Courses and Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

Program Pre-Requisites (21 credits - required)

COP 2931 Programming I – C++:  Introduction to procedural and object oriented programming using C++.  Fundamental aspects of programming including: code style & documentation, data types, control structures, functions, arrays, pointers, file input & output, classes, objects, templates, overloading, and inheritance are covered.  Prereq: None.

COP 2930 Programming II – Java:  Apply object-oriented programming principles in a visual environment and prepare students for developing applications for the World Wide Web.  Prereq:  COP 2931.


Program Courses

Major Courses (42 credits – required):

LIS 3261 Introduction to Information Science: Foundations of the discipline, history, core theories and methodologies, and approaches to information science, with an emphasis on the critical role of information technology. Prereq: None.

LIS 3352 Interaction Design:  Covers the process of interaction design with an emphasis on a user-centered approach.  Major topics include cognition; user needs assessment, interface design, modeling, prototyping, usability testing, and evaluation.  Prereq:  LIS 3353.

LIS 3353 Core IT Concepts for Information Professionals:  Covers the history, development, and current state of computer hardware and software.  Also examines programming basics, networks, the internet and web, emerging technologies, information industries, and careers. Prereq: None.

LIS 3361 World Wide Web Page Design and Management: Overview and practical applications of key Web Technologies.  Covers the use of the most current versions of HTML, XHTML, and CSS to design and produce basic but effective Web pages. Also examines the use of structure tags, format tags, hypertext links, graphics, image maps, tables, forms, and other concepts. Prereq: None.

LIS 3783 Information Architecture:  Covers the design, organization, implementation, and maintenance of digital information spaces for human access, navigation, and use.  Examines the core concepts, activities, and dominating technologies in information architecture, with a particular emphasis on systems analysis and design.   Prereq:  LIS 3261, LIS 3361.

LIS 4204 Information Behaviors: Theories and issues surrounding various information behaviors, such as information needs, seeking, and use, and how understanding these information the practice of information professionals and design of information systems.  Prereq:  LIS 3261.

LIS 4365 Web Design Technologies: Exploration of advanced applications of key Web Technologies.  Prereq:  LIS 3361.

LIS 4414 Information Policy and Ethics: Examines issues related to information use in today's society.  Topics include governmental regulations and policies, information literacy, digital divide, information ethics, and intellectual property issues.

LIS 4482 Networks and Communication:  This course is designed to provide a solid foundation in data communication and networking. Topics addressed include local area networks (LANs), wide area networks, (WANs), the protocols that are used to implement networks, and management issues that face IT network professionals.  Prereq:  LIS 3353.

LIS 4905 Directed Individual Study: (S/U grade only.) Guided studies for individual professional and subject needs. May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) semester hours.
Prereq:  Senior status; Advisor approval.

LIS 4930 Data Structures and Algorithms:  This course is designed to introduce the concepts and application of data structures and algorithm analysis. Storage and organization of data via standard data structures is explored using arrays, records, linked lists, stacks, queues, tables, trees, and graphs. Algorithm design, analysis and implementation are explored.   Prereq: Programming II – Java. Prereq: COP 2931 and COP 2930.

LIS 4930 Information and Social Media: This course gives students a chance to explore the roles of people, information, technology and social structures, and to discover new ways information can contribute to personal goals, an organization’s success, and societal inclusion in general. The course will provide an overview of selected Web 2.0 technologies. Social media immersion is a key part of this course.

LIS 4930 Introduction to Data Science: An article published by Harvard Business Review stated that Data Scientist is the sexiest job of the 21st century. However, the same article further urges that the shortage of data scientists is “becoming a serious constraint in some sectors.” Data science is about uncovering patterns and making predictions by analyzing data using (or developing) diverse tools and techniques in order to understand the world better. If you are interested in building new things and tackling difficult problems using data or need gentle introduction to learning skills for data science, then please consider joining our new class “Introduction to Data Science.” The class will cover the scope of data science field and introduce R programming language, which is one of the most efficient tools for data science. The class will cover how to: handle data structures, find new patterns from data, make predictions, and learn novel insights from data.


Exit Courses

ENC 3249 Communication for Information Professionals:  (GenEd) New course designed by English for this program to address the writing and communication requirements of information professionals. (Writing Intensive Requirement)

LIS 4930 Information Studies Capstone Seminar:  A culmination and application of IS concepts and acquired skill sets.  Students will be immersed in an exploration of contemporary issues that face information professionals.  Prereq:  Senior status. (Capstone Requirement)