The Master’s Degree Program includes required and elective courses, a research project examination, and the presentation and defense of a thesis. The student must complete the program in a minimum of one year and a maximum of two years. A total of 24 credits is required before completion, six of which correspond to the approval of the thesis.

The Doctoral Degree Program includes required and elective courses, a research project examination, and the presentation and defense of a dissertation. The student must complete the program in at least two years and at most four years. A total of 48 credits is required before completion, twelve of which correspond to the approval of the dissertation.

Required courses 

PCI410037 – Fundamentals of Information Science – 3 cr. – Master’s Students

Description: Information Science: historical approach (its social, scientific and technological context). Theoretical-disciplinary delimitation. Information as object of study. Interdisciplinarity of Information Science: relations and methodological applications in different fields of knowledge. Approaches to Information Science in the Knowledge Society. Information Science in Brazil.

PCI310200 – Research in Information Science – 3 cr. – Master’s Students

Description: Current state of research in Information Science, with emphasis on the Brazilian scenario. Predominant methods, techniques and instruments. The rationale of the research project.  Project elaboration and discussion workshop.

PCI410019 – Epistemology of Information Science – 3 cr. – Doctoral Students

Description: It deals with the relationship between knowledge and human and social dimensions. It addresses the principles and postulates of current scientific models in contemporary epistemological thought. It analyzes the historical trajectory and the constitutive process of a scientific space for Information Science, as well as epistemological matters on the scientific character of the field, and the implications of the current epistemological perspectives on the qualification, the research universe, and the professional relevance of this subject.

PCI410020 – Dissertation Seminars – 3 cr. – Doctoral Students

Description: It covers the process of further development and refinement of the objects of research presented by doctoral students in their dissertation proposals. It analyses the state of the art in Information Science for the treatment of related topics in the doctoral investigation, considering the methodological and theoretical frameworks. It develops practices of authorship and arbitration of dissertation proposals among doctoral students and other members of the program. It discusses the scientific publication channels in Information Science. It analyzes the main journals in the field, their characteristics and subareas. It ponders on appropriate titles for the doctoral students’ dissertation proposals. 


PCI320700  Planning and Management of Information Units – 3 cr.

Description: Theoretical and historical foundations. Study of basic structures and systems for the provision of information services. Planning and management of Information units. Implementation of strategy, process management, and quality assurance of the services in the information units.

PCI320800 – Information Professionals- 3 cr..

Description: The concept of professionalism. The structure of job positions. Socio-cultural changes and professional development. New forms of professional competence. Information job titles.

PCI321100 – Information Sources – 3 cr..

Description: Evolution, concepts, types, and characteristics of information sources. Analysis and evaluation of information sources. Information ethics.

PCI321300  Knowledge Organization Systems- 3 cr.

Description: Theoretical and methodological foundations of knowledge organization: Classification Theory, Concept theory, Terminology, Semantics, Syntax, and Pragmatics. Knowledge Organization Systemsapplied to Information Retrieval: classification systems, thesauri, taxonomies, and ontologies.

PCI321400  Intelligent Information Retrieval – 3 cr.

Description: Intelligent information retrieval (IIR), basic concepts, logical view of documents, retrieval processes. Models of information retrieval, taxonomy. Classical models, set theory models, algebraic models, probabilistic models, structured text model, browsing model. Text operations, preprocessing, clustering, and text compression. Indexing and retrieval, inverted file, text index, boolean query, sequential search, pattern recognition, structured queries. Intelligent information retrieval on the Web and Digital Libraries.

PCI321800 – Scientific, technological, and corporate information: assessment and monitoring of production – 3 cr.

Description: Information: definition, type, and function. Production, dissemination and access to information: scientific production as a means of disseminating S&T information and the patent as a strategy of technological domination. Processes and techniques for assessment and monitoring of scientific production as an instrument for the development of science and technology and for the management of decision-making processes of organizations; Metrics and indicators of scientific, technical, and technological production.

PCI3304-04  Information literacy – 3 cr.

Description: Information and information literacy in the information society. Historical, theoretical, conceptual, methodological bases and applications of information literacy. Dimensions of information literacy. Skills, knowledge, values ​​and attitudes for information literacy. Trends and current research on information literacy.

PCI410008   Open Access to Scientific Information – 3 cr.

Description: Politics and science. Scientific production and university. The evolution of scientific journals. History and trends of Open Access. Technologies and new modes of publishing. Open Educational Resources.

PCI410018 – Systemist Research in Information – 3 cr.

Description: Discusses the fundamentals of Bunge’s systemism, articulating it as a theoretical-methodological approach to Information Science. It presents postulates, general rules of research, the origins of social facts, and the CESM system model. It exercises the description and investigation of information systems.

PCI410024 – Theoretical and historical bases of knowledge organization – 1 cr.

Description: Knowledge Organization: theoretical and conceptual assumptions. Theoretical bases and historical traditions of the Thematic Treatment of Information. Theoretical interlocutions among Cutter, Kaiser, Otlet, Hulme and Ranganathan. The analytical-synthetic method.

PCI410025 – Information and Usability – 3 cr.

Description: Information Systems and Usability. Introduction to Interaction Design and User Experience. Introduction to Information Architecture. Human-Computer Interaction and Usability Engineering. Usability evaluation.

PCI410026 – Big Data and Semantic Web – 3 cr.

Description: Semantic Web and supporting technologies. Conceptual foundations of ontologies applied to information systems. Modeling of ontologies. Linked Data Practices. Semantic information retrieval. Big Data and associated information technologies. Predictive analysis and custom analysis methods applied to Big Data datasets.

PCI410033 – Knowledge Organization and Document Management – 3 cr.

Description: It addresses the theoretical, methodological, and practical matters of knowledge organization and document management in different informational contexts. It discusses Knowledge Organization and its relations with Archival Science, Library Science, and Information Science.

PCI410034 – Analysis of Literary Information for Children – 2 cr.

Description: It defines and presents the functions of children’s literature. It provides the history of children’s literature and its development in Brazil. It addresses the characterization of children’s stories. It discusses the critique and the theory of children’s literature. It addresses the competences of the information specialist that deals with the management of literary information for children.

PCI410035 – Information User Analysis – 3 cr.

Description: History, concepts, and evolution. State of art. Informational behavior: needs, demands, and satisfaction. Dialoguing with other areas of knowledge. Fundamentals and theoretical models. Planning and management tools. User Analysis and Marketing. Research and Studies on Information Users.