Graduate Courses in Library and Information Sciences

Students interested in a particular course during a particular period should inquire in advance. Other relevant courses are available at UNT and through cross-registration at other schools within the Federation of North Texas Area Universities.

School advising approval is required for course enrollment.

Library and Information Sciences, SLIS = 0720

4001. Introduction to Information Science. 3 hours. Concepts of information; its generation, dissemination, organization and retrieval. Information theory; types of research; understanding information needs. Social, political and economic concepts, issues and policies. Types of information systems and agencies; their history, roles and functions. Professional organizations and ethics. Representative research, problems and practice.

4080. Research Methods and Evaluation. 3 hours. Research principles and techniques; role of theories and hypotheses; experimental and non-experimental research; measurement and data collection; analysis and interpretation; quantitative methods and applications; problems in formulating research proposals and evaluating representative studies. Prerequisite(s) or corequisite(s): SLIS 4710 or equivalent.

4090. Practice Work in Information Agencies. 3 hours. Supervised practice work and field study (120 clock hours minimum) in a cooperating learning resources center or information agency, plus seminar conferences and summary report. Prerequisite(s): 12 hours of prior courses in the school and application early in prior semester. For students without prior field experience. Pass/no pass only.

4200. Introduction to Information Organization. 3 hours. Basics of information organization for facilitating access. Methods for describing and representing information available in various media forms. Fundamental classification theory and techniques; principles of vocabulary control in cataloging and indexing. Relation of information organization to searchers and searching. Aids to organization and searching in electronic information systems. Representative research, problems and practice.

4205. Introduction to Indexing and Abstracting. 3 hours. Applications in different types of information systems and agencies. Use of database retrieval software. Indexing language formulation, macros programming, and design for user support. Planning and implementing representative programs. Corequisite(s): SLIS 4200 or 4210 and 4710, or consent of school.

4210. Information Organization and Records Control. 3 hours. Descriptive cataloging, subject analysis, classification and control of information resources of all kinds; Anglo-American Cataloging Rules; Dewey decimal and Library of Congress classification systems; subject headings; organization, functions and use of catalogs and classification systems; principles of information indexing and retrieval; use of bibliographic databases; representative problems and practice. Prerequisite(s): SLIS 4200 and 4710, or consent of school.

4230. Records Management Operations. 3 hours. Management operations for records control and use; preparation, organization, storage, retrieval and dissemination. Preservation, security and disposal problems. Planning and supervising records management programs. Departmental functions and organization. Data-processing applications and on-line systems.

4300. Administration of Information Agencies. 3 hours. Role, functions and development of principal kinds of information centers and agencies. Management principles and practices; standards and evaluation; resources and services; facilities and equipment; planning, staffing and reporting; public relations; budgeting and financial procedures; policy making; social contexts and backgrounds; professional perspectives. Corequisite(s): SLIS 4710 or consent of school.

4400. Evaluation and Development of Information Resources. 3 hours. Principles and techniques of selecting and acquiring information resources of all kinds; development and maintenance of collections; criteria and selection aids; national and trade bibliographies; on-line searching; publishers and publishing; censorship problems and intellectual freedom; representative problems and practice.

4420. Information Resources for Children. 3 hours. Survey of print and non-print materials, including multicultural/multiethnic materials; utilization practices and selection; curricular correlations and enrichment; recreational and developmental needs; children's services and programs; wide reading and use of literature and other materials for children from preschool through middle-school years.

4430. Information Resources for Young Adults. 3 hours. Survey of print and non-print materials, including multicultural/multiethnic materials; utilization practices and selection; curricular correlations and enrichment; recreational and developmental needs; young adult services and programs; wide reading and use of literature and other materials for young adults from upper middle school through high school years.

4600. Basic Information Resources and Services. 3 hours. Introduction to reference methods, literature searching and bibliographic techniques; evaluation and use of principal types of reference and other information resources; basic kinds of information services; electronic databases; reference interviews. problems and practice. Corequisite(s): SLIS 4710 or consent of school.

