The University of Toronto was founded in 1827 and has developed into the country's top institution for learning, discovery, and creation of knowledge. It is one of the world's best research-intensive universities. It thrives to invent and innovate. Students at U of T have many opportunities to learn and work alongside preeminent leaders of thought through the multidisciplinary network of educators ranging from professors, research faculty, partners, and alumni. There are over 500,000 graduates that are exposing their ideas, actions, and innovations for the advancement of the world.
The U of T's strategic priorities form a framework around the most important ideas for the community of U of T. city building, international partnerships, and transformative education are vital to the success of U of T. The university boasts 3 amazing campuses in Mississauga, downtown Toronto, and Scarborough.
Committed to being an internationally recognized research university with all of the undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs that U of T has to offer. The institution is dedicated to harboring an academic community where learning and scholarship of each member grows and flourishes with watchful protection for the human rights of individuals and an absolute commitment to justice, equality, and opportunity. Within the context of the university, the most important human rights are those of academic freedom, freedom of speech, and freedom of research. These rights are meaningless unless they are used to raise deeply important questions and intriguing challenges to the most cherished beliefs of society as a whole, and even of the university.
This program is broad-based yet inclusive, as it is focuses on fields of different professional and disciplinary viewpoints. The curriculum is customized to the needs and interests of each student, as they are able to choose their own specific focus. The program can be completed on a full time or part time basis, but all students must choose either a concentration pathway or general program pathway. Students will complete 16 half-courses no matter which pathway they have chosen. In addition to this, students must also complete all of the degree requirements that have been outlined for their pathway.
For the KMIM concentration, students will study the tools, concepts, and practices that are vital to the systematic, responsible, and imaginative management of the information within a community or organization. The end goal is to advance social learning and innovation in order to provide individuals with the information that they need in order to develop themselves and perform their work. Topics include but are not limited to the theoretical frameworks that will integrate the creation, sharing, and using of information knowledge, knowledge access management, design of information systems to be used in creating and sharing knowledge, and even health informatics as a specialized elective. Students will learn how to effectively use information to support their decision making process, and will have access to the strategic modeling of goals and dependencies to be used with knowledge management. Full time students can be completed in as little as 3 years, while part time students should be done within 6 years' time.
As a whole, the ISD program allows students to gain practical skills and experience using tools for project management, modeling, and system analysis. The course materials can be tied in with situations that will be encountered in real life within management, business, and health environments. Students will explore the constraints, possibilities, and trade-offs that are inherent in the management, design, and implementation of digital information systems & media, in the world of complex and conflicting stakeholders. The program is made up of discussions, readings, hands-on projects, and even critical debates to ready the students for their future as professionals.
This particular course will explore the assorted concepts of information architecture, organizational architecture, and systems architecture, along with the relationships that they have with each other as well as their interactions. Students will find that examples will be extracted from a large pool of system types—including document management systems, traditional management systems, groupware, workflow systems, internet systems, data warehousing, enterprise systems, intelligent agents, and metadata repositories. The issues discussed in the course deal with legacy and change, interoperability across an enterprise such as e-commerce, the merging of information content and processing, and the support for knowledge management. Consideration for frameworks and techniques for architectural analysis, modeling, and design will be had. This course was formerly known as Architecting Information, Systems, and Organization but there has been no change in the actual content of the course. As the program is structured, it is to be taken in the second year of the Master's program.
The program will teach students how to understand the theoretical frameworks that make up the creation, distribution, and using of information and knowledge. Students will learn impressive ways to use information to support their decision making, and will gain great skills for knowledge access management, including resource discovery and metadata-enabled searching. Designing information systems as platforms to create and share knowledge is just one of the many goals that the program has for the students.
The course for System Requirements and Architectural Design is made to teach students how to design information systems when faced with competing goals from many stakeholders-like cost, efficiency, security, reliability, privacy, adaptability, usability, time-to-market, and reusability. Students will use established techniques and models in order to identify and evaluate alternatives, non-functional requirements, and architectural design. Students will learn how to design knowledge so that it can be used over and over again. This course used to be called Designing Information Systems—while the title has changed, all of the course content has stayed the same.
Those who complete the program can expect to enter career fields such as those like information officers, customer data analysts, data quality managers, fraud business analyst, information management program manager, email management business analyst, digital data analyst, research analyst, knowledge and record management consultant, and prospect researcher. The school employs a careers officer who can meet with students and help them to plan their career path, and will even assist in a job search when the time is right for the student.