Major topics include search engine technology, human information behavior, evaluation of information quality, and economic and cultural factors that affect the availability and reliability of electronic information. Pre- and Co-requisites: None. Course Learning Objectives: This course addresses 21 st Century Challenges (21 C, c) and Information Technology and Research (ITR y, z, aa), which are Rutgers Core Curriculum learning goals.
Upon completion of this course you should be able to: Analyze the relationship that science and technology have to a contemporary ocial issue Employ current technologies to access information, conduct research, and communicate findings Analyze and critically assess information from traditional and emergent technologies Understand the principles that underlie information systems Describe what kinds of information are (and are not) available on the Internet and from other electronic sources Describe principles of human information seeking use critical thinking and understanding Of search technology in order to design effective search strategies Describe and analyze the varied economic, social and cultural aspects of making information available in electronic ormat Identify data and information quality criteria and apply them to assessing the quality of information Describe the impact of the availability of electronic information on society and the relationship between information and economics Present search results cogently in written and oral reports Required Texts: There are two required books for the course. Radford, M. L. , Barnes, S. B. & Robinson Barr, L. (2006). Web Research: Selecting, Evaluating and Citing (2nd Ed. ). NY: Allyn & Bacon. ISBN. 0-205-46747-4 Hock, R. (2013). The Extreme Searchers Internet Handbook. 4th ed. Medford, NJ: CyberAge Books. ISBN: 978-1 -937290-02-3 These will be abbreviated WR and ES respectively throughout this syllabus. Both are available from the Rutgers University Barnes & Noble Bookstore, or you can try online vendors. Make sure you buy the 2nd edition of WR and the 4th edition of ES! Previous editions are not current. Assignments and Assessment: Below is a description of the major components Of the class and their value in your overall assessment.
Further description of the components can be found below. Additional readings as listed in class schedule or assigned in class will be osted on Sakai or available from the Rutgers University Libraries (http:// www. libraries. rutgers. edu/). In addition, you will be responsible for locating additional quality readings/websites on the course topics and for assignments. Sakai Site: Course materials, activities, assignments, readings, multimedia, and resources can be accessed through Sakai (https:// sakai. rutgers. edu) starting on the first day of class. You will need your Rutgers NetlD username and password to log into Sakai. If you do not have an NetID then go to http://faq. rutgers. edu/? =taxonomy/term/39 . If you forgot your NetlD go to http://faq. rutgers. edu/? q=node/333 Course Materials: This course consists of lectures, discussions, and a range of in-class learning activities, as well as an intensive reading program. Readings are available in Sakai under “resources” tab in their respective weeks/units of study. In addition, students will obtain resources for assignments with a research component through the Rutgers university Libraries Website (http:// www. libraries. rutgers. edu/) and the course LibGuide (http:// libguides. rutgers. edu/iti220). Grading Scale Letter Grade c D Numeric values 100 – 90 89 – 85 84 ” 80 9 – 75 74 70 69. 5 64 or less Assignments and Assessment: Students’ work will be graded in the following fashion: Below is a description of the major components of the class and their value in your overall assessment. Further description of the components can be found below. Assignments will be graded based on the rubrics posted on Sakai. Description of Key Assignments Note: a paper copy of all written assignments are to be submitted at the beginning of class and an electronic copy (Word . doc or . docx only) to the Sakai Dropbox by 1 1 :OOam on the due date. 1. Participation (in-class; 10% of overall grade) Students’ participation grade is based on attending classes, participating in class discussions and activities (e. g. , evaluating information sources, bibliographic citations, and working in groups on the ICP and ITMSA projects). 3.
Exercises (3, 15% of overall grade) Students will complete three exercises: (1) Vanity search, (2) Boolean Search, and (3) Why Search Results Differ. Additional information on each exercise assignment can be found in Sakai. 4. Midterm Exam (in-class; 15% of overall grade) The Midterm Exam consists of short answer/essay questions. Students’ responses to questions will demonstrate their understanding of the major opics covered in the course in Units 1-6. The exam is based on: (a) class lectures, (b) readings and multimedia, (c) assignments, and (d) information contained in the textbook readings. This means that you will be held responsible for knowing what has been covered in all of those sources in this exam. The Midterm Exam will take place in-class. 5.
