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Classes @ UCLA

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  • Other departments at UCLA offer classes related to informatics. They may not have "informatics" in the title, but they illustrate how different disciplines are exploring knowledge creation and management.


  • General disclaimer: We have not tried all of these classes; these are merely suggestions. In addition, never assume that you will receive credit for a class taken outside of the department. Your advisors have to approve outside classes.


  • Undergraduate versus Graduate courses: As a general guideline, the class has to be an upper division course (100 and above), and you have to show that it benefits your specialization somehow (basketweaving informatics, anyone?). Courses that are numbered 200 and above are considered graduate level.


  • To find out when courses are scheduled, or when they were last offered, visit department websites or the Registrar's Page





220. Introduction to Medical Informatics. (2)

Lecture, two hours; outside study, four hours. Designed for graduate students. Introduction to research topics and issues in medical informatics for students new to field. Definition of this emerging field of study, current research efforts, and future directions in research. Key issues in medical informatics to expose students to different application domains, such as information system architectures, data and process modeling, information extraction and representations, information retrieval and visualization, health services research, telemedicine. Emphasis on current research endeavors and applications. S/U grading.

Instructor: Hooshang Kangarloo






151. Computer-Mediated Communication. (4)

Examination of how computer technology, particularly the Internet, has influenced patterns of human communication. History and distinctiveness of computer-mediated communication (CMC.) CMC's influence on modern economic, political, and social interaction.

Instructor: Tim Groeling


154. Social Communication and the New Technology. (4)

The Internet's digital core was designed for military command. Yet the emerging network was gradually co-opted to perform communicative functions such as gossip, dating, news, entertainment, and trade. Exploration of the history, social effects, and possible futures of digital communication.

Instructor: Francis F. Steen


155. Social Impact of the New Electronic Media. (4)

Examination of the evolution and social implications of new information and communication technologies (ICTs). The development of various technologies are reviewed, and major social issues and changes associated with their use are considered.

Instructor: Tim Groeling


158. Evolution of Communication Technology. (4)

Study the role assigned to technology in theories of communication. Examination of current information age and advance in communication technology throughout history. Survey of origins and societal implications of major development starting with the emergence of speech itself.

Instructor: Tim Groeling






205. Computers in the Educational Process. (4)

Introduction to theory, experimentation, evaluation, and future of computer systems in education, with emphasis on computer-assisted instruction (CAI), and use of computers to teach programming and to foster development of writing, computational, and filing skills.

Instructor: Noel Enyedy






288. The Role and Impact of Technology on Health Services. (4)

Examination of role and impact of technology on health services in the U.S. from point of view of system itself. Exploration of various types of technologies for their policy, economic, and organizational impact. S/U or letter grading.

Instructor: Paul Torrens, MD


401. Public Health Informatics. (4)

Lecture, three hours. Preparation: general familiarity and understanding of basic information technologies. Recommended requisite: course HS 251. Introduction to field of public health informatics and examination of impact of information technology on practice of public health. Entire process, from systems conceptualization and design to project planning and development to system implementation and use. Letter grading.

Instructor: Jeffrey Luck







M100. Formal Modeling and Simulations in Social Sciences. (4)

Same as Anthropology M186 and Honors Collegium M150.) Lecture, three hours. Exploration of different approaches to modeling empirical phenomena of concern to social sciences. Topics include utility models, learning models, decision models, group competition models, and evolutionary models. Use of multiagent computer simulations and group exercises to explore emergent behaviors among individuals interacting according to models for behavior. Discussion of advantages and drawbacks of more traditional mathematical modeling. Review of alternative forms of formal representations of hypothesized processes and issues related to verification of simulations. P/NP or letter grading.

Instructor: Darion Nardi


100L. Modeling and Simulations Laboratory (1)

Laboratory, one hour. Designed for Human Complex Systems minor students. Discussion of observational techniques and engagement in live group simulations as experiential learning, with focus on how coherent behavior and complexity emerge from interactions between individual agents, such as formation of social and political movements. First-hand experience in observing interactional patterns and system dynamics, such as how individuals come to play leadership roles, how alliances and pairing occur in groups, and how culture (lasting patterns of interaction and belief) form. Letter grading.

