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University at Albany Undergraduate Bulletin - 2005-2006

Courses in Information Studies

R Isp 100 Internet and Information Access (3)

Introduction to the Internet and World Wide Web. Information literacy in technology and online information resources. Using, finding, evaluating, and producing information on the Internet. [IL]

R Isp 301 The Information Environment (3)

Introduction to information science. Definitions and properties of information, production, transfer, classification, formatting, evaluation, and use. Role of information organizations including the print and electronic publishing, traditional and digital libraries and archives. [IL]

R Isp 361 Web Development (3)

Design and development of producing information for the world wide web. Lectures include the basic program languages for web development and web-authoring software. Design, planning, security, administration and management of web sites will also be examined.

R Isp 395 Internet Practicum (3-6)

The course provides students the opportunity to work as a teaching aide and lab assistant in information science. Students will hold weekly lab assistant hours, monitor and respond to student questions on the class listserv, and provide feedback to the course instructor. May be repeated for credit up to a total of 6 credits with permission of school. Prerequisite(s): a grade of B or higher in R Isp 100 and permission of instructor. S/U graded.

R Isp 423 Networking Essentials (3)

Covers the fundamentals of computer networking concepts and implementation and the client and server operating systems that run on networked PCs. Special emphasis is placed on network protocols and how they operate at all layers of the networking model. Emphasis also is placed on the interoperability of networks that run on multiple protocols, platforms, and operating systems.

R Isp 424 Hardware and Operating Systems Essentials (3)

Covers the fundamentals of personal computer internal system components, storage systems, and peripheral devices, including problems associated with them and the procedures for servicing them.

R Isp 433 Information Storage and Retrieval (3)

Methods of analyzing, storing, retrieving information and their relationship to perceived costs and benefits in information service.

R Isp 466Z Autobiographies of Writers for Young People: 1844 to the Present (3)

R Isp 466Z is the writing intensive version of R Isp 466/566; only one may be taken for credit.

R Isp 468 Internship in Information Science (3-6)

Supervised field placement in a public or private organizational environment where information exchange takes place. Requires preparation of biweekly reports and a major project. Internships are open only to qualified juniors and seniors who have an overall grade point average of 2.50 or higher. Concurrent registration in R Isp 499 is required. S/U graded.

R Isp 469 Independent Study & Policy (1-3)

Student-initiated research policy under faculty guidance. May be repeated for credit up to a total of 6 credits with permission of school. R Isp 469Z is the writing intensive version of R Isp 469. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor. S/U graded.

R Isp 469Z Independent Study & Policy (1-3)

Student-initiated research policy under faculty guidance. May be repeated for credit up to a total of 6 credits with permission of school. R Isp 469Z is the writing intensive version of R Isp 469. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor. S/U graded. [WI]

R Isp 473Z The History of Children's Literature (3)

Selected literature for children in English from the beginnings to the early 20th century. Texts are selected to represent different historical periods and diversity of authorial perspectives; the key considerations are the quality of the literature and its historical significance. Attention is given to changing attitudes toward children as reflected in the books provided for them. Writing assignments will range from historical/critical analyses to reader-response essays.

R Isp 499W Senior Seminar in Information Science (3)

 Development of professional skills in information science. This course includes development of student presentation skills including interviewing, web development, resume, and oral presentation skills. Prerequisite(s): Information Science major. [OD, WI]


Graduate Courses

Please note that the graduate course described below are available only to students who meet certain criteria. Please consult the academic rules and regulations portion of this bulletin for the rules governing when an undergraduate may enroll in a graduate course.

R Isp 501 History of Books and Printing (3)

History of the development of books and libraries from ancient times to the present in relation to the society of which they were a part. May not be offered in 2005-2006.

R Isp 523 Fundamentals of Information Technology (1–6)

This course consists of three five-week modules teaching basic skills in information management. Topics include: introduction to programming, data structures, and overview of data base applications. In addition, students may elect up to three additional modules chosen from topics such as UNIX and networking, UNIX software development tools (for students who already have significant prior programming), introduction to programming in C, and new direction in information science.

R Isp 546 Fundamentals of Record Management (3)

Basic concepts and practices of records management in governmental, institutional, and corporate agencies, including those areas of communication, administration and computer technology that relate to the efficient and effective flow of information from its generation to its final disposition. Includes records inventory, active and inactive records control, manual and automated systems, vital records protection, the records center, micrographics technology and applications, and legal and ethical aspects of records management.

R Isp 554 Contemporary Publishing (3)

Structure and problems of the publishing industry (including print and nonprint materials); production and distribution systems and their implications for libraries and other information agencies; legal and economic aspects and technological developments.

R Isp 560 Information and Public Policy (3)

Analysis and evaluation of public policies affecting the production, dissemination, and access to information generated by or for the federal government. Topics and issues include concepts of intellectual freedom, the public’s right to be informed, freedom of information and privacy legislation, policies on dissemination of information in nonprint formats, national security classification, privatizing of government information, issues of equity, and related policy matters.

R Isp 562 Economics of Information Management (3)

Principles and theory of economics of managing libraries, archives and other information services. Provides students with the tools of cost benefit, regression and applied microeconomic analysis necessary for management of information systems and information services. The library user fee debate, the economics of journal subscription prices and costs and benefits of on-line searching are examined. May not be offered in 2005-2006.

R Isp 571 Literature for Children (3)

Introductory survey of literature for children with emphasis on twentieth-century authors and illustrators. Problems and trends in writing and publishing. Class discussion and written critical evaluations based on extensive readings.

R Isp 578 Literature for Young Adults (3)

Introductory survey of literature for young adults (ages thirteen through eighteen) with emphasis on authors from the latter half of the twentieth-century. Includes characteristics, needs, and reading interests of teenagers, critical study of the literature, an overview of basic selection tools, and practice in booktalking.

R Isp 601 The Information Environment (3)

The evolving social, political and institutional environments within which information services are and can be organized.

R Isp 603 Information Processing (3)

The nature of documents, their bibliographic description, indexing and classification. Controlled and natural vocabularies for document access. Major taxonomies. Information retrieval theory.

R Isp 605 Information Sources and Services (3)

Consideration of reference/information services, the types of knowledge, the kinds of formats in which knowledge is recorded, and the ways in which it is pursued and retrieved.

R Isp 611 Information Systems and Technology Applications (3)

Introduction to information systems and dominant supportive technologies. Emphasis on reprography (printing, replication, micrographic processes,) computing and communications. Applications to library/ information systems administration, technical services, reference services, document delivery systems.

R Isp 633 Information Storage and Retrieval (3)

Methods of analyzing, storing, and retrieving information and their relationship to perceived costs and benefits in information service. Prerequisite: R Isp 603. Recommended: R Isp 607.

R Isp 640 Abstracting and Indexing (3)

Characteristics and applications of abstracts and indexes and techniques for their creation. Impact and implications of recent technology. Recommended: R Isp 603. May not be offered in 2005-2006.

R Isp 658 Microcomputer Database Development (3)

Database principles for microcomputers, with emphasis on relational database management systems (DBMS) for applications development in the library and information fields. Database design, creation, and maintenance: the user interface; programming concepts. Creation of the working database system.

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