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INSC 102 Technologies for Information Retrieval

(3) Principles, selection, and use of computer-based information management applications. Software idenftification and task appropriate uses. Telecommunications, utilities, and memory management systems. Multiple operating systems and technology for national network connections. Information services via computers.

Undergraduate

INSC 301 Introduction to Web Technologies

(3) Introduction to the Internet and World Wide Wed technologies and practices. Topics include the history and development of the World Wide Web and the Internet; standards-compliant markup and tools for creation of markup (e.g., XHTML and style sheets); introductory webpage and website design.

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INSC 350 Information Consumer

(3) The impact of the Information Age on society and the everyday lives of individuals, in the contexts of worklife, health, finance, and social interaction. Emphasizes information literacy skills and personal information management techniques to cope effectively with information overload, disinformation, propaganda, and fraud. Concepts include managing one's online presence, social media use, information privacy, the economics of information, individuals as content creators, self-publishing, environmental scanning, evaluating online information, and gatekeeping.

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INSC 351 Race, Gender, and Information Technology

(3) Examines how expression of gender and race affect, and are affected by, information technologies. Course considers how information technologies interact with race and gender in various contexts: high-technology workplaces; classification and information organization; cultures of computing; and library and information-centered environments. The course is framed by two broad, interrelated concepts - the expression of identity (individual and group) in cyberspace and the "digital divide", and reviews theoretical background in the social studies of gender, race, technology, and knowledge.

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INSC 451 Information Management in Organizations

(3) Introduces concepts and techniques for the interdisciplinary study of information, organizations, technology, and individuals, sometimes referred to as knowledge management. Topics include characteristics of data, information and knowledge; introduction to knowledge management; sensemaking in organizations; organizational learning; intellectual capital; communities of practice; ecological approaches; knowledge acquisition, representation and sharing; uses of information technology for information and knowledge management; and roles of professionals in managing information management initiatives. 

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INSC 460 Internet Applications and Technologies

(3) Introduces World Wide Web and related Internet technologies (e.g., XHTML, XML, CSS) and how they are used to solve organizational, individual, discipline-specific and social problems. Topics include the history of and the role of Internet standards in the design of information systems; metadata; principles and practices of standards-compliant, accessible Web design; informatics. (RE) Prerequisite(s): 301. Comment(s): With consent of instructor, prior knowledge may satisfy prerequisite.

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INSC 461 Information Architecture and the User Experience

(3) Introduction to the design of the representational systems and interaction paradigms required of effective information systems. Topics include taxonomy creation; interface design; and techniques for design testing. Comment(s): With consent of instructor, prior knowledge may satisfy prerequisite.

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INSC 470 Advanced Internet Applications and Technologies

(3) Principles and practices of applying advanced techniques and standards to organizational, individual, discipline specific, and social information problems; applications in discipline specific branches of informatics. Topics include semantic Web technologies; server- and client-side scripting; and the use of databases in Web-based information systems. Comment(s): With consent of instructor, prior knowledge may satisfy prerequisite.

Undergraduate

INSC 490 Environmental Information

(Formerly INSC 495 Special Topics)

The role of information technology and best practices for data management in the context of environmental science. The nature of the scientific method and research, emphasizing techniques for informing scientific research. How data quality and access affect environmental decision making, policy creation, and large-scale problem solving, such as for climate change or environmental disasters. Concepts include data collection, management, and sharing; the data life cycle; environmental modeling and data visualization; metadata creation; big data, citizen science.

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INSC 495 Special Topics

(3) Detailed study of a specialized area of information studies or information technology. Topics vary by semester.

Undergraduate

INSC 502 Registration and Use of Facilities

(3-15) Required for the student not otherwise registered during any semester when student uses university facilities and/or faculty time before degree is completed. May not be used toward degree requirements. May be repeated. S/NC only.

Graduate

INSC 505 ePortfolio

(3) Builds an environment for capstone learning experiences. Integrates core knowledge of information science and related fields to build a strong knowledge base. Develops necessary IT skills for ePortfolios. To showcase learning outcomes and professional growth. Identifies and fosters competences for career success.

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INSC 510 Information Environment

(3) Generation, production, management, dissemination, and use of information. Roles of information in society, information seeking and user behavior, information industry, economics of information products and services, technological and organizational change, information professions, and issues. Required Course.

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INSC 516 Geospatial Technologies

(3) Explores the creation, distribution and growth of geospatial data, highlighting their uses and misuses. Structured as an applications-based course where students learn how geospatial technologies are used to turn geospatial data into maps, tables and imagery through hands-on exercises and laboratory work.

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INSC 520 Information Representation and Organization

(3) The structure and organization of intellectual content regardless of format. Emphasis on how content is created, exchanged, and stored so it can be found. Includes standards and best practice for describing and characterizing intellectual content. Required Course.

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INSC 521 Cataloging and Classification

(3) Basic library-oriented cataloging and classification techniques, tools, and supporting operations. Descriptive cataloging, choice and form of non-subject entries, subject heading work, general classification, authority control, bibliographic utilities, online library catalogs.

