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Darleen A. Clements
LIS 549
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Information Systems, Architectures, and Retrieval

Introduction to innovative and specialized topics in information systems, architectures, and retrieval. Prerequisite: LIS 540.

Class description

Title: Internet and Technology Fundamentals

This course prepares students for all further iSchool information technology and systems classes. Provides the fundamental concepts and skills in the four units of the course: networks, databases, Web sites, and algorithmic thinking (programming). In each unit, students are expected to master the fundamental concepts and demonstrate their skills in projects. Each unit is a prerequisite for more advanced technical courses.

This course is actually 4 courses packed into one. In the future, each of these 4 units will be offered as a separate 1-credit course (INFX 501, 502, 503, and 504) and these separate courses will all be distance courses.

Student learning goals

Networking Concepts and Applications

Database Concepts

Web Design Concepts

Algorithmic Thinking

General method of instruction

Learning is through a combination of lectures, readings, and hands-on exercises and projects. One hour of class time will be spent on each unit each week.

D.A. Clements and Bob Boiko have worked together on developing the syllabus and both will actually teach a couple hours of each section (A and B):

Lectures. All lectures will be available online prior to the week they are assigned. You are responsible for watching the lecture at your convenience. There will be no lecture time in this class.

Labs. All scheduled class time for this course is lab time. While you have registered for one or the other class section, you are welcome to come to the lab during either of the scheduled times. Lab time is your time. Come prepared with questions or use the time to work on your own.

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites are needed to succeed in this course.

Class assignments and grading

Each major subject area will have one or more tests, lab projects, or workbooks to be completed.

No one in the class is competing against anyone else. No grading curve is used.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Darleen A. Clements
Date: 03/06/2008