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IS 202 Social Aspects of Information Technology

Explores the way in which information technologies have and are transforming society and how these affect a range of social, political and economic issues from the individual to societal levels.

This course satisfies the campus undergraduate Social and Behavioral Science requirement.

  • Fall 2018

    • IS202AD1 Thu 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm On-Campus Adam Rusch, Lori Kendall 68248
    • IS202AD2 Thu 3:00 pm - 3:50 pm On-Campus Adam Rusch, Lori Kendall 68249
    • IS202AD3 Thu 4:00 pm - 4:50 pm On-Campus Lori Kendall, Joshua Tomaszewski 68250
    • IS202AD4 Fri 9:00 am - 9:50 am On-Campus Katherine Kritikos, Lori Kendall 68251
    • IS202AD5 Fri 10:00 am - 10:50 am On-Campus Lori Kendall, Katherine Kritikos 68252
    • IS202AD6 Fri 11:00 am - 11:50 am On-Campus Lori Kendall, Joshua Tomaszewski 68253
    • IS202AL1 Mon/Wed 10:00 am - 10:50 am On-Campus Lori Kendall 68247

IS 390CC Computers and Cultures

Explores cultural ideas about computers, including hopes and fears about the effects of computers on our lives. Will analyze images of computers in fiction and movies. The course will also examine hackers, online subcultures, and other computer-related subcultures, and the integration of computers into various cultural practices.

  • Fall 2018

    • IS390CC Tue/Thu 9:30 am - 10:50 am On-Campus Damian Duffy 68256

IS 403 Literature and Resources for Children

Evaluation, selection and use of books and other resources for children (ages 0-14) in public libraries and school media centers; explores standard selection criteria for print and non-print materials in all formats and develops the ability to evaluate and promote materials according to their various uses (personal and curricular) and according to children's various needs (intellectual, emotional, social and physical).

  • Fall 2018

    • IS403AG Wed 1:00 pm - 3:50 pm On-Campus Elizabeth Bush 68266
    • IS403AU Wed 1:00 pm - 3:50 pm On-Campus Elizabeth Bush 68794
    • IS403AO Mon 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Online Melissa Hahn 68946

IS 418 Community Engagement

Community engagement refers to the multiple ways that information professionals in libraries and other settings learn about, collaborate with, and provide service and outreach to community members. Provides an introduction to, and overview of, community engagement theory and practice. A significant portion of coursework will take the form of service learning or community-based research via approved projects that match students' interests.

  • Fall 2018

    • IS418AG Wed 9:00 am - 11:50 am On-Campus Martin Wolske 70369
    • IS418AU Wed 9:00 am - 11:50 am On-Campus Martin Wolske 70370

IS 451 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.

  • Fall 2018

    • IS451A Tue/Thu 11:00 am - 12:20 pm On-Campus Martin Wolske 68267

IS 452 Foundations of Information Processing

Covers common data, document processing, and programming constructs and concepts. Focuses on problem solving and abstraction with a programming language. By the end of the course students will be able to design, develop and test a moderately complex computer program to manage full text, bibliographic records or multimedia. The course prepares students for working with applications in data analytics, data science, digital libraries, text mining and knowledge management. No prior programming background is assumed.

  • Fall 2018

    • IS452A Tue 9:00 am - 11:50 am On-Campus Nicolas LaLone 68257
    • IS452B Mon 9:00 am - 11:50 am On-Campus Nicolas LaLone 69550
    • IS452AO Mon 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Online Elizabeth Wickes 68947

IS 457 Introduction to Data Science

This course introduces students to data science approaches that have emerged from recent advances in programming and computing technology. They will learn to collect and use data from a variety of sources, including the web, in a modern statistical inference and visualization paradigm. The course will be based in the programming language R, but will also use HTML, regular expressions, basic Unix tools, XML, and SQL. Supervised and unsupervised statistical learning techniques made possible by recent advances in computing power will also be covered.

  • Fall 2018

    • IS457AG Mon 1:00 pm - 3:50 pm On-Campus Victoria Stodden 70320
    • IS457AU Mon 1:00 pm - 3:50 pm On-Campus Victoria Stodden 70321
    • IS457AO Wed 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Online Victoria Stodden 70900

IS 458 Instructional Strategies and Techniques for Information Professionals

Provides an introduction to learning theories and instructional methods used in a variety of information settings, including libraries, archives, museums, online, and educational environments. Includes an overview of theoretical and applied research and discusses relevant issues and concepts. Students will have an opportunity to design and present an instructional program.

  • Fall 2018

    • IS458AG Wed 1:00 pm - 2:50 pm On-Campus Merinda Hensley 70322
    • IS458AU Wed 1:00 pm - 2:50 pm On-Campus Merinda Hensley 70323
    • IS458AO Tue 6:15 pm - 8:15 pm Online Melissa Wong 68948

IS 490DB Introduction to Databases

The course provides students with both theoretical and practical training in good database design. By the end of the course students will create a conceptual data model using entity-relationship diagrams, understand the importance of referential integrity and how to enforce data integrity constraints when creating a database. Students will be proficient in writing basic queries in the structured query language (SQL) and have a general understanding of relational database theory including normalization. 

  • Fall 2018

    • IS490DB Fri 9:00 am - 11:50 am On-Campus Tatum Hawkins 68847
    • IS490DB2 Fri 1:00 pm - 3:50 pm On-Campus Catherine Blake 69549
    • IS490DBO Mon 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Online Kevin Trainor 68949