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					Standards                                            Performance Indicators


1. The information literate student determines the   1. The information literate student defines and
nature and extent of the information needed.         articulates the need for information.




                                                     2. The information literate student identifies a
                                                     variety of types and formats of potential sources
                                                     for information.


                                                     3. The information literate student considers the
                                                     costs and benefits of acquiring the needed
                                                     information.

                                                     4. The information literate student reevaluates
                                                     the nature and extent of the information need.
                                                     1. The information literate student selects the
                                                     most appropriate investigative methods or
2. The information literate student accesses         information retrieval systems for accessing the
needed information effectively and efficiently.      needed information.
                                                     2. The information literate student constructs
                                                     and implements effectively-designed search
                                                     strategies.
                                                     3. The information literate student retrieves
                                                     information online or in person using a variety of
                                                     methods.
                                                     4. The information literate student refines the
                                                     search strategy if necessary.
                                                     5. The information literate student extracts,
                                                     records, and manages the information and its
                                                     sources.
3. The information literate student evaluates
information and its sources critically and           1. The information literate student summarizes
incorporates selected information into his or her    the main ideas to be extracted from the
knowledge base and value system.                     information gathered.
                                                     2. The information literate student articulates
                                                     and applies initial criteria for evaluating both the
                                                     information and its sources.

                                                     3. The information literate student synthesizes
                                                     main ideas to construct new concepts.
                                                     4. The information literate student
                                                     compares new knowledge with prior
                                                     knowledge to determine the value added,
                                                     contradictions, or other unique
                                                     characteristics of the information.
                                               5. The information literate student
                                               determines whether the new knowledge has
                                               an impact on the individual’s value system
                                               and takes steps to reconcile differences.
                                               6. The information literate student validates
                                               understanding and interpretation of the
                                               information through discourse with other
                                               individuals, subject-area experts, and/or
                                               practitioners.
                                               7. The information literate student
                                               determines whether the initial query should
                                               be revised.
4. The information literate student,           1. The information literate student applies
individually or as a member of a group, uses   new and prior information to the planning
information effectively to accomplish a        and creation of a particular product or
specific purpose.                              performance.
                                               2. The information literate student revises
                                               the development process for the product or
                                               performance.
                                               3. The information literate student
                                               communicates the product or performance
                                               effectively to others.
5. The information literate student
understands many of the economic, legal, and   1. The information literate student
social issues surrounding the use of           understands many of the ethical, legal and
information and accesses and uses              socio-economic issues surrounding
information ethically and legally .            information and information technology.
                                               2. The information literate student follows
                                               laws, regulations, institutional policies, and
                                               etiquette related to the access and use of
                                               information resources.
                                               3. The information literate student
                                               acknowledges the use of information
                                               sources in communicating the product or
                                               performance.
                                                 Courses (with MIS Sequence as specific examples)
                                    Lower Division Course in the
Lower GE (Bus 10 Discovering        Major (Bus 93 Systems Analysis &
Business)                           Design)
                                    Introduction to structured methods of
                                    business analyses that aid in the
Overview of major business areas,   specification of an information
questions, and models.              system design
                                    Introduction to the range of methods
                                    of eliciting information on system
                                    requirements from potential users
                                    and other constituents impacted by a
Overview of key sources for         given information system
business research and analysis      implementation
                                    Introduction to cost/benefit and risk
                                    analyses to determine the tradeoffs
                                    pertinent to a given systems
                                    implementation
                                    Introduction to methods used to
                                    delineate the scope of all phases of
                                    a given systems implementation
h MIS Sequence as specific examples)

            Communications Course (Bus          Capstone Course (Bus 119B MIS
            100W Business Communications) Strategy)
                                                Mastery of skills for defining
                                                information needs by refining the
            Learn to work in a team to define   scope of a given term paper topic in
            topics and information requirements collaboration with a team


                                                  Mastery of skills for identifying
                                                  relevant information sources for a
            Overview of major forms of business less structured information access
            presentations and documents           endeavor
                                                  Ability to develop an efficient
                                                  strategy for completing the term
                                                  paper within the constraints of a
                                                  given semester
            Learn to work in a team to edit and   Participation in iterative definition of
            refine a given concept for a paper or the term paper topic involving a team
            project                               and the instructor

				
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