4615. Electronic Information Services. 3 hours. Basic concepts of electronic information services and databases in different fields; conducting on-line searches and evaluating services. Supervised practical experience. Prerequisite(s): SLIS 4710 or consent of school. Corequisite(s): SLIS 4600 or consent of school.

4620. Information Resources in the Humanities. 3 hours. Information resources, methods and services to meet access needs in the
humanities. Literature searching and communication patterns in individual fields. Role of professional organizations and government. Representative problems and practice. Prerequisite(s): SLIS 4600 or consent of school. Corequisite(s): SLIS 4615 or consent of school.

4630. Information Resources in Sciences and Technology. 3 hours. Information resources, methods and services to meet access needs in science and technology. Literature searching and communication patterns in individual fields. Role of professional organizations and government. Representative problems and practice. Prerequisite(s): SLIS 4600 or consent of school Corequisite(s): SLIS 4615 or consent of school.

4640. Information Resources in the Social Sciences. 3 hours. Information resources, methods and services to meet access needs in the social sciences. Literature searching and communication patterns in individual fields. Role of professional organizations and government. Representative problems and practice. Prerequisite(s): SLIS 4600 or consent of school. Corequisite(s): SLIS 4615 or consent of school.

4646. Information Resources in Business. 3 hours. Information resources, methods and services to meet access needs of business as a discipline and in practice. Characteristics of information services to a specific, diverse user community. Introduction to and development of print and electronic forms of information relevant to the business community's information needs. Prerequisite(s): consent of school.

4685. Information Resources in Culturally Diverse Communities. 3 hours. Information resources, methods and services to meet access needs of ethnic cultural minorities. Issues in the provision of information services to ethnic cultural minority communities. Study of the needs and cultural milieu of these communities. Materials and methods for serving these groups.

4710. Introduction to Information Technology. 3 hours. Basic concepts of information and its role in an information society. Includes mechanisms of information processing, information transfer, and applications of computers and other information tools in various disciplines and fields.

4720. Multi-Media Production. 3 hours. Non-book resources and services in different kinds of libraries and information/media centers. Includes preparation and organization of materials, instructional design and materials production, and the use and maintenance of related equipment. Supervised laboratory experience. Prerequisite(s): SLIS 4710 or consent of school.

4960-4970. Information Science Institute/Seminar. 1-6 hours each. Special institute courses and seminars. Prerequisite(s): consent of school. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

5000. Introduction to Information Professions. 1 hour. History, roles and scope of the information professions. Basic concepts and issues including impact of information technology on the individual, intellectual freedom, privacy and diversity. Course activities emphasizing team building and leadership skills.

5020. Economics of Information. 3 hours. Information as an economic good and resource. Equity and distribution of information as public good and as a commodity. Economics of the information industry. Supply and demand of information and its pricing. Micro- and macro-economic information indication and studies in national economics.

5030. Seminar in Foundations, Trends and Perspectives. 3 hours. Foundation topics in library and information sciences. Special perspectives and aspects within the field and related areas. Background developments and social contexts. Major trends, issues and problems of present and historical interest. Individual investigations of special aspects and topics. Prerequisite(s): consent of school. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

5070. Development of Libraries, Publishing and Communication Media. 3 hours. Historical backgrounds and growth of modern libraries and information centers. Related development of printing, publishing and communication media. Social, cultural and technological dimensions. Focus on topics and problems of continuing interest and contemporary significance.

5080. Research Methods and Analysis. 3 hours. Principles, techniques and areas of research. Basic research designs and measurement problems. Evaluation of representative studies. Quantitative methods and applications. Prerequisite(s) or corequisite(s): SLIS 5710 or equivalent.

5081. Research Design and Analysis. 3 hours. Multifactor designs and problems in experimental, survey and documentary research. Measurement, testing and index construction. Multivariate and regression analysis. Problems in causal inference and generalization. Prerequisite(s): SLIS 5080 and 5710, or consent of school.

