School of Information

University of California, Berkeley

Overview

The School of Information is both UC Berkeley’s newest and its smallest school. Located in the center of campus, the I School is a graduate research and education community committed to expanding access to information and to improving its usability, reliability, and credibility while preserving security and privacy. This requires the insights of scholars from diverse fields — information and computer science, design, social sciences, management, law, and policy.

Based in UC Berkeley’s historic South Hall, roughly 150 graduate students and 18 faculty members form a small, multi-disciplinary collective of scholars and practitioners.

The I School offers two professional master’s degrees and an academic doctoral degree. The MIMS program trains students for careers as information professionals and emphasizes small classes and project-based learning. The MIDS program trains data scientists to manage and analyze the coming onslaught of big data, in a unique high-touch online degree. The PhD program equips scholars to develop solutions and shape policies that influence how people seek, use, and share information.

History

The UC Berkeley School of Information was created in 1994 to address one of society’s most compelling challenges: enabling people to create, find, manipulate, share, store, and use information in myriad forms.

Originally known as the School of Information Management and Systems (SIMS), this research-and-learning enterprise became the School of Information in 2006. The I School traces its roots to the 1920s, when UC Berkeley founded its School of Librarianship, ensuring universal access to information and educating "knowledge" professionals well before the age of the Internet. In 1976 the School of Librarianship became the School of Library and Information Studies.

The I School proudly carries forward its library school heritage through its alumni, and through an enduring commitment to making information accessible, useful, and relevant.

Undergraduate Program

There is no undergraduate program offered by the School of Information.

Graduate Programs

Information and Data Science: MIDS
Information Management and Systems: MIMS
Information Management and Systems: PhD

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Courses

Information

INFO C8 Foundations of Data Science 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 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 W10 Introduction to Information 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2013, Fall 2012, Spring 2012
This lower-division survey course will provide an introduction to the study of information, an interdisciplinary science that draws on aspects of computer science, sociology, economics, business, law, library studies, cognitive science, psychology, and communication. The course is organized into modules that may cover topics such as social bookmarking, networks and web security, human-computer interaction, interface design, technology and poverty
, law and policy, business models and entrepreneurship.
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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: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 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 90 Programming for Computing Applications 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Fall 2012
An introduction to high-level computer programming languages covering their basis in mathematics and logic. This course will guide students through the elements that compose any programming language including expressions, control of flow, data structures, and modularity via functions and/or objects. Covers traditional contemporary programming paradigms including sequential, event-based, and object-oriented programming; multi-person programming
projects and debugging strategies.
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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 114 User Experience Research 3 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2010 First 6 Week Session
Methods and concepts of creating design requirements and evaluating prototypes and existing systems. Emphasis on computer-based systems, including mobile system and ubiquitous computing, but may be suitable for students interested in other domains of design for end-users. Includes quantitative and qualitative methods as applied to design, usually for short-term term studies intended to provide guidance for designers.

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INFO 141 Search Engines: Technology, Society, and Business 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2007
In this course, students will first gain an understanding of the basics of how search engines work, and then explore how search engine design impacts business and culture. Topics include search advertising and auctions, search and privacy, search ranking, internationalization, anti-spam efforts, local search, peer-to-peer search, and search of blogs and online communities. Open to all undergraduate students and designed for those with little technical background.

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INFO 152 Mobile Application Design and Development 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2011, Summer 2010 First 6 Week Session, Spring 2010
This course looks at the quickly developing landscape of mobile applications. It focuses on Web-based mobile applications, and thus covers issues of Web service design (RESTful service design), mobile platforms (iPhone, Android, Symbian/S60, WebOS, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry OS, BREW, JavaME/JavaFX, Flash Light), and the specific constraints and requirements of user interface design for limited devices. The course combines
a conceptual overview, design issues, and practical development issues.
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INFO 153 Web Architecture and Information Management 3 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2013 10 Week Session, Summer 2013 Second 6 Week Session, Summer 2012 Second 6 Week Session
This course focuses on understanding the Web as an information system, and how to use it for information management for personal and shared information. The Web is an open and constantly evolving system which can make it hard to understand how the different parts of the landscape fit together. This course provides students with an overview of the Web as a whole, and how the individual
parts fit together. It provides students with the understanding and skills to better navigate and use the landscape of Web information.
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INFO 155 Introduction to High-Level Programming 3 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2016 Second 6 Week Session, Summer 2015 10 Week Session, Summer 2015 First 6 Week Session
An introduction to high-level computer programming languages with emphasis on strings, modules, functions and objects; sequential and event-based programming. Uses the PYTHON language.

