School of Information Management & Systems
 Previously School of Library & Information Studies.

 Infosys 101 Information Systems.    Spring 1997.
3 credits.   CCN# 42703.   Tu & Th 11-12:30.   Life Science Annex 101.
Instructor: Michael Buckland

Schedule.   Binder of course materials: MOFFITT Reserve 260.   1996 Schedule.
Assignments: 1: Finding "Information".   2: Visit an exhibit.   3: Inmagic database.   4: Essay.
5: Social aspects of naming.
Exercises: 1: Email.   2: Using MELVYL.   3: Gopher.   4: Half-page bio.   5: Personal names.  
6: WWW and Netscape.   7: Subject headings in MELVYL   8: Content of personal home-pages.  
9: Social responsibility. 10: MELVYL's other databases. 11: Finding sources.
Handouts are listed in the Schedule, some are available online e.g.   Information policy.  
Information handling, organizational structure and power.   "Information" and related words.  
Entities, attributes, & values.   Economics of information.   Bibliographic style. Libraries: Handout;   Article .
Last year's exam questions.
Infosys 101 explores ideas about information (data, documents, knowledge, belief) and about the information and communication systems that permeate our society. Information technology, broadly defined, exists in a cultural context but keeps changing. How and why are information systems used? What laws and policies affect them? Explore the impact of changes in information systems on how we live: access to knowledge, but also persuasion, loss of privacy, and social control.

On the L&S Social & Behavioral Sciences breadth list. Mass Communications major elective, List C.

Course description: An introduction to information and information systems: Concepts (information, data, documents); processes (inquiry, retrieval, use); social context (demand, provision, control, influence of social values). Retrieval-based information services such as archives, databases, libraries, information centers, MIS.

Three units. Three hours of lecture per week. Lectures, readings, discussion, exercises, and assignments. No prerequisites.

Resources: Basic text: M.K. Buckland, Information and Information Systems (Praeger, 1991). Selected additional readings to provide additional depth. Hand-outs.

Expectations: Regular attendance and participation. Readings. Weekly exercises. Assignments. Essay. Written work: Well written, no binders. Late work accepted but discounted for lateness. Individual consultation. Grading: Database 33%, Essay 33% Exams 33%; then rounded up or down for unusual performance on the other expectations.

Extended course description: A examination of concepts of information, information services, information storage and retrieval, information seeking behavior, and the social uses of information and information systems.