Courses Currently Approved

Course Catalog (All Courses Currently Approved for the Minor)

This listing shows all courses that are approved toward the IT Minor, whether or not they are being offered now. A list that is limited to the courses being offered now is available by selecting "Courses Currently Offered" under the "Courses" Menu item above.

This list does NOT include courses that have been discontinued or replaced . See the separate listing of those courses.They count toward the minor as long as they were taken while there were approved.

*The column headed "Offered Now?" refers to courses for which students may currently register. When the schedule for a coming semester is announced, this column is changed to include those courses; before that time, it refers to the courses being offered in the current semester.

Course Nbrsort descending Course Name Description Notes Offered Now? * Requirement(s)
ACCOUNTG 311 Accounting Information Systems

Examines information systems from the perspective of the documents, processes, and controls that are needed to satisfy information requirements for financial statements, as well as the needs of decision makers within the firm. 

---Prerequisites: OIM 210 & ACCOUNTG 331 Yes Elective
ART 271 Introduction to Computing in Fine Arts

Historical overview of the development of computer art and the significant events leading to the development of the field. Projects include hands-on experience with computer imaging for use in the creation of fine art. Prerequisite: completion of foundation courses or consent of instructor. *IT Minors may request a course override from the IT Program Office, 413-545-6242 or via our Contact Form.

--- No Elective
ART 275 Digital Media: Still Image

This course explores the creative possibilities of digital image creation and manipulation.  Through demonstrations, creative technical assignments, students explore the digital workflow in independent projects involving sustained inquiry into self selected theme.

--- Yes Elective
ART 345 Digital Media: Still Image

This course explores, through demonstrations and technical assignments, the creative possiblities of digital image creation and manipulation using primarily Photoshop, and the printmaking technique of Photopolymer Gravure processes.

--- No Elective
ART 374 Computer Animation I

Principles and applications of computer animation using Autodesk Maya software in film, video, music, and technology. Introduction to 2D and 3D animation programs. Skills acquired in preparation for production in second semester.  Prerequisites: ART 271 and 297Q. Should be followed by Art 384 Computer Animation II 

--- No Elective
ART 375 Digital Media: Time Based

This course explores digital video and sound within the context of contemporary art practices.  Students learn basic skills and concepts used in experimental digital video production through small-scale projects.

Was ART 297cc Yes Elective
ART 384 Computer Animation II

The second of a two semester sequence.  Animation techniques using digital tools as applied to film, video, music and tehcnology.  Animation software (Maya) and professional compositing programs are used.  Development and design of personal work is stressed.  Emphasis is on creativitiy and professionalism. 

--- Yes Elective
ART 397CC Information Design I --- No Elective
ART 397MM Media Motion & Graphic No Elective
BCT 320 Intro to CAD in construction/Archit

This course provides an introduction into construction-related Computer-Aided-Design (CAD) tools.  By using industry-standard software in exercises and projects, students gain the capability to model construction projects and create industry-standard architectural drawings.

Was BCT 220 Yes Elective
BCT 420 Designing with 3D CAD and BIM

Presents advanced topics in architectural CAD in a problem-based environment: 3D modeling, parametric building design, building information models (BIMs), material takeoff, energy-efficient planning, rendering and presentation.

Was BMATWT 420 Yes Elective
BIOLOGY 572 Neurobiology

Lectures integrate structural, functional, molecular, and developmental approaches. Topics include neuronal anatomy and physiology, neural induction and pattern formation, development of neuronal connections, membrane potentials and neuronal signals, synapses, sensory systems, control of movement, systems neuroscience and neural plasticity. Prerequisites: Biology/Biochemistry 285 or both Psychology 330 and Intro biology.

--- Yes Elective
COMM 332 Convergent Media and Activism

This course explores the relationship between digital media, politics, and democracy, examining the social and technical history of online activist projects in different societies around the world.

Was COMM 397AB. No Broadened Inquiry
COMM 334 Media History and Communication Policy

Focus on technological developments that have influenced the growth and development of our electronic modes of communication such as radio, television, telephones, videocassette recorders, satellites, cable TV, electronic mail, robotics, and computers. 

Registration limited to COMM majors on SPIRE. Non-majors may be added to waitlist by emailing the IT Office at itprogram@provost.umass.edu No Broadened Inquiry
COMM 397M ST-New Media Tech & Soc Change

Course addresses the main debates and perspectives on the economic and social transformation associated with the spread of new media technologies, from various forms of collaborative and social media, to mobile phones and wireless broadband delivery systems.  

--- No Broadened Inquiry, or Elective
COMM 494SI Future of the Information Society

Media portray images of the future in a number of ways. Sometimes the representations tend to be utopian, sometimes dystopian, and often, the messages imply that a utopian or dystopian future is dependent upon the decisions main characters make.  In this course, we’ll use images from film, tv, theater, radio, and literature to explore ideas of “memes” (the smallest units of the connotative image) that are present in so many media forms that they begin to influence consistent media themes.  

Was COMM 497UA No Broadened Inquiry
COMM 497DB Special Topics- Survey of Digital Behavioral Data

Our digital, social and civic life is increasingly powered by data. What we read, watch and buy is shaped by customization algorithms that are built based on a trove of digital behavioral data (e.g., Facebook likes and YouTube viewing history). This class will provide a broad picture of how our internet behavior is being tracked and analyzed for user psychology and public opinion as well as the implication of data mining on privacy and civic engagement. The course includes workshops in technical skills for social media data mining and visualization.

