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8.7.3 COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION SCIENCES (CIS)
 
CIS 600 Proseminar in Communication and Information Sciences. One hour *Required.
The course is part of orientation for all students in the PhD program. It must be taken during the first semester of study. As an introduction to relevant research and teaching practices, this course allows students to hear presentations by faculty and advanced doctoral students.
*PhD program core course.
 
CIS 601 Proseminar in Pedagogy. One hour *Required.
The course is part of orientation for all students in the PhD program. It must be taken during the second semester of study. It introduces the students to teaching techniques in communication and information studies.
*PhD program core course.
 
CIS 602 Colloquium in Communication and Information Sciences. One hour *Required.
The course is part of orientation for all students in the PhD program. It must be taken during the third semester of study. The course is designed to allow doctoral students to learn about research being conducted within the College and to make formal presentations of their own research.
*PhD program core course.
 
CIS 603 Communication Research Methods.* Three hours.
The course is a PhD core requirement. Topics are a survey of quantitative and qualitative methods in communication and information sciences. The course provides detailed study of research methods appropriate to the PhD specializations.
*PhD program core course.
 
CIS 604 Mass Communication Theory.* Three hours.
This course is a PhD core requirement for students specializing in mass communication. The course is a survey of the development of theories of mass communication and provides a detailed study of the theoretical foundation of each student's specialization.
*PhD program core course.
 
CIS 605 Cultural, Critical, and Rhetorical Theory. Three hours.
This is a PhD core requirement for students specializing in Cultural, Critical and Rhetorical studies. The course is a survey of the development of theory development in these areas.
 
CIS 606 Knowledge and Information Theory. Three hours.
This is a PhD core requirement for students specializing in Information Studies. The course is a survey of theoretical developments in the study of knowledge and information.
 
CIS 607 Theory Construction and Epistemology. Three hours.
This course is designed to provide detailed study of the philosophical foundations of theory construction and current issues in theories of the nature of knowledge.
 
CIS 618 Advanced Topics in Library Management. Three hours.
Prerequisite: LS 508 or permission of the instructor.
Thorough study of all aspects of the organization and administration of libraries and information centers.
 
CIS 619 Seminar in Education for Librarianship. Three hours. Pass/fail.
Study of the major issues in library education. Among the topics considered are theories of education, the university environment, special characteristics of education for the professions, library school faculty, students, and curricula. 
 
CIS 620 Advanced Materials and Programming for Youth. Three hours.
Prerequisite: LS 521 or LS 522.
Special topics in materials, programs, and services for children and young adults. May be taken more than once.
 
CIS 632 School Media Centers. Three hours.
Develops a philosophical and functional background of the school media program as an integral part of the teaching-learning process. 
 
CIS 642 Advanced Instructional Design. Three hours.
Prerequisite: LS 542.
Thorough study of the human and environmental factors that impinge upon the instructional design consultation process. Selected steps in the instructional design process are emphasized.
 
CIS 650 Seminar in Communication. Three hours.
Topics vary but may be research in broadcast news, libel and privacy, communication management, organizational communication, international communication, or another area appropriate for advanced study and original research. Emphasis is on specific topics outside the main topic areas, but the course supports the PhD specializations and coincides with the research needs of students and the expertise of the directing faculty member. Depending on the interests of participants and on the topic of the seminar, students may conduct research individually or may work together on research projects. May be repeated.
 
CIS 651 History of Libraries. Three hours.
Covers the history of the institutions that preserve and disseminate the records of intellectual progress. 
 
CIS 652 Seminar in Cultural Critical and Rhetorical Studies. Three hours.
The examination of a wide range of mediated texts through the intersecting perspectives of cultural, critical and rhetorical analysis.
 
CIS 653 Descriptive Bibliography. Three hours.
Examines the intellectual objectives served by descriptive bibliographies and introduces the methods and problems of bibliographical description of printed books of the hand- and machine-press periods. Emphasis is on the examination and historical analysis of books as physical objects. Primarily for students interested in the history of books, special collections, rare book cataloging, and humanities reference work.
 
