Course Descriptions

Updated 3/23/2015


LI 513: Technology Skills for Graduate Students (1 credit hour)

Technological literacy is essential to the information management professions and it is, therefore, also an essential part of the School of Library and Information Management's (SLIM's) curriculum. Students will develop the level of technical competence needed to progress through the program. (Approved 5/9/2012)

LI 755: Special Topics (1-3 credit hours)

This course provides the opportunity for intensive study of a current topic relating to the library and information profession. It may be taken by seniors. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 800: Introduction to Informatics (3 credit hours)

This is an introduction to information and systems theories, information technologies, analysis and design of information systems, information problem identification and practical problem solving, and supporting decision making. The course covers both conceptual building blocks and practical dimensions of informatics, and students are introduced to statistical analysis and simple programming. Information processing applications to solve real world problems in broad domains are emphasized. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 801: Foundations of Library and Information Science (3 credit hours)

An introduction to information agencies and professions, this course examines the philosophical and ethical underpinnings, roles and societal contexts, and current issues of the global information society. Students explore the role of information in society, change as reflected in paradigm shifts, the theory and processes of information transfer, and the characteristics of information professionals and professional practices. (Required) Recommended for all new MLS students in their first semester. (Approved 11/9/2011)

LI 802: Information-seeking Behavior and User-centered Services (3 credit hours)

This course is an introduction to user-centered reference services and the application of theories of information behavior. Students are introduced to models of information seeking, retrieval and sharing; student accommodations for the selection, evaluation, and use of appropriate resources; information literacy, learning styles, and best practices in providing user-centered reference services. (Required) Prerequisite: LI 801 or concurrent enrollment. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 804: Organization of Information (3 credit hours)

In this introduction to the individual, social, and institutional perspectives of organizing information, students examine the assumptions, practices, issues and tools of commonly used subject analysis and classification systems in various types of information organizations. The impact of different approaches to accessing information is emphasized. (Required) Prerequisite: LI 801 or concurrent enrollment. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 805: Management and Information Organizations (3 credit hours)

Students learn the foundations and basic skills necessary for the management of information organizations. Students examine and apply management skills, including planning, organizing, leading, and influencing. (Required) Prerequisite: LI 801 or concurrent enrollment. (Approved 8/8/2012)

LI 806: Global Information Infrastructure (3 credit hours)

The course reviews the concepts, principles and models of information infrastructures. Students analyze the essential elements of an information infrastructure and the role of political, cultural, socio-economic, and technological factors in the development of national, regional and global information infrastructure models. Issues related to the roles of government and non-governmental organizations as well as local, national and international organizations are explored in an information transfer context. Prerequisite: LI 801 or concurrent enrollment. (Approved 10/22/2010)

LI 809: Introduction to Archives (3 credit hours)

Students are introduced to the archival profession and to archives and manuscripts in multiple formats. The course explores the functions of selection, appraisal, acquisition, arrangement and description, reference services and access, preservation and protection, outreach, advocacy, promotion, management, and professional ethical and legal responsibilities. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 810: Research in Library and Information Science (3 credit hours)

This course provides an introduction to qualitative and quantitative research methods and their applications in library and information science. Principles and procedures for analyzing and evaluating research are introduced and students learn to be better consumers and critics of published research literature. (Required) Prerequisite: LI 801. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 811: Community Needs Analysis (3 credit hours)

This course surveys and applies the tools, resources, and research methods used for analyzing, designing, implementing or modifying, and evaluating library and information systems and services. Students study community analysis, needs assessment, and other tools of analysis and assessment. Recommended: LI 810. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 813: Reference and User Services (3 credit hours)

This course offers an introduction to a wide variety of print and electronic reference sources and current issues in the provision of reference services. Students learn effective ways to select information retrieval tools and resources, develop search strategies, and evaluate search results. Evaluation of print and electronic sources is also addressed. Prerequisites: LI 801 and LI 802. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 814: Cataloging and Classification (3 credit hours)

