Wayne State University

Course Descriptions

Below is the list of Course Descriptions. Please note that LIS 6010 and LIS 6080 are the first two courses for all MLIS students. Please note that the course template most accurately reflects when courses will be offered.

The School has created a course template to help students better plan their schedules.  The template lists all the courses in the School's catalog and indicates which term(s) the courses are scheduled to be offered face-to-face in Detroit (main campus or Oakland), Lansing, and/or online. View/download your copy here: 

Course Template

Course Number Course Title and Description Frequency
6010 Introduction to the Information Profession - The development and place of libraries in society; objectives, functions of and trends in major types of libraries. Core Course - 3 credits - First course in the MLIS Program (see Course Sequencing Policy). Offered every term
6080 Information Technology - Reviews information technology vocabulary and skills including computing technologies and develops professional skills for information management, web-design, and productivity tools. Core Course - 3 credits - Second course in the MLIS Program (see Course Sequencing Policy). Offered every term
6120 Access to Information - Prereq: LIS 6010 and 6080 or concurrently. Reference function of the library including print and electronic reference sources; development of interpersonal communication skills to increase effectiveness in response to patrons' information needs; effective search strategies for all types of reference. Core Course - 3 credits Offered every term
6210 Organization of Knowledge - Prereq: LIS 6010 and 6080 or concurrently. Characteristics of recorded knowledge; identification and description of recorded information; principles of physical description, authority control, and subject access; creation of catalogs and databases. Core Course - 3 credits Offered every term
6350 Design Thinking and Knowledge - (LDT 7111) - Prereq: LIS 6010 and 6080 or concurrently. Alternative systems models of instructional design; basic design principles, methods and techniques of pre-design analysis; instructional strategy selection and sequencing. 4 credits Offered at least once per academic year
6360 Producing and Evaluating Technology Based Instructional Materials - (LDT 5140) - Prereq: LIS 6010 and 6080 or concurrently. Technological applications to education, training and instruction within educational, industrial and human services settings. Students examine, develop and/or evaluate unique instructional programs. For educators and non-educators interested in exploring technological applications in education. 4 credits Offered at least once per academic year
6510 Survey and Analysis of Current Literature for Children Preschool - Grade 3 - (RLL 7720) - Prereq: LIS 6010 and 6080 or concurrently. Intensive examination of books appropriate for preprimary and primary school children. Analysis of the literary and extra literary factors that affect the young child's experiences with fiction and nonfiction. 3 credits Offered at least once per academic year
6520 Survey and Analysis of Current Literature for Children Grade 4-8 - (RLL 7740) - Prereq: LIS 6010 and 6080 or concurrently. Intensive examination of books appropriate for children in grades four through eight. Analysis of literary and extra-literary factors affecting the older child's experiences with fiction and nonfiction. 3 credits Offered at least once per academic year
6530 Young Adult Literature - (EED 6310) - Prereq: LIS 6010 and 6080 or concurrently. Standards for evaluating adolescent literature. Selection of literature for individual pupils in relation to interest and reading ability. Use of classroom collections. Techniques for helping pupils read poetry, drama and fiction. 3 credits Offered at least once per academic year
6550 Storytelling - (RLL 7780) - Prereq: LIS 6510; LIS 6010 and 6080 or concurrently. - Selection of appropriate literature and materials for storytelling; guided practice in selection and presentation of literature for oral communication by reading aloud and storytelling. 3 credits Offered as needed
6780 Introduction to Records and Information Management - (HIS 6780) - Management of information, including records creation, records inventory and appraisal, retention/disposition scheduling, filing systems, maintenance of inactive records, micrographics, vital records protection, and electronic impact on records management. 3 credits Offered twice per academic year
7040 Library Administration and Management - Prereq: LIS 6010 and 6080. Library as an organization in various settings; functional diversification, staffing patterns, program planning, budgeting, performance evaluation, communication and public relations. Core Course - 3 credits Offered every term
