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Graduate Coursework
M.S. Library and Information Science
M.S. Information Systems
Degrees awarded September, 2006
College of Information Science & Technology, Drexel University.

SPRING 2007 ("bonus term")

INFO 677 - Resources in Business - Focuses on meeting user needs for specific types of business information using strategies for identification, evaluation, selection, and use of specific sources. Sources include topical dictionaries and directories; indexes and abstracts; and numeric and full-text databases. Emphasizes the use of value-added print and electronic resources to meet user needs for information related to companies, industries and markets; corporate and international finance and investments; economic and demographic statistics; and one or more of the following topics: accounting, human resources, insurance and risk management, intellectual property, information systems, operations and logistics.

SUMMER 2006 (final term)

INFO 667 - Research Collection Development - Examines the work of subject specialists in large libraries with multinational collections in history, literature, the social sciences, and area studies. Surveys acquisition arrangements, resource-sharing plans, and collection evaluation techniques. Introduces foreign and international resources, including national and trade bibliographies, government documents, archival collections, and microforms, in both English and foreign languages. Course project:

20th Century French History: Collections Evaluation

INFO 638 - Software Project Management- Focuses on first-line management of software system development. Covers major themes including estimation (software cost factors, estimation models, and risk management), planning (work breakdown, scheduling, staffing, resource allocation, and creation of a project plan), and execution (team building, leadership, motivation, process tracking, control recovery, and communication within and outside the project). Group software design project.

INFO 646 - Information Systems Management- Addresses information technology-enabled change and policy issues in the management of information systems (IS). Stresses systems development, staffing and organization, technology infrastructure, project selection, justification and funding, and data. Studies the issues and their resolution in the context of an IS plan. Emphasizes communication about the issues to senior management. Group information systems analysis and planning project.


SPRING 2006

INFO 663 - Technical Processes in Libraries - Focuses on management, policy, and organizational issues related to the administration of technical services in libraries. Includes acquisitions, copy cataloging, original cataloging, serials control, circulation, and preservation. Emphasizes management in an automated environment where traditional methods are being supplanted by new technologies and related organizational changes.

Electronic Resource Management Systems: Impact of DLF ERMI Standards (lit review)
Encoded Archival Context: Authority Control for Archives
Digitization of Special Collections: Impact, Issues


INFO 630 - Evaluation of Information Systems - Focuses on the evaluation of software and software system development. Covers a variety of methodologies, techniques, and tools for measuring both software and software development attributes in modern software development organizations. Includes both graphical approaches for representing these attributes and statistical approaches for modeling various software relationships.


WINTER 2005/2006

Info604 - Object-Oriented Programming of Information Systems (Introduction to C++)- Introduces the student to programming in C++. Topics include C++ basics, selection and repetition structures, sequential files, arrays, and C++ libraries.

INFO 620 - Information Systems Analysis and Design - Offers an advanced treatment of systems analysis and design with special emphasis on object-oriented analysis and design techniques based on the Unified Modeling Language (UML). Discusses major modeling techniques of UML including use-case modeling, class modeling, object-interaction modeling, dynamic modeling and state diagrams and activity diagrams, subsystems developments, logical design, and physical design. Group systems design project.


FALL 2005

INFO 640 - Managing Information Orgs - Applies theories and techniques of management to libraries, information centers, and information enterprise, concentrating on political processes, leadership, communication, human resources, organizational structure, decision making, planning, and control. Also includes elements of project management. Multiple group projects. Course project:

Servant Leadership: The Theory of Robert K. Greenleaf (analysis and application)

INFO 660 - Cataloging & Classification I - Introduces and provides intensive practice in the fundamentals of library cataloging and classification with primary focus on modern printed materials, but also includes reference to other media. Instruction on critical reading, interpretation, and use of current professional standards and documentation for the creation of MARC records. Encompasses discussion of relevant historical and theoretical issues in the construction of contemporary bibliographic databases. Course project:

Descriptive and Subject Cataloging of Five Monographs (cataloging/classification)

INFO 674 - Resources in Science & Technology - Studies major information resources in pure and applied sciences, including the physical and biological sciences, engineering and technology, and interdisciplinary subjects. Emphasizes bibliographic organization, collection building, user needs, and reference service. Course project:

Taphonomy: A Resource Guide (discipline resource guide)


SUMMER 2005

INFO 624 - Information Retrieval Systems - Covers the theoretical underpinnings of information retrieval to provide a solid base for further work with retrieval systems. Emphasizes systems that involve user-computer interaction. Covers aspects of information retrieval including document selection, document description, query formulation, matching, and evaluation. Course project:

 Spotlight on Spotlight (IR system analysis)

