architectures, secondary storage devices, peripheral devices, hardware
and software configuration. The goal is the assembly and disassembly of
microcomputer systems and installation of operating systems, network
operating systems, and applications software. Prerequisite: INFO U101 or
CSCI U138 or CSCI U150.
INFO U303. Organizational Informatics and IT Platforms (3) Needs,
uses and consequences of information in organizational contexts, information
technology platforms, architectures and infrastructures, functional areas
and processes, information-based products and services, the use of and
redefining role of information technology, sociotechnical structures, and
the rise and transformation of information-based industries. Prerequisite:
INFO U201 or consent of instructor.
INFO U305. Social Informatics (3) Key social research and perspectives
on the use of information and communication technologies, information
ethics, relevant legal frameworks, popular and controversial uses of technology,
digital divides, and multicultural issues of information management.
Prerequisites: INFO U303 or equivalent or consent of instructor.
INFO U307. Systematic Innovation (3) Methodologies, tools, skills,
and knowledgebase supporting a repeatable, structured, and disciplined
approach to innovative problem solving, brainstorming, and alternative
thinking including, but not limited to: useful/harmful feature analysis,
problem formulator diagraming, selection and application of innovation
operators, and the innovation situation questionnaire. Prerequisites: 24
credit hours or consent of instructor.
INFO U345. Technical Presentation and Communication (3). The
art of effective creation of formal oral and written communications in a
professional environment using modern technology to assist in writing
and presentation. Covered topics include using word processing software
to ease the research process, evaluation of information sources, the proper
use of visual aids such as PowerPoint, the creation of video presentations,
effective speech writing, power-speaking methods and techniques, and
methods of persuasive writing in the professional work. Prerequisites: INFO
U101 or CSCI U138 or CSCI U150.
INFO U346. Communication and New Technology (3) Understanding
the components of various technologies and their importance in information
management and dissemination within and outside the organization.
Prerequisite: INFO U101 or CSCI U138 or CSCI U150.
INFO U347. Web page Construction (3) Design of user-layer Web pages
using HTML, Java script, Flash, and Dreamweaver, featuring graphic preparation,
layout and effective presentation of information. Prerequisites: INFO
U305 or INFO U303 or consent of instructor.
INFO U399. Independent Study in Informatics (1-6) Directed and selfguided
research into topics of interest in the field of informatics. May be
repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
INFO U415. E-Commerce and the Internet (3) Coordination and cultural
challenges, value creation opportunities, and information management
issues associated with various forms of electronic commerce including
electronic data interchange, the World Wide Web, and the Internet in
today's global economy. Prerequisite: CSCI U315 or consent of instructor.
INFO U421. Data Warehousing and Decision Support Systems
Technology (3) Data warehousing, online analytical processing, and
decision support systems. Topics include design and architectural issues,
cost effectiveness, management concerns, data integrity, deployment,
and maintenance issues. Prerequisite: CSCI U325 or consent of instructor.
INFO U422. Knowledge-Based Systems (3) Knowledge representation,
intelligent decision systems, principals of rule-based systems, action
rules, interestingness measures, distributed query answering. Select study
of actual systems and applications in specific domains such as: medicine,
business, communications, and education. Prerequisite: INFO U421 or
consent of instructor.
INFO U423. Human-Machine Interaction (3) Concepts of interaction
and how people acquire, store and use data including interface analysis and
creation, human factors in perception, pattern recognition, speech recognition,
attention, memory and expectation. Prerequisite: Senior standing or
consent of instructor.
INFO U424. Big Data (3) Infrastructure, management, analysis, applications,
visualization, architectures, security and privacy issues of large-volume,
rapidly-changing, uncertain, unstructured data sources. Prerequisite: CSCI
U325 or consent of Instructor.
INFO U425. Cloud Management (3) Fundamentals, management issues
and architectures of cloud-based implementations, concepts, models,
enabling technologies, security and cloud infrastructure. Prerequisite: CSCI
U325 or consent of instructor.
INFO U440. Business Process Re-engineering & Workflow (3) Information
technology and communication requirements of, and cultural or
social issues pertaining to, the flow of work through distributed information
management processes in business and other organizations. Students taking
the health informatics minor focus on applications in healthcare settings.
Prerequisites: INFO U415 and senior standing or consent of instructor.
INFO U441. IT Project Management (3) Breakdown, estimation, leadership
of a diverse team, and the use of tools to ensure the completion of
deliverables within budget and on schedule. Students taking the health
informatics minor focus on applications in healthcare settings. Prerequisites:
INFO U415 and senior standing or consent of instructor.
INFO U450. Executive IT Management (3) Issues and challenges facing
IT executives including IT alignment and governance, consensus, executive
leadership, oversight, return-on-investment analysis, project management,
and risk management. Students taking the health informatics minor focus
on applications in healthcare settings. Prerequisite: Senior standing and
INFO U345, or consent of instructor.
INFO U496. Special Topics in Informatics (1-6) Current trends, events,
software, hardware, and issues in informatics, information technology, and
information management. May be repeated for a maximum of six credit
hours. Prerequisites: Senior standing and consent of instructor.
INFO U498. Experiential Learning in Information Management and
Systems (3) The application of learning in a professional setting. To complement
and strengthen the Information Management and Systems academic
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