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Graduate Certificate (Gr. Cert.) Information Architecture and Design (15 credits)

Offered by: Information Studies     Degree: C-IAD

Program Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Information Architecture and Design is intended to prepare students to work as information architects and designers. The graduate courses in the program will prepare students to design and assess information systems (text, multimedia), databases, websites, and interfaces. Techniques for data mining and issues related to information security are also covered. This is an entry-level graduate program that may lead to another certificate or to the M.I.St. (Master of Information Studies).

Required Course (6 credits)

  • INFS 617 Information System Design (3 credits)

    Offered by: Information Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    INFS : Introduction to tools for developing informationsystems. Topics include computer terminology andsyntax and semantics of programming languages,with emphasis on their use for text parsing,searching, and database design, which arefundamental concepts in the field of informationscience.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Restrictions: Not open to students who have taken GLIS 617.

  • INFS 625 Information Architecture (3 credits)

    Offered by: Information Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    INFS : Information Architecture (IA) is the process ofanalyzing, designing, implementing and evaluatinginformation spaces. The course provides an overviewof use-design aspects of human information andcomputer interaction. Topics include: human factorsin IA; IA and information systems (IS) designprinciples and methodologies; work, task, andprocess analysis; IS modeling, requirementsgathering and evaluation; and informationvisualization.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Evans, Max (Fall)

    • Prerequisite(s): INFS 617

    • Corequisite(s): INFS 634 recommended

    • Restrictions: Not open to students who have taken GLIS 625.

Complementary Courses (9 credits)

  • INFS 616 Information Retrieval (3 credits)

    Offered by: Information Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    INFS : Theoretical and applied explanation of informationretrieval in a variety of digital environments and inrelation to both textual and multimedia data:Information retrieval capabilities, information-seekingmodels, interface design issues, informationvisualization and information system evaluationcriteria.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: INFS 617.

    • Restrictions: Not open to students who have taken GLIS 616.

  • INFS 626 Usability Analysis and Assessment (3 credits)

    Offered by: Information Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    INFS : Principles and techniques for evaluating interactivecomputer-based information systems. Topics includemodels of human information processing, userexperience and decision-making; methods forrequirements gathering and task analysis; andtechniques for user testing, analytic evaluation, andperformance modelling.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: Moffatt, Karyn (Winter)

    • Restrictions: Not open to students who have taken GLIS 626.

  • INFS 627 User-Centered Design (3 credits)

    Offered by: Information Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    INFS : A project-based introduction to interaction design,oriented toward practical methods for designinginteractive systems. Emphasis is placed on iterativeand user-oriented approaches to design, includingthe role of observation, ideation, sketching andprototyping, and formative and summativeevaluation. The role of participatory and value-sensitive approaches to design are also examined.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Restrictions: Not open to students who have taken GLIS 627.

  • INFS 629 Information Security (3 credits)

    Offered by: Information Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    INFS : Introduction to information security. Topics includebasic concepts of confidentiality, integrity, andavailability; security threats; malware; operatingsystems security; access control; network security(encryption, decryption, passwords and digitalsignature); security policies and practices; riskassessments; common criteria; privacy threats andprotection techniques; cybercrime and cyberforensics.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Prerequisite(s): INFS 617

    • Restrictions: Not open to students who have taken GLIS 629.

  • INFS 630 Data Mining (3 credits)

    Offered by: Information Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    INFS : Introduction to data mining. Topics include datapreprocessing, data warehouse architecture, onlineanalytical processing (OLAP), online analyticalmining (OLAM), basic concepts and methods offrequent patterns mining, association rules mining,classification analysis, cluster analysis, and textmining.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: Fung, Benjamin (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: INFS 617 or basic knowledge of database systems.

    • Restrictions: Not open to students who have taken GLIS 630.

  • INFS 633 Digital Media (3 credits)

    Offered by: Information Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    INFS : Foundational scientific concepts and basictechniques of digital media production andmanipulation and their relevance in galleries,libraries, archives, and museums (GLAM). Toolsand techniques for creating and handling digitalmedia. Digitizing audio, image, video, and textmaterials, and using various software packagesfor manipulating and preserving digital sound,images, and video.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Frissen, Ilja (Fall)

    • Prerequisites: INFS 617.

    • Restrictions: Not open to students who have taken GLIS 633.

  • INFS 634 Web System Design and Management (3 credits)

    Offered by: Information Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    INFS : Principles and practices of designing websites inthe context of libraries and information centres,focusing on a conceptual approach to organizinginformation for the world wide web includingdesign, implementation and management issues.Topics include web development tools, markuplanguages, internet security and web serveradministration.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: INFS 617.

    • Corequisite: INFS 625 recommended.

    • Restrictions: Not open to students who have taken GLIS 634.

  • INFS 657 Database Design and Development (3 credits)

    Offered by: Information Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    INFS : Theoretical and applied principles of relational database design. Includes relational theory, conceptual design, database normalization, relational database management systems, SQL queries and database management.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: INFS 617 and GLIS 617.

    • Not open to students who have taken GLIS 657.

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