Information Systems & Design (ISD) concentration

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Information for students who entered the program in September 2012 or before is available here.

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About changes to the MI program as of November 2012

The information on this page incorporates changes that were made to the MI program in November 2012.  These changes apply to students who will be entering the MI program from September 2013 onward.  Students who entered the program in September 2012 or before:  please refer to the program requirements as they existed prior to the November 2012 changes here.

About Information Systems & Design

Concentration liaison: Prof. Eric Yu

This concentration focuses on the complex interplay between information and communication technologies (ICTs) and information practices, in the context of the needs and nature of various participants in informational activities.

Core themes of stewardship, organization, and accessibility of information artifacts are developed in relation to the design and implementation of digital information systems and media. Particular attention is paid to their personal, social, organizational, and societal implications.

Individuals, communities, and organizations who sponsor or use these systems to create, communicate, collaborate, and record information are, willingly or not, engaged in an ongoing transformation of their information environments.

The aim of the IS & D curriculum is to provide a framework for understanding and managing important aspects of these dynamics, to the benefit of all participants.

Students will:

  • Explore possibilities, constraints, and trade-offs inherent in the design, management, and implementation of digital information systems and media, in the context of complex and often conflicting requirements from diverse stakeholders
  • Learn how to create and enhance innovative, accessible, and adaptable solutions to problems of information practice, in constantly changing digital environments

Concentration requirements

Two core quarter courses (0.5 FCE total):

Five required courses (2.5 FCEs):

  1. INF1340H Introduction to Information Systems
  2. INF1341H  Systems Analysis and Process Innovation
  3. INF1342H  System Requirements and Architectural Design
  4. INF1343H  Data Modeling and Database Design
  5. INF2177H  Information Management and Systems

Two year course sequence (PDF format):

Suggested elective courses:

  • INF2194Y  Information Systems Design Project
  • INF2040H  Project Management
  • INF2164H  Authority and Credibility in Online Communities
  • INF2169H  User-Centred Information System Development
  • INF2170H  Information Architecture
  • INF2173H  Information Professional Practicum
  • INF2183H  Knowledge Management and Systems
  • INF2242H  Studying Information and Knowledge Practices
  • INF2313H  Introduction to Service Science
  • KMD2001H  Human-Centred Design of Knowledge Media
  • MHI2001H  Health Informatics I

Suggested complementary elective courses:
iSchool courses

  • INF1001H Knowledge and Information in Society
  • INF1240H Research Methods
  • INF2122H Digital Preservation and Curation
  • INF2142H Theories of Classification and Knowledge Organization
  • INF2149H Administrative Decision-Making in Information Organizations
  • INF2167H Community Informatics
  • INF2175H Managing Organizational Records
  • INF2181H Information Policy, Regulation, and Law
  • INF2186H Metadata Schemas and Applications
  • INF2195Y Special Topics: Launching Information Ventures
  • INF2243H Critical Histories of Information and Communication Technologies
  • INF2308H Special Topics in Information Studies: Preservation Planning
  • KMD2004H Knowledge Media, Culture and Society

other UofT graduate courses

  • CSC2515H Introduction to Machine Learning
  • CSC2525H Research Topics in Data Management
  • MHI2002H Health Informatics II

Note on elective courses
With approval, iSchool students may enrol in a select number of graduate courses offered by other graduate units at the UofT, or at other universities.