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Information Architecture Graduate Certificate

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The FSU School of Information Studies Information Architecture Certificate program prepares information professionals to design, build, and manage a web site as an information resource. This certificate program offers opportunities to enhance skills in areas of web design, web applications, administration, and usability, building on students' existing knowledge of web technologies.

Accreditation

Regionally accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Method of Delivery

Internet

Time or Location Requirements

Courses generally have a synchronous online class meeting time scheduled one night on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from either 6pm to 8pm ET or 8pm to 10pm ET. Attendance in weekly synchronous class meetings is required and students can participate from anywhere they have a reliable internet connection with a headset/microphone connection. For more information about online education with the School of Information, please visit the School's website.

Careers

The certificate prepares information professionals to design, build, and manage a web site as an information resource.

Total Credit Hours

12

Prerequisites

To be considered for admission to the program, students must provide proof of completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum earned grade point average of 3.0 or higher on all upper-division undergraduate course work toward a bachelor's degree, or a minimum 3.0 grade point average on an earned master's degree.

Application Procedures

Prospective students must submit the online FSU SLIS Supplemental Application (visit https://fsuslis.wufoo.com/forms/fsu-slis-supplemental-application/) to the School of Library and Information Studies; submit a copy of your current resume; and request official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions be sent directly to the School of Library & Information Studies.

Program Requirements

Students must earn a B or higher in each of the four courses taken for credit.

Fees

The cost of this program is equal to tuition and fees for the Academic Year 2016-17 as stated on the Student Business Services website, plus a per credit hour distance learning fee (fees vary by course). Special market rates may be available. Contact the department for more specific fee information relative to student status and location.

Summer 2017 Course Offerings

  • LIS5275 Usability Analysis (3)
    This course covers the design, execution, and reporting of tests for usability of information products and services. This includes cost justifying assessments and concepts of human cognition relevant to information processing.
  • LIS5367 Advanced Web Applications (3)
    Prerequisite: LIS5362.
    Examines theory, concepts, and techniques for designing, producing, and evaluating World Wide Web applications to meet specific information needs. Students engage in design projects applying theoretical constructs to the provision of Web-based information resources using advanced authoring techniques.
  • LIS5916 Cultural Competence for Information Professionals (3)
    Prerequisite: Completion of at least one database course in the undergraduate or graduate level.
    Given the increasing diversity in our society, information professionals need to develop the competencies required to work for, and with, multicultural and diverse groups. This course examines basic concepts, multicultural competencies, and recommendations from professional resources to work with cultural groups. It explores knowledge, skills, abilities and attributes of cultural competence in general. It also explores competence expectations in organizations at the management, and consumer service levels. The course concludes with recommendations and considerations for engaging people from diverse groups. Please note that this course is not centered in any one specific information agency. Rather, it is focused on cultural competencies in general.

Spring 2017 Course Offerings

  • LIS5313 Digital Media: Concepts and Production (3)
    This course provides a conceptual and practical introduction to creating and using digital-media resources to support learning and collaboration in information professions. Students regularly engage in media analysis and media production activities that incorporate digital image, sound, and video elements; utilize Web-based collaborative tools; and apply knowledge of fair use, copyright, and copyleft to multimedia.
  • LIS5364 Web Site Development and Administration (3)
    Prerequisite: LIS5362.
    This course follows a step-by-step introduction to the topics concerning programming with XHTML, CSS, PHP and MySQL. Topics include acquiring domain names and Web hosting agencies, introduction to Web development and PHP, working with data types and operators, building functions and control structures, manipulating strings, accessing files and directories, manipulating data in arrays and strings, working with databases and MySQL, manipulating MySQL databases with PHP, managing state information, developing object-oriented PHP, and debugging and error handling. In addition, more advanced topics like templates and jQuery are introduced as well.
  • LIS5472 Digital Libraries (3)
    Prerequisite: LIS5603, LIS5362. Pre or Corequisite: LIS5703
    This course offers a comprehensive overview of digital libraries, beginning with the conceptual underpinnings of digital libraries and broadening to include issues in the design, management, and evaluation of digital libraries, such as collection management and digitization, knowledge representation, access and user interfaces, archiving and digital preservation, as well as evaluation. The course also discusses the research literature addressing digital-library development.
  • LIS5487 Information Systems Management (3)
    An introduction to the role of information systems in organizations and how they relate to organizational objectives and structures. Covers the basics of management and information as they relate to each other in the operation of an information center.
  • LIS5786 Introduction to Information Architecture (3)
    This course provides instruction and learning experiences in user-centered design of information systems, especially Web sites. The entire Information Architecture process from learning the user's needs by developing user personas and scenarios through organizing the information to be presented to specifying the final design parameters, such as low-fidelity and high-fidelity wireframes, is covered. The result is a technical solution to a specific information system need that takes into account its social and organizational context. The project-based course design allows students to learn issues and problems in a real-life project of building information architecture for systems.
  • LIS5916 Cultural Competence for Information Professionals (3)
    Prerequisite: Completion of at least one database course in the undergraduate or graduate level.
    Given the increasing diversity in our society, information professionals need to develop the competencies required to work for, and with, multicultural and diverse groups. This course examines basic concepts, multicultural competencies, and recommendations from professional resources to work with cultural groups. It explores knowledge, skills, abilities and attributes of cultural competence in general. It also explores competence expectations in organizations at the management, and consumer service levels. The course concludes with recommendations and considerations for engaging people from diverse groups. Please note that this course is not centered in any one specific information agency. Rather, it is focused on cultural competencies in general.


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