Information Literacy and Research


Summer 2010 IT 150G (Information Literacy for Business and Social Science)

    This is a new requirement in Lower Level General Education designed to provide students with skills necessary: To identify, to access and to utilize task appropriate information To evaluate information sources and to apply good research strategies. To access qualitative, quantitative, visual and auditory data sources To understand the ethical use of data and gain respect for intellectual property.

    This requirement replaces the Computer Literacy requirement (thru 2009-10 Catalog).

College of Business students met Computer Literacy through a combination of business courses (thru 2009-10 Catalog). From 2010-11 Catalog onward, students will be required to satisfy the Information Literacy and Research requirement. ◦ Probable designated transfer. ◦ Pre-requisite for some upper-level courses.

Transition Period (2-3 years)

      The topics include: How to list a citation for a college report How to use and not abuse Wikipedia How to search for material on the Internet How to use library databases How to incorporate graphics in your reports and presentations How to enhance presentations with audio and visual material

    The topics include: How to use the power of social and collaborative computing How to develop folksonomies in the workplace How to avoid ethical and legal problems with Internet material The benefits and dangers of facebooking, texting and tweeting

Instructional Resources include:       Library Modules (Resource Group) Paperback on Internet Search Paperback on Social Computing Blackboard Librarians and the Library The Internet

    The course grading will include: Tests and a final examination Homework such as searching and assembling a bibliography Building a wiki-reference for the course Presenting a topic in class with appropriate PowerPoint display

         Some Off Label Benefits Include: Guaranteeing Blackboard Access Strengthening Computer Literacy Skills Building Electronic Device Civility Introducing Library Resources Easing Term Paper and Presentation Assignments Reducing Plagiarism Building Information Life Skills Supporting Research Methods Courses Promoting Information Diversity