INF 385T - Special Topics in Information Science: Pets And Everyday Information Behavior

Summer Session 1 2013
Unique ID: 81108
Syllabus:   Syllabus
Prof:  Aspray, William
Room: UTA 1.504
Days:  Mon Tue Thur Fri
Time: 9-12 MTTh, 9-1 F (see description notes)

Graduate standing. Additional prerequisites may vary with the topic.

Study of the properties and behavior of information. Technology for information processing and management.

Three lecture hours a week for one semester.

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Class will meet in a shortened format June 10-28. M, T, Th 9am - 12pm, F 9am - 1pm.

The principle goal of the course is to learn about the field of information studies known as everyday information behavior. This field studies information use, sharing, seeking, and environment in everyday contexts such as finding a job, selecting a college, gathering information about sports, carrying out a hobby, buying a car, etc. The literature in this field includes behavioral models, empirical field studies, and theoretical accounts of the everyday. We will illustrate the results of the research papers we read by applying them to one particular example - namely pets and the related information issues (how to choose one, where to buy one, how to take care of one, etc.). We will also spend a small amount of time in the class in looking at the theoretical literature about what a pet is. Class involves reading journal articles, discussing them in class, class presentations, perhaps some in-class exercises. We will learn serious material but do it in a fun way. I have taught everyday information behavior twice before at UT and the classes went well, but I am trying a completely new approach this time by introducing the notion of pets.

Topic Description:
Pets And Everyday Information Behavior

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