Information Science & Information Studies

ISIS 170/COMPSCI 107/VMS 172: Artificial Life, Culture, and Evolution
Nick Gessler
TuTh 10:05 am - 1:00 pm in Perkins LINK Classroom TBA (includes lab time)
STS, QS, SS

Theory, practice and epistemology of computing and simulation. Creation of artificial models of life, culture, and evolution for prediction and exploration. Social processes embedded in simulation. Hands-on introduction to C++ to create and modify highly visual, sims with color and sound. Critical exploration of state-of-the-art multicausal, multiagent simulations. Topics include: cellular automata and emergence; human and non-human agency; self-organizing cultures. Historical and cultural contextualization through computer artifacts and applications in science and the arts, industry and entertainment, military and intelligence communities. No programming experience required.


ISIS 230/EOS 230: Meteorites and the Solar System
Nick Gessler
W 10:05 am - 1:00 pm in Perkins LINK 2-072 Classroom 6
NS, QS

Cultural and intellectual history of meteorites, the science of meteoritics and our knowledge of the Solar System. Examination of actual specimens, classification and sourcing using microscope and microprobe analyses. Weathering effects and dating techniques. Interaction with the latest computer simulations and visualizations of planetary, asteroid and meteoroid orbits and collisions, formation of gravitational ring structures and complex travel trajectories. Dynamics of fiery flight through Earth’s atmosphere and distribution of fragments on the ground. Methods of finding falls using seismography, Doppler radar and all-sky cameras. Methods of identifying meteorites in the field.


ISIS 240/AMI 325/VMS 288: Web-Based Multimedia Communications (hands-on lab)
TuTh (Richard Lucic) 1:25 pm - 2:40 pm, W (Florian Wiencek) 1:40 pm - 4:10 pm
in Social Sciences 229
R, ALP, QS

Multimedia information systems, including presentation media, hypermedia, graphics, animation, sound, video, and integrated authoring techniques; underlying technologies that make them possible. Practice in the design innovation, programming, and assessment of web-based digital multimedia information systems. Intended for students in non-technical disciplines.


ISIS 351S/VMS 357/LIT 224S: Digital Storytelling
Mastewal Mellese
TuTh 8:30 am - 9:45 am in Smith Warehouse, Bay 12, Room 228
STS, W, ALP

Digital storytelling methodologies, theory, and practice. In-depth analysis of digital storytelling in various media forms and modes of production. Cultural impact of new media narratives. Exploration of digital storytelling affordances: text, video, audio, design, animation, and interactivity. Hands-on experience developing digital narratives and creating digital critiques. No specific digital media authoring experience required.


ISIS 380: Digital Cities: Representing the Past and Building the Future Florian Wiencek
Tu 1:40 pm - 4:10 pm in Smith Warehouse, Bay 12, Room 101
R, STS, CZ

Digital Cities in theory and practice. Exploring digital representation of history, culture, architecture, events, and populations.  Change over time, prospective modeling of possible futures and alternate pasts. Ubiquitous computing in urban environments.  Global cities and diaspora. Use of mapping, imaging, 3D, augmented reality, games. Individual and group digital city projects.


ISIS 495S: Research Capstone
Victoria Szabo
Tu 8:45 am - 11:20 am in Social Sciences 229
R, SS

Course limited to ISIS certificate students.  Students plan, research, and create new technology projects designed to facilitate interdisciplinary collaborative research, synthesizing their coursework in the program.  Discussion sections meet weekly to discuss project goals and progress, learn principles of effective research project management, interdisciplinary collaboration, and ethical conduct research. 


ISIS 650S/LIT 621S/ ARTHIST 537S/VMS 561S: Critical Studies in New Media
Timothy Lenoir
Th 3:05 pm - 5:35 pm in TBA
R, STS, ALP, SS

New media technologies examined from a transdisciplinary perspective; how they compare with, transform, and remediate previous media practices. 


Cross Lists:


AMES 535S/ISIS 535S: Chinese Media and Pop Culture
Kang Liu
Tu 3:05 pm - 5:35 pm
CCI, R, Alp

 

AMI 101/ISIS 111/ARTSVIS 102/LIT 111/VMS 102: Intro to Arts of the Moving Image
David Gatten
W 6:15 pm  9:45 pm
ALP


AMI 215/ARTSVIS 328/ISIS211: Animated Film
Fred Burns
MW 1:25 pm - 2:40 pm in TBA
STS, ALP

 

AMI 357S/ISIS 248S/DOCST 288S: Editing for Film and Video
Shambhavi Kaul
W 6:15 pm - 9:15 pm in Smith Warehouse, Bay 12, Room 228

ALP


COMPSCI 92L/ISIS 101L: Information and the Internet
Owen Astrachan
WF 1:25 pm - 2:40 pm in Gross Chem 107; M 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm in TBA
EI, STS, QS

 

DANCE 308/THEATRST 364/ISIS 376/ECE 496: Performance and Technology
Thomas DeFrantz, Tyler Walters, and Martin Brooke
TuTh 11:45 am -1:00 pm in TBA
STS, ALP

 

ENGLISH 390-5/ISIS 390: Social Science and Literature (Special Topics)
Dan Arlely and Cathy Davidson
M 3:05 pm - 5:35 pm in Physics 259
CCI, STS, ALP, SS

 

LIT 590S/ISIS 490S-1/CULANTH 490S/ENGLISH 490S: Finance, Capital, and Literary Theory (Special Topics)
Katherine Hayles
M 3:05 pm - 5:35 pm in Friedl 102
R, STS, ALP, SS

 

LIT 690S/ARTHIST 590S/ISIS 590S/VMS 590S: Contemporary Theory (Special Topics)
Mark Hansen
Tu 3:05 pm – 5:35 pm in TBA


PSY 673S/COMPSCI 673S/ISIS 673S/PHARM 673S: Computers and Psychiatry
Nestor Schmajuk
W 10:05 am - 12:35 pm in TBA
NS, QS

 

SPANISH 410/MEDREN 458/ISIS 251: Spanish Literature of the Renaissance and the Baroque
Margaret Greer
MW 11:45 am - 1:00 pm in Languages 305
CCI, FL, ALP

 

VMS 345/ISIS 283/AMI 207: Cultural History of the Televisual
Mastewal Mellese
MW 3:05 pm - 4:20 pm in Smith Warehouse, Bay 12, Room 101
STS, ALP, CZ


Notes:

All courses listed count towards the ISIS undergraduate certificate. The 500 level courses count towards the graduate certificate as well.

Please also contact individual faculty about independent study opportunities in ISIS, the Wired! Lab and the GreaterThanGames Lab.

Check ACES/STORM for the latest information on these and other courses in ISIS.

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