Why Study Informatics at IU Southeast?

Informatics is an interdisciplinary field of study where aspiring artists, sociologists, psychologists, journalists, biologists, chemists, entrepreneurs, health workers and scientists come together to learn about technology and how it is taking their fields to the next level.

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Informatics encourages and facilitates the process of collecting, cultivating, and organizing information digitally so that it can be better utilized by the community, businesses, organizations, and individuals. Informatics aims at improving the human experience by bridging the digital divide to bring people, information, and technology together so that technology can be put to work for solving complex problems facing humanity today. In accomplishing this mission, the Informatics department is committed to providing its students an opportunity to practice teamwork, leadership and technological project management skills while mastering the following (21st Century skills):

  1. Information and Media Literacy Skills
  2. Communication Skills
  3. Critical Thinking and Systems Thinking
  4. Problem Identification, Formulation & Solution
  5. Creativity and Intellectual Curiosity
  6. Interpersonal and Collaborative Skills
  7. Self-Direction
  8. Accountability and Adaptability
  9. Social and Ethical Responsibility

Students who successfully complete the Informatics program will have a sound understanding of Informatics and will wield a broad range of informatics skills to approach and synthesize information and develop creative Informatics solutions. The students will also be conversant in both oral and written forms of interdisciplinary communication to facilitate the application of theory and methods to the sociotechnical problems facing society today.

Bachelor of Science in Informatics

Students who successfully complete the Informatics minor will have a sound understanding of Informatics and will wield a broad range of informatics skills to approach and synthesize information, and develop creative Informatics solutions. The students will also be conversant in both oral and written forms of interdisciplinary communication to facilitate the application of theory and methods to the socio-technical problems facing society today.

Minor in Informatics

Adding an Informatics Minor will complement and enhance a student’s major area of study. Informatics and computing are affecting almost all human endeavors.  With an Informatics Minor, the graduate will more effectively use technology in her/his vocations and avocations.

Academic Advising

All students who have been admitted to IU Southeast and declare their major in Informatics will be advised through the School of Natural Sciences. First year students are required to meet with a Professional Advisor once during their first academic year. 

Students are strongly encouraged to consult with an advisor to review academic requirements, discuss prospective courses, and consider how those courses fit into the overall academic and career plan.

To schedule an appointment with one of the Informatics Professional Advisors, please call the Natural Science Advising Office at (812) 941-2184.

Faculty Advising

In addition to meeting regularly with a Professional Academic Advisor, it is recommended that students meet with a Faculty Advisor during the Junior and Senior years. 

Dr. Sridhar Ramachandran (Computer Science Coordinator & Advisor)

Below is a list of courses typically offered by the Informatics Department at IU Southeast.  Other courses may be offered on a semester-by-semester basis.  For a full listing of the Informatics Courses, view the Course List in the Academic Bulletin.

INFO-I101 Introduction to Informatics (4 cr.)
P: None. Emphasis on topics in human-computer interaction and human factors, collaborative technologies, group problem solving, ethics, privacy, and ownership of information and information sources, information representation and the information life cycle, the transformation of data to information, and futuristic thinking.

INFO-I110 Basic Tools of Informatics I - Programming (1.5 cr.)
C: INFO-I101. Introduction to programming for users of computers systems. Emphasis on problem-solving techniques. An eight-week lecture and laboratory course.

INFO-I111 Basic Tools of Informatics II - Introduction to Databases (1.5 cr.)
C: INFO-I101. Introduction to database design concepts. Entering and modifying data, accessing data using visual tools and SQL, and building database applications using forms and application development tools. Emphasis on problem-solving techniques. An eight-week lecture and laboratory course.

INFO-I201 Mathematical Foundations of Informatics (4 cr.)
P: INFO-I101, I110, I111, I210, & MATH-M118. An introduction to the suite of mathematical and logical tools used in information sciences, including finite mathematics, automata and computability theory, elementary probability and statistics, and basics of classical information theory. Cross listed with CSCI-C251. Credit given for either INFO-I201 or CSCI-C251 (IUS).

