RUCD 130

Information Architecture

Information Architecture (IA) is defined as 'the art and science of organizing and labeling shared information environments (websites, intranets, online communities and software) to support usability and findability.' (source: This course balances theoretical grounding of IA with practical design work. We will cover principles of IA as a professional practice and how to design effective, research-supported, user-centered information systems. Students will understand and apply information organization concepts; design and apply appropriate assessment techniques for particular information environments; and develop strategies to effectively communicate design rationale and advocate for users.