WISE Courses: 2017-2018, Winter Session, Term 2 [January/April]

WISE course instructions and information

Each course offered by a WISE institution reserves 2-5 spaces for WISE students from other institutions. There is no guarantee that there will be space for you.

  • Eligibility:
  • All SLAIS students are eligible to take relevant WISE courses (Dual, MAS, MACL, MLIS, PhD).
  • WISE courses cannot be taken by any students who will graduate in Spring 2018. (WISE instructors have up to three weeks after the end of the course to submit marks).
  • American students with US government loans cannot take any WISE courses as this would invalidate the loans.
  • Limit: WISE courses (6 credits regardless of program).
  • External Credit:A WISE courses is an “External Credits” for MAS stand-alone students. Thus, MAS students must submit a Request for External Credit form with the Grad Advisor before registering.
  • Registration:Follow instructions distributed to all SLAIS students via email on Monday, October 30th to request a space.
  • Post Registration: After registering on the WISE web site, send the SLAIS WISE Coordinator an e-mail for each course providing this information.
  • Your name
  • Your program [Dual, MACL, MAS, MLIS, Ph.D.]
  • Stand alone MAS students confirm that the Request for External Credit form has already been submitted and approved. It must be signed by the SLAIS Graduate Adviser before the WISE registration process can take place. If you forget to provide this information or you haven’t completed the approval process it will delay your registration and may prevent you from securing your seat in a WISE course.
  • Your UBC student number
  • Name, number, and institution of the course you wish to take
  • State whether you have taken a WISE course before
  • If you request more than one WISE course, send separate emails for each course and rank your requests.
  • Blocking: Only request a space in a WISE course if you are confident that you will take it. If you are offered a space and drop the course, you have blocked anyone else from taking it.
  • Pre-requisites: The four MLIS core courses are required pre-requisites for students in the MLIS and Dual programs. Students in the stand-alone MAS program must have completed the four MAS Core Courses. Additional pre-requisites are noted in the individual course descriptions.
  • Course Number: Students offered seats in a WISE course will be registered in LIBR 593 by SLAIS office staff.
  • Grade Alignment: Marks given by the host institution offering the course will be converted to UBC marks using only the WISE Marking Matrix. Please read over this document carefully as it will be the sole source used to convert marks from WISE institutions to UBC marks. No information from instructors beyond the actual mark submitted to WISE will be used in the conversion to UBC percentage marks. If a given institution is not shown on the matrix then the information for an institution with the same marking scheme will be used.
  • Your responsibilities as a WISE student
  • Host Institution Parameters: Students must agree to the course parameters of the host institution including course management tools, grading, and dates of term.
  • Technology: You must have access to technology necessary for completion of course.
  • Avoid an “F” (Dropping): If you drop the course it is your responsibility to drop the relevant section of LIBR 593: Seminar by the stated UBC drop deadlines and send an email to the WISE Coordinator. You are held responsible for dropping ALL relevant courses by the UBC deadlines. If you forget to drop [even if the WISE course has not yet started] you may receive a mark of “F” in the course.

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NOTE: Registration for the 2018 January term WISE courses opens on October 30, 2017. It is possible that additional WISE courses may be added later.

VERY IMPORTANT: No American students with US government loans can take any WISE courses as this would invalidate the loans.

VERY IMPORTANT: Due to the end dates of these courses they cannot be taken by any students who will graduate in May 2018.  WISE instructors have up to three weeks after the end of the course to submit marks and SLAIS must submit a list of graduating students to UBC in mid-April.

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CRISIS/DISASTER HEALTH INFORMATICS [Cannot be taken by students completing their degree requirements in May 2018]

This course explores the inter-connectedness of information, people, and technologies in a crisis/disaster (e.g. hurricanes, earthquakes, pandemics) and the intersecting trajectories of social, technical and information perspectives in crises/disasters. In particular, it examines how information is generated, accessed, organized, coordinated, and disseminated during a crisis/disaster. The course also examines the multiple roles that information professionals and libraries can play in crisis/disaster preparedness and response. The first half of the course focuses on crisis/disaster information topics in general. The second half of the course focuses on crisis/disaster health information: for example, health information sources accessed in crises/disasters; information dissemination during pandemics; health information provided by national and international organizations, and the challenges of providing health information in humanitarian crises. Students reflect on lessons learned from past crises and on strategies to manage future crises. This course equips students with the knowledge and skills to enable them to be key players in crisis/disaster preparedness and response.

Host School: San Jose State University

Class Number: INFO 281

Faculty Dr. Chris Hagar

Course Tool: Canvas

Start and End Date: January 24th, 2018 – May 14th, 2018


KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT [Cannot be taken by students completing their degree requirements in May 2018]

Class Description: This course will cover the entire knowledge management cycle from knowledge capture and codification, to sharing and communities of practice, transfer and application. It will also include major theories and models in knowledge management. Students will learn to apply the case study research design in knowledge management in organizational improvement. Contemporary knowledge management software (including knowledge creation and sharing in social networking websites) will be covered. Finally, the course will explore knowledge management not just from the organizational perspective, but also from the individual perspective.

Host School: Simmons College

Class Number: LIS-456

Faculty Naresh Agarwal

Course Tool: Moodle

Start and End Date: January 17th, 2018 – May 7th, 2018


METADATA [Cannot be taken by students completing their degree requirements in May 2018]

Introduces metadata modeling, data binding, vocabulary, interoperability, administration, tools, quality control, and evaluation. Examines international metadata standards, activities, and projects through case studies. Students will have hands-on experience with metadata management systems such as D-Space.

Host School: Syracuse University

Class Number: IST631

Faculty Brian Dobreski

Course Tool: Blackboard

Start and End Date: January 16th, 2018 – May 2nd, 2018


RESOURCES AND SERVICES FOR ADULTS [Cannot be taken by students completing their degree requirements in May 2018]

Survey of materials in a variety of formats of interest to and importance for adults, with an emphasis on popular resources, utilization of resources, and program development.

Host School The University of Pittsburgh

Class Number: LIS 2332

Faculty: Dr. Michele Leininger

Course Tool: Blackboard

Start and End Date: January 8th, 2018 – April 28th, 2018