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 LIBR 330

Winter 2013

Salazar Hall C261

Monday 6:10-10:00 PM


Professor: Michael Germano

E-mail: mgerman@calstatela.edu

Text: 769-287-1015

Phone:  323-343-3963

Office Location: Library North Room 2021 (Ask for me at reference desk)

Office Hours: Monday 4:00-6:00, Tuesday and Wednesday 3:00-4:00 or by appointment

 

Course Materials


Text: Business and Competitive Analysis (C. Fleisher and B. Bensoussan.)

Course website: Calstatela.libguides.com/libr330

 

 

      Course Description


LIBR 330 - Advanced Information Literacy for Decision Making in the Professional World Advanced information literacy course that considers the role of information in a professional context. Using company, industry, legal and demographic information, research, analysis and decision-making in professional environments will be simulated and explored. ABC/NC.

 

 

       Course Objectives


The course considers the role that information and research play in professional environments. More specifically, the class looks at the knowledge economy and the critical role information literacy, informational literate managers and the information industry all play in decision-making, organizational effectiveness as well as professional success. Primary focus is on use, interpretations and application of data from information sources that contribute to information literate professionals in work environments. 

 

 

       Student Learning Outcomes


At the end of this course students will have knowledge and/or competency in the following specific areas:

 

·     How organizations and managers (government, business, non-profits) use information to make decisions and improve organizational effectiveness;

·     The types of information seeking behaviors that occur in professional environments;

·     How to analyze information and think critically about its relevancy, accuracy, appropriateness and utility;

·     The ability to apply information to professional scenarios that involve decision making;

·     Know when information is required in work environments and which kinds;

·     Explain complex problems, solutions and processes using evidence gathered as part of the research process in order to engage in persuasive decision-making in professional contexts. 

 

      

Course Requirements and Grading


Students in LIBR 330 can earn 100 points total over the course of the quarter. The total points earned will determine the final grade:

 

 

A

90-100

B-

70-74

A-

85-90

C+

65-69

B+

80-84

C

55-65

B

75-79

NC

<55

 

 

 

Grades are based upon the follow requirements/deliverables:

·     Experiential/In-Class Exercises 50%

·     Industry Presentation 25%

·     Organizational/Company 25%

 

Brief descriptions of each deliverable are listed below. Consult the course schedule for all due dates.

 

 

Class Contributions and Experiential Exercises: LIBR 330 is a ‘hands on’ course. Classes will feature a combination of lecture, discussion and experiential exercises where you will be given the opportunity to use information in order to solve problems. 5 classes will have some form of exercise that will allow you to acquire points. 50% of all available points will come from in class exercises, discussion and attendance.

 

 

Industry Presentation: Each student will conduct a 20 minute presentation on an industry (for profit, governmental or non-profit) of his or her choice. You will be expected to demonstrate knowledge of the industry that reflects use of a number of resources. The main goal of the presentation will be to demonstrate expertise on an industry as a group of organizations and show how information drives that industry. More detailed instructions will follow.

 

 

Company Presentation: Each student will conduct a 20 minute presentation on an organization (for profit, governmental or non-profit) of his or her choice. You will be expected to demonstrate knowledge of the organization that reflects use of a number of resources. The main goal of the presentation will be to demonstrate expertise regarding the ways in which information is used by managers in that organization to make decisions. You will also be expected to show how information is used to increase organizational effectiveness. More detailed instructions will follow

 

 

       Course Policies


A student that succeeds in LIBR 330 must demonstrate the following traits and characteristics:

 

·     Observes all university policies related to academic honesty and adheres to them at all times;

·     Shows up on time and prepared for class each week and stays focused for the entire period;

·     Actively engages professor and classmates during discussions and class activities;

·     Is fully aware of all due dates, course requirements and asks professor (via email or office hours) if they do not;

·     Checks email regularly and communicates with professor in a timely way when needed;

·     Does not make excuses for missed deadlines or failed work and instead offers solutions to the problem of not meeting course requirements;

·     Works effectively with colleagues on group collaborative exercises;

·     Acts like an adult who accepts full responsibility for their choices and actions whether they result in success or failure;

·     Commits fully to their professional success as a student while achieving balance in their personal life so it does not impinge upon that commitment.

 

 

Students with Disabilities


 

The university provides reasonable accommodations to students with documented physical and learning disabilities.  The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD), located in Student Affairs Room 115 coordinates all documentation of disabilities (323-343-3140) http://www.calstatela.edu/univ/osd.

 

 

 

 

If you have any questions at any point during the quarter please contact the professor via email or during office hours as soon as possible.

 

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Office: LN 1018A
Spring 2014 Office Hours:
Monday 3:00-4:00
Tuesday 3:10-4:10
Wednesday 3:00-4:00
Thursday 3:00-6:00

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