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Information Sciences

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  • Prerequisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis
  • Travel Course
  • Repeatable
  • Additional Fees
Credits 3
Lecture
INFO SCI-198

First Year Seminar

  • Pre-Requisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis

Prerequisites
Reserved for New Incoming Freshman
  • Gen Ed: First Year Seminar
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
INFO SCI-201

Information, Computers and Society

A survey of the social, legal and ethical impacts of computers on individuals and society.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
  • Gen Ed: Natural Sciences
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
INFO SCI-210

Information Problems

An introduction to understanding and solving information problems, including: a survey of the field of information science; practice in algorithmic thinking; techniques for finding, assessing, organizing, and presenting information; and confrontation with ethical and value issues.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
Credits 1-4
Field Exp
INFO SCI-299

Travel Course

  • Pre-Requisites
  • General Education
  • Travel Course
  • Repeatable

Travel courses are conducted to various parts of the world and are led by one or more faculty members. May be repeated to different locations.

Prerequisites
P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.
  • Gen Ed: Global Culture
  • Travel Course
  • Course is repeatable for credit.
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
INFO SCI-302

Introduction to Data Science

  • Pre-Requisites

This course provides an introduction to data science and provides an overview of useful data science tools. Topics covered will include tools, database management, retrieval and management of data, best practices for effectiveness and mitigating risk.

Prerequisites
P: At least 18 credits in COMP SCI, INFO SCI or COMM
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
INFO SCI-308

Information Technologies

A survey of information technologies, their operations and limitations, and how the major electronic technologies are changing and affecting both the workplace and the household.

Prerequisites
P: at least 15 credits of supporting core courses in Communication or declared program in Information Sciences
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
INFO SCI-332

Mobile Platforms and Apps

  • Pre-Requisites

This course has a cross-disciplinary emphasis and pairs up with its COMP SCI counterpart (COMP SCI 232). This course will incorporate a complete study and practice of the mobile application world. Students will explore the mobile applications business from a journalistic and PR point of view. As cross-disciplinary teams, the students in this course pair up with the CS students from CS 232 to design, develop and fully produce one real and unique app. While CS students will focus on the technical aspects of the product, the students in this course will focus on original content creation (such as news stories, brand journalism, video games, videos, etc.) and promotion. This course is open to all IS, Game Studies, Journalism, Mass Media and PR students.

Prerequisites
P: At least 18 credits in COMP SCI, INFO SCI or COMM
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
INFO SCI-341

Survey of Gaming and Interactive Media

  • Pre-Requisites

This course provides students with a thorough understanding of the history, study, of the modern video game industry and video games as a creative and communicative medium. Subjects covered in this course include the history of the industry in terms of its technological and economic development. Students will also analyze how video games have evolved and used more powerful multimedia capabilities to craft narratives and virtual worlds, and critically engage with game content to analyze games and break them down into component elements to understand what makes for good design. The course will also analyze the cultural and political impact of games from psychological effects to the debate over governmental regulation. The course will also provide students with the tools they need to succeed in a variety of professions in the video game industry, from journalism to development to public relations and beyond.

Prerequisites
P: At least 18 credits in COMP SCI, INFO SCI or COMM
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
INFO SCI-342

Game Design

  • Pre-Requisites

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals, concepts and tools used in the development of board games, modern 2-D and 3-D real-time interactive computer video games. The fundamentals of video game creation begin with a study of board game creation. Topics covered include game design concepts, design documents, prototyping, artificial intelligence and game mechanics. Students will pitch, design and create their own games in this course.

Prerequisites
P: At least 18 credits in COMP SCI, INFO SCI or COMM
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
Odd Only
INFO SCI-361

Introduction To Information Assurance & Security

  • Pre-Requisites

An exploration of the fundamentals of information assurance and security (IAS). The course will introduce the underlying concepts of IAS in context of today's society. It will explore the security & ethical issues in information and computing from the perspective of today's computing world. It will discuss the appropriate remedies and defense strategies in the wake of today's security threats and attacks. Class topics will focus on physical security, cyber security, network security and software security through lectures and hands on experiments. This course will be of interest to students, who wish to obtain an understanding of the basic principles and practices in IAS. It will cover the fundamental concepts in IAS necessary for understanding the threats to security as well as various defenses against those threats.

