SRJC Course Outlines

6/23/2024 10:36:02 AMLIR 110 Course Outline as of Summer 2007

Changed Course

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

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum1.00Lecture Scheduled1.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled17.50
Minimum1.00Lab Scheduled04 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total1.00 Contact Total17.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  35.00Total Student Learning Hours: 52.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 

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


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:

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

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


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: Major Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1.  Define the information research need
2.  Formulate questions based on the defined need
3.  Locate, identify, and use appropriate print or electronic information
4.  Evaluate the source, relevancy and quality of the information
5.  Recognize ethical and legal issues pertaining to the use of
   information and information technology
6.  Use appropriate citation formatting

Topics and Scope
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I. Overview of information
   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
II. Skills necessary for beginning research
   A.  Examine a research need
   B.  Define a topic in a statement or question
   C.  Identify keywords
   D.  Broaden or narrow the topic statement if necessary
III. Variety of information resources for research needs
   A.  Use different types of resources including print and non-print.
   B.  Determine the appropriate resource for an information need
IV. Research methods and construct search strategies
   A. Write search statements
   B.  Use a variety of database search features
   C.  Evaluate results and modify search strategy
V.  Accessing resources
   A. Library resources in the library or remotely
   B. Other resources according to appropriate protocols
VI. Evaluating research results based on criteria such as
   relevance, topic coverage and currency to determine quality and
VII. Defining information needs, organize and summarize information found.
VIII. Acceptable use and documentation formats
   for research purposes
   A.  Identify copyrighted material
   B.  Differentiate between "fair use" and plagiarism
   C.  Use standard citation formatting

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Representative Assignments:
1. Worksheets on aspects of the research process and appropriate use of
2. Read, summarize, and evaluate articles.
3. In class exercises on research skills and appropriate use of resources.
4. Final project that demonstrates comprehension of the research process
  and appropriate use of resources.
5. Quizzes, midterm exam and/or final exams.

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
10 - 60%
Written homework, Term papers, Final project
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
2 - 60%
Homework problems, In class exercises
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
5 - 30%
Class performances, Performance exams, In class exercises
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 45%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion, short answer, short essays
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 20%
class attendance and participation

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Instructor created handouts. Please check with the bookstore.
Writing Research Papers: a Complete Guide by James Lester, 11 ed. Longman
Publishers, 2004.

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