Last modified: January 19, 2006
Students’ work will be assessed as follows:
|Term paper(s) / project(s)
paper(s) / project(s) (contributing 70% of assessment)
By Wednesday, February 1st (third class) students will choose whether
they wish to do:
one term paper or project, 25-30 pages in length (or equivalent) and
submitted electronically to daniel.greenstein (a t) ucop.edu by 5pm on
Friday, May 5, 2006
two term papers or projects, each 12-15 pages in length (or equivalent)
and submitted electronically to daniel.greenstein (a t) ucop.edu respectively
by 5pm on Friday, March 10, 2006 and 5pm on Friday, May 5, 2006
Term papers and projects will be selected from the list of assignments
that is supplied.
Term papers will be based upon review of a relevant and current
literature. They may also include original research, for example, as
may be available in some aspect of assessment (of users’
needs, information resources or services, evaluation of current events,
trends, news, and credible web-based discussions and postings).
Practical work will be technically oriented and submitted with a
clearly written statement explaining the approach taken to the assigned
problem, why that approach was taken, as well as results achieved
(strengths, weaknesses, areas for future work). The statement will be
submitted with documented code, and/or any functional and technical
requirements statements or specifications that have been produced in
the course of the work.
For both term papers and projects, emphasis will be given in assessment
to originality, creativity, clarity, and thoughtfulness.
Work may be submitted electronically in an appropriate format that may
be rendered easily on the screen via readily accessible desktop
software and where appropriate, on paper (e.g. as a Word file).
2. Class presentations (contributing 20% of assessment)
Each student will present twice to the seminar: once on a term paper or
project they are preparing, and once on an issue of their choice that
relates somehow to “After Google What?”.
Presentation on term paper or project. Two full seminars have been
reserved for students to gain input from colleagues about the
approaches they have chosen to their term paper or project. Twenty (20)
minutes will be available to each student (depending on class-size) and
students will be left to determine the balance between presentation and
discussion. In their presentations students will introduce the term
paper / project they have chosen and focus on the approach they are
taking to address it. Students should use the opportunity to gain input
from colleagues that may guide and enhance their work
Student-led discussion. Every Wednesday beginning on January
25 (second class), we will spend 20 or 30 minutes discussing an issue
introduced by a student with a brief (5-10 minute) presentation.
Students may introduce any issue they choose so long as it relates
somehow to an aspect of “After Google What?”.
Students should feel free, in this regard, to pick up on some item
“in the news”, on an issue they are engaging with
in another SIMS class, on a theme they are encountering in the AGW
seminar, or on a topic they are grappling with in a some independent or
group-based project they are conducting.
On the Monday preceding their presentations, students should use the
class listserv to describe the issue they will be introducing (a title
and a sentence or two), pointing to any useful background information
that might be useful for colleagues.
In the assessment of presentations, emphasis will be on creativity and
clarity, as well as on facility engaging and encouraging lively,
constructive, and collegial discussion and debate.
3. Participation (contributing 10% of assessment)
Ten percent of the students’ assessment will be based on
participation in seminar discussions (both in class and via the blog).
Emphasis will be placed on originality, thoughtfulness, preparedness,
and facility encouraging and engaging constructive and collegial
discussion and debate