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University of Michigan School of Information



501 - Contextual Inquiry and Consulting Foundations

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

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

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

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. Visit to view the current syllabus.

507 - Intermediate Programming

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

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.

511 - Special Topics

Special Topics

512 - How to Change The Internet

How to Change The Internet --- The Internet is ever-changing, with infrastructural choices reflecting assumptions about how people should be able to act. Those decisions, and how they are made, have enormous but generally unnoticed consequences for all Internet users. This course explores past and potential tradeoffs that promote more or less socially beneficial behavior online.

515 - Engineering Applications of Media Technology

Engineering Applications of Media Technology --- Algorithm design and analysis with applications in the sonic and visual arts; fundamental knowledge representation, formal reasoning, and search algorithms. An emphasis on fundamental computational problems in the media arts and a discussion of the introductory issues in encoding and processing style.

519 - Intellectual Property and Information Law

Intellectual Property and Information Law --- This course explores related and sometimes competing legal and policy frameworks for the development and dissemination of ideas, and expression, and data in the Information Age. We will examine copyright, patent, and trademark law - as well as speech and privacy. We will look at ways in which principles of free speech and expression relate to intellectual property rights - and how these legal concepts are related to the advancement of knowledge and innovation. We will focus on these areas in a political and social context -- and their interrelation to the Internet and evolving technologies. We will consider the impact of ethics and values on the development and dissemination of ideas and information (such as security, privacy, local control v. national and international considerations, competition, and the protection of minors). The course will draw from the contexts of education, business, and government, with a special emphasis on the changing nature, roles and responsibilities of educational institutions. Each term starts with a conversation about students' particular interests, and the course is tailored appropriately where possible. Special topics from students have included cosplay, plant genetics, and fan fiction in the context of the course's themes.