Instructor: Darion Nardi








204. Electronic Publishing. (4)

Discussion, four hours. Basic understanding of scholarly process and familiarity with World Wide Web and digital libraries assumed. Designed for master's and doctoral students in communication, education, English, information studies, management, and sociology. Survey of current issues in electronic publishing. Topics include history of publishing, digital libraries, scholarly communication, economics, perspective of publishers, universities, and librarians, uses and users of electronic documents, electronic books; new genres in electronic communication, visions of future. Letter grading.

Instructor: Christine Borgman


205. Cyberspace Law and Policy. (4)

Lecture, four hours. Legal and policy concerns of networked technologies from international perspective. Emphasis on jurisdictional issues, freedom of expression, intellectual property, privacy, security, equity, and electronic commerce in online environment. S/U or letter grading.

Instructor Stuart Biegel


220. Design of Library and Information Services. (4)

Lecture, two hours; discussion, two hours. Principles and methods for planning and designing user-driven library and information services. Principles and methods for assessing information needs of designated populations and for designing services that meet those needs. Letter grading.

Instructor: Ramesh Srinivasan


233. Records and Information Resources Management. (4)

Lecture, three hours. Introduction to records and information resources management in corporate, government, and other organizational settings, including analysis of organizational information flow, classification and filing systems, records retention scheduling, records protection and security, reprographics and image management technology, and litigation support. Letter grading.

Instructor: Mahnaz Ghaznavi


240. Management of Digital Records. (4)

Lecture, three hours. Introduction to long-term management of digital administrative, information, communications, imaging, or research systems and records. Topics include electronic recordkeeping, enterprise and risk management, systems analysis and design, metadata development, data preservation, and technological standards and policy development. Letter grading.

Instructor: Jean-Francois Blanchette


260. Information Structures. (4)

Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour. Required core course. Introduction to various systems and tools used to organize materials and provide access to them, with emphasis on generic concepts of organization, classification, hierarchy, arrangement, and display of records. Provides background for further studies in cataloging, reference, information retrieval, and database management. Letter grading.

Instructor: Johnathan Furner or Greg Leazer


270. Introduction to Information Technology. (4)

Lecture, four hours. Introduction to theories and principles of information technologies. Topics include social issues of information technologies and design and development of information systems. Background provided for further studies in information retrieval and design and maintenance of information systems. S/U or letter grading.

Instructor: Jean-Francois Banchette


272. Human Computer Interaction. (4)

Lecture, four hours. Preparation: one programming course, one inferential statistics course. Survey of social, behavioral, design, and evaluation issues in human/computer interaction, with readings from several disciplines. Extensive use of technology demonstrations and class discussions. Recommended for students in any discipline involved in design or implementation of information technologies. Letter grading.

Instructor Information: Not Available At this Time


274. Database Management Systems. (4)

Lecture, three hours; laboratory, two hours. Theories, principles, and practicalities of database systems, including data models, retrieval mechanisms, evaluation methods, and storage, efficiency, and security considerations. S/U or letter grading.

Instructor: Jean-Francois Blanchette


275. Development of Cultural Information Sources Using Digital Multimedia. (4)

Lecture, two hours; laboratory, two hours. Overview of technologies, techniques, and principles underlying development and packaging of cultural information resources into digital multimedia such as digital libraries, World Wide Web homepages, and CD-ROMs, as well as user, policy, presentation, motivation, and evaluation considerations. Letter grading.

Instructor: Ramesh Srinivasan


276. Information Retrieval Systems: Structures and Algorithms. (4)

Lecture, four hours. Requisites: courses 245, 260. Survey of methods of file organization, retrieval techniques, and search strategies in control of information in computerized form. Letter grading.