5082. Seminar in Research and Research Methodology. 3 or 6 hours. Special topics in research methodology. Research proposal development. Directed research study. Prerequisite(s): consent of school. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

5090. Practicum and Field Study. 3 hours. Supervised practice work and field study (120 clock hours minimum) in a cooperating library, learning resources center or information agency, plus seminar conferences and summary report. For students without prior field experience. Prerequisite(s): admission to candidacy, application for practicum early in prior semester and appropriate administration course or type-of-system course (may be taken concurrently). Not counted for degree credit. Pass/no pass only.

5200. Introduction to Information Organization. 4 hours. Principles, concepts, and practices of information organization and presentation. Concepts and problems of human information behavior, classification, and categorization related to information organization. Database technology, structure and design. Standards for information organization, data representation, and information exchange. Systems for organizing information and facilitating information access in various information use environments.

5205. Information Indexing, Abstracting and Retrieval. 3 hours. Analysis of indexing and retrieval systems. Manual and machine indexing and abstracting. Computer-based systems. File organization and maintenance; information representation and coding; storage and retrieval technology; natural language processing; thesaurus construction; searching strategies. Systems design, operation and evaluation. Corequisite(s): SLIS 5200 or 5210 and 5710, or consent of school.

5206. Information Retrieval Design. 3 hours. Study of design considerations in computer-based information retrieval systems, including conventional inverted file systems using Boolean logic and automatically indexed vector-oriented systems. Evaluation of information systems in the light of user and system criteria. Prerequisite(s): SLIS 5200 or 5210, and 5205 or 5615, or consent of school.

5210. Organization and Control of Information Resources I. 3 hours. Descriptive cataloging and subject analysis of different kinds of information resources. Anglo-American Cataloging Rules; Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress classification systems; vocabulary control; subject headings; principles and techniques of catalog construction, maintenance and use; information indexing and retrieval; use of on-line databases; representative research, problems and practice. Prerequisite(s): SLIS 5200 and 5710, or consent of school.

5220. Organization and Control of Information Resources II. 3 hours. Development of cataloging and classification systems. Problems in classification and subject headings. Thesaurus construction and special classification systems. Treatment of serial publications, audiovisual resources and other special materials. Use of on-line databases. Prerequisite(s): SLIS 5210 and 5710, or consent of school.

5225. Serial Publications and Serial Records Management. 3 hours. Serial publications and the tools useful in their control. Acquisition, processing, cataloging, housing, servicing and use of serials. Serial records management; on-line systems; administration of serials departments; management of serials collections. Prerequisite(s): SLIS 5210 or consent of school. Prerequisite(s) or corequisite(s): SLIS 5710.

5230. Records Management. 3 hours. Operations in preparation, dissemination, organization, storing and retrieval with emphasis on records control and utilization. Preservation and security problems; retention, transfer and disposal. Planning and supervising records management programs. Departmental functions and organization. Data-processing applications and on-line systems.

5290. Special Collections and Archives. 3 hours. Selection, acquisition, preservation and use of special materials of all kinds, including special subject and form materials, rare materials and manuscripts, archival materials and other materials requiring special control and handling. Organization and administration of special collections and archives. Prerequisite(s): consent of school.

5295. Preservation. 3 hours. Introduction to preservation management and techniques. Lectures and discussions of management practices, including stack management, collection development decisions and disaster preparedness. Laboratory work, including identification of book structures and hands-on experience with such basic preservation techniques as paper cleaning, paper mending and protective housing.

5300. Management of Information Agencies. 3 hours. Management principles and practices. Problem-solving, public relations and program development. Libraries and information centers and their social and political context. Coping with change. Facilities and equipment. Representative research and data analysis. Corequisite(s): SLIS 5710 or consent of school.

5302. Advanced Management of Information Agencies. 3 hours. Advanced topics in administration of different types of libraries, information systems and related agencies; planning and program development; personnel and financial management; legal problems and political relations; problem-solving and decision making; project and systems management; funding and support; issues and trends. Individual investigation of selected problems. Prerequisite(s): SLIS 5300 and 5710, or consent of school.

5303. Financial and Human Resource Management in Information Agencies. 3 hours. Problems and topics in personnel and financial management. Recruitment, training and supervision. Work environments; position and staff evaluation; wage and salary management; collective bargaining; funding; budgeting and accounting systems; expenditure and income control; audits; inventory control; insurance. Current trends and case studies of common problems. Prerequisite(s): SLIS 5300 and 5710, or consent of school.

