ICS 691-2/CIS 704 Special Topics: Interdisciplinary Informatics

Spring 2014

University of Hawaii Dept. of Information & Computer Sciences
Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Communication & Information Sciences
MW 10:30-11:45, Hamilton Library 3F | CRN 86728

Course description

Informatics isn't the friendliest term, but think of it as people's pathways to information. This seminar is designed to give students the chance to identify a specific community of people and their pathways to information, and learn how to do interdisciplinary research: discover, translate and apply solutions from outside the community to help those within. You might look at scientists, chefs, musicians, hobbyists, librarians, parents or members of any community. You’ll inventory their information tools, resources and practices, identify bottlenecks, and propose specific solutions as a final project. The class will be conducted as a seminar/studio where class time will be devoted to discussion of readings and student projects, as well as individual research.

If you're still not sure what this course is about, here's an example of a community with its own information tools, practices, bottlenecks and needs: the Honolulu Fish Auction. What are some ways you might help them?

Student Learning Outcomes/Objectives addressed


2. Identify, formulate and solve problems employing knowledge within the discipline;
3. Contribute effectively to collaborative team oriented activities;
4. Communicate effectively about computer science topics using appropriate media;
6. Engage in significant research in their area of specialization within the discipline and/or in projects that respond to community and industry needs.


(SLO1) Demonstrate understanding of research methods and subject knowledge in the field of Communication and Information Sciences
(SLO2) Synthesize diverse data, theories, and methods
(SLO3) Demonstrate the ability to conduct research


1a) Apply LIS theory and principles to diverse information contexts
2c) Develop, manage, and assess information services for specific users and communities
3c) Search, retrieve and synthesize information from a variety of systems and sources
4c) Apply current research findings to professional practice
5a) Communicate and collaborate with diverse colleagues, information seekers and community stakeholders