Spring 2018 Courses

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

COMM 431: Advanced Audio Production
Robinson, 3 credits, TuTh 9:30 am-10:45 pm, Swain 200A
Prerequisite, COMM 130 or 150; Grade of C or better in COMM 130; permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Advanced analysis and application of the principles and methods of audio production.

COMM 453: The History of New Media Technology in Everyday Life
Palm, 3 Credits, TuTh 2:00 pm-3:15 pm, Bingham 217
Prerequisite, COMM 140. The starting point for this course, chronologically and conceptually, is the emergence of popular media technology. Our purview includes transformative innovations in mediated communication, such as telephony and e-mail, alongside familiar media technologies such as televisions and computers.

COMM 650: Cultural Politics of Global Media Culture
Palm, 3 Credits, TuTh 11:00am-12:15pm, Bingham 101
Prerequisite, COMM 140.
The stuff of media culture today – from rap to apps – circulates within commercial markets that are often trans- and inter-national (if seldom “global” in any literal sense); and the production, distribution and consumption of popular culture (e.g., rap) and media technology (i.e., apps) seldom occur anymore within one nation, or even region of the world. In this course we will study media forms, content and cultures, moving across borders both official and de facto. Our primary subjects will be popular culture, media technology and the people who produce and consume them. Our guiding questions will be organized around the relationships of each to commerce and social change.

COMM 654-001: Motion Graphics, Special Effects, and Compositing
Rankus, 3 Credits, MW 9:05 am-10:55 am, Swain 200A
Prerequisites, COMM 130 or COMM 150 with a C or better, Department Consent Required. In this course course students will learn a wide range of post-production techniques for video projects, using primarily After Effects (and Photoshop to a lesser extent). Topics explored include: Compositing, that is to say the integration and collage-ing of multiple video/film/still/text layers. Motion Graphics deals with the movement through 2D and 3D screen space of these layers, and Visual Effects will consider the myriad ways one can distort, color manipulate, and modify these layers, or create such phenomena as clouds, fire, etc. Besides creating projects using these techniques, we will also screen and analyze how this form of image manipulation is used in television and motion pictures.

COMP 410: Data Structures
Stotts, 3 Credits, MW 1:25 pm-2:40 pm, Genome Sciences Bldg G100
Prerequisite, COMP 401. The analysis of data structures and their associated algorithms. Abstract data types, lists, stacks, queues, trees, and graphs. Sorting, searching, hashing.

COMP 411: Computer Organization
Singh, 4 Credits, MWF 11:15am-12:30 pm, Sitterson Hall 0014
Porter, 4 Credits, TuTh 2:00pm-3:15 pm, Fetzer 109
Prerequisite, COMP 401. Digital logic, circuit components. Data representation, computer architecture and implementation, assembly language programming.

COMP 585: Serious Games
Pozefsky, 3 credits, MWF 3:35pm-4:50pm, Sitterson 011
Prerequisite, COMP 410 or 411. Concepts of computer game development and their application beyond entertainment to fields such as education, health, and business. Course includes team development of a game.

EDUC 790: Design of Emerging Technologies for Education
Ryoo, 3 credits, TuTh 3:30-4:45 pm
This class is a project-based course focusing on emerging technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality, games, 3-D printing, and simulations for education, and design thinking that drives these innovations. Students will design technology-enhanced solutions for educational challenges based on their interests.

GEOG 410: Modeling of Environmental Systems 
Song, 3 credits, TuTh 9:30 am- 10:45 am, Carolina Hall 0204
Uses systems theory and computer models to understand ecosystem energy and matter flows, such as energy flow in food webs, terrestrial ecosystem evapotranspiration and productivity, related to climate, vegetation, soils, and hydrology across a range of spatial and temporal scales.

GEOG 491: Introduction to GIS
Delamater, 3 credits, M 3:35 pm-6:35 pm, Carolina Hall 0220
Prerequisite, GEOG 370. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Stresses the spatial analysis and modeling capabilities of organizing data within a geographic information system. (GISci)

GEOG 541: GIS in Public Health
Delamater, 3 credits, MWF 9:05 am-9:55 am, Carolina Hall 0322
Explores theory and application of geographic information systems (GIS) for public health. The course includes an overview of the principles of GIS in public health and practical experience in its use. (GISci)

GEOG 577: Advanced Remote Sensing
Song, 3 credits, TuTh 2:00 pm-3:15 pm, Carolina Hall 0322
Prerequisite, GEOG 370 or 477. Acquisition, processing, and analysis of satellite digital data for the mapping and characterization of land cover types. (GISci)

GEOG 591: Applied Issues in GIS
Liang, 3 credits, TuTh 9:30 am-10:45 am, Carolina Hall 0322
Prerequisite, GEOG 477, 491, or equivalent. Through a novel research workshop format, this graduate and undergraduate course explores political and geographical dimensions of technological change around key environmental issues–energy, water, and waste. The class is largely a research-project oriented course. Examples of the work produced can be found on the course’s page on Digital Atlases and Resource Pages.