Approved as an Elective, if student has taken the associated R workshop, they may bring work / documentation to It Advisor to be approved as a Technical Requirement. No Broadened Inquiry
Comm 497T ST-Advanced Issues in Information Technologies and Society

This course examines law, economy, and the social aspects of advanced communications technologies; with special emphasis on how the Internet has challenged dominant ways of thinking about the media.  We will focus on key issues of privacy, ownership, access, international balance, and cultural accountability in the use of newer technologies.   

--- No Broadened Inquiry
COMM 499C Honors Thesis Seminar

This is the first course in a two-semester, eight-credit Communication Honors Capstone sequence on Media and the Family.  The first semester (Comm 499C), will examine a broad range of theories and methods that have been used to study various aspects of the relationship between media and the family, and each student will develop a proposal to conduct an original research project on some relevant topic.  The second semester (Comm 499D) will be devoted to the implementation of individual research projects, and will culminate in an archivable Honors Thesis and public presentation at a research conference.  Comm 499C satisfies the Integrative Experience requirement for BA-Comm majors.  Instructor Consent Required . Senior COMM majors and all Senior Honors and IT  students are eligible to apply.For IT students, there are opportunities to help develop a western MA platform for spoiler alert

( http://www.foodspoileralert.com/howitworks/), to participate in an online mapping project on food waste and recovery, among other options. 

Students are required to take both semesters of this 8 credit course, but only 3 credits will count towards the IT minor. No Elective
COMP-LIT 236 Digital Culture I

Develop an understanding of digital culture, what its primary goals are, and what metaphors are useful in describing it. There are three units: a survey of digital culture and learn how to understand digital artworks and electronic literature, second, unit focuses on virtual reality technology as it has been represented in fiction and used by artists, lastly. the topic of cyborgs, and the merging of the human and the machine.

Serves as Gen Ed I Yes Broadened Inquiry
COMPSCI 105 Computer Literacy

Broad introduction to hardware and software aspects of microcomputers. Four application areas: word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and telecommunications (access to the Internet). Prerequisites: reasonable high school math skills. Typing ability an important asset. Not for Computer Science Majors.  *CMPSCI majors see IT Advisor about waiver

Waived for CMPSCI Majors Yes Foundation
COMPSCI 119 Intro to PGMG (Python)

This introduction to computer programming with Python emphasizes multimedia (graphics and sound) applications that are relevant for Web designers, graphic artists, and more. Students will explore basic concepts in computer science and computer programming by manipulating digital images and sound files. No prior programming experience is needed. Not for CMPSCI majors.

Non CMPSCI Majors ONLY. Was CMPSCI 191P Yes Technical
COMPSCI 120 Problem Solving with the Internet

Basic skills needed to use the Internet.  Web browsers, search strategies, basic Web page design, client-side and server-side programming, and cryptography.  Malware and viruses, e-mail management and etiquette.  Web-site management through UNIX commands, ftp file transfers, telnet sessions. Relevant and timely social, technical, and political topics.  Not intended for Computer Science majors. Programming experience not required. Prerequisites: some hands-on experience with PCs or MACs or UNIX.

--- No Technical
COMPSCI 121 Introduction to Problem Solving w/ Computers (Java)

An introductory course in problem solving in computing, using the programming language Java. Focuses on the fundamental concepts of problem solving and on computer imple-mentation. Satisfactory completion is a prerequisite for all higher-level computer science courses. Use of computer required. Prerequisite: high school algebra and basic math skills.

--- Yes Technical
COMPSCI 145 Representing, Storing & Retrieving Info.

The use of data in computer systems.  Formats for representing text, sound, images, ets. as strings of bits.  Basic information theory, use and limitations of file compression.  PreRequisite: R1

Was CMPSCI 145A(195A) Yes Technical
COMPSCI 187 Prog W/Data Structrs

Advanced programming techniques in the Java language and elementary techniques of software engineering: documentation, coding style, basic testing principles, and informal reasoning about correctness. The notion of an abstract data structure and various important data structures: stacks, queues, linked lists, tree-based structures, and hash tables. Use of object-oriented language constructs for encapsulation of data objects.

--- Yes Technical
COMPSCI 190D Using Data Structures

This course introduces foundational abstract data types and algorithms. The main focus is on the use of data structures in designing and developing programs to solve problems in a variety of domains. Specific topics include lists, sets, maps, graphs, stacks, queues, searching, and sorting. (Gen Ed R2)

Prerequisite: COMPSCI 121 with a grade of C or better and completion of the R1 Gen Ed (Basic Math Skills). Course Attribute- R2: Analytical Reasoning Requirement Yes Technical
COMPSCI 290NW A Networked World

The course will cover technical, social, policy, economic and legal foundations for today's networks, including the Internet.  We'll dive into how the Internet - arguably the largest and most complex human-engineered system ever – works.  

No Broadened Inquiry or Technical (or Elective)
COMPSCI 325 Usability

In this course we examine the important problems in Usability, Human Computer Interaction, User Interfaces, and Human Centered Computing.  We will examine elements of HCI history, understanding human capabilities, HCI design, several methods for prototyping user interfaces, and new applications and paradigms in human computer interaction.