Students are introduced to the terms, concepts, and tools used to describe and organize information in information organizations. Topics covered include: bibliographic description, choice of entry, subject analysis, classification systems, and creating bibliographic records. Recommended: LI 804. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 815: Information Technology (3 credit hours)

Information Technology provides an introduction to the concepts and skills necessary for library and information professionals. Students learn to facilitate the use of information technology; to evaluate and select technology solutions; to understand and keep abreast of technological change, both personally and institutionally; and to deploy technology effectively. Policy issues surrounding technology use, including privacy, copyright and legal concerns are also considered. (Required) (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 816: Legal Information Research and Retrieval (3 credit hours)

Students are introduced to the sources of the law; to the structure, organization, and access of legal information, to legal research methods, and their application in solving legal information problems. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 818: Archival Arrangement and Description (3 credit hours)

Students are introduced to the theories, terms, concepts, principles, and methods of arrangement and description of documents and materials in archives. The history and evaluation of arrangement and description, finding aids, websites for archives, and the practical and administrative issues of arrangement and description are addressed. Recommended: LI 809. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 819: Information Retrieval (3 credit hours)

This is an introduction to the theory, organization, implementation, and evaluation of information retrieval systems. The course covers document and query representation, retrieval models, matching, filtering, evaluation techniques, user interfaces, data mining, and non-text retrieval. Students learn to employ evaluation techniques to assess information retrieval systems. Prerequisite: LI804 or equivalent. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 822: Multiple Literacies in Libraries (3 credit hours)

Students apply knowledge of educational, media, and sociocultural theories to the design of readers’ advisory services, library programs, and literacy activities in academic, public, and school library settings. Emphasis is given to meeting the recreational, cultural, informational, and educational needs of children, young adults, and adults through the integration of visual, digital, textual, and technological literacy methods. (Approved 1/14/2015)

LI 825: Multicultural Resources and Services for Libraries

The course introduces a wide range of multicultural resources in all formats. Students apply knowledge of educational theories to the design of readers’ advisory services, library programs, and literacy activities in academic, public, and school library settings. Emphasis is given to meeting the recreational, cultural, informational, and educational needs of African American, Asian American, Latina/o, Native American, and bi/multiracial children, young adults, and adults. (Approved 12/18/2014)

LI 827: Preservation Strategies (3 credit hours)

This course introduces the strategies, techniques, processes, and applications involved in the preservation of library materials. Students learn the history of the production of library materials; the causes of physical and chemical deterioration; the accepted approaches to conservation; and preventive measures such as environmental control, proper handling of materials, and effective approaches to disaster preparedness and response. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 829: Resources and Services for Early Learners (3 credit hours)

This course explores the recreational, cultural, informational, and educational needs of 21st century early learners. Students apply knowledge of child development and language acquisition to the design of reader’s advisory services, library programs, and literacy activities in public and school library settings. Emphasis is given to the selection of resources in all media formats to reflect awareness of, and sensitivity to, the social and cultural needs of all early learners. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 830: Current Issues in Youth Services

The course focuses on selected topics of current significance within the context of Youth Services. Each course may focus on topics relevant to early learners, children or young adults, as appropriate, or may examine issues across the whole spectrum of youth services. (Approved 12/18/2014)

LI 831: Resources and Services for Children (3 credit hours)

This course explores the recreational, cultural, informational, and educational needs of 21st century children. Students apply knowledge of child development theories to the design of reader’s advisory services, library programs, and literacy activities in public and school library settings. Emphasis is given to the selection of resources in all media formats to reflect awareness of, and sensitivity to, the social and cultural needs of all children. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 832: Resources and Services for Young Adults (3 credit hours)

This course explores the recreational, cultural, informational, and educational needs of 21st century young adults. Students apply knowledge of adolescent development theories to the design of reader’s advisory services, library programs, and literacy activities in public and school library settings. Emphasis is given to the selection of resources in all media formats to reflect awareness of, and sensitivity to, the social and cultural needs of all young adults. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 833: Resources and Services for Diverse Populations (3 credit hours)

