SOIS Course Syllabi

The following are sample course syllabi for Information Studies classes:

INFOST 100 Level Courses

110: Introduction to Information Science and Technology

Description: Introduces basic issues in information science, including the nature of information, information policy, knowledge organization, information services, and the relationships between information technologies and society.

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120: Information Technology Ethics

Description: Comprehensive overview of the current ethical issues in information and technology use.

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INFOST 200 Level Courses

240: Web Design I

Description: Uses popular authoring tools to cover the basics of organizing information.

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250: Internet Communications and Information Transfer

Description: Special emphasis will be upon the Internet and information communications and new communication technologies influencing information services.


291: Special Topics in Information Science and Technology

Description: New developments and research in information science & technology. Specific credits and any additional prereqs announced in Schedule of Classes whenever course is offered.


297: Study Abroad

Description: Designed to enroll students in UWM sponsored program before course work levels, content, and credits are determined and/or in specially prepared program course work.

INFOST 300 Level Courses

310: Human Factors in Information Seeking and Use

Description: Overview of human information needs, seeking, and processing, including human factors in the design, development and evaluation of information services.

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315: Knowledge Organization for Information Science and Technology

Description: Introduction to the organization of knowledge for information science and technology. Covers theory and construction of knowledge organization systems (taxonomies, ontologies, controlled vocabularies, metadata schema) and data structures for information sharing.

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320: Web Design II

Description: Examination and utilization of advanced technologies and practices being employed in web usability and design.

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325: Information Security I

Description: Introduction to issues and practices related to the protection of information and other digital assets.

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340: Introduction to Systems Analysis

Description:Theories, principles, and tools for planning, organizing, assessing, and evaluating information. Emphasizes the importance of user’s perspective. Covers the various stages of systems analysis and outlines the appropriate methods for each stage.

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350: Introduction to Application Development

Description: Introduction to the fundamental concepts of application development. Basic application development concepts will be explained, analyzed, and practiced.

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370: Data Analysis and Visualization for the Information Professional

Description: Introduction to data analysis and visualization using simple statistical analyses to create graphical depictions of data that can improve comprehension, communication, and decision making.

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375: Multimedia Web Design

Description: Fundamentals of interactive Web development and scripting, allowing students to create Web animations and render interactivity of information on the Web.

Example syllabus: Onsite


383: Native Mobile Applications

Description: Fundamentals of native mobile application development including development environments, mobile OS considerations, and the potential and limitations of mobile applications.

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385: Information Security II

Description: Advanced topics and practices in information security including social, technological, educational and economic implications of information security and privacy.

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399: Independent Study

Description: Guided readings or research under faculty supervision.

INFOST 400 Level Courses

410: Database Information Retrieval Systems

Description: Introduces the design and development of different types of electronic information systems, including database types, design issues, application development, and software selection and evaluation.

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440: Web Application Development

Description: The interactive web design server interaction. Special emphasis on database connectivity and application development on the Internet.

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465: Legal Aspects of Information Products and Services

Description: Introduction to legal environment surrounding development and use of information products and services, including intellectual property, and issues specific to internet and other digital mediums.

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490: Senior Capstone

Description: Analysis, creation, development and presentation of an information retrieval system project for an information organization.

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491: Advanced Topics in Information Science and Technology

Description: Advanced examination of emerging developments and research in information science & technology.


495: Information Internship

Description: Field experience of 50-150 hours under faculty and field supervisor guidance. Student must also complete a supervised field project.

Example syllabus: Onsite


497: Study Abroad

Description: Designed to enroll students in UWM sponsored program before course work levels, content, and credits are determined and/or in specially prepared program course work.

INFOST 500 Level Courses

501: Foundations of Library and Information Science

Description: Historical introduction to library and information science (LIS); outline of the role of information agencies in disseminating knowledge to users; overview of research in LIS.

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511: Organization of Information

Description: Introduction to basic concepts in the theoretical, practical, and technological aspects of information organization.

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520: Managing Library Collections

Description: Theory and practice of collection management across formats including selection tools and criteria, acquisition and evaluation of collections, deselection, preservation, and other collection development topics.

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521: Introduction to Reference Services and Resources

Description: An investigation into reference services, reference interviews, and organization, including critical examination of basic reference sources.

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524: Management of Libraries and Information Services

Description: The library/information center as a service organization. Management of the library/information center: planning, budgeting, decision making, leadership styles, motivation, communication, personnel and financial management.

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547: User-Centered Interaction Design

Description: Introduction of human-computer interaction theories and design processes. Emphasis is on applied user experience (UX) design.

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571: Information Access and Retrieval

Description: An overview of the concepts and theory related to information retrieval.

