Graduate Course Rotation Schedule (PDF revised September 22, 2017)
NOTE: The Course Rotation Schedule includes a list of courses scheduled to be offered during the terms shown. Additions or deletions to the schedule may be made in any semester to meet course demand, to introduce new courses, to adjust for faculty availability and/or budget constraints. While this document does not represent a guarantee, the School of Information will make every effort to provide the courses as scheduled.
Master’s Course Descriptions
This course provides background information about the information professions and the information provision environments, including the organizations and institutions of the information provision environment (IPE) and the historical, disciplinary, and theoretical foundations of these professions. Information in the context of the IPE is defined broadly and includes but is not limited to information for multiple purposes such as academic, professional, educational, personal enrichment, and leisure and recreation. The student will be introduced to the application of information technologies used to facilitate IPE processes and will improve their skills in using a variety of technologies by applying them to information problems.
Provides students with an overview of the user’s perspective in the analysis of information needs and preferences. Provides the fundamentals to a broad approach, emphasizing a unifying structure, to understand human information seeking behaviors.
Information plays an important role in the lives of individuals around the world. Access to information is an important factor in the economic, social, cultural and political development of all nations. LIS 5241 focuses on analysis of information management and access at the national or country level in the context of international globalization. Students will develop the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to analyze and compare the social, cultural, economic and political factors that affect access to information and information service provision.
LIS 5255 Information, Technology, and Older Adults (3) [ course flyer / course syllabus ]
Examines the information and technology needs, uses, and seeking of older adults, with attention to aging in society, successful longevity, lifelong learning, health information, information service provision and evaluation, technology and interface design, technology affordances, and information use environments of older adults.
This course emphasizes synthesis, evaluation, and assessment across the many factors and themes of importance to older adults and their use of information and technology. Students will gain a thorough, synthesized understanding of older adults’ use of information and technology and their information needs and seeking behavior; learn how to plan, assess, and evaluate information and technology services and systems from the perspective of older adults; and reflect on and discuss their understanding and evaluation. Students should leave the course with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to propose, implement, and assess information and technology services and systems intended for use by older adults.
LIS 5263 Theory of Information Retrieval (3) [ course flyer / course syllabus ]
Prerequisite: LIS 5703.
This course will introduce students to theories, models, and systems of information retrieval (IR). These will include the models of representation for data/information/knowledge and user needs/queries; the models and mechanisms of information relevance establishment, information filtering and personalization; and the models and measures for IR system performance evaluation.
This is an introductory course in applied research methods in the social sciences with a particular emphasis on information studies. It provides an overview of the basic issues and methods that information professionals should consider when collecting, analyzing, and evaluating data regarding information programs and services. The course covers scientific inquiry, research ethics, problem formulation, measurement, as well as quantitative and qualitative methods and analysis. It also provides a foundation for evaluating a variety of scientific, technical, business, and government information and for conducting applied research in information-based organizations. This course is appropriate for students with no background in research or analytical methods.
LIS 5275 Usability Analysis (3) [ course flyer / course syllabus ]
This course provides a comprehensive overview of usability analysis and its role in user-centered design. The course has been designed to familiarize students with the concepts and procedures necessary to incorporate usability analysis into the information systems design process. At the end of the course, students will possess both the resources and skills necessary to conduct usability analyses and evaluate information systems from a user-centered design perspective.
This course provides a conceptual and practical introduction to creating and using media resources to support learning in library and other information settings. Coursework regularly includes media analysis and media production activities that: 1) incorporate digital image, sound, and video elements; 2) utilize web-based tools; and 3) apply knowledge of copyright and digital media.
Prerequisite: LIS 5362.
This course follows a step-by-step introduction to topics concerning client- and server-side programming (including data interfacing and security). Topics include acquiring domain names and Web hosting agencies, introduction to server-side programming, working with data types and operators, building functions and control structures, manipulating strings, accessing files and directories, manipulating data in arrays and strings, connecting to and manipulating data resources, managing state information, object-oriented design, debugging and error handling. In addition, more advanced topics using templates and jQuery may be included as well.
