|This course will focus upon the relations between information behavior and information systems design. Students will analyze philosophical, cognitive, interpersonal, organizational, social, political and cultural theories and empirical investigations, within the framework of the following topics:
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|Many readings for this course will be posted on Sakai. Readings which are directly available electronically (e.g. web sites, electronic journals) will be listed in the course schedule with appropriate location information. There are a couple of books which students should seriously consider purchasing for this course:|
|In this course, students learn, read original research, discuss and write about the practice, study and theory of human information behavior. Human information behavior is the study of the interactions between people, the various forms of data, information, knowledge and wisdom that fall under the rubric of "information" and the situations (contexts) in which they interact. This course provides students an introduction to the human aspects of the world of library and information services, feedback on how to interact with the literature in our field, a greater awareness of the human information behavior around us and an opportunity to work with peers to analyze and present additional relevant research.|
|Specific objectives of this course are to:
|Class meetings will be in the format of a seminar. After the first few class meetings, students will each lead a seminar discussion on the topic at the beginning of class. This will be followed by a general discussion of readings and the topic. Finally, the instructor will provide an introduction to the readings for the following week.|
Our campus classes will be supported by Sakai, where all course resources, learning materials, readings will be housed. Weekly learning tasks will be posted so that you are well prepared for weekly class sessions.
There are four types of assignment for this course. The first, and perhaps most important, is to be prepared for, and actively to participate in the weekly discussions.
The second type of assignment is related to the first. No later than 5pm on the day prior to the next class meeting, each student will submit through Sakai a paper, two pages in length, single spaced, discussing the readings for that week. The discussion should include, but not be limited to, a summarization of the main points made in the readings. In addition, when appropriate, it should try to relate the readings to one another and to the topic of the week. Most importantly, it should include questions, problems, arguments you have with the readings. The function of the paper is to guide discussion during the class meeting. APA citation and reference style should be used in all submitted work for this course.
The third assignment is to lead the discussion for one week's topic. This will require reading at least a couple of papers other than those assigned as required reading. Those leading the discussion are not required to submit a review paper that week.
The fourth assignment is to plan, conduct and present a small research project investigating some aspect of human information behavior. This can be a group project (no more than two people per group), and, in general, the appropriate scale and goals are of a pilot project for a larger subsequent investigation. In order to complete this assignment, students need to:
Please note that completion of this assignment may require approval or exemption from the Institutional Review Board for Research on Human Subjects. Obtaining this approval or exemption may take up to six weeks. In order to support the research projects, students will be expected to report weekly on their progress after the spring break. The research projects will be presented on April 30th, and the final papers will be due May 5th.
|Grading is based on four aspects of the course described below.
|Course grades are assigned according to the following:
|Announcements: Students are responsible for all announcements made in class, whether or not they are present when the announcements are made.|
Late submissions: Deadlines are your responsibility. Late submissions may be accepted with a penalty. In the case of unforeseen emergencies (e.g. with a doctor's note), or with a prior permission from the instructor (obtained before the due date), late submissions will be graded normally. Late submissions will not receive any verbal or written feedback.
Communication: For emails, Rutgers accounts preferred. Always include your name (esp. if emailing from non-Rutgers account) and always include the course number (IMLS 510) in subject line. If you don't, your email most likely will not be read. This course uses Sakai, primarily for submitting assignments and posting grades. Speaking of communication, please turn off or silent your cellphones and anything that can spontaneously make noise before entering the class.
Attendance: Students are expected to attend all classes. If you expect to miss one or two classes, please use the University absence reporting website https://sims.rutgers.edu/ssra/ to indicate the date and reason for your absence. An email is automatically sent to me. Note that class participation accounts for 5% of the final grade (see the grading policy above). You are responsible for obtaining any material that might have been distributed in class the day when you were absent.
|Academic integrity means, among other things:
The consequences of scholastic dishonesty are very serious. Rutgers' academic integrity policy is at this site. An overview of this policy may be found here. Multimedia presentations about academic integrity may be found here and here.
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|● Chirag Shah ●|