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INFO C8 Foundations of Data Science 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Foundations of data science from three perspectives: inferential thinking, computational thinking, and real-world relevance. Given data arising from some real-world phenomenon, how does one analyze that data so as to understand that phenomenon? The course teaches critical concepts and skills in computer programming and statistical inference, in conjunction with hands-on analysis of real-world datasets, including economic data, document collections
, geographical data, and social networks. It delves into social and legal issues surrounding data analysis, including issues of privacy and data ownership.
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INFO W18 Python Fundamentals for Data Science 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 10 Week Session, Summer 2016 10 Week Session
A fast-paced introduction to the Python programming language geared toward students of data science. The course introduces a range of Python objects and control structures, then builds on these with classes on object-oriented programming. The last section of the course is devoted to Python’s system of packages for data analysis. Students will gain experience in different styles of programming, including scripting, object-oriented
design, test-driven design, and functional programming. Aside from Python, the course also covers use of the command line, coding and presentation with Jupyter notebooks, and source control with Git and GitHub.
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INFO 88A Data and Ethics 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
This course provides an introduction to critical and ethical issues surrounding data and society. It blends social and historical perspectives on data with ethics, policy, and case examples to help students develop a workable understanding of current ethical issues in data science. Ethical and policy-related concepts addressed include: research ethics; privacy and surveillance; data and discrimination; and the “black box” of algorithms. Importantly
, these issues will be addressed throughout the lifecycle of data--from collection to storage to analysis and application. Course assignments will emphasize researcher and practitioner reflexivity, allowing students to explore their own social and ethical commitments.
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INFO 98 Directed Group Study for Lower Division Undergraduates 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
Lectures and small group discussions focusing on topics of interest, varying from semester to semester.

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INFO 103 History of Information 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017
This course explores the history of information and associated technologies, uncovering why we think of ours as "the information age." We will select moments in the evolution of production, recording, and storage from the earliest writing systems to the world of Short Message Service (SMS) and blogs. In every instance, we'll be concerned with both what and when and how and why, and we will keep returning to the question of technological determinism: how
do technological developments affect society and vice versa?
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INFO 159 Natural Language Processing 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017
This course introduces students to natural language processing and exposes them to the variety of methods available for reasoning about text in computational systems. NLP is deeply interdisciplinary, drawing on both linguistics and computer science, and helps drive much contemporary work in text analysis (as used in computational social science, the digital humanities, and computational journalism). We will focus on major algorithms used in NLP for various applications
(part-of-speech tagging, parsing, coreference resolution, machine translation) and on the linguistic phenomena those algorithms attempt to model. Students will implement algorithms and create linguistically annotated data on which those algorithms depend.
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INFO C167 Virtual Communities/Social Media 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
With the advent of virtual communities and online social networks, old questions about the meaning of human social behavior have taken on renewed significance. Using a variety of online social media simultaneously, and drawing upon theoretical literature in a variety of disciplines, this course delves into discourse about community across disciplines. This course will enable students to establish both theoretical and experiential foundations
for making decisions and judgments regarding the relations between mediated communication and human community.
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INFO 190 Special Topics in Information 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
A seminar focusing on topics of current interest. Topics will vary. A seminar paper will be required. Open to students from other departments.

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INFO 198 Directed Group Study for Advanced Undergraduates 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015

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INFO 199 Individual Study 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Individual study of topics in information management and systems under faculty supervision.

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INFO 202 Information Organization and Retrieval 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This course introduces the intellectual foundations of information organization and retrieval: conceptual modeling, semantic representation, vocabulary and metadata design, classification, and standardization, as well as information retrieval practices, technology, and applications, including computational processes for analyzing information in both textual and non-textual formats.

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INFO 203 Social Issues of Information 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
The relationship between information and information systems, technology, practices, and artifacts on how people organize their work, interact, and understand experience. Individual, group, organizational, and societal issues in information production and use, information systems design and management, and information and communication technologies. Social science research methods for understanding information issues.

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INFO 205 Information Law and Policy 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Law is one of a number of policies that mediates the tension between free flow and restrictions on the flow of information. This course introduces students to copyright and other forms of legal protection for databases, licensing of information, consumer protection, liability for insecure systems and defective information, privacy, and national and international information policy.

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INFO 206 Software Prototyping for Data Science and Information Management 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This course introduces software skills used in building prototype scripts for applications in data science and information management. The course gives an overview of procedural programming, object-oriented programming, and functional programming techniques in the Python scripting language, together with an overview of fundamental data structures, associated algorithms, and asymptotic performance analysis. Students will watch a set of instructional
videos covering material and will have four hours of laboratory-style course contact each week.
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INFO 213 User Interface Design and Development 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
User interface design and human-computer interaction. Examination of alternative design. Tools and methods for design and development. Human computer interaction. Methods for measuring and evaluating interface quality.

