Information Course Schedule fall 2007

Upper-Division

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?

MW 4-5:30 — 213 Wheeler Hall
Instructor(s): Paul Duguid, Geoffrey Nunberg

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 10:00-12:00 — 155 Kroeber Hall
Instructor(s): Marti Hearst

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.

MW 9-10:30 — 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.

TuTh 12:30-2 (Lab: W 12-1) — 202 South Hall
Instructor(s): John Chuang

General

Three hours of lecture per week. An introduction to services science — a new, interdisciplinary field that combines social science, business, and engineering knowledge needed for organizations (private, public, or nonprofit) to succeed in the shift to the service and information-based economy. A survey of (1) the historical, economic, and theoretical foundations of the rise of the service economy, (2) the analysis and design of services, (3) the technology and implementation of services, and (4) the delivery of services.
MW 2-3:30 — 110 South Hall

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.

TuTh 2-3:30 — 202 South Hall
Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: Graduate standing. 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"?
W 9-12 — 110 South Hall
Instructor(s): Paul Duguid, Geoffrey Nunberg

Three hours of lecture per week. 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.

Th 3:30-6:30 — 202 South Hall
Instructor(s): Aaron Perzanowski, Jason Schultz

Three hours of lecture. 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.

TuTh 2-3:30 — 110 South Hall
Instructor(s): Erik Wilde

Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: 206 or equivalent. 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.

MW 10:30-12 — 202 South Hall
Instructor(s): John Chuang
Three hours of lecture per week. Quantitative methods for data collection and analysis. Research design. Conceptualization, operationalization, measurement. Modes of data collection, including experiments, survey research, observation. Sampling. Basics of data analysis.
MW 2-3:30 — 202 South Hall
Instructor(s): Doug Tygar

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 1
M 10-12 — 155 Kroeber 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 9
Th 6-9:30 — C125 Cheit
Instructor(s): Alex Angelus

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

Section 15
Tu 2-4 — C110 Cheit
Instructor(s): Andrew Isaacs, Jeffrey Grossman

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

Section 17
TuTh 4:30-6 — C125 Cheit
Instructor(s): Reza Moazzami

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

Section 14
Tu 4-6 — C110 Cheit
Instructor(s): Thomas Sanders, Jessica Hoover

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

Section 21
M 2-4 — C320 Cheit
Instructor(s): Henry Chesbrough

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

Section 12
TuTh 12:30-2 — 110 South Hall
Instructor(s): Coye Cheshire

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

Section 22
M 4-6 — 202 South Hall
Instructor(s): Eric Kansa

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
Th 3:30-5:30 — 110 South Hall

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
TuTh 9-10:30 — 202 South Hall
Instructor(s): Erik Wilde

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 2-4 — C110 Cheit
Instructor(s): Charles Wu

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

Section 13
TuTh 10:30-12 — 110 South Hall
Instructor(s): Kimiko Ryokai

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

Section 11
W 4-6 — C330 Cheit
Instructor(s): Jihong Sanderson

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

Section 4
MW 9:30-11 — C220 Cheit
Instructor(s): Alice Agogino, Sara Beckman, Leslie Speer

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

Section 5
MW 11-12:30 — C220 Cheit
Instructor(s): Alice Agogino, Sara Beckman, Nathan Shedroff

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

Section 19
MW 3:30-5 — 205 South Hall
Instructor(s): Suzanne Scotchmer

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

Section 6
MW 4-5:30 — C210 Cheit
Instructor(s): Andrew Isaacs

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

Section 16
MW 2-3:30 — 205 South Hall
Instructor(s): Marti Hearst

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

Section 2
M 3:30-6:30 (Sep 10-Oct 8) — 110 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.

Tu 3:30-5 — 205 South Hall
Instructor(s): Paul Duguid

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
F 9-12 — 202 South Hall
Instructor(s): Howard Rheingold, Xiao Qiang

"Social Entrepreneurs are not content just to give a fish, or teach how to fish. They will not rest until they have revolutionized the entire fishing industry."

— Bill Drayton, Founder of Ashoka

What is social entrepreneurship? In spite of the current popularity of the term, there is little agreement on the practices it entails. Alternatively, a broad variety of business and nonprofit practitioners call themselves social entrepreneurs. This has led Sally Osberg, CEO of the Skoll Foundation, and other leaders of the field, to call for a more precise definition.

This seminar provides a theoretical and practical introduction to social entrepreneurship in the area of ICT for Development. From the emerging literature on the subject and guest speakers, students will explore the larger political and social context of social entrepreneurship, the possibilities for creating social change through innovation, market-based models, and how to measure social impact.

Students will also gain practical experiences through a semester-long project addressing a local social problem. Through expert workshops on product design/development, community engagement and business development, field trips and group presentations, students will learn hands-on how to design social enterprise solutions, as well as the potentials and pitfalls of using ICT to address social problems.

Section 2
W 11-2 — 205 South Hall
Instructor(s): Paul Braund, Anke Schwittay

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