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Fall 2011 Courses

Fall 2011

Graduate Courses

NWMEDIA 201, 3 units
“Questioning New Media”
Ken Goldberg

New Media 201 meets weekly and is held in conjunction with the Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium, a monthly lecture series which brings internationally known speakers to campus to present their work on advanced topics in new media. Students will enhance skills in how to think critically about advanced topics in new media, how to formulate incisive questions about new media, and how to evaluate and create effective presentations on topics in new media.

NWMEDIA 290, 4 units
“Special Topics: Theorizing Popular Media”
Gail De Kosnik

This seminar focuses on a wide range of approaches to producing humanities-based scholarship about popular media (mainstream cinema, television, the Internet, mobile devices). Some of the guiding questions of the seminar will be: What does it mean to do “media history”? What does critical theory have to say about media? What does the contemporary media scholar have to retain from the cultural studies movement? Can “high” theory and studies of “high culture” be relevant and applicable to analyses of popular culture? What is the state of media studies today? We will read Adorno and Horkheimer, Stuart Hall, John Fiske, Lynn Spigel, Henry Jenkins, Jacques Derrida, Bernard Stigler, and others.

NWMEDIA C262, 4 units
“Theory and Practice of Tangible User Interface”
Kimiko Ryokai

This course explores the theory and practice of Tangible User Interfaces, a new approach to Human Computer Interaction that focuses on the physical interaction with computational media. The topics covered in the course include theoretical framework, design examples, enabling technologies, and evaluation of Tangible User Interfaces. Students will design and develop experimental Tangible User Interfaces using physical computing prototyping tools and write a final project report.

NWMEDIA 290, 4 units
“User-Interfaces to Computer Systems”
Bjoern Hartmann

Formerly CS 287, this course focuses on the design and implementation of user-interfaces to computer systems, software and hardware architectures for personal workstations, object-oriented programming systems, form-based user-interfaces, window and display management abstractions. Case studies of naive- and expert-user interfaces will also be covered. Students will complete a substantial project. COMPSCI 162 and 164 are recommended or the consent of the instructor.

ENGINEERING 290W, 3 units
“Wireless Communications”
Reza Moazzami

In this course, students will analyze the role of regulatory, technological, economic, and market forces in shaping wireless industry structure, value chain, business and operating models, competitive dynamics, and barriers to entry. Special emphasis is placed on identifying new opportunities and understanding the challenges for startups and other new entrants. In the context of this course, wireless communications encompass voice, data, and video services offered over terrestrial and satellite networks. Given its size and relative impact, well over half of the course will be devoted to cellular markets and technologies.

ENGINEERING 290A, 3 units
“Introduction to Management of Technology”
Don Proctor

This course is designed to give students a broad overview of the main topics encompassed by management of technology. It includes the full chain of innovative activities beginning with research and development and extending through production and marketing. Why do many existing firms fail to incorporate new technology in a timely manner? At each stage of innovation, we examine key factors determining successful management of technology. What constitutes a successful technology strategy? The integrating course focus will be on the emergence of the knowledge economy and technology as a key knowledge asset and will involve both general readings and cases. The course also introduces students to Haas and COE faculty working in the relevant areas.

INFORMATION 205, 2 units
“Information Law and Policy”
Deirdre Mulligan

Law is one of a number of policies that mediates the tension between free flow and restrictions on the flow of information. This course introduces students to copyright and other forms of legal protection for databases, licensing of information, consumer protection, liability for insecure systems and defective information, privacy, and national and international information policy.

INFORMATION 237, 3 units
“Intellectual Property Law for the Information Industries”
Brian Carver

The philosophical, legal, historical, and economic analysis of the need for and uses of laws protecting intellectual property. Topics include types of intellectual property (copyright, patent, trade secrecy), the interaction between law and technology, various approaches (including compulsory licensing), and the relationship between intellectual property and compatibility standards.

INFORMATION 290-2, 3 units
“Web Architecture”

This course is a survey of Web technologies, ranging from the basic technologies underlying the Web (URI, HTTP, HTML) to more advanced technologies being used in the context of Web engineering, for example structured data formats and Web programming frameworks. The goal of this course is provide an overview of the technical issues surrounding the Web today, and to provide a solid and comprehensive perspective of the Web’s constantly evolving landscape. Because of the large number of technologies covered in this course, only a fraction of them will be discussed and described in greater detail. The main goal of the course thus is an understanding of the interdependencies and connections of Web technologies, and of their capabilities and limitations. Implementing Web-based applications today can be done in a multitude of ways, and this course provides guidelines and best practices which technologies to choose, and how to use them.