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582: Introduction to Data Science

Description: Introduces basic concepts, background, theoretical, practical and technological aspects of data science.

Example syllabus: Online


583: Survey of Information Security

Description: Introduces information security concepts, issues, and technological practices related to privacy, trust, and protection of information and digital assets.


584: Survey of Web and Mobile Content Development

Description: Current best practices and theory for the development of content and applications across different platforms, systems, and devices emphasizing responsive design and frameworks.

INFOST 600 Level Courses

603: History of Books and Printing

Description: The people, ideas, and events in the history of bookmaking from ancient times to the 1890’s.

Example syllabus: Onsite


619: Topics in Information Organization

Description: Study of particular topics in Information Organization. Specific topics announced in Schedule of Classes each time course is offered.


622: Information Marketing

Description: Concepts and principles of marketing and strategic planning as they apply to libraries and information agencies; case studies in information brokering and repackaging.


627: Music Librarianship

Description: Examination of materials used in obtaining music information and in establishing bibliographic control. Emphasis on reference, library instruction, collection management, and organization of music collections.


632: Microcomputers for Information Resources Management

Description: Use and applications of microcomputers in various library and information management functions. Requires 1-2 hrs of weekly laboratory time.


640: Information Literacy Instruction

Description: Concepts and principles involved in teaching information literacy; emphasis on organizing and developing courses and individual sessions.


642: School Library Media Programs and Resources

Description: A study of the functions of the school library media center as an educational component including service, administration, collection development and utilization of materials.

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643: Pre-Student Teaching Experience in School Libraries

Description: A 50-150 hour (1cr. = 50hr.) school library pre-student teaching experience for students working towards their K-12 library media license who are not already certified teachers.


644: Clinical Experience in School Libraries

Description: Field experience of 1-4 U/G credits (50-200 hours of clinical practice) to 12 undergrad credits (a full semester student teaching) in elementary and secondary school library media services under faculty and field supervisor guidance.

Example syllabus: Off Campus


645: Library Materials for Children

Description: Introduction to print and media resources available in library collections; selection procedures, evaluation criteria, access and promotion of use of materials.


646: Library Materials for Young Adults

Description: Criteria for evaluation and selection of materials for young adults, emphasizing current resources, techniques of reading guidance and book talks.

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647: Library Services for Children and Young Adults

Description: A foundation for developing, planning, and programming library services to meet the needs and interests of children and young adults; attention to content and evaluation of literature for these groups.


650: An Introduction to Modern Archives Administration

Description: An introduction to the archives profession, archives administration, main uses of primary sources in academic research, and archival issues regarding the Internet and other technologies.

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655: Information and Records Management

Description: Principles and practices of information and records management: organizational information needs, retention, schedules, vital records protection, micrographics, records centers and records management policy.


656: Electronic Documents and Records Management

Description: Advanced concepts, unique challenges, and on-going issues of electronic records management, including automated systems, information lifecycle management, access, legality, media stability, migration, and long-term preservation.

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660: Information Policy

Description: Explore various aspects of information policy including privacy, intellectual property, and intellectual freedom; covers applicable methodologies.


661: Information Ethics

Description: Ethical traditions, concepts, and principles for the information professions in the global information society; ethical implications of information technologies.


670: Instructional Technologies

Description: Traditional technologies, multimedia formats, and computer-based technologies for instructional purposes.


674: The Search Engine Society

Description: Critical examination of the role of search engines in contemporary society, including impact on information organization and retrieval, information institutions, information policy, law, and ethics.


675: Information Technology and Organization

Description: Topical seminar, exploring the relationship between information technology (IT) culture, organizations and the organization of work, cultures, subcultures; sociology of IT work; enterprise systems; knowledge management; data mining and IT careers.


682: Digital Libraries

Description: Concepts and technologies for development of digital libraries. Topics include tools for multimedia digitization, organization of digital resources, and evaluation of digital libraries and gateways.

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685: Electronic Publishing and Web Design

Description: An introduction to principles of visual communications related to electronic media with emphasis on website development, electronic documents, and production and dissemination of electronic information.

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691: Special Topics in Information Science

Description: An exploration of current topics in information science.


692: Special Topics in Information Science and Technology

Description: An exploration of current topics in information science and technology. Specific topics and any additional prerequisites will be announced in Schedule of Classes each time course is offered.


695: Ethical Hacking I

Description: Fundamental concepts in computer security testing, the evolution of ethical hacking and the latest tools used in cyber security to test different computer systems.

Example syllabus: Onsite


697: Cisco Routing and Switching I

Description: Networking and security, including IP Address translation (masking), subnetting, access lists, port security, VPNs, routing protocols and passwords.

