SRJC Course Outlines

7/19/2024 4:13:49 AMLIR 110 Course Outline as of Spring 2001

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Discipline and Nbr:  LIR 110Title:  FIND & USE INFO  
Full Title:  Finding and Using Information
Last Reviewed:11/20/2006

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum1.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017 max.Lecture Scheduled34.00
Minimum1.00Lab Scheduled04 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total2.00 Contact Total34.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  68.00Total Student Learning Hours: 102.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  34 - 4 Enrollments Total
Also Listed As: 

Catalog Description:
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Students learn and practice the basic information literary skills of formulating questions, identifying and evaluating appropriate resources for college level research.


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Students learn and practice the basic information literacy skills of formulating questions, identifying and evaluating appropriate resources for college level research.
(Grade or P/NP)

Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:34 - 4 Enrollments Total


Associate Degree:Effective:Spring 2001
Inactive:Spring 2011
Information Literacy
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Not Certificate/Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Students will demonstrate the following abilities:
1.  Define the information purpose
2.  Formulate questions based on the defined purpose
3.  Locate, identify, and use appropriate information resources
4.  Evaluate the source, relevancy and quality of the information
5.  Recognize the ethical and legal use issues of information and
   information technology

Topics and Scope
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Students will develop the skills and concepts necessary for finding and
using information appropriate for their informational needs for academic
and lifelong learning.
1.  Students will select topics across the curriculum to:
   a.  Develop an understanding of information for academic work and
       personal needs
   b.  Understand information categories that include statistics, facts,
       popular vs. scholarly
   c.  Determine the scope of information needs based on research needs
       and length of paper
2.  Students will learn/use/focus on skills necessary for beginning
   research.  Their skills will include:
       a.  Examine their research needs
       b.  Define a topic in a statement or question
       c.  Identify keywords
       d.  Broaden or narrow the topic statement if necessary
3.  Students will use a variety of information resources for research
   needs.  In this process students will:
       a.  Use different types of resources including print and
       b.  Determine the appropriate resource for their information need
4.  Students will learn research methods and construct search strategies.
   They will for example:
       a.  Write search statements
       b.  Use a variety of database search features
       c.  Evaluate results and modify their strategy
5.  Students will access the resources either in the library or
   electronically and from other resources according to appropriate
6.  Students will evaluate research results based on criteria such as
   relevance, topic coverage and currency to determine quality and
7.  Students will define their information needs and be able to organize
   and summarize what they find.
8.  Students will demonstrate the acceptable use and documentation formats
   for research purposes such as:
   a.  Identify copyrighted material
   b.  Differentiate between "fair use" and plagiarism
   c.  Use standard citation formatting

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Students will have a variety of assignments to practice information
competency skills with a research focus.  Problem solving
assignments/exams that demonstrate skills in either print or electronic
format.  Final assignment based on research skills learned in class.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
25 - 40%
Written homework, Short answer & multiple choice research exercises
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
20 - 30%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
25 - 40%
Class performances, Performance exams
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 30%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 20%
Class discussion of skills and assignments

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Quaratiello, Arlene Rodda.  The College Student's Research Companion, NY:
Neal Schuman Pub., 2000.

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