INFS2000 Research Skills in the Information Age

In today’s information-driven world, the ability to find and use information effectively is essential to success in college and beyond. This class will take a broad-based approach to developing information-seeking strategies and skills for academic and work-related research. Students will learn how information is created, organized, disseminated, and accessed; and they will gain experience analyzing research needs, selecting appropriate research tools, critically evaluating potential sources, and using information legally and ethically. Students will have the opportunity to explore the literature and information sources in specific programs, career fields, or other areas of academic interest. The class will also explore a number of contemporary issues surrounding information in society.

Credits

3

Prerequisite

Qualifying score on reading assessment test OR ENGL0921. Basic computer literacy skills required

Course Requirements and Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Learning Outcomes

The following outcomes will be addressed in the course:
Explain how information is produced, organized, and disseminated in society
Outline how information is affected by cultural, political and economic factors
State an information need
Apply library-based research tools and classification systems to find information sources
Critique library-based and Internet research tools to determine those most appropriate for locating desired information
Identify a variety of types and formats of potential sources of information
Design a research strategy using search techniques appropriate for library and Internet search tools
Execute research strategies
Critique research outcomes
Examine information for authenticity, credibility, intellectual content, and bias
Construct accurate MLA or APA citations
Apply bibliographic citations and Internet equivalents to obtain cited items
Investigate information sources in career field, program area, or related disciplinary areas
Identify issues related to copyright and intellectual freedom
Contrast public vs. private ownership of information

Text and References

A list of textbooks required for this course is available at the bookstore.

Course Scheduling

The scheduled hours of instruction include sixteen hours for each lecture credit, thirty two hours for each lab credit and forty hours for each credit of supervised occupational experience (SOE). Lecture credit may include formal or impromptu lectures, demonstrations or discussions with the entire class or with small groups or individuals. Refer to the Credit Details section of this course outline for the credit breakdown.

Accommodations Statement

Disability Services assists students with disabilities who need accommodations to access programs, services and college activities.  If this applies to you, please contact the DS Office on your campus to initiate the accommodations process. 
Brooklyn Park Campus - 763-488-2477
Eden Prairie Campus – 952-995-1544

Campus

Brooklyn Park Campus Eden Prairie Campus 952-995-1300

Credit Details

lecture:

3

lab:

0

MnTC Goal Areas:

2