INFOST 700 Level Courses

710: Comparative Bibliography

Description: Introduction to concepts of knowledge records (i.e. documents, information objects, etc.) and the artifacts that convey them. A survey of techniques of enumerative, descriptive, and analytical bibliography, and bibliometric domain analysis.


711: Cataloging for Small Libraries

Description: Survey of the application of standards and rules to the creation and management of library catalogs for small libraries.


712: Resource Description for Library Catalogs

Description: Application of standards and rules to the construction of tools for information retrieval, primarily digital resources and catalogs in library and information environments.


713: Subject Analysis in Library Catalogs

Description: Theories, principles, and major methods of subject cataloging and classification as practiced in interactive online environments.

Example syllabus: Online


714: Metadata

Description: Principles and application of metadata for networked information resource organization, representation, retrieval, and interoperability using a variety of schemes; focus on cultural heritage digital repositories.

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715: Music Cataloging

Description: Bibliographic control of music materials. Descriptive cataloging, authority control, subject analysis and classification of music materials. Structure of music catalogs and requirements for effective retrieval.


716: Thesaurus Construction

Description: Overview of thesaurus construction, vocabulary control and ontology. Design and construction of thesauri, including domain analysis, vocabulary extraction, concept clustering, ordering, structural relations, thesaurus maintenance.

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717: Information Architecture

Description: Introduction to information architecture and user experience design, focusing on designing user-centered organization, labeling, navigation, search, metadata, and knowledge organization systems for websites.

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719: Advanced Topics in Information Organization

Description: Advanced study of a particular topic in Information Organization.


722: Entrepreneurship and Innovation for LIS Professionals

Description: Introduces entrepreneurial concepts and practices in the library and information science professions, examines alternative career options, and provides an opportunity to apply entrepreneurial methods and processes.


734: Library Services and Resources for Adults

Description: Introduction to the wide range of services and materials with which the library meets the needs of adult patrons.

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735: The Academic Library

Description: Administration of the college and university library, including a study of budgets, personnel, building and collections requirements, and cooperative programs.

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736: The Public Library

Description: Overview of issues and functions of american public libraries; including trends in governance, program planning and evaluation, community analysis, alternative funding, library use and users.

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738: Legal Information Sources and Services

Description: A study of legal sources of federal and Wisconsin law including the use of law finders, statutes, cases and digests.


739: Digital Information Services

Description: Examination of major issues involved in digital information services. Comparison of differences and similarities between digital and face-to-face services, evaluation of DIS and current trends.

Example syllabus: Online

740: Information Literacy Instruction

Description: Concepts and principles involved in teaching information literacy; emphasis on organizing and developing courses and individual sessions.

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741: Multicultural Children’s Literature

Description: Exploration of children’s literature representing racialized groups in the United States; discussion will focus on evaluating and selecting material.


745: Library Services for Children and Young Adults

Description: A foundation for developing, planning, and programming library services to meet the needs and interests of children and young adults; attention to content and evaluation of literature for these groups.


750: Arrangement and Description in Archives

Description: Development of the intellectual framework and critical evaluation skills necessary for the arrangement and description of archival collections.


752: Archival Outreach: Programs and Services

Description: An introduction to archival outreach and reference services for sustaining an archival program committed to public service.


753: Preserving Information Media

Description: Examines all aspects of archival preservation of multiple media formats. Includes discussions of preservation practice, policy and programming in an archives.

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758: Technology Issues in Archives

Description: This course addresses technology issues facing archivists today and its theoretical and practical implications in collection management, arrangement and description, reference, digitization, and electronic records.


759: Fieldwork in Archives and Manuscripts

Description: Field experience of 50 to 150 hours in an archives or manuscript repository under faculty and field supervisor guidance. Student must also complete a supervised field project.

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761: Information Policy

Description: Graduate seminar on information privacy, undertaking a multi-faceted, multi-disciplinary examination of the relationships between information, technology, law and privacy in our digital society.


763: Topics in Information Policy

Description: An array of coursework specifically related to the social, ethical, economic, legal, and philosophical aspects of information.


774: Online Information Retrieval

Description: Study of bibliographic,non-bibliographic, full-text databases, including document delivery alternatives, evaluation and testing.


780: XML for Libraries

Description: Overview of general markup languages; concepts and components of extensible markup language, and the future of publishing and libraries.


783: Information Storage and Retrieval

Description: Fundamental analysis and design principles and theories used in systems for the storage, processing, and retrieval of information.


784: Information Security Management

Description: Investigation of key aspects of information security management such as policy, risk analysis and management, education and awareness training, legal compliance, ethical and legal conduct.


785:Database Management Systems for Information Professionals

Description: Study of microcomputer data base management software (DBMS) and information retrieval (IR) systems and their potential applications for information services.


