Courses Currently Offered for Fall 2018

This table is intended to inform registration for Fall and Spring semester courses. When courses are announced for the coming semester, the list is updated to list courses for which students may pre-register. That list remains until the schedule is announced for the following semester. If you notice any errors or omissions, please inform us at itprogram@provost.umass.edu.

You may filter this list to show only courses that meet a specific requirement (e.g., elective, broadened inquiry).

Extra technical and broadened inquiry courses may be taken as electives (although, electives can not be applied toward broadened inquiry or technical courses), foundations can not.

Titlesort descending Course Name Description Notes Offered Catalog Status Requirement Tags
PUBHLTH 460 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 data sets 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.

Was PUBHLTH 490ST- Prerequisites- 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. Yes Approved Technical
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 Approved 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 Approved 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.

--- Yes Approved Elective
ART 361 Sculpture 4-Sculpture in Context

Digital to Physical is a studio art course that explores various forms of computer-aided design and fabrication as a means of expanding and enhancing existing art making practices. Throughout the semester we will utilize Rhinoceros 5 as a platform to explore designing in two and three dimensions. We will also experiment with several additional software titles for capture and output. Junior level courses developed around a conceptual framework and contextual response.  Topics rotate and are based on student interest, faculty expertise and facility availability and capabilities.

This course presumes significant achievement in studio art / design courses as a prerequisite for enrollment. Students should have completed one of the following: ART 261, Sculpture 1 or Intro to Computing in the Arts or obtain permission of instructor. Yes Approved 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 

--- Yes Approved 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 Approved 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 Approved Elective
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. Yes Approved 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 Approved 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 Approved 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 Approved 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.

--- Yes Approved 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 Approved 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 Approved Technical
COMPSCI 190F Foundations of Data Science

The field of Data Science encompasses methods, processes, and systems that enable the extraction of useful knowledge from data. Foundations of Data Science introduces core data science concepts including computational and inferential thinking, along with core data science skills including computer programming and statistical methods. The course presents these topics in the context of hands-on analysis of real-world data sets, including economic data, document collections, geographical data, and social networks. The course also explores social issues surrounding data analysis such as privacy and design.

Open to first year students in majors OTHER THAN Computer Science and Math & Statistics. Prerequisite: Completion of the R1 General Education Requirement (or a score of 20 or higher on the Math Placement Exam, Part A) or one of the following courses: Math 101 & 102, Math 104, 127, 128, 131, or 132. CROSS-LISTED WITH STATISTC 190F. CS MAJORS AND MATH & STATS MAJORS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE. THIS COURSE IS INTENDED FOR FRESHMEN AND STUDENTS WITHOUT AN UNDERGRADUATE-LEVEL PROGRAMMING OR STATISTICS COURSE. ENROLLMENT MAY BE LIMITED TO FRESHMEN. STUDENTS NEEDING SPECIAL PERMISSION TO ENROLL MUST REQUEST OVERRIDES VIA THE ON-LINE FORM: https://www.cics.umass.edu/overrides Yes Approved Technical
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.

--- Yes Approved Elective
ECON 397ST ST-Econ/Sci Tech & Innovation

This course provides an economist's introduction to the study of scientific, inventive and technological activities. The overarching focus is on understanding the microeconomics foundations of knowledge production function and the determinants of innovation and technical change.

Prerequisites: ECON 104 and either ECON 203 or RES-ECON 202 Open only to Econ/STPEC/ResEc primary majors until after juniors enroll, then open to all. IT Minors, please contact instructor. Yes Approved Broadened Inquiry
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.  

Yes Approved Foundation
ENGLISH 391D Writing and Emerging Technologies

In this course we will explore modes of writing in, and for, digital environments. Students will develop skills that are relevant for a variety of writing-intensive professions, including publishing, content strategy, technical writing, marketing, and non-profit advocacy work. Students can expect to gain hands-on experience with a web publishing platform such as WordPress (to create a website), as well as visual design software (Adobe Photoshop or InDesign, for example). This workshop-style course meets in a computer classroom; regular attendance is required.  This course counts toward the following specializations in English: PWTC, SPOW, NMDH.

