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DIS 801 Knowledge Organization and Access

Overview of the foundations, topics and issues in information organization and access, including current research in knowledge organization, information retrieval, systems analysis and design, and human-computer interaction.
Fall Semester, 3 credits

DIS 803 Information Studies & Services

Overview of the foundations, topics and issues in information studies and services, including current research in information and society, information policy, information services, and organizational information management.
Spring Semester,  3 credits

DIS 805 Research Methods I

Survey of principles of scientific inquiry.  Emphasis on the overall research process and developing quantitative methodological skills, including the application of descriptive and inferential statistics in data analysis. Design of research projects and preparation of research report.  Critical review of empirical research in information studies.
Prerequisite: Master's level research methods course.
Fall Semester, 3 credits

DIS 807 Research Methods II

Examination of the qualitative paradigm of research.  Examination of historical methods for research.  Overview of meta-analysis.  Critical review of qualitative and historical research in information studies.  Design and implementation of qualitative and historical research.
Prerequisite: DIS 805 
Spring Semester, 3 credits

DIS 810 Seminar in Knowledge Organization

Identification and study of problems in knowledge organization with close attention to theory building through research. Emphasis on autonomous student investigation, writing, and discussion. Students will conduct original research, with results reported in the class. Includes the historical context for bibliographic control; problems related to descriptive cataloging, classification and subject analysis, vocabulary control, authority control; and, the design of bibliographic retrieval systems.
Prerequisite: DIS 801, DIS 803, DIS 805, AND DIS8 07
Offered on a two-year schedule, 3 credits

DIS 812 Information Retrieval

Fundamentals and theories of information retrieval (IR) are examined, including retrieval language, query formation, IR models, approaches, techniques, IR systems, hypertext and multimedia IR, and evaluation. Research in the field with an emphasis on identifying additional topics for further study.
Prerequisite: DIS 801, DIS 803, DIS 805, and DIS 807
Offered on a two-year schedule, 3 credits

DIS 815 Information Systems: Theories, Paradigms, and Methods

Conceptual and paradigmatic foundations of information systems research and development throughout history, from Shannon and Weaver's mathematical, objectivist perspective and cybernetics, to today's neo-humanistic, ethnographically-oriented socio-cultural paradigm represented in the works of the proponents of distributed cognition and activity theory.  The epistemological and ontological assumptions of these paradigms will be examined.  Various information systems development and research methodologies will be reviewed, with an in-depth look at the issues surrounding each of these methodologies.
Prerequisite: DIS 801 , DIS 803, DIS 805, and DIS 807
Offered on a two-year schedule, 3 credits

DIS 816 Human-Computer Interaction

Examination of theoretical and methodological developments in HCI research and the application of research findings to the design and development of information systems. Emphasis will be on user-oriented systems analysis and design, and recent developments in usability research, testing and  evaluation.
Prerequisite: DIS 801, DIS 803, DIS 805, and DIS 807
Offered on a two-year schedule, 3 credits      

DIS 820 Information Policy and Services

Investigation of historical context and current policy agenda, with attention to social, political, and economic issues, and to policy implications of the electronic environment, in particular, the Internet, World Wide Web, and development of the National Information Infrastructure.  Focus on stakeholders in policy development and implementation; economics of information and valuing of information; new information technologies; role of legal system; federal, state, and municipal roles and responsibilities; and international arena for information policy.
Prerequisite: DIS 801, DIS 803, DIS 805, and DIS 807
Offered on a two-year schedule, 3 credits

DIS 822 Information and Society

Complexity of the inter-relationship between information and information technologies and society.  Utilizes the work of several of the classic thinkers of the 1930s, 40s and 50s Mumford, Ellul and Gideon) and moves to modern approaches such as the social constructivist approach of the Society for the History of Technology. Investigation of  the social effects of the use of technology and information, the economics of information, and the social and political aspects of information.
Prerequisite: DIS 801, DIS 803, DIS 805, and DIS 807
Offered on a two-year schedule, 3 credits

DIS 824 Information Services

Addresses information services from the perspective of institutions dedicated to producing  or sharing information, e.g., publishers, schools, libraries, museums,  bookstores and research firms.  Impact of  electronic formats on all of these, in terms of their re-examination of traditional values and the reshaping of such services as the finding of information, publishing or  providing access to it, and the teaching, editing and interpretation of ideas
Prerequisite: DIS 801, DIS 803, DIS 805, and DIS 807
Offered on a two-year schedule, 3 credits

DIS 826 Organizational Information Management

Exploration of the ways organizations manage information for decision-making and other purposes.  Topics include: organizational structure and culture, archival management, record management, digital records, preservation, knowledge management, data warehousing, and data mining.
Prerequisite: DIS 801, DIS 803, DIS 805, and DIS 807
Offered on a two-year schedule, 3 credits

DIS 880 Dissertation Research

Pursuit of research as approved upon successful defense of the dissertation proposal. All students must register for one (1) to six (6) credits in each of Fall and Spring semesters in order to maintain their candidacy.
Prerequisites: All course work and qualifying examinations
Fall and Spring Semesters, 1-6 credits

DIS 890 Special Topics

A special topic not covered in the regular curriculum is explored in depth.

DIS 899 Independent Study

Exploration in depth of a subject that is not covered in the formal curriculum at the doctoral level. In the case that the subject is in the student's co-related area, the study may be conducted under the direction of an approved instructor outside Long Island University. The study must include a comprehensive and analytical review of the literature.
Prerequisites: DIS 801, DIS 803, DIS 805, DIS 807 and Dean's permission
Each Semester, 3 credits