--- No Elective
COMPSCI 391L S-Computer Crime Law

In this course, students will study and discuss legal issues related to crimes involving computers and networks. Our main topics will include recent and important case law, statutes, and constitutional clauses concerning authorization, access, vice crimes, search and seizure, wiretaps, the right to privacy, FISA, and jurisdiction. Students are assumed to be familiar with general computing concepts and applications, but the instructor will provide an introduction to legal concepts.

CMPSCI 230 is a firm prerequisite. CMPSCI majors who are pursuing the IT Minor must take at least 2 courses toward the minor outside of their school. No Broadened Inquiry
COMPSCI 397F Introduction to Data Science

Data Science is the study of how we can transform raw observations (data) into meaningful information. The products of Data Science, such as models, reports, graphs and charts convey information in a concise way so that informed decisions can be made and new hypotheses can be formulated at an increasing rate. Data Science involves three main areas of focus: computer science, statistics, and knowledge of the domain under study. In this course we provide an introduction into the concepts, tools and techniques to perform the following steps in the data science process:

  1. data acquisition, preparation
  2. data exploration
  3. data modeling
  4. data visualization
This course is designed for Informatics students following the data science track, as well as students from other disciplines who want to gain experience applying data science concepts to the analysis of real-world data sets. This course is NOT intended for Computer Science majors and does not count as an elective towards the CS major.Programming experience and knowledge of basic statistics is helpful but not required. To register for this course, fill out the online override form by clicking on the button in the middle of this page: https://www.cics.umass.edu/ugrad-education/overrides No Broadened Inquiry
E&C-Eng 242 Data Structures and Algorithms

A data structures course using the Java programming language. Basic mathematical, logical, and programming concepts relevant to description and manipulation of information structures such as arrays, lists, trees, graphs, and files; the underlying principles of algorithm design and analysis applied to sorting and searching problems. Prerequisite: grade of C or better in E&C-ENG 122, 201 or equivalent.

--- No Technical
EDUC 592A Online Tools for Learning & Instruction

This course is designed to teach students to utilize open educational and public domain resources to create, edit, and deliver content for learning and instruction.  This course will introduce students to various web-based technologies for learning and teaching.  

No Foundation
EDUC 593A Integrating Technology in Curriculum

Course examines the potential that computer-based technologies have for making instruction more efficient, effective, and engaging in classrooms at all education levels.  Students learn to apply basic instructional design principles to create lesson plans and other instructional materials.

--- No Elective
EDUC 595A Educational Video Production

This course focuses on the planning, production, and analysis of educational videos.  Students will engage in all video production processes with a special focus on online video editing production.

--- Yes Elective
ENGLISH 302 Studies in Textuality and New Media
An introduction to digital culture, visual images, audio content, archives, and new media.  Critical approaches include a focus on formal analysis, historical perspective, reception and audience, and cultural theory.
No Broadened Inquiry
ENGLISH 382 Professional Writing & Technical Communication III

 The course has three complementary aims: 1) to allow you to develop a specialized interest or skill, 2) to prepare you to enter the professional realm of technical writing and information design, and 3) to enable and assist you in developing strategies for lifelong learning. 

Yes Broadened Inquiry
ENGLISH 391C Intro to Web Design (Advanced Software)

This course offers a beginner-level introduction to web design. It is aimed at English and humanities majors, though students from any major are welcome in the course. Students learn to create web pages from scratch using HTML and CSS. The major project for the course is to create a web portfolio that you can use when applying for jobs or internships.

Professor Solberg will waive the Engl 379 prereq for IT Minors who are interested in the course and who understand that regular attendance and participation are expected. Must have at least a 3.0 GPA. IT Minors who want to be added should email her directly at jlsolber@english.umass.edu. Yes Elective
ENGLISH 391D Writing and Emerging Technologies

Explores video as a rhetorical/multimodal medium for composing, with an emphasis on the actual production of nonfiction video work. Students will learn to use video editing software (typically, Adobe Premiere); no prior experience with video is required. Writing will be integrated into planning, critique/analysis, and reflection of students' own work. This course may be counted toward the Study and Practice of Writing (SPoW) specialization. Prerequisite (may be waived with instructor approval, see note): completion of English 200 and two of the following period survey courses-English 201, 202, 221, 268 or 269. 

 
Professor Solberg will waive the prereq for IT Minors who are interested in the course and who understand that regular attendance and participation are expected. IT Minors who want to be added should email her directly at jlsolber@english.umass.edu. No Broadened Inquiry
ENGLISH 494DI Dystopian Games, Comics, Media
In this class, we will study video games, postmodern cultural theory, and (tangentially) comic books as we ask questions about the persistence of dystopian narratives in print and digital visual culture. For example, what do dystopian narratives in comics, video games, and new media productions have in common? What makes "dark," "moody," and outright apocalyptic narratives like The Walking Dead, Half-Life 2, Left 4 Dead, Sweet Tooth and the web series Down Twisted popular in this current historical moment? Can postmodern cultural theory help us better understand some of the social and political ramifications of dystopian culture? Further, can the theory make more clear how such stories envision the perils of the future in ways that inadvertently comment on our current times? Is it possible that the cautionary tales of dystopian narratives might, if heeded, make the world a better place? We will compare different game genres in order to make arguments about the types of anxieties, fears, and dreams that get articulated in RPG games like Fallout 3, shooters like BioShock, war games like Metal Gear Solid 4, and in third person action games like Grand Theft Auto IV. Important note: This class will follow a team-based discussion format, meaning all students will be asked to play a leading role in class discussions and will be required to work closely on digital projects and select other assignments with members of a team. Access to an Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 is not required but it is strongly preferred. Each team of five students will need at least one gaming console to share.  Satisfies the Integrative Experience requirement for BA-Engl majors.
Primarily for English majors, some non-majors who are IT Minors may be admitted if there is room. Contact the instructor. No Broadened Inquiry
FINANCE 304 Financial Modeling

Application of financial models in the business environment. The use of computer-based spreadsheet and simulation packages in business analysis.