This course provides an overview of the design and implementation of library and information services for all segments of society. Special emphasis is placed on ethics and equity of access to information in all media formats. Recommended: LI 810 and LI 811. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 835: Information Services for Academic Libraries (2 credit hours)

Students are introduced to the design and implementation of library and information services for the academic disciplines of the humanities, sciences, and social sciences within educational and research institutions. Special emphasis is placed on understanding the components of the academic libraries that serve the information needs of higher education communities. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 837: Teaching in the Information Professions (2 credit hours)

This course provides an overview of the theories and models of instructional design, learning pedagogy, and assessment associated with teaching in the information professions. Case studies of a variety of instructional situations for face-to-face, blended, and online learning are covered. Recommended: LI 802. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 838: Government Resources (2 credit hours)

Students study government patterns for creating, producing, disseminating, organizing, diffusing, and utilizing information at the international, national, and state levels. Examples of government information resources are examined, as well as tools for government information retrieval. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 839: History of Libraries (2 credit hours)

This course offers an historical approach to the study of libraries, librarianship, and the information professions from antiquity to the 21st century. Students explore the history of Western library and information professions in the context of international developments and examine the evolution of libraries, archives, and information and documentation centers as antecedents of today’s information agencies. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 842: Indexing and Abstracting (2 credit hours)

This course introduces the principles, concepts, and basic processes of indexing and abstracting. Students explore the means by which information can be represented by indexes and abstracts, and construct indexes and abstracts that meet client information retrieval needs. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 843: Web Design and Development (3 credit hours)

This course offers an introduction to the basic principles, processes, and technologies of website design and construction, including HTML programming, cascading style sheets, JavaScript, and other web design tools. Students examine the issues of web usability, accessibility, web standards compliance through the creation of websites for real-world applications. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 844: Database Design (3 credit hours)

The course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of database design, including analyzing information requirements, developing an entity-relationship model, organizing data into a relational database, and querying the database. The focus is on database applications and assessing designs to determine efficient database access for various clients. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 848: Issues in Preservation, Access, and Digitization (2 credit hours)

This course examines issues related to access, digitization, and preservation of information, focusing on the impact of technology on these processes, including future accessibility, authorship, authority, ethics, legitimacy, authenticity, management, preservation, and control. Students examine strategies for managing these issues in a dynamic and competitive information environment. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 849: Records and Information Management (3 credit hours)

This course examines the process of creating and maintaining the corporate and cultural memory of an organization through its records. Students study the concepts and principles of records and information management, applications and best practice, the history of the field and current issues affecting the profession. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 850: Leadership and Information Organizations (3 credit hours)

Students study the effects of organizational design on the work, management, and leadership of information organizations. Traditional and contemporary leadership theories and practices are examined in depth. Prerequisite: LI 805 (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 851: Managing the School Library Media Center (3 credit hours)

Students explore management techniques related to organizing and circulating library materials as well as staffing, budgeting, and day-to-day operations of the school library, including issues relevant to strategic planning, goal setting, and program design. Special emphasis is given to the school librarian's role as instructional leader, collaborative planner, and team teacher. Prerequisites LI 801, LI 802, and LI 804 (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 855: Collection Development and Management (3 credit hours)

This course examines the principles, policies, and procedures associated with evaluating, selecting, and acquiring materials and resources. Students learn about developing, managing, and organizing collections in libraries and information organizations, paying attention to the ethical, philosophical, social, and political contexts in which these collections exist. (Required) (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI857: Advanced Programming for Youth Services (1 credit hour)

The course examines the principles, policies, and procedures associated with creating, planning and implementing library programs for early and middle childhood and young adults. Students also learn about staffing, managing, evaluating and advocating for these programs, and study best practice in recruiting and collaborating with external partners to provide sustainable programs that foster reading and information literacy within the community. (Approved 12/18/2014)

LI 858: Information Literacy and Instructional Collaboration (2 credit hours)

Students explore the teaching of information literacy and instructional collaboration with classroom teachers in K-12 school settings. The course also discusses the role of the school library media specialist in addressing state and national standards, in authentic assessment, and in establishing professional collaborative relationships across the entire learning community. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 859: Project Management in Information Organizations (3 credit hours)

