Graduate Electives

GRADUATE COURSES THAT HAVE BEEN PRE-APPROVED
AS ADVISOR-APPROVED ELECTIVES IN DIGITAL SCIENCES OR RELATED AREA:

The courses listed below have been pre-approved as advisor-approved electives in Digital Sciences or related area for the Master in Digital Sciences.  However, other courses may also count as advisor-approved electives; consult your academic advisor about other specific courses of interest.

The following course descriptions are from a Class Search in the Kent State University 2013 - 2014 Catalog.  Click on a course name for additional information.

COMM 65661 - COMMUNICATION IN AN INFORMATION SOCIETY
(Cross-listed with COMM 75661) Examines how the development and use of newer communication technologies have influenced human communication. Considers the evolution, social and psychological impact, and culture of newer communication technologies such as the Internet, and how research adapts to these newer media. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours

COMM 65675 - COMMUNICATION, UNCERTAINTY AND PRIVACY MANAGEMENT
(Cross-listed with COMM 85675) Communication, uncertainty, and the management of private information examines theory and research about disclosure and uncertainty issues in communication in a variety of contexts. Course content examines disclosure and uncertainty management applications in relational contexts, health contexts, organizational contexts, and contexts involving human interaction occurring through technology. Prerequisite: graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours 

COMM 65685 - COMMUNICATION AND COGNITION
(Cross-listed with COMM 85685) Application of cognitive theory and research findings to understanding and explaining message production, interpersonal communication, individual differences in adaptive ability, persuasion, political communication, media processing and media effects. Prerequisite: graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours

CS 53005 - INTRODUCTION TO DATABASE SYSTEMS DESIGN
An introduction to the basic theoretical aspects of database systems, file organization, search methodologies, language design and performance evaluation techniques, initial modeling concepts and their use in hierarchical, network, relational and object-oriented database designs. Prerequisite: graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours

CS 53401 - SECURE PROGRAMMING
Code vulnerabilites, static code analysis, error handling, secure I/O, race conditions and mediation, handling buffer and integer overflow, handling vulnerabilities in web and database programming, privacy and cryptography, random number generators. Prerequisites: C (2.000) or better in CS 33001 and graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours

CS 56101 - DESIGN AND ANALYSIS OF ALGORITHMS
(Cross-listed with CS 46101) Introduction to algorithmic concepts, practical techniques for the design and analysis of algorithms; searching, sorting, integer and floating point arithmetic; vector and matrix manipulation. Prerequisite: CS 33001 and MATH 12003. Graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours 

CS 57205 - INFORMATION SECURITY
(Cross-listed with CS 47205) An introduction to concepts and methodology useful for information security, as specified by the NSTISSI NO. 4011 standard from the NSA. Prerequisite: CS 33006; graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours

CS 61003 - ALGORITHMS AND PROGRAMMING II
Further exploration into the tools used in computer science. No credit for CS majors. Prerequisite: CS 61002; graduate standing. 4.000 Credit hours

CS 63901 - SOFTWARE ENGINEERING METHODOLOGIES
(Cross-listed with CS 73901) Software process models; modeling languages; software process improvement; requirement analysis and elicitation; advanced systems and architectural design; estimation; verification and validation; reuse; and metrics. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours

DSCI 62010 - BUSINESS ARCHITECTURE
Introduction to the concept of business architecture as the critical component of enterprise architecture. Students learn how to develop an enterprise business architecture, to apply business architecture principles, methods, and artifacts to organizational initiatives to ensure they are aligned with organizational business goals and performance standards. Students learn how different enterprise architecture frameworks approach the business layer. Prerequisites: DSCI 61010 and graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours

DSCI 64010 - DATA ARCHITECTURE
Introduction to the concept of data and information architecture as a component of enterprise architecture. Students learn how to distinguish types of data, develop conceptual and logical data models, trace and map the use of data types across business capabilities, roles and applications, and prepare an enterprise level data dictionary. Students learn how to work with enterprise data architecture artifacts as they develop an enterprise information architecture blueprint. Prerequisite: DSCI 61010 and graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours

DSCI 65010 - APPLICATION AND TECHNOLOGY ARCHITECTURE
Introduction to the concept of application and technology architectures in the context of enterprise architecture. Students learn how to define application and technology architecture principles and standards to support business performance, and to evaluate existing architectures in relation to performance goals. Students learn to work with application and technology artifacts and matrices, prepare a technology dictionary and develop an application architecture blueprint. Prerequisites: DSCI 61010 and graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours

DSCI 69992 - INTERNSHIP IN DIGITAL SCIENCES
(Repeatable for a maximum of 6 credit hours) A credit-bearing work experience with educational outcomes, utilizing and enhancing a student's academic learning in practical occupational situations. The student is expected to complete pre-determined assignments, which may include a weekly journal, final paper or experience report.Prerequisites: graduate standing and special approval. 1.000 TO 6.000 Credit hours

DSCI 69996 - INDIVIDUAL INVESTIGATION IN DIGITAL SCIENCES
Independent study carried out by a student under the supervision of a faculty member. Subject content, objectives, assignments, and evaluation methods may vary. Prerequisites: graduate standing and special approval. 1.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours

GEOG 59070 - GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE
(Cross-listed with GEOG 49070 and GEOG 79070) Introduction to theories and methods for geographic data processing, including data capture and input, data storage and management, and data analysis and displays. Emphasis is on laboratory exercises using GIS software packages for real world applications. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours

IAKM 60002 - KNOWLEDGE ORGANIZATION STRUCTURES, SYSTEMS AND SERVICES
Introduction to various types of knowledge organization systems/services/structures (KOS) used in the networked environment. Understanding of the functional, philosophical, logical and linguistic fundamentals of KOS. Explanation of design options, features of KOS, and procedures to be used in the thesaurus, taxonomy and ontology construction. Prerequisite: graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours

IAKM 60101 - INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE
Introduction to the fundamental concepts and practices of information architecture (IA). Students develop practical skills for comparing, analyzing, critiquing and designing information architectures. Major topics include organization, navigation, labeling, search and other core IA concepts. Students learn to create blueprints, wireframes, process flows and other documents used to communicate an information architecture design. Prerequisite: graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours

IAKM 60102 - INFORMATION AND VISUAL DESIGN
This course provides a cultural and technological context for understanding the information design process. Topics include: basic design and typographic principles, aesthetics and information design, functional integration of visual and verbal elements, creation and use of information graphics visualization of quantitative information and visual navigation systems. Prerequisite: graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours

IAKM 60104 - USABILITY I
Provides a conceptual and practical overview of the processes and methods of usability testing, such as Think Aloud protocols, performance measurements and eye-tracking analysis. Actual usability testing is performed, using quantitative and qualitative methods and employing current and emerging software tools to facilitate data collection and analysis. Prerequisite: graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours

IAKM 60105 - INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES
(Cross-listed with IAKM 80105) Covers four aspects of information technology: essential technology concepts, the making of software, the social consequences of information technology and the role of non-programmers in technology design. Topics include operating systems, networks, search engines, markup languages, social software, dynamic languages, cloud computing, open source software, technology trends and the history of computing.Prerequisite: graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours

IAKM 60110 - CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
(Cross-listed with IAKM 80110) This course provides an overview of the concepts and practices of Content Management (CM) and Content Management Systems (CMS), including understanding the parts and branches of a CMS criteria for selecting a CMS, CMS configuration, and evaluating and implementing CMS software. Prerequisite: IAKM 60105 or 80105; and graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours 

IAKM 60301 - FOUNDATIONAL PRINCIPLES OF KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT
This course covers an introduction to: historical roots for knowledge and knowledge management; theories/definitions of knowledge; theories, applications tools and practices of KM; Knowledge Management Life-Cycle Framework and Models; significant issues in KM-- best practices, culture, economics, strategy, intellectual capital, sustainable innovation. Prerequisite: graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours

IAKM 60302 - FOUNDATIONS OF DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT
Covers three main themes: Principles, which covers the document and records management conceptual framework, relationships with information policy, definitions and industry standards; Practices, which covers the management and procedural framework for effective planning and implementation of document and records management solutions; Technologies, which provides a business-oriented analysis of the nature of the enabling information systems available to support effective document and records management solutions. Prerequisite: IAKM 60301 and graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours

IAKM 60401 - HEALTH INFORMATICS MANAGEMENT
Covers the areas encompassing health informatics management including the planning, selection, deployment, and management of electronic medical records (EMR), management decision-support and tracking systems (DSS), and other health information technologies (HIT). Prerequisite: graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours

IAKM 60410 - HEALTH RECORDS MANAGEMENT
Conceptual foundations and practicum for health records management, including the planning, implementation and operation of electronic medical records (EMR); the management of EMR in management and enterprise systems; identifying, selecting and evaluating EMR and health information systems, applications, and repositories; and issues of data quality, integrity, migration, and interoperability. Prerequisite: graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours .