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INFO 159 Natural Language Processing 3 Units

Terms offered: Not yet offered
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: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 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 181 Technology and Poverty 3 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2013 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2012 10 Week Session, Summer 2012 First 6 Week Session
This course will encourage students to think broadly about the interplay between technological systems, social processes, economic activities, and political contingencies in efforts to alleviate poverty. Students will come to understand poverty not only in terms of high-level indicators, but from a ground-level perspective as 'the poor' experience and describe it for themselves. The
role played by individuals and societies of the developing world as active agents in processes of technology adoption and use will be a central theme.
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INFO 190 Special Topics in Information 1 - 3 Units

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

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INFO 202 Information Organization and Retrieval 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
Organization, representation, and access to information. Categorization, indexing, and content analysis. Data structures. Design and maintenance of databases, indexes, classification schemes, and thesauri. Use of codes, formats, and standards. Analysis and evaluation of search and navigation techniques.

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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 Distributed Computing Applications and Infrastructure 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
Technological foundations for computing and communications: computer architecture, operating systems, networking, middleware, security. Programming paradigms: object oriented-design, design and analysis of algorithms, data structures, formal languages. Distributed-system architectures and models, inter-process communications, concurrency, system performance.

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INFO 209 Foundation Skills for Technology Professionals 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
As information becomes increasingly strategic for all organizations, technology professionals must also develop the core business skills required to build personal brand, expand influence, build high-quality relationships, and deliver on critical enterprise projects. Using a combination of business and academic readings, case discussions and guest speakers, this course will explore a series of critical business topics that apply to both start-up
and Fortune 500 enterprises. Subjects include: communication and presentation skills, software and product development methodologies, negotiation skills, employee engagement, organizational structures and career paths, successful interviewing, and CV preparation.
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INFO 212 Information in Society 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2013, Fall 2012, Fall 2011
The role of information and information technology in organizations and society. Topics include societal needs and demands, sociology of knowledge and science, diffusion of knowledge and technology, information seeking and use, information and culture, and technology and culture.

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INFO 213 User Interface Design and Development 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
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 2016, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
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 221 Information Policy 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2012, Spring 2011, Spring 2010
An examination of the nature of corporate, nonprofit, and governmental information policy. The appropriate role of the government in production and dissemination of information, the tension between privacy and freedom of access to information. Issues of potential conflicts in values and priorities in information policy.

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INFO 225 Managing in Information-Intensive Companies 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
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 228 Information Systems and Service Design 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2013, Fall 2012, Fall 2011
Using a mix of theory and case studies, the course provides students with different backgrounds a unifying view of the design life cycle, making them more effective and versatile designers.

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INFO 231 Economics of Information 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2013, Spring 2011, Spring 2009
The measurement and analysis of the role information plays in the economy and of the resources devoted to production, distribution, and consumption of information. Economic analysis of the information industry. Macroeconomics of information.

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INFO 232 Applied Behavioral Economics for Information Systems 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
"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 235 Cyberlaw 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2014, Spring 2013
Introduction to legal issues in information management, antitrust, contract management, international law including intellectual property, trans-border data flow, privacy, libel, and constitutional rights.

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INFO 237 Intellectual Property Law for the Information Industries 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
The philosophical, legal, historical, and economic analysis of the need for and uses of laws protecting intellectual property. Topics include types of intellectual property (copyright, patent, trade secrecy), the interaction between law and technology, various approaches (including compulsory licensing), and the relationship between intellectual property and compatibility standards.

