Paul F. Marty, Ph.D., Professor, School of Information, Florida State University
Office: 240 LSB
Office Hours: By Appointment
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This syllabus is available online at http://marty.cci.fsu.edu/lis6205/
The course prepares doctoral students to do research focusing on an aspect of information behavior through discovering issues in information behavior. The seminar introduces a range of techniques applied to the analysis of information behavior, with a focus on ethnographic methodologies. The course provides students with an overview of information behavior and the fundamentals to a broad approach emphasizing a unifying structure to understand information, information needs, information seeking, and information behavior.
After the completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Summarize the basic philosophical and conceptual approaches to the study of information, information needs, information seeking, and information behavior;
- Discuss a range of approaches to information needs and behavior assessment;
- Discuss how information behavior studies are done, using a range of technologies; and
- Review the current literature addressing information behaviors for various user populations.
There is no required text for this course. Instead, we will read a variety of scholarly and professional articles each week, all available online or on reserve on the course website.
N.B. If you have not read Donald Case's Looking for Information: A Survey of Research on Information Seeking, Needs, and Behavior in a previous class, it is highly recommended that you keep a copy of that book handy to refer to during this seminar (any edition is fine).
Please see the detailed assignment descriptions at http://marty.cci.fsu.edu/lis6205/assignments.html
The following list is provided for quick reference:
- Weekly Participation (20%)
- Discussion Leading (10%)
- Annotated Bibliography (30%)
- Influence Paper (40%)
Grading and Evaluation
The most important criteria for grading are timeliness, completeness, and quality. Please complete all parts of each assignment, and please make every effort to present your thinking clearly at each stage. The effort you put into your assignments is just as important as the final outcome.
Assignments that have not been demonstrably spell-checked, grammar-checked, and proofread for absolute nonsense will not be accepted. Unacceptable assignments will receive a zero, and may be resubmitted only at the instructor's discretion.
If a situation arises where you will not be able to meet a deadline, please let the instructor know well in advance. Work submitted late with a reasonable excuse will be accepted only if discussed with the instructor before the due date.
Percentage weights for each assignment are listed above. Final letter grades will be allocated using the following scale: 100-93 = A, 92-90 = A-, 89-87 = B+, 86-83 = B, 82-80 = B-, 79-77 = C+, 76-73 = C, 72-70 = C-, 69-67 = D+, 66-63 = D, 62-60 = D-, 59-0 = F.
Please note that all of your work for this class must be original.
Please see the detailed course outline at http://marty.cci.fsu.edu/lis6205/outline.html
The following list is provided for quick reference:
- Week 01: Introduction
- Week 02: Concepts 1: Classic Papers
- Week 03: Concepts 2: Research Articles
- Week 04: Concepts 3: Discussion Leading
- Week 05: Models 1: Classic Papers
- Week 06: Models 2: Research Articles
- Week 07: Models 3: Discussion Leading
- Week 08: Theories 1: Classic Papers
- Week 09: Theories 2: Research Articles
- Week 10: Theories 3: Discussion Leading
- Week 11: Methods 1: Classic Papers
- Week 12: Methods 2: Research Articles
- Week 13: Methods 3: Discussion Leading
- Week 14: Conclusions
University Attendance Policy
The attendance policy for this course is consistent with Florida State University policy as stated in the Bulletin. Your regular attendance at class meetings is expected, and you are required to participate in class discussions. All students are expected to abide by this attendance policy.
Accommodations will be made for documented illness, deaths in the immediate family and other documented crises, calls to active military duty or jury duty, religious holy days, and official University activities in a way that does not penalize students with a valid excuse. Consideration will also be given to students whose dependent children experience serious illness.
University policy requires all students to attend the first class meeting of all classes for which they are registered. Students who do not attend the first class meeting of a course for which they are registered will be dropped from the course by the academic department offering the course. To enforce this policy, instructors are required to take attendance at the first class meeting and report absences to the appropriate person in their department. For further information, consult the FSU General Bulletin at: http://registrar.fsu.edu/bulletin/grad/apdefault.htm.
Class Communication Policy
You are required to check your official FSU email accounts and the course blogs or discussion boards regularly. It is highly recommended that you use your FSU email accounts for all course-related emails. Emails to the instructor must have a subject line that includes the number of the course. You should set up your email account so that your full name accompanies each email (i.e., emails should come from John Smith, not from js44f). Emails that include neither your name nor the course number will not receive a response.
Some materials in this course may be copyrighted. They are provided in compliance with the provisions of the Technology, Education, And Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act: http://www.copyright.gov/legislation/archive/
Academic Honor Policy
The Florida State University Academic Honor Policy outlines the University's expectations for the integrity of students' academic work, the procedures for resolving alleged violations of those expectations, and the rights and responsibilities of students and faculty members throughout the process. Students are responsible for reading the Academic Honor Policy and for living up to their pledge to "be honest and truthful and [...to] strive for personal and institutional integrity at Florida State University." (Florida State University Academic Honor Policy, available online at http://fda.fsu.edu/Academics/Academic-Honor-Policy/.)
Americans with Disabilities Act
Students with disabilities needing academic accommodation should:
- Register with and provide documentation to the Student Disability Resource Center; and
- Send a letter to the instructor indicating the need for accommodation and what type. This should be done during the first week of class.
Please note that instructors are not allowed to provide classroom accommodation to a student until appropriate verification from the Student Disability Resource Center has been provided.
This syllabus and other class materials are available in alternate format upon request.
For more information about services available to FSU students with disabilities, contact the
Student Disability Resource Center
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Sexual Harassment Policy
It is the policy of the University that its employees and students neither commit nor condone sexual harassment in any form. For more information, see: http://registrar.fsu.edu/bulletin/grad/info/university_notices.htm
Hardware and Software Requirements
A list of all hardware and software requirements for students participating in School of Information courses can be found at the following location: http://ischool.cci.fsu.edu/academics/online/requirements/
Student Eligibility for an Incomplete Grade
Incomplete ("I") grades will not be assigned, except in the case of exceptional unforeseen circumstances that occur within the last three weeks of the semester and your work has otherwise been satisfactory (C average).
Syllabus Change Policy
This syllabus is a guide for the course and is subject to change with advanced notice.