Was FINOPMGT 304 Yes Elective
GEOGRAPH 352 Computer Mapping

Mapping  projects through the use of software mapping packages.

Students select their own final projects.

Replaces GEO-SCI 352 Yes Elective
GEOGRAPH 426 Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation

This course introduces the principles of digital image analysis for interpreting remotely sensed data for environmental, resource and urban studies.  Emphasis will be given to the processing and information extraction from optical and thermal imagery.

Replaces GEO-SCI 426 No Elective
GEOGRAPH 468 GIS and Spatial Analysis

This course introduces fundamental concepts and methods of geographic information system.  Emphasis on developing skills using GIS to solve typical spatial problems in the geosciences and environmental sciences.

 

Replaces GEO-SCI 468 Yes Elective
History 181 History Western Sci & Technology II

Science in the modern world from the Enlightenment to the Cold War. Key scientific issues of the modern age, the social organization of science, the place of the scientific community in larger social and cultural context, and the expanding relationship between science and modern technology. 

--- Yes Broadened Inquiry
HISTORY 397ST Science, Technology, and War in 20th Century US and Europe

This course will examine the nexus of science, technology, and war in the 20th century United States and Europe. This course will cover topics such as the development and use of chemical and biological warfare; scientific, political, medical, and philosophical implications of nuclear technology; the Manhattan Project and Big Science; Nazi science; Soviet agriculture; Cold War technology and the Space Race; missile technology; and psychological research and the military. As a unifying theme we will consider the impact of technological determinism and the centrality of science and technology in wartime politics and practice. Readings will consist of primary and secondary sources as well as historical and contemporary films. Requirements will include writing several short papers as well as a longer historiographical essay.

No Broadened Inquiry
History 493B Digital History --- No Broadened Inquiry
INFO 190IN Introduction to Informatics

An introduction to the main concepts of Informatics.  There are several "Big Ideas" in computing, including but not limited to abstraction, data and information, algorithms, programming, and analysis of both computational problems and computational artifacts.  This class provides an introduction to those ideas and considers some of the ways that those computing principles might be used to solve real world problems.  Computer-based assignments are an integral part of this course but no programming knowledge or prior programming experience is expected or required. Not for CMPSCI majors.

Was COMPSCI 190IN No Foundation
INFO 203 A Networked World
The course will cover the technical foundations and use of today's communication networks, particularly the internet. It will also address key social, policy, economic, and legal aspects of these networks, their use (and abuse) and their regulation. This course covers computer science topics, but all material will be presented in a way that is accessible to an educated audience with or without a strong technical background. This course is not intended for Computer Science majors or minors; students interested with a major/minor-level treatment of this material should see COMPSCI 453.
Was COMPSCI 290NW. Yes Broadened Inquiry or Technical (or Elective)
INFO 397F ST- Intro to Data Science

The terms "data science" and "big data" appear in the news media and in everyday conversations. Moreover, we are told that we live in the "age of information", where almost every business venture and scientific research initiative collect a massive amount of data which may contain valuable information. This course is an introduction to the concepts and skills involved with the collection, management, analysis, and presentation of large data sets and the data products that result from the work of data scientists. Privacy and ethical issues are discussed. Students will work with data from the financial, epidemiological, educational, and other domains. The course provides many case studies and examples of real-world data that students work with using the R programming language as well as the structured query language (SQL). This course does not satisfy requirements for the CS major.

Open to undergraduate students NOT majoring in Computer Science. Prerequisites: a grade of C or better in the following courses: COMPSCI 121 and either PSYCH 240, OIM 240, STATISTC 240, RES-ECON 212, SOCIOL 212, or STATISTC 515 NOT FOR CS MAJOR/MINOR REQUIREMENTS. PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE WITH A PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE (OTHER THAN COMPSCI 121) MAY BE CONSIDERED FOR OVERRIDE. BASIC MATHEMATICAL MATURITY (COLLEGE ALGEBRA) IS ASSUMED. SOME EXPOSURE TO BASIC PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS, SUCH AS ONE OF THE COURSES REQUIRED FOR REGISTRATION ON SPIRE. KNOWLEDGE OF RELATIONAL DATABASES IS HELPFUL. SOFTWARE: THE R SOFTWARE FOR STATISTICAL ANALYSIS (HTTPS://WWW.R-PROJECT.ORG/). STUDENTS NOT MEETING PREREQUISITES WHO ARE INTERESTED IN THE INFORMATICS PROGRAM (BDIC), MUST REQUEST OVERRIDES VIA THE ON-LINE FORM: https://www.cics.umass.edu/overrides. No Broadened Inquiry or Technical (or Elective)
JOURNAL 333 Introduction to Visual Storytelling

Introductory level course for students who wish to acquire a working knowledge of the field of photojournalism and the various tools used in modern image processing for both print and online media. Students are encouraged to own or have access to a digital SLR camera with manual functions for this class. Formerly called ST-Intro to Digital Photojournalism

