IOE 536 Cognitive Ergonomics

Theories and concepts of human information processing are introduced to analyze human perceptual and cognitive performance in human machine information systems such as intelligent transportation and manufacturing systems. Conceptual and quantitative models, interface design techniques, and research and evaluation methods are presented. Samples of on-going research are also discussed.

SI 500 Information in Social Systems

The core properties of information, of people, and of technologies, create constrains and opportunities for analysis, design and management. This course introduces students to those core properties and their implications. In addition, the course introduces a perspective on the central responsibilities of professionals who “bring information, people and technology together in more valuable ways.”

SI 501 Contextual Inquiry

This course addresses a fundamental need of information professionals: how to examine an organization’s current information use in the context of work practice and discover and recommend improved ways of working. This is a projects based course. All projects are scoped to allow students to examine how information influences actions in some process or service within an organization and to develop and practice relevant skills.

SI 507 Information Policy Analysis and Design

This course, the proposed gateway to the SI Information Policy Analysis and Design (IPAD) specialization, will introduce students to the conceptual, institutional, and practical foundations of information policy analysis and design. The first part of the course introduces some of the key regulatory paradigms, principles, and forces (speech rights, freedom of information, regulatory convergence, intellectual property, competition and antitrust, privacy and security, research and innovation policy, etc.) that have both shaped and driven developments in the information field. The second part of the course examines the role of information technologies and practices in democratic governance itself, exploring such themes as digital or e-government, and new forms of democratic practice (real and emergent) associated with new information technologies. The final section of the course places these considerations in transnational perspective, examining such themes as competition and restructuring in the global information industries, the uneven emergence of global information policy regimes, and the strategic adoption of information technology in international development settings. Beyond such topical foci, the course will also emphasize the development of core information policy skills, introducing students to relevant analytic contributions from the fields of economics, legal analysis, and public policy.

SI 622 Evaluation of Systems and Services

Covers the key concepts of evaluation and a variety of methods used to determine the goals of a system or service, performs organizational analysis, assesses task/technology or service fit, determines ease of learning of new or existing services or systems, determines ease of use, assesses aspects of performance (including information retrieval), and evaluates the success in accomplishing the user/organizational goals. Methods include observation, survey, interviews, performance analysis, evaluation in the design/iteration cycle, usability tests, and assessment of systems in use.

SI 688 Foundations of Behavioral Science

Identify key featrues of human behavior and describe their impact on the design of information systems.
Crtique and design interactive systems on the basis of knowledge of human capabilities and behavior.
Describe themes from the research literature in social science and human computer interaction as they relate to interactive system design.