IS 401 Introduction to Network Information Systems

Hands-on introduction to technology systems for use in information environments. The course steps students through choosing, installing, and managing computer hardware and operating systems, as well as networking hardware and software. The course also explores alternatives for administering IT and how to assess emerging technologies and their applicability to library settings. While students are expected to have basic computer competencies per the School of Information Sciences admissions requirements, the goal of the course is to provide practical detailed knowledge of the technology for all levels of competency. The primary objective is to provide a conceptual understanding of the topics of the day through concrete hands-on examples of implementation. By learning the underlying concepts, students will be better prepared to help design networked systems that not only work well today, but also develop systems that can be easily adapted for the needs and technologies of tomorrow.

Previously IS451.

Learning objectives

  • Develop a clear hands-on working understanding of the physical and software layers of computers and networks.
  • Evolve a more holistic and nuanced understanding of the sociotechnical artifacts use as a daily part of our professional lives.
  • Develop a critical approach to sociotechnical artifacts.
  • Advance community agency in appropriating technology to achieve our individual and community development goals through a reconsidered digital literacy learning and practice.

Recent syllabus

Scheduled Offerings

  • Fall 2020

    • IS401ACG - Intro to Network Systems
      Tue, 3:30 pm - 6:20 pm
      Room 53
      On-Campus
      Graduate student questions may be sent to ischool-advising@illinois.edu There is a $130 class materials fee for the Raspberry pi starter kit that will be assessed to the student's tuition & fees bill.
      Instructor
      Martin Wolske
      CRN
      72970
      Length
      16 weeks
    • IS401ACU - Intro to Network Systems
      Tue, 3:30 pm - 6:20 pm
      Room 53
      On-Campus
      Restricted to Undergraduates with Junior standing or above. Restricted to Information Sciences majors until one week before classes begin (by noon 8/17/2020). There is a $130 class materials fee for the Raspberry pi starter kit that will be assessed to the student's tuition & fees bill. Undergraduate questions may be sent to ischool-is@illinois.edu
      Instructor
      Martin Wolske
      CRN
      73221
      Length
      16 weeks
    • IS401AO - Intro to Network Systems
      Thu, 3:30 pm - 6:20 pm
      Online
      There is a $130 class materials fee for the Raspberry pi starter kit that will be assessed to the student's tuition & fees bill. Graduate student questions may be sent to ischool-advising@illinois.edu
      Instructor
      Martin Wolske
      CRN
      72971
      Length
      16 weeks
  • Spring 2020

    • IS451AO - Intro to Network Systems
      Tue, 5:00 pm - 7:50 pm
      Online
      There is a $130 class materials fee for the Raspberry pi starter kit that will be assessed to the student's tuition & fees bill. This is a hybrid course that meets with IS 451 A.
      Instructor
      Martin Wolske
      CRN
      67562
      Length
      16 weeks

Textbooks and Course Materials

Available from the Illinois Union Bookstore (IUB).