Was Journal 397P, Journalism Majors Only Yes Elective
JOURNAL 391R S-Travel Writing & Photojournalsim
This course requires a group trip to Sicily during spring break in March.  Students will learn about travel writing and cultural reporting.  Photography will be taught by an experienced photographer, including digital photography using Photoshop.  A photo essay and a travel article are required along with several readings.  Students are required to eat weird food with a smile.  Sign-up in fall semester is required.
No Elective
JOURNAL 393N S- Reporting for Radio & Podcasting

This course introduces students to writing and reporting for radio or podcasting. Students will practice pitching stories, arranging and conducting interviews, as well as writing and mixing radio scripts.   The course explores how writing in broadcast journalism differs from print. Students will  practice writing in a conversational style that works for "the ear".  This is a "hands-on" course that requires students to report, record and write several stories on deadline.  It's designed to give students  the confidence to pursue audio stories for broadcast or the web

No Elective
JOURNAL 393N Reporting for Podcasting and Radio

Course introduces students to writing and reporting for radio or podcasting. Students will practice pitching stories, arranging and conducting interviews, as well as writing and mixing radio scripts.  

Journalism Majors Only No Elective
JOURNAL 397DJ Infographics and Data Journalism

This introductory course in information graphics will help students use data to tell visual stories beyond pie charts and line graphs. Students will discuss topics such as data sourcing, making data digestible to a non-specialized audience, and principles and methods of graphic design. Students will also report and build their own infographics throughout the semester.

Prerequisite: JOURNAL 300 No Elective
JOURNAL 397G ST-Multimedia Journalism

Almost all journalism job descriptions these days require some level of multimedia experience.  In this class students will continue to develop their online writing skills through blogging while at the same time learning how to create packages and tell stories with audio and video. This class will focus on ways to merge the traditional methods of storytelling and present them on the Web.  Students will learn what makes for good Web presentations and will be introduced to tools to help them with editing photos, video and audio. Students will enhance their skills in what makes for a good web link and a good web headline and will discuss the business and ethical implications of publishing online.

 

Yes Elective
JOURNAL 435 Web Design for Journalists

Students will learn basic web design, HTML and CSS skills, and by the end of the semester they will be able to build a basic website, including how to incorporate JavaScript plugins. The course will also cover online ethics, mobile strategy, search engine optimization, and the role of social media in successfully publishing journalism work online.

Journalism Majors Only, was Journal 394W No Elective
JOURNAL 494MI Media, Technology and Culture

This course aims to provide students with a framework for critically examining the intersections between media messages, the digital revolution and the wider sociocultural environment. That journalism has been profoundly impacted by the development of Web 2.0 applications is nowadays axiomatic. However, the precise ways in which such “new media” phenomena as Facebook & Twitter, the personal blog and the smart phone have transformed news gathering, packaging and dissemination still need to be researched and understood. Students will reflect critically on the manner in which their communication (e.g., their use of language, imagery and technology) creates and, in turn, is determined by, the social and cultural world(s) in which they live. Investigating their meaning-making processes in this way should translate into an increased awareness of the causes and consequences of their storytelling choices. The course readings will deal with such issues as identity formation, social and cultural diversity, linguistic and technological determinism, ritual, perception and subjectivity, and cultural competency.

Yes Broadened Inquiry
LEGAL 291S Global Cyberlaw

Recent controversies about government surveillance, illegal downloading of music and movies, and the growth of mobile phone use and apps represent only  a few of many novel questions of the global online legal environment. Cyberspace has no national boundaries and this complicates how nations and states can exercise control over the Internet.  Who governs the internet is a fundamental question that we address at the outset of the course. This matters to all of us as we are all actors online, and which law applies to our conduct makes a difference.  All types of online activities take place without regard who governs them and, as a result-some are legal and some are not.  In this course, we will explore a broad range of topics in this fast-moving area. We will discuss issues related to free speech, pornography and obscenity and warrantless searches and seizures in the global setting - can perfectly legal conduct in one country be wrongful in another? We will look at which  behaviors in cyberspace  have become criminalized. We will sample some of the on-going controversies in the area of intellectual property law. We will also explore the current debate on  online gambling, internet taxes, as well as new problems raised by the spread of wireless technologies.  We will consider several issues that touch on ecommerce and how technology facilitates online dispute resolution. Finally, we will look at how each of these global legal issues forces all of us to have an understanding of the ethical issues from an international perspective, and, how governments are addressing these issues with Internet reform initiatives  that are taking place around the world.

Offered online. No Broadened Inquiry
LEGAL 368 Alternative Dispute Resolution

This course explores the historical origins of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in immigrant, religious, and indigenous communities in the U.S. and its development over the past 300 years.  Why have advocates in the legal, commercial, labor, educational, and community sectors promoted its use?  What has their impact been on the various forms of ADR?  Whose interests are served by ADR?  A critical analysis of mediation, arbitration, negotiation, and online dispute resolution in comparison to the judicial system include attention to how issues of power imbalances and identity impact ADR.  We will also briefly explore international dispute resolution and consider its similarities and differences to ADR in this country.

