Information Course Schedule fall 2005

Upper-Division

Two hours of lecture per week, one hour of discussion per week. Open to all undergraduate students and designed for those with little technical background.  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.

M 4-6 — 100 GPB
Instructor(s): Marti Hearst

Three hours lecture per week. Focus on European Americans, Native Americans, African Americans, and in the western United States, Asian Americans and Chicano/Latinos. The course explores the nature of oral and print societies as found in the focus cultures to assess the impact of the dominant print culture on oral cultures. Image in woodcut and engraving as information and propaganda. The role of education in achieving literacy. The emergence of an African American press in the 19th century, tied to growing politcal support from the abolitionist press, is in striking contrast to the nearly invisible Native American voice confined to the reservation. San Francisco is a case study of the early emergence of a multicultural print and education environment, followed by restrictive laws, propaganda, and educational system that enforced cultural standardization and use of English. Printing technology tends toward centralization, standardization, and few participants, an environment that inhibits the voices of a multicultural, multilingual population. This course satisfies the American cultures requirement.

Section 2
MWF 11-12 — 202 South Hall
Instructor(s): Mary Kay Duggan
Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: Upper-level undergraduates. In the last decade, information technology (IT) has moved from back-office applications aimed at improving productivity to strategic applications that can radically change the dynamics of companies, industries, and economic sectors. This course will explore the technological, economic, and social conditions that have made such "killer apps" possible. Students will learn how to think strategically and entrepreneurially about IT, whether for personal, business, or nonprofit applications. Also listed as Interdisciplinary Studies C184.
TuTh 5-6:30 — 155 Dwinelle
Instructor(s): Larry Downes

Core

8 weeks; 3 hours of lecture per week. 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.

TTh 10:30-12 — 202 South Hall
Instructor(s): Robert Glushko

7 weeks - 4 hours of laboratory per week. 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.

TTh 12:30-2 (Lab: Tu 2-3) — 202 South Hall
Instructor(s): John Chuang

General

This course addresses concepts and methods of user experience research, from understanding and identifying needs, to evaluating concepts and designs, to assessing the usability of products and solutions. We emphasize methods of collecting and interpreting qualitative data about user activities, working both individually and in teams, and translating them into design decisions. Students gain hands-on practice with observation, interview, survey, focus groups, and expert review. Team activities and group work are required during class and for most assignments. Additional topics include research in enterprise, consulting, and startup organizations, lean/agile techniques, mobile research approaches, and strategies for communicating findings.

M 1-4 — 110 South Hall
Instructor(s): Kevin McBride
Three hours of lecture per week. Factors strongly impacting the success of new computing and communications products and services (based on underlying technologies such as electronics and software) in commercial applications. Technology trends and limits, economics, standardization, intellectual property, government policy, and industrial organizations. Strategies to manage the design and marketing of successful products and services.
TTh 3:30-5 — 202 South Hall
Instructor(s): Hal Varian

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. Three hours of lecture and one hour of laboratory per week.

MW 10:30-12 — 202 South Hall
Instructor(s): Marti Hearst

Three hours of lecture per week. 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.

MW 9-10:30 — 202 South Hall
Instructor(s): Ray Larson

Special Topics

Specific topics, hours and credit may vary from section to section, year to year. May be repeated for credit with change in content.

Section 2
M 4-6 — 202 South Hall
Instructor(s): Marti Hearst

Specific topics, hours and credit may vary from section to section, year to year. May be repeated for credit with change in content.

Section 8
TTh 11-12:30 — C220 Cheit
Instructor(s): Larry Downes

Specific topics, hours and credit may vary from section to section, year to year. May be repeated for credit with change in content.

Section 10
W 1-4 — 202 South Hall
Instructor(s): Paul Duguid, Geoffrey Nunberg

Specific topics, hours and credit may vary from section to section, year to year. May be repeated for credit with change in content.

Section 3
Th 5-8 — 202 South Hall
Instructor(s): Adam Blum

Course may be repeated for credit. Three hours of lecture per week for five weeks.

Section 1
TTh 3:30-5 (5 weeks: Aug. 30 — Sep. 20) — 110 South Hall
Instructor(s): Robert Glushko

Course may be repeated for credit. Three hours of lecture per week for five weeks.

Section 2
Tu 4-7 (5 weeks: Oct. 4 — Nov. 1) — 202 South Hall
Instructor(s): Quentin Hardy

Seminar

One hour colloquium per week. Must be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisites: Ph.D. standing in the School of Information. Colloquia, discussion, and readings designed to introduce students to the range of interests of the school.

M 2-3:30 — 107 South Hall
Instructor(s): Peter Lyman

Topics in information management and systems and related fields. Specific topics vary from year to year. May be repeated for credit, with change of content. May be offered as a two semester sequence.

Section 5
Tu 7-9 pm — 107 South Hall
Instructor(s): Xiao Qiang, Howard Rheingold

Topics in information management and systems and related fields. Specific topics vary from year to year. May be repeated for credit, with change of content. May be offered as a two semester sequence.

Section 2
M 4-6:30 — 202 South Hall
Instructor(s): Mitch Kapor, Pamela Samuelson Steven Weber

Topics in information management and systems and related fields. Specific topics vary from year to year. May be repeated for credit, with change of content. May be offered as a two semester sequence.

Section 4
TTh 9-10:30 — 202 South Hall
Instructor(s): Niels Windfeld Lund

Topics in information management and systems and related fields. Specific topics vary from year to year. May be repeated for credit, with change of content. May be offered as a two semester sequence.

Section 1
F 3-5 — 107 South Hall

Topics in information management and systems and related fields. Specific topics vary from year to year. May be repeated for credit, with change of content. May be offered as a two semester sequence.

Section 3
M 12-2 — 202 South Hall
Instructor(s): John Chuang