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9. School of Information

Andrew P. Dillon, PhD
Dean
Mary Lynn Rice-Lively, PhD
Associate Dean
Web site
www.ischool.utexas.edu

The School of Information offers the Master of Science in Information Studies and the Doctor of Philosophy. Information is given in the Graduate Catalog about these programs and about the requirements for admission to graduate study.

In addition to the graduate courses described in the Graduate Catalog, the faculty has approval to offer the undergraduate courses listed below in the academic years 2006–2007 and 2007–2008. For undergraduates who are interested in a thorough introduction to information studies, the faculty has designed a curriculum that consists of four courses: two lower-division and two upper-division, including one required core course, for a total of at least twelve semester hours. Students who complete these requirements receive a certificate from the School of Information documenting their achievement. The curriculum is designed to complement many undergraduate degree programs; with the approval of his or her major college, a student may count the courses toward the requirements of the minor.

Not all courses are taught each semester and summer session. Students should consult the Course Schedule to determine which courses and topics will be offered during a particular semester or summer session. The Course Schedule may also reflect changes made to the course inventory after the publication of this catalog.

A full explanation of course numbers is given in General Information. In brief, the first digit of a course number indicates the semester hour value of the course. The second and third digits indicate the rank of the course; if they are 01 through 19, the course is of lower-division rank; if 20 through 79, of upper-division rank; if 80 through 99, of graduate rank.

Unless otherwise stated below, each course meets for three lecture hours a week for one semester.

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INF | Information Studies

Lower-Division Courses

301C. Freshman Seminar. Restricted to first-semester freshmen. Small-group seminar involving reading, discussion, writing, and oral reports. Introduction to University resources, including libraries, computer and research facilities, and museums. Several sections are offered each semester, with various topics and instructors. Two lecture hours and one discussion hour a week for one semester. Information Studies 301C and Library and Information Science 301C may not both be counted.

301D. Connecting Research Experience. Restricted to freshmen and sophomores. Supervised research associated with the Connexus Bridging Disciplines Program. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester. With consent of the Connexus Bridging Disciplines Program, may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Admission to the Connexus Bridging Disciplines Program.

102D, 202D, 302D. Connecting Internship Experience. Supervised internship experience related to interdisciplinary themes of a Bridging Disciplines Program. Internships may be on or off campus, be paid or unpaid, and may include work with nonprofit agencies, government offices, or private corporations. For 102D, three hours of fieldwork a week for one semester; for 202D, six hours of fieldwork a week for one semester; for 302D, ten hours of fieldwork a week for one semester. With consent of the Bridging Disciplines Programs research coordinator, may be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: Admission to the Bridging Disciplines Programs.

304D. Introduction to Information Studies. Overview of the information field as it relates to the technology-based world culture. Topics may include the idea of information, information in relation to technology and culture, information technology in education, information literacy and the "digital divide," information and communication technology, information and gender, public information policy, and information organization and preservation. Only one of the following may be counted: Information Studies 304D, 304W, 318D. Prerequisite: Lower-division standing.

304W. Introduction to Information Studies. Overview of the information field as it relates to the technology-based world culture. Topics may include the idea of information, information in relation to technology and culture, information technology in education, information literacy and the "digital divide," information and communication technology, information and gender, public information policy, and information organization and preservation. Web-based instruction; no class meetings. Only one of the following may be counted: Information Studies 304D, 304W, 318D. Prerequisite: Lower-division standing.

312. Information in Cyberspace. Basic skills in using the Internet as a medium for information, research, communication, and multimedia resources: e-mail, ftp, World Wide Web, file compression, use of search engines, and Web publishing; introduction to larger issues such as governance, ethics, and freedom of expression. Web-based instruction; no class meetings. Information Studies 312 and Library and Information Science 312 may not both be counted.

315E. Information and Culture. Examines information as a cultural phenomenon. Topics may include e-commerce, privacy and secrecy, censorship, information as a commodity, Internet culture, access to cultural heritage, and control of the cultural record. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Information Studies 315E and 315W may not both be counted unless the topics vary.

315W. Information and Culture. Examines information as a cultural phenomenon. Topics may include e-commerce, privacy and secrecy, censorship, information as a commodity, Internet culture, access to cultural heritage, and control of the cultural record. Web-based instruction; no class meetings. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Information Studies 315E and 315W may not both be counted unless the topics vary.

118C, 218C, 318C. Forum Seminar Series. Restricted to freshmen and sophomores. Lectures and discussion on various contemporary issues. Emphasis on multidisciplinary perspectives and critical discourse. For 118C, two lecture hours a week for eight weeks; for 218C, two lecture hours a week for one semester; for 318C, three lecture hours a week for one semester, or two lecture hours and one hour of supervised research a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Only one of the following may be counted unless the topics vary: Information Studies 118C, 218C, 318C, Library and Information Science 118C, 218C, 318C.

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Upper-Division Courses

320C. Connecting Research Experience. Supervised research associated with the Connexus Bridging Disciplines Program. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester. With consent of the Connexus Bridging Disciplines Program, may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and admission to the Connexus Bridging Disciplines Program.

322T. Children's Literature. Evaluation, selection, and proper and creative use of books and other media with children. Only one of the following may be counted: Information Studies 322T, 322W, Library and Information Science 322T. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

322W. Children's Literature. Evaluation, selection, and proper and creative use of books and other media with children. Web-based instruction; no class meetings. Only one of the following may be counted: Information Studies 322T, 322W, Library and Information Science 322T. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

327E. Information and People. Study of how individuals and groups create meaning. Explores research topics concerning people and communication, including information literacy, organizations and innovation, knowledge management, and identifying information needs. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Information Studies 327E and 327W may not both be counted unless the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

327W. Information and People. Study of how individuals and groups create meaning. Explores research topics concerning people and communication, including information literacy, organizations and innovation, knowledge management, and identifying information needs. Web-based instruction; no class meetings. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Information Studies 327E and 327W may not both be counted unless the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

128C, 228C, 328C. Advanced Connexus Forum Seminar Series. Discussion of contemporary issues related to the topics of a Bridging Disciplines Program, with an emphasis on multidisciplinary perspectives, research, and critical discourse. For 128C, two lecture hours a week for eight weeks; for 228C, two lecture hours a week for one semester; for 328C, three lecture hours or two lecture hours and one hour of supervised research a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing. Additional prerequisites may vary with the topic and are given in the Course Schedule.

331C. Beyond Google. A general introduction to information searching and evaluating information in digital, print, visual, and aural formats. Information Studies 331C and 331W may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

331W. Beyond Google. A general introduction to information searching and evaluating information in digital, print, visual, and aural formats. Web-based instruction; no class meetings. Information Studies 331C and 331W may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

343C. Information Organization and Access. Basic aspects of representing and organizing information resources in digital information settings. Introduces the fundamentals of identifying informational objects, including description, content indication, and metadata. Information Studies 343C and 343W may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

343W. Information Organization and Access. Basic aspects of representing and organizing information resources in digital information settings. Introduces the fundamentals of identifying informational objects, including description, content indication, and metadata. Web-based instruction; no class meetings. Information Studies 343C and 343W may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

350E. Information Technology. Design and use of digital technologies, including interface design, trends in information technology development, usability, information retrieval, immersive media, and information architecture. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Information Studies 350E and 350W may not both be counted unless the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

350W. Information Technology. Design and use of digital technologies, including interface design, trends in information technology development, usability, information retrieval, immersive media, and information architecture. Web-based instruction; no class meetings. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Information Studies 350E and 350W may not both be counted unless the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

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Undergraduate Catalog | 2006-2008
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