Doug Oard's Courses
- INST 301
- INST 301 was a course on Introduction to Information Science.
It was a precursor to the iSchool's B.S. in Information
Science major, and has not been replaced by INST 201.
- INST 346
- INST 346 is a course on Technologies, Infrastructure and
Architecture that is a part of the iSchool's B.S. in
Information Science major.
- LBSC 208B
- LBSC 208B was a course on Information and Knowledge Management.
It was designed as the second course in a proposed course
sequence taught by three units on campus (Computer Science, the
iSchool, and Political Science) for a couple of years, but that
course sequence -- and thus this course -- is no longer being
- Gemstone Honors Seminar
- Gemstone is an interdisciplinary research program in which
students work together for four years to produce a Team Thesis. As a
Gemstone Fellow, I served as the mentor for the Information
Technology in Medicine team. The team defended their thesis
and was one of eight teams in Gemstone's first graduating class
in Spring 2000.
Masters Program Courses
- INFM 603 is a core graduate course on Information Technology
and Organizational Context, one of three core courses in our
12-course Master of Information Management program. It is
typically offered in most semesters, and I typically teach it
about once every couple of years.
- LBSC 671 is a core graduate course on Creating Information
Infrastructures, one of four core courses in the new core of
our 12-course Master of Library Science program. I offered
this course for the first time in Fall, 2013, and I will likely
teach it about once very couple of years.
- LBSC 690 was a core graduate course on Information Technology,
one of four core courses in our 12-course Master of Library
Science program. It was last offered in Spring 2013 (because
of the transition to the new core, which is structured quite
- LBSC 708X/INFM 708X
- LBSC 708X/INFM 718X is an advanced course on E-Discovery. It
was offered for the first time in Spring 2009 and again in
Spring 2012, both co-taught with Jason Baron. It might next be
offered in Spring 2016.
- INST 716 is an advanced course in Information Technology and
Society. The course was was offered for the first time in
Spring 2007 (at the time as LBSC 708T/INFM 718T
Transformational Information Technologies). It looks across
the broad sweep of history to identify common characteristics
of technologies that have transformed information processing,
and then applies that understanding by looking into the future
to envision the potential implications of some of the trends
that are visible today. I am not currently scheduled to teach
this course again; interested students should contact Jessica
- INFM 718N is an advanced course in Database-Driven Web
Applications. Completion of (or simultaneous registration to
complete) the MIM core are the prerequisites. I am not
currently scheduled to teach this course again; interested
students should contact Vedat Diker.
- INST 734 is an advanced course in the design and evaluation of
Information Retrieval Systems. I presently offer this as an
online course. MLS students must complete LBSC 671 prior to
taking INST 734, and they must either have completed INST 602
or be taking it concurrently. MIM students must complete INFM
603 prior to taking INST 734, and they must have either
completed the other two core courses or be taking them
concurrently. INST 734 was previously offered as LBSC 796, and
before that as LBSC 708A. It has previously been cross-listed
in the MIM program (as INFM 718R) and in the Computer Science
Department (as CMSC 828o or CMSC 828L). The iSchool typically
offers INST 734 about once a year, and I teach it about half
- INST 790 (previously LBSC 790/INFM 718B, and before that LBSC
708L) was an advanced course in Building the Human-Computer
Interface. This course, which I originally developed, was one
of two precursors to our 12-course Master of Science degree
program in Human Computer Interaction, which admitted its first
student cohort in Fall 2012. The courses in that program are
organized differently, so although the course number is still
in use, this course no longer exists in the form I had offered
- LBSC 709
- I occasionally am asked to supervise an independent study
course by students with special interests for which I have no regular
course. If you are interested in exploring this option you should
approach me a bit before the registration deadline for the semester in
which you would like to do the independent study. I take the
"independent" part seriously - I will expect you to take the
initiative to develop your own objectives, project design, and reading
list, for example. I normally meet with independent study students
weekly or every other week, depending on the nature of their project.
If an independent study topic attracts continued interest from a
number of students, I am willing to consider developing a regular
course. This is, for example, how LBSC 790 came to be.