 
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. Yes Approved 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. Yes Approved 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 Approved 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 Approved 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 Yes Approved Elective
HISTORY 180 The History of Science and Technology in the Western World, Part I Focus on the birth of Western science in the rational cosmology of the ancient Greeks, on its transmission to medieval Europe, and its eventual overturning in the Scientific Revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries. (Gen.Ed. HS) Yes Approved Broadened Inquiry
History 493B Digital History

This course on digital history examines both the theoretical and practical impact of new media and technology on history, especially in the field of Public History. We will examine how digital media has  influenced (and is still influencing) how we research, write, present history. We will draw on theoretical readings as well as analyze the potential benefits and drawbacks of online resources, such as websites, blogs, wikis, and podcasts. A major component of the course will be a semester-long project that will require students to develop a digital historical resource and construct a home page for it. The semester project is an opportunity to experiment with new technologies and to overcome any anxieties students might have regarding the use of new media.

--- Yes Approved Broadened Inquiry
INFO 101 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 CS majors.

Yes Approved Foundation
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

Yes Approved 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 Yes Approved 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 Approved 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.

Yes Approved Broadened Inquiry
MARKETNG 497T ST-Text Mining& Analytics/MKTG
This is a hands-on course taught by a leading scholar and scientist who makes accessible and clear the highly sophisticated field of text mining and analytics for a) detecting and revealing hard-to-see patterns in unstructured textual data, such as social media conversations and online brand content, b) uncovering powerful market insights concerning customer sentiments/emotion, trends, segments and other aspects related to customer contexts, and c) identifying and monitoring online brand-communication strategies. The skills developed in this course can be used in a variety of ways, such as revealing what people really think or feel in social media posts, blogs, newspapers, or any source where content is comprised of text, and then using that insight to market effectively to consumers.

Successful completion of this course will enhance one's personal brand, skill set, and value in a world where leading organizations will pay greatly for individuals who have overlapping skills in marketing, intelligence/insight, and computer science. This course provides critical training in these three areas, and is a gateway to working with other forms of unstructured data, such as audio, images and videos. The most critical skill for success in this course is a strong interest in, and curiosity about, the course content.

Prerequisite: MARKETNG 301 Students who are unable to enroll/register for this course through Spire, may request permission to enroll by contacting the Marketing Department Office Manager, Cheryl Brissette, cbrissette@isenberg.umass.edu Yes Approved Broadened Inquiry or Technical (or 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 Approved 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 Approved Foundation
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 Approved Technical
OIM 350 Business Intelligence and 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 knowledge in data models and data retrieval, thus this course will review logical data models 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 also covers visualization, reporting, and dashboard design with experiential learning using leading industry applications.

Non-OIM Majors may request an override via OIM Course Override Form (found on bottom right) here- https://www.isenberg.umass.edu/programs/undergraduate/on-campus/advising
 

Yes Approved 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 Approved 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 Approved Elective
OIM 454 Advanced Business Analytics

This course covers topics in Advanced Business Analytics, including managerial data mining, texting mining, and web mining, and more advanced data retrieval and manipulation. Models from statistics and artificial intelligence (e.g., regression, clustering, neural nets, classification, association rule modeling, etc.) will be applied to real data sets. In this managerially focused course, students will learn about when and how to use techniques and how to interpret output. Students will also learn how to extract and manipulate data using languages such as R. Experiential exercises with data mining, text mining, and statistical analysis will be assigned using leading industry applications. Prerequisites: OIM 240 and 350.

IT minors may enroll with permission from the Department, an override request must be submitted.In order to request an enrollment override into this course, please use the OIM Course Override Form.  Use the - OIM Course Override Request Form found at the following link. https://www.isenberg.umass.edu/programs/undergraduate/on-campus/advising

Yes Approved 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 Approved Foundation
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 Approved Foundation
STATISTC 190F Foundations of Data Science

The field of Data Science encompasses methods, processes, and systems that enable the extraction of useful knowledge from data. Foundations of Data Science introduces core data science concepts including computational and inferential thinking, along with core data science skills including computer programming and statistical methods. The course presents these topics in the context of hands-on analysis of real-world data sets, including economic data, document collections, geographical data, and social networks. The course also explores social issues surrounding data analysis such as privacy and design.

Open to first year students in majors OTHER THAN Computer Science and Math & Statistics. Prerequisite: Completion of the R1 General Education Requirement (or a score of 20 or higher on the Math Placement Exam, Part A) or one of the following courses: Math 101 & 102, Math 104, 127, 128, 131, or 132. Computer Science, Math, and Statistics majors are not eligible for this course. This course is intended for freshmen and students without an undergraduate-level programming or statistics course. Background in high school algebra is assumed. Enrollment may be limited to freshmen. Students needing special permission to enroll must request an override via the online form: https://www.cics.umass.edu/overrides Yes Approved Technical
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.

Yes Approved Elective