INFO 4940

INFO 4940

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2020-2021. Courses of Study 2021-2022 is scheduled to publish by July 1.

This course is designed for students to think critically about the need for diversity and inclusion in Information Science teams, and Computing organizations. It examines underlying reasons behind the perpetual underrepresentation of people of color in computing and the broader STEM fields. Race, gender, and neurodiversity are the primary investigative pillars. The course examines existing structures such as recruitment and retention practices, eligibility requirements, and philanthropic efforts to determine how structural operations and practices work to sustain the status quo of unequal STEM participation. This course investigates pedagogy, research, cultural underpinnings, policies, and concealed norms around potential exclusion and inclusion in STEM at key levels of entry, namely post-secondary education, and computing industry organizations. Students will analyze current issues and lived experiences pertaining to STEM computing participation for underrepresented populations and identify measures that lessen the perpetuation of unequal STEM participation. As a part of the course engagement, students will analyze current research on the intersections between diversity and team and/or organizational performance. The course will be of interest to students seeking to further social justice and equality in education and industry, students thriving to create increasingly diverse workforces for the future, and future STEM leaders seeking to enhance the productivity of their teams by taking advantage of diverse perspectives.

When Offered Fall or Spring.

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Enrollment Information
Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: INFO 6940

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: Knowledge Infrastructure

  • 18062INFO 4940  SEM 101

    • TRTo Be Assigned
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Payette, S

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: INFO 6940

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: Human-AI Interaction Design Research

  • 18063INFO 4940  SEM 102

    • TRTo Be Assigned
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Yang, Q

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    Today’s research on the promises and perils of AI is often held separate, speaking to different venues and fields of expertise. This course draws upon both threads of work and helps technologists -- UX designers and AI engineers -- to synthesize human-centered considerations mindfully as they develop and innovate novel human-AI interactions. Through wide-ranging readings, discussions, and hands-on exercises, this course will (i) introduce diverse research approaches to understand and shape data-driven algorithms’ impact on their users, (ii) help students practice connecting their own AI technical and interaction design choices with broader human implications. Students will be encouraged to collaborate with different fields of expertise (e.g. AI engineering, UX design, accessibility and fairness, social sciences) and to focus on subject domains of personal interest (e.g. healthcare, NLP, robotics, etc.) Prerequisite knowledge: Course participants should have taken one or more entry-level HCI courses (e.g. INFO3450) and have a basic understanding of AI/machine learning algorithms. For example, you should understand the difference between supervised and unsupervised learning; You should understand what F-score is and how machine learning model performances are typically evaluated broadly. There is no coding or math requirement for this course.

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: Project Management

  • 18064INFO 4940  SEM 103

    • MWTo Be Assigned
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Cleare, S

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: INFO 6940

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: Privacy and Security in the Data Economy

  • 18065INFO 4940  SEM 104

    • MWTo Be Assigned
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Cheyre Forestier, C

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one seminar and one studio. Combined with: COML 4281ENGL 4705INFO 6940

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: Human Centered Design and Engaged Media

  • 19234INFO 4940  SEM 105

    • WTo Be Assigned
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • McKenzie, J

  • Instruction Mode: Planned for In Person

  • Topic: Human Centered Design and Engaged Media

  • 19235INFO 4940  STU 501

    • FTo Be Assigned
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • McKenzie, J

  • Instruction Mode: Planned for In Person