LIS 5367 Advanced Web Applications (3) [ course flyer / course syllabus]
Prerequisite: LIS5362; LIS 5364. This course aims to explore, discuss, and research emerging technologies in the area of Web application development. Emphasis is placed on standards and exposure to more recent technologies relating to the Web, providing hands-on experience, and discussion of practical implications of these emerging fields.
LIS 5385 Social Computing and Collaboration Technologies (3) [ course flyer / course syllabus]
This course explores the tools, techniques, and challenges of implementing and managing social and collaboration technologies within and beyond the workplace. Students participating in this class will engage with the sociotechnical and historical context for the information communication technologies (ICTs) used by organizations to facilitate communication and collaboration within the workplace, to extend their mission beyond the workplace, and to engage with external audiences using social media. Students will actively design solutions to social computing challenges that build on a foundation in ICT skills and knowledge, while allowing students to gain valuable leadership, communication, and organizational skills. They will also explore issues and concerns that may influence the individual and organizational adoption of social computing and collaboration tools.
LIS 5405 Leadership in Technology (3) [ course flyer / course syllabus ]
This course introduces students to the leadership concepts necessary to build successful information technology infrastructures in a variety of contexts. Through this course, students will develop an understanding of IT leadership careers, the roles and responsibilities of IT leaders, evidence-based methods for developing leadership strategies, and how to lead innovative and entrepreneurial technology development in fast-paced environments.
Students will develop the ability to identify key leadership competencies and resources to understanding emerging technology trends. The course challenges students to engage in active planning of their careers through the development of leadership vision statements and personal action plans.
This is an introductory course in management of information organizations within a variety of organizational contexts. It is designed to develop a conceptual framework for integrating fundamental management concepts, principles, policies, theories, and practices into an effective personal management process that relates to information organizations of the 21st century. In addition, students acquire strategies for developing cohesive, productive management teams through experiential learning.
This course examines selected fundamental policy questions regarding information and communications, with special attention to intricate policy issues such as information ownership rights, privacy rights, and public access to information. The course examines such issues by focusing on the underlying constitutional principles, laws and regulations, statutes, and government policies that impact such issues. Specific attention is given to federal policies within the United States but state and local policies are examined as needed. Specific course topics include universal service, information equity, privacy, intellectual property, censorship, e-government, and information management. The course focuses on providing information professionals with a fundamental understanding of the importance and impact of information policy.
LIS 5413 Seminar in Information Policy (3) [ course flyer / course syllabus ]
An analysis of both existing and possible public policies toward the production, dissemination, recording, and ownership of information. The economic, political, and social aspects of policy analysis will be introduced and applied to specific information policy issues.
LIS 5417 Introduction to Legal Resources (3) [ course flyer / course syllabus ]
Provides an introduction to legal literature and to the tools of legal research to create an understanding of how legal information is organized, structured, and accessed in various settings.
LIS 5418 Introduction to Health Informatics (3) [ course flyer / course syllabus ]
This survey course evaluates medical informatics from a stakeholder perspective. Beginning with a brief overview of the US health care system, the focus then shifts to understanding to what extent health information needs are met using technology for users such as providers of health care services, clinician educators, consumers, and caregivers.
This course explores how emerging technologies are being used to empower health consumers and improve their medical outcomes. Students will examine different technology-based approaches for health promotion, disease prevention, and for supporting the treatment and management of chronic illnesses. They will evaluate patients’ information needs and behaviors to design more effective technology-based health education and behavior change interventions. They will also discuss issues and concerns influencing adoption of these technologies at different levels. The course emphasizes an interdisciplinary, user-centered and theory-based approach using concepts drawn from communication, information studies, human-computer interaction, medicine, psychology, and public health.
LIS 5426 Grant Writing, Evaluation and Administration (3) [ course flyer / course syllabus ]
Students will design, develop and demonstrate the core individual and collaborative skills in planning, constructing, analyzing, administering and evaluating grant projects in an information organization.
This course has no prerequisites; however it builds upon management outcomes presented in LIS 5408 Management of Information Organizations, and it is highly recommended that students take LIS 5408 prior to taking this course. This course expects the student to both analyze and synthesize information and demonstrate application of the learning concepts. The course will benefit the student through the acquisition of practical, theoretical, and scholarly knowledge.