No Broadened Inquiry
LEGAL 391CC S - Computers, Copyright & Criminal Law

 

 
This course examines how traditional ideas of crime, punishment, and justice square with the expansion of copyright law in an age of computers. It looks at how copyright expansion affects creators, consumers, and anyone who wants to communicate virtually. It examines computer law and its interfaces with copyright and criminal law through the lens of high-profile incidents, including the music industry's file sharing lawsuits, WikiLeaks, the Aaron Swartz case, and other current topics. Students will read primary sources such as judicial opinions, as well as commentary from a wide variety of media.

 

No Broadened Inquiry
LEGAL 491S Law and the World Wide Web

Explore a broad range of topics related to constitutional law as well as controversies in the area of intellectual property law, and explore the current debate on cryptography, online gambling, internet taxes, as well as new problems raised by the spread of wireless technologies. Finally, students will consider several issues that touch on ecommerce and online dispute resolution. 

--- No Broadened Inquiry, or Elective
LINGUIST 409 Formal Methods in Linguistics

This course has been revised to provide an introduction to python programming language, using linguistic approaches to language as the topic. IT Minors may take the course without prior courses in Linguistics if they are willing to consult a linguistics textbook to understand basic concepts. (For the purposes of the IT Minor, this course is an alternative to CMPSCI 119, which provides an introduction to python programming language, using graphical objects as the topic.

--- No Technical
LINGUIST 492B Computational Linguistics: Use and Meaning

This course will introduce students to the use of probabilisitic methods in computational linguistics, focusing on problems of disambiguation and classification. Students will be introduced to basic probability and information theory, as well as basic tools used in NLP applications such as Hidden Markov Models. Topics covered will include the application of statistical methods to problems of word sense disambiguation, part of speech tagging, and sentiment analysis. This course complements LINGUIST 409, though LINGUIST 409 is not a formal prerequisite. This course requires that enrolled students have already satisfied their basic math requirements (R1), but no specialized math background is assumed.

When a course is approved as Technical or Broadened Inquiry (or Elective), this means the course can be applied to only ONE of these requirements, whichever best fits the student's needs. No Broadened Inquiry or Technical (or Elective)
LINGUIST 592B S - Speech Processing

Course topics: fundamentals of Fourier theory and its application to speech signals, parameterization of the speech signal for automatic and human speech recognition, state space models for speech recognition and connections to human language parsing, fundamentals of machine learning applied to supervised learning of sound categories.

No Technical
MARKETING 450 Direct Marketing

Introduces principles and strategies for direct marketing and database marketing; direct marketing through the use of lists, catalogs, direct mail, print and broadcast media, telemarketing, and the Internet.  Prerequisites: MARKETNG 300 or 301

--- Yes Elective
MARKETING 455 Internet Marketing

Explores the internet's impact on the marketing discipline and the effective use of this technology; the internet's effect on marketing strategy, consumer behavior, advertising, retailing, and distribution. Prerequisite: MARKETNG 300 or 301

--- Yes Elective
MARKETNG 491F Topics in Social Media, Technology, and Culture This course has been approved as a broadened inquiry course, but appears to be closed for Spring 2015. Students who are already enrolled in the course will be able to count it as an elective for the IT Minor. No Broadened Inquiry
MARKETNG 497C ST- Technology-Enabled Marketing and Analytics

Technology is at the center of many valuable marketing tools and practices. For example, marketers commonly use social media, such as Twitter, Youtube, Facebook, and Instagram; and with various technologies, new approaches and principles have emerged,
such as permission marketing and inbound marketing. New types, and increased amounts, of data associated with consumer use of technologies has made marketing analytics vital to effective decision making and performance diagnostics and evaluation (e.g., ROI). It is extremely important for marketers to understand how to effectively use these technologies, leverage new approaches and principles, and understand how to analyze and leverage associated data.

No Broadened Inquiry or Technical (or Elective)
MARKETNG 497T Special Topics- Text Mining & Analytics for Marketing and Business Practice

Language is the main and most fundamental form of human communication. Through language we are able to communicate and express different kinds of needs, attitudes, feelings and intentions. One of the main data sources from language is text data such as e-news, company reports, emails, online communities, social media conversations and customer reviews. Text data is growing exponentially offering organizations unprecedented resources to monitor customer experience feedback and brand communications (Forbes 2016). However, there are three main characteristics that make challenging the analysis of text: It’s unstructured, it has high volume and it varies across time.This has resulted in the development of an emerging class of research methods using text mining, the process of structuring large volumes of text data to discover explicit and implicit meanings. Text mining methods are currently applied on a wide range of business contexts such as automated sentiment detection from social media, speech recognition in call centers and customer’s keyword search patterns (Forrester 2016).In this course, students will learn how to use this type of data for marketing research and how to develop analytics solutions in the areas of customer experience, sentiment analysis, marketing communications and segmentation. In particular, we will focus on developing innovative text analytic solutions for marketing problems, implement them through a text mining model and evaluate them by assessing their accuracy.The specific objectives of this course are *Understanding how textual data can be used for market research and gaining consumer insight * Introducing the text mining process, its main stages and components *Providing hands on training on using text analytics tools and software.

