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INTRODUCTION TO INFORMATION
Welcome to LSC 508!
This course is designed to introduce you to basic information science theory and provide you with skills using various forms of information technology.
Expected prerequisite knowledge:
VERY IMPORTANT: Please go to the site containing the Required Technology Competencies for Students Entering the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies . Look the competencies over carefully. If you do not possess the basic competencies listed, either use the time before this course begins to gain the necessary skills or plan to take the class in a future semester after you have gained the necessary competencies. Especially important is a basic knowledge of a data base program such as MicroSoft Access, FileMaker Pro, Bento, or the data base program in MicroSoft Works, OpenOffice, AppleWorks or ClarisWorks. This course can be taken without having a basic knowledge of one of these data base programs, but you will have to spend time learning the software in addition to planning and designing the data base for one of the assignments. If you are unsure if you have the necessary prerequisite knowledge, please contact the instructor by phone or email.
Most of the face-to-face class on September 9, 2011 will be devoted to going over the syllabus, discussing the assignments, and looking at Sakai. This class is not mandatory but it will be the only time during the semester that the class will meet in person where you can ask questions. Since you must become a member of a group for the information science theory project, it will be the only opportunity for you to meet other members of the class. Please see the fall 2011 course listing for day, time and location of the class.
All other weeks will be conducted online
on Sakai. Those of you who are familiar with Sakai may logon to Introduction to Information Science and Technology as soon it is available on Sakai (probably sometime in mid to late August). Those of you who are not familiar with Sakai
may also logon to it if you would like, but we will not begin
using Sakai for the course until after the first week of the class. All communication with your instructor following the face-to-face class should be conducted on Sakai. Only use regular email if you are having problems with Sakai.
Following are instructions describing the logon procedure. Go to: https://sakai.uri.edu/portal/ and enter your user id, which is your nine-digit URI ID number found on your URI ID card (example: 100001492) or the username that you use for e-Campus and your password, which is the same password that you use to log into e-Campus. Click on "Login" and click on the "Intro to Information Sci & Tech" tab at the top of your screen. If there is no "Intro to Information Sci & Tech" tab, you have not been entered for the course yet so please send me an email at email@example.com and I will enter you as soon as you are registered for the course.
Read the Syllabus:
Please read the syllabus once it is posted. If you have any questions, please contact me.