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Catalog descriptions of courses (Updated 2014)

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Catalog Description of Courses


LSIS 5000. Foundations of Librarianship and Information Services (3)
The history and development of librarianship and information science, the functions of information-oriented agencies, the professional ethics that guide practitioners, and current trends and issues in the field.

LSIS 5010. Information Systems in Organizations (3)
The role of information systems in organizations, how they relate to organizational structure, basic concepts such as the systems point of view, the organization of a system, information flow, and the nature of information systems.

LSIS 5015. Introduction to Health Informatics (3)
Overview of Health Informatics core disciplines, including Biomedical Informatics, standards, software architecture and natural language processing.

LSIS 5060.Libraries in the Political Process (3)
Laws and the political environment as they affect library well-being.

LSIS 5110. Information Systems Policy (3) LSIS5010SyllabusOnlineFall2011.doc
Matching information systems policy to the information needs of an organization, and investigating issues relating to management and administration of the information systems functions.

LSIS 5115. Information Technology and Intellectual Property (3) LSIS5115Fa11Syllabusv1OnlineFall2011.doc Legal theory and IT concepts as applied through business system models to specific patent and copyright issues in workforce situations within the context of Internet data communications.

LSIS 5120. Management and Systems Analysis (3)
The management process and the principal functions of planning, organizing, directing, and controlling as applied to all types of libraries and information centers, including the quantitative and behavioral approaches to management activity.

LSIS 5130. Administration of the School Media Center (3)
Effective management of resources, programs, personnel, facilities, and finances of the modern school media center.

LSIS 5140. The Special Library/Information System (3)
The fundamentals of administering a library, an information center, or a system in industrial, governmental, and educational environments, with an emphasis on planning, implementation, and evaluation of services.

LSIS 5160. The Academic Library (3)
Approaches to the organization and administration of college and university libraries, with emphasis on developing materials collections and service programs that meet the needs of a variety of institutions and methods of instruction.

LSIS 5171. Systems Analysis (3)
Introduction to the systems approach to design and development of information systems, including methods and tools for analysis and modeling of functionality (e.g., structured analysis) and data represented in the system (e.g., object oriented analysis).

LSIS 5180. The Public Library (3)
The roles performed by public libraries in meeting educational, informational, recreational, and cultural needs.

LSIS 5190. The African American Collection (3)
Selection, acquisition, and organization of materials for an African American collection and effective methods for its management.

LSIS 5210. Administration of Law Libraries (3)
The development of law libraries and their unique objectives, characteristics, and functions.

LSIS 5220. Social Science Resources and Services (3)
Selection and use of the print and electronic resources of the various disciplines of the social sciences and the characteristics and needs of users.

LSIS 5224. Resources and Services for Education Programs (3)
Principles, issues and trends in building and using print and electronic resources to support the curriculum and learning activities of education programs.

LSIS 5225. Selection and Use of Information Sources (3)
The techniques of identification, selection, examination, use, and evaluation of basic reference materials in print and electronic formats and of services that are essential in a variety of library environments.

LSIS 5230. Humanities Resources and Services (3)
Selection and use of the print and electronic resources of the various disciplines of the humanities and the characteristics and needs of users.

LSIS 5240. Science and Technology Resources and Services (3)
Selection and use of the print and electronic resources of the various scientific and technical disciplines and the characteristics and needs of users.

LSIS 5245. Health Sciences Resources and Services (3)
Selection and use of the print and electronic resources of the various disciplines and professions of the health sciences. INLS 225 at UNC at Chapel Hill.

LSIS 5260. Business Information Resources and Services (3)
Selection and use of the print and electronic resources of the various aspects of business information and the characteristics and needs of users.

LSIS 5300. Theories and Applications of Mass Communications (3)
The development and role of books and mass communications media in society and their relationship to libraries and information science.

LSIS 5320. Global Library and Information Systems (3)
Library service in other countries and international efforts to cooperate to increase access to information on a worldwide basis.

