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Course Content and Outcomes Guide for DE 21 Effective Fall 2021

Course Number:
DE 21
Course Title:
Introduction to Information Literacy
Credit Hours:
1
Lecture Hours:
10
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:

Course Description

Introduces skills used to formulate an inquiry, emphasizing intellectual curiosity, creative thinking, and persistence in information seeking. Introduces information seeking as a multi-step process: identifying an information need for a specific purpose, formulating a question, developing strategies for locating and selecting varied and appropriate sources, using critical reading and thinking to evaluate information, paraphrasing, and attribution.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  1. Identify an information need for a specific purpose.

  2. Apply the process of effective information seeking, employing metacognition, intellectual curiosity, persistence, and creative thinking.

  3. Use critical reading and thinking skills to seek, select, evaluate, and attribute sources appropriate for information needs.

  4. Begin to use specialized vocabulary related to information literacy.

Aspirational Goals

Deepen intellectual curiosity and expanding creative thinking

Encourage students to begin engagement with “threshold concepts which are those ideas in any discipline that are passageways or portals to enlarged understanding or ways of thinking and practicing within that discipline” (Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education)

Course Activities and Design

Identification of information need and topic selection

Question formulation

Source selection and use of diverse sources

Distinguishing between types of sources

Evaluation of websites and other sources for credibility

Appropriate use of informal citation or attribution

Contact with Reference Librarian

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Multi-Step Information Seeking Assignment

Research Log or Journal

Applied Capstone

Vocabulary

Exams, Quizzes

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Brainstorming to identify an information need

Forming inquiry questions for academic and/or lifelong learning

Exploring varied sources in order to refine topic selection

Persistence in information seeking activities

Identifying and selecting appropriate sources for information need

Evaluating sources for credibility

Using sources appropriately