The multidisciplinary structure of the AIM Master’s Degree allows you to study information management from four key perspectives, the AIM curriculum components:
Core courses run for seven weeks. All students must take each of the following courses as well as five short courses. Core courses provide a foundation in information management, while short courses expand on those concepts and explore the latest trends and technologies.
The Orientation Module is a series of courses that lays a foundation for success in the program. In these courses, you will explore online learning, electronic research, and research writing.
Maximizing the Value of Virtual Teams prepares new AIM students for success by introducing 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. Maximizing the Value of Virtual Teams is a prerequisite for all AIM courses. (3 credits; pass/no pass; 7 weeks)
Finding, Evaluating, and Using Information Sources explores how to carry out purposeful and sophisticated research using electronic sources, both on the Internet and in library databases. In addition, the development of electronic information is used to examine how information is produced, constructed, and validated. Prerequisite: Maximizing the Value of Virtual Teams. (2 credits; graded; 4 weeks)
Writing for Research introduces the fundamentals of formal research writing. Using skills gained in the Electronic Information and Research course, students identify foundational literature to support their research question, then generate a rough draft research report in APA format. Prerequisite: Finding, Evaluating, and Using Information Sources. (2 credits; graded; 4 weeks)
Information Management focuses on information resources, communications, and management tools.
Data-Driven Organizations explores how organizations gain competitive advantage through the strategic use of big data as well as the use of analytics to facilitate managerial and strategic decision making. The course provides a historical context for big data and the newest processes and technologies for the capture, storage, processing, and reporting on large volumes of data in near real time. In addition, the course covers changes in systems architecture needed to support the use of big data. (3 credits; graded; 7 weeks)
Information Systems and Management examines the role of management and the structure of organizations relative to information technology strategy. Students build skills in five key areas: IT and business leadership, organization design and management, communications, IT governance, and ongoing operational excellence and sustainability. Topics include strategic positioning, management/leadership principles, technology infrastructure design, and interrelationships among stakeholders. Prerequisite: Maximizing the Value of Virtual Teams. (3 credits; graded; 6 weeks)
Project Management presents theoretical and practical applications of scheduling and project management. Also covered are project leadership, risk and change management, project team development, project networks, and trends in project management. Topics include planning, budgeting, and evaluation using project management tools. Prerequisite: Maximizing the Value of Virtual Teams. (3 credits; graded; 6 weeks)
This component focuses on aspects of management strategies and structures.
Innovative Technology for Business Outcomes examines how the smart use of technology and careful management of technological innovation can help organizations maintain competitive advantage in a dynamic business environment. Topics focus on current and emerging technologies and information management concepts. Prerequisite: Maximizing the Value of Virtual Teams. (3 credits; graded; 6 weeks)
Leadership of Organizations provides an overview of how business organizations really work. Emphasis is on understanding organizational behavior and change management. The two “levers of change” highlighted in the course are effective management/leadership and organizational systems design to facilitate a healthy culture. As part of the set of assignments, students complete a personal development plan utilizing 360° feedback and conduct a case study analysis. Prerequisite: Maximizing the Value of Virtual Teams. (3 credits; graded; 7 weeks)
Managerial Accounting for Decision Making examines the value and use of financial information for making economic and financial decisions within an organization. Core topics include analysis of financial statements, assessment of project costs and benefits, creating and managing operational budgets, and the role managerial accounting plays in assisting with informed decision making. (3 credits, graded; 7 weeks)
These courses focus on the identification, organization, and presentation of information.
Information Architecture explores theoretical and practical information architecture techniques. Covers the need for IA, the role of an information architect, documentation processes for IA deliverables, and application of IA principles. Course content is examined in the context of user experience design (UX), including the following disciplines: interaction design, interface design, graphic design, and content management. (3 credits; graded; 7 weeks)
Information Design and Communication introduces the concepts, vocabulary, tools, and technologies of the design and presentation of both electronically processed and print information. Practical exercises increase visual literacy building to a final Prezi presentation that includes an audio component. Prerequisite: Maximizing the Value of Virtual Teams. (3 credits; graded; 6 weeks)
Information Design Trends explores the political and cultural impact of policies related to how content is used across digital mediums, most particularly the Internet/Web. The US Congress and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are defining policies that will shape how digital information is accessed and used for a generation. Topics include network management (particularly the issue of network neutrality), privacy, fair use, intellectual property, and copyright. Prerequisite: Maximizing the Value of Virtual Teams. (3 credits; graded; 7 weeks)
Applied Research focuses on research writing, research methods, and the development of a final Capstone research study.
Research Methods is designed to prepare students to recognize and implement formal research. Emphasis is on paradigms, topic selection, and problem formation, as well as literature search and review. Course provides an introductory overview of design, data collection tools, and data analysis with an emphasis on the qualitative paradigm. The course provides the foundation for writing an annotated bibliography in the AIM Capstone 1 course. Prerequisite: Writing for Research. (4 credits; graded; 7 weeks)
AIM Capstone is a two-part course. In Capstone 1 students select a research topic and develop a scholarly annotated bibliography. In Capstone 2 the goal is to create a solution plan and presentation for how to address the problem and research question(s) posed in the annotated bibliography. Departmental approval required. (6 credits; pass/no pass; 14 weeks)
Short courses spotlight emerging technologies and current trends in information management. AIM students complete five short courses, which yields 10 credits. Short courses run for four weeks and are graded on a pass/no pass basis.
Short course topics include:
For currently available courses, see Courses and Registration.