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Sub Nbr Title (Units)


Course Description


INFO 505 Foundations of Information (3)


This course introduces fundamental ideas of the Information Age, focusing on the value, organization, use, and processing of information. The course is organized as a survey of these ideas, with readings from the research literature. Specific topics (e.g., visualization, retrieval) will be covered by guest faculty who research in each of these areas.

INFO 507 Information Research Methods (3)

INFO 505

This course introduces fundamental methods for both qualitative and quantitative research in information studies. Additionally, the seminar introduces the student to established and emerging areas of scholarly research in Schools of Information to encourage them to identify a personal research agenda. The seminar is organized in two main parts: the first part introduces relevant research methods (quantitative and qualitative), whereas the second part overviews specific research directions currently active in the School of Information. The second part of the seminar will be covered by guest faculty who research in each of the covered areas.

INFO 510 Bayesian Modeling and Inference (3)

1) ISTA 350, or equivalent;  2) MATH 215 or equivalent; and 3) ISTA 311,or MATH 362, or ISTA/INFO 421/521 or equivalent 4) Or permission of the instructor

Bayesian modeling and inference is a powerful modern approach to representing the statistics of the world, reasoning about the world in the face of uncertainty, and learning about it from data. It cleanly separates the notions of representation, reasoning, and learning. It provides a principled framework for combining multiple source of information such as prior knowledge about the world with evidence about a particular case in observed data. This course will provide a solid introduction to the methodology and associated techniques, and show how they are applied in diverse domains ranging from computer vision to molecular biology to astronomy.  Graduate-level requirements include different exams requiring greater depth of understanding of topics, and will be assigned questions based on graduate-student specific assignments topics.

INFO 514 Computational Social Science (3)


This course will guide students through advanced applications of computational methods for social science research.  Students will be encouraged to consider social problems from across sectors, including health science, environmental policy, education, and business. Particular attention will be given to the collection and analysis of data to study social networks, online communities, electronic commerce, and digital marketing.  Students will consider the many research designs used in contemporary social research, including “Big” data, online surveys, and virtual experimental labs, and will think critically about claims of causality, mechanisms, and generalization.

INFO 516 Introduction to Human Computer Interaction (3)


The field of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) encompasses the design, implementation, and evaluation of interactive computing systems. This course will provide a survey of HCI theory and practice. The course will address the presentation of information and the design of interaction from a human-centered perspective, looking at relevant perceptive, cognitive, and social factors influencing in the design process. It will motivate practical design guidelines for information presentation through Gestalt theory and studies of consistency, memory, and interpretation. Technological concerns will be examined that include interaction styles, devices, constraints, affordances, and metaphors. Theories, principles and design guidelines will be surveyed for both classical and emerging interaction paradigms, with case studies from practical application scenarios. As a central theme, the course will promote the processes of usability engineering, introducing the concepts of participatory design, requirements analysis, rapid prototyping, iterative development, and user evaluation. Both quantitative and qualitative evaluation strategies will be discussed.

INFO 521 Introduction to Machine Learning (3)


Machine learning describes the development of algorithms which can modify their internal parameters (i.e., "learn") to recognize patterns and make decisions based on example data. These examples can be provided by a human, or they can be gathered automatically as part of the learning algorithm itself. This course will introduce the fundamentals of machine learning, will describe how to implement several practical methods for pattern recognition, feature selection, clustering, and decision making for reward maximization, and will provide a foundation for the development of new machine learning algorithms.   

INFO 522 Applied Cyberinfrastructure Concepts (3)

Programming experience at the level of CSC 227 (Program Design and Development) is preferred. Consent of instructor required.

Students will learn from experts from projects that have developed widely adopted foundational Cyberinfrastrcutrue resources, followed by hands-on laboratory exercises focused around those resources. Students will use these resources and gain practical experience from laboratory exercises for a final project using a data set and meeting requirements provided by domain scientists. Students will be provided access to computer resources at: UA campus clusters, iPlant Collaborative and at NSF XSEDE. Students will also learn to write a proposal for obtaining future allocation to large scale national resources through XSEDE.  Graduate-level requirements include reading a paper related to cyberinfrastructure, present it to the class, and lead a discussion on the paper.

INFO 550 Artificial Intelligence (3)

CSC 345 or equivalent or consent of instructor. I am looking for programming competency, familiarity with basic discrete mathematics and elementary concepts of algorithm analysis; familiarity with basic concepts of probability, 

This course provides a broad technical introduction to the tools, techniques and concepts of artificial intelligence. The course will focus on methods for automating decision making under a variety of conditions, including full and partial information, and dealing with uncertainty. Students will gain practical experience writing programs that use these techniques to solve a variety of problems.

