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University of Michigan School of Information



581 - Preserving Information Resources in a Digital Age

Preserving Information Resources in a Digital Age --- A comprehensive, conceptual overview of preservation management, and the responsibility to ensure persistent, perpetual access to information resources. Preservation is presented as a distinct program area, and as an embedded feature of core information processing and dissemination functions in libraries, archives and other domain-specific data intensive research programs.

582 - Introduction to Interaction Design

Introduction to Interaction Design --- This course will provide students with a hands-on introduction to interaction design. The course will focus on design methods and design thinking, and will allow students to develop their design sensibilities and practical skills through a series of design exercises. The course will cover individual and group ideation techniques; and contemporary perspectives on interaction design for common platforms (e.g., web, desktop, tablet, mobile, and beyond). The course will combine readings, lectures, and in-class exercises to convey and reinforce the intellectual content. Individual and group assignments will provide an opportunity to engage more deeply with the material. The course work may include substantial individual/group project at the end of the course or a semester-long individual project. In-class presentations, along with group critique will allow students to receive feedback from peers and instructors to improve and refine their craft. In-class discussions will rely heavily on concrete examples that are analyzed and critiqued by students and instructors alike, and are used to illustrate and reinforce the course content.

583 - Managing Accountability Through Recordkeeping

Managing Accountability Through Recordkeeping --- Intensive overview for managing information as a critical organizational asset and the various accountability risks associated with their neglect. Social, legal, and policy requirements such as trust, evidence, compliance, and social transformation will be examined alongside ongoing tensions between preservation and destruction, secrecy and transparency, and privacy and openness.

585 - Scholarly Communication

Scholarly Communication --- Covers the production, access, and evaluation of scholarly information in print and digital formats. Focuses on current and historical challenges and opportunities, with emphasis on open access, peer review, modes of disseminating research and data, and the critical role of information institutions and professions in the scholarly communication landscape.

588 - Fundamentals of Human Behavior

Fundamentals of Human Behavior --- Surveys basic principles of cognitive and social psychology relevant to the design and use of information systems. Focuses on important findings in psychological science and their implications for the design and use of information systems. Topics include the basics of human perception, memory capacity and organization, the development of skill and expertise, and the characteristics of everyday reasoning and decision making. For example, a central problem in information science is how to label information stored for later recall. By examining how human memory operates, we can gain some insight into possible schemes that may be compatible with human users. This survey of what we know about the human mind offers ideas about how to exploit mental capacities in the design and use of information systems.

591 - Humanitarian Innovation: Co-Design for Social Impact

Humanitarian Innovation: Co-Design for Social Impact --- Explore the role that innovation can and does play in how community development (e.g. refugee resettlement) works in the United States. This class will focus on participatory approaches for innovation, with particular attention to issues of power, gender, inclusion and psycho-social well-being. Students will work in teams to understand current challenges in selected resettlement communities, practice co-design and prototyping skills as they attempt to solve a specific design challenge, and develop tools for enhancing co-creation among various actors in the humanitarian space in SE Ml.

594 - Automotive User Experience

Automotive User Experience --- This course provides hands-on experience with the best practices and theory that exist within Automotive User Experience (UX) design space. Students will be asked to create designs of their own to convey their understanding.

602 - Mathematical Foundations for Applied Data Science

Mathematical Foundations for Applied Data Science --- This course builds and strengthens the mathematical foundations required to succeed in applied data science. The course will review fundamental concepts in statistics, probability, linear algebra, and calculus, and demonstrate how these concepts are applied to core approaches in data analysis.

605 - Interdisciplinary Problem Solving

Interdisciplinary Problem Solving --- "Interdisciplinary Problem Solving" is a course offered at the Law School through the Problem Solving Initiative (PSI). ( Through a team-based, experiential, and interdisciplinary learning model, small groups of U-M graduate and professional students work with faculty to explore and offer solutions to emerging, complex problems.

608 - Networks

Networks --- This course will cover topics in network analysis, from social networks to applications in information networks such as the internet. We will introduce basic concepts in network theory, discuss metric and models, use software analysis tools to experiment with a wide variety of real-world network data, and study applications to areas such as information retrieval. For their final project, the students will apply the concepts learned in class to networks of interest to them.