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Course Descriptions


INFM 110. Introduction to Informatics (3 hours)

Prerequisite: INSY 102.

This course includes a definition and survey of the informatics discipline with emphasis on its relationship to computer-based information processing in organizational contexts. It introduces students to problem solving using information technology, information representation, Boolean algebra, propositional logic, relational databases, system design, and newly-developed cutting-edge data management technologies. Students will begin to assess the impact of these approaches on science and society. Laboratory fee.


INFM 120. Introduction to Computer Systems (3 hours)

Prerequisites: INFM 110; MATH 130.

Since the computer is the central technological artifact in the study and practice of informatics, this course will introduce the student to the fundamentals of computer architecture and assess the impact that architecture has on informatics as a discipline. Specific attention will be given to popular commercial computer operating systems, network operating systems, and freeware/shareware systems. Laboratory fee.


INFM 202. Graphics and Interface Design (3 hours)

Prerequisite: INSY 102 or equivalent.

This course provides an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills required for manipulation of vector and pixel based graphics. It introduces image processing concepts and methods for optimizing the use of graphics and other multimedia components in web applications. As one of the key steps in the production cycle for web design, a prototype will be introduced and completed in high fidelity detail using software tools. Laboratory fee.


INFM 205. Survey of Health Informatics (3 hours)

Prerequisites: INSY 102; LBST 175, 180 or equivalent.

A survey of modern information and communication technology in hospital and healthcare information systems (HHIS). Students will review scientific techniques and methodologies described in the health informatics literature. Students will explore how HHIS improve the quality and management of hospital health care and clinical processes, as well as security issues related to sharing public health information. Laboratory fee.


INFM 210. Programming Concepts for Informatics (3 hours)

Prerequisites: INFM 120; MATH 181.

An introduction to programming language concepts for problem solving, this course introduces the syntax and semantics of several programming languages. Topics include: input/output, variables and data types, expressions and operators, regular expressions, conditional statements, iteration statements, design I (pseudo code), object models, design II (stepwise refinement), functions, and arrays. Laboratory fee.


INFM 212. Web Development (3 hours)

Prerequisite: INFM 210.

This course provides an introduction to design and development of applications for the World Wide Web, emphasizing client-side programming with an introduction to server-side programming, including an introduction to the main ideas and tools involved in designing and developing web-based applications. Students will learn to design, build, and publish web applications with special emphasis on hand coding. Laboratory fee.

INFM 225. Health Informatics Standardization (3 hours)

Prerequisite: INFM 210.

This course provides an overview of information and resource sharing technology in the modern public health system, including an introduction to different standards used in the Public Health Information Network and resources available for public health research and data sharing. Emphasis will be placed on the structure and computerization of Electronic Medical Records (EMR) with common standards. Laboratory fee.


INFM 230. Contemporary Programming (3 hours)

Prerequisite: INSY 102 or INFM 110.

This course will introduce students to a currently popular nonprocedural programming language, such as Java. Students will learn to use the subject language in web application development. Laboratory fee.


INFM 301. Issues in Technology Management (3 hours)

Prerequisites: INSY 102 or INFM 110; LBST 175, 180 or equivalent.

Students will examine the impact of computer-based information technology and informatics on both individuals and the organizations in which they work. Various approaches to the direction, planning, and management of computerized information technology will be considered. Students will assess the effect of information technology and informatics on the quality of their personal lives, as well as on their productivity within an organizational context.


INFM 310. Advanced Programming Concepts (3 hours)

Prerequisites: INFM 210; MATH 220.

An introduction to Object-Oriented programming language concepts for problem solving, this course focuses on developing and implementing problem solutions using algorithms. Topics include principles of an algorithm, data structures, and abstract data types. Laboratory fee.


INFM 312. Data Base Design and Informatics (3 hours)

Prerequisite: INFM 310.

An introduction to database design principles that underlie the relational model of data and a consideration of their links to problem-solving and programming logic. Topics include formal query languages, SQL, query optimization, relational database design theory, data mining, and an introduction to visual tools for building database applications. Laboratory fee.


INFM 321. Technology and Culture (3 hours)

Prerequisites: INSY 102 or INFM 110; LBST 175, 180 or equivalent.

This course examines the relationships between culture and technology while emphasizing the impact of information. Students will be exposed to a variety of perspectives and encouraged to think independently about the "Information Age" while applying humanistic principles embodied in the course curriculum to technical aspects of data processing, information delivery, and informatics.


INFM 322. Introduction to Multimedia and Web Design Tools (3 hours)

Prerequisites: INSY 102 or equivalent; LBST 175, 180 or equivalent.

