Information Access
IT 100
Syllabus - Summer & Fall 2002

Last Modified 9/25/02

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:
Tammy Grove,
grovetl8@juniata.edu
David Spokus, x5068,
spokudm9@juniata.edu
Caleb Lamont, x5194,
lamoncd9@juniata.edu
Crystal Trinneer, x5031,
trinncl1@juniata.edu
Jeremy Langdon, x5171,
langdja1@juniata.edu
Krista Whalen, x4066,
whalekj1@juniata.edu
Nicole Lewis, x4660,
lewisnx1@juniata.edu
Jesse Wolfgang, x3053,
wolfgja9@juniata.edu
Rebecca Ritchey, x4036,
ritchre0@juniata.edu
 

Feel free to contact your IA assistant or the IA supervisor with questions! 

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Required Text and Materials

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The Modules

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Library Modules

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TLT Module

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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 12 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
1 First Day Activities:
Exchange/Outlook Email
and EagleNet Agreement
Lab Activity Week 1 Class August 26
2 Introduction and Ethics Online Exam Week 1 Class August 26 
3 PC Basics and Word Basics Online Exam Summer September 16
4 Basic Library Skills - With Lecture and Tour  Online Exam Week 2 Class September 2
5 Intermediate Library Skills - With Lecture  Online Exam Week 3 Class September 9
6 Basic TLT - With Lecture and Tour Lab Activity Week 5 Class September 23
7 Intermediate Word XP Lab Activity Summer September 30
8 Basic Excel XP (Spreadsheets) Lab Activity  Summer October 7
9 Basic PowerPoint A (Presentations) Lab Activity  Summer October 21
10 Basic PowerPoint B 
(short lab building on PowerPoint A)
Lab Activity Opening weekend October 21
11 Basic Home Page Development (FrontPage XP)  Lab Activity  Opening weekend October 28

ELECTIVE MODULES - Complete 2 of 4

Elective Intermediate Spreadsheets Lab Activity Summer November 4, 11, 18
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

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Outside Assignments

Assignment Description   Distributed… Due Date* Revision Deadline
IA#1: Basic Library Skills - developing a research topic, finding background information, finding books, and citing books in two styles. September 2 - 6 One week later, 10 p.m. ---
IA#2: Intermediate Library Skills - finding periodical articles, finding Internet sources, evaluating sources. September 9 - 13 One week later, 10 p.m. ---
IA#3: Annotated Bibliography - formally citing and annotating the sources from the first two assignments. September 16 - 20 One week later, 10 p.m. ---
Library Assignments Portfolio - revision of the first three assignments in portfolio style. September 23 - September 27 One week later, 10 p.m. ---
IA#4: 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 11/22 One week later Tues, Dec. 10 by noon (None accepted after this date.)
 

* All outside assignments are due at the specified time on the day of the week your section meets.

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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

56% 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.
Library Assignments Portfolio:
- IA Assignment 1
- IA Assignment 2
- IA Assignment 3
35%
  • Each assignment will be evaluated (100 pts) for adherence to directions, correctness of citations, and writing quality when the first draft is submitted.
  • Each assignment will be evaluated again when the portfolio is submitted. The portfolio grade will be the average of the six grades. 
  • Failure to submit any of these assignments results in automatic failure of the course. 
  • No late rewrites will be accepted on IA#4. 
  • 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 4
(and exit survey)
9% 
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 Tuesday, December 10 at 5 p.m. and any errors on status pages must be resolved by this time. Whatever is on your status page at this time 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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