Syllabus

Purpose and Description Assignments Teaching and Learning Resources and Equipment

INSTRUCTOR: Carol Hansen, Professor

Office Hours: Before and after class, or by appointment. Please feel free to call me, or send E-mail any time you need to speak to me, or to make an appointment. I am not always in my office, but I am willing to meet with you anytime, just let me know. Please feel free to call me at home. If I am not in, be sure to let me know how I can return your call. 

PURPOSE AND DESCRIPTION

The purpose of this course is to enable students to effectively find, evaluate and use library and Internet information for academic research and to support lifelong learning. Students will complete a series of practical exercises to assist them with their final research project. The final project will be published on the Web.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

After successfully completing this course, each student will be able to:

COURSE ASSIGNMENTS

Reading

Each student is expected to complete reading assignments as scheduled. Readings will often be the basis for classroom discussion and in-class small group presentations. All readings will be on the Web from the calendar or on E-Reserve. 

Writing

Writing is an important element of this course. Students are expected to write clearly and completely, at a level appropriate for upper division course work. It is recommended that students complete English 2010 before taking this course.

Oral Participation

Oral Participation- 20% of grade, 200 points

200 points are given, or not given, for participation, overall attendance and initiative. These points reflect contributing to daily class discussions, small group activities, mini pop quizzes, short in-class writing assignments and for attending final project oral presentations. Students are expected to be committed to participating actively in the class. It is assumed that students learn much from each other. Sharing of ideas, thoughts, experiences and concepts is an important part of the class and regular attendance is expected. 25 points are deducted from these points for each class period missed.

Exercises

Pretest and Final Exam

GRADING

TEACHING/LEARNING METHODS

Many class periods will begin with a short lecture by the instructor, followed by active learning activities, often using PC's. This class will incorporate a variety of teaching/learning methods including; small group discussions and presentations, short lectures, and writing-to-learn (sometimes via E-mail). Students are expected to be able to work in small groups in, and outside of, the class. Education and skill development is achieved through active participation in all aspects of the course. Students learn by making connections between their own interests, past experiences and new information. The students have opportunities to practice the skills they learn in and outside of class. The instructor is a facilitator and provides structure and opportunities for learning. Students are expected to be responsible for their own learning and for the overall success of the class.

CLASS COURTESY

This is a relatively small class and any disruptions can be distractive. Please try to come to class on time and stay until you have been dismissed. Also, please refrain from talking while others are presenting. If you do have questions, please raise your hand and ask. Please TURN OFF ALL cell phones and beepers during class.

ETHICAL CONDUCT

It is assumed that all students will engage in ethical conduct. Students engaging in unethical conduct will be subject to academic discipline including the imposition of university sanctions, as described in the WSU Student Code of Conduct.

Examples of unethical conduct may include:

RESOURCES AND EQUIPMENT

DISKS - Please bring a Zip or 3 inch, virus free, disk to class each time. Nothing can be saved on the hard drives of the classroom PC's, it automatically erases each day. Be sure to put your name on your diskettes. There is a lost and found box on the teaching station.

COMPUTER LABS

The following WSU computer labs have Internet access with Internet browsers and FrontPage available: Stewart Library Lab, Wattis Building (10+), BEAS/Applied Science and Technology Labs (50+), Science Building (14 pc's), Social Science Building Lab (10+), Education Building (MAC Lab coming), Student Union (35+) and the Davis Center (45+).

The Library Classroom #31 is NOT available before or after class. Please use the library computer/writing lab next door.

There may be times it will be difficult to get on a computer. Please plan ahead. Let me know in advance, if you are having trouble finding a computer to use. The Internet is a vast network of networks. We are fortunate to have access to these dynamic remote resources, but unfortunately we do not have control over them. Networks and servers regularly go down. A part of this course will be learning to accept those things that we cannot control, and to have patience with problems that are a part of all computer systems and networks.