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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)
    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.
  • 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 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

  • LIS5271 Research in Information Studies (3)
    Examines the principles and methods of systems analysis and research in the context of library and information studies. The course discusses typical problems studied and considers problem identification and definition as well as techniques of data collection and analysis, including statistical analysis.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Spring 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • LIS5417 Introduction to Legal Resources (3)
    This course provides an introduction to legal literature and to the tools of legal research to create an understanding of how legal information is organized, structured, and accessed in various settings.
  • LIS5419 Consumer Health Informatics (3)
    This course explores how emerging technologies are being used to empower health consumers and improve their medical outcomes. Students examine different technology-based approaches for health promotion, disease prevention, and for supporting the treatment and management of chronic illnesses. They evaluate patients' information needs and behaviors to design more effective technology-based health education and behavior change interventions. They also discuss issues and concerns influencing adoption of these technologies at different levels. The course emphasizes an interdisciplinary, user-centered and theory-based approach using concepts drawn from communication, information studies, human-computer interaction, medicine, psychology, and public health.
  • LIS5442 Information Leadership (3)
    Prerequisite: LIS5408.
    This course analyzes evidence-based concepts in order to develop a personalized understanding of 21st century leadership. The course focuses on the development of leadership capacity for information professionals, including how to think reflectively as well as strategically, ethically influence others, design and maintain functional organizations, capitalize on a swiftly changing technological environment, and finally to demonstrate vision.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • LIS5787 Fundamentals of Metadata Theory and Practice (3)
    Prerequisite: LIS5703.
    This course introduces students to the basic theories and principles of metadata design and creation using ER modeling, XML and RDF. The course reviews major conceptual frameworks, ontologies and metadata schemas used in libraries, archives, museums, and digital data repositories. Real-life scenarios and collections are used to highlight and gain understanding of the issues related to metadata creation, aggregation, and reuse.
  • 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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