Core Courses

MIM core courses provide a foundation of skills and knowledge related to information, technology, user experience, and management. The courses provide an opportunity to determine which aspects of information management are most interesting and useful to each individual student. The core courses must be completed during the first 18 credits a student is enrolled in the MIM program ensuring the best educational path for MIM students

  •  INFM 600 Information Environments - Role and function of information in organizations; organizational environment and its influence on internal and external communication, organizational structure and management, organizational culture, information flow, organizational identity. Shared mental models and group decision making. Differences among types of organizations. Information policy.

    • ​Skills covered in INFM 600 include Information Environments, Information Management Paradigms, Seeking , Producing, Consuming, & Interpreting Information, Organizing and Analyzing Information, Information in Communities, Information Ethics and Policy, Information Privacy and  Security

  • INFM 603 Information Technology and Organizational Context - Application of communication and information technologies to support work processes, including technology-enhanced communication networks, computer-supported collaborative work, decision-support systems, interactive systems, and systems analysis. Acquisition of information systems and their integration into the organization.

    • Skills covered in INFM 603 include Structured Programming (JavaScript, DOM, Events, Functions, Objects), Web Infrastructure (HTML, CSS), Data Structures, Relational Databases, PHP & Asynchronous Programming (AJAX), Requirement Analysis, Software Engineering

  • INFM 605 Users and Use Context - Use of information by individuals. Nature of information. Information behavior and mental models. Characteristics of problems, task analysis, problem solving, and decision making. Methods for determining information behavior and user needs. Information access. Information technology as a tool in information use.

    • Skills covered in INFM 605 include Psychology Basics, User-Centered Design Process, User Research Techniques (Surveys, Interviews, Personas, Focus Groups, Task Analysis, Card Sorting, Field Observation), Data Collection, Usability Testing

  •  INFM 612 Management of Information Programs and Services  Administration of information programs, services, and projects, including the role of leadership in management; developing mission, vision, and goals; providing effective management for results; managing professionals; financial management; and professional conduct and ethical issues.

    • Skills covered in INFM 612 include Evolution of management theories and applications over time, Goal setting responsive to the needs of the enterprise, Planning, organizing and controlling information programs and services, Management styles and leadership skills needed, Management models and tools, Professional conduct and ethical issues in information and financial management

**Please note that as of Fall 2013, students must receive a B or better in each of their required specialization courses. Students who receive a B- or lower will be required to retake the course.

As a MIM Student, you may be able to waive selected core courses and take a more advanced course in its place.  If you have successfully completed coursework and/or have work experience that provides a comparable, systematic coverage of the skills, knowledge, and issue covered in either INFM 603, INFM 605, or INFM 612 you may request a waiver.