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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>

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.

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.

579 - Building Interactive Applications

This course introduces tools and techniques for building user interfaces that are reactive and responsive. It covers a variety of design heuristics for creating interfaces that are usable and accessible. It also teaches software design patterns to implement user interfaces at scale.

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

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

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

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

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.