Masters Thesis Research
- LBSC 799
- Students who wish to write a masters thesis may register for up
to six credits of LBSC 799, Masters Thesis Research. Because
getting from the proposal though the completed thesis can take
a while, students who are interested in working on a masters
thesis with me should normally initiate preliminary discussions
during their first or second semester at the iSchool.
Information about my research interests can be found on my research web page
Ph.D. Program Seminars
- LBSC 801 was a one-credit introduction to research for
Ph.D. students, which I taught once in Fall 2011. It has since
been replaced with INST 800, a 3-credit course that fills the
- LBSC 878
- LBSC 878 was a doctoral seminar in Information Storage and
Retrieval. It was designed to help students prepare for the
comprehensive examination, in which ISAR is a required topic,
and to provide a basis for undertaking dissertation research.
Our doctoral program has since been reorganized, and INST 888
is the closest counterpart.
- INST 888 (formerly LBSC 888) is a doctoral seminar in
Information Studies. It is designed to help students prepare
for the integrative paper, and to provide a basis for
undertaking dissertation research. I most recently taught this
course in Fall, 2010.
Doctoral Dissertation Research
- INST 898/899
- Doctoral students register for Pre-Candidacy Research (LBSC
898) or Doctoral Dissertation Research at various points over the
course of their program. A doctoral student's research work
normally extends over the entire time that they are enrolled at at
the iSchool, but the timing of their INST 898/899 credits is
governed by a number of factors. Students who are working with me
and are curious about the proper time to register for INST 898/899
should come see me in person to discuss it.
We often begin a new research project with a reading group in which we
explore ideas that are new to us by reading recent research papers and
then meeting to discuss them. Although many reading groups carry no
academic credit, we welcome participation from any students that are
willing to participate regularly and contribute to the discussion.
- The MALACH Project
- A non-credit reading group that I helped organize in Spring 2002 and
- Email Access
- A non-credit reading group that I helped organize in the Fall 2005.
- A non-credit reading group that I helped organize in Summer 2006.
- A non-credit reading group that I participated in in Fall 2007.
- A reading group in Fall 2011 that I organized on current
research in the design and evaluation of technology to support
the process for discovery of evidence in civil litigation.
Interested students may register for this reading group for one
credit as INST 728A with the permission of the instructor.
- A non-credit reading group in Information and Communication
Technology for Development (ICTD) that I organized in Fall, 2012.
From time to time I give lectures on specific topics in other courses.
Some of my slides from those lectures are available here.
- INST 346, April 3, 2018 (Powerpoint; also available as PDF)
- A guest lecture on encryption.
- Journalism 175, Fall 2015
- A guest lecture on disintermediation.
- LBSC 770, Bibliographic Control, Spring 2015
- A lecture on metadata.
795, Human-Computer Communication, Fall 1988
- A lecture on spoken language interfaces.
723/LING 845, Natural Language Processing, Spring 2000
- A lecture on information retrieval.
118T, College Park Scholars, Spring 2001
- An update of the lecture on spoken language interfaces.
838B, Information Visualization, Spring 2001
- Slides to motivate a discussion of visualization in text
retrieval and text data mining systems.
- IGCA Panel
on the Impact of the Information Revolution in the United States
- A four-speaker session that I moderated for the Institute for
Global Chinese Affairs.
- CMSC 838S, Information Visualization, Spring 2005
- An update of the lecture on information retrieval interfaces.
- CMSC 498W Web Architecture and Programming, Spring 2006
- A lecture on IR for Web search.
- CMSC 838S, Information Visualization, Spring 2006
- An minor update of the lecture on information retrieval interfaces.
- Search and Ye Shall Find
- A lecture presented to the Seminar on Emerging Information
Technologies at Tecnolgico de Monterrey (by videoconference)
- Cross-Language Information Retrieval
- A lecture presented to the Applied Natural Language Processing
Course at UC Berkeley in Fall, 2009.
Cross-Language Information Retrieval
- A lecture presented to the Web Search and Text Analysis subject
at the University of Melbourne (Australia) in Semester 1 of 2010.
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