Information Consultant Project (ICP) (25% of overall grade) (4 Parts) You are going to serve as a consultant to an IT professional who needs information on a particular topic relating to their job. Identify an IT professional who has agreed to be your client, to be interviewed and to eview your recommendations and provide feedback. If you are unable to identify someone, your professor will help you. ICP Assignment 1 – Client Description & Need: Turn in a short (1 or 2 sentence) description of the title and company of the IT professional who has agreed to be your client and be interviewed for your project. No names please. Also include a short (1 sentence) description of the topic he/she is interested in having you search.
This topic must be related to their job (not personal, shopping, or hobby). This topic may be tentative and may change (or become more detailed) after your client interview. Include your name, class, & date on the top of the pager no title page needed. ICP Assignment 2 – Client Interview & Preliminary Bibliography: Interview the IT Professional you have identified as your client in part 1 by phone, Skype, or in person (note: Email or Texting is not acceptable for this assignment). Ask for background information about the company and their job description. Ask the client to provide some background and detail on the topic that he/she needs information on for their job.
Turn in a 1 page summary of the interview, description of the topic of interest, plus an initial, nannotated bibliography of 7-10 items (quality websites or journal articles in APA style) you have identified from the scholarly business and/or management literature or from search engines, directories, etc. Include a brief (one or two paragraph) description of your search strategy and the search engines or library (subscription) databases you used. ICP Assignment 3 – Consultant Project Report for Client (5-7 pages): Turn in a consultants report to both your client and the professor on the due date. Write the report as you would as a consultant, that is address the entire report to the client (not to your professor).
The report should have the following parts: 1) an executive summary (1 page) of the information you have found that would be most useful to the client. The executive summary should have the following parts: a) a short introductory paragraph summarizing the topic, and b) a bulleted list of the most pertinent information you have found and the sources for this information. 2) a discussion (2-3 pages) with more detail on the information you have found. 3) an annotated list in APA form of the 7-10 articles/websites you identified (or updated list) from the business literature or web. The annotation for each rticle/website consists of one or two sentence summary and one or two additional sentences drawing out the most important information for the IT professional.
The annotated bibliography should be in priority order (not alphabetical order) with most important/useful readings listed first. Provide URLs if the site/article is available on the open (free) web or the name of the library (subscription) database if it is available as a full text article. Seek input from the client about your report in the form of an email, Skype, or phone conversation, so you can get some feedback on the usefulness of your report. ICP Assignment 4 – Oral Presentation: You have 3 minutes to tell the class about your IT consultant project including: brief statement of the problem, discussion of the topic and relevant literature/websites you found.
Your presentation should be well-organized, polished, and concise. You may use PowerPoint, handouts, or any other audiovisual aid. Let the professor know in advance if you need any equipment other than that already available in the classroom. Be prepared to answer questions. 6. IT Market Sector Analysis Project (Group Project, 25% of overall grade) (3 Parts) Overview of the project The IT Market Sector Analysis (ITMSA) Project is a group project that will span several weeks in the semester. The ITMSA project includes multiple deliverables, which consists of both in-class and online activities and assignments working in small groups of about 5 people each.
The ITMSA project will involve an ongoing, information-driven investigation of an IT market sector to discover information about the sector and also individual companies that are part of the sector that could be used for a business analysis, for example, to advise a potential investor or other stakeholder as to the prospects for the sector and/or companies in the uture. Topics and groups will be assigned in-class and there will be time for a group discussion. Group members will investigate the history of the companies, track news about the companies, follow the companies’ stock values, and look for independent analysis of the companies’ future based on published reports.
