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487 - User Experience Final Project

Advanced project course for the User Experience Path. Students will apply skills learned in the Path to create a project that includes aspects of requirements analysis, design, and evaluation needs of a client. Example project settings might include: constructing a website for an academic unit or organization, building a mobile health application, constructing a commercially viable product, or designing a patient-facing or clinical support system.

489 - Designing Engagement Through Social Media

In this course, students will work on service-learning projects to research, design, and implement social media strategies for local organizations. Student teams will apply principles of user-centered design combined with expertise in social media communication and social group theory to accomplish social media projects.

501 - Contextual Inquiry and Consulting Foundations

This course builds skills in user-centered qualitative research methods and professional consulting. Students will work in teams of 3-5 people, working with a real-world client who poses a problem involving information, technology, and/or human processes in the context of a work environment or product/service delivery. Students will learn to manage projects; work in teams; work with a client; conduct interviews; observe work practices; analyze and synthesize qualitative data; present their recommendations; and write formal reports.

504 - Servers, The Shell, and Git

This course will introduce students to common tasks completed in the shell including: executing standard linux commands, interacting with package management systems, and utilizing git for version control. Students will use git for individual and collaborative work, with emphasis on handling merge requests and branches.

505 - Career and Internship Studio: Design Your Success

In this course, students will engage in a synthesis of knowledge and skill formation as well as practice in internship / career readiness and professional development.

This course will integrate practice, as well as peer coaching and facilitation in small group activities and reflection. Students will also be exposed to various industry and alumni speakers.

At the end of this course students will be able to articulate and implement professional development and career readiness skills that provide for the foundation of success in the internship search, the internship experience, as well as future professional environments.

506 - Programming I

Introduction to programming with a focus on applications informatics. Covers the fundamental elements of a modern programming language and how to access data on the internet. Explores how humans and technology complement one another, including techniques used to coordinate groups of people working together on software development.

507 - Intermediate Programming

The purpose of this course is to build upon the foundation provided by 506 and prepare students for more advanced courses that require programming skills. In particular, students in 507 will further develop core programming and software development skills, including: applying basic algorithms and basic data structures, accessing and processing data, debugging, testing, incorporating external libraries, and maintaining a functioning development environment. By the end of this course, students should be comfortable writing substantial programs to address common problems in data processing and analysis.

510 - Information Ethics

Intensive review of ethical challenges bearing down on information professionals. Ethics are positioned as a foundation of professional identity while acknowledging that this foundation is undergoing critical evaluation and transformation. Contemporary controversies and conflicts are drawn upon that touch all MSI program areas and bring key issues into sharp relief.