Course Prefix/Number: LIS 2004
Course Title: Introduction to Internet Research
Credit Hours: One (1) Semester Hour
Date of Syllabus: Fall 2021
Instructor: Caitlin Richardson
Phone number: 305.237.5245
Office Hours: By Appointment
There is no required textbook for this course. This Library Guide will serve as your textbook. Each module contains the required reading material. Each module includes links to supplemental reading and source material.
Information literacy has become an essential competency in the current environment of ever-increasing technological change and the resulting information explosion. The American Library Association Presidential Committee on Information Literacy says "Ultimately, information literate people are those who have learned how to learn. They know how to learn because they know how knowledge is organized, how to find information, and how to use information in such a way that others can learn from them. They are people prepared for lifelong learning, because they can always find the information needed for any task or decision at hand."
An enormous amount of information is available via the Internet, much of it in an unmediated format with no indication as to its authenticity, validity, and reliability. This course introduces students to the concept of using the Internet as an information retrieval tool, and teaches strategies for locating and analyzing information. The course is designed to help students develop the basic information literacy skills necessary for college course work, general research, and for lifelong learning in an information-centered society.
The final grade is based upon the satisfactory completion of the following activities:
Class Participation & Attendance
A = 90 - 100
B = 80 - 89
C = 70 - 79
D = 60 - 69
F = 59 and below
Upon the successful completion of this distance education course, students will be able to:
The course consists of six lessons, a Course Project, and a Final Examination. Each lesson requires readings from the course website and the completion of a related exercise. Each exercise is weighted by its relevance to the performance objectives for the course.
The final examination will be given on the last date of class.
If you have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and need assistance, please notify the ACCESS (Disability Services) department, or the course instructor immediately. Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate your special needs.
If you are having any technical difficulties (e.g., logging in, accessing the discussion board, etc.), please contact the instructor or visit Learning Resources, room 1400.
E-mail is considered an official method for communicating with online students. The College expects that e-mail communications will be received and read by online students in a timely fashion. This policy establishes the College's expectation that faculty and other online teaching staff may routinely communicate important information to students using Miami Dade College's established online learning e-mail system.
All students enrolled in online or hybrid courses at Miami Dade College are provided with an official MDC student e-mail account. Students are expected to check their MDC e-mail account on a frequent and consistent basis in order to remain informed of course-related communications. Your instructor recommends checking e-mail at least twice per week.
This syllabus may change according to the needs of this class. Any changes will be announced in class and via e-mail to all students. Students are responsible for noticing such changes.