7050 Public Libraries - Prereq: LIS 7040. Development of concepts introduced in LIS 6010; history, organization and function of public libraries; development of skills necessary to public librarianship. 3 credits Offered twice per academic year
7060 Academic Libraries - Prereq: LIS 7040. Development of topics introduced in LIS 7040; history, organization, and function of the academic library within educational and research institutions; development of management and personnel concepts necessary to academic librarianship. 3 credits Offered twice per academic year
7070 Special Libraries and Information Centers - Prereq: LIS 6120 and LIS 7040. History, organization, and functions of various types of special libraries and skills necessary to deliver a wide range of services. 3 credits Offered once per academic year
7085 Arts and Museum Librarianship - Prereq: LIS 6120. Addresses the study and investigation of fundamental concepts concerning fine arts and museum work as a librarian. Reviews the basic literature and bibliographic foundations of the fine arts disciplines. 1 credit Offered as needed
7110 Humanities Information Services and Resources - Prereq: LIS 6120. The nature of the arts and the humanities; information needs of the artist, the humanistic scholar and the lay person; library programs in the arts and humanities; problems of communication and information in the several humanistic fields of study. 1 credit Offered as needed
7120 Science and Technology Information Services and Resources - Prereq: LIS 6120. The generation, organization and pattern of bibliographic control of the literature of both the basic and the applied sciences. Characteristics of the scientific method and the scientific community. Bibliographic organization, reference tools and major databases. 1 credit Offered as needed
7130 Social Sciences Information Services and Resources - Prereq: LIS 6120. Characteristics of the social science disciplines: structure, concepts, methods of investigation. Major figures and significant works in the general field. Bibliographic control, reference tools and instructional resources. 1 credit Offered as needed
7140 Advanced Reference Service Strategies - Prereq: LIS 6120. Advanced reference course focused on information needs and seeking behaviors, reference interview techniques, and information literacy. 3 credits Offered once per academic year
7160 Advanced Online Searching - Prereq: LIS 6120. Advanced topics in online searching using broad range of databases, including Internet resources. Topics include: sophisticated search strategies, competitive intelligence, retrieval and organization of citations. 3 credits Offered once per academic year
7250 Programming and Services for Children and Young Adults - Prereq: LIS 6010 and LIS 6080. Principles and procedures for planning, managing and delivery of public library services to children and young adults. 3 credits Offered at least once per academic year
7310 School Library Media Programs - Prereq: six credits in core courses; MUST have a valid teaching certificate (does not apply to students admitted prior to April 1, 2004) - Role of library media programs in the school; methods of planning, organizing, and operating such programs; impact of technology on instruction and library service. Core Course - 3 credits Offered every other year
7320 The Media Specialist as Teacher and Instructional Consultant - Instructional functions of the library media specialist in terms of integrating information processing skills in the curriculum through the instructional design process by working in partnership with teachers and applying the principles of teaching and learning theories. 3 credits Offered every other year
7340 Collection Development and Selection of Materials - Philosophy, principles and procedures for provision of materials and a collection that will meet the needs of the library's clientele. Concepts and procedures of community study, intellectual freedom, evaluation of materials, the use of selection aids and an introduction to the publishing world. 3 credits Offered every term
7350 Advanced Instructional Design Tools and Techniques - (IT 7110, HE 7540) - Prereq: IT 6110/LIS 6350. Exploration and application of those techniques, tools and competencies characteristic of expert designers. Topics may include: use of design software, program design, advanced analysis techniques, motivation design, rapid prototyping, reducing design cycle time, designing instruction for diverse learner populations. 4 credits Offered as needed
7370 Multicultural Information Services and Resources - Prereq: LIS 6120 - Study of impact of cultural diversity on library services, development of relevant collections and effective interaction with a diverse community. 3 credits Offered twice per academic year
7400 Urban Libraries - Prereq: LIS 7040. Interdisciplinary approach to planning, managing and implementing services in urban libraries. 1 credit Offered as needed
