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Information Architecture Graduate Certificate

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Jade Stagg
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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.


Regionally accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Method of Delivery


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.


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

Total Credit Hours



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 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.


The cost of this program is equal to tuition and fees for the Academic Year 2017-18 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.

Spring 2018 Course Offerings

  • LIS5263 Theory of Information Retrieval (3)
    Prerequisite: LIS5703.
    This course covers the theory of information retrieval for text, images, and sound. Discussion of various retrieval, query, and knowledge representation methods beyond Boolean models, including vector, probabilistic, and associative network models. Elaboration of concepts of retrieval performance efficiency and effectiveness beyond precision and recall. Relevant issues of user interfaces and hypertext are explored.
  • 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 Data Mining Methods & Application (3)
    Prerequisite: Completion of at least one database course in the undergraduate or graduate level.
    This course provides an introduction to data analytics, which is defined as the extensive use of data, statistical and quantitative analysis, predictive and exploratory models to drive decisions and actions. Students will learn basic concepts and tools for data analytics, including data sources, data cleaning tools and methods, mainstream algorithms for data mining (e.g., clustering and association rule mining), statistical modeling (e.g., linear and non-linear regression), mainstream tools for mining structured data (e.g., Weka, Orange Data Mining) and unstructured data (MetaMap). Students will also learn how data mining approaches are used in various application areas, particularly in healthcare.

Fall 2017 Course Offerings

  • LIS5275 Usability Analysis (3)
    Design, execution, and reporting of tests for the usability of information products and services. Covers cost justifying assessments and concepts of human cognition relevant to information processing.
  • LIS5362 Design & Production of Network Multimedia (3)
    Examines the theory, concepts and techniques for designing, producing, and evaluating networked multimedia resources to meet specific information needs. Students engage in collaborative design projects applying theoretical constructs from communication, education, engineering, graphic design, and information science to the provision of resources using multimedia network technologies.
  • LIS5484 Introduction to Data Networks for Information Professionals (3)
    This course discusses networking and telecommunications technologies, and management of modern data networks, with emphasis on the building blocks of local and wide area networks. Subjects covered include networking architectures, topologies, models, layers, protocols, IP sub netting, equipment, operating systems, security and various tools and utilities. Also covered are economic and policy issues inherent to telecommunications, and management skills that the professional in this field need to master.
  • 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.
  • LIS5782 Database Management Systems (3)
    Examines the basic principles, elements and concepts of design, implementation and utilization of database management systems. Within database management systems, treats various models of data and databases. Also considers the administrative tasks associated in the database management environment.

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