Topics include: problem solving (search spaces, uninformed and informed search, games, constraint satisfaction), principles of knowledge representation and reasoning (propositional and first-­‐order logic, logical inference, planning), and representing and reasoning with uncertainty (decision theory, reinforcement learning, Bayesian networks, probabilistic inference, basic discrete-­‐time probabilistic models).

INFO 555 Applied Natural Language Processing (4)


Most of web data today consists of unstructured text. This course will cover the fundamental knowledge necessary to organize such texts, search them a meaningful way, and extract relevant information from them. This course will teach natural language processing through the design and development of end-to-end natural language understanding applications, including sentiment analysis (e.g., is this review positive or negative?), information extraction (e.g., extracting named entities and their relations from text), and question answering (retrieving exact answers to natural language questions such as "What is the capital of France" from large document collections). We will use several natural language processing toolkits, such as NLTK and Stanford's CoreNLP. The main programming language used in the course will be Python, but code written in Java or Scala will be accepted as well.  Graduate-level requirements include implementing more complex, state-of-the-art algorithms for the three proposed projects. This will require additional reading of conference papers and journal articles.

INFO 557 Neural Networks (3)


Neural networks are a branch of machine learning  that combines a large number of simple computational units to allow computers to learn from and generalize over complex patterns in data. Students in this course will learn how to train and optimize feed forward, convolutional, and recurrent neural networks for tasks such as text classification, image recognition, and game playing.

LIS 504 Foundations of Library and Information Services (3)


As the first course a SLIS master's student takes, LIS 504 provides an introduction to the library and information professions, to the SLIS graduate program, and to roles and current issues in library and information services for the 21st Century.

LIS 506 Research Methods for Library and Information Professionals (3)


Research methodology, research design, and elementary statistics.

LIS 515 Organization of Information (3)

LIS 504

Introduction to the theories and practices used in the organization of information. Overview of national and international standards and practices for access to information in collections.

LIS 518 Information Quality (3)


This course will focus on how to insure that we can reliably get quality information and will also consider information quality from the perspective of the suppliers of information.  Principles of evaluating information exchanges and sources will be discussed and topics will include the verification of the accuracy of information and the evaluation of resources in specialized subject domains.  Graduate-level requirements include a stronger emphasis on the group presentation. Participation, midterm exam, individual project, and short assignments will not contribute as heavily to the final grade.

LIS 520 Ethics for Library and Information Professionals (3)


Study of the basics of ethical theory and its application to problems in information management. Application and development of ethical codes in cases studies.

LIS 540 Introduction to Archives (3)


Provides an introduction to the archival profession with focus on theory and practice in the areas of appraisal and acquisition, arrangement and description, reference, preservation, exhibitions, outreach, and electronic resource development.

LIS 550 Information Environments from Hispanic and Native American Perspectives (3)


Explores the interconnectedness of information forms and environments (libraries, museums, archives, electronic, mass media, etc.) from different theoretical and cultural perspectives. Contrasts each with Native American and Hispanic experiences in information and library settings.

LIS 551 Equity of Access (3)


The purpose of the course is to introduce students to issues involving equal access to information and technology particularly as it relates to Latinos and Native Americans and other minority groups. Students will examine information involving the digital divide.

LIS 557 Documenting Diverse Cultures and Communities (3)


Addresses themes associated with the production of information artifacts and issues in documenting cultural diversity across the American cultural landscape.  The practices of collecting and documenting cultures and communities will be explored in relation to the mission of libraries, archives, historical societies, and other cultural heritage institutions concerned with the acquisition of information in books, journals, and other textual materials, and in sound and visual documents.

LIS 560 Collection Management (3)


information Resource Development. Principles of identifying, selecting, acquiring, managing, and evaluating information resources for libraries, information centers, and other information-based settings.

LIS 567 Leadership and the Information Organization (3)


All information organizations (libraries, archives, museums, and public and corporate organizations involved in information management) have leadership expectations of their professional employees whether they are in management positions or not.  This course focuses the theories, principles, and practices of leadership in these organizations.  The course will cover what is leadership and how it differs from management.  It will identify what it means to be a professional-- career versus job orientation; understanding personal strengths and management styles (Myers-Briggs, Emotional Intelligence); and professional values-- customer focus, continual learning, diversity.  It will also cover understanding organizations and organizational cultures; working on teams; collaboration and negotiation; project management; data based decisions;  program development and budgeting, assessment and evaluation; communication skills and interpersonal skills-- including giving and receiving constructive feedback; managing conflict; relationship building and networking; leading change and managing up; and what to look for in a new position.

