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582 - Introduction to Interaction Design

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

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

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

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.

605 - Interdisciplinary Problem Solving

Interdisciplinary Problem Solving --- "Interdisciplinary Problem Solving" is a course offered at the Law School through the Problem Solving Initiative (PSI). ( Through a team-based, experiential, and interdisciplinary learning model, small groups of U-M graduate and professional students work with faculty to explore and offer solutions to emerging, complex problems.

608 - Networks

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.

610 - Advanced Digital Studies Seminar

Advanced Digital Studies Seminar --- This graduate theory seminar provides a comprehensive and introduction to the major theories, themes and issues in Digital Studies. The course focuses on key canonical and contemporary texts in this emerging field. This course or its equivalent is required for student who wish to receive the Digital Studies Graduate Certificate.

611 - Population Health Informatics

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

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

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.