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Information Use Curriculum

The Master of Science in Information Use requires 24 credit hours additional to the core :
• Four (4) courses (12 credit hours) in the Information Use core.
• Four (4) courses (12 credit hours) of electives in the Information Use concentration. One of the electives may be taken from one of the other concentrations.
• At least 3 credit hours in a Thesis or Master's Project.

To view the description for each course listed, mouse-over the course number or title. 

Information Use Core (required for majors)

  • IAKM 60201 Usability I
    • This course will provide 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 will be performed, using quantitative and qualitative methods and employing current and emerging software tools to facilitate data collection and analysis.
  • IAKM 60202 Usability II
    • This course will provide students with an understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methods appropriate for conducting advanced studies of human interaction with computers. In addition, students will learn how to evaluate, purchase, implement, and operate equipment for usability labs in a manner consistent with research methods.
  • IAKM 60203 User and Task Analysis for Interface Design
    • In order to design and develop effective user interfaces, task analysis process and theory are explored and applied via principles drawn from anthropology, ethnography, cognitive psychology, document and instructional systems design and market research. Practical techniques and methodologies are presented to improve interface design through all phases of the design process.
  • IAKM 60101 Information Architecture I
    • An overview of the concepts and practices of information architecture (IA), providing students the opportunity to develop practical skills related to information architecture. IA seeks to minimize the limitations on an organization's ability to provide information and communication within and among organizations, clients, suppliers, etc. through the creation of “information spaces.”

Select four (4) of the following from the Information Use electives:

  • IAKM 60111 Online Branding
    • This course will focus on the strategies needed to advance brands through effective online experiences including web sites, intranets, extranets and emerging web technologies. Students will also learn how to extend the brand through personalization, localization and other segmentation techniques.
  • IAKM 60691 Seminar: (variable course titles)
    • Advanced research by small groups of students who are qualified to examine problems of certain special areas in information architecture, information usability or knowledge management.
  • IAKM 60692 Practicum
    • Supervised work experience in information architecture, information use or knowledge management of a professional nature of not less than 100 clock hours with directed readings and preparation of a paper. May not be repeated. IP permissible.
  • IAKM 60792 Internship
    • Supervised work experience of an advanced professional nature that concentrates on developing skills in Information Architecture, Information Use or Knowledge Management. IP permissible. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing and Director's Approval.
  • IAKM 61096 Individual Investigation
    • Research or individual investigation for master's level graduate students. Maximum credit per registration: 3 hours. Maximum credit towards master's degree: 6 hours. IP permissible. Prerequisite: Permission.
  • IAKM 61095 Topics: (variable course titles)
    • Offered irregularly as resources and/or opportunities permit. Topics could include current or emerging issues in information architecture, information usability or knowledge management.


  • BAD 64083 Information Security
    • 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 principles and concepts that managers utilize to develop effective security risk management programs. Prerequisite: Admission to the M.B.A. program or admission to the M.S. program in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management.
  • COMM 65661 Communication in an Information Society
    • Examines how the development and use of newer communication technologies have influenced human communication. Considers the evolution, social and psychological impact, culture of newer communication technologies such as the Internet, and how research adapts to these newer media.
  • COMM 65662 Mass Media Effects
    • Examines perspectives on media effects, the impact media have on individuals and societies, and how individual, societal and communication elements influence media uses and effects. Explores issues such as media portrayals, campaigns, violence and children and the media.
  • COMM 65665 Personal and Mediated Communication
    • Examination of the interface of interpersonal and mediated communication in everyday life. Includes topics such as parasocial interaction, talk radio, TV co-viewing, cell phones, teleconferencing, computer-mediated relationships and media portrayals.
  • COMM 65670 Interpersonal Communication
    • Survey of recent theoretical developments and research in interpersonal communication. Topics include relationship development, interaction, interpersonal traits, compliance, conversational analysis and research methods.
  • CS 69995* Topics: Advances in Internet-Based Applications and Systems
    • A specific offering of the Computer Science Special Topics course. For more information, contact the IAKM office.
  • JMC 50004* Computer Assisted Reporting
    • Computer analysis of large data sets focusing on government, court, police records, for preparation of news stories; basics of online searching; software and databases. Prerequisite: Permission. Special course fee: $30 per semester (subject to change).
  • JMC 50012* Online Journalism
    • Study and evaluation of online news and news sites; reporting and writing for online news media; design, production and maintenance of an online news site; ethical, legal and economic issues related to online news. Prerequisite: JMC 50002 or permission. Special course fee: $30 per semester (subject to change).
  • JMC 50015 Media Management
    • A study of administrative problems, methods, procedures in the management of media corporations.
  • JMC 60002 Legal Problems in Mass Communication
    • Case studies related to the First Amendment, libel, invasion of privacy, regulation of broadcasting and new media, copyright and access to information. Course focus will be the theories underlying these issues, as well as practical application of the legal concepts. Prerequisite: Permission.
  • JMC 60003 Seminar: Ethics of Mass Communication
    • Study of ethical problems of mass media in society; analysis of media policies; performance evaluation. Prerequisite: Permission.
  • JMC 60009 Seminar in Social Role of the Mass Media
    • Application of professional, theoretical, historical, economic and political perspectives to examine the role of mass media in society both in terms of structure and function. Prerequisite: Permission. Special fee: $18 per semester.
  • JMC 60015* Advanced Media Management
    • Theory and practice of management operations and problem-solving techniques specifically related to media companies. Emphasis will be using case studies from the media. Prerequisite: JMC 50015.
  • JMC 66020* Precision Journalism
    • Professional application of social science research methods and statistics to the news industry. Writing stories on public opinion polls, public records and field experiments. Prerequisite: JMC 50002 or permission.
  • LIS 60613* Information Uses and Services
    • Analysis of information and communication theory as it relates to adults’ information needs and use; interface issues, electronic information resources and information use; technological methods for designing and using information systems, telecommunications and networks, and consideration of planned communication strategies. Prerequisite: LIS 60001 or permission. LIS 60604 recommended.
  • LIS 60643* Online Information Systems
    • Use of information technologies to search for and retrieve electronic information, primarily through the Internet. Analysis of database structures and electronic records; search principles and heuristics; database system producers; system interfaces; and evaluation of results. Prerequisite: LIS 60001 or permission. Special fee: $30.
  • 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.
  • LIS 60649* Indexing and Abstracting
    • Principles and methods of manual and computerized indexing and abstracting applied to I&A databases, back-of-book indexes Web site indexes and sitemaps. Techniques of constructing indexing languages using international standards. Theory and practice of index design for specific formats and subjects. Automation and I&A services in networked environments. Prerequisite: LIS 60002. Special fee: $20.

* denotes a course with prerequisites

See the Information Architecture or Knowledge Management curriculum pages for the list of possible alternatives for up to 3 credit hours of electives for IU majors.

All students must select one of the following:

  • IAKM 61199 Thesis I and
    • Thesis students must register for a total of 6 hours, 2 to 6 hours in a single semester, distributed over several semesters, if desired. "S/U" grading; "IP" permissible.
  • IAKM 61299 Thesis II (if appropriate)
    • Thesis students must continue registration each semester until all degree requirements are met. "S/U" grading; "IP" permissible.


  • IAKM 60198 Master's Project
    • Students must register for this course during the semester of their Information Architecture and Knowledge Management project. Not repeatable. "S/U" grading; "IP" permissible.

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