Courses Currently Offered for Spring 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 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 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
ART 385 Media/Motion Graphics

Motion graphic artists produce not only film titles but also a wide array of work that requires movement to effectively communicate and enhance visual information. Today's designer has the ability to combine sound, video, animation, photographs, illustration, motion capture systems and other visuals using a variety of computer software.

This course is the exploration of Media and Motion Graphics expanding on basics of available software packages (Adobe Premiere and After Effects) for creation of experimental and applied motion graphics. Some prior knowledge of graphic design, image composition as well as sound and visual editing will be helpful to enrolled students. Art 274 as a prerequisite or instructor approval is needed.

This is a production studio/lab course. As such, the emphasis will be on the creation of work.

Art 274 as a prerequisite or instructor approval is needed. This course had previously been ART 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 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. 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.

--- 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 186 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)

Prerequisites: COMPSCI 121 (or equivalent experience) and Basic Math Skills (R1). This course is not a substitute for COMPSCI 187. If unsure of whether this course or COMPSCI 187 is more appropriate, contact instructor.

Prerequisite: COMPSCI 121 with a grade of C or better and completion of the R1 Gen Ed (Basic Math Skills). R2: Analytical Reasoning Requirement 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 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
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 email her directly at jlsolber@english.umass.edu. 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
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 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
INFO 248 Introduction 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 data sets and the data products that result from the work of data scientists. Privacy, algorithmic bias 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 various tools including the R programming language as well as the structured query language (SQL). This course does not satisfy requirements for the CS major.

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. (Replaced COMPSCI 397F and INFO 397F.) Yes Approved 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 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 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 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
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 350  and either OIM 240, STATISTC 240, RES-ECON 211, or RES-ECON 212.

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
RES-ECON 312 Introduction to Econometrics

Basic concepts in econometric methods. Estimation of the general linear model with applications to theoretical economic models. Introduction to problems and methods to solve problems common in economic data. Nonlinear models, binary independent variables and binary dependent viable methods. Application of methods to real world data; emphasis is on application through use of econometric software. Students undertake research projects.

Pre Requisites: (RES-ECON 112) and (either RES-ECON 202(305) or ECON 203) and (either RES-ECON 213 or FINOPMGT 250/OIM 250) Yes Approved Elective
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
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.

NOTE: Approved as an IT MInor elective ONLY when it is focused on AutoCAD and stage design. Yes No Longer Available Elective