5305. Systems Analysis and Design. 3 hours. Tools and techniques of systems analysis, design and evaluation. Relationship of design to program planning and services. System objectives and performance; system development; effectiveness and efficiency measures; cost analysis; operations management and research.

5306. Project Management for Information Systems. 3 hours. Managing the process of planning, developing, implementing and evaluating systems in libraries and information centers of all types and sizes. Planning, defining requirements, developing requests for proposals, evaluating alternative systems, and locating and hiring consultants. Prerequisite(s): SLIS 5710 or consent of school.

5320. Public Libraries. 3 hours. Problems of organization and management of public libraries and urban/rural library systems; their resources, functions and services. Related municipal, regional and state information agencies and services. Federal and state programs; development and trends. Individual investigation of major issues and topics. Prerequisite(s): SLIS 5300 or consent of school.

5330. Academic Libraries. 3 hours. Problems of organization and management of university, college and community college libraries; their resources, functions and services. Federal and state programs; development and trends. Individual investigation of major issues and topics. Prerequisite(s): SLIS 5300 or consent of school.

5340. Learning Resources Centers and Services. 3 hours. Role and functions of library/media centers in school, college and other settings. Problems of organization and management. Kinds of learning resources and services. Federal and state programs; development and trends. Individual investigation of major issues and topics. Prerequisite(s): SLIS 5300 or consent of school.
Corequisite(s): SLIS 5710 or consent of school.

5360. Special Libraries and Information Centers. 3 hours. Study of selected types of special libraries, information systems and related organizations and their historical development, administration, resources, functions and services. Students are introduced to the problems of operating small libraries with unusual clienteles, consulting and the development of new information centers. Prerequisite(s): SLIS 5300 or consent of school.

5365. Health Sciences Information Management. 3 hours. Development of health sciences libraries and information centers. Principles of management, staffing, budgeting and organization of various types of health sciences information systems. Technical processes and public services. Application of computer and information technology to health sciences library processes.

5366. Law Library Management. 3 hours. Survey of the history and development, characteristics and distribution of law libraries in the United States. Role and function of law libraries or collections in academic, government or private institutional contexts. Problems of law library administration, including organization, personnel and financial management, library planning, marketing and evaluation. Study of tools for collection development, collection development plans and technical processes. Introduction to the profession of law librarianship. Prerequisite(s): SLIS 5300 or consent of school.

5367. Music Libraries and Information Services. 3 hours. Problems of organization and management of music libraries. Music reference sources and information services. Selection, acquisition, organization and use of music materials. Prerequisite(s): SLIS 5300 or consent of school.

5369. Seminar in Special Types of Libraries and Information Systems. 3 hours. Intensive study of selected types of special libraries, information systems and related organizations; their development, administration, resources, functions and services. Individual investigation of selected types of libraries and information systems, and of related issues and trends. Prerequisite(s): consent of school. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

5390. Technical Services in Libraries and Information Centers. 3 hours. The management of technical processes in libraries and information centers of all types and sizes: principles, processes and practices, issues, trends and research in such technical areas as acquisitions, cataloging, circulation, serials control, database maintenance, library security, reserve collections and materials preparation. Prerequisite(s) or corequisite(s): SLIS 5200 and 5710, or consent of school. Corequisite(s): SLIS 5400.

5400. Information Resources Development. 3 hours. Principles and methods of evaluating, selecting and acquiring different kinds of information resources. Development and maintenance of information collections. Bibliographic tools and on-line databases. Searching and verification; publishers and publishing; censorship issues; acquisition processes. Representative research, problems and practice.

5405. Advanced Information Resources Development. 3 hours. Advanced study of current problems and practices in collection development and management, with emphasis on evaluation techniques and the development of cost-effective policies and procedures for maintaining collections. Individual investigation of selected problems and practices. Prerequisite(s): SLIS 5400.

5410. Adult Materials and Reading Interests. 3 hours. Reading interests and behavior of adults, including younger and older adults. Selection and use of books and other materials for recreation and self-development. Adult programs and services, including reading guidance. Wide reading and use of literature and non-print materials in different fields.

