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Curriculum - MS in HES (Interactive Technology)

Students interested in completing this program will complete an in-depth study with an area of study in Interactive Technology. The program requires 30 hours of coursework, including one course in research methods and six hours of special projects (Capstone Project). Students will work independently and in groups, as dictated by a course’s content and circumstances. A sufficient amount of time within courses will be devoted to external websites, wikis and resources to develop the skills and expertise associated with the program. Courses will focus on methods of designing, selecting, and coordinating electronic messages, products, services, systems, digital environments and software for use in organizations. Assignments are asynchronous and concentrates on how organizations and individuals interact with technology and the resulting changes associated with the emerging knowledge workplace.

Students can transfer up to 6 semester hours of graduate-level coursework, with approval from the program advisor:

  • The course can be no more than six (6) years old at the time of graduation
  • Courses of full graduate-level credit earned in a regionally accredited institution where a student was enrolled in the graduate school may be submitted for review for inclusion in a degree program
  • Evaluation of transfer credit will not be made until the student has enrolled in the Graduate School of The University of Alabama
  • Credit will not be accepted for transfer from any institution at which the student failed to achieve a "B" average on all graduate work attempted
  • Only those courses in which the student has received a "B" or higher will be considered for transfer

Students will develop a plan of study with an advisory committee designed to work with students collaboratively, using computer-mediated technology.

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Course Descriptions

  • HES 509 Research Methods in Human Environmental Sciences: Introduction to theories and methods of research appropriate for human sciences; examination and evaluation of current research.
  • CSM 562 Cognition, Strategies, and Technology: This course lays some of the cornerstones of the program, guiding students in the development of their philosophy and understanding about the use of technology in teaching and learning as well as human interactions.
  • CSM 564 Digital Tools: The focus of this course is the use of a broad range of multimedia tools, including the skills considered core skills required to function in the asynchronous environment of this online degree program.
  • CSM 566 Multimedia Design and Development: This course will review the basic schools of thought and major theorists in the field of electronic design and development.
  • CSM 568 Emerging Technologies: New technologies will be introduced as emerging tools for personal productivity, training/education, and marketing/customer service areas and examined in terms of policy, implementation issues within organizations, and applications within the various fields of the students.
  • CSM 570 Coordination and Delivery of Information Using Digital Technologies: The course will review the tools needed to coordinate the delivery of information via digital technologies, including web-based tutorials, online courses, video conferencing, multimedia presentations and computer-assisted instruction delivered over a network.
  • CSM 572 Needs Assessment, Planning and Evaluation: Program evaluation strategies based on systems theory model for comprehensive planning, formative and summative evaluation.
  • CSM 574 Privacy and Security in Interactive Technology: This course is an introduction to some of the basic issues confronting technology users, especially those in today's workplaces. The course is designed for entrepreneurs, small business owners and managers, freelance consultants and anyone who work with technology but in organizations which may or may not have IT departments.
  • CSM 576 Collaborative Tools for Project Management: This course is an introduction to the use of collaborative tools for project management. Online collaboration tools provide opportunity for project success and will be covered, using examples and case studies from project management.  Social media tools offer exciting opportunities to improve team communication, efficiency, and success and will be discussed.  While online tools and strategies may be familiar to enrollees, this class focuses on the particular use of these for project management. 
  • CSM 582 Non-Thesis Research: Development of a professional paper on a topic selected by the student and approved by the graduate committee.
  • CSM 583 Special Problems: Exploration of a special problem in an area of graduate study.

Please note that courses are subject to change.