"Syllabus for LIBS150-Information Literacy and Research Methods (1)"
Syllabus for LIBS150 – A861 Information Literacy and Research Methods (1) Spring Session 2, 2010 (10 May 2010 ~ 13 Jun 2010) Instructor: Mr. Dale E. Paxman Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org Course Description An introduction to the research process and methods for retrieving information in a library or through online sources. Development of a research topic and the creation of effective strategies for finding relevant information are discussed and practiced. The following information literacy skills are emphasized: understanding the research process; selecting appropriate print and electronic sources to answer research questions; effectively using Web search engines and UMUC Information and Library Services' electronic resources to find information; and evaluating, organizing, and correctly citing the information found. Credit for LIBS 150 may not be earned through challenge exam or portfolio credit. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: COMP 111, LIBS 100, or LIBS 150. Course Introduction In today's information-driven society, it is necessary to have the skills to locate, evaluate, and use information effectively. In this course, you will become familiar with search strategies for finding information in both print and electronic formats. You will learn about searching the free Web, as well as proprietary resources available through UMUC's Information and Library Services. You will gain an understanding of the steps involved in conducting research, including (1) identifying a research topic, (2) avoiding plagiarism, (3) evaluating the quality of information found, and (4) citing information properly. You will also learn about different types of libraries and library classification systems so that you can use any library effectively. We will also introduce you to various information sources, including reference sources, periodicals, government information, and statistical sources. The skills you acquire from this course will be useful in your research projects and assignments in other courses at UMUC or at other academic institutions as well as to your professional activities. This course is divided into the following components. * Module 1: Information and Libraries * Module 2: The Research Process * Module 3: Research Process and Sources * Module 4: Evaluation and Use of Sources Course Goals/Objectives After completing this course, you should be able to: • demonstrate an understanding of the research process • select relevant print and electronic sources to answer research questions • effectively use Web search engines and UMUC's Information and Library Services electronic resources to find information • critically evaluate and correctly cite the selected information Course Materials No textbook is required in LIBS150. All the course materials are contained in the modules and other online resources. Grading Information Grades will be determined as follows: Online participation (learning activities, quizzes, conferences) 35% Research log Projects 1 and 2 50% Final examination 15% Total 100% The grading scale, based on 100 points, is: A = 90-100 points B = 80-89 points C = 70-79 points D = 60-69 points F = below 60 points Late Policy Any assignments for modules 1-3 submitted after the stated due date for Research Log Project 1 will be graded at the discretion of the instructor. Research log projects submitted after the due dates without prior arrangement with the instructor will lose 10 percent for each day late after the stated due date. Permission for an extension must be requested at least one week in advance. An instructor may request documentation if there is a legitimate reason why advance notice was not possible. Participation By registering for a Web-based course, you have made a commitment to participate in your course conferences as well as other online activities. To contact your instructor, please use the conferencing software or e-mail links provided, which allow you to communicate with the instructor and your classmates in a virtual classroom, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please plan to participate regularly. You will note in the grading policy that your online conference participation counts towards your final grade. Schedule Year 2007 - 2008 Term 2 Calendar WEEK DATES ACTIVITY 1 May 10 - 16 Course Orientation and Module 1 2 May 17 - 23 Module 2 Learning activities, quiz 3 May 24 - 30 Module 3 Learning activities, quiz 4 May 31 – June 6 Module 4 Learning activities, quiz 5 June 7 - 13 Final Exam Project Descriptions Practice Activities You are required to complete 11 practice activities for this course. You will access the practice activities through the commentary sections of the course modules. Knowledge Checks You are required to complete 9 knowledge checks for this course. You will access the knowledge checks through the commentary sections of the course modules. Conferences You are required to participate actively in conferences for this course. You will access the conferences through the LIBS 150 online classroom in WebTycho. Research Log Projects You are required to complete 2 research log projects for this course. You will access the research log projects through course modules 3 and 4. Final Exam You are required to complete a final exam for this course, which you will access through the LIBS 150 online classroom Course Content in WebTycho. The final exam link will only be available during Week 5. Note: You do not have to register for the exam. The following is not written by your professor but accompanies your academic syllabus for this course: UMUC Asia DE Administrative Policies, Procedures and Practices Ordering Course Materials: There is no textbook required for this course. Proctored Exams: There is no proctored exam for this course. Spring 2010 Session 2 (5 Week Calendar): Registration Dates: 23 Nov 2009 ~ 05 Apr 2010 Session Dates: 10 May 2010 ~ 13 Jun 2010 WEEK DATES ACTIVITY 1 MAY 10 ~ MAY 16 Normal Course Instruction Begins MAY 14 Last Withdrawal Date for 75% Tuition Refund 2 MAY 17 ~ MAY 23 MAY 18 Last Withdrawal Date for 50% Tuition Refund 3 MAY 24 ~ MAY 30 Normal Course Instruction 4 MAY 31 ~ JUN 6 JUN 4 Last Date to Officially Withdraw Last Week of Course Instruction 5 JUN 7 ~ JUN 13 Contact Information: For administrative assistance contact: email@example.com For GoArmyEd issues contact: GoArmyEd@asia.umuc.edu For WebTycho assistance on workdays contact: firstname.lastname@example.org For WebTycho assistance on Saturdays and Sundays: http://support.umuc.edu/ For proctored exam information, please visit the Asia DE Website at http://de.asia.umuc.edu and click on 'Proctored Exams' For proctored exam assistance contact: email@example.com For textbook assistance: contact firstname.lastname@example.org For MyUMUC help visit UMUC 360 Helpdesk - http://support.umuc.edu/ Support for UMUC Asia students is also available by phone at 225-3696 (DSN) or 81-42-552-2510 Ext. 5-3696 (international comm.), Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (JST). Ask your professor about his/her plagiarism policies. Here is some further guidance on how to avoid plagiarism: UMUC's Effective Writing Program "Helping Students Avoid Plagiarism" UMUC's Online Writing Center "How to Avoid Plagiarism" The University has a license agreement with Turnitin, a service that helps prevent plagiarism from Internet resources. I may be using this service in this class by either requiring students to submit their papers electronically to Turnitin or by submitting questionable text on behalf of a student. If you or I submit part or all of your paper, it will be stored by Turnitin in their database throughout the term of the University's contract with Turnitin. If you object to this temporary storage of your paper, you must let me know no later than two weeks after the start of this class. Please Note: If you object to the storage of your paper on Turnitin, I may utilize other services to check your work for plagiarism. Students With Disabilities: Reasonable accommodations are available for students who have disabilities and are enrolled in any program offered at UMUC. For more information, students should contact the Director, Student Affairs or e-mail email@example.com. Academic Policies: Academic Policies are not course specific and are therefore created and housed separately from this document. You may access and print Academic Policies from the Syllabus sub-menu in your WebTycho classroom or by going to these links http://de.asia.umuc.edu/policies/ or http://www.umuc.edu/policy/category.shtml. Caveat: UMUC Asia DE syllabi are tentative and subject to change, if necessary. Changes will be announced with as much notice as possible.