Joel Tachau ('07) continues to work in information design and information architecture as Director of Interactive Design.
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Joel Tachau ('07) continues to work in information design and information architecture as Director of Interactive Design.

Core Courses and Curriculum Components

AIM's multidisciplinary structure allows you to study information management from four key perspectives, the AIM curriculum components:

Core courses run for seven weeks, starting on a Monday and ending on a Friday. All students must take each of the following courses in addition to five short courses to meet the AIM Program credit requirements.

Orientation Module

The Orientation Module is a series of courses that lays a foundation for success throughout the program. In these courses, you will explore online learning, electronic research, and research writing. Courses include:

Virtual Learning and Teams

This course, designed to maximize your success in online courses, introduces you to online learning theory and practice. Topics include virtual teams, multiple intelligences, teaching styles, facilitative teaching, and self-directed learning. This course is required for all AIM Program students. Virtual Learning and Teams (VLT) is a prerequisite for all AIM courses. (3 credits; pass/no pass; 7 weeks)

Electronic Information and Research

This course provides instruction in how to carry out purposeful and sophisticated research using electronic sources. In addition, the development of electronic information is used to examine how information is produced, constructed and validated. Prerequisite: Virtual Learning and Teams. (2 credits; graded; 4 weeks)

Writing for Research

Introduces students to the form and style of formal research writing. Examines the processes and products of formal research as they impact effective written research presentation. Students will develop a small research project as a means of creating writing samples, and will engage in a small team project. Prerequisite: Electronic Information and Research. (2 credits; graded; 4 weeks)

Information Management Component

Information Management focuses on information resources, communications, and management tools. Courses in this component include:

Data-Driven Organizations

This course explores the intersection of Big Data and the business analytics needed to make sense of that data. The business sector is changing its structure to deal with the capture, storage, processing, and reporting on large volumes of data in near real time. This change to a data centric organizational model requires new skill sets as the IT department assumes a more strategic role. This course covers the emergence of Big Data, data-oriented business drivers, challenges of a data-driven organization, role of business/data analytics, architectural considerations for Big Data systems, and emerging technologies. Prerequisite: Virtual Learning and Teams. (3 credits; graded; 7 weeks)

Information Systems and Management

Examine the role of management and the structure of organizations relative to information technology strategy. Topics include: strategic positioning, management/ leadership principles, technology infrastructure design, and interrelationships among stakeholders. Prerequisite: Virtual Learning and Teams. (3 credits; graded; 7 weeks)

Project Management

This course presents theoretical and practical applications of scheduling and project management. Topics include: planning, budgeting, and evaluation using project management tools. Prerequisite: Virtual Learning and Teams. (3 credits; graded; 7 weeks)

Business Management Component

Business Management focuses on aspects of management strategies and structures. Business management courses include:

Creating Business Solutions with Technology

Examine how the smart use of technology can help organizations maintain advantage in a dynamic and competitive business environment. Topics focus on current and emerging technologies and information management concepts. Prerequisite: Virtual Learning and Teams. (3 credits; graded; 7 weeks)

Management of Organizations

Delve into critical business issues and explore the framework for redesigning organizations in response to change. Topics include: organizational culture, strategic planning, understanding individual behavior, motivation/coaching, influence and conflict, decision making, and change management. (3 credits; graded; 7 weeks)

Managerial Accounting for Decision Making

This course examines the value and use of accounting for making decisions within an organization. Core topics from managerial accounting are covered, including job costing, activity-based costing, cost-volume-profit analysis, relevant costs for decision making, and capital budgeting. (3 credits; graded; 7 weeks)

Marketing Management and Planning

Investigate marketing program design, the nature and behavior of markets, marketing decisions, marketing and the law, evaluation of marketing efficiency, and marketing issues involving technology such as online advertising. Prerequisite: Virtual Learning and Teams. (3 credits; graded; 7 weeks)

Information Design Component

Information Design focuses on the identification, organization, and presentation of information. AIM's information design courses include:

Information Design and Communication

Familiarizes you with the concepts, vocabulary, tools, and technologies of the design and presentation of electronically processed and print information. Practical exercises increase visual literacy and demonstrate what is needed to create documents that are noticed, read, and understood. Prerequisite: Virtual Learning and Teams. (3 credits; graded; 7 weeks)

Information Design Trends

Examines critical information design trends impacting professional information managers. The focus of this course is digital content policy, the laws and regulations that govern Internet based information management. The course is a survey of network management, copyright and intellectual property, personalization, privacy, and emerging technologies policies. You will gain an awareness of the current state of these policies from a manager's perspective, and a look into the political debates and policy making processes surrounding these issues. Prerequisite: Virtual Learning and Teams. (3 credits; graded; 7 weeks)

Applied Research Component

Applied Research focuses on research writing, research methods, and the development of a final Capstone research study. Courses include:

Research Methods

This course discusses research as a formalized inquiry, stressing the variety of forms inquiry may take when addressing various types of problems. Learn to locate resources, analyze research, and formulate research problems. Design and implementation of a small-scale study familiarizes you with common data collection and analytical approaches. Prerequisite: Writing for Research. (4 credits; graded; 7 weeks)

AIM Capstone

Capstone is designed to support selection of a research topic and development of a formal research document. Departmental approval required. (6 credits; pass/no pass; 14 weeks).

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