Yes Broadened Inquiry or Technical (or Elective)
MUSIC 586 MIDI Studio Techniques

Introduction to MIDI and computer music synthesis. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

--- No Elective
NRC 577 Ecosystem Modeling and Simulation

Systems modeling and analysis used to understand the complexities of natural systems. System representations, modeling, experimentation, optimization, and policy modeling. Computer modeling using Stella and GIS

Was WFCON 577 No Elective
NRC 585 Intro to Geographic Information Systems
The goals of this course are to teach you basic GIS concepts such as spatial data sources and structures, projections and coordinate systems, geospatial analysis, cartographic modeling, and the integration of remote sensing and GIS. 
Was NRC/ Forest 592G Yes Elective
NRC497MS / PPA497MS Applications in "Open Source Science" and Innovation: A Flipped, Service Learning, "Makerspace" Course

See http://eco.umass.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/NRC497-697MS_AND-PPA497-... for a description.

No Elective
NURSING 290B Introduction to Healthcare Informatics

This survey course will provide a state-of-the-art overview of the role of information technology in healthcare with emphasis on essential content and applications in healthcare informatics.

--- No Elective
OIM 210 Introduction to Business Information Systems

Computer simulation presented for carrying out trial-and-error experiments on computer approximations of real, management systems. The goal is to 1) validate a new idea quickly, 2) diagnose potential product design problems, 3) optimize performance of complex systems, and 4) learn about something complex. 

Space is very limited. Please, contact Meghan L. Smith, M.Ed., Director of Undergraduate Programs and Operations, Isenberg School of Management, at msmith@isenberg.umass.edu and include your 8 digit SPIRE ID, and two or three enrollment options, including labs. Yes Foundation
OIM 297A Special Topics- Introduction to Business Analytics

This course provides an introduction to Business Intelligence and Analytics,including the processes, methodologies, infrastructure, and current practices used to transform business data into useful information and support business decision making. Business Intelligence requires foundation knowlede in data models and data retrieval, thus this course will review logical datamodels for both relational database systems and data warehouses.Students will learn to extract and manipulate data from these systems using Structured Query Language (SQL). This course covers visualization, reporting, and dashboard design with experiential learning using leading industry applications, including Excel PivotTables, SAP Business Warehouse, SAP Business Objects Analysis, Microsoft Access,and,Tableau.

Yes Technical
OIM 321 Business Process Simulation

Computer simulation presented for carrying out trial-and-error experiments on computer approximations of real, management systems. The goal is to 1) validate a new idea quickly, 2) diagnose potential product design problems, 3) optimize performance of complex systems, and 4) learn about something complex. The Arena environment, based on the SIMAN language, used to build models and video game-like animations.

Please use the OIM Course Override form on the URL below: https://www.isenberg.umass.edu/programs/undergraduate/on-campus/advising No Technical
OIM 321 Business Process Simulation

Computer simulation presented for carrying out trial-and-error experiments on computer approximations of real, management systems. The goal is to 1) validate a new idea quickly, 2) diagnose potential product design problems, 3) optimize performance of complex systems, and 4) learn about something complex. The Arena environment, based on the SIMAN language, used to build models and video game-like animations.

Yes Technical
OIM 451 Information & Project Management

Provides an introduction to project management, focusing on the integration of business operations and information management, and techniques to effectively manage the implementation of such projects.

Please use the OIM Course Override form on the URL below: https://www.isenberg.umass.edu/programs/undergraduate/on-campus/advising Yes Elective
OIM 452 Business Processes and Enterprise Systems

This course exposes undergraduate students to core business processes and how these processes are implemented with enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems in organizational settings. The key business processes covered include procurement (materials management), fulfillment (sales), and production (manufacturing). (Was SCH-MGMT 552, Was FINOPMGT 397E)

Please use the OIM Course Override form on the URL below: https://www.isenberg.umass.edu/programs/undergraduate/on-campus/advising Yes Elective
OIM 453 Advanced Business Analytics

This course covers topics in Advanced Business Intelligence and Analytics, including the processes, methodologies, infrastructure, and current practices used to transform business data into useful information and support business decision making. Business Intelligence requires foundation knowledge in data storage and retrieval, thus this course provides content on conceptual data models for both database management systems and data warehouses. Students will learn to extract and manipulate data from these systems. Data mining, visualization, and statistical analysis along with reporting options such as management dashboards and balanced scorecards will be covered. Technologies utilized in the course include SAP Predictive Analysis Suite, Tableau, SPSS, and RapidMiner. OIM 240 Business Data Analysis is a prerequisite for this course.

Please use the OIM Course Override form on the URL below: https://www.isenberg.umass.edu/programs/undergraduate/on-campus/advising No Technical
PHIL 110 Introduction to Logic

Introduction to Symbolic Logic. Two logical systems are examined:  Sentential Logic and Predicate Logic. Work is equally divided between translating English sentences into symbolic notation, and constructing formal derivations.  (Gen.Ed. R2)

Yes Foundation
POLISCI 391PN S- Political Network Analysis

The study of networks in political science, the social sciences and beyond has grown rapidly in recent years.  This course is a comprehensive introduction to methods for  analyzing  network  data.   We  will  cover  network  data  collection  and  management,  the formulation of network theory and hypotheses, network visualization and description;  and methods  for  the  statistical  analysis  of  networks.  The course will introduce multiple applications of political network analysis in the real world.

Yes Elective
POLISCI 391PN Seminar- Political Network Analysis

The study of networks in political science, the social sciences and beyond has grown rapidly in recent years.  This course is a comprehensive introduction to methods for analyzing  network  data.   We  will  cover  network  data  collection  and  management,  the formulation of network theory and hypotheses, network visualization and description;  and methods  for  the  statistical  analysis  of  networks.  The course will introduce multiple applications of political network analysis in the real world.