INFO-I202 Social Informatics (3 cr.)
P: INFO I101. Introduces the social and behavioral foundations of informatics. Theoretical approaches to how technology is used from psychological and sociotechnical perspectives. Examples of how current and emerging technologies such as games, e-mail, and electronic commerce are affecting daily lives, social relations, work, and leisure time.

INFO-I210 Information Infrastructure I (4 cr.)
C: INFO-I101, I110, & I111. The software architecture of information systems. Basic concepts of systems and applications programming. Cross listed with CSCI-C201. Credit given for only one of the following: INFO-I210 or CSCI-C201 (IUS).

INFO-I211 Information Infrastructure II (4 cr.)
P: INFO-I110, I111, & I210. The systems architecture of distributed applications. Advanced programming, including an introduction to the programming of graphical systems. Cross listed with CSCI-C202. Credit given for only one of the following: INFO-I211 or CSCI-C202 (IUS).

INFO-I300 Human-Computer Interaction--Design and Programming (3 cr.)
P: INFO-I110, I111, & I211. The analysis of human factors and the design of computer application interfaces. A survey of current HCI designs with an eye toward what future technologies will allow. The course will emphasize learning HCI based on implementation and testing interfaces.

INFO-I303 Organizational Informatics (3 cr.)
P: INFO I101. Examines the various needs, uses, and consequences of information in organizational contexts. Topics include organizational types and characteristics, functional areas and business processes, information-based products and services, the use of and redefining role of information technology, the changing character of work life and organizational practices, sociotechnical structures, and the rise and transformation of information-based industries.

INFO-I308 Information Representation (3 cr.)
P: INFO-I110, I111, I201, & I210. The basic structure of information representation in social and scientific applications. Representational structures and approaches from many disciplines are introduced: philosophical theories of classification and categorization; information access and representation on the World Wide Web; object-oriented design and relational databases; and AI knowledge representation and discovery.

INFO-I320 Distributed Systems and Collaborative Computing (3 cr.)
P: INFO I211. An introductory treatment of distributed systems and programming. Topics range from the distributed and object models of computation to advanced concepts, such as remote method invocations, object brokers, object services, open systems, and future trends for distributed information systems.

INFO-I330 Legal and Social Informatics of Security (3 cr.)
P: INFO-I101. This course examines that set of ethical and legal problems most tightly bound to the issues of Information control. The interaction and technology changes, but the core issues have remained: privacy, intellectual property, Internet law, concepts of jurisdiction, speech anonymity versus accountability, and ethical decision making in the network environment.

INFO-I356 Globalization, Where We Fit In (3 cr.)
P: INFO-I101, I110, & I111. Globalization changes how we work, what we buy, and who we know.  Globalization involves people working eighty hour weeks in China and receiving free state-of-the-art drugs in Africa.  Learn about the past, present, and future of globalization and what it means for you, your job, and your community.

INFO-I421 Applications of Data Mining (3 cr.)
P: INFO I308. The course explores the use of data mining techniques in different settings, including business and scientific domains. The emphasis will be on using techniques instead of developing new techniques or algorithms. Students will select, prepare, visualize, analyze, and present data that leads to the discovery of novel and actionable information.

INFO-I427 Search Informatics (3 cr.)
P: INFO-I101, I110, I111, & I308. Techniques and tools to automatically crawl, parse, index, store, and search Web information, organizing knowledge that can help meet the needs of organizations, communities and individual users. Social and business impact of search engine technology. As a project, students will build a real search engine and compare it with Google.

INFO-I441 Human-Computer Interaction Design I (3 cr.)
P: INFO-I101 & I300. Human-computer interaction design (HCID) describes the way a person or group accomplishes tasks with a computer—what the individual or group does and how the computer responds; what the computer does and how the individual or group responds. This course is organized around a collection of readings and three design projects applying human-computer interaction principles to the design, selection, and evaluation of interactive systems.

