CIS Area Exams
Area exams are scheduled once each semester, based on student requests (due within the first few weeks of the semester) and subject to faculty availability and approval. Each exam is written by a faculty committee and the exam content, structure and preparation process is at the discretion of the committee members. Generally, exams reflect topics covered in suggested courses and texts and articles suggested by course instructors, area coordinators and examination committee members.
Secondary examinations test students' general knowledge at a level sufficient to teach a course in the specified area of study. Primary examinations include the area secondary examination and an additional portion that tests students' ability to conceptualize, plan and evaluate research in the specified area of study.
For current exam information, contact the chair of the exam committee
Biomedical Informatics (BMI)
In preparation for the secondary exam, students are encouraged to take both ICS 614 Medical Informatics I and ICS 675 Bioinformatics: Sequences.
Exam Committee: Nancy Reed (chair, ICS), Luz Quiroga (ICS/LIS), Dennis Streveler (ICS), Julia Patriarche (ICS).
Communication & Information Theories (CT)
CIS 701 (Communication & Information Theories of Society) is the recommended preparation for the secondary exam. The primary exam involves additional readings.
Exam Committee: Jenifer Winter (chair, COM), Tom Kelleher (COM), Francis Dalisay (COM).
Communication Policy & Planning (CPP)
No specific coursework is required to take the exam, but students may prepare with COM 633 Information & Communication Technologies or COM 660 Communication Planning. (COM 650 and LIS 715 were discontinued.)
Exam Committee: Jenifer Winter (chair, COM), Hanae Kurihara Kramer (COM), Rich Gazan (ICS/LIS).
Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
The HCI exam committee requires that students take two HCI courses before taking the area exam. Relevant courses include: ICS 464 Human Computer Interaction, ICS 664 Human-Computer Interaction II, ICS 667 Advanced HCI Design Methods, ICS 668 Social Informatics, and LIS 677 Human Dimension in Information Systems.
Exam Committee: Diane Nahl (LIS/ICS), Scott Robertson (ICS), Dan Suthers (ICS).
Information Systems and Services (ISS)
Recommended courses include LIS 663 Basic Database Searching, LIS 671 Digital Librarianship, LIS 678 Personalized Information Delivery, and ICS 624 Advanced Data Management.
Exam Committee: Peter Jacso (chair, LIS), Lipyeow Lim (ICS), Luz Quiroga (ICS/LIS).
Management Information Systems (MIS)
Relevant courses and seminars include BUS 630 Managing Information Technology for Strategic Advantage, BUS 631 Operations and Supply Chain Management, designated ITM 660 special topics, ITM 685 Electronic Commerce, and ITM 704 Doctoral Seminar in Information Systems. Students are encouraged to prepare via directed reading mentored by a faculty member.
Exam Committee: Elizabeth Davidson (chair, ITM), Tung Bui (ITM), the third member is a directed reading supervisor.
See the MIS Exam FAQ for details.
Social Informatics (SI)
Students are required to take at least one of the following courses before taking the secondary exam, or two courses before taking the primary exam: ICS 668 Social Informatics; ICS 669 Social Computing; COM 634 Social Media. For the primary exam, students will also be required to enroll in CIS 699 under the faculty member of their choice, who will guide the student in studying the required readings.
Exam Committee: Dan Suthers (ICS, chair), Rich Gazan (ICS/LIS), Wayne Buente (COM).
Information Assurance (IA)
Information Assurance is a new exam area introduced in Spring 2013. Only the secondary exam is currently offered. Students are required to take at least one of the following courses before taking the secondary exam: ICS 425 Computer Security and Ethics; ICS 426 Computer System Security; ICS 4XX (permanent number pending) Secure Development; ITM 431 Networking; ITM 434 Corporate IT Security; ICS 623 Data Security.
Exam Committee: Martha Crosby (ICS, chair), Peter-Michael Seidel (ICS), Barbara Endicott-Popovsky (ICS/U of Washington).