Seminar in Information Science
Topic: Classification Schemes (1 unit)
Fall 2020 Syllabus
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This 1-unit course runs from August 19th - September 16th.
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Provides an overview of principles and skills for enumerative, faceted, analytic-synthetic classification schemes for library and information center resources. Presents principles, structure, and format of the Library of Congress, Dewey Decimal, and National Library of Medicine classification schemes. Prerequisites: INFO 202 and INFO 248.
|Expectation||Title||CLOs Supported||Weight||Due Date|
|Assignment 1||History & Development of Classification Schemes||1, 3, 5||22%||8/25/20|
|Assignment 2||Library of Congress classification||1, 2, 5||22%||9/1/20|
|Assignment 3||Dewey Decimal classification||1, 2, 5||22%||9/8/20|
|Assignment 4||National Library of Medicine classification||1, 3, 4||22%||9/15/20|
Students are expected to meet deadlines for assignments or class projects. Late assignments will not be accepted. If you have an illness (medical certificate supplied) or a family tragedy, please contact the instructor. Incomplete grades will not be granted except in extraordinary circumstances. Supporting documentation will be required in cases of medical or health emergencies.
Other Relevant Information:
Attendance and Participation
To benefit most from this course, you must read the text and online resource materials, complete the assignments, and participate in class activities. Regular participation has a positive effect on the grade that you earn. Please try not to miss any weeks. If you know that you will miss more than one class, you may want to consider dropping the course. Regular attendance and participation have a positive effect on the grade that you earn. Students are expected to participate each week in scheduled course modules, actively contribute to class discussions, complete reading requirements, and submit written assignments on time. Regular participation has a positive effect on the course grade earned.
Each week students need to be prepared to discuss assigned readings, problems, and ask questions. You will be evaluated on reasonable interpretation of the readings, thoughtful questions, and appropriateness of sources cited. Some issues will be more straightforward than others. There is not always a "right" answer; therefore, other possibilities or options may be suggested. These requirements constitute your class participation grade.
Course Workload Expectations
Success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of forty-five hours over the length of the course (normally 3 hours per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities including but not limited to internships, labs, clinical practica. Other course structures will have equivalent workload expectations as described in the syllabus.
Instructional time may include but is not limited to:
Working on posted modules or lessons prepared by the instructor; discussion forum interactions with the instructor and/or other students; making presentations and getting feedback from the instructor; attending office hours or other synchronous sessions with the instructor.
Student time outside of class:
In any seven-day period, a student is expected to be academically engaged through submitting an academic assignment; taking an exam or an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction; building websites, blogs, databases, social media presentations; attending a study group;contributing to an academic online discussion; writing papers; reading articles; conducting research; engaging in small group work.
INFO 200, other prerequisites may be added depending on content.
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Gain the ability to perform classification print and electronic resources, integrating resources, sound recordings, videos, and other selected non-print resources.
- Become more efficient in using Dewey Decimal, Library of Congress, and National Library of Medicine classification systems.
Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)
INFO 287 supports the following core competencies:
- G Demonstrate understanding of basic principles and standards involved in organizing information such as classification and controlled vocabulary systems, cataloging systems, metadata schemas or other systems for making information accessible to a particular clientele.
- Farkas, L. (2015). Learn Dewey Decimal classification (23rd ed.). Friendswood, TX: Total Recall Publications. Available through Amazon: 159095436X
- Snow, K. (2017). Practical guide to Library of Congress classification. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Available through Amazon: 1538100673
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 or Informatics) — 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 if you wish to stay in the program. 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).
Per University Policy S16-9, university-wide policy information relevant to all courses, such as academic integrity, accommodations, etc. will be available on Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Programs' Syllabus Information web page at: https://www.sjsu.edu/curriculum/courses/syllabus-info.php. Make sure to visit this page, review and be familiar with these university policies and resources.
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