Fall 2011 Greensheet
Dr. David E. Gross
Home phone: 408.265.9329; use e-mail
Office Hours: Weekly via Elluminate, Tuesday, 7-8 p.m. Pacific time; or by arrangement via phone.
Textbooks and Readings
|LIBR 202 Resources
D2L Information: This course will be taught online using D2L. This course will be available on D2L on Wednesday, August 24. You will be enrolled into the site automatically. I will send more information about course access as we approach this date through MySJSU. The course starts on August 24.
Principles of information retrieval and their application to information systems and services. Emphasizing models of user information seeking behavior, human information processing and their relationship to retrieval models in information systems.
Course Prerequisites: Demonstrated computer literacy
Student learning outcomes
- Students will be able to design, query, and evaluate a database information retrieval system, using an appropriate user model
- Students will be able to articulate fundamental concepts of information-seeking behavior and employ them in the design and evaluation of systems
- Students will be able to define a set of terms reflecting fundamental concepts of information retrieval and use them in discussions of their projects for the class.
- Students will understand metadata, both structure and representation, and be aware of dominant standards such as the MARC record, LC Classification, Dublin Core, and NISO 39-19.
- Students will understand principles of good interface design and be able to evaluate interfaces using those principles.
LIBR 202 supports the following MLIS Core Competencies:
- Design, query and evaluate information retrieval systems
- Understand the system of standards and methods used to control and create information structures and apply basic principles involved in the organization and representation of knowledge
- Describe the fundamental concepts of information-seeking behavior
Complete LIBR203: Online Social Networking: Technology and Tools
This is a mandatory short, self-paced online workshop on Angel that must be completed by all new SLIS students before the first day of classes. The access code for this course will be sent to new students via MySJSU. If you have questions about this course, e-mail Debbie Faires or Dale David
For more information, see ischool.sjsu.edu/classes/coursedesc.htm,
This course is online, taught using D2L. There are assigned readings in the required textbook, and chapters from the recommended text that will be available online so you don't need to buy the recommended text to read them, and other readings that will be available online. There will be weekly recorded lectures available as powerpoint slides with audio and lecture notes, and a file of the slides available for printing. Students can contact me using D2L email and post questions about the course in the D2L discussion forum and come to a weekly online office hour using Elluminate. I can be reached by telephone at a previously arranged time. I will attempt to reply to email or questions posted in D2L within 24 hours.
New content will be posted in D2L each week on Monday mornings and the class week runs from Monday through Sundays. Regular discussion posting is required throughout the course with your thoughts about the readings, lectures, and other course content.
Software for Assignments
You must be able to run the InMagic database software in a PC/Windows environment in order to do the assignments.
There will be two exams, a midterm that covers material in the first half of the course, and a final exam that covers material from the second half of the course. Each will include essay questions that cover important information retrieval concepts. Both exams are "open-book" and "take-home".
The course has two major assignments that cover important IR topics. The first one has both group and individual elements, while the other is an individual assignment. There are two exercises that are required which help prepare for assignments 1 and 2, and all will be graded.
The graded assignments with points available are:
|Exercise 1: Attribute Elicitation||70 points|
|Assignment 1: Description & Database Design||230 points|
|Midterm Exam||150 points|
|Exercise 2: Classification||100 points|
|Assignment 2: Subject Analysis & Evaluation||250 points|
|Final Exam||150 points|
|Discusions Participation||50 points|
The total number of points received for assignments and exams (see above) will be converted to a letter grade using the standard SJSU SLIS Grading Scale based on 100 points, converted to the 100 points scale by dividing by 10.
Assignment 1 includes small group activities and project deliverables, with 100 of the 230 points based on a group grade; the remaining points are based on individual assignments submitted separately.
All assignments are due on Sundays before midnight. Late submissions will have your points earned reduced by 10% for being late.
The D2L Calendar has all due dates for assignments and a separate schedule document with this information will also be available through D2L.
Textbooks and Readings
Please order the one required textbook from any online bookstore or directly from the publishers in time to have it by at least the second week of class. Required readings from the Recommended text will be available online, so you don't have to purchase the recommended text.
- There will also be "Supplemental Readings" on electronic reserve.
- Morville, P. (2005). Ambient Findability: What we find changes who we become. Sebastopol, CA: O'Reilly Media. Available through Amazon: 0596007655.
