SPAN Program for Earning College Credit

Special Programs for Academic Nurturing (SPAN) is an IUPUI program that gives academically motivated students the opportunity to take college classes.

Giving Young Students a Head Start

Most SPAN students are in high school, but younger students can qualify and excel in these courses. SPAN allows students to get started on a college education or to take courses that aren’t available at their schools. Students interested in careers in technology or digital arts are a great fit for SPAN.

SPAN allows students to bypass certain introductory courses so that they can move directly into the courses in their specialization when they begin college.

How to Qualify for SPAN

Acceptance is based upon academic motivation, years completed in high school, and academic success. A 3.3 GPA is required.

SPAN Classes Offered at the School of Informatics and Computing

We offer these SPAN courses. For more more information about SPAN and other SPAN courses at IUPUI, see IUPUI SPAN.

HIM M108 Introduction to Health Information Management (available online)
An overview of the health information management profession and health care delivery systems. Introduces health care settings, the patient record, electronic health records, data collection standards, legal aspects of health information and an overview of coding and reimbursement. Students use a virtual electronic health record (EHR) to gain hands-on experience and examine the impact of EHRs on the healthcare environment.

INFO I101 Introduction to Informatics (available online Fall 2017)
Problem solving with information technology; introductions to information representation, relational databases, system design, propositional logic, cutting edge technologies; CPU, operating systems, networks; laboratory emphasizing information technology including web page design, word processing, databases, using tools available on campus

INFO I202 Social Informatics (available online)
Introduction to key social research perspectives and literatures on the use of information and communication technologies. Discusses current topics such as information ethics, relevant legal frameworks, popular and controversial uses of technology e.g. peer-to-peer file sharing, digital divides, etc. Outlines research methodologies for social informatics.

INFO I270 Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction Principles and Practices (available online)
Fundamental principles and practices of human-computer interaction (HCI) and evaluation. Specific focus is given to the introductory knowledge of HCI methods, tools, and techniques for designing and evaluating user interfaces through the use of low and high fidelity prototypes for the Web and software.

INFO I275 Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction Theory (available online)
Fundamental theories of human-computer interaction (HCI) and user-centered design. This course is both a survey of HCI research and an introduction to the psychological, behavioral, and other social science knowledge and techniques relevant to the design of interactive and ubiquitous computing systems.

NEWM N100 Foundations of New Media
An exploration of the characteristics of digital media, including interactivity, hypermedia, immersion, and storytelling. Includes an introduction to the practice, theory, and history of new media, from the viewpoint of technology, communication, and culture. There are readings, demonstrations, examples, hands-on projects, and written assignments.

Contact Us

If you don’t meet the qualifications and would still like to be considered for SPAN classes at the School of Informatics and Computing, or if you have other questions, please contact Vicki Daugherty at 317-278-4123 or See IUPUI SPAN for general information about the program.