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THINKING
Turning information into understanding.
COURSE
WEEK
A. THINKING

A.1. Syllabus
A.2. INTRODUCTION

Week 1
       A.2.1. What is information and why study it?
       A.2.2. Basic skills needed for this course
              A.2.2.1. Operating the Computer
              A.2.2.2. Using the Web
              A.2.2.3. Becoming a Student: An Introduction
      1. Why Go To College?
      2. Succeeding In College: The Student Lifestyle
      3. Super-Learning (Metanoia)
      4. Lifelong Learning
      5. Requirements for Effective Learning
      6. The Goal System: Motivation
      7. Planning Effectively
      8. Time Management
      9. Study Environment: Your Desk and Files
      10. Learning Vocabulary
      11. Using the Textbook
      12. Effective Reading for learning
      13. Taking Notes In Class
      14. Memory Aids
      15. Working with Others, Group Dynamics
      16. How to take an exam
Week 2
A.3. WHAT IS INFORMATION?
       A.3.1. Why do we need it?
       A.3.2. How do we use it?
Week 1 (added)
A.4. DECISION MAKING, PROBLEM SOLVING
       A.4.1. Decision making
       A.4.2. Problem solving
              A.4.2.1. Defining the issue
                     --Questions to ask
                            1. Why do I have to do anything?
                            2. Why is a decision necessary?
                            3. What is / is not the problem?
                            4. What is / could be / should be happening?
              A.4.2.2. Clarifying your purpose
                     --Avoid tunnel vision
                     --Define your purpose as broadly as possible to allow for more possible solutions
              A.4.2.3. Setting criteria
                     --What do you want to...
                            1. achieve?
                            2. preserve?
                            3. avoid?
              A.4.2.4. Establishing priorities
                     --What are your absolute requirements?
                     --Rank your desirable objectives from 10 (maximum importance) to 1
Week 3
              A.4.2.5. The Search for solutions
                     --The need for information
                     --Problem-solving methods
                     --Thinking "outside the box"
                     --Systems thinking
                     --Synthesizing information
                     --Metanoia & mind-shift
                     --Brainstorming
              A.4.2.6. Testing the Alternatives
                     --The possible need for more information
                     --Rate each alternative against each criterion
                     --Thinking "outside the box"
                     --Seek ways to combine characteristics of several alternatives to create a better solution.
              A.4.2.7. Troubleshooting
                     1. List possible problems
                     2. Rank the likelihood of each occurring
                     3. List preventive actions to take
Week 4
A.5. DEALING WITH INFORMATION
       1. Establish a need
       2. Understand your purpose
       3. Narrow the topic
       4. "Cycling" and "soaking," the immense value of the literature review
Week 1 (added)
A.6. EVALUATING INFORMATION
       A.6.1. The need to evaluate
       A.6.2. Evaluating materials--Differentiating good from bad information
       A.6.3. Evaluating online resources
       A.6.4. Evaluating other sources of information
Week 5
Week 6 (redundant)
A.7. THE SCIENTIFIC/ANALYTICAL METHOD
       A.7.1.
How to solve any problem
Week 1 (added)
A.8. SYNTHESIZING
       -- Combining alternatives
       -- The Quaker approach to decisions
       -- 3-sigma thinking tools
       -- Mind mapping
       -- Mind shift
Week 13
A.9. CRITICAL THINKING
       A.9.1. What is it?
       A.9.2. Characteristics of critical thinking
       A.9.3. How do you do it?
       A.9.4. Think in Different Terms
       A.9.5. What are the mistakes to avoid?
       A.9.6. Guidelines and Tips
Week 7
       A.9.7. What is critical thinking?
       A.9.8. Why we don't think straight (Sutherland)
       A.9.9. Teaching Critical Thinking
       A.9.10. Defining Critical Thinking
       A.9.11. Criteria for Critical Thinking
       A.9.12. Good thinker vs. poor thinker
       A.9.13. Characteristics of critical thinkers
       A.9.14. Logical Fallacies in thinking
       A.9.15. Humorous Example of Fallacious Thinking
       A.9.16. Strategies for Critical Thinking
       A.9.17. A Hidden Reality --example of need for critical thinking
Week 8
       A.9.18. Out of Control --another example of the need for critical thinking
       A.9.19. Self-Deception
       A.9.20. Debunking
       A.9.21 Checklist for thinking about an issue
       A.9.22. How to Ask a Question
       A.9.23. Dissent, Civil Disobedience, Other Ramifications of Critical Thinking
       A.9.24. Alternate News Sources to Help in Critical Thinking
       A.9.25. Other Ways to Help Yourself Think Critically (see bottom notes and links)
       A.9.26 Applications of Critical Thinking
              -- The news
              -- Your life
              -- Your research topic
Week 9
A.10. THE 7 LEVELS OF CHANGE/THINKING
       A.10.1. Doing the right things (effectiveness)
       A.10.2. Doing the right things right (efficiency)
       A.10.3. Doing things better (improving)
       A.10.4. Doing away with things (cutting)
       A.10.5. Doing things other people do (copying)
       A.10.6. Doing things no one else is doing (different)
       A.10.7. Doing things that can't be done (impossible)
Week 10
A.11. SYSTEMS THINKING
       A.11.1. Metanoia
Week 3
Week 11 (redundant)
A.12. INNOVATIVE THINKING "OUTSIDE THE BOX"
       --Transform yourself through thinking
       --The search for a meaningful life
       --Why people don't think
       --Improving your thinking abilities
       --Become a critical thinker
       --Learning to live creatively
       --Eliminating constraints
       --Success is a habit
Week 12
A.13. WORKING IN GROUPS
       --The value of working in teams        --Group dynamics        --Cooperative learning        --Tips and tricks
Week 14
A.14. ETHICS & COPYRIGHT LAW
       A.14.1. Definitions of information, knowledge, data, facts, etc.
       A.14.2. Ethics of Information
       A.14.3. Theories of Information Storage and Retrieval
       A.14.4. Theories of Information Organization
       A.14.5. Theories of Information Dissemination

