipulation, and accountability through a series of casestudies and burning debates. Students will collaborate cross-disciplinary and be encouraged to work through difficult trade-offs to reach consensus. By discussing recent applications of algorithms for social and consumer sorting, and the moderation and generation of content, students will engage with the pressing challenges and opportunities in the governance of and by algorithms.
INST878G
Special Topics in Information Studies; Participatory Design and Participatory Action Research
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
This course provides an introduction to the design and implementation of participatory design approaches and participatory action research (PAR) as methods to inform adaptive leadership and create organizational change. The course will introduce PAR as an iterative cycle of research, action, and reflection, involving researchers and participants working together to understand a problematic workplace situation and change it for the better. The course will focus especially on PAR's capacity to create social change that promotes democracy and challenges inequality.
INST878J
Special Topics in Information Studies; Accessible Computer Mediated Communication
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Introduces accessible communication design with a focus on supporting individuals who face challenges in speaking and use alternative methods to communicate. You'll integrate concepts from User Experience, Human-Computer Interaction, Digital Accessibility, and Communication Theory, and work on a case study to evaluate and improve a commercial communication technology. Students with backgrounds in prototyping, front-end programming, user-centered design, special education, or speech and hearing sciences are welcome.
INST878P
Special Topics in Information Studies; Leading an Inclusive Information Organization
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
This course aims to explore the range of human diversity and understanding how this plays into creating an inclusive information organization. To support the leadership development of each student, this course focuses on the complex dynamics of varying forms of diversity in organizations, as seen from the vantage points of social science, industrial/organizational psychology, and organizational studies. The course will adopt multiple levels of analysis to critically explore the current state of theory, research, and application regarding the role and treatment of differences and the creation of equity and inclusion in the workplace.
INST898
(Perm Req)
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg
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INST899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: S-F
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