IS290-1, Spring '07
After Google, What?
Last modified: January 11, 2007


Students’ work will be assessed as follows:

Term paper(s) / project(s) 45%
Class presentations 30%
Participation 25%

1. Term paper(s) / project (contributing 45% of assessment)

One term paper (20-25 pages in length) or project of equivalent scope, submitted electronically to daniel.greenstein (a t) by 5pm on Friday, May 4, 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).

Projects 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 30% of assessment)

Each student will present once to the seminar, on an issue of their choice that relates to the subject matter covered in “After Google What?”. Topics may build on the AGW syllabus, reflect current events or relevant issues being engaged in another classes. Students should also feel free to present on their term paper / project, thereby using the presentation as a means of gathering input, feedback, etc.

Presentations will be scheduled as appropriate in order to accommodate all students who should prepare to occupy 45 minutes through presentation and discussion.

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 25% of assessment)

Assessment will be based on participation in seminar discussions including contributions made in seminar and via the listserv. Emphasis will be placed on originality, thoughtfulness, preparedness, and facility encouraging and engaging constructive and collegial discussion and debate