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INSC 522 Cataloging of Non-print Materials

(3) Cataloging of all non-book materials using RDA rules and OCLC's Biobliographic Formats and Standards to create machine readable catalog records for maps, videos, recorded music, realia, graphic materials, electronic resources, continuing resources, microforms and three-dimensional artifacts.

Graduate

INSC 523 Abstracting and Indexing

(3) Philosophies, standards, and procedures for manual and automatic document indexing, back-of-the-book indexing, vocabulary control, thesaurus construction, and abstracting.

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INSC 530 Information Access and Retrieval

(3) Information access, retrieval, and use. Information seeking, user interfaces, information services and tools. Database structure, search engines, query logic, and evaluation of retrieval system performance. Required Course.

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INSC 534 Government Information Sources

(3) Selection, acquisition, organization, and utilization of government information in variety of formats from legislative, judicial and executive branches of federal, state, local, and international government and inter-governmental agencies.

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INSC 535 Advanced Information Retrieval

(3) Bibliographic, non-bibliographic, full-text databases, e.g., non-bibliographic formula and structure databases, contents-page/full-text databases, patents; document delivery alternatives, evaluation, and testing.

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INSC 541 Knowledge Management for Information Professionals

(3) Covers classic theories of knowledge and theories of first and second-generation knowledge management paradigms. Introduces related disciplines and the knowledge lifecycle, types of knowledge, organizational learning, intellectual capital, communities of practice, knowledge ecologies, knowledge audits, knowledge sharing repurposing of information, uses of information technology, and roles of information professionals in developing knowledge management initiatives.

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INSC 542 Social Informatics

(3) Social consequences of information and communication technologies (ICT) at micro (e.g., personal level), meso (e.g., organizational level) and at macro level (e.g., information society studies), and applications of ICT for businesses, government, and society are covered by the umbrella term "social informatics." It is a highly multi-disciplinary area worth exploring, since it will expose you to a range of contemporary global issues and phenomena shaped by ICT-mediated information.

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INSC 543 Geographic Information in Information Sciences

(3) Introduces the concepts related to geographic information librarianship. To understand geographic/cartographic competencies. To master the basic concepts of geospatial data discovery and collection development of cartographic resources. To practice the metadata creation of geospatial. To explore issues related to geographic information policy of GIS related services.

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INSC 546 Environmental Informatics

(3) Focuses on the interdisciplinary field of environmental informatics. Explores collection, classification, storage, retrieval, dissemination, integration and visualization of environmental information. Reviews the role of computer technology including geographic information systems.

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INSC 547 Health Sciences Information Centers

(3) An overview of health sciences libraries, including management, collection development, reference, and current trends. Topics include the role of health sciences libraries/information specialists, relevant management and administrative issues, collection development and related matters, reference and information sources and services, consumer health and literacy, the process of evidence-based practice, and current information trends related to biomedical science.

Graduate

INSC 548 Federal Libraries and Information Centers

(3) Mission, status, and history of federal libraries and federal information center work in various settings across the three branches of government; trends in employment, government dissemination efforts, information policy, information technology, and government's impact on services in other types of libraries/information centers.

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INSC 551 School Library Media Centers

(3) Planning, implementing, and evaluating school library programs. Curricular involvement, role of technology, site-based management, relationships with district and state services.

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INSC 552 Academic Libraries

(3) Mission, status, and history of academic libraries and academic librarianship in community colleges, colleges, and universities; trends in higher education, information technology, and government’s impact on pubic, technical, and administrative services.

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INSC 553 Specialized Information Agencies and Services

(3) Specialized information agencies and services, with emphasis on client-centered systems in the profit and not-for-profit sectors.
Examines evolving role of special librarians with attention given to methodology for associating information services with the particular requirements of organizations. Virtual field visits are an integral part of the course.

Graduate
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INSC 557 User Instruction

(3) Theory, strategy, design, and practice in providing instructional services and technology for end users of information and information systems. Includes practical experience.

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INSC 559 Grant Development for Information Professionals

(3) Develops grant-writing and strategic relationship management skills for information professionals who may benefit from external funding opportunities and proposals. Creates and manages community partnerships to provide innovative information services to various constituencies such as underserved populations, public libraries, special libraries, and others in diverse information-related environments.

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INSC 562 Digital Curation

(3) Explores the lifecycle, value-added management and maintenance of scholarly and scientific digital content. Examines the diverse set of skills to select, execute and administer a range of approaches and procedures across the lifecycle of digital objects, from conceptualization, creation, appraisal and selection, and ingest through preservation, storage, access, use and re-use. Digital curation occurs across a broad array of professional, disciplinary and organizational contexts. Introduces principles and practices to inform digital curation planning and practice for application in a variety of organizational settings, including archives, libraries, museum, data centers, and other cultural heritage and information agencies.

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INSC 564 Archives and Records Management

(3) Objectives and functional elements of records systems, archival programs, management information systems and techniques within various types of organizations. Management of information internal to organizations.

