Academic Program Pillars

The following student learning goals and outcomes are presented within the broad context of and emphasis on an abiding commitment to the information profession and its core values, leadership, global awareness, service, social justice, and an attention to evolving technologies and media.

Program goals and learning outcomes are integrated into the curriculum, and are tied to course objectives and deliverables. 

Learning Goals and Outcomes

October, 2015

MSIM students will:

Develop a professional identity
  • Describe the historical foundations of information technologies and apply this knowledge to anticipate and plan for future developments
  • Identify the core values and ethics of the information professions
  • Articulate a personal professional philosophy of the information professions
  • Participate in professional activities and associations
Understand the essential nature of information management and its relevance to society
  • Describe various definitions and concepts of information
  • Articulate the various lifecycle stages for data, metadata, and information
  • Articulate the context of information management and the social, ethical, cultural, legal, and economic factors that impact information systems
Envision, develop, manage, and curate information and its systems across the spectrum of human records from local to global contexts
  • Integrate a variety of theoretical and practice based concepts such as management and strategic planning to analyze, develop, and evaluate a variety of information technology solutions
  • Apply knowledge of system development concepts to design tools and systems that facilitate access to information and solve problems for a variety of organizations
  • Assess applicability of current and emerging technologies to information management
Synthesize theory and practice within a dynamic and evolving information environment
  • Articulate theories and concepts in relation to information and information management
  • Demonstrate application of theory to practice by finding, evaluating, and using information resources effectively for the solution of a variety of professional problems
  • Demonstrate an ability to conduct research
    • Identify and apply scholarly and professional research relevant to a topic in order to contextualize questions or problems;
    • Identify and apply appropriate research methodologies to solve specific questions or issues;
    • Apply ethical and legal principles when accessing and using information sources such as data and scholarly and profession publications
Demonstrate leadership, communication, and collaboration skills in order to successfully deliver and advocate for information services
  • Demonstrate effective collaboration and negotiate group dynamics in pursuit of a common goal
  • Articulate the importance of project management for information management
  • Use appropriate professional communication skills
    • Speak to achieve common understanding
    • Write to achieve common understanding
    • Listen to achieve common understanding
    • Apply technology to connect, communicate, and collaborate