Instructor Information: Not Available At This Time


277. Information Retrieval Systems: User-Centered Designs. (4)

Lecture, two hours; discussion, two hours. Requisites: courses 245, 260. Design implications of interaction between users and features of automated information systems and interfaces that are specific to information-seeking process. Emphasis on search strategy and subject access through use of thesauri and other vocabularies. Letter grading.

Instructor: Phil Agre


279. Seminar: Information Systems. (4)

Seminar, four hours. Preparation: at least one course from 246, 272, 276, 277, 455. Requisites: courses 200, 260. Content varies from term to term to allow emphasis on specialized topics such as vocabulary control, file design, indexing, classification, text processing, measurement of relevance, evaluation of information systems, and social and policy issues related to information technology and services. Letter grading.

Instructors: Lynn Boyden and Chris Chandler



282. Principles of Information Systems Analysis and Design. (4)

Discussion, four hours. Theories and principles of special systems development, including determination of requirements, technical design and evaluation, and internal organization. S/U or letter grading.

Instructor: Phil Agre


289. Seminar: Special Issues in Information Studies. (2 to 4)

Seminar, two to four hours. Identification, analysis, and discussion of critical intellectual, social, and technological issues facing the profession. Topics may include (but not limited to) expert systems, literacy, electronic networks, youth at risk, information literacy, historical bibliography, preservation of electronic media, etc. May be repeated with topic change. Letter grading.

Instructors Vary Each Quarter


447. Computer-Based Information Resources (Online Searching). (4)

Lecture, four hours. Requisite: course 245. Emphasis on use of reference and resource databases and different vendor systems. File structure and hardware requirements. Analyses of information needs and investigation of databases addressing those needs. Letter grading.

Instructor: Stacey Mc Keever


463. Indexing and Thesaurus Construction. (4)

Lecture, four hours. Principles of design and methods of construction of thesauri. Evaluation and overview of thesauri used in manual and online environments. Basic professional techniques for indexing variety of types of materials and for preparing informative and indicative abstracts. Letter grading.

Instructor: Greg Leazer


464. Metadata. (4)

Lecture, four hours. Introduction to variety of metadata provided for digitized and other electronic information resources. Introductory theory and practice designing and applying metadata. S/U or letter grading.

Instructor: Murtha Baca


473. Information Technology and Libraries. (4)

(Formerly numbered 405.) Lecture, four hours. Overview of major components of library automation: circulation control, acquisitions and serials, public access information systems, and data conversion. Relationships among various automation entities, including internal library automation, networks and vendors (such as bibliographic utilities, regional networks, and online services), and automation of parent organizations (universities, municipalities, corporations, and government agencies). Developments in standards for information processing and new information technologies. Letter grading.

Instructor: Christine Borgman










Lecture, one hour; discussion, three hours. State-of-art view of information systems of import to nursing and healthcare delivery systems, including contemporary topics such as database searching, management, and simple analysis of data. Introduction to knowledge and skills pertaining to development and use of electronic health records in contemporary healthcare systems. Analysis of influence of overarching ethical, political, and social influences on information systems developed for personal and public healthcare delivery in the U.S. Concurrently scheduled with course C156. Letter grading.

Instructor: Betty Chang and Cheryl Bartel





124D. Principles of Human Performance. (4)

Designed for Psychology majors. Investigation into laboratory-based methods and principles of human performance. Major topics include research methods for human performance, central control of movements, anticipation and timing, automaticity, sensory involvement in action such as vision and kinesthesis, role of reflexes, speed-accuracy trade-offs, and individual differences and abilities. Principles discussed should have relevance for numerous real-world situations in which complex perceptual-motor skills are required, such as in industrial or occupational settings, musical performances, vehicle control, and sport.

