CAS Course Catalog

Certificates of Advanced Study (CAS) are 15-credit programs that can be taken in conjunction with a master’s degree program. Because CAS programs share a number of courses with the iSchool’s master’s degree programs, many CAS courses can be counted toward both the CAS requirements and the master’s degree requirements concurrently.

Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Data Science

Required Core Coursework

Data Administration Concepts and Database Management – 3 Credits
This course covers the definition, development, and management of databases for information systems. Students learn data analysis techniques, data modeling, schema design, query languages and search specifications.

Introduction to Data Science – 3 Credits
This course introduces fundamentals about data and the standards, technologies, and methods for organizing, managing, curating, preserving, and using data. Students discuss broader issues related to data management and use as well as quality control and publication of data.

 

Electives

Information Visualization – 3 Credits
Students in this course are given a broad introduction to data visualization for information professionals. Students develop a portfolio of resources, demonstrations, recipes, and examples of various data visualization techniques.

Information Systems Analysis – 3 Credits
This course focuses on automated tools and technologies and methods of systems analysis through decomposition and modeling. Students practice project management and systems analysis techniques as well as structured methodologies. Students eventually apply what they learn in a final group project.

Data Warehouse – 3 Credits
This course introduces students to business intelligence (BI) concepts and techniques to effectively build a BI solution. Students focus on how to use data warehouses as a BI solution to make better organizational decisions.

Data Analytics – 3 Credits
This course introduces students to data mining techniques, real-world applications, challenges involved in these applications, and future directions of the field. There is an optional hands-on experience with commercially available software packages.

Managing Information Systems Projects – 3 Credits
Students in this course gain insight into project management as a professional discipline in information and communication technology. This course is an introduction to roles, activities, methods, and tools that are common in information systems projects.

Big Data Analytics – 3 Credits
This course presents a broad introduction to analytical processing tools and techniques for information professionals. Students develop a portfolio of resources, demonstrations, recipes, and examples of various analytical techniques.

 

Certificate of Advanced Study in Information Security Management

Required Core Coursework

Introduction to Information Security – 3 Credits
Students learn basic concepts and technologies of information security. Students who successfully complete this course have a comprehensive overview of information security with some hands-on experience.

 

Management Security

Enterprise Risk Management – 3 Credits
This course provides a multidisciplinary perspective of risk assessment, modeling, and management. Topics include concepts of personal accountability versus governance and policy; how organizations define and measure risk and loss; and plan for contingencies. 

 

Technology Security

Leading Issues in Information Security – 3 Credits
This course covers today’s leading issues and challenges in information security, and focuses on social, ethical, management and global perspectives that are related to current technology trends.

 

Information Studies

Managing Information Systems Projects – 6 Credits
Students in this course gain insight into project management as a professional discipline in information and communication technology. This course is an introduction to roles, activities, methods, and tools that are common in information systems projects.

Information Policy – 6 Credits
Students gain an overview understanding of public policy issues that affect the information, library, and telecommunication sectors. These include privacy and security, intellectual property, freedom of expression, communications access, and public sector information. Students learn to apply economic, legal, and political science concepts to policy analysis.

Data Administration Concepts and Database Management - 6 Credits
This course covers the definition, development, and management of databases for information systems. Students learn data analysis techniques, data modeling, schema design, query languages and search specifications.

Internship - Credits may vary
Fully supervised internship experience. (Pre-requisite: IST master’s students only. Must meet GPA requirements and complete a learning agreement with site supervisor.)

Repeatable 1 time, 6 credits maximum

Certificate of Advanced Study in School Media

Required Core Coursework

Library & Information Services to Students with Disabilities – 3 Credits
This course focuses on inclusive strategies for planning library programs and services to meet the information needs of Pre-K through 12th-grade students with disabilities.

Information Technologies in Educational Organizations - 3 Credits
This course covers information and communications technologies, ethical issues, knowledge management tools, collaborative learning technologies, and education databases. On-site project fieldwork constitutes a major portion of course requirements.

Youth Services in Libraries and Information Centers - 3 Credits
In this course, students gain a comprehensive understanding of the theories, practices, media, literature, and emerging trends of youth services from preschool to high school.

Managing a School Library - 3 Credits
This course covers the key components to effectively manage a school library, as well as the services, programs, and people in school library facilities. Students gain an in-depth understanding of information flow, curriculum analysis, budgeting, collection organization and management, advocacy, professional development, external resources and services, strategic planning, and staffing.

Motivating 21st Century Learning in School Libraries - 3 Credits
This course focuses on methods for designing, delivering, and evaluating information and digital literacy skills instruction in schools. Students explore ways to foster librarian-teacher collaboration as well as appropriate interventions to motivate students to learn 21st-century skills.

Literacy Through School Libraries - 3 Credits
This course is an introduction to the methods that support and reinforce classroom instruction in developmental reading and language acquisition processes and skills. Students learn about the development of programs and services that foster self-expression, promote literature appreciation, and encourage information-seeking behaviors.

 

Exit Requirements

Practicum and Additional Requirements

Fieldwork
School media students must complete a total of 100 (non-credit) hours of fieldwork in elementary and secondary school libraries before their first practicum experience. A minimum of 15 hours must be with students with special needs.

School Media Practicum - 3 Credits
Students must complete a 3-credit, on-site, school-based supervised practica-one at the elementary level and one at the secondary level (120 hours each). Fully supervised and evaluated school-based library experience at the elementary and secondary levels. Includes online seminar. Must meet GPA/program requirements and complete a learning agreement with site supervisor.