LIS 570 Data Base Development and Management (3)


This course covers theory, methods, and techniques widely used to design and develop a relational database system and students will develop a broad understanding of modern database management systems. applications of fundamental database principles in a stand-alone database environment using MS Access and Windows are emphasized. Applications in an Internet environment will be discussed using MySQL in the Linux platform. Graduate-level requirements include a group project consisting of seven sections: Database Design; Implementation (Tables); Forms; Data Retrieval (Queries/Reports); Project Presentation; Project Report; and, Peer Evaluation.

LIS 571 Introduction to Information Technology (3)


This course is designed to introduce the basic concepts and applications of Internet-related information technology and its impacts on individual users, groups, organizations, and society. The topics in this survey course include computing basics, network applications, human computer interactions, computer-support cooperative work, social aspects of information systems, and some economic and legal issues related to digital services and products.

LIS 572 Government Information: Policy & Resources (3)


The U.S. government collects, generates, publishes and distributes a vast amount and variety of information. All information professionals-even those who do not intend to specialize as government document librarians-should understand the organization of and promote access to this body of work. In this course, lectures, discussions, and readings will acquaint students with theoretical and practical knowledge. The assignments will provide opportunities for deeper exploration of government information policies and resources. Graduate-level requirements include a policy paper worth 35% of their final grade.

LIS 575 User Interface and Website Design (3)


Study of the user interface in information systems, of human computer interaction, and of website design and evaluation.   Graduate-level requirements include group work and longer examinations.

LIS 584 Introduction to Copyright (3)


Introduces the basics of copyright law and fair use, also discusses the theoretical foundations and history of copyright and the public domain. These issues are placed within a broader multicultural and international context. By the end of the course students will: (a) know the basics of copyright law and fair use as they apply to libraries and related information services, and (b) understand the importance of balancing the rights of intellectual property owners with the societal need for a robust public domain.  Graduate-level requirements include an individual project on a topic chosen in consultation with the professor.

IRLS 596K Methods and Materials of Literary Research (3)


The development and exchange of scholarly information, usually in a small group setting. The scope of work shall consist of research by course registrants, with the exchange of the results of such research through discussion, reports, and/or papers.

IRLS 600 Introduction to Graduate Studies in Music (3)

Required of all doctoral candidates in music.

Bibliographical materials; research resources, techniques, and problems directed toward graduate study in music.

LIS 587 – Information Seeking


Information seeking is the process or activity of attempting to obtain and use information from both human and virtual sources. It is a basic skill that people in the 21st century need for their academic and career work. LIS 587 addresses how to assist users of information services and libraries to accomplish this important task. The course addresses information-seeking theories, methods, and user behaviors with a goal of students gaining an understanding of how people seek, gather, retrieve and use information. The course draws on literature from library and information science, psychology, and communications. Understanding information seeking is applicable broadly for information professionals LIS 587.

LIS 624 Community Health and Medical Informatics (3)


[Taught yearly] This course is designed to give students knowledge of health informatics within the context of all types of information centers. The course includes:  an overview of health information resources -- both public and medical, evaluating and creating health information resources, promoting health and medical information from the library, and use of data bases to identify and trying to solve community issues around prevalent health & medical issues with in a community. Program planning and evaluation will be introduced. 

LIS 634 Data Management in Healthcare Systems (3)

LIS/NURS 646 or equivalent. Experience with database software applications, or equivalent course and consent of instructor.

[Taught odd numbered years] Focuses on development and maintenance of healthcare databases for application in solving healthcare problems. Design methods, database structures, indexing, data dictionaries, retrieval languages, and data security are  presented.

LIS 640 Advanced Issues in Archival Enterprise (3)

LIS 540.

This course examines the archivist’s ‘first’ responsibility – the appraisal of records for long-term preservation. Appraisal is first in the sequence of archival functions and, therefore, influences all subsequent archival activities. Importantly, appraisal is integral in archiving as, through  it, archivists determine what silver of the total human documentary production will actually become ‘archives’ and thus part of society’s historical narrative and collective memory. By performing appraisal and selection, archivists are thereby actively shaping the future’s history of our times.

LIS 646 Healthcare Informatics: Theory and Practice (3)


Focuses on the theoretical basis of healthcare informatics with an emphasis on management and processing of healthcare data, information, and knowledge. Healthcare vocabulary and language systems, and basic database design concepts are addressed.