GEOG 592-001: Geographic Information Science Programming
Liang, 3 credits, TuTh 3:30 pm-4:45 pm, Carolina Hall 322
Prerequisite, GEOG 370 or 491. This course will teach students the elements of GISci software development using major GIS platforms. Students will modularly build a series of applications through the term, culminating in an integrated GIS applications program.

GEOG 650: Technology and Democracy Research
Kirsch, 3 credits, Tu 3:30 pm-6:30 pm, Graham Memorial 0038
Are technological choices open to democratic participation? Through a novel research workshop format, this graduate and undergraduate course explores political and geographical dimensions of technological change around key environmental issues–energy, water, and waste. The class is largely a research-project oriented course. Examples of the work produced can be found on the course’s page on Digital Atlases and Resource Pages.

INLS 465: Understanding Information Technology for Managing Digital Collections
Staff, 3 credits, Th 2:00 pm-4:45 pm, Manning 0117
Prepares students to be conversant with information technologies that underlie digital collections in order to evaluate the work of developers, delegate tasks, write requests for proposals, and establish policies and procedures. Teaches students how to think about information technology systems and recognize and manage interdependencies between parts of the systems.

INLS 509: Information Retrieval
Arguello, 3 credits, M 6:00 pm-8:45 pm, Manning 0307
Study of information retrieval and question answering techniques, including document classification, retrieval and evaluation techniques, handling of large data collections, and the use of feedback.

INLS 512: Applications of Natural Language Processing
Haas, 3 credits, MW 12:20 pm-1:35 pm, Manning 0307
Prerequisite: COMP 110, COMP 116, or COMP 121.
Students with graduate standing in SILS may take the course without the prerequisite. Applications of natural language processing techniques and the representations and processes needed to support them. Topics include interfaces, text retrieval, machine translation, speech processing, and text generation. Cross-listed as COMP 486.

INLS 520: Organization of Information
Losee, 3 credits, MW 8 am-9:15 am, Manning 0014
Feinberg, 3 credits, TuTh 12:30 pm-1:45 pm, Manning 0001
Introduction to the problems and methods of organizing information, including information structures, knowledge schemata, data structures, terminological control, index language functions, and implications for searching.

INLS 523: Intro to Database Concepts & Applications
Staff, 3 credits, TuTh 11:00am-12:15 pm, Manning 0307
Staff, 3 credits, M 6:00pm-8:45pm, Manning 0001
Haas, 3 credits, Online
Pre- or corequisite, INLS 161 or 461. Design and implementation of basic database systems. Semantic modeling, relational database theory, including normalization, indexing, and query construction, SQL.

INLS 525: Electronic Records Management
Barnes, 3 credits, MW 12:20 pm-1:35 pm, Manning 0117
Explores relationships between new information and communication technologies and organizational efforts to define, identify, control, manage, and preserve records. Considers the importance of organizational, institutional and technological factors in determining appropriate recordkeeping strategies.

INLS 541: Information Visualization
Hemminger, 3 credits, MW 10:10 am-11:25 am, Manning 307
An introduction to information visualization through reading current literature and studying exemplars. The course reviews information visualization techniques, provides a framework for identifying the need for information visualization, and emphasizes interactive electronic visualizations that use freely available tools. Students will construct several visualizations. No programming skills are required.

INLS 560: Programming for Information Professionals
Gotz, 3 credits, TuTh 9:30 am-10:45 pm, Manning 208
Staff, 3 credits, MW 10:10 am-11:25 pm, Manning 208
Gotz, 3 credits, Online
Introduction to programming and computational concepts. Students will learn to write programs using constructs such as iteration, flow control, variables, functions, and error handling. No programming experience required.

INLS 572: Web Development I
Boone, 1.5 credits, F 12:20 pm-3:05 pm, Manning 001, January 12- March 19
Prerequisite, INLS 161 or 461. Introduction to Internet 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.

INLS 573: Mobile Web Development
Boone, 1.5 credits, F 12:20 pm-3:05 pm, Manning 001, March 23-April 27
An introduction to techniques and technologies for the development of mobile websites and applications. Topics include responsive web design, content strategy for mobile, performance considerations, using mobile frameworks, such as W3.CSS, Bootstrap, and Foundation. Basic Knowledge of HTML is required, and familiarity with CSS and JavaScript is recommended.

INLS 582: Systems Analysis
Mazur, 3 credits, TuTh 12:30 pm-1:45 pm, Manning 208
Staff, 3 credits, M 6 pm-8:45 pm, Manning 307
Introduction to the systems approach to the design and development of information systems. Methods and tools for the analysis and modeling of system functionality (e.g., structured analysis) and data represented in the system (e.g., object oriented analysis) are studied. Undergraduates are encouraged to take INLS 382 instead of this course.

