SOIS 110: Introduction to Information Science,
Catalog Description: Introduces basic issues in information science, including the nature of information, information policy, information organization, information services, and the relationships between information technologies and society.
My Description: Introduces students to the BSIR program, surveying a number of topics related to the role of information systems and technologies in different social and organizational contexts. The course focuses more on critical thinking and fundamental concepts than on specific technical skills.
Textbook: Lester, J., & Koehler, W.C. (2003). Fundamentals of information studies: Understanding information and its environment. New York: Neal-Schuman. ISBN: 1-55570-474-3. Copies are available in the bookstore. For most of the weeks, this will be supplemented with additional on-line reading. All readings will be available on-line from the class website. Copyrighted materials will be protected with a password issued in-class only. Bring the textbook with you to class meetings.