Informatics (INFO)

INFO Class Schedule

Courses

INFO 102   Little Bits to Big Ideas   credit: 4 Hours.

Broad introduction to the nature, capabilities, and limitations of computing. Topics range from the way data is represented and stored, to the way today's computers work, to the general ideas of algorithms and computational efficiency, to the future of computing. Covers "Great Ideas" across various areas of the field, including, for example, cryptography and internet security, problem solving, modeling and simulation, and artificial intelligence. Same as CS 102.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Quant Reasoning I

INFO 199   Undergraduate Open Seminar   credit: 1 to 3 Hours.

May be repeated in separate terms to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

INFO 202   Social Aspects Info Tech   credit: 3 Hours.

Explores the way in which information technologies have and are transforming society and how these affect a range of social, political and economic issues from the individual to societal levels. Same as LIS 202 and MACS 202. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Social Sciences

INFO 303   Writing Across Media   credit: 3 Hours.

The ability to communicate effectively in multiple types of media is a crucial part of literacy in our society. In this course, students will explore the intersections of various media: print, film, images, sound, etc. Students will consider the ways in which writing--as an object and as a practice--is shaped by multimodal interactions. Also integrates practical activities with broader theoretical issues in order to provide effective strategies for designing multimedia presentations, projects, and texts that integrate photography, video, and sound. Same as WRIT 303.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Advanced Composition

INFO 390   Special Topics   credit: 1 to 3 Hours.

Explores a variety of informatics topics. Topics and prerequisites vary by section; see current Class Schedule for details. May be repeated up to 6 hours if topics vary.

INFO 399   Individual Study   credit: 0 to 3 Hours.

Individual study in a subject related to informatics not covered in normal course offerings. Approved for Letter and S/U grading. May be repeated in separate terms to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

INFO 403   Game Design: Virtual Worlds   credit: 3 Hours.

Principles of game design, game theory, and current video game technologies. Topics include theory of game design (interaction, play, etc.), story crafting, game engines, graphics, physics simulations, AI simulation, world design, play testing, multi-player interaction models, and user interface design. Students will apply theoretical concepts taught during lectures to a semester-long video game design project of their choosing. All students must participate in the completion of a group design project. The project involves the design and creation of a multi-player, 3D video game using an existing platform/framework/engine. Students must work in groups (of 4-6 students) on the project. Groups will need to meet outside of class, as well as in class, to complete the project. Groups will present their game projects for workshops during the semester and at the end of the course. The class format is lecture, labs, individual and group activities, and discussion. Class participation is required. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

INFO 490   Special Topics   credit: 1 TO 4 Hours.

Topics of current interest. 1 to 4 undergraduate hours. 1 to 4 graduate hours. May be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Other prerequisites as specified for each topic offering. See Class Schedule.

INFO 491   Ugrad Bioinformatics Seminar   credit: 0 to 2 Hours.

Introduces the field of bioinformatics and computational biology. Same as CPSC 491 and LIS 483. No graduate credit. Approved for letter and S/U grading. May be repeated in separate terms to maximum of 2 undergraduate hours. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

INFO 500   Orientation Seminar   credit: 0 or 1 Hours.

A broad introduction to faculty research in each Informatics Area. Consists of weekly presentations by Informatics faculty highlighting their recent research, practice, and related concepts. Approved for S/U grading only. May be repeated in separate terms to a maximum of 2 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in any field.

INFO 510   Research Practicum   credit: 4 Hours.

A one semester directed research project supervised by a member of the informatics faculty in the student's area of specialization or closely related area. These are intended to be practical research, not just literature surveys, and must have a definite output such as a paper or demonstration project. The research should be relevant to the thesis work or preparatory work to support the thesis. Informatics students must take two semesters, usually each semester should be under a different Informatics faculty member, but with the concurrence of their advising committee both may be taken under a single faculty member. Approved for S/U grading only. May be repeated in separate terms to a maximum of 8 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in any Informatics.

INFO 590   Advanced Special Topics   credit: 1 to 4 Hours.

Subject offerings of new and developing areas of knowledge in Informatics, intended to augment existing curriculum. See Class Schedule for specific topics and prerequisites. 1 to 4 graduate hours. No professional credit. May be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate Student Standing.

INFO 591   Grad Bioinformatics Seminar   credit: 1 to 2 Hours.

This seminar series focuses on research in the field of bioinformatics and computational biology. Same as CPSC 591 and LIS 583. Approved for letter and S/U grading. May be repeated in separate terms to a maximum of 4 hours. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

INFO 597   Individual Study   credit: 2 to 4 Hours.

Individual study in a subject related to informatics not covered in normal course offerings. May be repeated in same term for a maximum of 8 hours or separate terms for a maximum of 16 hours if topics vary. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

INFO 599   Thesis Research   credit: 0 to 16 Hours.

Research for Ph.D. thesis. May be repeated in separate terms. Prerequisite: Instructor approval required.