LSIS 5325. Uses and Users of Information (3)
Theories and practices of knowledge construction and processing in relation to information needs and uses of people in their various roles, situations, and contexts. Introduction to various issues, research and methods that are used to study human knowledge processing and information behavior, with a focus on development of effective information systems, products and services by libraries and other information industries and organizations.

LSIS 5335. Adult Resources and Services (3)
Principles of service to adults–early adulthood, middle adulthood and later adulthood–including collection development and programming strategies in public libraries and community college lib rary environments.

LSIS 5400. Subject Analysis Systems (3)
The Library of Congress classification system and subject headings, selection and construction of subject headings, and general subject analysis systems.

LSIS 5410. Technical Services in Libraries (3)
Planning and management of operations relating to the acquisition, processing, organization, and conservation of materials.

LSIS 5425. Organization of Information (3)
The competencies needed to do basic cataloging, to classify and assign subject headings, and to organize multi-media collections.

LSIS 5430. Indexing and Abstracting (3)
The basic concepts and systems of indexing and abstracting.

LSIS 5440. Data-mining and Management with Statistical Analysis Applications (3)
Overview of data mining and its application in business. Topics include data mining models such as decision trees, genetic algorithms, neural nets, agent network technology; data mining process and discussion of practical available data mining tools.

LSIS 5442. Network Security (3) LSIS5442SyllabusFall2011.doc
The principal concepts of network security. Topics such as cryptography, encryption, authentication, denial-of-service attacks, worms, viruses, intrusion detection, firewalls, virtual private network, Web security, and access control of the network systems. PREREQUISITE: LSIS 5475

LSIS 5450. Information Retrieval (3)
Basic concepts and principles of information retrieval including document and query representation, retrieval and evaluation techniques, and the use of relevance feedback.

LSIS 5451. Database Systems (3) LSIS5451SyllabusFall2011.doc
A study of database models including relational, hierarchical, and networks; normalization techniques, query languages; and entity-relationship theory.

LSIS 5452. Advanced Data Base Systems (3)
A continuation of LSIS 5451. Emphasis is placed on record storage and primary file organization, query processing and optimization, transaction processing concepts, concurrency control techniques, recovery techniques, database security and authorization, advanced data modeling concepts, object-oriented databases, distributed databases and client-server architectures, deductive databases, and emerging database technologies and applications. Prerequisite: LSIS 5451.

LSIS 5460. Expert Systems (3) LSIS5460ExpertSystemsSyllabusOnlineFall2011.doc
Theories, principles and languages for knowledge engineering, including rules, semantic nets and frames, knowledge acquisition, default logic, and uncertainties.

LSIS 5470. Computer-Based Information Networks (3)
Methods of data communications, interfacing between computers and communication networks, and computer-to-computer transfer of information. Prerequisite: LSIS 5475.

LSIS 5472. Protocols and Network Management (3)
Network protocols and protocol stacks, including protocol classes, packet filtering, address filtering, network management, and network hardware. Prerequisite: LSIS 5475.

LSIS 5475. Communications Science I (3) LSIS5475SyllabusFall2011.doc
Introduction to telecommunications concepts, applications, and services. Introduces the TCP/IP protocol suite along with clients and servers for Internet communication, browsing, and navigation. Examines policy, management, and implementation issues.

LSIS 5480. Telecommunications Systems (3)
The technical and operational aspects of the telecommunication industry, network planning, services planning, and future trends in telecommunications. Prerequisite: LSIS 5475.

LSIS 5505. Survey of Literature for Children and Adolescents (3)
Identification and evaluation of materials for children and adolescents, designed to enhance learning and literary experiences.

LSIS 5525. Adolescent Resources and Services (3)
Principles of services to adolescents, including collection development and programming strategies.

LSIS 5530. Ethnic Materials for Children and Adolescents (3)
An examination of ethnicity and its relevance to children’s and young adult collection development.

LSIS 5580. Government Publications (3)
The sources, availability, organization, and use of federal, state, and local documents and selected publications of international bodies and foreign countries.