INFO-I491 Capstone Project Internship (3-6 cr.)
P: Approval and completion of all required core informatics courses. Students put their informatics education to practice through the development of a substantial project while working in a professional information technology environment. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

INFO-I494 Design and Development of an Information System (3 cr.)
P: Senior standing and approval. System design and development present both technical and managerial problems with which students will be familiar from their undergraduate course work. This course puts these lessons into practice as students work in teams to develop an information system. Examples of course projects include design and development of a database for a business or academic application, preparation and presentation of an interactive media performance or exhibit, or design and implementation of a simulated environment (virtual reality).

INFO-I495 Design and Development of an Information System (3 cr.)
P: INFO-I494. System design and development present both technical and managerial problems with which students will be familiar from their undergraduate course work. This course puts these lessons into practice as students work in teams to develop an information system. Examples of course projects include design and development of a database for a business or academic application, preparation and presentation of an interactive media performance or exhibit, or design and implementation of a simulated environment (virtual reality).

INFO-I499 Readings and Research in Informatics (1-3 cr.)
P: Consent of instructor and completion of 100- and 200-level requirements in informatics. Independent readings and research related to a topic of special interest to the student. Written report required. Can be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

INFO-Y395 Career Development for Informatics Majors (1 cr.)
P: INFO-I101, I110, & I111. Helps students develop skills and knowl.edge to successfully pursue a career search, both at the time of graduation and as they progress through their careers. The course covers techniques and strategies to make the job search more efficient and effective. An eight-week course.

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of this program, students majoring in Informatics at all campuses will be required to take a set of core courses in Informatics, and then proceed to choose a cognate discipline.

Each student’s degree program is strongly flavored by the associated “cognate,” or area of specialty. Thus a graduate with a cognate in chemistry might work in a chemical or pharmaceutical firm. A cognate in geography naturally leads to a career relating to geographic information systems (GIS).

The synergy achieved by combining the study of information science with other application areas creates an exciting academic program well suited for the careers that have emerged from our growing information society. The table below demonstrates some potential employment opportunities for graduates of this program.

Cognate Discipline Career Options
Biology Bio-informatics
Business & Pre-M.B.A. Technical Management
Chemistry Computational Chemistry
Chemical Database Manager
Genome Database Manager
Criminal Justice

Criminal Forensics
Law Enforcement

Computer Networking Programmer
Game Developer
Network Administrator
Database Administrator
Digital Media Graphic Design
Web Page Design
Video Game Design
Geosciences Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst
Health Science Medical Informatics
Nursing Informatics
Journalism Social Media Marketing
Publicist
Web Designer & Developer
Psychology Survey Research and Design
Human Computer Interaction Specialist
Sociology Survey Research and Design
Social Informatics

In addition to the above careers, an Informatics graduate also might be suited for general information technology jobs, such as:

  • Systems analysts
  • Information technology managers
  • Web designers
  • Database managers
  • Interface designers and evaluators
  • Network managers
  • Information technology consultants Information architects/digital designers

Informatics currently has two facilities

The BioInformatics Research Group Lab (BiRG Lab)
Location: LF 101

Description: BiRG primarily serves as the introductory research space for almost all Informatics cognate majors who use the lab to collaborate and work on their individual research projects. Informatics Undergraduate Research Fellowship students and Independent study/research students are also housed here. BiRG research machines have specialty hardware, high resolution multi paneled monitors with dedicated informatics software preinstalled for research use by the students. BiRG also doubles up as a repair/assembly/work space available to freshman and sophomores students who want to get hands‐on Informatics technical experience.

Informatics of Scientific Computing Lab (iSci Lab)
Location: LF 165

Description: iSci contains high performance computing (HPC) workstations, visualization (viz) hardware, and other specialized human computer interaction (HCI) hardware, such as Microsoft Kinect devices. It also houses 3 workstation clusters with high-end graphics used for HPC and viz, capable of driving 4 displays which can be arrayed in a variety of configurations. The iSci also houses highly-configurable information system for use in upper level informatics courses.

 

Resident

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Christopher J. Kimmer
Assistant Professor of Informatics
cjkimmer@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2009
Office Location: LF 106
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Sridhar Ramachandran
Tenured Associate Professor of Informatics
sriramac@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2193
Office Location: LF 120
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