This course introduces basic concepts of multimedia presentation and website design, including use of presentational graphics programs and web design tools as well as an overview of web design processes. Students will use both basic and professional web design tools for text, graphics, webpage layout, website structure and website publishing. Laboratory fee.


INFM 331. Informatics, Expert Systems, and Artificial Intelligence (3 hours)

Prerequisites: INSY 102 or INFM 110; LBST 175, 180 or equivalent; INFM 210.

This course introduces basic concepts underlying artificial intelligence and the design of expert systems while emphasizing the fundamental contextual role of Informatics. Students will explore the philosophical and physiological arguments relating the computer to the human brain, examine various approaches to replicating human decision processes with computing technology, and design a functional expert system. Artificial intelligence and expert systems will be placed in an organizational information processing context and related to Informatics. Laboratory fee.


INFM 332. Client – Server Development (3 hours)

Prerequisites: INFM 212, 312.

This course emphasizes advanced client-server programming and introduces students to server-side administration. Students will acquire the skills necessary to implement efficient client-server communication and create databases for a dynamic web application. Laboratory fee.


INFM 335. Basic Biostatistics, Health Data Processing, and Literature (3 hours)


Prerequisites: LBST 175, 180 or equivalent; MATH 220; SCIE 230.

Students will develop an understanding of fundamental biostatistics and the basic procedure of health informatics related research. Students will examine and evaluate published literature in terms of health related statistical data collection, data processing and research design on those data. Statistical programming techniques and contemporary data mining and statistical analysis software packages will be emphasized throughout the course for calculating, interpreting and understanding collected data sets. Laboratory fee.


INFM 345. Research Methods for Health Informatics (3 hours)

Prerequisites: INFM 335; LBST 175, 180 or equivalent.

The course will introduce key methodological approaches employed in health informatics research. Students will have the opportunity to explore and learn about differing theoretical paradigms, techniques, methods and considerations that need to be addressed while designing a health informatics research study. Students will also review some of the methodological issues associated with specific health informatics research designs. Laboratory fee.


INFM 350. Data Communications and Network Systems Design (3 hours)

Prerequisite: INFM 310.

This course provides an overview of basic data communications theory and dominant models of computer networking architecture, including OSI (Open Systems Interconnection) and TCP/IP (Transport Control Protocol/Internet Protocol). Students will learn the operational theory of mid-level access control protocols, including Ethernet and token ring. Laboratory fee.


INFM 351. Comparative Organizational Informatics (3 hours)

Prerequisites: INFM 301, 321, 331.

This course will provide a high-level comparative survey and analysis of how information is processed in different organizational, technological, disciplinary, and cultural contexts. Students will explore the possibility that broadening our perspectives on information processing will increase our decision-making effectiveness.


INFM 372. Human-Computer Interaction and Usability Study (3 hours)

Prerequisites: INSY 102; LBST 175, 180 or equivalent; PSYC 111.

This course explores how people interact with computers during computer operation and software task performance. Students will examine cognitive, physical, and social characteristics that affect how one approaches computer use and apply that knowledge to effective computer system design. Students will work on both individual and team projects to design, implement and evaluate computer interfaces. This course is open to students from all disciplines. Laboratory fee.


INFM 390. Special Topics in Informatics (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor or department chair.

This is the study of some significant topic in any informatics discipline which is not available through some other program offerings.


INFM 395. Directed Study in Informatics (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor or department chair.

This course allows the student to explore, in greater depth, a topic raised in established Informatics courses.


INFM 455. Systems Analysis and Design (3 hours)

Prerequisites: INFM 310 with grade of "C" or above, INFM 312 with grade of "C" or above; LBST 175, 180 or equivalent.

This course provides an introduction to systems design skills required for organizational information engineering. Topics include assessment of information systems performance successes and failures, preparation of preliminary systems analysis documents, and conceptual design of new information systems necessary to meet organizational needs, as well as a strong foundation in systems analysis and design concepts, methodologies, techniques, and tools. Laboratory fee.


INFM 471. Capstone for General Informatics (3 hours)

Prerequisites: All other courses in the General Informatics track; consent of academic advisor.

Students complete their course studies through practical application of concepts and practices by developing a real-time Informatics case project. Laboratory fee.


INFM 472. Capstone for HCI (3 hours)

Prerequisites: All other courses in the Web Development and Human-Computer Interaction track; consent of academic advisor.

Students complete their course studies with the practical application of HCI concepts and practices to a real-time case in Human-Computer Interaction. Laboratory fee.


INFM 475. Capstone for Health Informatics (3 hours)

Prerequisites: All other courses in the Health Information Technology track; consent of academic advisor.

Students complete their course studies with a practical application of concepts, research, and practices, executing the proposal developed in INFM 345. Laboratory fee.