LSIS 5600. Computers in Libraries and Information Science (3)
Tools and concepts for information use. The course covers various aspects such as Internet applications, HTML, Windows, Linux, and Microsoft Office applications.

LSIS 5610. Information Systems Projects (3)      LSIS5610SyllabusFALL2011.doc

Experience in analyzing, designing, implementing, and evaluating information systems. Students will be assigned one or more systems development projects.

LSIS 5614. Information Technologies in Educational Organizations (3)
Interactive demonstration of skills and knowledge in integrating information technologies into educational organizations. As a capstone course, students are required to develop a project that can be practiced utilizing all prior course work for the distanced education MLS degree.

LSIS 5620. Practicum (3)   (General information)
Supervised activities designed to allow students to demonstrate service competencies and an understanding of the role of the librarian in a type of library environment. Required of certain concentrations and certification tracks as outlined in the student handbook.

LSIS 5630. Online Searching Tools for Informatics (3)
The course focuses on advanced search strategies and techniques required to effectively and efficiently use online information retrieval systems. It is designed around a series of hands-on exercises and projects that allow students to apply the concepts and principles learned in class in understanding and using any conventional information retrieval system. The course is designed for students planning to work in any type of library or information center.

LSIS 5635. Information Retrieval and Analysis (3)
A survey of the principles of information retrieval that explores the fundamental processes of description, classification, information structures, database models, and the application of those processes as reflected in information systems of all types, including, but not limited to, libraries. In addition, the course explores multiple information systems to illustrate these principles. The course will cover the principles of evaluating the quality of retrieved information, human information processing, and transforming information into knowledge.

LSIS 5640. Internet Applications (3)
The concepts of the Internet, applications, and services and its development techniques. The course covers various technologies which include TCP/IP, Telnet, FTP , HTML, Perl, PHP, CGI, Web Databases, and XML. Newer technologies such as distributed object computing (DOC), and XML are included. Students will be expected to complete moderately complex assignments on topics covered.

LSIS 5645. Family and Community Relationships (3)
Theories and principles of family and community development, and the role of the library in their maintenance, including interagency programming strategies.

LSIS 5700. Independent Study Graduate Students Only (3)
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor and approval of the Dean.

LSIS 5750 Special Topics (3)
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor and Dean.

LSIS 5810 . Research Methods (3) LSIS5810Syllabus1OnlineFall2011
Methods of research relevant in librarianship or information science.

LSIS 5820. Meta-Data Analysis (3)   LSIS5820SyllabusFall2011.doc Generating new knowledge and information from legacy data — secondary analysis of previously organized text and primary data sets in both print and electronic formats. The course will focus on the following secondary analysis strategies/mechanisms: data mining, search tools, automatic summarization, and knowledge management tools.

LSIS 5825. Seminar in Information Management and Institutional Research (3)
Group study and discussion of basic questions that arise in information management and institutional research and methods and theories that enable observation, analyses and interpretation. Prerequisite: At least one course in statistics, research methods or permission of the instructor.

LSIS 5835. Seminar in Human Factors in System Design (3) LSIS5835SyllabusHumFactoraFall2011.doc This seminar presents a user centered (UCD) framework to explore the interdisciplinary design and use of software systems that take into account the capabilities and limitations of humans and machines.

LSIS 5845. Healthcare Info Systems & Applications (3) Advanced Health Informatics topics, inclding the Elecetroinic Health Record, Public & Consumer Health, Telehealth, Decision Support and Bioinformatics.

LSIS 5883. Graphical Representation (3)
Statistical and conceptual principles and methods of graphical data analysis and presentation including: dot charts, classification (facet) theory, regression trees, and conceptual graphical representation through formal concept analysis. The relationship effects of human graphical perception and graphical methods and techniques are also included.Prerequisite: Statistics course.

LSIS 5900. Thesis (6)    (Further information)
Participation in a significant research activity that results in a written report demonstrating originality and scholarship. Prerequisite: Permission of the Dean.

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