Course Plan
Spring, 2000

Dates for Week Numbers | Readings List
WEEK NO.
CLASS ASSIGNMENT
RESEARCH READINGS
THINKING READINGS
week 1 --Begin seeking a topic for your research paper.
-Take the pre-test
-Introductions on WebCT bulletin board.
-Review the syllabus; ask questions
-Read all sections of Research 1, 2, and 3
-Thinking: Intro to Information--What is it and why study it? -Read all sections of Thinking 1, 2, and 3
week 2 -Choose a topic. -Read all sections of Research 4
-Thinking: Decision making 1 of 2
week 3 -Do some research -Read all sections of Research 5 and 6
-Thinking: Decision making 2 of 2
week 4 -Narrow your topic more. Finalize it! -Read all sections of Research 7
-Dealing with Information; Evaluation of Information
week 5 -Research, reading, notes. -Read all sections of Research 8.1 through 8.4
-Scientific Method--analysis; Critical Thinking 1 of 3
week 6 -Research, reading, notes. -Read all sections of Research 8.5 through 8.8
-Critical Thinking 2 of 3.
week 7 -Research, reading, notes. -Read all sections of Research 8.9 through 8.12
-Critical Thinking 3 of 3.
week 8 -Research, reading, notes. -Read all sections of Research 9
-Read all sections of Research 10 through 10.2
-The 7 Levels of Change
week 9 -Attempt first outline of topic. -Read all sections of Research 10.3 through 10.4
-Systems Thinking 1 of 2
week 10 -Research, reading, notes. -Read all sections of Research 11 through 11.3
-Systems Thinking 2 of 2
week 11 -Revise outline. Write draft #1. -Read all sections of Research 11.4
Thinking Outside the Box -- Innovation.
week 12 -Research, reading, notes. -Read all sections of Research 11.5
-Synthesizing Ideas and Information.
week 13 -Revise outline. Write draft #2. -Read all sections of Research 11.6
-Editing papers for clarity and style.
week 14 -Go over you material. THINK! Write final draft. -Spend the time on your paper. -Thinking in Groups.
week 15 -Turn in final draft in perfect typed form.
-Dead Week...
  • Post Test
  • Course Evaluation
  • week 16 Final exam!!


    Topics Sequence

    -Thinking: Intro to Information--What is it and why study it?
    -Research: Basic skills needed for this course; the research process; the research paper
    Due Week 2
    -Thinking: Decision making 1 of 2
    -Research: Recording information: MLA style
    Due Week 3
    -Thinking: Decision making 2 of 2
    -Research: MLA continued; Introduction to finding information and libraries; communicating information
    Due Week 4
    -Thinking: Dealing with Information; Evaluation of Information
    -Research: Intro to libraries continued--The Value of Knowing the Library; History of books; History of libraries; Purpose of libraries; Types of libraries; Library humor; Introduction to the PAC and ACCD libraries.
    Due Week 5
    -Thinking: Evaluation of Information
    -Research: Library terminology, search strategies, types of information.
    Due Week 6
    -Thinking: Scientific Method--analysis; Critical Thinking 1 of 3
    -Research: Academic disciplines and fields of study; How to ask a question. Classification systems and catalogs.
    Due Week 7
    -Thinking: Critical Thinking 2 of 3
    -Research: Intro to reference materials. Encyclopedias, general and specialized. Intro to indexes.
    Due Week 8
    -Thinking: Critical Thinking 3 of 3
    -Research: Print indexes, periodical indexes, specialized indexes, computerized indexes and CD-ROMS. Indexes to composite works and anthologies.
    Due Week 9
    -Thinking: 7 Levels of Change
    -Research: Indexes to newspapers in various formats, bibliographies, dictionaries.
    Due Week 10
    -Thinking: Systems Thinking
    -Research: Yearbooks, manuals, biographical sources, geographical sources.
    Due Week 11
    -Thinking: Thinking Outside the Box
    -Research: Almanacs and Directories, government documents.
    Due Week 12
    -Thinking: Synthesizing
    -Research: Subject reference sources: Social Sciences, Humanities, Literature and Poetry, Math and the Sciences.
    Due Week 13
    -Thinking: Thinking in Groups
    -Research: Information online: the Internet, the Web, email, listservs, chat, interactive databases, Telnet, Gophers, more.
    Due Week 14
    -Dead Week...
    -Thinking: Editing the paper for clarity
    -Research: Copyright issues, ethics, other sources of information, tips and tricks.
    Due Week 15
    -Final Exam
    Due Week 16



    by Colby Glass, MLIS.

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