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INFO 240 Principles of Information Retrieval 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2013, Spring 2012, Spring 2011
Theories and methods for searching and retrieval of text and bibliographic information. Analysis of relevance, utility. Statistical and linguistic methods for automatic indexing and classification. Boolean and probabilistic approaches to indexing, query formulation, and output ranking. Filtering methods. Measures of retrieval effectiveness and retrieval experimentation methodology.

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INFO 242 XML Foundations 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
The Extensible Markup Language (XML), with its ability to define formal structural and semantic definitions for metadata and information models, is the key enabling technology for information services and document-centric business models that use the Internet and its family of protocols. This course introduces XML syntax, transformations, schema languages and the querying of XML databases. It balances conceptual topics with practical skills for
designing, implementing, and handling conceptual models as XML schemas.
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INFO 245 Organization of Information in Collections 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2010, Spring 2009, Spring 2007
Standards and practices for organization and description of bibliographic, textual, and non-textual collections. Design, selection, maintenance, and evaluation of cataloging, classification, indexing, and thesaurus systems for specific settings. Codes, formats, and standards for representation and transfer of data.

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INFO 246 Multimedia Information 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2012, Spring 2011, Spring 2008
Concepts and methods of design, management, creation, and evaluation of multimedia information systems. Theory and practice of digital media production, reception, organization, retrieval, and reuse. Review of applicable digital technology with special emphasis on digital video. Course will involve group projects in the design and development of digital media systems and applications.

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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 250 Computer-Based Communications Systems and Networks 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2013, Spring 2013, Spring 2012
Communications concepts, network architectures, data communication software and hardware, networks (e.g., LAN, wide), network protocols (e.g., TCP/IP), network management, distributed information systems. Policy and management implications of the technology.

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INFO 252 Mobile Application Design and Development 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2011
This course looks at the quickly developing landscape of mobile applications. It focuses on Web-based mobile applications, and thus covers issues of Web service design (RESTful service design), mobile platforms (iPhone, Android, Symbian/S60, WebOS, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry OS, BREW, JavaME/JavaFX, Flash Light), and the specific constraints and requirements of user interface design for limited devices. The course combines a conceptual overview, design issues, and
practical development issues.
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INFO 253 Web Architecture 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
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 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
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: Not yet offered
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 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
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 2016, Fall 2014, Fall 2012
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 287 Information and Communications Technologies for Social Enterprise 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Fall 2012, Fall 2011
This class is focused on the creation of sustainable enterprises based on ICT (Information and Communications Technologies) innovations supporting international development. We take a broad view of entrepreneurship--including starting new businesses, non-profit initiatives, and/or public sector projects. We will take a highly iterative, design-oriented, feedback-driven approach to developing and refining business plans for social enterprises.

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INFO 290 Special Topics in Information 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 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 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014

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INFO 290M Special Topics in Management 1 - 4 Units

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

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INFO 290MA Effective Project Management 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
It takes critical thinking, outstanding leadership, and a little magic to be a successful project manager. Come and learn not only the essential building blocks of project management, but the tricks to managing a variety of complex projects. We will have a combination of interactive lectures, guest speakers, and case studies discussions to cover globally recognized standards, best practices, and tools that successful project managers use.

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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 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
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: Summer 2017 10 Week Session, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
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: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 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: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 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: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 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: Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
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 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 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 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
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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Faculty and Instructors

+ Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Faculty

David Bamman, Assistant Professor.

+ Robert Berring, Professor. China, law, contracts, Chinese law.
Research Profile

Jenna Burrell, Associate Professor.

Coye Cheshire, Associate Professor. Sociology, trust, social media, social psychology, social networks, collective action, social exchange, information exchange, social incentives, reputation, internet research, online research, online dating, online behavior.
Research Profile

John Chuang, Professor. Computer networking, computer security, economic incentives, ICTD.
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Paul Duguid, Adjunct Professor. Trademark, information, communities of practice.
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Robert J. Glushko, Adjunct Professor.