INFORMATION 290A-1, 1 unit
“Information Technology and Identity: The Future of Storytelling”
Q.R. Hardy

Mass communications technologies have been profound influencers of human identity, from the printing press and the rise of vernacular political cultures to television and the power of celebrity. While the Web is still a work in progress, salient characteristics such as the collapse of distance, the discovery of like-minded groups, and information delivered in short bursts are already affecting the way people see themselves and the way they consume information. Following an overview on the relationship of technology with identity and communications, the course will look at the uses of narrative in news, public relations, advertising, entertainment, and online gaming.

INFORMATION 296A-1, 3 units
“Information Access”
M.K. Buckland

The seminar explores selected advanced topics relating to ‘digital libraries’ with special emphasis on: Access to networked resources, use of two or more resources in conjunction, combined use of two or more retrieval systems (e.g. use of pre- or post-processing to enhance the capabilities), and the redesign of library services. It is expected that these issues will require attention to a number of questions about the nature of information retrieval processes, the feasibility of not-yet-conventional techniques, techniques of making different systems work together, social impact, and the reconsideration of past practices. More generally, the seminar is intended to provide a forum for advanced students in the School. Anyone interested in these topics is welcome to join in — and to talk about their own work. This is a continuation of the previous Lynch/Buckland seminars.

“Advanced Multimedia Reporting”
Paul Grabowicz

In this class students will learn how to produce sophisticated multimedia projects and make use of various publishing technologies to produce content for online news sites. The multimedia stories and other projects will be produced for the various community-based news web sites created by the journalism school’s intro reporting classes. The projects will range from complex multimedia presentations, databases and map mash-ups, to use of social media, mobile devices and other platforms for delivering content and encouraging citizen participation. The class is designed to give students a solid understanding of the technical and conceptual skills needed to produce high-quality journalism online and deliver interactive content on a variety of digital platforms.

PSYCHOLOGY 210E, 3 units
“Proseminar: Cognition, Brain, and Behavior”
Rich Ivry

A survey of the field of biological psychology. Areas covered are (a) cognitive neuroscience; (b) biological bases of behavior; (c) sensation and perception (d) learning and memory, (e) thought and language.

Undergraduate Courses

“Foundations of American Cyber Culture”
Greg Niemeyer

This new course will enable students to think critically about, and engage in practical experiments in, the complex interactions between new media and perceptions and performances of embodiment, agency, citizenship, collective action, individual identity, time and spatiality. We will pay particular attention to the categories of personhood that make up the UC Berkeley American Cultures rubric (race and ethnicity), as well as to gender, nation, and disability. The argument threading through the course will be the ways in which new media both reinforce pre-existing social hierarchies, and yet offer possibilities for the transcendence of those very categories. The new media — and we will leave the precise definition of the new media as something to be argued about over the course of the semester — can be yet another means for dividing and disenfranchising, and can be the conduit of violence and transnational dominance.

“Information Technology and Society”
Michel Laguerre

This course assesses the role of information technology in the digitalization of society by focusing on the deployment of e-government, e-commerce, e-learning, the digital city, telecommuting, virtual communities, internet time, the virtual office, and the geography of cyber space. The course will also discuss the role of information technology in the governance and economic development of society.

“Digital Design Theories and Methods”
Penny Dhaemers

This research seminar will explore the design, development and fabrication of ceramic architectural components via CAD/CAM fabrication and rapid manufacturing. Investment in a process moving from designing digitally to the creation of physical objects that are rich with material potential at several scales will be the thrust of the course. The seminar will explore various techniques using the Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Router as a means to produce formwork for slip-cast ceramics and 3D printing using a clay substrate to produce full scale and scaled fired ceramic building components. Embedded technologies and tectonic expression as well as empirical testing of components for insulative quality, compressive and tensile strength, solar gain will also be explored. Prerequisites for the class include proficiency in 3D modeling using Rhinoceros. In exploring the potential of digital craft, the seminar will also examine digital photography, visualization and graphic communication.

