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540 - Privacy in Information Technology

This course explores privacy and data protection in information technologies. Students will gain a critical understanding of privacy's role in society and tension between privacy, technology and secure. Students will learn to analyze privacy issues and design privacy-friendly and usable solutions by considering social, technical, legal and public policy aspects.

The course starts with a historical perspective on privacy and the tensions between privacy, technology and security as well as discourse on aspects affected privacy decisions of individuals. This is followed by an overview of the privacy laws and regulations in the United States and Europe, and other countries or even between sectors. The second half of the course focuses on the design of privacy-friendly systems under considerations of legal and regulatory requirements, technological safeguards and challenges, human factors, and organizational measures,

542 - Introduction to Health Informatics

Introduction to concepts and practices of health informatics. Topics include: a) major applications and commercial vendors; b) decision support methods and technologies; c) analysis, design, implementation, and evaluation of healthcare information systems; and d) new opportunities and emerging trends.

544 - Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis

The purpose of this class will be to provide students with a basic understanding of statistics, that is the ability to describe various populations and draw inferences about them. It should also sharpen individual intuition about how to read data, interpret data, and judge others' claims about data. It should be useful to a wide variety of students both as preparation for more advanced courses and as a means to professional advancement.

Specifically, skills to be developed are:
1. Abilities to characterize population data intuitively for oneself and others. 2. Ability to draw conclusions and novel inferences from population data. 3. Ability to check assumptions of others' claims and debug their putative "facts". 4. Ability to look for correlations while controlling for confounding effects. 5. Overall, the chief objective is to demystify the process of inquiry into what isn't known.

547 - Engaging with Communities

Information-based community engagement work requires a special set of knowledge, skills, context sensitivity, self-awareness, and comportment. This course provides multidisciplinary approaches to soliciting, identifying, and meeting community needs to ensure truly collaborative endeavors. As a client-based course, it examines the principles, methods, and ethics to respectful, informed, and beneficial community collaboration across the engagement's lifecycle. It will highlight contextual inquiry, relevant data gathering and analysis methodologies, user centered design, project management, conflict resolution, relationship building, and other approaches to join student skillsets with community knowledge and expertise to best ensure pertinent, usable, and sustainable inputs. We will unpack key issues that can enhance, impair, and even derail engagement such as power dynamics, trust, social identities, race and class, and cultural and professional humility. Understanding community members' wants, needs, and aspirations can help information-based projects have greater impact, value, and enhance prospects for adoption and sustainability.

548 - Principles of Software Design for Learning

Students are introduced to the process of designing computer-based learning environments. Students work in groups to design and prototype learning environments for real classrooms. Attention is focused on ensuring designs are based upon sound pedagogical theory and that learning environments are embedded into curriculum.

549 - Transformative Learning and Teaching with Technology

What role does technology play in high-performance learning and teaching environments? What are the most common mistakes schools, parents, and communities make when integrating technology into learning and teaching? How does policy at the federal, state, local, and institutional level affect what is possible with technology? We will explore the answers to these questions in this class as we examine ways technology has been used successfully (and not so successfully) in a variety of educational contexts. Students are encouraged to develop critical perspectives about the uses of technology for learning and teaching.

552 - Introduction to Accessibility

This class is an introduction to accessibility. Students will engage in discourse on several models of disability, be exposed to different types of assistive technologies, and apply what they learn to real-world accessibility and technology challenges.

554 - Consumer Health Informatics

Consumer health informatics (CHI) gives health care consumers information and tools to facilitate their engagement. Students will become familiar with, and evaluate, a range of CHI applications. They will also assess the needs and technological practices of potential users, generate theory-informed design and implementation strategies, and select appropriate evaluation approaches.

559 - Introduction to AR/VR Application Design

This course will introduce students to Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) interfaces. This course covers basic concepts; students will create two mini-projects, one focused on AR and one on VR, using prototyping tools. The course requires neither special background nor programming experience.

561 - Natural Language Processing

Linguistics fundamentals of natural language processing (NLP), part of speech tagging, hidden Markov models, syntax and parsing, lexical semantics, compositional semantics, word sense disambiguation, machine translation. Additional topics such as sentiment analysis, text generation, and deep learning for NLP>