Morten Hansen, Professor.

Marti A. Hearst, Professor. Information retrieval, human-computer interaction, user interfaces, information visualization, web search, search user interfaces, empirical computational linguistics, natural language processing, text mining, social media.
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Ray Larson, Professor. Information Retrieval system design and evaluation, database management.
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Deirdre Mulligan, Associate Professor.

Geoffrey D. Nunberg, Adjunct Professor.

Zach Pardos, Assistant Professor. Education Data Science, Learning Analytics, Big Data in Education, data mining, Data Privacy and Ethics, Computational Psychometrics, Digital Learning Environments, Cognitive Modeling, Bayesian Knowledge Tracing, Formative Assessment, Learning Maps, machine learning.
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David H. Reiley, Adjunct Professor.

Kimiko Ryokai, Associate Professor.

Pamela Samuelson, Professor. Public policy, intellectual property law, new information technologies, traditional legal regimes, information management, copyright, software protection and cyberlaw.
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Annalee Saxenian, Professor. Innovation, information management, entrepreneurship, Silicon Valley, regional economic development, high skilled immigration, Asian development.
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Doug Tygar, Professor. Privacy, technology policy, computer security, electronic commerce, software engineering, reliable systems, embedded systems, computer networks, cryptography, cryptology, authentication, ad hoc networks.
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Steven Weber, Professor. Political science, international security, international political economy, information science.
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Qiang Xiao, Adjunct Professor.

Lecturers

Brooks D. Ambrose, Lecturer.

Lefteris Anastasopoulos, Lecturer.

Olukayode Segun Ashaolu, Lecturer.

Kurt Beyer, Lecturer.

Dav Clark, Lecturer.

Steven Fadden, Lecturer.

Alexander Gilgur, Lecturer.

Benjamin T. Gimpert, Lecturer.

Nathaniel Stanley Good, Lecturer.

Annette Greiner, Lecturer.

Quentin R. Hardy, Lecturer.

Anna Lauren Hoffmann, Lecturer.

Todd Michael Holloway, Lecturer.

Douglas Alex Hughes, Lecturer.

Jez Humble, Lecturer.

Coco Krumme, Lecturer.

Arash Nourian, Lecturer.

Emmanouil Papangelis, Lecturer.

Daniel Percival, Lecturer.

Daniel Perry, Lecturer.

Elisabeth Prescott, Lecturer.

Dmitry Rekesh, Lecturer.

Blaine Gary Robbins, Lecturer.

Ali Sanaei, Lecturer.

Juanjie Joyce Shen, Lecturer.

David Steier, Lecturer.

Andreas Weigend, Lecturer.

Peter Frank Weis, Lecturer.

Jake Ryland Williams, Lecturer.

Scott Young, Lecturer.

Visiting Faculty

Ramakrishna Akella, Visiting Professor.

Paul Laskowski, Visiting Assistant Professor.

Emeritus Faculty

Michael Buckland, Professor Emeritus. Information management, information retrieval, metadata, library services.
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Michael D. Cooper, Professor Emeritus. Analysis, design, database management systems, implementation and evaluation of information systems, computer performance monitoring and evaluation, and library automation.
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William S. Cooper, Professor Emeritus.

M. E. Maron, Professor Emeritus.

Nancy A. Van House, Professor Emeritus. Digital libraries, science, information management, technology studies, knowledge communities, user needs, information tools, artifacts, participation of users.
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Contact Information

School of Information

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Phone: 510-642-1464

Fax: 510-642-5814

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Dean

AnnaLee Saxenian, PhD

102 South Hall

Phone: 510-642-9980

dean@ischool.berkeley.edu

Associate Dean

Coye Cheshire, PhD

305A South Hall

Phone: 510-643-6388

coye@ischool.berkeley.edu

Director of Admissions and Student Affairs

Meg St. John

111 South Hall

Phone: 510-642-1465

meg@ischool.berkeley.edu

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