There are 3 key assignments associated with this project: (1) a preliminary research report, (2) an in-class oral presentation of the findings, and (3) a final written report of 8-10 pages. ITMSA Assignment 1 – Preliminary Search Report (4-6 pages) Each group (and all members in the group) will research an IT market sector s assigned and two companies in the market sector to investigate and research and then prepare a preliminary search report Of 4-6 pages. Examples of market sector include printers, cell phones, cameras, game consoles, tablets, servers, or others. The Preliminary Search Report should describe the market sector briefly as a whole, which companies are going to be the focus for the final presentation and report, and why those companies are important.
Also, the report must include the types of information that the group is collecting, and the information resources (Web sites, databases, etc. ) sed to gather the information for your analysis. Research sources with bibliographical citations must be included in the paper and also a References page following APA Style (6th ed. ). Students in each group will work in Google Docs- Document to draft the paper working collaboratively online and then download a Word document from Google Docs and upload it to Sakai (as a ‘group’) for grading. Bibliographical citations in the paper and References page must use the APA Style-6th ed, as described in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. See below under Assignments & Written Work Guidelines for sample APA style.
The group coordinator submits IT Market Sector assignment 1 to the Dropbox with the name and description of the Sector that your group is tracking, and the names of the members of the group. ITMSA Assignment 2 – Group Presentation (20 minutes per group) Each group (and all members in the group) will prepare an “IT Market Sector” oral presentation (with PowerPoint slides) of your group’s findings that will be delivered in-class on 12/5/13. Presentation slides are to be submitted to the Sakai Dropbox by Wednesday, 12/4/1 3, 6:00 p. m. The group’s presentation describes your Market Sector overall, the history, current status, and rospects for each of the major companies in the Sector, and concludes with an overall evaluation of the Sector as a whole and prospects of the different companies.
The presentation is 20 minutes in length for each group. Students in each group will work to create the presentation collaboratively and then upload the slides to the Sakai Dropbox. All group members must participate in preparing and presenting the oral report. IT MSA Assignment 3 – Final Report (8-10 pages plus reference list) Final Report which consists of 8-10 pages plus a reference list that focuses on the companies in your market sector. Turn in one paper copy on the last day f class (12/5/12) and submit the Word document to the drop box. All group members’ names must be on the cover page. The report must have: 1) Title page with each group member’s name. ) Executive Summary (1 page), in which the group’s conclusions about the Sector and the companies within the Sector are presented 3) Introduction to the Sector as a whole, and its current status 4) Description and evaluation of the prospects of each of the major companies within the Sector 5) Conclusion which integrates the previous sections, and provides some comment on the prospects for the Sector as a whole, and the companies ithin it 6) Reference list of sources cited in the paper. The references list must use APA Style 6th ed. (see below for websites on APA Style). Why a group project? There are vey few jobs in the “real world” where all of the work is done by an individual.
Every job has some group component to it, especially in large IT companies. It will be up to the group to monitor its members. If difficulties remain, then the instructor is the final arbiter of the consequences (just as the company manager). Some group meeting time will be provided in class, and the instructor will facilitate and monitor group ctivity and productivity. #7 Social Issues & Technology Wikipedia Assignment (2-3 pages, 10% of overall grade) For this assignment you will choose a social issue that is related to technology (e. g. , Cyber Bullying, privacy, Plagiarism, Digital Divide) from a list that will be available on Sakai. Find an article on Wikipedia on this topic.
You will then do the fol lowing: 1) Read the Wikipedia article carefully. 2) Fact-check the Wikipedia content. 3) Write a revised article for Wikipedia, correcting any inaccuracies, updating the content, and providing additional quality websites, journal articles, and ooks you identify. Submit a 2-3 page paper that has the original content of Wikipedia article plus any revisions you have made. Use track-changes in Word to highlight your changes. DO NOT CHANGE THE WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE on the web. Assignments & Written Work Guidelines Unless otherwise noted, all written assignments and group projects are due at the time and date listed in the syllabus.