Prerequisite: LIS 5408.
In concert with – and contrast to – theories and models of the past, students in this course will analyze evidence-based concepts in order to develop a personalized understanding of 21st century leadership. The course focuses on the development of leadership capacity for information professionals, including how to think reflectively as well as strategically, ethically influence others, design and maintain functional organizations, capitalize on a swiftly changing technological environment, and finally to demonstrate vision. In part, leadership skills are developed through personal reflection and teamwork.
LIS 5472 Digital Libraries (3) [ course flyer / course syllabus ]
Prerequisite: Pre- or Corequisite: LIS 5703. The course offers a comprehensive overview of digital libraries, beginning with the conceptual underpinnings of digital libraries and broadening to include issues in the design, management, and evaluation of digital libraries, such as collection management and digitization, knowledge representation, access and user interfaces, archiving and digital preservation, as well as evaluation. The course also discusses the research literature addressing digital-library development.
This course introduces students to business information and competitive intelligence for information and technology professions, covering techniques for locating business and competitive intelligence information, and how to analyze, interpret and report the results of business and competitive intelligence research.
A foundation course in networking and telecommunications technologies, and management of modern data networks, with emphasis on the building blocks of local and wide area networks. Subjects covered include networking architectures, topologies, models, layers, protocols, IP sub netting, equipment, operating systems, security and various tools and utilities. Also covered are economic and policy issues inherent to telecommunications, and management skills that the professional in this field will need to master.
This course introduces students to Information Technology (IT) on a theoretical and practical level. The course reviews the underlying concepts of IT as embodied in operating systems, hardware, application software, website creation and networks. It ensures that all students have mastered minimum skills and knowledge sets and are prepared to carry out assignments requiring IT skills through the program.
An introduction to the role of information systems in organizations and how they relate to organizational objectives and structures. Covers the basics of management and information as they relate to each other in the operation of an information center.
LIS 5489 Network Administration (3) [ course flyer / course syllabus ]
This course focuses on the planning, design, configuration, operation, and management of computer networks containing data communication devices, servers, workstations, and networked applications and support systems. It introduces students to administrative techniques inherent to basic operating systems, and also to enterprise management systems required by larger organizations. Students examine and discuss issues of scalability, performance management, and integration of internal resources with external resources such as cloud-based systems.
LIS 5511 Collection Development and Management (3) [ course flyer / course syllabus ]
Introduction to the national, state, and local environments, principles, policies and practices that facilitate or inhibit the selection, evaluation, acquisition, access to, maintenance, and evaluation of resources for a library and their use and usefulness.
This course focuses on three concepts: merging instruction theory with practice; learning how to create an instruction program; and learning how to become a successful instructor in information settings. Students develop a conceptual framework for information user education, which includes an overview of learning theory, teaching methods, and instructional design. Students learn how to create, teach, evaluate, and manage an instruction program.
This course will provide instruction for the practice and application of the oral tradition within storytelling. The overall intent of the course is to facilitate the oral tradition of storytelling within library and information studies (LIS).
A study of the materials (books, magazines, video & film formats, audio, television, computer software, CD-ROMS, Internet resources, etc.) created for children, ages birth to twelve, with an emphasis on the process of evaluation in order to meet their educational, cultural, and recreational needs.
LIS 5565 Information Needs of Young Adults (3) [ course syllabus / course flyer]
An overview of the characteristics and the information needs of young adults and the resources and strategies that may assist adults and youth in meeting these needs. Developmental stages of young adults are taken into consideration in understanding their information needs. This course focuses on fiction and nonfiction materials published specifically for ages 12-18 (grades 6-12, or middle and high school), but from time to time incorporates resources designed for younger children and for adults that are also appropriate for young adults.
LIS 5566 Diverse Resources for Children and Young Adults (3) [ course flyer / course syllabus ]
The focus of this course is an evaluation of both United States and international literature and information resources for children and young adults from the perspective of diversity. Students will explore various diversity issues, including race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity, ability, religion, and the immigrant experience. Students will employ strategies for using literature and information resources to meet the developmental, informational, and recreational needs of children and young adults in relation to these issues. Discussion will include various resource formats, selection criteria, and promotional strategies.