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INSC 565 Digital Libraries

(3) Technological and social aspects of electronic publishing and digital libraries. Technologies and standards that enable electronic publishing and digital libraries. History of electronic publishing and digital libraries and their impact on user needs and information provision.

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INSC 573 Programming for Children and Young Adults

(3) Philosophy and objectives of public and school library services for children and young adults. Reading, listening, and viewing guidance for individuals and groups. Program planning, implementation, and evaluation. Prereq: 571 or 572

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INSC 574 Resources and Services for Adults

(3) Examines strategies and procedures for developing programs in libraries. The course provides public service librarians with the knowledge and skills to create, evaluate, and improve programs with some emphasis on reader’s advisory. 

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INSC 575 Valuing Diversity: International and Intercultural Resources for Youth

(3) Examines texts and materials for youth that reflect the contemporary settings and lives of young people from all over the world. This course will review the scholarship of literature and film to determine how to recognize stereotypes; how to understand publishing worlds; and how to recognize universal themes that transcend ethnicity, religion, gender, class, and nationhood.

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INSC 577 Picture Books Across the Curriculum

(3) Provides guidance for selecting and using quality picture books, wordless books, graphic novels and other media for teachers and librarians. Will focus on cross-curricular with an emphasis on using these materials in traditional and nontraditional ways to enhance student learning for grades K-12.

Graduate
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INSC 580 Information Technologies

(3) Evolution, trends, capabilities, and limitations of technologies applied to information capture, storage, preservation, access, and distribution. (Note: Former course number 585, effective Fall 2016.)

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INSC 581 Information Network Applications

(3) Scholarly and community-based electronic communications. National and international standards, tools, resources; identification, analysis, evaluation, and management of tools and resources; construction of local technologies as developed and applicable. Prerequisite: 580 or instructor's consent.

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INSC 583 Introduction to Youth Informatics

(3) Introduces the study of youth informatics. Presents essential concepts of the study of youth and informatics. Explores the connection between youth, technology, and community. Project-driven with intensive experiential learning components. (New course, effective Fall 2016)

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INSC 584 Database Management Systems

(3) Defining data needs, data structures, role of operating systems in data management, file organization, database management systems, logical data models, internal data models, database administration and evaluation. Design and implementation of application using database management system.

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INSC 587 Mining the Web

(3) Covers strategies for mining the Web, Web engines and directories, cognitive accessibility, Web design and development, and usability engineering.

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INSC 588 Human-Computer Interaction

(3) Survey of human-computer interaction and introduction to human and technological factors of importance to design of usable information systems. Basic phenomena of human perception, cognition, memory, and problem solving, and relationship to user-centered design. Methods and techniques for interaction design and evaluation.

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INSC 592 Big Data Analytics

(3) Introduces the concepts big data and data analytics as an emerging field. To address the opportunities and challenges of big data in academics, businesses, sciences, the Web, etc. To understand the nature of big data analytics and their various contexts. To master basic concepts and process of data analytics. To design analytics initiatives/proposals. To practice data mining techniques and skills (ETL). To explore data modeling and visualizing. Prerequisite: INSC 584 Database Management Systems or equivalent. Consent of the instructor.

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INSC 593 Seminar in Youth Informatics

(3) Explores key areas in youth informatics. Seminar includes discussion of basic, applied, and evaluative research and projects at the national and international levels. Covers research trends in youth informatics. Provides a forum for presentation and criticism of past and current research by students.

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INSC 594 Graduate Research Participation

(3) Advanced research techniques under supervision of staff research director whose area coincides with interests of student. Prereq: Consent of advisor and research director. May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours. Satisfactory/No Credit grading only.

Participation Approval form for Graduate Research Participation

Graduate

INSC 597 Information Architecture

(3) Introduces fundamental concepts, methods, and practices in information architecture for virtual space. Focuses on organization, navigation, labeling, and searching of Web sites and intranets, as well as user experience.

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INSC 598 Web Design

(3) Provides hands-on experience with creating websites using latest web site design tools and techniques as well as a theoretical insight into emerging trends and techniques. Emphasizes understanding the basics of web design, website creation and evaluation. Covers basics of usability testing and search engine optimization. Prerequisite: 581 or instructor's consent.

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INSC 599 Practicum

(3-6) Opportunity to translate theory into practice under guidance of qualified information professionals. Prereq: Completion of required and pertinent advanced courses relevant to student’s practicum design. Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Written consent of advisor and approval of practicum coordinator. May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours. S/NC only.

http://www.sis.utk.edu/practicum

Graduate

INSC 601 Advanced Seminar in Information Sciences

(3) Theories, research, and traditional practices of information representation, organization, and access, and retrieval. Research opportunities and methods in information sciences. Relationship to and interaction of information sciences with other disciplines.

Graduate

INSC 650 Social Media, Technology, and Society (CCI course)

Explores social media’s influence on society, organizations, and individuals. It discusses the enabling technologies which encompass a wide variety of formats and which allow users to easily cross platforms. The theories and methods used to study social media are critically analyzed and discussed.

Graduate