IF 500 Informatics Foundations (3) -- ONLINE
A multidisciplinary introduction to the informatics principles that support knowledge discovery and dissemination – the ways data are collected, organized, analyzed, represented, managed and communicated. Selected topics include basic information representation, processing and analysis, organizational informatics, current applications and trends in informatics, legal issues in informatics, the roles and responsibilities of informatics professionals, and informatics impact on the evolution of society.
IF 505 Programming & Problem Solving (3) -- ONLINE
A survey of the computer programming concepts used to solve problems within the study of informatics. The course will emphasize logical problem analysis, program development techniques, data organization and user interface concepts used to develop informatics applications.
IF 510 Knowledge Management (3) -- ONLINE
This course will examine emerging knowledge management processes used in organizations to support and achieve their strategic goals and objectives. Key concepts of database and interface design principles used to implement knowledge management and dissemination will be explored using multidisciplinary examples. Topics will include techniques and skills in data modeling, database architecture and design, application development and knowledge management systems implementation.
IF 515 Evidence-Based Decision Making (3) -- ONLINE
This course provides the essential foundation of how one uses data to change the organization through an evidence-based decision making process. Students will have the opportunity to learn about and practice critical evaluation of data across a variety of disciplines. Topics will include logic models, decision making models, cybernetic systems, project/program evaluation, and ways to promote learning and innovation.
IF 520 Information Visualization & Presentation (3) -- ONLINE
This course will expose students to visualization and presentation techniques designed for the interpretation of data, improved comprehension, communication, and decision making. Students will use current software tools to analyze data, design interfaces and create interactive visualization and presentation applications. Topics will include data and image models, design and evaluation of reporting structures, maps and mapping, document collections, object interaction, feedback processes, and scientific and business simulations.
IF 525 Project Management (3) -- ONLINE
This course introduces students to the processes involved with managing a corporate level project from its beginning through implementation and ongoing maintenance. The course will cover current project management methodologies and processes, which include plan assessment, strategy formulation, implementation, quality control, and administration. In addition, the student will develop and review project plans for a corporate level project. The goal of the class is for the student to be able to understand and communicate the basics of managing projects, as well as the competitive advantage these projects bring within the business and industry.
IF 575 Contemporary Issues in Informatics (3) -- ONLINE
This course will be focused on contemporary issues in informatics. Students will use cases, recent scholarly and popular press media to explore some of the issues at the forefront of informatics, such as ethics, data privacy, analytics, and visualization. This course will be designed as a way to spark advanced discussion on the topic of informatics, allowing students to go more in depth into contemporary application of informatics. This course will occur in three phases. Phase 1 of the course will involve interaction inside of the virtual classroom to stimulate discussion. Phase 2 of the course will involve ongoing reflection and discussion in the virtual classroom, resulting in a reflection paper that focuses more in-depth on one of the topics covered in the course.
IF 590 Applied Informatics Project I (3) -- ONLINE
The goal of the Applied Informatics Project I is to prepare students in the areas of inferential statistics, the research process, study/project design and outcome analysis. Students will revisit competencies emphasized by the program and reflect on the ways in which they have developed themselves within those competency areas. Specific attention will be paid to strengths and weaknesses of the student, as well as opportunities for programmatic improvement. Lastly, during this course, students will be assigned an on-site mentor, who will work with the student to develop a proposal for an applied informatics project.
IF 595 Applied Informatics Project II (3) -- ONLINE
The goal of the Applied Informatics Project II is for the student to use the skills they acquired over the course of their studies in informatics to analyze, develop and implement research plans leading to the production of a pilot project, a proof of concept or a prototype system that has the potential to impact and/or promote knowledge discovery and dissemination.
ORLD 500 Organizational Dynamics (3) -- ONLINE
This course provides a foundation in organizational theory and practice; and introduces students to the field of organizational development. It provides students with a framework for understanding and changing organizations from a micro to macro level. Students will learn how to create an organization that is responsive to environmental forces; and align the organization’s structure and culture with the strategy. The course is applicable to different types of large and small, private and public entities in the contemporary business environment. As part of the course, students will engage in in-depth case study development and analysis of real world businesses.
ORLD 501 Contemporary Organizational Leadership (3) -- ONLINE
This course provides an introduction to leadership, highlighting historical and contemporary perspectives and research findings. Students will review fundamental leadership approaches and theories and examine the role of leaders in the 21st Century. Students will also study leadership development approaches and the impact of effective and ineffective leadership within organizations. Strategic leadership practices will be identified and direct application will be emphasized at the individual, interpersonal/group, and organizational level. Throughout the course, students will create an integrated model of leadership based on credible perspectives, theory, and research findings. Integrated models can be directly applied to an organization that the student studies throughout the course.
ORLD 502 Organizational Informatics (3) -- ONLINE
This course introduces students to the field of organizational informatics, the collection, organization, and use of data to make evidence-based decisions in organizations. Students will learn an action research paradigm that focuses on data collection, synthesis, and dissemination. Students will learn the strengths and weaknesses of different types of data (e.g., subjective self-report, bottom-line performance data, market data), format (qualitative vs. quantitative), and methods (i.e., action research design). Students will learn how to evaluate the credibility of data and how to use data from multiple sources to make informed decisions. Lastly, students will learn some of the key ways to analyze qualitative data (e.g., chi-squared) and quantitative data (e.g., descriptive statistics, correlations, t-test).