INLS 613: Text Mining
Arguello, 3 credits, MW 2:30 pm-3:45pm, Manning 0307
This course will allow the student to develop a general understanding of knowledge discovery and gain a specific understanding of text mining. Students will become familiar with both the theoretical and practical aspects of text mining and develop a proficiency with data modeling text. Offered annually.

INLS 623: Database Systems II: Intermediate Databases
Staff, 3 credits, Th 6:00 pm-8:45 pm, Manning 0014
Prerequisites, INLS 382 or 582, and 523. Intermediate-level design and implementation of database systems, building on topics studied in INLS 523. Additional topics include MySQL, indexing, XML, and non-text databases.

INLS 690-189: Big Data, Algorithms, and Society
Tufekci, 3 credits, M 12:20 pm-3:05 pm, Manning 0001
This course examines the increasingly important technologies of connectivity from a theoretical and empirical perspective. We will explore the evolution, implications and complications of social media in multiple spheres of life including sociality, community, politics, power and inequality, education, knowledge, and information. Our emphasis will not be on any one current platform (such as Facebook or Twitter) or even a particular device. Rather, we will study how different configurations of connectivity encourage or stifle different socio-cultural practices and values. This course will provide conceptual and methodological foundations for studying and evaluating current and future developments in this area.

INLS 718: User Interface Design
Staff, 3 credits,Tu 6:00 pm-8:45 pm, Manning 208
Prerequisite: INLS 582. Basic principles for designing the human interface to information systems, emphasizing computer-assisted systems. Major topics: users’ conceptual models of systems, human information processing capabilities, styles of interfaces, and evaluation methods.

INLS 740: Digital Libraries 
Shin, 3 credits, Online
Research and development issues in digital libraries, including collection development and digitization; mixed mode holdings; access strategies and interfaces; metadata and interoperability; economic and social policies; and management and evaluation..

INLS 756: Data Curation and Management 
Tibbo, Online
Explores data curation lifecycle activities from design of good data, through content creator management, metadata creation, ingest into a repository, repository management, access policies, and implementation, and data reuse.

INLS 760: Web Databases
Capra, 3 credits, TuTh 6-8:45 pm, Manning 0001
Prerequisites: INLS 572 or equivalent, INLS 523 (623 recommended) and programming experience. Explores concepts and practice surrounding the implementation and delivery of Web-enabled databases. Students will gain experience with and evaluate PC and Unix Web database platforms.

MEJO 581: Multimedia Design
Ruel, 3 credits, TuTh 1:00pm-2:45 pm, Carroll 0060
Prerequisite, MEJO 187. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Theory and practice of multimedia design with an emphasis on usability, design theory, and evaluative methodologies, including focus groups, survey research, eye-track testing, and search engine optimization.

MEJO 582: Advanced Documentary Video Storytelling
Romero, 3 credits, MW 11:15 am – 1:00 pm,  Carroll 0060
Permission of the instructor. Students work on a semester-long documentary multimedia project that includes photo and video journalists, audio recordists, designers, infographics artists, and programmers. Open by application to students who have completed an advanced course in visual or electronic communication.

MEJO 583: Advanced Interactive Media
King, 3 credits, MW 11:15 am-1:00 pm, Carroll  0058
Prerequisite, JOMC 187. Permission of the school. Advanced course in multimedia programming languages that includes designing and building dynamic projects.

MEJO 671: Social Marketing Campaigns 
Southwell, 3 credits, TuTh 8:00 am-9:15 am, Carroll  0283
Social marketing is the application of marketing concepts and practices to bring about behavior change for a social good. This course is designed as a service learning course and fulfills the experiential education requirement.

MEJO 712: Visual Communication and Multimedia 
Staff, TBA
Focusing on the new communication technologies that have created new media, new language and new visual interfaces, this course introduces the student to principles and concepts of visual communication and design and how they are being used in this new cyber medium. Students will learn the rich history of visual images and the conceptual framework of visual communication. They will examine elements of visual images to learn basic design theory and techniques. These visual information concepts will then be applied to the Internet. Students will learn to analyze how diverse visual elements are used in graphics and graphics design, page design, site planning and navigation, and computer system and human interface design, as well as usability, navigation and accessibility. This course is offered online. JOMC 712 is open to non-JOMC graduate students on a space-available basis.

MEJO 795: eHealth
Noar, 3 credits, F 12:00pm-2:45pm, Carroll 0338
The purpose of the current seminar is to provide an opportunity for in-depth study of the eHealth field. We will examine the context of the digital age and what consumers are engaged in online with regard to health; the history of eHealth and its “roots”; interactivity and its relationship to eHealth; the variety of eHealth applications that exist, including Internet websites, computer-tailored interventions, health video games, avatars, interactive voice response technology, text-messaging interventions, mobile “apps,” social media, and others; eHealth design and evaluation strategies; implementation and dissemination research and its application to eHealth; policy issues that influence the eHealth field; issues related to adapting to a rapidly changing eHealth field; and future directions for eHealth practice and research.