7410 Software Productivity Tools - Prereq: LIS 6080 or equivalent *eligible replacement for 6080 waiver* - Concepts and skills for application and use of productivity tools in contemporary information environment. 3 credits Offered twice per academic year
7415 Project Management - Prereq: LIS 7040 - By weaving together theory and practice, this course introduces students to the principles of project management, and an integrated view of the concepts, skills, tools, and techniques involved in project management. 3 credits Offered once per academic year
7420 Website Development - Prereq: LIS 6080 *eligible replacement for 6080 waiver* -Skills for creating and publishing websites on various platforms in compliance with the current web standards, particularly HTML and cascading style sheets (CSS). Focuses on the advanced features of mark-up and scripts in website design. 3 credits Offered every term
7430 Building Web-Based Information Services - Recommended: LIS 7420 *eligible replacement for 6080 waiver* - Principles of system administration, file supervision and local networks, Internet and the World Wide Web for library and information science and archives environments. 3 credits Offered once per academic year
7435 Integrated Library Systems - Prereq: LIS 6210 or consent of instructor. Recommended: LIS 7420 - Practical experience with an Integrated Library System (ILS). Includes system configuration and implementation and associated technologies such as authentication, eResource management, link resolution, and discovery systems. 3 credits Offered once per academic year
7440 Scripting Languages - Prereq: LIS 6080 or consent of instructor *eligible replacement for 6080 waiver* Basic skills in using scripting languages to program and manipulate data structures for text information in library applications such as databases and Web sites. 3 credits Offered once per academic year
7450 Digital Imaging - Overview of imaging, metadata, color theory, digital preservation and graphics, video processing; role this technology plays in presentation and dissemination of information. 3 credits Offered at least once per academic year
7460 Database Concepts - Prereq: LIS 6080 or consent of instructor *eligible replacement for 6080 waiver* - Fundamentals of database design and basics of database implementation; Related and current database management technologies used in hands-on experiences. 3 credits Offered twice per academic year
7470 Information Architecture - Prereq: LIS 6080 or consent of instructor - Dissemination of information that affects context, content and user. Associations with website development; use in technical writing, presentation preparation and report generation. 3 credits Offered at least once per academic year
7490 Competitive Intelligence and Data Mining - Prereq: LIS 6080 - Use of multidimensional databases, competitive intelligence and visualization software, data mining tools, as well as access to disparate information sources to support and provide a structure for fact-based decision making. 3 credits Offered once per academic year
7491 Data Analytics - Prereq: LIS 6080 - Focus on key areas of information analytics used by data librarians: quantitative statistics, computer simulation, and data mining tools/techniques. 3 credits Offered once per academic year
7492 Information Visualization - Pre-req: LIS 6080. Analysis of large data sets and drawing insights through use of information technology tools, statistical techniques, charts, and graphs. 3 credits. At least once per year
7500 Information Behavior - Prereq: LIS 6080. Totality of human behavior in relation to sources and channels of information, information needs and barriers; information seeking, use and dissemination; information poverty and information overload; topics studied in variety of contexts. 3 credits Offered once per academic year
7610 Health Sciences Information Services and Resources - Prereq: LIS 6120 and 6210 - This course is designed to provide students with skills necessary to become health science librarians. 3 credits Offered every other year
7620 Introduction to Health Informatics and E-Science - Prereq: LIS 6010 and 6080 - Overview of health informatics, e-science, and the critical role of information technologies in data-intensive environments. This course provides students with the opportunity to analyze, practice, and build the skills unique to health, e-science, and data management fields. 3 credits Offered once per academic year
7710 Archival Administration - (HIS 7840) - No pre-requisites. Basic training in archival methods. 3 credits Offered once per academic year
7730 Administration of Audio Visual Collections - Prereq: HIS 7840/LIS 7710 or consent of instructor - Basic course in the fundamentals of administering a visual collection: evaluation, organization, and control of visual collections in archives, libraries, historical agencies and museums.3 credits *Not open to MLIS Online major Offered once per academic year
