Information Access
IT 100
Syllabus - Summer & Fall 2001

Last Modified 08/24/01

Please note - this syllabus is subject to change!

Downloadable version of the general syllabus that is in the guide

Welcome to Information Access! This one credit course is designed to prepare your information technology skills for your academic career at Juniata. It will acquaint you with the campus network and computer applications you will need to use for courses at Juniata. In addition, you will learn about research methods (and formal citation) using the L.A. Beeghly Library's resources. You will also complete three outside assignments that will allow you to practice your writing skills and demonstrate library and computer skills you learn in this course.

The IA Web Site: http://ia.juniata.edu

Email Contact: ia@juniata.edu 
    Use this address to submit work over the summer and if you have any questions about the course.

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Instructor Information

IA Supervisor:
Dr. Loren Rhodes, x3620, Brumbaugh Science Center A218, rhodes@juniata.edu 

IA Assistants:
Nathan Boggs, x5638,
boggsnt8@juniata.edu
David Spokus, x5756 
spokudm9@juniata.edu 
Lisa Burke, x3673
burkelb8@juniata.edu 
Courtney Wilson, x5121
wilsocl8@juniata.edu 
Doug Hogan, x4198,
hogandj8@juniata.edu
Jesse Wolfgang, x5931,
wolfgja9@juniata.edu
Victoria Kowalski, x4976,
kowalva9@juniata.edu
Liz Zuses, x3926,
zuseser9@juniata.edu 

Feel free to contact your IA assistant or the IA supervisor with questions! You can also send questions to ia@juniata.edu

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Required Text and Materials

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The Modules

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Library Modules

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Content Overview

The following table is an overview of what is expected in each of the modules.

All students MUST complete these requirements to pass the course. Failure to complete all of the 11 required modules and two of the elective modules results in automatic failure of the course. (More details in the Grading section.)
 

No.  Title 
(for detailed objectives, see the presentations page
Competency  First Available Target Week*

REQUIRED MODULES

0 Summer Orientation Session and Lab
(Handout from the session)
Lab Activity Summer June 15 - 23
August 20 - 21
1 First Day Activities:
Exchange Email
and EagleNet Agreement
Lab Activity Week 1 Class August 27 - 31
2 Introduction and Ethics Online Exam First Week August 27 - 31
3 PC Basics and Word Basics Online Exam Summer August 27 - 31
4 Basic Library Skills - With Lecture and Tour  Online Exam Week 2 Class Sept. 3 - 7
5 Intermediate Library Skills - With Lecture  Online Exam Week 3 Class Sept. 10 - 14
6 Intermediate Word 2000 Lab Activity Summer Sept. 17 - 28
7 Basic Excel 2000 (Spreadsheets) Lab Activity  Summer Oct. 1 - 5
8 Basic PowerPoint A (Presentations) Lab Activity  Summer Oct. 8 - 12
9 Basic PowerPoint B 
(short lab building on PowerPoint A)
Lab Activity Opening weekend Oct. 8 - 12
10 Basic Home Page Development (FrontPage 2000)  Lab Activity  Opening weekend Oct. 17 - 23

ELECTIVE MODULES - Complete 2 of 4

Elective Intermediate Spreadsheets Lab Activity Summer Nov. 1 - 30
Elective Advanced Word Processing Lab Activity Summer
Elective Intermediate PowerPoint Lab Activity Summer
Elective Intermediate Web Page Development Lab Activity Opening weekend

All students are also required to complete an exit survey to complete the course. 

* You will complete the module during this week if you are right-on-schedule. If you fall behind, talk to your assistant for help.

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Evening IA Lab Hours

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Attendance (All classes are in P107)

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Outside Assignments

Assignment Description   Distributed… Due Date Revision Deadline
IA#1: Basic Library Skills - demonstrates the use of library resources and computer searching techniques, document preparation and writing skills. The project may be incorporated into CWS assignments.  During Week 2 
(9/3 - 9/7) 
One week later before you come to class
(9/10 - 9/14)
No revisions
(Revision is part of IA#2)
IA#2: Intermediate Library Skills - demonstrates skills in evaluating sources from printed and electronic media, document preparation and writing. The project may be incorporated into CWS assignments. During Week 3
(9/10 - 9/14) 
Two weeks later at 10 p.m.
(9/24 - 9/28) 
Friday, Oct. 12 by noon, i.e. the day before break (None accepted after this date.)
IA#3: Electronic Presentation - demonstrates the use of electronic technology to communicate information. The options are to use PowerPoint, web pages, or an Excel spreadsheet to convey some information.  Upon completion of all modules or before 11/20  One week later (five school days if during break)  Wednesday, Dec. 5 by 10 p.m. (None accepted after this date.)
 

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Policy on Collaboration and Plagiarism

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Grading

Component Weight  Details
Modules
(including orientation and first day labs)
4% each

52% total 

  • Successful completion on the first, second, or third submission results in full credit. 
  • Failure of exams or passing exams on a fourth or later try results in a lower score.
  • Poor quality lab submissions on the third trial results in a lower score. 
  • Failure to complete any of the modules (i.e. a score of zero on any module) results in automatic failure of the course.
IA Assignment 1  10% 
  • Each assignment will be evaluated (100 pts) for adherence to directions, correctness of citations, and writing quality. 
  • Scores are determined by averaging the scores of the first and second drafts. 
  • If you earn a 90 or better on your first draft, you can opt to use your first draft score as your second draft score. 
  • If you earn less than a 90 and do not submit a rewrite, your rewrite score will be a 0. 
  • Failure to submit any of these assignments results in automatic failure of the course. 
  • No late rewrites will be accepted. 
  • Late assignments (first drafts) will be handled as follows:
    One minute to 1 hour late: final assignment score reduced by 2 pts 
    Up to 24 hours late: final assignment score reduced by 10 pts
    24 to 48 hours late: final assignment score reduced by 25 pts
    48 to 72 hours late: final assignment score reduced by 50 pts 
    72 hrs to one week late: final assignment score reduced by 75 pts
    More than one week late: F for the course
IA Assignment 2  25% 
IA Assignment 3 
(and exit survey)
13% 
Attendance    
  • Unexcused absences are recorded as noted in Attendance
  • Two unexcused absences reduce the final grade by a full letter 
  • Three unexcused absences result in an F for the course
 

All course work must be completed by 5 p.m. Friday, December 7, 2001 and any errors on status pages must be resolved by this time. Whatever is on your status page at 5 p.m. on December 7 is final and will not be changed for any reason. 

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Course Withdrawal Policy

As the course is required of all new Juniata students during the first semester, students are not permitted to withdraw from the course at any time without permission from the IA Supervisor, their advisors, and the Office of Academic Support. Such permission is granted only in rare cases (e.g. medical leave of absence), and in these cases, the student must register for the course in the next semester. Students who fail the course must repeat it in their next semester. 

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