Information Architecture: Spring 2013


Shimelis Assefa


University of Denver


Spring 2013


The web is a complex information environment consisting of billions of web pages, users, and clicks and interactions every single day. This course introduces students to the fundamentals of web information architecture (IA) – a discipline that aims to understand the information needs and activities of web visitors and create design elements to help users find their way around in this complex information environment with ease. The course will cover various strategies and skills, in which information architects structure, organize, label, navigate, and search for information on large websites. A service learning component is built into this course so that students can transfer their IA knowledge and skills to a real-world project. The course is designed following a project management approach and students will be exposed to different activities from start to finish.

Required Textbook:

Ding, W., & Lin, X. 2010. Information Architecture: The Design and Integration of Information Spaces.
Morville, P., & Rosenfeld, L. 2008. Information Architecture for the World Wide Web: Designing large-scale Web sites, 3rd ed.

Link to Syllabus:


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