786: Multimedia

Description: Multimedia and its applications in information systems and instructional environments. Students develop essential skills in the evaluation, creation, editing, and rendering of multimedia.


788: Information Systems: Analysis and Design

Description: Analysis, design, and evaluation of information systems. The information system mission, goals and objectives are used to develop measures for judging system effectiveness and efficiency.


790: Project Design, Implementation, and Evaluation

Description: Culminating experience for MSIST degree program comprising the design, implementation, and evaluation of a capstone project related to the MSIST degree tracks.


791: Topics in Library and Information Science

Description: Graduate level treatment of current topics in library and information science. Specific topic and any additional prerequisites announced in Schedule of Classes each time course is offered.


792: Advanced Topics in Information Science and Technology

Description: An exploration of current advanced topics in information science and technology.


799: Research Methods in Information Studies

Description: Knowledge of research concepts, methods, and evaluation in library and information science, and applications of research in the information professions.

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INFOST 800 Level Courses

823: Seminar in International and Multicultural Information Services

Description: Implications of global and multicultural trends for information services. Creation, diffusion and use of information in cross-cultural settings.


850: Seminar in Modern Archives Administration

Description: In-depth exploration of several aspects of archival work through extensive readings, discussions, practical exercises and a major seminar paper.


855: Advanced Appraisal

Description: An overview of the history of archival appraisal and manuscript collecting, surveys recent appraisal methodologies and theories, providing practical experience in the application of appraisal theory and assessing the value of organizational records.


861: Seminar in Intellectual Freedom

Description: Principles and practices of intellectual freedom, as related to the information professions. Emphasizes, but is not limited to, current issues in the u.s.


862: Legal Issues for Library and Information Managers

Description: Legal issues arising in various library settings, including access rights, privacy and confidentiality, copyright, intellectual freedom and information liability and malpractice.


863: Feminism, Librarianship, and Information

Description: The nature of librarianship as a profession, issues related to information and technology, and practices of information services from gendered perspectives using applicable feminist theories.


864: Critical Approaches to Public Librarianship

Description: Explores advanced concepts of the public library as a political institution in the public sphere. Includes investigations of legislative foundations, funding, governance and social engagement.


888:Candidate for Degree

Description: Available for graduate students who must meet minimum credit load requirement.


891: Advanced Topics in Library and Information Science

Description: Seminar in advanced current topics in library and information science. Specific topics and any additional prerequisites announced in schedule of classes each time course is offered.


898: Master’s Thesis

Description: Research and writing in consultation with SOIS thesis advisor for M.L.I.S. candidates pursuing the Thesis Option. May be repeated until completion and defense of the thesis.


899: Master’s Independent Study

Description: Advanced study under faculty guidance, on a special aspect of library and information services. Regular faculty consultation and written report(s) required.

INFOST 900 Level Courses

901: Current Issues in Information Studies

Description: Current topical issues in information studies, socializes doctoral students to research culture, and analyzes current research topics in the field.


902: Theoretical Foundations in Information Studies

Description: This doctoral seminar introduces students to a range of fundamental theoretical foundations and models relevant to information studies.


903: Qualitative Research Methods

Description: Qualitative research design, data collection, data analysis tools and techniques as well as theory building in the context of information study research.


904: Quantitative Research Methods

Description: Quantitative research designs, data process and analysis, inferential statistical methods and theories, applications in information studies, and evaluation of quantitative research studies.


905: Mixed Methods Research for Information Studies

Description: Presents techniques for designing and executing mixed methods research in information studies as well as arguments for and against the use of mixed methods for theory building.


910: Doctoral Seminar in the Organization of Information

Description: In-depth and critical study of the historical, philosophical, theoretical, and methodological foundation of the organization of information.


960: Doctoral Seminar in Information Policy

Description: Examination of the conceptual, institutional, and practical foundations of information policy, law, and ethics.


970: Doctoral Seminar in Information Retrieval

Description: Advanced research concepts, methods, and applications for information retrieval (IR) and its evaluation, and current topics of research interest to the IR community.


990: Fieldwork in Library and Information Science Services

Description: Fieldwork experience of 50 to 150 hours under faculty and field supervisor guidance. Student must also complete a supervised field project.


997: Preliminary Examinations

Description: Available for doctoral students taking preliminary exams. May be repeated twice to a max of 6 cr with cons of adviser.


998: Doctoral Dissertation

Description: Doctoral dissertation research and advisement for information studies PhD candidates and PhD candidates with an emphasis in library and information science.


999: Independent Research

Description: Primary research under faculty guidance, on a special aspect of library and information services. Regular faculty consultation and written research report(s) required.