Minor in Informatics

 

The minor in Informatics offers a deeper analysis of the role that information plays in our lives and culture, including critical social and ethical issues that arise from the use of digital technologies.

Starting September 2021, UBC students will have the opportunity to creatively engage with applied technologies that complement their major areas of study and help them prepare for high-demand career opportunities in tech, data and information.

Informatics, or information science, is a field of study focused on the use of information, data and knowledge in society and across academic disciplines. It considers how information is produced, stored, organized, classified, disseminated and preserved. It also analyzes how technical and social information systems function and the role that information systems play in the lives of individuals, communities, and our global ecosystem.

In this minor, you will develop essential skills in information and data literacy necessary for functioning in our digital world. The minor will immerse you in the field of Information Science, focusing on the use of data and digital technologies in society and across multiple disciplines. You will learn to critically review emerging technologies and current practices around ownership and information governance and the challenges these present for our communities. After completing this minor, students will understand the potential for social injustice and the need for a socially responsible technology design.

The minor in Informatics is open to all UBC undergraduate students in degree programs that allow them to complete a minor in the Faculty of Arts. To earn this minor, students must complete 30 credits based on 12 courses offered by the UBC iSchool supplemented with electives from other units within Arts.

 

The program requires that students complete the following:

Lower-level Requirements (12 credits)

  • 6 credits of INFO 100 and INFO 200
  • 6 credits of lower-level courses from the List of Approved Courses.

Upper-level Requirements (18 credits)

  • 3 credits of INFO 300
  • 15 credits of additional upper-level courses from the List of Approved Courses.

Students must choose and successfully complete 9 credits from courses in the 'Applications' category and 9 credits from courses in the 'Ideas' category. Find more information about these in the Course section below.

* Please note that if you are using two upper-level courses to meet the requirements of your major and minor in Informatics, the rule from Arts regarding double-counting would apply. For major and minor, students can count a max of 6 credits for double-counting. Please see the Arts page and the UBC Calendar for more details.

Required Courses (9 credits)

  • INFO 100: (De)coding information and why it matters
    This course offers an introduction to information and data as concepts and aspects of everyday experience. Students will learn how information is created, shared, authorized, and valued, with implications for communities and societies. Students will develop critical perspectives and practices to engage with data, information, and technologies for personal productivity, scholarly inquiry, and civic engagement. | Syllabus (draft)

 

  • INFO 200: Foundations of Informatics
    This course introduces the field of informatics, presenting methods and approaches for the analysis, design and evaluation of information objects, activities, systems, and infrastructures in contemporary societies. [Syllabus]

 

  • INFO 300: Information and Data Design
    This course examines human capabilities and behaviour as they relate to the design of interactive information systems. The course applies contemporary information design principles and practices to the conceptualization, creation, and testing of real-world prototypes of information objects and applications. | Syllabus (draft)

"Applications" Elective Courses (at least 9 credits - choose 3 of the following courses)


"Ideas" Elective Courses (at least 9 credits - choose 3 of the following courses)

(*) Students who are interested in taking English 332 or 232 as part of the Informatics Minor should contact the English Language and Literatures Department Undergraduate Assistant at  english.undergraduate@ubc.ca. Limited space is available in 2021W.

After completing the Minor in Informatics, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the nature, structure, governance, and forms of information and data, and the roles these play in society, across time, cultures and contexts.
  2. Find, collect, and prepare digital information and data for knowledge creation activities, using a range of tools and strategies.
  3. Analyze real-world problems and issues using data-driven and interpretive methods and tools.
  4. Apply ethical and value-sensitive approaches to the analysis and critique of existing and emerging information technologies and their societal impacts.
  5. Apply human-centred principles to the design and creation of information and data artifacts, collections and systems.
  6. Communicate effectively using data and information visualizations and interactive digital tools.
  7. Manage team-based projects from initiation through to completion using appropriate digital tools for collaboration and resource management.

The Minor in Informatics lays the foundation for careers related to tech, information, and data, such as the following occupations:

  • Information Architect
  • Cultural Heritage Data Manager
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Cloud Solutions Architect
  • Web and UX Designer
  • Content Strategist
  • Interactive Media Technician
  • Information and Data Analyst
  • Digital Marketing and PR Professional
  • Public Policy Researcher and Analyst
  • Business and Non-profit Development Officer
  • Government Communications Officer
  • Information Systems Testing Technician
  • Data Steward
  • Social Media Manager
  • Data Privacy Officer

Students can self-declare this minor on the Student Service Centre (SSC). Learn more about how to add a Minor through the Arts Advising Website.