This course examines the theory and practice of project management within information organizations.. Students study the roles and responsibilities of project managers and learn a practical approach to managing projects in information organizations. The course covers all aspects of the project life-cycle (initiating, planning, executing, monitoring/controlling, and closure), and addresses staffing, workflow, communication and team-building, tools and techniques, and software. (Approved 12/11/2012)

LI 860: Current Issues in Global Information Infrastructure (1-3 credit hours)

This course is designed to allow students to explore timely issues arising from the dynamics of global interactions of information technology, government policies, the structure of knowledge, and the operations of libraries, archives and information organizations. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 861: Current Issues in Information Transfer (1-3 credit hours)

The course focuses on selected topics of current significance in the information transfer model, including the creation, dissemination, organization, diffusion, utilization, preservation, and destruction of information. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 862: Current Issues in Technology (1-3 credit hours)

The course focuses on selected topics of current significance within the context of information technology. Students analyze technology issues in the context of libraries and information agencies, including hardware and software and the dynamic relationships among computers, audio, video and telecommunications, mass storage, social media, and users. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 863: Current Issues in Management of Information Organizations (1-3 credit hours)

The course focuses on selected topics of current significance within the context of management of information organizations. Students investigate current issues related to the management of people, information resources, services and systems in library and information agencies. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 865: Independent Study (1-2 credit hours)

This course provides for individual study of an issue in library and information management or information systems design, under the direction of a faculty member. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 866: Introduction to Copyright and Licensing (3 credit hours)

This course explores the historical, legal, ethical, and practical aspects of copyright and licensing law from a library perspective. Students study best practice in applying these principles to libraries and information agencies. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 867: Nursing and Health Informatics (3 credit hours)

This course is an introduction to information management systems within healthcare settings. Students examine the healthcare environment, explore healthcare information systems and applications, and study national healthcare information management initiatives. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 868: Advocacy and Information Organizations (3 credit hours)

Students learn to apply advocacy tools and practices to build and create stakeholder support for the information organization's goals and resource needs. Students explore marketing, public relations, and development techniques for use in information organizations. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 869: Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare (3 credit hours)

The course presents concepts related to complex data analysis within the healthcare environment to improve healthcare practice outcomes. Principles of data collection, organization, statistical analysis, and interpretation are presented, with the emphasis on using data analysis as a tool for data mining to provide solutions to identified problems. Prerequisite: LI867. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 870: Practicum (1-3 credit hours)

The practicum is a supervised, advanced professional experience in a library or information center. Students engage in professional activities; apply theories, principles, and skills learned in professional courses; and discuss problems and relevant topics associated with professional practice. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. (Approved 3/9/2015)
*For more information about LI870, please review the General Practicum Handbook.

LI 873: Archives Studies Certificate Practicum (3 credit hours)

Students gain practical and professional work experience in a supervised setting through the application of theories, principles, and skills learned in archives studies courses. Students must follow the guidelines set forth in the Archives Studies Certificate (ASC) Practicum Handbook. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 874: Informatics Practicum (6 credit hours)

The practicum course provides opportunities for students, under the supervision of informatics faculty, to apply synthesized content from informatics core and concentration courses in designing solutions for information and communication needs in real-world environments. Students prepare proposals to address identified domain needs that reflect knowledge of information structures, information processes, and information technology; demonstrate knowledge of appropriate professional standards and scope of practice; and contribute to improved client outcomes. Prerequisites: Successful completion of 30 credit hours in informatics core and concentration courses. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 876: School Library Media Elementary Practicum (1 credit hour)

The school library media specialist elementary practicum is a supervised field experience where students apply theories and techniques of information organization and retrieval, collection development and management, information literacy, instructional collaboration, information technology, and the management of information organizations to the elementary school setting. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 877: School Library Media Secondary Practicum (2 credit hours)