ITEC 57411 - DESIGNING VISUALS FOR INSTRUCTION
Investigation of historical, cultural, aesthetic dimensions of instructional visual design. Focus on design of instructional visuals across media, including print, video, computer-based technology. Presentations, lab activities. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours

ITEC 57413 - DIGITAL VIDEO IN EDUCATION
(Cross-listed with ITEC 47413 and ITEC 77413) Students learn how to produce their own video programs, beginning with the planning and scripting process, developing camerawork and audio recording skills, and editing the final production. They also learn how to obtain footage in the field and work with other participants. In addition, the use of video for instruction is explored, with an emphasis upon how it can be effectively integrated into curricula and used to enhance lessons in dynamic ways. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours

ITEC 57427 - TECHNOLOGY AND LEARNING
Overview of technology used in education. Focuses on implementing and facilitating learner- centered curriculum with computer technology. Students develop web-based instructional materials. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours

ITEC 57430 - COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN EDUCATION
Preparation for use of computers effectively in variety of educational settings. Students should have some expertise with computers. Focus on advanced applications in education. Macintosh and Windows. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours

ITEC 67410 - SIMULATION-GAMES IN EDUCATION
Provides students with opportunities to explore simulation and games as a strategy for learning. Experiences in both group role-playing simulations and computer simulations will be included. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and special approval. 3.000 Credit hours

ITEC 67417 - ADVANCED INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN
Compares selected models of instructional design and discusses their advantages and disadvantages for designing instruction. Prerequisite: graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours

ITEC 67425 - MANAGING TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE
Analysis and evaluation of change process are explored, particularly as they relate to use of instructional technology. Management role for facilitating planned change as studied through communication and management models. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours

ITEC 67432 - DESIGNING MULTIMEDIA FOR INSTRUCTION
Focuses on the design, production and evaluation of computer-assisted instructional materials. Instructional design and research are applied to the development of software. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours

ITEC 67435 - VIRTUAL REALITY
Virtual reality provides promise as a tool for educators. Students will learn to create and evaluate instructional applications. Activities will include actual production of virtual worlds as well as virtual experiences on the Internet. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours

ITEC 67436 - DISTANCE EDUCATION
This course explores various approaches to delivering instruction to distant sites and examines a variety of critical issues, such as planning, choice of technology, cost, teaching strategies, evaluation, etc. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours 

ITEC 67437 - WEB DEVELOPMENT FOR EDUCATORS
Provides an overview of basic website development and management in educational settings. Topics include HTML, cascading style sheets, dynamic webpages and database integration. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours

ITEC 67444 - TEACHING ONLINE COURSES
Course explores using pedagogical approaches appropriate to online learning, including facilitating synchronous and asynchronous discussions, facilitating embedded assessment, enhancing online interactivity, collaboration and community and incorporating self-directed learning. Students discuss, analyze and use these strategies in online teaching and learning. Course is presented online. Prerequisite: graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours

ITEC 67449 - RESEARCH IN ONLINE LEARNING
Course reviews current research issues in online teaching and learning and explores potential new areas of research. Students engage in guided inquiry to identify, understand, apply and critique current research in online learning and to discover and construct new areas. Students participate in a constructive online learning environment. Course in presented online.Prerequisite: graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours

LIS 60613 - INFORMATION NEEDS, SEEKING AND USE
Surveys theories related to people's interactions with information. The theories covered include information context and situation, information needs, information seeking, exploration of information sources, communication and collaboration in the information search process, information use, and other interactions among people, information, and information systems.Prerequisite: graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours

LIS 60638 - DIGITAL LIBRARIES
Issues related to the development and maintenance of digital libraries, including technology, collection development and management, project management, digital preservation, user-centered design, public services, rights management and funding. Prerequisite: LIS 60003 or LIS 80003; and graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours 

LIS 60644 - INFORMATION SCIENCE
Focal areas of information science: information retrieval systems, bibliometrics, citation analysis, systems analysis and evaluation, information technologies, information theory, information architecture, knowledge management and user experience. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours

MIS 64080 - EMERGING HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGIES
Investigation of selected emerging hardware and software technologies such as parallel processing systems, computer languages and operation systems, artificial intelligence, neural networks and chaos theory. Prerequisite: graduate standing and special approval of instructor. 3.000 Credit hours

MIS 64081 - DATA COMMUNICATIONS AND NETWORKING IN BUSINESS
An introduction to telecommunications and computer networks. Topics include telecommunications technologies and services communication standards and protocols local area networks and network management. Prerequisite: graduate standing and special approval of instructor. 3.000 Credit hours 

MIS 64082 - DATABASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
In-depth investigation of intelligent database management systems in support of business decision making. An understanding of relational databases is assumed. Object-oriented and semantic database will be explored. Prerequisite: graduate standing and special approval. 3.000 Credit hours

MIS 64083 - INFORMATION SECURITY: A MANAGERIAL PERSPECTIVE
Introduction to the information security areas that managers must understand in order to deal with today's security threat-laden environment. The emphasis is on the important principals and concepts that managers utilize to develop effective security risk management programs. Prerequisite: Admission to MBA program or admission to MS IAKM program; and graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours

MIS 64158 - LEADERSHIP AND MANAGERIAL ASSESSMENT
Develop understanding and skills in self management and team leadership using assessment instruments, role playing and organizational incidents. Prerequisite: graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours

TECH 56411 - REQUIREMENTS ENGINEERING AND ANALYSIS TECHNOLOGY
Techniques to conceptualize, develop and analyze requirements engineering specifications for practical systems. Topics covered include identifying stakeholders and how to effectively work with them, requirements elicitation techniques; requirements engineering in the problem and solution domains. The students are provided with an opportunity to participate in formal review of their projects by industry experts. Strong analytic skills, algorithms or programming experience is recommended. Prerequisite: TECH 46330 or TECH 56330 or CS 61002; and graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours

TECH 56330 - VISUAL BASIC PROGRAMMING IN ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY
The course content includes programming in a high-level object-oriented, event- driven visual programming language, Visual Basic 2010 Express, conditional statements, iterative statements, arrays, object oriented programming, classes, objects, methods, inheritance, exception handling, graphical user interfaces with Windows Forms. Includes a graduate-level VB programming project. Prerequisite: graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours 

TECH 63020 - FIBER OPTIC SYSTEMS
Principles and characteristics of fiber optics, fiber optic system components and applications of fiber optics in electronic communication systems. Prerequisites: TECH 33220 and graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours

TECH 63050 - TRIZ-THEORY OF INVENTIVE PROBLEM SOLVING
Theory of Inventive Problem Solving, TRIZ, is a collection of powerful problem-solving tools for a broad range of inventive problems. The theory originated in Russia by the study of over 2 million patents. Web-based capstone for students finishing their master¿s degree. Students utilize material learned in earlier courses to solve real world problems in multiple disciplines. Prerequisite: graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours

TECH 64312 - ADVANCED WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND NETWORK TECHNOLOGIES
Describes technologies associated with wireless and telecommunications systems. Topics covered include Public Switch Telephone Network Infrastructures, Intelligent Networks, Wireless Technologies in Manufacturing Enterprises, 3GPP Standards, ITU Standards. Prerequisites: TECH 56312 and graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours 

TECH 65330 - ADVANCED VISUAL BASIC PROGRAMMING IN ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY
Advanced concepts in Visual Basic Programming for solving engineering problems. Topics covered include classes and objects; SQL server databases, Language Integrated Query, creating web apps, programming web forms, and security. Familiarity with Visual Basic Programming in Engineering Technology (TECH 56330) is strongly recommended. Prerequisites: graduate standing and TECH 56330. 3.000 Credit hours 

TECH 66380 - ADVANCED NETWORKING
Provides student with experience in fundamental and advanced computer networking techniques including network architectures, LAN systems, network security, and network management and administration. Prerequisite: graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours

VCD 55000 - GRAPHIC DESIGN PERSPECTIVES
Comprehensive exploration of design through history. Topics include the early alphabet, print processes, illustration, photography, corporate design, modern design and digital processes. Prerequisite: graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours

VCD 60121 - USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN IN PRACTICE
Students learn and employ methods for engaging in creative problem solving. Introduce students to design research methods and current research on human behavior as it applies to user experience design. A core set of design deliverables are examined. Students begin to develop individual portfolio materials. Prerequisite: graduate standing. 3.000 Credit hours

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