Informatics

Courses in Informatics

INFO-I 101 Introduction to Informatics (4 cr)

Topics of this course include: problem solving with information technology, introduction to information representation, relational databases, system design, propositional logic, cooperating systems, and networks. The course includes a laboratory component emphasizing information technology including webpage design, word processing, and databases.

  • Offered online and in class in fall and spring semesters
  • Sample Syllabus: Online

INFO-I 202 Social Informatics (3 cr)

Introduction to key social research perspectives and the use of information and communication technologies. Discusses current topics such as information ethics, relevant legal frameworks, popular and controversial uses of technology (e.g. peer-to-peer file sharing), digital divides, etc. Outlines research methodologies for social informatics.

  • Offered online and in class in spring semester
  • Sample Syllabus: Online

INFO-I 210 Information Infrastructure I (4 cr)

First in a two-course sequence of intensive computer programming. In this course, students will design, develop, test, and debug software solutions using the Java programming language.

  • Offered online and inclass in fall semester
  • Prerequisite: INFO-I 101

INFO-I 211 Information Infrastructure II (4 cr)

Second course in a two-course sequence of intensive computer programming. In this course, students will learn and apply object oriented computer programming concepts and techniques. The course will also provide a brief introduction to data structures and files.

  • Offered online and in class in spring semester
  • Prerequisite: INFO-I 210

INFO-I 241 Health Informatics (3 cr)

This course provides an overview of project management for health information technology, quality improvement in healthcare, specialized public health applications such as patient and provider registries, epidemiological databases, biosurveillance, situational awareness, and emergency responsesystems. The course also covers rapid prototyping, user-centered design and evaluation, usability, and the effects of new technology and workflow on downstream processes. The skills necessary to communicate effectively across the full range of roles that will be encountered in healthcare and public health settings are discussed, as is working in teams - including essentials of good communication skills and group cohesion.

  • Offered online in spring semester of odd numbered years
  • Prerequisite: INFO-I 101
  • Sample Syllabus: Online

INFO-I 300 Human Computer Interaction Design and Programming (3 cr)

This is an intermediate course that teaches students how to assess the usability of software through quantitative and qualitative methods, including conducting task analyses, usability studies, heuristic inspections, interviews, surveys, and focus groups. The course also introduces students to the tools and techniques for designing and testing user interfaces based on a human-centered methodology.

  • Offered online and in class in fall semester
  • Sample Syllabus: Online

INFO-I 308 Information Representation (3 cr)

The basic structure of information representation in digital information systems. Begins with low-level computer representations such as common character and numeric encodings. Introduces formal design and query languages through entity relationship modeling, the relational model, XML, XHTML, SQL and XPath querying.

  • Offered online and in class in spring semester
  • Prerequisite: INFO-I 210

INFO-I 491 Capstone Project Internship (3 or 6 cr)

Students put theirinformatics education in practice through the development of a substantial project while working in a professional information technology environment.

  • Offered every semester
  • Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

INFO-I 492 Senior Theses or Project - Part 1 (3 cr)

The student prepares and presents a substantial, typically multi-chapter paper based on a well-planned research or scholarly project, as determined by the student and a sponsoring faculty member, or the student prepares an informatics project for use. This course is part 1 of a 2 part series. Grades for the course will not be given until part 2 is completed.

  • Offered every semester
  • Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

INFO-I 493 Senior Theses or Project - Part 2 (3 cr)

This course is a continuation of INFO-I 492. Students must take INFO-I 492 Senior Thesis or Project –Part 1 before taking this course.

  • Offered every semester
  • Prerequisites: INFO-I 492, Permission of instructor

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