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Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Research in the Digital Age
Course: IFS201

First Term: 2014 Fall
Lecture   3 Credit(s)   3 Period(s)   3 Load  
Course Type: Academic
Load Formula: S - Standard Load

Description: Development of skills and competency in accessing, evaluating and using information resources while examining the social and historical context, as well as the technological implications of the use and organization of information

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Describe the evolution and integration of information from print to digital formats. (I)
2. Determine the nature and extent of the information needed. (II)
3. Access needed information effectively and efficiently. (III)
4. Evaluate information and its sources critically and incorporate selected information into a knowledge base and value system. (IV)
5. Describe the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information. (V)
6. Synthesize and communicate information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose. (VI)
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. History and Structure of Information
   A. History of information
   B. Literacy in the digital age
   C. Promises and the myths of the information age
   D. Organization of information
   E. Information architecture and digital technology tools
II. Information Need
   A. Information needs analysis
      1. Issue/topic selection from academic major field (s)
      2. Definition and focus of a topic
   B. Types and scope of information
      1. Synthesis of Print and digital formats
III. Information Access
   A. The research process & research portfolio
   B. Information Systems
      1. Library electronic information systems/catalogs
      2. E-books
      3. Subscription and statistical databases
      4. Internet
         a. Search tools
         b. Invisible web
      5. Computer mediated communication
      6. Emerging technologies
   C. Search strategies, logic and information seeking behavior
   D. Retrieval techniques and tools
   E. Data manipulation and formatting
IV. Evaluation of Information Resources
   A. Summary of main ideas
   B. Evaluation Criteria
      1. Authority
      2. Accuracy
      3. Currency
      4. Content
      5. Objectivity
V. Economic, Legal, and Social Issues
   A. Ethics & plagiarism
   B. Copyright and Intellectual property
      1. Fair use
      2. Downloading
   C. Censorship and freedom of speech
   D. Digital divide and inequality of information literacy proficiency internationally
   E. Legal and commercial issues
      1. Digital Millennium Copyright Act
   F. Information accuracy, propaganda and misinformation
   G. Information policies
      1. Patriot Act
VI. Information Communication and Presentation
   A. Content organization
   B. Oral and written communication standards/requirements
   C. Source citation and annotation
   D. Authoring and presentation tools
   E. Final project presentation and electronic publishing
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: April 22, 2014

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