Graduate Course Descriptions
Graduate Course Rotation Schedule (PDF revised May 19, 2015)
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
IDC 5015 Teaching Interdisciplinary Computing (2–3)
This course offers teaching assistants and future educators techniques for the effective teaching of computing concepts and skills. Focus is placed on general college-level teaching skills and on the unique challenges of teaching computer skills to students from multiple disciplines, who are not necessarily technically inclined.
This course provides background information about the information profession and aims to facilitate optimal information management. Topics include librarianship, the disciplines of library-information science (LIS) and of information technology (IT), the organizations and institutions of the information-provision environment, as well as the applications of technology to information provision.
This course will introduce future school librarians to the educational concepts and strategies necessary to function successfully in schools. It will examine basic language and concepts of human growth and development, teaching and learning, classroom management, individual differences, standards and observations, as well as contemporary issues related to the field. Relationships with other members of the learning community will be examined.
LIS 5028 Writing for the Information Professions (3) [ course flyer / course syllabus ]
Offers practical hands-on experience with forms and practices of technical and professional writing, including documentation, correspondence, audience analysis, writing for social media, evaluation, and review. Emphasizes clear, concise, and effective writing in information technology settings, both within organizations and for user services.
Prerequisite: LIS 5603. Examines historical, contemporary, and emerging communication patterns and knowledge generation and use in the research, scholarly, and professional communities. Studies the development of communities of practice, their literature structures and communication networks, and information behaviors.
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.
Explores the political economy of information, including those factors which encourage or discourage free exchange of information within and among inhabitants of countries worldwide. The unit of analysis is an individual country in comparison with others chosen from the spectrum of development. Attention is given to the legal, economic, and infrastructural conditions from a culturally sensitive point of view. Practical preparation for work abroad is provided.
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.
LIS 5263 Theory of Information Retrieval (3) [ course flyer / course syllabus ]
Prerequisite: LIS 5703. Theory of information retrieval for text, images, and sound. Discussion of various retrieval, query, and knowledge representation methods beyond Boolean models, including vector, probabilistic, and associative network models. Elaboration of concepts of retrieval performance efficiency and effectiveness beyond precision and recall. Relevant issues of user interfaces and hypertext are explored.
Examines the principles and methods of systems analysis and research in the context of library and information studies. The course discusses typical problems studied and considers problem identification and definition as well as techniques of data collection and analysis, including statistical analysis.
This course blends library and information science theory with practical library experience and application. Students explore alternative approaches to a variety of challenges related to the management of information centers and interact with a variety of working information professionals.
LIS 5275 Usability Analysis (3) [ course flyer / course syllabus ]
Design, execution, and reporting of tests for the usability of information products and services. Covers cost justifying assessments and concepts of human cognition relevant to information processing.
This course provides a conceptual and practical introduction to creating and using digital-media resources to support learning and collaboration in information professions. Students regularly engage in media analysis and media production activities that incorporate digital image, sound, and video elements; utilize Web-based collaborative tools; and apply knowledge of fair use, copyright, and copyleft to multimedia.
Examines the theory, concepts and techniques for designing, producing, and evaluating networked multimedia resources to meet specific information needs. Students engage in collaborative design projects applying theoretical constructs from communication, education, engineering, graphic design, and information science to the provision of resources using multimedia network technologies.
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: LIS 5364. Examines theory, concepts, and techniques for designing, producing, and evaluating World Wide Web applications to meet specific information needs. Students engage in design projects applying theoretical constructs to the provision of Web-based information resources using advanced authoring techniques.
This course focuses on social media – specifically we focus on the tools, information management and communication functions through hands-on work with designing and managing social media sites. Students participating in this class will actively design, implement, and coordinate numerous projects that build a foundation in social media while allowing students to gain valuable leadership, communication, and organizational skills.
This course provides education and information relevant to real-life and dynamic organizational events confronting human-resource (HR) managers working in 21st century information organizations and prepares students to provide optimal HR management through the use of team work and in-class assignments.
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 course enables students to develop a conceptual framework for integrating fundamental management concepts, principles, theories, and practices into an effective, personal management process that relates to information organizations of the 21st century.
Examines selected fundamental policy questions relating to information use, access, and dissemination. Particular attention is given to complex policy issues that involve value conflicts among information ownership rights, personal privacy rights, and public access rights to information in a societal context.
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 5416 Introduction to Legal Informatics (3) [ course flyer / course syllabus ]
This course is an introduction to the role of information technology in the creation, management, and retrieval of legal information in the legal work environment, such as the law office and the law library. It examines the use of information technology in judicial administration and other legal contexts, it introduces the student to various definitions of legal informatics, while also exploring the detailed structure of legal-information database retrieval systems such as LEXIS and Westlaw, as well as other methods of storage and automatic retrieval of law sources.
