INF 304D - Introduction to Information Studies
"Overview of the information field as it relates to the technology-based world culture. Topics may include the idea of information, information in relation to
technology and culture, human-computer interaction, information technology in education, information literacy and the "digital divide," information and communication technology, information and gender, public information policy, and information organization and preservation.
Three lecture hours a week for one semester.
Information Studies 304D, 304W may not both be counted.
Note: Beginning in fall 2016, some sections of this course will place additional emphasis on Human Computer Interaction.
This course is Web-based, so there will be no class meetings. The
course is self-paced. You do the work whenever you want
throughout the week as long as you submit everything no later
than the designated date and time for each assignment. I
recommend setting up a couple of 3-hour time blocks that will
help you keep up with the class.
The course is divided into three sections:
1. Basic writing skills
2. The foundation of information studies
3. Information studies professions and issues in information
Each week I will release a new module (or two) that will focus on
one topic within these sections. Each module will be composed of
the following activities:
• Online lecture - Each module begins with an online
“lecture.” Read each lecture before proceeding to the
assigned readings. While reading, take notes on questions,
interesting points, concerns, etc.
• Readings – There are citations provided at the end of each
module, and all readings are available through the course Web
site, Canvas, UT Library Online, or through the World Wide Web.
See the “Course Materials” section for more information.
• Discussion – Students will engage in, and sometimes lead,
virtual discussions about the lecture, readings, and/or related
topics each week using the discussion board section set up by the
instructor. The first discussion will take place in the
“Discussion Board” section of Canvas. You will find more
information on discussions in the “Assignments” section of
In addition, students will write four essays.