The school library media specialist secondary practicum is a supervised field experience where students apply theories and techniques of information organization and retrieval, collection development and management, information literacy, instructional collaboration, information technology, and the management of information organizations to the secondary school setting. Students also create an electronic practicum notebook, which includes both elementary and secondary policy, management, and instructional materials, and a comprehensive reflection on the practicum experience. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 880: Capstone Course: Assessing the MLS Experience (1 credit hour)

This course gives students the opportunity to reflect on their growth and development over the course of their MLS experience. Students finalize their assessment portfolio through the selection and analysis of assignment artifacts, the creation of reflective essays on the portfolio content, and a self-assessment of the extent to which they meet the MLS program outcomes. (Required) (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 883: Introduction to Metadata (1 credit hour)

This is an introduction to the concepts, principles, and terminology required for work with metadata in information agencies such as libraries, museums, and archives. Students explore existing metadata schemas, application profiles, and standards in context. The course builds on concepts from LI804 and includes analysis, comparison, and evaluation of existing metadata and encoding schemas as well as the creation of metadata records. Prerequisite: LI804 or permission of instructor. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 884: Advanced Metadata Applications (2 credit hours)

This course examines the theory, practice, and current issues in the application of metadata in information agencies. Students explore current issues in metadata application, including approaches to creating metadata schemas and application profiles, designing and documenting metadata and encoding schemas, and learning associated metadata tools and technologies. Prerequisite: LI883 or concurrent enrollment. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 885: Bibliographic and Research Methods in Archives (3 credit hours)

This course examines the relationship between historical events, the creation and maintenance of archival records, and the construction of collective memory. In addition to an examination of the literature related to memory and recorded information, students gain familiarity with the use and interpretation of varied sources of documentation, including public records, genealogical records, museum displays, oral histories, maps, and artifacts. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 887: System Analysis and Design (3 credit hours)

This course provides a detailed analysis of the System Development Life Cycle (SDLC). Emphasis is placed on the tools and techniques that a project leader and systems analyst would use to analyze, design, and document an information system with the object-oriented approach as well as traditional approach. The course will also emphasize the importance of various skills, which the systems analyst should possess, including: communication, problem solving and project management. Team-oriented projects are utilized to aid in understanding how systems concepts are developed in the business world. (Cross listed with IS 823 System Analysis and Design)

LI 888: Information Technology Project Management (3 credit hours)

This course will present project management techniques, potential problems, and overall decision making associated with software development projects. Specific topics will address planning, organizing, scheduling, and controlling information technology projects, current tools and techniques, and the roles and responsibilities of project managers. (Cross listed with IS 813 Information Technology Project Management.)

LI 889: Knowledge Management (3 credit hours)

Knowledge Management encompasses a broad range of activities in an organization and is firmly dependent upon the human factor for the enhancement and success of knowledge use. Knowledge is used to improve the decision making of individuals in an organization. KNOWLEDGE, AT THE RIGHT TIME, IN THE RIGHT PLACE is required for more effective decision-making. This course will review the breadth of activities associated with knowledge from the organizational level to the individual knowledge worker level. These activities include knowledge transfer from an inter- and intra-organizational perspective, IT enhanced knowledge transfer, knowledge capability enhancement and knowledge sharing cultural perspectives. (Cross listed with IS 833 Knowledge Management.)

LI 890: Advanced Research Strategies (3 credit hours)

Building on LI 810, this course focuses on comparing and contrasting the philosophical foundation and research strategies of studies that use qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-method approaches to investigate problems in LIS. Students assess various methodological tools and approaches to investigating research questions, and practice evaluating LIS research studies. Recommended: LI 810. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 891: Seminar in Information Transfer (3 credit hours)

Students examine the theoretical constructs, concepts, research and practices of the transmission and processing of symbolic, verbal, and/or recorded messages for the creation, diffusion, and utilization of knowledge in society. Recommended: LI 801 and LI 810. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 892: Seminar in Information Psychology (3 credit hours)

Students explore the theories, models, and insights into information seeking and information use offered by cognitive psychology, behavioral psychology, social psychology and psychoanalytic theory. Recommended: LI 802. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 893: Seminar in Administrative Theory (3 credit hours)

