| ARM: Archives & Records Management | C&T: Culture & Technology | CIPS: Critical Information Policy Studies | HCDS: Human Centered Data Science | ISD: Information Systems & Design | KMIM: Knowledge Management & Information Management | LIS: Library & Information Science | UXD: User Experience Design |
ISD Concentration liaison: Prof. Kelly Lyons (Fall 2020); Prof. Christoph Becker (Winter 2021)
ISD concentration overview | Requirements | Suggested electives | Careers in Information Systems & Design |
Learn how to analyze, design and implement the diverse array of systems used to manage all kinds of information in businesses and complex organizations, such as “Big Data” applications.
Information systems play a crucial role in today’s society. For many businesses and organizations, innovations in information processes and systems are critical for competitiveness and survival. For individuals, our personal and social lives are now mediated by an ever growing array of information systems.
As ISD professionals, you will help shape how people interact and get work done through information systems. You will lead or participate in multi-disciplinary teams to analyze, design, and implement innovative and effective information systems, while emphasizing critical thinking, creative problem solving, and collaborative decision making.
- Engage in readings, discussions, hands-on projects, and critical debates.
- Acquire practical skills and experience with tools for modelling, project management, systems analysis, and systems implementation.
- Tie course material with real-life situations in business, management, health, and diverse computational environments.
- Learn how to create and enhance innovative, accessible, and adaptable solutions to problems of information practice, in constantly changing digital environments.
- Explore possibilities, constraints, and trade-offs inherent in the design, management, and implementation of digital information systems and media, in the context of complex and often conflicting requirements from diverse stakeholders.
Year 1 required courses
- INF1005H – Information Workshop I (0.25 credit)
- INF1006H – Information Workshop II (0.25 credit)
- INF1339H – Introduction to Computational Thinking (0.5 credit)
- INF1341H – Systems Analysis and Process Innovation (0.5 credit)
- INF1342H – System Requirements and Architectural Design (0.5 credit)
- INF1343H – Data Modeling and Database Design (0.5 credit)
Year 2 required courses
- INF2177H – Information Management and Systems (0.5 credit)
- Complete remaining credit requirements by taking a combination of the following:
Students are required to complete a total of 8.0 credits for their MI degree.
Students are able to take their Year 1 required courses in Year 2 as long as it is not a pre-requisite to a Year 2 required course. It is, however, recommended that you complete your Year 1 required courses in Year 1 as they provide foundational knowledge. For students thinking about Co-op, you should complete all Year 1 required courses in Year 1.
For students admitted prior to Fall 2019, please review the previous concentration requirements at the bottom of the page.
Students interested in the cross section of information and museum studies may wish to apply for the Combined Degree Program (CDP) to explore areas such as digital cultural heritage, cultural information policy, the intersection of cultural memory institutions (libraries, archives and museums), digital curation, among other interests. The CDP allows students to complete both MI + MMSt degrees in three years.
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Careers in Information Systems & Design
Students looking to engage in hands-on experience, widen their professional network and engage in professional development should connect with our Careers Services. The Faculty of Information offers a variety of work-integrated learning opportunities such as: MI Co-op option, practicum, Toronto Academic Libraries Internship Program (TALint), job shadowing, and ask-an-alum.
We encourage our students to engage widely in various professional circles and broaden your horizons beyond disciplinary boundaries. Our students, alumni and faculty are members of many professional associations. Our strong ties, built over many years, with these institutions keep us all abreast of the latest trends in the industries. Throughout the year, you may find representatives and members of these associations taking active roles in assisting our students by providing relevant industry insights and networking opportunities. Please visit our Student Experience & Life page on student councils, clubs and associations that our students engage and participate actively in.
Due to the proliferation of technology, almost all sectors and types of organizations seek professionals who can translate data and information challenges into meaningful and efficient information systems. Work can be done in-house for an organization or for external clients.
Who hires our ISD graduates?
Our alumni work in a wide range of organizations and industries, including: financial services, technology, health care, law, government, marketing and communications, non-profit and more.
Sample employers include: Bank of Canada, Baycrest, Canadian Institute for Health Information, CIBC, City of Toronto, Deloitte, IBM, Idea Couture, Kobo Inc., MacLaren McCann, Microsoft, Nestle, Ontario Public Service, Open Text, Oracle, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Razorfish, Rogers Communications, St. Michael’s Hospital, TD Financial Group, TELUS, University of Toronto, and many others.
Sample roles include:
|Analyst, Web Master
Application Support Specialist
Architect, Information Security Architecture
Business Systems Consultant
Client Support & Training Analyst
Data AnalystData Scientist
Database & Research Expert
Digital Customer Experience Manager
Enterprise Content Management Business Analyst
Geospatial Information Systems Specialist
|Information Access Specialist
Information & IT Business Architect
Information Security Analyst
Information Systems Technology Consultant
Intranet Site AnalystMembership Records & Web Content Coordinator
User Experience Designer
User Experience Lead
Suggested elective courses
- INF2194Y – Information Systems Design Project
- INF2040H – Project Management
- INF2164H – Authority and Credibility in Online Communities
- INF2169H – User-Centred Information System Development
- INF2170H – Information Architecture
- INF2173H – Information Professional Practicum
- INF2183H – Knowledge Management and Systems
- INF2242H – Studying Information and Knowledge Practices
- INF2313H – Introduction to Service Science
- MHI2001H – Health Informatics I
Suggested complementary courses
- INF1001H – Knowledge and Information in Society
- INF1240H – Research Methods
- INF2122H – Digital Preservation and Curation
- INF2142H – Theories of Classification and Knowledge Organization
- INF2149H – Administrative Decision-Making in Information Organizations
- INF2167H – Community Informatics
- INF2175H – Managing Organizational Records
- INF2181H – Information Policy, Regulation, and Law
- INF2186H – Metadata Schemas and Applications
- INF2195Y – Special Topics: Launching Information Ventures
- INF2243H – Critical Histories of Information and Communication Technologies
- INF2308H – Special Topics in Information Studies: Preservation Planning
- KMD2004H – Knowledge Media, Culture and Society
- CSC2515H – Introduction to Machine Learning
- CSC2525H – Research Topics in Data Management
- MHI2002H – Health Informatics II
For MI students that may be interested in picking electives from outside their degree program (i.e. non-INF courses): Please review the external course guide for details on how to do so.
Concentration requirements prior to Fall 2019
*Please note: If you started the program prior to 2019, you can follow the old ISD requirements (below), which includes INF1340H Programming for Information Systems. You may also complete INF1339H – Introduction to Computational Thinking (0.5 FCE) as an elective; however, it is not required.Requirements prior to 2019:
- INF1005H – Information Workshop I (0.25 FCE)
- INF1006H – Information Workshop II (0.25 FCE)
- INF1340H Programming for Information Systems (0.5 FCE)
- INF1341H – Systems Analysis and Process Innovation (0.5 FCE)
- INF1342H – System Requirements and Architectural Design (0.5 FCE)
- INF1343H – Data Modeling and Database Design (0.5 FCE)
- INF2177H – Information Management and Systems (0.5 FCE)
- Elective courses, co-op option, thesis option, or other program option (5.0 FCE)