INFO 653 - Digital Libraries - This course introduces research and development in the world of digital libraries. Focuses on intellectual access to digital information resources. Topics include foundations and architectures of digital libraries, searching and resource organizing, knowledge representations and discovery, metadata and standards, interfaces and information visualization, intellectual property rights and electronic publishing. Course project:

Multiple Cultures, Multiple Intelligences: Applying Cognitive Theory to Cross-Cultural Usability of Digital Libraries (research paper)
Encoded Archival Description (short exploration paper)


SPRING 2005

INFO 608 - Human-Computer Interaction - This course focuses on the design and evaluation of human-computer interfaces covering such topics as task analysis techniques for gathering design information, iterative design through prototyping, and formative and summative usability testing; theoretical foundations of HCI and cognitive modeling of user interactions; the integration of HCI techniques into the software development life cycle and the use of user constraints to generate new interaction designs. Group interface design project.

INFO 622 - Content Representation - Focuses on fundamental decisions in designing subject access systems and alternative approaches to indexing. Explores current issues in content representation: principles of subject analysis; natural language vs. vocabulary control; manual, computer-assisted, and automatic indexing; faceted indexing and classification systems; image indexing and retrieval; indexing and the World Wide Web. Includes evaluation of indexer consistency and indexing system performance. Course projects:

Latent Semantic Indexing: Advancing the Model (research review)
Index Terms Relating to Early American Transportation (thesaurus)

WINTER 2004/2005

INFO 614 - Distributed Computing & Networking - Presents the fundamentals of data communications, networking, and distributed computing technologies. Focuses on the broad foundational coverage of key technologies as well as the key concepts in network planning, design, and management. Major topics include network models, data and voice communications, local-area and wide-area technologies, IP networks and their applications, internetworking (with an emphasis on the Internet), client/server systems, and distributed computing applications. Course project:

Ravalli County Museum: Streaming Server and Wireless Kiosk Installation (network design)

INFO 652 - Internet Information Resource Design - Offers a hands-on introduction to creating sophisticated websites to support users' information needs. Covers website design, implementation, and evaluation. Requires the student to establish a website, compose its text and graphic files, use scripts for interactive application, install a search engine, and create reports on usage. Course project:

History Unfolding: A Generational Work in Progress (web site)


FALL 2004

INFO 503 – Introduction to Information Systems Analysis - Presents information systems development as a life-cycle process, incorporating problem definition, modeling and analysis, system design, implementation, evaluation, support, and maintenance. Provides an introduction to those modeling and analysis tools and techniques necessary for leveraging information and information technologies to achieve business objectives. Gives students practice in modeling information systems with respect to functions (functional decomposition), processes (dynamic modeling), and data (data-flow diagramming).

INFO 511 - Information Resources & Services II - Relates the applied information retrieval of INFO 510 to the larger conceptual structures of library and information science: literature-producing communities, the process of publication, publishing on the Internet, subject domains and form classes, systems for physical and intellectual access to literatures, problems of bibliographic control, and social and psychological factors affecting use of information services. Develops practical skills in creating resources such as abstracts, subject indexing, reviews of literatures, bibliographies, and websites. Course project:

Historians and Information: Patterns of Collection, Cognition and Need (literature review)

INFO 605 - Database Management I - A first course in database management systems. Covers database design, data manipulation, and data-base integrity. Emphasizes concepts and techniques related to the entity-relationship model and relational database systems. Discusses normalization up to third normal form and commercial query languages. Group database design project.


SUMMER 2004

INFO 510 - Information Resources & Services I - Presents applied information retrieval as the foundation for information services. Provides an overview of the present-day online resources and their printed counterparts. Focuses on the design and structure of tools used for answering questions and satisfying subject interests for clienteles. Emphasizes techniques for building effective strategies for searching large-scale retrieval systems, including the Internet. Gives opportunities to compare search engines and to evaluate retrievals. Course project:

Historians and Information: Patterns of Collection, Cognition and Need (annotated bibliography)

INFO 515 - Action Research and Statistics - Surveys the basic statistical, tabular, and graphic methods as applied to decision making, requirements analyses, user studies, and implementation of change in information organizations when generalizability of results beyond the organization is not a primary concern. Focuses on formulating researchable problems, sampling, data gathering, and computer-assisted analysis of data. Develops skills for preparing reports and presentations and for reading research literatures.


SPRING 2004

INFO 520 – Professional/Social Aspects of Information Services - Surveys the professional, social, ethical, and legal issues that affect information service professionals and organizations. Addresses such topics as information law, access, ownership, and censorship. Studies professional organizations and the sociology of professions. Course projects included:

Lectures and Readings on Lewis and Clark in the Bitterroot: A Bicentennial Initiative (grant proposal)
SAA and NAGARA: Shared Interest, Contrasting Focus (exploration of professional library associations)

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