PRACTICE OF ART 171, 4 units
“Digital Video: The Architecture of Time”

This hands-on studio course is designed to present students with a foundation-level introduction to the skills, theories and concepts used in digital video production. Non-linear and non-destructive editing methods used in digital video are defining new “architectures of time” for cinematic creation and experience, and offer new and innovative possibilities for authoring new forms of the moving image. This course will expose students to a broad range of industry standard equipment, film and video history, theory, terminology, field and post-production skills. Students will be required to techinically master the digital media tools introduced in the course. Each week will include relevant readings, class discussions, guest speakers, demonstration of examples, and studio time for training and working on student assignments.

“Introduction to Robotics”
Ruzena Bajcsy

An introduction to the kinematics, dynamics, and control of robot manipulators, robotic vision, and sensing. The course covers forward and inverse kinematics of serial chain manipulators, the manipulator Jacobian, force relations, dynamics, and control. It presents elementary principles on proximity, tactile, and force sensing, vision sensors, camera calibration, stereo construction, and motion detection. The course concludes with current applications of robotics in active perception, medical robotics, and other areas.

CHINESE 188, 4 units
“Popular Culture in Twentieth-Century China”
Andrew Jones

This course is an introduction to media culture in twentieth-century China, with an emphasis on photography, cinema and popular music. The course places these productions in historical and cultural context, examining the complex intertwinement of culture, technology, and politics in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan from the turn of the last century to the beginning of the twentyfirst. Students will also be introduced to a number of approaches to thinking about and analyzing popular cultural phenomena.

“Advanced Composition: New Media”
Maggie Sololik

This advanced nonfiction writing course offers an opportunity to explore the definition of text in a digital era. It offers students an opportunity to read and write about how contemporary uses of social media influence how we think, act, interact, and learn.

“Advanced Composition: New Media”
Maggie Sololik

This advanced nonfiction writing course offers an opportunity to explore the definition of text in a digital era. It offers students an opportunity to read and write about how contemporary uses of social media influence how we think, act, interact, and learn.

“User Interface Design and Development”
J.F. Canny

The design, implementation, and evaluation of human/computer interfaces. Interface devices (keyboard, pointing, display, audio, etc.), metaphors (desktop, notecards, rooms, ledger sheets, tables, etc.), interaction styles and dialog models, design examples, and user-centered design and task analysis. Interface-development, methodologies, implementation tools, testing, and quality assessment. Students will develop a direct-manipulation interface.

“Foundations of Computer Graphics”
J. O’Brien

Techniques of modeling objects for the purpose of computer rendering: boundary representations, constructive solids geometry, hierarchical scene descriptions. Mathematical techniques for curve and surface representation. Basic elements of a computer graphics rendering pipeline; architecture of modern graphics display devices. Geometrical transformations such as rotation, scaling, translation, and their matrix representations. Homogeneous coordinates, projective and perspective transformations. Algorithms for clipping, hidden surface removal, rasterization, and anti-aliasing. Scan-line based and ray-based rendering algorithms. Lighting models for reflection, refraction, transparency.

“Entrepreneurship and Innovation-Web 2.0″
B. Wahl, I.Sidhu

Explore how Web-based business models are transforming by studying the history of online business; comparing online models to traditional ones; and analyzing innovators such as Google, MarketWatch, Yahoo, eBay, and Wikipedia. Through case studies and active class participation, students will gain a solid understanding of how online business works today as well as insights to its future.

MEDIA STUDIES 102, 4 units
“Effects of Mass Media”
J. Retzinger

This course examines the often contentious history of communication theory concerning media effects. At issue among scholars working within different research traditions are core disagreements about what should be studied (institutions, texts, audiences, technologies), how they should be studied, and even what constitutes an “effect.” Course readings and lectures stress an understanding of different empirical and critical research traditions by focusing on the social, political, and historical contexts surrounding them, the research models and methods they employ, as well as the findings and conclusions they have reached. Course assignments and exams assess student understanding of course readings as well as the ability to apply mass media theory to new media texts.

SOCIOLOGY 167, 4 units
“Virtual Communities/Social Media”
T.D. King

With the advent of virtual communities and online social networks, old questions about the meaning of human social behavior have taken on renewed significance. Using a variety of online social media simultaneously, and drawing upon theoretical literature in a variety of disciplines, this course delves into discourse about community across disciplines. This course will enable students to establish both theoretical and experiential foundations for making decisions and judgments regarding the relations between mediated communication and human community.

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BCNM Graduate Affairs Officer

studentaffairs [dot] bcnm [at] berkeley [dot] edu

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