Courses Currently Offered for Fall 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@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 ascending Course Name Description Notes Offered Catalog Status Requirement Tags
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
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
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
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
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
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.

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.

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 Elective
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 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.

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 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
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
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 Approved Elective
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
ENGLISH 391S Doing Digital: Critical Skills, Literacies, and Methods

This class is an introduction for students who want to build basic digital proficiencies and a stronger technical foundation while also remaining attentive to broader social, ethical, and political issues. Students can expect to learn how to use and analyze a variety of digital tools, programs, and platforms, including but not limited to: HTML and website customizing, interactive storytelling, visualizing research objectives, Photoshop, GIF creation and analysis, and basic programming. This class is required for the Digital Humanities and New Media Specialization in English at UMass. It is designed for students with a humanities background, and students from the other Five Colleges are encouraged to enroll.

You must have fulfilled your CW Gen. Ed. requirement to enroll in this course. Yes Approved Broadened Inquiry or Technical (or 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 Approved Elective
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.

--- Yes Approved Elective
ECON 336 Economics of Science, Technology, and Innovation

This course provides an economist?s introduction to the study of scientific, inventive and technological activities.  The overarching focus is on understanding the microeconomic foundations of the knowledge production function and the determinants of innovation and technical change. We will begin with a brief historical overview of institutions supporting science and innovation and an introduction to the economic analysis of knowledge and ideas.  Other topics include: incentive mechanisms such as prizes and intellectual property (patents), diffusion of ideas and technology, models of cumulative innovation, private and public funding for R&D, scientific and university-industry collaboration, diversity and career choices among STEAM workers, and innovation in emerging economies. The course will emphasize gaining real world knowledge about these issues and motivate economic concepts covered in a variety of ways, such as through publicly available datasets, news articles, group debates, case studies, and guest speakers.

 

 

This course had previously been ECON 397ST Open to students with ECON, RES-ECON, or STPEC as their primary major. 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 on April 8. Yes Approved Broadened Inquiry
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
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 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 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 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 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 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
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
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.

Yes Approved Broadened Inquiry
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
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
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
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 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
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