Prerequisites
P: COMP SCI 316
Credits 3
Lecture
INFO SCI-390

Technical Writing

Scientific and technical writing for professional and lay audiences, including news articles and features, laboratory reports, training and procedure manuals, grant and contract proposals and technical reports.

Prerequisites
P: Eng Comp 100 or 164 or ACT English score of 25 or higher; and completion of nat sci gen educ req.
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
INFO SCI-410

Advanced Information Problems

  • Pre-Requisites

Practice in solving information problems and documenting skills for external audiences.

Prerequisites
P: senior status
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
INFO SCI-411

Statistical Techniques and Decision Modeling

  • Pre-Requisites

This course develops an understanding of core and advanced statistical concepts used in data science. It builds on core statistical concepts covered in other foundational statistics courses. Topics include hypothesis testing, classical and Bayesian statistical inference, multiple regression, logistic regression, analysis of variance, and non-parametric methods. The course also introduces students to decision modeling techniques including Monte Carlo simulation, linear and non-linear optimization, decision trees, and risk analysis. The course includes hands-on exercises with R.

Prerequisites
P: BUS ADM 216 or MATH 260 or COMM SCI 205; and INFO SCI 302
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
Even Only
INFO SCI-412

Data Mining and Predictive Analytics

  • Pre-Requisites

The course discusses data mining and introduces students to machine learning concepts used in analytics. It provides the basics of building predictive models using structured and unstructured data and clustering, association, and classification techniques. It covers predictive modeling using regression, survival analysis, artificial neural networks, support vector machines, decision trees, and genetic algorithms. The courses involves hands-on exercises with WEKA, Python, and R.

Prerequisites
P: Info Sci 411
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
INFO SCI-430

Information, Media and Society

  • Pre-Requisites

The role of information in society, including interpersonal, mass, and institutional sources, in producing a range of effects on individuals, groups, and society as a whole; critical examination of the changing information environment in legal, economic, political, and social contexts.

Prerequisites
P: at least 15 credits of core supporting courses in Communication or declared student in Information Sciences.
Credits 3
Ind Study
Spring
Fall
INFO SCI-440

Information and Computing Science Practicum

  • Pre-Requisites

A project course in which teams submit proposals to work in an information problem. Projects provide experience in leadership roles, resource allocation, scheduling, documentation, client relations, and presentation. Problems typically draw on a wider array of skills than in other individual classes.

Prerequisites
P: sr st.
Credits 3
Ind Study
Spring
Fall
INFO SCI-478

Honors in the Major

  • Pre-Requisites

Honors in the Major is designed to recognize student excellence within interdisciplinary and disciplinary academic programs.

Prerequisites
P: min 3.50 all cses req for major and min gpa 3.75 all UL cses req for major.
Credits 1-12
Field Exp
Spring
Fall
INFO SCI-497

Internship

Supervised practical experience in an organization or activity appropriate to a student's career and educational interests. Internships are supervised by faculty members and require periodic student/faculty meetings.

Prerequisites
P: jr st.
  • Course is repeatable for credit.
Credits 1-4
Ind Study
Spring
Fall
INFO SCI-498

Independent Study

Independent study is offered on an individual basis at the student's request and consists of a program of learning activities planned in consultation with a faculty member. A student wishing to study or conduct research in an area not represented in available scheduled courses should develop a preliminary proposal and seek the sponsorship of a faculty member. The student's advisor can direct him or her to instructors with appropriate interests. A written report or equivalent is required for evaluation, and a short title describing the program must be sent early inthe semester to the registrar for entry on the student's transcript.

Prerequisites
P: fr or so st with cum gpa > or = 2.50; or jr or sr st with cum gpa > or = 2.00.
  • Course is repeatable for credit.
Credits 1-6
Field Exp
INFO SCI-499

Travel Course

  • Pre-Requisites
  • General Education
  • Travel Course
  • Repeatable

Travel courses are conducted to various parts of the world and are led by one or more faculty members. May be repeated to different locations.

Prerequisites
P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.
  • Gen Ed: Global Culture
  • Travel Course
  • Course is repeatable for credit.