5420. Children's Materials and Reading Interests. 3 hours. Survey of literature and media, including multicultural and multiethnic materials. Utilization practices and selection; reading interests and guidance; curricular correlations and developmental needs; children's and young adult services and programs. Wide reading and use of materials for children with emphasis on the early years.

5425. Seminar in Trends and Issues in Literature for Children and Young Adults. 3 hours. Identification and analysis of trends and current issues in literature for children and young adults; examination of issues raised in journal literature, including popular and scholarly publications; comparative analysis of current issues and their representation in recently published materials. Additional focus on issues and trends in literary presentations of selected ethnic and religious groups. Comparison of film treatment of works with their original literary presentation.

5430. Young Adult Materials and Reading Interests. 3 hours. Survey of literature and media, including multicultural and multiethnic materials. Utilization practices and selection; reading interests and guidance; curricular correlations and developmental needs; children's and young adult services and programs. Reading and use of materials with a focus on older children.

5440. Youth Programs and Storytelling. 3 hours. Development, organization and administration of youth services and programs. Program planning and presentation; surveying needs and interests; relations of school and public libraries; extension activities. Storytelling and book talks for children, young adults, parents and others. Story sources and selection; multimedia presentations. Supervised field experience.

5450. Rare Books. 3 hours. Introduction to principles and practices of rare book librarianship. Bibliography and its applications to identification and evaluation of rare materials. History of printing and illustration. Administration of rare book or special collections, including bibliographic and physical access, reference, evaluation techniques, cataloging, public relations and personnel.

5460. Publishing and Other Information Industries. 3 hours. Structure, characteristics and trends of contemporary publishing and other information industries. Editorial development, production, marketing and distribution of information materials and services. Legal and economic considerations. Some attention to international distribution of information. Individual investigation of selected problems.

5600. Introduction to Information Access and Retrieval. 4 hours. Epistemological foundations of information use. Basic principles
and techniques of information retrieval and access services. Survey of research in information seeking behavior and user interaction. Introduction to systems of access, search and retrieval skills, and collection management. Study of evaluation methods for all formats of resources, services and user satisfaction.

5610. Advanced Information and Access Services. 3 hours. Advanced problems and techniques in information service, on-line and CD-ROM systems, and literature searching and synthesis. Prerequisite(s): SLIS 5600 or consent of school.

5611. Seminar in Information Services and Programs. 3 hours. Intensive study of selected types of information resources, services and programs for individuals and groups, such as reference and referral services, advisory and educational services, bibliotherapy and counseling, fee-based services and programs, research advisement and consulting, and storytelling and youth programs. Planning services and programs; issues and trends. Individual investigation of selected types of services and related problems. Prerequisite(s): consent of school. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

5615. Electronic Databases and Information Services. 3 hours. Development and use of on-line information services. Study of available databases in different fields. Conducting on-line searches; client interviews; developing, promoting and evaluating on-line services; current trends. Supervised practical experience. Prerequisite(s): SLIS 5710 or consent of school. Corequisite(s): SLIS 5600 or consent of school.

5620. Information and Access Services in the Humanities. 3 hours. Information resources, methods, needs and services in the humanities. Comparative study of individual fields. Communication patterns and bibliographic organization. Role of professional organizations and government. Representative problems and practice. Prerequisite(s): SLIS 5600 or consent of school. Corequisite(s): SLIS 5615 or consent of school.

5630. Information and Access Services in Science and Technology. 3 hours. Information resources, methods, needs and services in science and technology. Comparative study of individual fields. Communication patterns and bibliographic organization. Role of professional organizations and government. Representative problems and practice. Prerequisite(s): SLIS 5600 or consent of school. Corequisite(s): SLIS 5615 or consent of school.

5637. Medical Informatics. 3 hours. History of medical information. Biomedical communication. Types of information resources and services related to the transfer of information in the health sciences. Computer applications to health sciences libraries. Analyses of current issues in the health care field and their relationship to health sciences libraries and information centers. Corequisite(s): SLIS 5615 or consent of school.