If you experience an unavoidable personal situation that prevents you from completing work on time, please inform the instructor prior to the date the work is due (or as soon as possible in the case of emergencies). Late work will result in points taken off, a lowering of the assignment grade, and/or an depending on the assignment. A paper copy of all written assignments are to be submitted at the beginning of class and an electronic copy (Word . doc or . docx only) to the Sakai Dropbox by 11 :OOam on the due date. Slides for the ITMSA group presentation are to be submitted via the Sakai Dropbox by Wednesday, 12/4/13, 6:00 p. m. Make sure your papers are readable”all should be compatible with MS Word.
The paper you upload MUST be a . doc or . docx, file. All papers submitted to the Dropbox must have your Last Name and the assignment itle as part of the file name (i. e. , Radford_ICP1 . doc not radford. doc or paper. doc). The following guidelines must be followed for all assignments and papers. Papers that do not meet these standards will be returned to the student for resubmission before grading and the grade will be marked down. Students must always keep copies of all assignments that are turned in. In the case of a piece of work (either paper or electronic file) becoming lost, regardless Of fault, it is the responsibility Of the student to provide a copy.
Include a cover sheet for all assignments with your name (or names of all roup members for group assignments), title of the assignment, name of class/section (IT 1220 03 or 04), semester, and date. A blank page at the end is not required. Assignments are to be in 1 2-point type, Times New Roman font, double-spaced, with at least 1″ margin on all sides of the paper, with pages numbered. Staple pages together with one staple in the upper left hand corner of the page. Brevity and clarity are highly valued attributes for all reports and assignments. Papers are to be free from spelling, grammatical, and typographical errors – use spell checker and grammar checker. Proof-read rom paper print-out, not from the screen. Appropriate use of references is required for all assignments.
If the assignment includes a discussion of a search engine, web site, article, or other resource, be sure to clearly specify the resources that you are using, even for homework assignments where the professor assigned the resource. Include the URL and the date accessed for all web-based resources. Bibliographical citations must use APA Style-6th edition, as described in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. You can find tutorials and other information on this style at ttp://apastyle. org/. Examples of the APA format for print and electronic citations are also available from the Purdue University Online Writing Lab, (http://owl. english. purdue. du/owl/) and the Cornell University Library (http:// www. library. cornell. edu/newhelp/res_strategy/citing/apa. html). Attendance and Participation Students are expected to attend all classes. If you expect to miss one or two classes, please use the University absence reporting website (https:// sims. rutgers. edu/ssra/) to indicate the date and reason for your absence. An email will automatically be sent to me from this system. Note that if you must miss classes for more than one class in a row you should contact a dean Of students to help verify your circumstances. It is University policy (University Regulation on Attendance, Book 2, 2. 47B, formerly 60. 40 to excuse without penalty students who are absent from class because of religious observance, and to allow the make-up of work missed because of such absence. Examinations and special required out-of-class activities shall ordinarily not be scheduled on those days when religiously observant students refrain from participating in secular activities. Absences for reasons of religious obligation shall not be counted for purposes of reporting. Students are advised to provide timely notification to instructors about necessary absences for religious observances and are responsible for making up the work or exams according to an agreed-upon schedule.
In cases of hardship or illness, and you are unable to submit your assignments on time, please contact your professor before the deadline to ask for an extension. Turning in a paper late without an extension will be treated as a late paper and will be marked down one grade (i. e. , A becomes a B, etc. ). Disabilities: Students with documented disabilities who need accommodations in this class must do so through the Rutgers Disabilities Services Office. See http://disabilityservices. rutgers. edu/for details. You can also speak with a SC&I adviser about your disability by visiting the Office of Student Services in the SC&I Building, Room 214 or calling them at 848-932-7500 (dial 2 as your menu choice). Cell Phone Policy: Cell phones are to be set to vibrate or turned off during class.
Texting or viewing text during class is not allowed. Laptop/Tablet Policy: Laptops/tablets may be used in class for note taking, but ou must sit in the first three rows, unless your professor directs you to use these for in-class activities. Please refrain from checking e-mail, Facebook, web-surfing, etc. as this is distracting for other students and there have been student complaints about this and your participation grade will be reduced. Students using laptops/tablets may be called upon at any time to verify information discussed in class. Plagiarism & Cheating: all material quoted or paraphrased from another source must be properly cited.