LIS 5576 Information Needs of Adults (3) [ course flyer / course syllabus ]
An examination of the nature and societal aspects of adult information needs, sources, and uses. Focuses on fiction and non-fiction genres; formal, popular, and alternative information sources; and the cultural values of entertainment and information, as well as the relationship between the two. Examines print, electronic, and mass-media sources and uses within their social contexts.
A survey of graphic novels, including manga and manhwa, for readers of all ages, but focusing primarily on materials for young adults and adults. Examines issues related to evaluation, collection development, organization, promotion, readers’ advisory, programming, intellectual freedom, and the use of graphic novels in school and college classrooms.
LIS 5590 Museum Informatics (3) [ course flyer / course syllabus ]
Provides an introduction to the study of how technical innovations influence the social world of museums by exploring the nature of information technology in museums and the way modern information systems have shaped the museum environment.
The purpose of this course is to provide the motivated audience of students with the concepts, techniques and illustrative examples needed to develop first-rate nonprofit marketing skills. These skills will facilitate strategic planning that is cost effective and customer-centered in its approach.
Introduction to reference work using both print and online sources. It also addresses the relationship of reference work to other information services in libraries and other information-providing agencies.
LIS 5631 Health Information Sources (3) [ course flyer / course syllabus ]
This course provides an overview of health information resources used in different contexts including clinical care, research and continuing medical education, as well as patient health care and health promotion and communication. Students evaluate and explore a variety of medical and consumer health information sources. The course discusses issues, trends, and policies related to the retrieval and use of health information including the different stakeholders that shape these (e.g., local, state and national organizations and professional associations). Course material is intended for those interested in professions that require the use and/or provision of medical and consumer health information sources in a variety of settings including bio-medical research, continuing medical education, clinical care and patient education.
The course provides an introduction to government information sources and research, with focus on U.S. government information. Students learn about the structure of government and the dissemination of government information resources to the public, including techniques for locating and using government information sources.
Establishes conceptual and practical frameworks for organizing and retrieving information, including the study of systems, their objectives and structures, formats, standards, and vocabularies; and the information object and its relationship to organizing systems and to other information objects.
Prerequisite: LIS 5703. An examination of problems of entry, description, and subject analysis including the Library of Congress classification. Covers an analysis and evaluation of problems relating to the organization, operation, and management of a cataloging department.
LIS 5736 Indexing and Abstracting (3) [ course flyer / course syllabus ]
Taking a practical approach to indexing and abstracting, this course covers manual and automatic processes and methods, and database organization and design. Emphasis is on indexing and abstracting in an online environment with attention to production rules, standards, markup languages, and file organization.
This course explores the design and use of digital technologies for the purpose of influencing individuals’ attitudes or behaviors in a number of contexts (i.e., e-commerce, social marketing, education, health, etc.). Computers as persuasive technology or “captology” is an interdisciplinary field that draws on theories and methods of psychology, human behavior studies, communication and human-computer interaction to inform the design of persuasive experiences delivered through interactive and computational technologies.
LIS 5775 Organizational Information Security (3) [ course flyer / course syllabus]
This course looks at management issues and practical implications related to securing organizational information systems. This course focuses on the IT security threat environment, cryptography, securing network, access control, firewalls, host hardening, application security, data protections, and incident response. A clear theoretical understanding supports a large practical component. Students will learn to audit and troubleshoot information systems, and use contemporary security software.
Course is open to MS in Information Technology students with possible exceptions pending instructor approval.
LIS 5782 is an introductory course appropriate for students with no experience in database management systems and with no knowledge of Structured Query Language (SQL). Although several database models are briefly presented, the course focuses on the relational model, the basis for most currently installed production database management systems (DBMS). The course covers the principles of database design and implementation including relational concepts, data modeling, conceptual and logical database design, use of SQL as a data-manipulation language, and current issues in database administration.
This course provides instruction and learning experiences in user-centered design of information systems, especially web sites. The entire Information Architecture process from learning the user’s needs by developing user personas and scenarios through organizing the information to be presented to specifying the final design parameters, such as low-fidelity and high-fidelity wireframes, is covered. The result will be a technical solution to a specific information system need that takes into account its social and organizational context. The project- based course design allows students to learn issues and problems in a real-life project of building information architecture for systems.