No Elective
POLSCI 394TI Technology, Power & Governance

The course examines power and uses of digital technologies in national, transnational and global governance. Topics include inequalities, transparency, civil society, state capacity, privacy, social movements, cyberwar and electoral politics. Satisfies the Integrative Experience requirement for BA-PolSci majors.

--- Yes Broadened Inquiry
PUBHLTH 490ST Telling Stories with Data: Statistics, Modeling, and Visualization
The aim of this course is to provide students with the skills necessary to tell interesting and useful stories in real-world encounters with data. Specifically, they will develop the statistical and programming expertise necessary to analyze datasets with complex relationships between variables. Students will gain hands-on experience summarizing, visualizing, modeling, and analyzing data. Students will learn how to build statistical models that can be used to describe and evaluate multidimensional relationships that exist in the real world. Specific methods covered will include linear, logistic, and Poisson regression. This course will introduce students to the R statistical computing language and by the end of the course will require substantial independent programming. To the extent possible, the course will draw on real datasets from biological and biomedical applications. This course is designed for students who are looking for a second course in applied statistics/biostatistics (e.g. beyond PUBHLTH 391B or STAT 240), or an accelerated introduction to statistics and modern statistical computing.
One of any of the following introductory stats courses: PUBHLTH 223 (formerly PUBHLTH 391B); STATISTC 111, 240, 501, 515 or 516; Res-Econ 212; PSYCH 240. Contact Instructor for any exceptions. Yes Technical
PUBHLTH 667 Environmental & Occupational Toxicology II

This course is developed to meet an upcoming demand for a new generation of toxicologists. In this class students will learn about new methods and approaches and will perform a project based on next generation sequencing starting from tissues of exposed and control animals through bioinformatic analysis of molecular pathways that were affected by exposure and generation of toxicity assessment data.

No Technical
RES-ECON 397A ST-Economics of Contemporary Information Technology
Economic analysis of the role that information plays in the economy, and study of the contemporary problems in information production, distribution and consumption that stem from the widespread adoption of new information technologies.  Will address both macro and micro implications of IT, and both efficiency and equity concerns at the local, national and international levels. Prerequisite: RES-ECON 102 or ECON 103

 

No Broadened Inquiry
RES-ECON 112 Computing: Foundations to Frontiers

Provides introductory training and a fluency in the discipline, to help the student to apply IT to her or his own major or career.  Course develops understanding of contemporary computing tools, IT concepts, and higher-order skills like those needed to perform needs assessment and systems analysis and troubleshooting.  

--- Yes Foundation
RES-ECON 397A Economic Issues of Contemporary Information Technology

Analysis of economic problems presented by the rise of the Internet. Includes study of economic issues in managing the Internet, the impact of the Internet on markets and the macro economy, study of content markets, and the impact of the Internet on economic development.  Prerequisite: ECON 103 or RES-ECON 102

Yes Broadened Inquiry
SCH-MGMT 397B Internet Technology & e-Business

This is an information technology course for non-technical students. Some questions to be addressed are: How should one address the Internet latency problem when the speed of your delivery of content to your customers is at stake? How do firms secure their tangible and intangible assets that face ever mounting threats from cyber-attacks? What is happening behind the scenes in B2B marketplaces? How can businesses effectively exploit the power of search engine marketing (SEM) and mobile and location-based marketing?
Through class discussion and hands-on Web site design projects with local companies, students will have the opportunity to: (1) Understand Internet enabling technology and its impact on a firm’s business processes and strategies. Class discussions will focus on Internet security, e-commerce payments, search engine marketing, and B2B marketplaces, plus the positioning of Internet strategies in relation to a company’s overall business framework. (2) Act as consultants and provide e-Solutions to a local client by designing a prototypical Web site and developing a set of business strategies.

--- Yes Elective
SCH-MGMT 563 Contemporary Legal and Ethical Issues in Cyberspace

Examines the use of information technologies such as software, the Internet and e-mail.  Topics include: the history of intellectual property law, trademark law, e-commerce, privacy, obscentiy, defamation, information security, cyber crimes and ethics.

 

Replaces SCH-MGMT 397L No Broadened Inquiry
SCH-MGMT 597G ST-Internet Business

In this graduate-level technology course, we reverse the idiom about “not being able to see the forest for the trees” into an almost opposite approach of: “comprehending the trees in order to perceive the forest.” Readings focus on technology fundamentals such as Internet network architecture and limitations; e-Commerce implementation methodology, Internet Marketing, and the transforming impact of technology on B2B commerce, e-Commerce security and encryption (PKI), and the consequently inevitable security threats and defense mechanisms. Class discussions and student research work concentrate on the business implications of technology, presenting both opportunities and challenges.
More importantly, students will have the hands-on opportunity to design an effective Web site and provide comprehensive e-business recommendations for a small business, from marketing strategy to technology management.

No Elective
SUSTCOMM 297L Special Topics- Visual Communication: Design Principles & Digital Skills

The course will cover principles of graphic design, visualizing information, information graphics, and portfolio design. Course lectures will be complemented by digital skills workshops where students will become familiar with graphic design software (Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign). Through weekly exercises, students will build the skills necessary to complete a portfolio of creative work, or a visual book or project showcasing a body of research. For students interested in visual communication, data visualization, graphic design and portfolio design.

No Elective