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563 - Game Theory

Simply knowing that people behave strategically is not a recipe for success, but acquiring a framework for strategic thinking is. This course gives students the competitive edge to anticipate, formulate and analyze strategic interactions. You will learn how to acquire and process information to act effectively in strategic situations, based on analysis of the motivations of other participants. You will also learn how to incentivize the motivate users, collaborators and customers to further the objectives of an organization, community or society.

564 - SQL and Databases

This course will introduce the students to beginning and intermediate database concepts to prepare the student to use databases as part of a data analysis workflow. The students will learn data modelling, SQL Syntax, understanding how to evaluate different database systems for suitability, how to evaluate and improve the performance of database operations, how to use a database in a multi-step analysis process.

570 - Semantics-Based Knowledge Descriptions and Organization

The course will cover the theoretical, technical, and practical foundations of using semantics as a framework for organizing, describing, providing access to, and managing (over the long term) information resources. The course content is intentionally positioned between a LIS-oriented metadata course and technically-focused semantic or web science course.

574 - Health Informatics Program Seminar

This course is a requirement for second year students in the Master of Health Informatics program. It focuses on reflection and presentations associated with the internship experience. Presentation and constructive feedback as aspects of leadership will be emphasized.

580 - Understanding Records and Archives: Principles and Practices

Provides an understanding of why societies, cultures, organizations, and individuals create and keep records. Presents cornerstone terminology, concepts, and practices used in records management and archival administration. Examines the evolution of methods and technologies used to create, store, organize, and preserve records and the ways in which organizations and individuals are archives and records for ongoing operations, accountability, research, litigation, and organizational memory. Participants become familiar with the legal, policy, and ethical issues surrounding records and archives administration and become conversant with the structure, organization, and literature of the archival and records management professions.

582 - Introduction to Interaction Design

Intro to Interaction Design 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; sketching on paper and using software tools; prototyping approaches, tools, and 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, including a substantial group project at the end of the course, will provide an opportunity to engage more deeply with the material. 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

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.

588 - 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.

608 - 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.

611 - Population Health Informatics

This course explores the foundations of population health informatics, including information architecture; data standards and confidentiality as they pertain to population health management. This course examines key concepts related to registries, electronic health records, epidemiological databases, biosurveillance, health promotion, and quality reporting in population health management.