LIS 5787 Fundamentals of Metadata Theory and Practice (3) [ course flyer / course syllabus ]
Prerequisite: LIS 5703.
Metadata is critical in accessing, managing, and exchanging electronic resources. This course will introduce students to the basic theories and principles of metadata design and creation using ER modeling, XML and RDF. The course will review major conceptual frameworks, ontologies and metadata schemas used in libraries, archives, museums, and digital data repositories. Real-life scenarios and collections will be used to highlight and gain understanding of the issues related to metadata creation, aggregation, and reuse.
This is an introductory course in management of Health Information Technology (HIT) within a variety of organizational contexts. It is designed to develop a conceptual framework for integrating fundamental HIT management concepts, principles, policies, theories, and practices into an effective personal management process that relates to health-related organizations (broadly defined) of the 21st century. In addition, students acquire strategies for developing cohesive, productive HIT management teams through experiential learning.
LIS 5900r Directed Individual Study (1–3) [ course flyer / course syllabus ]
Guided studies for individual professional and subject needs. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours. (S/U grade only.)
LIS 5916r Issues in Information Studies (1–3) [ course flyer / course syllabus ]
Consideration of selected topics and issues in information studies not included elsewhere in the curriculum. Credit is, and enrollment may be, determined by the instructor. Different sections may be taken in the same semester. May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours as content varies. Some special topics courses that have been offered include: Advanced Social Media, Cultural Competence for Information Professionals, Data Mining Methods and Applications, Information for Diverse Users, Managing Innovation and Change, Mobile Application Development, Nonfiction Resources for Children and Young Adults, and Virtual Reference Environments.
LIS 5945r Internship (0–12)
You will work under the guidance and supervision of a professional in an organization which provides information services. The work is guided by learning objectives agreed upon by the site supervisor, the Internship Coordinator, and you. You must adhere to the human resource policies of the site organization. Throughout the course, you will reflect upon, analyze, and comment on your work activities and work environment with electronic discussions and individual journal entries to frame that experience. The course offers an ideal opportunity to test theory in practice and to gain experience in a realistic information provision environment. The experience is expected to be mutually beneficial for the organization and the student. Credit Hours: 1 – 6 credits; each credit hour requires approximately 45 hours at the work location over the course of the semester. (S/U grade only.)
LIS 5971r Thesis (2–6)
May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours. Thesis must be completed for a total of either three or six credits. (S/U grade only.)
LIS 8966r Master’s Comprehensive Examination (0) (P/F grade only.)
LIS 8976r Master’s Thesis Defense (0) (P/F grade only.)
Doctoral Course Descriptions
LIS 6024 Seminar in Theory and Foundations of Information Sciences (3)
This course is a historical and critical examination of the intellectual traditions and foundational literature of library and information science (LIS). Readings in seminal works provide a rich background and context for analyzing and understanding current problems and future trends in LIS and developing research and applications to solve fundamental problems.
LIS 6027 Statistics and Data Analysis for Information Studies (3)
This is an introductory course in statistical analysis for students pursuing a doctorate in information studies. The course will provide a foundation in statistical techniques that are often used in information studies and prepare students for more advanced statistics courses. The course will cover descriptive statistics, probability distributions, inference, hypothesis testing, correlation, simple regression, multiple regression, ANOVA, and ANCOVA. Students will also become proficient using statistical software applications to analyze data sets in order to address research questions.
LIS 6040 Teaching in Information Studies (2)
(S/U grade only). Teaching Assistants are a valuable resource to the University. Their assistance allows faculty to focus on student learning while giving the TA valuable teaching experience to support them on their way to becoming junior faculty in training. This course will introduce the future Teaching Assistant to the basic skills they will need to succeed as a TA including an introduction to multiple teaching and learning styles; course building and management; using technology in the classroom; developing rubrics, leading the classroom, and assessing student work.
