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DIFD 141 - Introduction to Web Application and Digital Information Design (4:3:2).
Description: This course introduces the concepts of web application and digital information design. Web application design concepts include web site design using languages such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. While server-side programming will be discussed, the emphasis will be on the client-side. Programming concepts include loops and arrays. Digital information design concepts include the inter-connectivity between interactive design, mass communication, digital commerce, and web development. Students will produce a site that requires developing and managing more than one page. Notes: Offered in spring and fall.
4.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
2.000 Lab hours
0.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture/Lab-Clinical

Comp Sci and Quant Methods Department

Course Attributes:
Technology Requirement

DIFD 141H - Introduction to Web Application and Digital Information Design (4:3:2)
Description: This course introduces the concepts of web application and digital information design. Web application design concepts include web site design using languages such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. While server-side programming will be discussed, the emphasis will be on the client-side. Programming concepts include loops and arrays. Digital information design concepts include the inter-connectivity between interactive design, mass communication, digital commerce, and web development. Students will produce a site that requires developing and managing more than one page. Notes: Offered in spring and fall.
4.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
2.000 Lab hours
0.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture/Lab-Clinical

Comp Sci and Quant Methods Department

DIFD 151 - Information Design Seminar: Introduction to Information Design (1:1:0)
This course will introduce students to the components of the major. The course will focus on the interconnectivity between programs areas, contemporary issues in Internet technology and communication, future areas of concern, and online sources. Students will be required to assess their personal interest in the major and plan their long-range program of study. Notes: Open only to Information Design majors. Offered in spring.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Seminar/Recitation

Comp Sci and Quant Methods Department

DIFD 211 - Communication Theory and the Internet (3).
This course will examine the Internet in the context of the evolution of the media. Audience analysis and information gathering will be emphasized. Communication Theory will be applied to the development and execution of simple news and marketing communication messages. Notes: Offered in spring. Prerequisites: C- or better in HMXP 102.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
5.000 Lab hours
0.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture

Comp Sci and Quant Methods Department

DIFD 311 - Digital Culture and Society (3).
DIFD major or DIFD minor or permission of the DIFD Department and C- or better in HMXP 102 Description: Theories and perspectives for analyzing the role of digital media and information technologies in digital communities. Examines contemporary social, cultural, political, and economic topics relating to the adoption of digital media and the Internet, including media literacy, effects and culture. Prerequisite: DIFD major or DIFD minor or permission of the DIFD Department and C- or better in HMXP 102 and a 2.0 GPA. Notes: Offered in spring.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture

Comp Sci and Quant Methods Department

DIFD 321 - Information Systems and Organizations (3).
Description: This course is an introduction to and analysis of the major functional areas of businesses and their integration within the domain of digital commerce. The course introduces students to the language and concepts of e-business. Special emphasis is placed on innovation within organizations and challenges faced by traditional bricks-and-mortar businesses in surviving the change ushered in by digital commerce. Brands and branding strategies as related to the marketing area of business will also be covered. Notes: Offered in fall. Prerequisites: Junior standing.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture

Comp Sci and Quant Methods Department

DIFD 322 - User Experience Design (3:0:4).
Description: This course will examine the responses of users and their interaction with a variety of interfaces. The focus of the course will be on efficient navigation principles, information hierarchy, and usability testing of digital systems. Testing methods and the process of managing user testing will also be covered. Notes: Lab Fee: $40. Offered in spring. Prerequisites: VCOM 262.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
0.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Comp Sci and Quant Methods Department

DIFD 351 - Information Design Seminar: Special Topics (1).
This course will explore personal, environmental, business, and social trends currently affecting Information Design. Adjacent fields such as human factors, humanities computing, HCI, information architecture and possibly library science, will be part of the discussion. Topics within these fields as they relate to Information Design, and the implications of changes in these fields will also be included. Topic discussions will include case studies, news items of the day, and recent journal entries. Notes: Offered in fall. Prerequisites: DIFD 151.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
0.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture, Seminar/Recitation

Comp Sci and Quant Methods Department

DIFD 415 - Law and Ethics for Digital Media (3).
Description: This course will require students to integrate legal and ethical issues of concern in information design relative to the four disciplines represented in the major. Students will review and analyze appropriate case law, federal regulations, and professional codes of conduct. Subjects to be covered include libel, privacy, and identity issues, copyright and trademark issues, photo and audio manipulation, fraud and liability issues, data security and cyber-terrorism, spam and junk mail issues, FTC and FCC regulations. Notes: Offered in fall. Prerequisites: DIFD major and junior or senior standing.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
0.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture

Comp Sci and Quant Methods Department

DIFD 451 - Senior Synthesis
Description: This integrative seminar in information design requires students to design and implement a web-based (or other approved) communication and relationship-building program for an outside client. Students are expected to work in teams and to use knowledge and expertise from their individual tracks to complete a course project. Notes: Offered in spring. Prerequisites: [DIFD 322 and DIFD 415], or Senior Standing & Permission of the Department.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture

Comp Sci and Quant Methods Department

Course Attributes:
Capstone Course, Research/Creative Scholarship


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