IS 543 Sociotechnical Information Systems

The character, success, and costs/benefits of information technologies are socio-technical matters. Because of this, best practice for IT design and integration relies on participants' ability to understand and create for the totality of those settings, including social and technical dimensions. This course provides students with analytic tools for examining socio-technical settings and experience in applying that knowledge in IT modeling, design and management.

  • Required core course – MS in Information Management

Learning objectives

  • Awareness of the goals of and history of thinking about analysis and design of information systems that are responsive to socio-technical dimensions of their settings of use.
  • Awareness of and significant practice with at least four analysis, modeling, and design techniques/tools useful for socio-technical information systems, including conditions for employing/avoiding each technique, modeling costs etc.
  • Awareness of the range of values and of ethical standpoints within which complex socio-technical design occurs, including concerns of diversity, differing knowledge domains, power.

Recent syllabus

Scheduled Offerings

  • Fall 2018

    • IS543A
      Fri, 9:00 am - 11:50 am
      Psychology Building 207
      On-Campus
      This is a required course for the MSIM degree.
      Instructor
      Peter Darch
      CRN
      68425
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      4
    • IS543B
      Thu, 9:00 am - 11:50 am
      Room 126
      On-Campus
      This is a required course for the MSIM degree.
      Instructor
      Peter Darch
      CRN
      68426
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      4
    • IS543C
      Mon, 9:00 am - 11:50 am
      Psychology Building 21
      On-Campus
      This is a required course for the MSIM degree.
      Instructor
      Jerome McDonough
      CRN
      70385
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      4
  • Spring 2019

    • IS543A
      Tue, 4:00 pm - 6:50 pm
      Room 126
      On-Campus
      This is a required course for the MSIM degree.
      Instructor
      Nicolas LaLone
      CRN
      67384
      Length
      16 weeks
    • IS543AO
      Tue, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
      Online
      Instructor
      Jerome McDonough
      CRN
      69162
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      4
    • IS543B
      Mon, 1:00 pm - 3:50 pm
      Room 46
      On-Campus
      This is a required course for the MSIM degree.
      Instructor
      Nicolas LaLone
      CRN
      67631
      Length
      16 weeks

Textbooks and Course Materials

Available from the Illinois Union Bookstore (IUB).