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INFO 214 Needs and Usability Assessment 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Concepts and methods of needs and usability assessment. Understanding users' needs and practices and translating them into design decisions. Topics include methods of identifying and describing user needs and requirements; user-centered design; user and task analysis; contextual design; heuristic evaluation; surveys, interviews, and focus groups; usability testing; naturalistic/ethnographic methods; managing usability in organizations; and
universal usability.
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INFO 216 Computer-Mediated Communication 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
This course covers the practical and theoretical issues associated with computer-mediated communication (CMC) systems (e.g., email, newsgroups, wikis, online games, etc.). We will focus on the analysis of CMC practices, the relationship between technology and behavior, and the design and implementation issues associated with constructing CMC systems. This course primarily takes a social scientific approach (including research from social psychology
, economics, sociology, and communication).
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INFO 218 Concepts of Information 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2013
As it's generally used, "information" is a collection of notions, rather than a single coherent concept. In this course, we'll examine conceptions of information based in information theory, philosophy, social science, economics, and history. Issues include: How compatible are these conceptions; can we talk about "information" in the abstract? What work do these various notions play in discussions of literacy, intellectual
property, advertising, and the political process? And where does this leave "information studies" and "the information society"?
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INFO 219 Privacy, Security, and Cryptography 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2013, Fall 2012
Policy and technical issues related to insuring the accuracy and privacy of information. Encoding and decoding techniques including public and private key encryption. Survey of security problems in networked information environment including viruses, worms, trojan horses, Internet address spoofing.

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INFO 225 Managing in Information-Intensive Companies 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This course focuses on managing people in information-intensive firms and industries, such as information technology industries. Topics include managing knowledge workers; managing teams (including virtual ones); collaborating across disparate units, giving and receiving feedback; managing the innovation process (including in eco-systems); managing through networks; and managing when using communication tools (e.g., tele-presence). The course relies
heavily on cases as a pedagogical form.
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INFO 232 Applied Behavioral Economics for Information Systems 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
"Behavioral Economics" is one important perspective on how information impacts human behavior. The goal of this class is to deploy a few important theories about the relationship between information and behavior, into practical settings — emphasizing the design of experiments that can now be incorporated into many 'applications' in day-to-day life. Truly 'smart systems' will have built into them precise, testable propositions about how
human behavior can be modified by what the systems tell us and do for us. So let's design these experiments into our systems from the ground up! This class develops a theoretically informed, practical point of view on how to do that more effectively and with greater impact.


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INFO 234 Information Technology Economics, Strategy, and Policy 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Application of economic tools and principles, including game theory, industrial organization, information economics, and behavioral economics, to analyze business strategies and public policy issues surrounding information technologies and IT industries. Topics include: economics of information; economics of information goods, services, and platforms; strategic pricing; strategic complements and substitutes; competition models; network industry
structure and telecommunications regulation; search and the "long tail"; network cascades and social epidemics; network formation and network structure; peer production and crowdsourcing; interdependent security and privacy.
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INFO 239 Technology and Delegation 3 Units

Terms offered: Not yet offered
The introduction of technology increasingly delegates responsibility to technical actors, often reducing traditional forms of transparency and challenging traditional methods for accountability. This course explores the interaction between technical design and values including: privacy, accessibility, fairness, and freedom of expression. We will draw on literature from design, science and technology studies, computer science, law, and ethics, as well as primary
sources in policy, standards and source code. We will investigate approaches to identifying the value implications of technical designs and use methods and tools for intentionally building in values at the outset.
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INFO 247 Information Visualization and Presentation 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
The design and presentation of digital information. Use of graphics, animation, sound, visualization software, and hypermedia in presenting information to the user. Methods of presenting complex information to enhance comprehension and analysis. Incorporation of visualization techniques into human-computer interfaces. Course must be completed for a letter grade to fulfill degree requirements.

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INFO 253 Web Architecture 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This course is a survey of Web technologies, ranging from the basic technologies underlying the Web (URI, HTTP, HTML) to more advanced technologies being used in the the context of Web engineering--for example, structured data formats and Web programming frameworks. The goal of this course is to provide an overview of the technical issues surrounding the Web today, and to provide a solid and comprehensive perspective of the Web's constantly evolving
landscape.
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INFO 254 Data Mining and Analytics 3 Units

Terms offered: Not yet offered
This course introduces students to practical fundamentals of data mining and machine learning with just enough theory to aid intuition building. The course is project-oriented, with a project beginning in class every week and to be completed outside of class by the following week, or two weeks for longer assignments. The in-class portion of the project is meant to be collaborative, with the instructor working closely with groups to understand the learning objectives
and help them work through any logistics that may be slowing them down. Weekly lectures introduce the concepts and algorithms which will be used in the upcoming project. Students leave the class with hands-on data mining and data engineering skills they can confidently apply.
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INFO 256 Applied Natural Language Processing 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This course examines the state-of-the-art in applied Natural Language Processing (also known as content analysis and language engineering), with an emphasis on how well existing algorithms perform and how they can be used (or not) in applications. Topics include part-of-speech tagging, shallow parsing, text classification, information extraction, incorporation of lexicons and ontologies into text analysis, and question answering. Students will
apply and extend existing software tools to text-processing problems.
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INFO 257 Database Management 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
Introduction to relational, hierarchical, network, and object-oriented database management systems. Database design concepts, query languages for database applications (such as SQL), concurrency control, recovery techniques, database security. Issues in the management of databases. Use of report writers, application generators, high-level interface generators.

