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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.

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.

612 - Pervasive Interaction Design

This course is advanced interaction design course the focuses on designing interactive applications for emerging mobile and context-aware technologies. It follows a similar format to 582 (Interaction Design) in that course is studio-based, consists largely of a seminar-long group project with multiple milestones, and is supplemented by readings and discussion relevant to the topic. Class meetings consist of brief lectures to introduce and frame course concepts, design methods, and technical tools; discussion of readings; in-class design exercises; and group work/lab time. Some programming will be required in order to complete prototyping activities, though students have flexibility in choosing the platforms and languages used. Programming will not be taught in the course.

616 - Advanced Topics in Graphic Design and Communication

This multidisciplinary, hybrid course is for those students who want/need to deepen and broaden their graphic communication skills developed in SI 520: Graphic Design. This course supports students' further professional development by enhancing their conceptual problem solving skills and technical proficiency through a set of projects.

618 - Data Manipulation and Analysis

This course aims to help students get started with their own data harvesting, processing, aggregation, and analysis. Data analysis is crucial to evaluating and designing solutions and applications, as well as understanding user's information needs and use. In many cases the data we need to access is distributed online among many webpages, stored in a database, or available in a large text file. Often these data (e.g. web server logs) are too large to obtain and/or process manually. Instead, we need an automated way of gathering the data, parsing it, and summarizing it, before we can do more advanced analysis. Therefore, students will learn to use Python and its modules to accomplish these tasks in a 'quick and easy' yet useful and repeatable way. Next, students will learn techniques of exploratory data analysis, using scripting, text parsing, structured query language, regular expressions, graphing, and clustering methods to explore data. R modules will be used to accomplish these tasks. Students will be able to make sense of and see patterns in otherwise intractable quantities of data.

620 - Collection Development and Management

Introduces principles and issues of collection development and management. Considers evaluation criteria, resources and procedures for selecting and acquiring information products in all formats (print, audiovisual, electronic, etc.). Includes collection policies; collection description, evaluation, maintenance and preservation; document delivery, vendor plans, fund allocation, intellectual property and resource sharing.