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Information Literacy Program: LIBS 2804 Assessment Plan

(Draft 12/14/2006)

Intended for students interested in the social sciences, this one-credit hour course will assist students in developing information literacy and basic research skills to support life-long learning. Students will develop skills in identifying, locating, retrieving, documenting and critically evaluating both electronic and print resources that are appropriate for undergraduate research, with an emphasis on the social sciences.

Current syllabus

Priority Outcomes  How Assessed 

Schedule 

Students will be able to identify and articulate their information needs in the social sciences.

This outcome will be assessed through in-class discussions, a topic selection essay, questions on the first quiz, and the introductory essay to their annotated bibliography project. Also, students are required to use their selected topic as part of each hands-on exercise, both in and out of class.

The in-class discussion is scheduled for the second week of class, the topic selection essay is due the third week of class, the first quiz is scheduled during the fifth week of class, and the annotated bibliography project is due on the last day of class. Additional hands-on exercises, both in and out of class, are scheduled throughout the semester.

Students will be able to explain how library resources are organized.

The outcome will be assessed through in-class discussions and questions on the first quiz.

The in-class discussion is scheduled for the third week of class, and the first quiz is scheduled during the second week of class.

Students will be able to develop an effective research strategy to fill their information needs.

This outcome will be assessed through in-class discussions, hands-on exercises both in and out of class, through quiz questions, and through their annotated bibliography project.

In-class discussions, hands-on exercises, and quizzes covering this outcome are scheduled throughout the semester. The annotated bibliography project is due the last day of class.

Students will be able to identify, locate, and evaluate all types of information resources appropriate for research in the social sciences.

This outcome will be assessed through in-class discussions, hands-on exercises both in and out of class, through quiz questions, and through their annotated bibliography project.

In-class discussions, hands-on exercises, and quizzes covering this outcome are scheduled throughout the semester. The annotated bibliography project is due the last day of class.

Students will be able to use an appropriate style manual to accurately document the results of their research.

This outcome will be assessed through in-class discussions, hands-on exercises both in and out of class, and through their annotated bibliography project.

Hands-one exercises covering this outcome are scheduled during two weeks near the end of the semester. The annotated bibliography project is due the last week of class.

Students will be able to explain the importance of such information ethics issues as copyright and plagiarism.

This out come will be assessed through an in-class discussion and in-class essay.

The in-class discussion and essay are scheduled during the next to the last week of the semester.
Students will feel positive about their own learning in each of the above outcomes. This outcome will be assessed through the student end of course evaluations. Student end of course evaluatons will be conducted near the end of each semester.
Updated March 13, 2009 Library . Please send comments to Wade Kotter
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