CIS 654 History of the Book: Print Culture and Society. Three hours.
Examines the book as a cultural artifact and explores the impact of print culture on communication and knowledge/information production in Europe and the United States. Topics include orality and literacy, reading, authorship, copyright, markets and distribution, and the future of books in a digital age.
 
CIS 655 History of the Book: Book as Artifact. Three hours.
Examines the book as a physical artifact, as the material embodiment of text. Topics include the transitions between hand production and mechanical production, methods of bookmaking, printers and publishers, the alphabetic code, paratext, letterforms and typography, paper, page formats and layouts, illustrations, bindings, and other semiotic systems and bibliographic signifiers, as well as the purpose of the book with special emphasis on the relationships between meaning and physical form and the complex conventions of the book.
 
CIS 656 Electronic and Contemporary Publishing. Three hours.
Focuses on both scholarly and commercial networked digital publishing within the context of the information cycle and information chain from the vantages of contemporary publishing and communication. The course is concerned with the numerous and varied problems/opportunities of electronic publishing and the accompanying paradigm shifts.
 
CIS 657 Processes and Effects of Communication. Three hours.
Study and analysis of how communication works and its effects on audiences.
 
CIS 659 Special Topics in the History of the Book. Three hours.
Studies in specialized topics.
 
CIS 660 Database Analysis and Design. Three hours.
In-depth coverage of database design techniques. Topics include requirement specifications, data models, schemas, and implementation considerations.
 
CIS 661 Digital Libraries. Three hours.
Prerequisites: LS 560 or currently taking.
Prepares students to develop digital libraries, exploring the issues associated with creating, operating, and maintaining digital libraries; analyzing electronic library programs in the U.S. and assessing their impact on education, scholarship and research.
 
CIS 662 Knowledge Management. Three hours.
Prerequisites: LS 560 or currently taking.
Covers theories and practices of knowledge management, analyzing how knowledge is created, shared and synthesized; conditions that inhibit or enhance information sharing, including competitive intelligence; and technological tools and systems, including case studies.
 
CIS 663 Communication Technologies. Three hours.
Study and analysis of the advent of communication technologies and their impact on communication and society.
 
CIS 664 Communication Institutions. Three hours.
Study and analysis of the development and management of communication institutions and their place in society.
 
CIS 665 Communication Message Analysis. Three hours.
Study and analysis of communication messages, their antecedents, and their potential effects. 
 
CIS 666 Information Policy. Three hours.
Explores key federal information policies and related legislative/regulatory activities. Focuses on relationships between public policy evolution and the spread of information technologies; emphasizes social, economic, and equity impacts and mitigating circumstances. 
 
CIS 667 Persuasion. Three hours.
Study and analysis of the persuasive function of communication through theoretical and/or strategic approaches. 
 
CIS 668 Communication as Entertainment. Three hours.
Study and analysis of the entertainment function of communication and its uses for audience information, recreation, and education.
 
CIS 669 Visual Communication. Three hours.
Study and analysis of visual communication in its various forms, intended uses, and potential effects. 
 
CIS 671 Public Opinion. Three hours.
Study and analysis of the formation and expression of public opinion and its relation to communication.
 
CIS 672 Media History. Three hours.
Historical investigations of communication through descriptive, evaluative, critical, and/or archival approaches.
 
CIS 673 Political Communication. Three hours.
Study and analysis of political communication theory, research, practice, and/or criticism. 
 
CIS 674 Communication Law and Policy. Three hours.
Study and analysis of public policy concerning the expression of communication, as articulated by the various branches of government and/or society.
 
CIS 690 Practicum in Teaching Library and Information Studies. Three hours.
Designed to give doctoral students interested in a teaching career extensive teaching experience under the direct supervision of one or more faculty members. The goal is to assume responsibilities for a course. Cannot be applied to the minimum 48-hour course requirement.
 
CIS 697 Directed Research. Variable Credit.
Original research not related to the dissertation, conducted under the direction of a graduate faculty member.
 
CIS 698 Independent Study. Three hours. Pass/fail.
Prerequisite: Doctoral standing.
Study of a topic in librarianship under faculty direction. Not part of dissertation research.
 
CIS 699 Doctoral Dissertation. Variable credit. Three-hour minimum.

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