- Meadow, C. H., Boyce, B. R., Kraft, D. H. & Barry, C. L. (2007). Text Information Retrieval Systems (3rd ed.). San Diego, CA: Academic Press. Available through Amazon: 0123694124.
The standard SJSU School of Information Grading Scale is utilized for all iSchool courses:
|97 to 100||A|
|94 to 96||A minus|
|91 to 93||B plus|
|88 to 90||B|
|85 to 87||B minus|
|82 to 84||C plus|
|79 to 81||C|
|76 to 78||C minus|
|73 to 75||D plus|
|70 to 72||D|
|67 to 69||D minus|
In order to provide consistent guidelines for assessment for graduate level work in the School, these terms are applied to letter grades:
- C represents Adequate work; a grade of "C" counts for credit for the course;
- B represents Good work; a grade of "B" clearly meets the standards for graduate level work;
For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA) — INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204 — the iSchool requires that students earn a B in the course. If the grade is less than B (B- or lower) after the first attempt you will be placed on administrative probation. You must repeat the class the following semester. If -on the second attempt- you do not pass the class with a grade of B or better (not B- but B) you will be disqualified.
- A represents Exceptional work; a grade of "A" will be assigned for outstanding work only.
Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).
General Expectations, Rights and Responsibilities of the Student
As members of the academic community, students accept both the rights and responsibilities incumbent upon all members of the institution. Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with SJSU's policies and practices pertaining to the procedures to follow if and when questions or concerns about a class arises. See University Policy S90-5 at http://www.sjsu.edu/senate/docs/S90-5.pdf. More detailed information on a variety of related topics is available in the SJSU catalog at http://info.sjsu.edu/web-dbgen/catalog/departments/LIS.html. In general, it is recommended that students begin by seeking clarification or discussing concerns with their instructor. If such conversation is not possible, or if it does not serve to address the issue, it is recommended that the student contact the Department Chair as a next step.
Dropping and Adding
Students are responsible for understanding the policies and procedures about add/drop, grade forgiveness, etc. Refer to the current semester's Catalog Policies section at http://info.sjsu.edu/static/catalog/policies.html. Add/drop deadlines can be found on the current academic year calendars document on the Academic Calendars webpage at http://www.sjsu.edu/provost/services/academic_calendars/. The Late Drop Policy is available at http://www.sjsu.edu/aars/policies/latedrops/policy/. Students should be aware of the current deadlines and penalties for dropping classes.
Information about the latest changes and news is available at the Advising Hub at http://www.sjsu.edu/advising/.
Consent for Recording of Class and Public Sharing of Instructor Material
University Policy S12-7, http://www.sjsu.edu/senate/docs/S12-7.pdf, requires students to obtain instructor's permission to record the course and the following items to be included in the syllabus:
- "Common courtesy and professional behavior dictate that you notify someone when you are recording him/her. You must obtain the instructor's permission to make audio or video recordings in this class. Such permission allows the recordings to be used for your private, study purposes only. The recordings are the intellectual property of the instructor; you have not been given any rights to reproduce or distribute the material."
- It is suggested that the syllabus include the instructor's process for granting permission, whether in writing or orally and whether for the whole semester or on a class by class basis.
- In classes where active participation of students or guests may be on the recording, permission of those students or guests should be obtained as well.
- "Course material developed by the instructor is the intellectual property of the instructor and cannot be shared publicly without his/her approval. You may not publicly share or upload instructor generated material for this course such as exam questions, lecture notes, or homework solutions without instructor consent."
Your commitment, as a student, to learning is evidenced by your enrollment at San Jose State University. The University Academic Integrity Policy F15-7 at http://www.sjsu.edu/senate/docs/F15-7.pdf requires you to be honest in all your academic course work. Faculty members are required to report all infractions to the office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development. The Student Conduct and Ethical Development website is available at http://www.sjsu.edu/studentconduct/.
Campus Policy in Compliance with the American Disabilities Act
If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or if you need to make special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours. Presidential Directive 97-03 at http://www.sjsu.edu/president/docs/directives/PD_1997-03.pdf requires that students with disabilities requesting accommodations must register with the Accessible Education Center (AEC) at http://www.sjsu.edu/aec to establish a record of their disability.
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