A.15. EDITING THE PAPER FOR CLARITY

Week 15
  • Course Post-test
Week 16

RESEARCH
Finding & organizing relevant information.
COURSE
WEEK
B. FINDING INFORMATION

B.1. INTRODUCTION TO SOURCES OF INFORMATION
       B.1.1. Library
       B.1.2. Online
       B.1.3. Other Sources

Week 4
B.2. SEARCH STRATEGIES & TYPES OF INFORMATION
       B.2.1. Introduction to information organization
              B.2.1.1. How information is generated
              B.2.1.2. Academic disciplines and fields of study
              B.2.1.3. Guides to research
              B.2.1.4. Channels of information dissemination
                     --Academic/scholarly
                     --Popular
       B.2.2. Question analysis; how to ask a question
       B.2.3. Research strategy
       B.2.4. Evaluation of materials
Week 6
B.3 THE RESEARCH PROCESS
       B.3.1. An overview of the process
       B.3.2. Strategy
       B.3.3. Keeping track of what's been done
       B.3.4. Topic selection
              --Analysis of information needs
              --Evaluation of information sources
       B.3.5. Paradigms and models for research papers
       B.3.6. Managing research results
              --Control of research records
              --Copyright laws
              --Documentation
       B.3.7. When are you finished?
Week 2
B.4. RECORDING INFORMATION
       B.4.1. The necessity of recording
       B.4.2. Note taking methods
       B.4.3. MLA bibliographic style
              -- MLA Exercises
       B.4.4. APA bibliographic style
       B.4.5. The Annotated Bibliography
       B.4.6. Copyright considerations
       B.4.7. Not getting lost
Week 3
B.5. THE RESEARCH PAPER
       B.5.1. From research to paper ("soaking in the literature")
       B.5.2. The necessity of an outline
       B.5.3. Moving information from notes to outline
       B.5.4. Creating a coherent whole
       B.5.5. The necessity of re-writing
Week 2
B.6. INFORMATION ONLINE
       B.6.1. The Internet
       B.6.2. E-mail
       B.6.3. Listservs
       B.6.4. Newsgroups
       B.6.5. Chat
       B.6.6. Telnet
       B.6.7. Gopher
       B.6.8. The World Wide Web
              -- How it works
              -- Resources available
              -- Methods for searching
              -- Evaluation of sites and information
              -- Copyright issues
Week 14
B.7. INFORMATION IN THE LIBRARY
       B.7.1. Introduction to Libraries
Week 4
       B.7.1. Introduction to Libraries
              B.7.1.1. The Value of Knowing the Library
              B.7.1.2. History of books
              B.7.1.3. History of libraries
              B.7.1.4. Purpose of libraries
              B.7.1.5. Types of libraries
              B.7.1.6. Library humor
       B.7.2. Introduction to the PAC and ACCD libraries
Week 5
       B.7.3. Basic Library organization & Terminology
Week 6
       B.7.4. Classification Systems and Library Catalogs
              a. Classification systems
              b. Library Catalogs
              c. Call Numbers
Week 7
B.8. REFERENCE MATERIALS
       B.8.1. Introduction to using reference materials
       B.8.2. Encyclopedias
              a. General encyclopedias
              b. Specialized subject encyclopedias
Week 8
       B.8.3. Indexes and abstracts
              a. Using Print Indexes
              b. Using Electronic Indexes
              c. Using Newspaper Indexes
Week 9
       B.8.4. Bibliographies
       B.8.5. Dictionaries
              --General English language dictionaries
              --Oxford English Dictionary
              --Subject and specialized dictionaries
Week 10
       B.8.6. Yearbooks
       B.8.7. Manuals & Handbooks
       B.8.8. Biographical Sources
       B.8.9. Geographical sources
Week 11
       B.8.10. Almanacs & Directories
       B.8.11. Government Documents
Week 12
       B.8.12. Subject reference sources
              --Social Sciences
              --Humanities
              --Literature and Poetry
              --Mathematics and Sciences
Week 13
B.9. OTHER SOURCES OF INFORMATION
       B.9.1. Original research
       B.9.2. Authorities
       B.9.3. Circles of knowledge (intranets)
Week 15 (added)
B.10. INFORMATION MANAGEMENT
       B.10.1. Organizing your notes
       B.10.2. Keeping up with the news
              --Developing your own sources of information
       B.10.3. Tips and tricks
       B.10.4. How to automate your life
Week 2 (added)
B.11. COMMUNICATING INFORMATION
       B.11.1. Legal considerations
       B.11.2. Effectiveness considerations
       B.11.3. Written communication
              a. The MLA style paper
              b. The APA style paper
              c. Other considerations
       B.11.4. Web presentations
       B.11.5. PowerPoint presentations
       B.11.6. Other forms of communications
              a. Improving your writing
              b. The Book Review
              c. The Critical Essay
              d. The Synopsis
              e. The Annotation
Week 4


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