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 ]
Basic skills in planning, evaluation, and financial management are developed, as well as application of these aspects to the overall management task in the information organization.
This course focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary for informational professionals to provide collaborative leadership in reading across the K-12 spectrum. Special emphasis is placed on how reading for achievement and reading motivation can successfully be reconciled as essential components of information literacy.
Prerequisite: LIS 5408. This course helps information professionals develop their leadership skills. Topics include how to think reflectively and strategically, lead ethically, influence others, work in teams, design functional organizations, and demonstrate leadership in action. Students focus on the personal values of leaders in the 21st century and analyze evidence-based leadership concepts.
LIS 5472 Digital Libraries (3) [ course flyer / course syllabus ]
Prerequisite: LIS 5362. 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.
The course introduces students to print and electronic sources of business information, covers effective methods of access and evaluation of business information, and helps students acquire problem-solving skills and collection-development techniques suitable in business and related disciplines.
An introductory course concerned with networking and telecommunications as a means of providing information services to users. From LANs to the information superhighway, it includes an introduction to voice, data, and video telecommunications concepts, technical requirements, and application issues, in addition to techniques and management of such systems.
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 ]
Prerequisite: LIS 5484. Introduces students to the design, operation, and management of networked systems from local area networks (LANs) to the Internet. Includes communications concepts, technical, and application issues with a focus on managing a network.
LIS 5511 Management of Information Collections (3) [ course flyer / course syllabus ]
This course covers the principles of collection development and intelligence gathering, including selection, acquisition, distribution, circulation, preservation, and de-selection of information resources in academic, public, and special library environments.
LIS 5512 School Collection Development and Management (3) [ course flyer / course syllabus ]
This course provides an understanding of the attitudes, knowledge, and skills necessary to manage human resources and provide effective leadership in a school library media program. Covers collection development and management in school libraries. Required for school media certification. Students should take this course the semester before taking the State of Florida media-specialist exam.
The instructional role of the media specialist and methods of participating effectively in curricular planning, implementation, and evaluation.
This course provides instruction for the practice and application of the oral tradition of storytelling. The overall intent of the course is to facilitate the oral tradition of storytelling within library and information studies (LIS).
Materials for children in relation to their needs, interests and abilities. Evaluation and use of print and audiovisual materials.
LIS 5565 Information Needs of Young Adults (3) [ course flyer / course syllabus ]
Study of media for young adults in relation to their characteristics, needs, interests and abilities. Evaluation and use of print and audiovisual materials.
LIS 5566 Multicultural Literature and Information Resources for Children and Young Adults (3) [ course flyer / course syllabus ]
Course identifies and evaluates multicultural literature and information resources for children and young adults in relation to ethnicity and culture of ethnic minorities in the United States. Students will locate, access, read, evaluate, and develop strategies to use multicultural literature and other resources to meet information needs of children and young adults.
LIS 5567 International Literature for Children and Young Adults (3) [ course flyer / course syllabus ]
Course provides graduate students an opportunity to read and evaluate literature for children and young adults from an international perspective, that is, literature originating in a nation other than the United States.
LIS 5576 Information Needs of Adults (3) [ course flyer / course syllabus ]
Selection criteria, aids in selection and evaluation of materials relative to adult needs, publishing and production trends. Emphasis is on contemporary print and non-print materials for public library collections.
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 course covers concepts, techniques, and illustrations needed to develop first-rate nonprofit marketing skills for libraries and information services. These skills facilitate cost-effective and customer-centered strategic planning.
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 is a practical introduction to a variety of printed and electronic sources used to locate information in medicine, consumer health, nursing, and allied health. Course material is intended for those interested in medical and consumer health information resources in medical, public, or academic libraries where clients need health-related information.
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.
This course establishes the conceptual and theoretical framework for organizing and retrieving information, including the study of systems, their objectives and structures, formats, standards, and vocabularies. The course also covers 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 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 Information Security (3) [ course flyer / course syllabus ]
An introduction to the concepts and issues associated with digital computer and network security and the skills necessary to assess and improve the security of servers, desktop systems and digital works. This will include information on security policy and legal issues.
LIS 5782 Database Management Systems (3) [ course flyer / course syllabus ]
Examines the basic principles, elements and concepts of design, implementation and utilization of database management systems. Within database management systems, treats various models of data and databases. Also considers the administrative tasks associated in the database management environment.
LIS 5786 Introduction to Information Architecture (3) [ course flyer / course syllabus ]
Recommended prerequisites: LIS 5362 and LIS 5703. This course provides instruction and learning experiences in the user-centered design of information spaces, especially Web sites. The entire information-architecture process is covered, as follows: determining the user’s needs, organizing the information to be presented, and specifying the final design parameters. The culmination of the course is for students to offer a technical solution to a specific information-system need that takes into account social and organizational contexts.
