Courses Currently Offered for Spring 2020 - Updated 10/30/2019

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@cics.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
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 384 Computer Animation II

The second of a two semester sequence.  Animation techniques using digital tools as applied to film, video, music and technology.  Animation software (Maya) and professional compositing programs are used.  Development and design of personal work is stressed.  Emphasis is on creativity and professionalism. Prerequisites: ART 374 and 385 (formerly 397MM).

--- 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
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 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 497DL Communication, Technology and Work

This course will examine the different ways that communication and digital technologies are shaping notions of work and labor. We will engage with ongoing debates on topics such as the sharing economy (e.g. Uber/Lyft driving), microwork (e.g. Amazon Mechanical Turk), microcelebrity (e.g. YouTube stars and Instagram influencers), tech entrepreneurship both in Silicon Valley and other parts of the world, as well as the work that goes into making popular consumer technologies like the iPhone. By the end of the course, you should have a critical understanding of the economic and social forces underlying shifts in digital labor, communication, technology, and work. The coursework includes digital assignments, reading responses, and a research paper.

Open to Senior and Junior Communication majors only. All other majors by permission of the instructor, savle@umass.edu, indicate that you are an IT Minor. Yes Approved Broadened Inquiry
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.

Find override information and the CICS Override Form (opens Nov. 20th) here.  Please, be sure to indicate that you are an IT Minor. 

 

Non CMPSCI Majors ONLY. Was CMPSCI 191P 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.

It is recommended that non-CICS students take COMPSCI 119 to gain programming experience. Yes Approved 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 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
ECON 452 Econometrics

This course provides an introduction to Econometrics. Econometrics applies economic theory and the tools of descriptive and inferential statistics to economic data to answer a wide variety of interesting questions. Econometrics theory and tools can be used to: describe the characteristics of a population; create hypotheses and test the predictions of a theoretical model; and estimate the statistical relationship between two variables.  This course will introduce you to the theoretical foundations and empirical applications of multiple regression analysis. Because a key concern of modern econometric practice is the estimation of causal relationships between variables, the course will place special emphasis on threats to the validity of causal inferences. The course will also introduce you to STATA, a powerful and widely used statistical software package.

For Econ, ResEcon and STPEC majors only. Prerequisites: One of the following: (Math 127, 131, Econ 151, 152) AND one of the following: (Res-Econ 211, 212, Statistics 240, 501, 515) Yes Approved Elective
ENGLISH 491DS Data Science/Humanities

Outcomes. You will learn 1) the python programming language, 2) how to design simple algorithms, and 3) how to apply data science to the humanities.

The skill set you learn in this course is portable to business, law, journalism, teaching, and public service. UMass offers a number of introductions to data science, but this course focuses on practical applications in literature, language, history, art, architecture, film, music, dance, society, and politics.

We start from scratch: you do not need to know how to program, and high-school-level math is sufficient. (No calculus!) You will design and implement a final project with a faculty member or graduate student in any HFA department. You can work alone or in teams. Grades are based on basic proficiency in python, a good grasp of simple algorithms, and the success of your final project.

Yes Approved 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.
Yes Approved 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 Approved 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 contact the professor directly by email. Yes Approved Elective
ENGLISH 494CI Codes, Ciphers, Hackers and Crackers
This course offers a practical introduction to and reviews the history of codes and ciphers, from medieval allegories to the Vernam Cipher. In order to break codes, it examines the structures of the English language, as well as the distributive characteristics of words and phonemes. Students will examine the relationship between a system and its component elements. Starting with the relationship between letters and cipher types, we will move to the relationship between users and networks, writers and literary markets, and to the larger cultural issues of hackers (and crackers) and The System. This course offers students the opportunity to reflect on and integrate their learning and experience from General Education courses and their major by asking them to integrate the content of the course with their academic knowledge and experiences.  It satisfies the Integrative Experience requirement for BA-Engl students.
Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in English 200 or E200 exemption. 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. Prerequisite is FINANCE 301.

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 Combined Sections GEOGRAPH 592M-01 LEC (74877): S-Computer Mapping GEOGRAPH 352-01 LEC (74880): Computer Mapping Yes Approved 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 Approved Elective
GEOGRAPH 592M S-Computer Mapping

Mapping projects through the use of software mapping packages. Students select their own final projects.

Combined with GEOGRAPH 352-01 LEC (74880): Computer Mapping Yes Approved 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 Approved Broadened Inquiry
HT-MGT 387 Information Technology and Social Media in Hospitality and Tourism Management

This course examines the strategic use of technology in modern hospitality and tourism organizations including the utilization of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and social media as a marketing and management tool. The application and use of both business intelligence and hospitality business analytics is also explored.

For overrides please contact the Hospitality & Tourism Management Department Main Office, tell them that you are an IT Minor. Yes Approved Elective
JOURNAL 333 Introduction to Visual Storytelling

In introduction to Visual Storytelling, students will become better producers and consumers of visual media. Students will develop a deeper visual literacy by studying topics like visual ethics, aesthetics, agency, and the currents of the modern visual journalism ecosystem. By reporting their own video, photography and data visualization projects, students will learn how to control exposure with a DSLR camera, how to capture quality video and how to use different editing and production software.

Was Journal 397P - -Intro to Digital Photojournalism This course serves as an AT general education requirement. Yes Approved 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

Yes Approved 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 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
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. 

For OIM Majors only. 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.

For OIM Majors only. 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 Major IT Minors 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.

For OIM Majors only. 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)

For OIM Majors only. 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 350  and either OIM 240, STATISTC 240, RES-ECON 211, or RES-ECON 212.

For OIM Majors only. 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
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 Approved Broadened Inquiry
RES-ECON 497T Topics in Time Series and Forecasting

We will explore and develop a variety of univariate time-series techniques. We will show how to use these techniques to make forecasts for different economic variables. We will compare forecasts using univariate methods with forecasts obtained using econometric models.

“Knowledge of Regression” is a requirement. Yes Approved Elective
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
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

 

Yes Approved Broadened Inquiry
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. Yes Approved Technical
THEATER 465 Advanced Construction Techniques (Autocad)

NOTE: This course is approved as an IT MInor elective ONLY when it is focused on AutoCAD and stage design; approval at the discretion of the IT Program Advisor, advising appointment recommended.

NOTE: This course is approved as an IT MInor elective ONLY when it is focused on AutoCAD and stage design; approval at the discretion of the IT Program Advisor, advising appointment recommended. Yes Approved Elective