7740 Archives and Libraries in the Digital World - (HIS 7745) - Prereq: LIS 7710 (or HIS 7840) or 6080. Overview of electronic tools and the role of digital process in libraries and archives. 3 credits Offered once per academic year
7750 Introduction to Archival and Library Conservation - (HIS 7810) - Prereq: LIS 7710 (or HIS 7840) or 6010. Fundamentals of archival and library conservation problems and methods essential for effective preservation management of paper and associated materials. 3 credits *Not open to MLIS Online major Offered once per academic year
7770 Oral History: A Methodology for Research - (HIS 7860, ANT 6360) - No pre-requisites. Techniques of gathering data from individuals for use in research, classroom teaching, historical, cultural or other contexts. 3 credits *Not open to MLIS Online major Offered once per academic year
7780 Description and Access for Archives - HIS 7820) - Prereq/Coreq: LIS 7710/HIS 7840. Current trends in electronic resources used in archival administration. 3 credits Offered once per academic year
7790 History of Books, Printing, and Publishing - Development of writing, the alphabet, early materials, manuscripts, paper making, invention and spread of printing, famous presses, modern methods of print and electronic production. The book as artistic output of the culture and part of the world in which it was produced. 3 credits Offered once per academic year
7850 Issues in Librarianship - Critical analysis of library research, socio-technological trends, implications for the profession. Topics to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. 1 - 3 credits (maximum 9) Offered as needed
7880 Instructional Methods for Librarians - Prereq: LIS 6010, 6080, 6120. Introduction to library instruction, bibliographic instruction, information literacy, or user education for those expected to provide library instruction to clients. 3 credits Offered at least once per academic year
7885 Administration of Historical Agencies - No pre-requisites. The operation of public and private historical agencies, archives, and museums. Determination of agency priorities, problems of staffing and finance, governmental regulations, community relations, and professional ethics. 3 credits Offered once per academic year
7900 Digital Libraries - Prereq: LIS 6010, LIS 6080, LIS 6120, and LIS 6210. An examination of the critical issues surrounding the development of digital libraries and their contents. Beyond gaining a theoretical foundation based on current research, students benefit from first-hand experience with processing materials and working with digital library systems. 3 credits Offered at least once per academic year
7910 Metadata in Theory and Practice - Prereq: LIS 6010, LIS 6080, LIS 6120, and LIS 6210. This course addresses the theoretical and practical principles of metadata. Students examine, develop and apply metadata for specific domains and settings. 3 credits Offered at least once per academic year
7920 Digital Curation and Preservation - Prereq: LIS 6210, or permission of the instructor. Theoretical principles and practical aspects of digital curation and preservation within libraries, museums, archives and other institutions administering data and digital content. 3 credits Offered at least once per academic year
7940 Human Computer Interaction - Prereq: LIS 6080. Study of the interactions between human beings and computer technologies through usability evaluations and user experience design. 3 credits. Offered at least once per academic year
7950 Practicum: Library Services - Prereq: 24 credit hours; 15 must be from core, exception - 7996. Offered for S, M or U grades only - On-site experience in library/information center under direction of professional librarian and supervision of faculty member. Theory and competencies relevant to the environment. Seminars to be arranged. 3 credits Offered every term
7960 Practicum: Information Management - - Prereq: 24 credit hours; 15 must be from core, exception - 7996. Offered for S, M or U grades only - On-site experience in a health science library/information center under direction of a professional library and supervision of a faculty member. Theory and competencies relevant to the environment. Seminars to be arranged. 3 credits Offered every term
7970 Practicum: Archives - Prereq: LIS 7710, 7780, plus 6 credits of AAC electives (final 3 AAC elective credits may be taken concurrently with LIS 7970). Offered for S and U grade only - On-site experience in archival center under direction of professional librarian or archivist and supervision of faculty member.Theory and competencies relevant to the environment. Seminars to be arranged. 3 credits Offered twice per academic year