LIS 5787 Fundamentals of Metadata Theory and Practice (3) [ course flyer / course syllabus ]
Prerequisite: LIS 5703. This course introduces basic theories and principles of metadata design and creation using ER modeling, XML, and RDF. The course reviews major conceptual frameworks, ontologies, and metadata schemas used in libraries, archives, and museums. Real-life scenarios and collections are used to highlight and gain understanding of the issues related to metadata creation, aggregation, and re-use.
LIS 5788 Management of Health Information Technology (3) [ course flyer / course syllabus ]
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, policies, theories, and practices into an effective personal management approach that relates to health related organizations (broadly defined).
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 offered by the School of Information are:
LIS 5916 Advanced Social Media (3) [ course flyer / course syllabus ]
This course examines the strategic use of digital and social media platforms and tools, with an emphasis on direct hands-on experience. Students will analyze various digital and social media platforms, creating professional content, engaging and collaborating. Students will learn how to use social media to conduct research and increase information dissemination effectiveness and efficiency, and develop strategies for integrating, evaluating and planning social media technology implementations. Students will also critically assess the pros, cons and future developments related to this rapidly evolving medium.
LIS 5916 Computers as Persuasive Technology (3) [ course flyer / course syllabus ]
This course explores the design and use of information and communication technologies for the purpose of influencing individuals’ attitudes or behaviors for 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 5916 Information for Diverse Users (3) [ course flyer / course syllabus ]
Given the increasing diversity of information users in the United States, information professionals need to learn more about specific groups in order provide appropriate services. This course examines the special needs and potential contributions of groups that are traditionally underrepresented in information settings. Through readings, discussion, and guest lectures, students will explore diversity issues which impact information services and develop skills for planning, implementing, and evaluating programs for addressing these issues. Specific diversity issues include race and ethnicity; gender and sexual orientation; social class; national origin; physical, psychological, and learning ability; and age.
LIS 5916 Mobile Application Development (3) [ course flyer / course syllabus ]
Mobile Application Development is an introduction to mobile application project management, [mobile] software development lifecycle, client and team communications, interface design, user experience review, technical communication, and contract development & execution. The focus of the course is to learn the theoretical concepts and best practices in the management of mobile technology projects. The tools and techniques in this course are relevant to careers in software engineering, publishing, marketing & advertising, entertainment, and education, sales consulting, and business management.
LIS 5916 Nonfiction Resources for Children and Young Adults (3) [ course flyer / course syllabus ]
A survey of nonfiction resources, both print and electronic, for children and young adults, including biography, memoir, science, technology, history, social issues, health, self-help, how-to, etc. Focuses on issues related to evaluation, collection development, promotion, readers’ advisory, programming, and the use of nonfiction resources in libraries and classrooms. Discussion will be devoted to the role of nonfiction resources in the Common Core State Standards.
LIS 5916 Virtual Reference Environment (3) [ course flyer / course syllabus ]
The purpose of this course is to provide students with advanced experience in the provision of reference services across virtual environments of different types, including asynchronous and synchronous services. Students will participate hands-on in delivering and administering online reference services, gaining an in-depth understanding of management issues and user information seeking in computer-mediated interactions.
LIS 5945r Internship (0–12)
An opportunity to learn how library and information studies principles and techniques are applied in a professional setting. A minimum of forty-five (45) hours on the job per semester hour earned is required. May be repeated within the same term to a maximum of twelve semester hours. (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.)
RED 5337. Literacy Across the Content Areas (3)
Application of the reading process to the secondary school curriculum. Diagnostic procedures and instructional strategies useful in developing school reading programs.
Doctoral Course Descriptions
LIS 6024 Seminar in the Historical Foundations of Library and Information Science (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)
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)
Students will develop an understanding of the scientific approach to the development of knowledge; analyze historical and social factors associated with theory construction; gain exposure to research and writings in the area of theory development; utilize conceptual tools to develop theories; increase understanding of ways to critique theories; analyze the progression of ideas through the accomplishments of a prominent theorist; and engage in the exploration of epistemological issues through the creation of a theory of the student’s choice.
LIS 6279r Research in Information Studies (3)
Examines various topics, including data collection, analysis, and interpretation, as well as preparation of designs for conducting individual research in information studies. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.
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 (1–8)
May be repeated within the same term to a maximum of eight semester hours. (S/U grade only.)
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 (1–5)
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 six semester hours.
LIS 6936r Proseminar in LIS Research and Teaching (1–3)
This course introduces students to research and teaching, 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. May be repeated to a maximum of twelve hours.
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.)