Courses in Informatics

INFO-C100 Informatics Foundations (3 cr)

This course is a basic introduction to informatics. It covers basic problems solving and elementary programming skills. It also provides a survey of computing tools in the context of selected disciplines.

INFO-C112 Tools for Informatics: Programming and Databases (3 cr)

This course is an introduction to programming and databases, two basic means of creating, changing, and storing information on a computer. Computational thinking, basic programming, and basic debugging methods will be covered in a high-level language. Data modeling, schemas, SQL queries, and data-entry forms will also be emphasized.

INFO-C203 Social Informatics (3 cr)

This course introduces to key ethical, privacy and legal issues as they related to informatics. Social research perspectives and literatures on the use of information and communication technologies are also covered. Topics include: intellectual property, legal issues, societal laws, ethical use of information, information privacy laws, personal code of ethics, principles for resolving ethical conflicts, and popular and controversial uses of technology. This course also outlines research methodologies for social informatics.

INFO-C210 Problem Solving and Programming 1 (3 cr)

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

INFO-C211 Problem Solving and Programming 2 (3 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.

INFO-I101 Introduction to Informatics (4 cr)

Emphasis on topics in human-computer interaction and human factors, collaborative technologies, group problem solving, ethics, privacy, and ownership of information and information sources, information representation and the information life cycle, the transformation of data to information, and futuristic thinking.

Offered every semesters.

  • Prerequisite: Computer Literacy

INFO-I201 Mathematical Foundations of Informatics (4 cr)

An introduction to the suite of mathematical and logical tools used in information sciences, including finite mathematics, automata and computability theory, elementary probability and statistics, and basics of classical information theory.

Offered spring semesters.

INFO-I202 Social Informatics (3 cr)

Introduction to key social research perspectives and literatures on 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 fall semesters.

INFO-I210 Information Infrastructure I (4 cr)

The software architecture of information systems. Basic concepts of systems and applications programming. Credit given for only one of the following: INFO-I210 or CSCI-A201 (IUB) [or CSCI-C201 (IUE)]

Offered fall semesters.

INFO-I211 Information Infrastructure II (4 cr)

The software architecture of information systems. Basic concepts of systems and applications programming. Credit given for only one of the following: INFO-I210 or CSCI A201 (IUB) [or CSCI-C201 (IUE)]

Offered spring semesters.

INFO-I213 Website Design & Development (3 cr)

Introduction to web design and development covering highlevel concepts in addition to hands-on activities. Topics include: Internet infrastructure, client-side technologies, embedded media, page design, site design, accessibility and others. Covers XHTML, JavaScript, and cascading style sheets (CSS).

Offered spring semesters.

INFO-I240 Health Informatics (3 cr)

This course introduces students to the basic concepts of healthcare and public health in the U.S., including the culture of healthcare, the history of health information technology (HIT) in the U.S., HIT standards, health-related data structures, software applications; enterprise architecture; Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model, including the purpose and content of each of its seven layers, workflow analysis and redesign, and the history of health and public health IT and informatics in the U.S. This course lays the foundation for INFO-I241, Health Informatics II.

Offered fall semesters.

INFO-I241 Health Informatics II (3 cr)

INFO-I241, Health Informatics II, continues where INFO-I240 left off. The course provides and overview of health information technology project management, quality improvement in healthcare, specialized public health applications such as registries, epidemiological databases, biosurveillance, situational awareness and emergency response systems. The course also covers rapid prototyping, usercentered 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 food communication skills and group cohesion.

Offered spring semesters.

INFO-I300 Human Computer Interaction (3 cr)

The analysis of human factors and the design of computer application interfaces. A survey of current HCI designs with an eye toward what future technologies will allow. The course will emphasize learning HCI based on implementation and testing interfaces.

Offered spring semesters.

INFO-I303 Organizational Informatics (3 cr)

Examines the various needs, uses, and consequences of information in organizational contexts. Topics include organizational types and characteristics, functional areas and business processes, information-based products and services, the use of and redefining role of information technology, the changing character of work life and organizational practices, sociotechnical structures, and the rise and transformation of information-based industries.

Offered fall semesters.

INFO-I308 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, and XHTML. Laboratory topics include SQL and XPath querying.

Offered spring semesters.

INFO-I320 Distributed Computing (3 cr)

An introductory treatment of distributed systems and programming. Topics range from distributed and object models of computation to advanced concepts such as remote method invocation, object brokers, object services, open systems and future trends for distributed information systems.

Offered fall semesters.

INFO-I400 Topics in Informatics (3 cr)

Variable topic. Emphasis is on new developments and research in Informatics. Can be repeated twice for credit when topics vary; subject to approval of the Informatics director.

Offered occasionally.

  • Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor.

INFO-I491 Internship in Informatics: Professional Practice (6 cr)

Students put their Informatics education in practice through the development of a substantial project while working in a professional information technology environment. This is a capstone class for Informatics.

Offered fall and spring semesters.

  • Prerequisite: Senior standing and approval of program advisor and program director.

INFO-I492 & I493 Thesis / Senior Project (3/3 cr)

The senior student prepares and presents a thesis: a substantial, typically multichapter paper based on a well-planned research or scholarly project, as determined by the student and a sponsoring faculty member.

  • 492 offered fall semesters.
  • 493 offered spring semesters.
  • Prerequisite: Senior standing & approval of program advisor.

INFO-I494 & 495 Design & Development of an Information System (3/3 cr)

Students work on capstone projects in supervised teams. They select an appropriate project (preferably based on cognate) and then learn to develop a plan that leads to success. Teamwork, communication, and organizational skills are emphasized in a real-world-style environment.

  • 494 offered fall semesters.
  • 495 offered spring semesters.
  • Prerequisite: Approval of the program advisor and program director and completion of required core informatics courses.

INFO-I499 Reading & Research in Informatics (3 cr)

Independent readings and research related to a topic of special interest to the student. Written report required.

Offered occasionally.

  • Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and completion of 100 and 200 level requirements in Informatics.

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