Dec 08, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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UX 2024 - Information Architecture

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits

Course Description
This class introduces the core components of Information Architecture (IA). Information architecture focuses on the organization of a website or application in order to optimize the findability and searchability of digital assets. Good IA is an essential component of a good user experience because it brings together components of both research and design. IA research and design methods will be taught using both analog and digital tools. Additionally, strategies and approaches will be taught through a mixture of lecture, discussion, and hands-on research.  (prereq: GS 1002  or GS 1020H , and sophomore standing)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Understand the discipline of Information Architecture and its importance in the digital world 
  • Know how people look for and categorize information 
  • Understand and know how to plan, communicate, and classify digital assets (i.e., content) 
  • Analyze and document information architectures 
  • Research and design an information architecture using digital and analog tools 


Prerequisites by Topic
  • Foundations of data analysis and techniques for information organization

Course Topics
  • What is IA?
  • Importance of information architecture (IA) in a digital world
  • Cost of bad IA
  • Components of information architecture 
  • Understanding people and content
  • Taxonomy and metadata 
  • Optimizing for finadability and searchability
  • Documenting, evaluating, measuring, and testing information architecture  
  • Designing and researching information architecture
  • Open and closed card sorting, treejacking

Dr. Nadya Shalamova

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