Instructor: Richard Schmidt


    • 124J. Perception, Learning, and Learning Technology. (4)

Seminar, three hours. Requisite: course 120A or 120B. Aspects of perception and cognition as they relate to learning and potential for learning technology. Basic knowledge about visual information processing, perceptual learning, knowledge representation, pattern recognition, attention, memory, and expertise, as well as research on learning, technology, and applications of perceptual and cognitive concepts in specific domains, with special focus on teaching and learning in mathematics. P/NP or letter grading.

Instructor: Phil Kellman


    • 186A. Cognitive Science Laboratory: Introduction to Theory and Simulation. (4)

Lecture, two and one-half hours; discussion, 30 minutes; laboratory, three hours. Requisites: courses 10, 85, 100A, 100B, Program in Computing 15. Designed for junior/senior departmental majors. Models in several psychological domains (e.g., visual perception, categorization, reasoning, and problem solving). Types of models include semantic networks, search, production systems, connectionist networks, and mathematical models. Lectures and discussions interwoven with computer simulations written in common Lisp. P/NP or letter grading.

Instructor: Patricia Cheng


186B. Cognitive Science Laboratory: Neural Networks . (4)

Lecture, two and one-half hours; discussion, 30 minutes; laboratory, three hours. Recommended preparation: knowledge of calculus. Requisites: courses 10, 85, 100A, 100B, Program in Computing 10A, 10B (or Pascal). Designed for junior/senior departmental majors. Lectures and laboratory work in neural network modeling of perception and cognition. Specific topics include essential neurophysiology, basic architectures, learning, and programming techniques. Principles illustrated and discussed in context of models of specific perceptual and cognitive processes. Simulations written in Pascal. P/NP or letter grading.

Instructor: Zili Liu


186D. Neuroinformatics Studio. (4)

Laboratory, four hours. Requisites: courses 10, 100A, 100B, 115. Limited to departmental majors. Neuroinformatics is application of informatic methods to study of neuroscience and behavior. In digital studio environment, application of such methods to problems in neuron electrophysiology, neural networks, neuroanatomy, and neurogenetics. Letter grading.

Instructor Information: Not Available At This Time




229. Social Cognition. (4)

Lecture, one hour; discussion, two hours. Social cognition is concerned with how people organize and interpret social information in their environment. Seminar provides broad background in the field and also gives depth and focus on particular research topics in the field. Weekly papers, as well as a lengthy final paper, required.

Instructor: Matthew Lieberman


265. Thinking. (4)

Lecture, three hours. Contemporary theory and research in thinking, problem solving, inference, semantic memory, internal representation of knowledge, imagery, concepts.

Instructor Information: Not Available At This Time


268A. Seminar: Human Information Processing -- Perception. (4)

Seminar, three hours. Topics vary with interests of instructor. May be taken independently and may be repeated for credit.

Instructor Information: Not Available At This Time


268B. Seminar: Human Information Processing -- Human Learning and Memory. (4)

Seminar, three hours. Topics vary with interests of instructor. May be taken independently and may be repeated for credit.

Instructor Information: Not Available At This Time


268C. Seminar: Human Information Processing -- Judgment and Decision Processes. (4)

Seminar, three hours. Topics vary with interests of instructor. May be taken independently and may be repeated for credit.

Instructor Information: Not Available At This Time


268D. Seminar: Human Information Processing -- Language and Cognition. (4)

Seminar, three hours. Topics vary with interests of instructor. May be taken independently and may be repeated for credit.

Instructor Information: Not Available At This Time


268E. Seminar: Human Information Processing -- Human Performance. (4)

Seminar, three hours. Topics vary with interests of instructor. May be taken independently and may be repeated for credit.

Instructor Information: Not Available At This Time


268F. Human-Computer Interaction. (4)

Lecture, three hours. Limited to graduate students. Concepts, theories, and pragmatics of human-computer interaction. Topics include optimizing Web and product interfaces to enhance quality of user experience, with focus on applying principles of cognition, perception, learning, and memory to create human-computer interactions that are consonant with user needs and capabilities. Course projects include creating and user testing actual Web-based application. S/U or letter grading.

Instructor Information: Not Available At This Time

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