5640. Information and Access Services in the Social Sciences. 3 hours. Information resources, methods, needs and services in the social sciences. Comparative study of individual fields. Communication patterns and bibliographic organization. Role of professional organizations and government. Representative problems and practice. Prerequisite(s): SLIS 5600 or consent of school. Corequisite(s): SLIS 5615 or consent of school.

5646. Information and Access Services in Business. 3 hours. Introduction to information service for business as a discipline and in practice. Characteristics of information service to a specific, diverse user community. Introduction to and development of print and electronic forms of information relevant to the business community's information needs. Prerequisite(s): consent of school.

5647. Legal Information and Access Services. 3 hours. An introduction to the bibliographic organization of legal literature and to techniques of legal research, including the use of automated legal research databases. Lectures, readings, seminar discussions and problem sets focus on U.S. legal materials, primarily using federal law publications as examples.

5650. Multimedia Resources and Services. 3 hours. Selection, organization and use of films, filmstrips, video recordings, phonorecords, microforms, pictures, maps, kits, realia, vertical file items and other materials. Evaluation and development of media collections. Current developments in media and media services. Computer applications and reprography. Representative problems and supervised laboratory experience. Prerequisite(s): SLIS 5210 and 5710, or consent of school.

5660. Government Information and Access Services.3 hours. Information resources and services of the United States government; their nature, use, acquisition and organization. Includes some study of the information resources and services of municipal and state governments, the United Nations and selected foreign countries. Prerequisite(s): SLIS 5600 or consent of school. Corequisite(s): SLIS 5615.

5670. Seminar in Information Resources and Services in Special Fields. 3 hours. Intensive study of resources and services in selected special fields. Problems in subject specialization. Prerequisite(s): consent of school. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

5680. Seminar in Information Resources and Services for Special Clienteles. 3 hours. Intensive study of resources and services in selected special clienteles and classes of users. Problems in client specialization. Prerequisite(s): consent of school. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

5685. Information Resources and Services in Culturally Diverse Communities. 3 hours. Seminar in information resources and services for ethnic cultural minorities. Issues in the provision of information services to ethnic cultural minority communities. Study of the needs and cultural milieu of these communities. Materials and methods for serving these groups.

5690. Information Networks and Cooperative Systems. 3 hours. Role, functions and growth of cooperative systems and consortia; development of information networks; their services, legal bases, political setting, financing and management; issues and trends. Individual investigation of selected problems.

5710. Information Technology. 3 hours. Mechanisms of information processing, information transfer, and applications of computers
to library and information center functions. Policy issues relating to technology in information delivery. Includes application of the following technologies in libraries and information centers: major computer operating systems, database management systems, computer graphics, Internet resources, telecommunications, computer networking, etc.

5711. Internet Applications, Services, and Management for Information Professionals. 3 hours. The technology, applications, resources, and service opportunities of the Internet and the networked environment. Development of awareness, understanding, and knowledge of the Internet from the perspectives of technology, standards, content, organization, policy, and users. Conceptual and practical aspects related to the development and management of networked applications, networked resources, and networked services for use in information environments and information-based organizations. Prerequisite(s): SLIS 5710 or consent of school.

5712. Horizon Technologies for Library and Information Centers. 3 hours. Students will explore new and future information technology developments that are likely to have an impact on the delivery of information services in libraries and information centers. The nature of technological change, methods of forecasting and researching directions of change, social and organizational issues raised by new technologies and strategies for managing change will be examined using readings, case studies, and lectures.

5713. Telecommunications and Information Professionals. 3 hours. A foundation course concerned with digital and analog forms of electronic communications, design and performance of networks and their relationship to the provision of information services. Emphasis on management issues for libraries and information agencies.

5714. Website Development. 3 hours. This course is designed to meet the needs of government, education, and industry for entry level personnel capable of establishing a website, composing text and graphic files for the site, writing scripts for the site for interactive applications, installing search engines, and creating reports on site usage. Prerequisite(s): SLIS 5711 or 5713, or consent of school.