7975 Practicum: Digital Content - Prereq: LIS 7900, LIS 7910, LIS 7920. Practical experience with digital content under direction of professional librarian and supervision of faculty member. Theory and competencies relevant to the environment. Seminars to be arranged. 3 credits Offered at least once per academic year
7980 Practicum: School Media - - Prereq: 7310, 7320 and all core but 7996; MUST have a valid teaching certificate (does not apply to students admitted prior to April 1, 2004). Offered for letter grade only - On-site experience in school library media/information center under direction of professional librarian and supervision of faculty member. Theory and competencies relevant to the environment. Seminars to be arranged. 2 - 3 credits Offered every term
7990 Research and Directed Study - Prereq: written consent of advisor, Director and Dean on Petition and Authorization for Directed Study form prior to registration - Directed study and individual research under faculty guidance. 1 - 8 credits Offered every term
7996 Research for the Information Profession - Prereq: LIS 6120, 6210. Role of research in the development of the profession. Research methods employed; analysis and evaluation of research reports. Core Course - 3 credits Offered every term
8000 Seminar in Information Policy - This course analyzes information policy issues confronting information professionals and the effect of these policies on the economic, social, ethical and technical decisions made by individuals, organizations and governments. At least once per year
8040 Advanced Administration and Management for Libraries - This course is designed to prepare students for success in upper-level management positions. It builds upon skills acquired in LIS 7040 to give students greater expertise in both the theory and practice of management in libraries, information centers, records and information management environments and archives. Students apply theoretical understandings to a specific organization such as libraries, corporate records management units, an academic libraries, government and non-profit agencies, etc. 3 credits Offered as needed
8110 Government Information Policies and Resources - Prereq: LIS 6120 - - Selection, acquisition, access and reference use of major federal, state and local documents. Overview of federal publishing program; the document - generating processes of Congress, the judiciary and the executive departments and regulatory agencies; the federal, state and local documentary system. Federal information policies and the role of professional and governmental agencies in formulating policy. 3 credits Offered as needed
8120 Legal Information Resources - Prereq: LIS 6120 - Characteristics of legal literature including federal, state and administrative law; structure of U.S. court system and its publications; introduction to legal databases; special problems in legal reference service and administration; selection and use of basic tools in legal research. 1 credit Offered once per academic year
8130 Business and Industry Information Resources - Prereq: LIS 6120 - Exploration of the structure, functional organization and information needs of industrial, investment and business enterprises. Study of bibliographic control of relevant literature, information sources and specialized services. 1 credit Offered as needed
8210 Advanced Classification and Cataloging - Prereq: LIS 6210 or consent of instructor - Advanced problems in descriptive cataloging, including different forms of materials, and automated cataloging. Further study of theory, structure and application of classification systems and subject heading lists. 3 credits Offered as needed
8230 Indexing and Abstracting - Indexing and abstracting theoretics, standards and practice in a range of disciplines, materials and formats. Vocabulary control and thesaurus construction. Automatic indexing and computerized applications in information processing. 3 credits Offered as needed
8330 History and Foundations of Information Science and Culture - Prereq: 12 graduate credits or consent of instructor - Students rethink information science through review of historical and theoretical texts that go beyond the field. 3 credits Offered as needed
8370 Cultural Competence for Library and Information Professionals - The basic premise underlying this course is that library and information science professionals must understand the socio-historical emergence of multiple user communities as a prerequisite for integrating library services into these communities. 1 credit Offered as needed
8410 Topics in Information Management - Prereq: consent of advisor - Current topics and issues affecting information management systems and services. Topics to be announced. 1 - 3 credits. Offered as needed
8998 Specialist's Research Seminar - Prereq: written consent of advisor - Advanced research methods and application. 3 credits Offered once per academic year