LIS 6205 Issues in Information Behavior (3)
Prepares doctoral students to do research focusing on an aspect of information behavior through discovering issues in Information Behavior. The seminar introduces a range of techniques applied to the analysis of information behavior, with a focus on ethnographic methodologies.
LIS 6269 Seminar in Information Science (3)
Surveys recent developments and emerging technologies in library and information science. Stresses research methodologies in these areas.
LIS 6272 Qualitative Research in Information Studies (3)
This seminar covers a variety of qualitative research methods that may be used in library and information science. It explores general, epistemological, and ethical issues with qualitative research; methods of data collection; techniques for data analysis; and evaluation of qualitative research. It includes readings, short- and long-form writing, in-class discussions, and practical exercises in qualitative research.
LIS 6278 Issues in Theory Development (3–5)
This course requires students to discuss and critique the structural components and research processes related to the origination, construction, and evolution of theory. The seminar provides students with an awareness of the historical and social conditions that influence a tradition of ideas
LIS 6279r Research in Information Studies (3)
This course surveys the research methods commonly used in information studies. Students learn to design, evaluate, and present research. Focus is on the preparation of designs for conducting individual research leading to a dissertation research project.
LIS 6289 Seminar in Education for Information Studies (3)
Within the framework of University and professional education, an examination of the aims, structures, and issues related to education for information issues. Includes curricular content and design, faculty, students and finance and administration.
LIS 6662 Seminar in Information Policy (3)
Identifies/analyzes selected issues related to government information policies, and considers policy alternatives to better access state/federal information. Examines research methodologies to investigate information policies.
LIS 6759 Seminar in Intellectual Access (3)
A thematic examination of issues in intellectual access. Possible topics include (but are not limited to) the relationship between the structure of knowledge and access to electronic information; knowledge structures for digital libraries; the social construction of information; and the impact of economic classification structures on access to information.
LIS 6909r Directed Individual Study (1–9)
(S/U grade only.). Doctoral students may take up to 9 credit hours in a semester and up to 12 credit hours in total of Directed Individual Study (DIS) course, LIS 6909. Specific activities will vary based on the contract negotiated between the student and the instructor and will reflect the student’s need to acquire skills and gain experience in specific topic areas.
Directed Individual Study is not available as an alternative version of a course otherwise offered on a regular basis by the School.
LIS 6911r Research Collaboration (1–5)
Prerequisite: LIS 6279. This course provides students with experience in conducting research under the guidance of faculty. The student participates in the supervising faculty member’s research program and can be involved in theory building, literature reviews, research design, data collection, data analysis and report writing. May be repeated to a maximum of five semester hours. (S/U grade only.)
LIS 6919r Issues in Information Studies (1-3)
Directed and supervised detailed investigation of selected problems, issues, and trends in the various areas of librarianship/information studies including, but not limited to, cataloging and classification; work with the disadvantaged; children and youth services; academic, public, school, and special libraries; administration; information science. Offerings will vary because of currency and the changing nature of the subject matter. May be repeated to a maximum of fifteen semester hours.
LIS 6936r Proseminar in IS Research and Teaching (0-3)
The course introduces students to research and teaching within the field of IS, as well as orienting students to current issues relevant to preparing for teaching and research careers. The course emphasizes reading, discussion and collaborative critical analysis of the methods, findings, and impacts of assigned readings, and presentations by students and invited speakers.
LIS 6965 Preliminary Exam Preparation (1-8)
Variable Credit 1-8; May be repeated within the same term to a maximum of eight semester hours. (Students may take up to 24 hours of preliminary Exam Preparation.)
Preliminary exam preparation hours orient doctoral students to preliminary exam procedures and provide supervision for the development of topic areas and bibliographies that define the content of the student’s preliminary exams. The preliminary exam is the milestone that determines a student’s readiness to advance to candidacy.
LIS 6980r Dissertation (1–12)
Dissertation credits to be arranged in consultation with major professor. Maximum of twelve semester hours may be taken in any given semester. All doctoral students must complete twenty-four semester hours of dissertation as part of the program of study. (S/U grade only.)
LIS 8964r Doctoral Preliminary Examination (0) (P/F grade only.)
LIS 8985r Dissertation Defense Examination (0) (P/F grade only.)