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INFO 259 Natural Language Processing 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017
This course introduces students to natural language processing and exposes them to the variety of methods available for reasoning about text in computational systems. NLP is deeply interdisciplinary, drawing on both linguistics and computer science, and helps drive much contemporary work in text analysis (as used in computational social science, the digital humanities, and computational journalism). We will focus on major algorithms used in NLP for various applications
(part-of-speech tagging, parsing, coreference resolution, machine translation) and on the linguistic phenomena those algorithms attempt to model. Students will implement algorithms and create linguistically annotated data on which those algorithms depend.
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INFO C262 Theory and Practice of Tangible User Interfaces 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This course explores the theory and practice of Tangible User Interfaces, a new approach to Human Computer Interaction that focuses on the physical interaction with computational media. The topics covered in the course include theoretical framework, design examples, enabling technologies, and evaluation of Tangible User Interfaces. Students will design and develop experimental Tangible User Interfaces using physical computing prototyping tools
and write a final project report.
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INFO C263 Technologies for Creativity and Learning 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2014
How does the design of new educational technology change the way people learn and think? How do we design systems that reflect our understanding of how we learn? This course explores issues on designing and evaluating technologies that support creativity and learning. The class will cover theories of creativity and learning, implications for design, as well as a survey of new educational technologies such as works in computer supported collaborative learning
, digital manipulatives, and immersive learning environments.

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INFO C265 Interface Aesthetics 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This course will cover new interface metaphors beyond desktops (e.g., for mobile devices, computationally enhanced environments, tangible user interfaces) but will also cover visual design basics (e.g., color, layout, typography, iconography) so that we have systematic and critical understanding of aesthetically engaging interfaces. Students will get a hands-on learning experience on these topics through course projects, design critiques
, and discussions, in addition to lectures and readings.
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INFO 271B Quantitative Research Methods for Information Systems and Management 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
Introduction to many different types of quantitative research methods, with an emphasis on linking quantitative statistical techniques to real-world research methods. Introductory and intermediate topics include: defining research problems, theory testing, casual inference, probability, and univariate statistics. Research design and methodology topics include: primary/secondary survey data analysis, experimental designs, and coding qualitative
data for quantitative analysis.
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INFO 272 Qualitative Research Methods for Information Systems and Management 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2014
Theory and practice of naturalistic inquiry. Grounded theory. Ethnographic methods including interviews, focus groups, naturalistic observation. Case studies. Analysis of qualitative data. Issues of validity and generalizability in qualitative research.

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INFO 283 Information and Communications Technology for Development 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017
This seminar reviews current literature and debates regarding Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD). This is an interdisciplinary and practice-oriented field that draws on insights from economics, sociology, engineering, computer science, management, public health, etc.

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INFO 290 Special Topics in Information 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Specific topics, hours, and credit may vary from section to section, year to year.

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INFO 290A Special Topics in Information 1 or 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015

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INFO 290M Special Topics in Management 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Specific topics, hours, and credit may vary from section to section and year to year.

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INFO 290T Special Topics in Technology 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Specific topics, hours, and credit may vary from section to section and year to year.

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INFO 290TA Information Organization Laboratory 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Students will build tools to explore and apply theories of information organization and retrieval. Students will implement various concepts covered in the concurrent 202 course through small projects on topics like controlled vocabularies, the semantic web, and corpus analysis. We will also experiment with topics suggested by students during the course. Students will develop skills in rapid prototyping of web-based projects using Python, XML
, and jQuery.
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INFO 293 Curricular Practical Training for International Students 0.0 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 10 Week Session, Spring 2017
This is a zero-unit independent study course for international students doing internships under the Curricular Practical Training program. The course will be individually supervised and must be approved by the head graduate adviser.

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INFO 295 Doctoral Colloquium 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Colloquia, discussion and readings designed to introduce students to the range of interests of the school.

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INFO 296A Seminar 2 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Topics in information management and systems and related fields. Specific topics vary from year to year.

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INFO 298 Directed Group Study 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Group projects on special topics in information management and systems.

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INFO 298A Directed Group Work on Final Project 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
The final project is designed to integrate the skills and concepts learned during the Information School Master's program and helps prepare students to compete in the job market. It provides experience in formulating and carrying out a sustained, coherent, and significant course of work resulting in a tangible work product; in project management, in presenting work in both written and oral form; and, when appropriate, in working in a multidisciplinary
team. Projects may take the form of research papers or professionally-oriented applied work.
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INFO 299 Individual Study 1 - 12 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Spring 2017
Individual study of topics in information management and systems under faculty supervision.

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INFO 375 Teaching Assistance Practicum 1 - 6 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Discussion, reading, preparation, and practical experience under faculty supervision in the teaching of specific topics within information management and systems. Does not count toward a degree.

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INFO 602 Individual Study for Doctoral Students 1 - 5 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Individual study in consultation with the major field adviser, intended to provide an opportunity for qualified students to prepare themselves for the various examinations required of candidates for the Ph.D. degree.

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