This course examines a series of theories, models, and concepts that provide insight into the management of organizations, the people and tasks of an organization, and the work, activities, and processes within an organization. Recommended: LI 805. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 894: Seminar in Organization of Information (3 credit hours)

Students examine theories, models, and aspects of organization of information, including those that provide an understanding of knowledge organization systems, the representation and organization of information in digital forms, and effective methods of information access and retrieval. Recommended: LI 804. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 897: Nursing and Healthcare Systems Technology Integration (3 credit hours)

Information technology and information efficiency are studied across multiple aspects of patient care delivery within a healthcare organization. Particular attention will be focused on how participants of the healthcare system interact with the use of technology to improve healthcare efficiency and health outcomes. The themes of privacy, confidentiality, and information security are woven throughout the course content. (Cross listed with IS 834 Nursing and Healthcare Systems Technology Integration.)

LI 898: Nursing and Healthcare Informatics (3 credit hours)

This applications course integrates informatics concepts with tools used in nursing and healthcare informatics practice. The focus will be on the development and construction of software applications and website user interface design in nursing & healthcare settings. The development and construction will be in the context of critiquing existing tools and using development tools for conceptual modeling and data presentation. Topics include web applications, website design, data presentation, concept mapping, workflow analysis, and solution modeling. (Cross listed with IS 835 Nursing and Healthcare Informatics.)

LI 899: Thesis (1-4 credit hours)

This course provides the opportunity for intensive investigation of a problem in the library and information professions, under the direction of a faculty committee. Prerequisite: permission of Dean. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 900: Introduction to Doctoral Studies (1 credit hour)

This is an introduction to the SLIM doctoral program, to doctoral work, and to the culture of the researcher. Students explore their respective research interests and draft their Ph.D. program plans. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 903: Research Philosophy (3 credit hours)

This course examines various constructs of science in society. Emphasis is placed on identifying assumptions about human nature, defining a researcher’s view of the social world, and identifying basic paradigms that serve as a foundation for inquiry. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 904: Research Strategies: Quantitative Methods and Theory (3 credit hours)

Students explore the theory and application of quantitative research methods that they might use to investigate research questions as part of the dissertation. The course emphasizes the rules, procedures, statistics and general research protocols that are foundational to the researcher’s role. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 905: Research Strategies: Qualitative Methods and Theory (3 credit hours)

Students explore the theory and application of qualitative research methods that they might use to investigate research questions as part of the dissertation. The course addresses the issues of designing and implementing qualitative research, as well as the gathering and interpreting of qualitative data and of ensuring rigor in the research design and execution. (Approved 3/9/2015

LI 940: Teaching and Learning in Organizations (3 credit hours)

This course focuses on teaching and learning, curriculum development, the roles of the faculty member in the university and in the profession, as well as the structure of educational institutions for adults. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 946: Directed Readings (1-3 credit hours)

Students undertake a program of directed readings, under faculty supervision, in preparation for qualifying exams or the dissertation proposal. Students may enroll three times in this course. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 947: Dissertation Proposal (3 credit hours)

Students complete all aspects of the dissertation proposal, including developing the problem statement and research questions, preparing the literature review and conceptual framework, establishing the design logic and procedures, the identification of ethical issues, securing IRB approval, conducting the pilot study, and writing the proposal document. Prerequisite: LI 890. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 949: Continuous Enrollment (1 credit hour)

Students work, under faculty supervision, through a particular part of the doctoral program, requiring research and reading activities. (Approved 3/9/2015)

LI 950: Dissertation (3-15 credit hours)

Students must complete a minimum of 15 hours of dissertation credit and enroll in at least three credits each semester until the dissertation is completed or until eight years after admission to the doctoral program has expired. Dissertations are expected to contribute new knowledge to the field through quality research, and are supervised by a committee of at least three qualified members of the graduate faculty, one of whom must be from outside the School of Library and Information Management and may be from outside the university. Upon completion of the dissertation, all students defend their research during an oral examination conducted and evaluated by the dissertation committee and open to the public. Prerequisite: LI 947. (Approved 3/9/2015)