5720. Instructional Materials Production and Use. 3 hours. Role of instructional materials in media centers and settings of various types. Emphasizes instructional design and production techniques using different media and equipment, including computers. Supervised laboratory experience. Prerequisite(s): SLIS 5710 or consent of school.

5730. Microcomputer Applications for Information Management. 3 hours. Use of microcomputers and applications software to meet library and information center needs. Focus on microcomputer problem-solving to apply appropriate hardware, communications, software and resource management concepts; operations and management of microcomputer use. Prerequisite(s): SLIS 5710 or consent of school.

5750. Automation and Information Processing. 3 hours. Information processing and automation in different types of libraries and information centers. Recording, processing and storing data. Planning, preparing, documenting and implementing automation programs. Representative applications. Prerequisite(s): SLIS 5710 or consent of school.

5900-5910. Special Problems. 1-3 hours each. Supervised individual or small group study of special problems or topics not otherwise covered by regular course offerings. Prerequisite(s): consent of instructor and dean of school. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

5950. Master's Thesis. 3 or 6 hours. To be scheduled only with consent of school. 6 hours credit required. No credit assigned until thesis has been completed and filed with the graduate dean. Continuous enrollment required once work on thesis has begun. May be repeated for credit.

5960-5970. Library and Information Sciences Institute or Seminar. 1-6 hours each. Special institute courses and seminars. Prerequisite(s): consent of school. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

6000. Seminar in Information Science. 3 hours. Social and technical issues responsible for the evolution of information science. Major problems, trends and developments. Critical, historical survey of major works and developments in research and practice.

6220. Information Retrieval Theory. 3 hours. The theoretical foundations of information retrieval, including the mathematical modeling of file structures and searching techniques. The adaptation of communication models from various disciplines.

6240. Evaluation and Experimentation in Information Systems and Processes. 3 hours. Design of evaluation and performance studies in information retrieval within laboratory and operational environments. Experiments in information seeking and interactions. Issues of validity and reliability. Translation of results in practical applications.

6350. Management of Information Resources in Organizations. 3 hours. Role of information in decision making, and management as an information-intense activity. Information and productivity. Information audit in organizations. Special issues and problems in managing information in different organizational environments.

6660. Readings in Information Science. 3 hours. Broad reading in a defined area of information science related to the student's research interest. Requires the critical evaluation of sources with particular emphasis on methodological issues. Prerequisite(s): reading proposal requires prior approval by instructor and adviser.

6700. Seminar in Communication and Use of Information. 3 hours. The nature of information as a phenomenon and of the communication processes. Conceptual linkage to treatments in various fields. The role of information and communication in individual, social and institutional behavior.

6720. Human Information and Communication Behavior. 3 hours. Variety of human information and communication behaviors, why people engage in them and how they can be described and understood. Relation to problems of effectiveness and evaluation of
communication in information provision.

6740. Scholarly and Scientific Communication. 3 hours. Process by which scholarly, scientific and technical ideas and innovations are communicated. The role of formal and informal communication in the development of knowledge. The process of scholarly and scientific publishing. The role of information in the advancement of science, technology, social sciences, humanities and the arts.

6880. Seminar in Information Science and Technology. 3 hours. Advanced topics and problems in information science and technology. Individual investigation of selected problems. Prerequisite(s): consent of school. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

6900-6910. Special Problems. 1-3 hours each. Supervised individual or small group study of special problems or topics not otherwise covered by regular course offerings. Prerequisite(s): consent of instructor and dean of school. May be repeated for credit as problems and topics vary.

6930. Information and Communication Measurement. 3 hours. Criteria for development of measures suitable for information and communication. Includes measures from such physical sciences as entropy and such social sciences as impact measures. Bibliometric and scientometric empirical laws and patterns. Measurement in communication science.

6940. Seminar in Research and Research Methodology. 1-12 hours. Advanced topics in research methodology. Research proposal development. Directed research study. Prerequisite(s): consent of school. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

6945. Doctoral Seminar in Information Issues. 1 hour. Discussion of general issues and specific research efforts in information science and related fields by faculty, students and guests. Presentation of dissertation proposals and completed dissertations by students.

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