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The Master of Science in Information Technology degree requires successful completion of thirty-two semester hours of graduate coursework. Students must take four core courses in the areas of management of information organizations, user needs assessment, information systems management, and usability analysis. Students choose additional courses either from one or more areas of specialization or by designing an individualized program of study that best meets their career goals. Courses are offered in several areas of specialization: technology and networking, large-scale data management, user-centered design, web design, and leadership and management. Additional specializations are developed according to professional needs. For more information about the MS program, visit the Information Technology website.

Accreditation

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 - 8pm ET or 8pm - 10pm ET. Weekly synchronous class meetings are required attendance 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 Library and Information Studies, please visit the Information Technology website.

Time to Completion

Course work for the master's degree must be completed within 7 years from the time the student first registers for graduate credit. It is recommended that students take 2 courses for a total of 6 credit hours each semester. This allows most students to finish the program in approximately six semesters (2 years).

Careers

For more information about information technology careers, please visit the Information Technology website.

Core Courses

These courses may not be offered every semester.

  • LIS5203 Assessing Information Needs (3)
    Provides students with an overview of the user's perspective in the analysis of information needs and preferences. Provides the fundamentals to a broad approach, emphasizing a unifying structure, to understand human information seeking behaviors.
  • 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.
  • LIS5408 Management of Information Organizations (3)
    This course enables students to develop a conceptual framework for integrating fundamental management concepts, principles, theories, and practices into an effective, personal management process that relates to information organizations of the 21st century.
  • 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.

Total Credit Hours

32

Application Procedures

For more information on how to apply to the Master of Science in Information Technology program, please visit the Information Technology website.

Program Requirements

Students must take four core courses and choose additional courses either from one or more areas of specialization or by designing an individualized program of study that best meets their career goals. For more information on the degree requirements for the Master of Science in Information Technology program, please visit the Information Technology website.

Fees

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.

Fall 2017 Course Offerings

  • LIS5203 Assessing Information Needs (3)
    Provides students with an overview of the user's perspective in the analysis of information needs and preferences. Provides the fundamentals to a broad approach, emphasizing a unifying structure, to understand human information seeking behaviors.
  • LIS5271 Research in Information Studies (3)
    This is an introductory course in applied research methods in the social sciences with a particular emphasis on information studies. It provides an overview of the basic issues and methods that information professionals should consider when collecting, analyzing, and evaluating data regarding information programs and services. The course covers scientific inquiry, research ethics, problem formulation, measurement, as well as quantitative and qualitative methods and analysis. It also provides a foundation for evaluating a variety of scientific, technical, business, and government information and for conducting applied research in information-based organizations. This course is appropriate for students with no background in research or analytical methods.
  • 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.
  • LIS5385 Social Media Management (3)
    This course focuses on social media ? specifically we focus on the tools, information management and communication functions through hands-on work with designing and managing social media sites. Students participating in this class will actively design, implement, and coordinate numerous projects that build a foundation in social media while allowing students to gain valuable leadership, communication, and organizational skills.
  • LIS5403 Human Resource Management for Information Professionals (3)
    This course provides education and information relevant to real life and dynamic organizational events confronting human resource (HR) managers working in a 21st century information provision environment (IPE). The overall intent of the course is to facilitate optimal human resource management in the IPE.
  • LIS5405 Leadership in Technology (3)
    This course introduces students to the leadership concepts necessary to build successful information technology infrastructures in a variety of contexts. Through the course, students develop an understanding of IT leadership careers, the roles and responsibilities of IT leaders, evidence-based methods for developing leadership strategies, and how to lead innovative and entrepreneurial technology development in fast-paced environments. The course challenges students to engage in active planning of their careers through the development of leadership vision statements and personal action plans.
  • LIS5408 Management of Information Organizations (3)
    This course enables students to develop a conceptual framework for integrating fundamental management concepts, principles, theories, and practices into an effective, personal management process that relates to information organizations of the 21st century.
  • LIS5418 Introduction to Health Informatics (3)
    This survey course evaluates medical informatics from a stakeholder perspective. Beginning with a brief overview of the US health care system, the focus then shifts to understanding to what extent health information needs are met using technology for users such as providers of health care services, clinician educators, consumers, and caregivers.
  • 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.
  • LIS5485 Introduction to Information Technology (3)
    This course introduces students to Information Technology (IT) on a theoretical and practical level. The course reviews the underlying concepts of IT as embodied in operating systems, hardware, application software, website creation and networks. It ensures that all students have mastered minimum skills and knowledge sets and are prepared to carry out assignments requiring IT skills through the program.
  • 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.
  • LIS5602 Marketing of Library and Information Services (3)
    The course covers concepts, techniques, and illustrations needed to develop first-rate nonprofit marketing skills for libraries and information services. These skills facilitate cost-effective and customer-centered strategic planning.
  • 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.
  • LIS5788 Management of Health Information Technology (3)
    This is an introductory course in management of Health Information Technology (HIT) within a variety of organizational contexts. It is designed to develop a conceptual framework for intergrating fundamental HIT management concepts, policies, theories, and practices into an effective personal management process that relates to health related organizations.
  • LIS5945 Internship (1-12)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course is an opportunity to learn how library and/or information studies principles and techniques are applied in a professional setting. A minimum of forty-five hours on the job per semester hour earned is required. May be repeated within the same term to a maximum of twelve semester hours.

Summer 2017 Course Offerings

  • LIS5271 Research in Information Studies (3)
    This is an introductory course in applied research methods in the social sciences with a particular emphasis on information studies. It provides an overview of the basic issues and methods that information professionals should consider when collecting, analyzing, and evaluating data regarding information programs and services. The course covers scientific inquiry, research ethics, problem formulation, measurement, as well as quantitative and qualitative methods and analysis. It also provides a foundation for evaluating a variety of scientific, technical, business, and government information and for conducting applied research in information-based organizations. This course is appropriate for students with no background in research or analytical methods.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • LIS5411 Introduction to Information Policy (3)
    This course examines selected fundamental policy questions regarding information and communications, with special attention to intricate policy issues such as information ownership rights, privacy rights, and public access to information. The course examines such issues by focusing on the underlying constitutional principles, laws and regulations, statutes, and government policies that impact such issues. Specific attention is given to federal policies within the United States but state and local policies are examined as needed. Specific course topics include universal service, information equity, privacy, intellectual property, censorship, e-government, and information management. The course focuses on providing information professionals with a fundamental understanding of the importance and impact of information policy.
  • 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.
  • LIS5945 Internship (1-12)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course is an opportunity to learn how library and/or information studies principles and techniques are applied in a professional setting. A minimum of forty-five hours on the job per semester hour earned is required. May be repeated within the same term to a maximum of twelve semester hours.


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