LIS 662 Systematic Reviews in Health Information (3)

LIS 532 or LIS 533.

Explores current issues in health information and medical libraries. Topics vary.

LIS 671 Introduction to Digital Curation and Digital Collections(3)


This course will address the impact of technology on the fundamentals of libraries, archives, and records management. Many librarians, archivists, and records managers who have been working for even a few years find that they need to know more about working with digital information. The shift from paper to electrons caused a shift in the fundamental nature of the professions. To thrive in the digital era, they need new skills to accomplish many of the same tasks. Collections will no longer be physical, but virtual. Patrons will often be thousands of miles away, not just the other side of the reference desk. This course is intended to help you understand this new environment.

LIS 672 Introduction to Applied Technology (3)


This course provides a basic understanding of technology in the digital information environment along with an introduction to practical hands-on skills needed to manage digital information. The course combines reading, discussion, collaboration, project work, independent study, and guided hands-on practice. The course covers the basic installation, setup and maintenance of key systems found in the digital information environment today. Linux is used as a foundation for learning while drawing parallels to the Windows server operating system, Unix operating systems, and other operating systems.

LIS 673 Managing the Digital Information Environment (3)


This course provides you with a basic understanding of the theory and practical approaches to the management of information and technology in the digital information environment. Management topics considered in this course range from the strategic (planning, leadership, and policy development) to the tactical (project management, the acquisition and deployment of technology).  The course combines reading, discussion, collaboration, project work, independent study, and guided hands-on practice in order to reinforce the concepts described in the project objectives.

LIS 674 Preservation of Digital Collections (3)


This three-credit course is one of six required for completion of the Certificate in Digital Information Management (DigIn). This course will introduce the basic problems associated with digital preservation. It will give students a thorough orientation to the technological and organizational approaches, which have been developed to address long-term preservation concerns. Finally, the course will examine the current state of the art in digital preservation and assess what challenges remain in research and implementation efforts.

LIS 675 Advanced Digital Collections (3)

LIS 672

This three-credit course is one of six required for completion of the Certificate in Digital Information Management (DigIn). This course will provide an in-depth look at the processes involved in building and managing digital collections and institutional repositories. The course will have a strong hands-on component in which students will apply advanced resource description methods to a collection, and then build a prototype repository along with a basic access system. Students will also analyze and discuss case examples of digital collections, focusing on technology management issues and organizational strategies for building different types of collections.

LIS 676 Digital Information Management Capstone (3)

LIS 671, LIS 672, LIS 673, LIS 674, LIS 675.

This three-credit course is the last of six required for completion of the Certificate in Digital Information Management. LIS 676 is designed to give students experience working on a major project that will utilize the hands-on as well as theoretical learning acquired through the DigIn courses. Capstone projects should make a significant contribution to an organization that hosts digital collections, such as a library, archives, or museum, or it should make a significant research contribution involving some aspect of digital curation or digital libraries, and should be clearly designed to highlight your abilities and career goals.

IRLS 681E Law Library Practice and Administration (3)


This course will focus on a wide range of issues dealing with law library practice and administration, including but not limited to digital law libraries, collection development, law library administration, teaching legal research, database management, professional ethics and intellectual property issues.  Several classes will be taught by guest lecturers, primarily librarians from the law library.

IRLS 689A Teaching Legal Research (3)


This course is for students who seek to be law librarians.  The course will meet once a week for two hours where the students will develop lesson plans and practice teaching legal research in specific areas such as the case, the statute and legislative history, secondary sources, non-legal research, CALR, administrative law and the internet.  We will videotape their practice classes to critique and to allow students to monitor their own teaching styles.  They will also develop web pages for the course.  The course will culminate with the students actually teaching the Intermediate Legal Research (boot camp) class which takes place the week after the Spring semester ends.

LIS 696E Information Resources (3)


Seminar: The development and exchange of scholarly information, usually in a small group setting. The scope of work shall consist of research by course registrants, with the exchange of the results of such research through discussion, reports, and/or papers.

LIS 698 Capstone Exit Requirement (6)


The purpose of the capstone project is for the student to gain professional community-focused experience while placing the learning, skills and knowledge expected of a librarian or other information professional into a real world professional context. Should the student be approved for a project in lieu of an internship, the same requirement to document expected learning objectives and align the project with SLIS competencies in the final eportfolio reflection applies.

LIS 909 e-Portfolio (Electronic Portfolio) (9)


This is a one-credit required course that is normally taken in the student's final semester before graduating with a master's degree in library and information science.


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