Open Classes Course List

Overview Sheila Gurtu

Spring 2020 Course List — Open Classes

The list of spring 2020 courses below includes all MLIS and MARA electives offered. Some INFM courses are available in Open Classes.

Note: Enrollment is based on space availability and is not guaranteed. Some of the classes below might already be filled.

As you explore these courses, we encourage you to read the course syllabus. (Click on the course title to view the syllabus.) Note that in some cases, the syllabus may be from a previous semester, as the spring 2020 syllabus is not yet available. Also, some courses are new, and thus there are no previous syllabi available. When viewing a course syllabus from a previous semester, please note that the instructor for the spring 2020 Open Class may not be the same instructor in the sample syllabus we have linked to from a previous semester. Check the iSchool Schedule of Classes for spring special session programs, for any mandatory Zoom web conferencing dates, which will be added before Open Classes registration.

The course syllabus includes a brief course description, along with details regarding assignments, technology requirements, grades, course calendar, workload expectations, student learning outcomes, and textbooks. If any live synchronous class sessions are required, they will be noted on the syllabus.

Students who enroll in MLIS and MARA Open Classes electives do not need to complete any core course prerequisites prior to enrolling. Students requesting INFM courses through Open Classes do need to meet the INFM required tech competency before requesting classes.

If you are interested in a specific course, we invite you to complete a sign-up form, which will be available starting on December 2, at 8 am Pacific, and then we will get in touch with you to confirm whether space is available. Request period will close on January 3, 2020 at 5 pm. We will not be able to process requests after that point.

MLIS and MARA Electives

Fees for MLIS and MARA classes are $474 per unit.

Semester runs January 21 to May 11, 2020

MS Informatics Electives

Fees for Informatics classes are $525 per unit.

Check INFM course dates listed for each class.

Students requesting INFM courses through Open Classes need to meet the INFM required technology competency, before enrolling in an INFM Open Class: Applicants are required to demonstrate a strong technical foundation by having completed coursework and/or work experience with either 1) HTML5 and CSS, 2) a programming language, or 3) in information systems.

Transferring Open Classes into a Future Degree or Certificate

A maximum of 9 units can transfer into a future MLIS or MARA degree, including:

  • MLIS and MARA electives taken in iSchool Open Classes
  • SJSU World Languages Classes
  • Units from outside institutions
  • Only 6 of these 9 units can be INFM classes (Prospective MARA students should review the electives approval process for the MARA program.)

A maximum of 3 units taken in Open Classes can be transferred into a future Post-Master’s Certificate or Digital Assets Certificate.

INFM classes taken in Open Classes cannot transfer into a future MS in Informatics degree because of the cohort nature of the MS Informatics program.

Choose courses in any of the following areas:

Emerging Trends in the Professions
INFO 281-15 Civic Literacy* (1 unit) Runs from January 23rd – February 20th
INFO 282-11 Emerging Future Technology Issues and Trends
INFO 287-14 Innovation and Participatory Practice in Libraries (to include Maker Spaces)
INFM 202-10 Information Security Overview (1 unit) Runs January 6 – March 2 Note: INFM classes are $525 per unit, INFM Tech. Competency Requirement
Developing and Managing Information Systems and Web Applications
INFO 240 -11/-12 Web Design and Programming
INFO 246-10  JavaScript/jQuery
INFO 246-11 Python (2 units) Runs from February 4th – April 7th
INFO 246-12 Web Frameworks with Bootstrap (1 unit) Runs from January 23rd – February 20th
INFO 246-14 Learning to use Drupal and Understanding Content Management Systems Closed
INFO 246-15 Information Architecture
INFO 246-16 APIs (1 unit) Runs from April 6th – May 4th
INFO 246-17 Blockchain Technology and Applications* (2 units) Runs from January 28th – March 24th
INFO 251-10 Web Usability
INFO 293-10 Introduction to Data Networking
INFM 201-10 Informatics Technology Foundations (2 units) Runs January 6 – March 2 Note: INFM classes are $525 per unit, INFM Tech. Competency Requirement
INFM 204-10 Human Centered Design (2 units) Runs March 9 – May 11 Note: INFM classes are $525 per unit, INFM Tech. Competency Requirement
Information Assurance, Big Data, Informatics and Information Visualization
INFO 246-13 Information Visualization
INFM 203-10 Big Data Analytics and Management (2 units) Runs March 3 – May 11 Note: INFM classes are $525 per unit, INFM Tech. Competency Requirement
INFO 281-11 Intercultural Communication (2 units) Runs from Runs from January 28th – March 24th Closed
INFO 281-14 Globalization and Information
INFO 281-15 Open Data* (2 units) Runs from January 23rd – March 19th
INFO 281-16 Information Integrity (2 units) Runs from March 9th – May 11th
INFO 282-13 Project Management (2 units) Runs February 4th – April 7th Closed
INFO 282-14 Change Management (1 unit) Runs from February 24th – March 23rd
INFO 282-15 Leadership (1 unit) Runs from January 28th – February 25th
INFO 282-16 Political Advocacy (1 unit) Runs from January 23rd – February 20th
INFO 282-17 Information Vendor Landscape (2 units) Runs from January 23rd – March 19th
INFO 282-18 Financial Management (1 unit) Runs from February 4th – March 3rd
INFO 282-19 Knowledge Management* (1 unit) Runs from February 4th – March 3rd
INFM 205-10 Informatics Project Management (2 units) Runs from March 9 – May 11 Note: INFM classes are $525 per unit, INFM Tech. Competency Requirement
Managing, Preserving, and Curating Digital Assets, Records, and Other Cultural Heritage Artifacts
INFO 256-10 Archives and Manuscripts Closed
INFO 256-11 Archives and Manuscripts
INFO 259-10 Preservation Management Closed
INFO 282-10 Digital Asset Management
INFO 284-10 Encoded Archival Description (EAD) 
INFO 284-11 Digitization and Digital Preservation​ Closed
INFO 284-12 Special Collections (2 units) Runs from January 23rd – March 19th Closed
INFO 284-13 Digital Curation
MARA 210-10 Records Creation, Appraisal and Retention
MARA 249-10 Management of Digital Data, Information and Records (course was previously titled “Electronic Recordkeeping” on sample syllabus)
MARA 283-10 Enterprise Content Management and Digital Preservation
MARA 284-10 Information Assurance
MARA 284-11 Advocacy and the Professional Image of Archivists in Popular Culture (1 unit) Runs from January 28 – February 25
MARA 284-12 Community Archives* (2 units) Runs from January 28 – March 24
Information Organization and Retrieval
INFO 241-10 The ILS and basic functionality for all library systems (1 unit), Runs from January 23rd – February 20th
INFO 241-11 Current Expansions of the ILS already in play (e-books, social media) (1 unit) Runs from February 25th – March 24th
INFO 241-12 Emerging technologies that could be pieces in 3-5 years (linked data, the Internet of Things) (1 unit) Runs from April 7th – May 5th
INFO 242-10 Database Management
INFO 247-10 Vocabulary Design​
INFO 248-10, -11/ -12 Beginning Cataloging and Classification All Sections are Closed
INFO 248-13 Beginning Cataloging and Classification
INFO 266-10 Collection Management
INFO 266-11 Collection Management
INFO 266-12 Collection Management Closed
INFO 281-10 Metadata Closed
INFO 287-11 RDA (1 unit) Runs from January 23rd – February 20th
INFO 287-12 Subject Analysis (1 unit) Runs from February 24th – March 23rd
INFO 287-13 Library Services in the Digital Age
Information Intermediation and Instruction
INFO 210-10 Reference and Information Services, General (3 unit version)  Closed
INFO 210-11 Reference and Information Services, General* -Three (3) Unit Version
INFO 210-13 Reference Collections in the 21st century (1 unit), Runs from April 6th – May 4th Closed
INFO 210-14 Reference in the Age of Google: Marketing, Outreach, Management, and Evaluation (2 units) Runs from January 23rd – March 19th Closed
INFO 220-10 Legal Resources (2 units) Runs from January 23rd- March 19th
INFO 220-11 Maps & GIS (2 units) Runs from February 11th – April 14th
INFO 244-10 /-11 Online Searching Both Sections are Closed
INFO 250-10 Instructional Design K-12 Focus
INFO 250-11 /-12 Instructional Design Non K-12 Focus
INFO 254-10 / -11 Information Literacy and Learning Section -10 is Closed
INFO 287-10 User Experience
Library Services for Children and Young Adults
INFO 237-10 School Library Media Materials
INFO 260A-10 Programming and Services for Children Closed
INFO 261A-10 Programming and Services for Young Adults Closed
INFO 263-10 Materials for Children
INFO 265-10 Materials for Young Adults*
INFO 267-10 Intellectual Freedom – YA
INFO 267-11 Controversial Literature
Courses Covering Specific Library Environments
INFO 230-10 Issues in Academic Libraries* Closed
INFO 232-10 / -11 Issues in Public Libraries Section -10 is Closed
INFO 233-10 School Library Media Centers
INFO 281-12 Indigenous Librarianship (2 units) Runs from January 28th – March 24th
Research and Program Evaluation
INFO 285-10 Youth Services
INFO 285-11 Action Research Closed
INFO 285-12 Evaluating Programs and Services Closed
INFO 285-13 Evaluating Programs and Services
INFO 285-14 Historical Research
INFO 285-15 Research in Academic Libraries
INFO 285-14 Technology Management
Language and Culture for Information Professionals
SPAN 132-10 Beginning Spanish (4 units) is offered online by World Languages for the School of Information. The course can be used toward an MLIS.

*New course offered for the first time in spring 2020, or new instructor for this class. No prior course syllabus available.