District Syllabus
Introduction To Internet Research

Credit Hours: 1
Contact Hours: 1
Laboratory Fee: $25
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.
Catalog Description:
This course provides an introduction to Internet search concepts and 
vocabulary.  Emphasis on using a variety of search terms and 
techniques employed in library research to access information sites 
on the Internet.  Lessons cover history of the Internet; electronic 
communications; research strategies covering topic decision making 
using a variety of search statements, refining searches using Boolean 
terms, phrase, proximity, truncation and field searching; web search 
tools; evaluating websites and documentation of websites using MLA, 
Modern Language Association standards.  Meets A.A. computer 
competency requirement.  This course is now only offered on the web.

Required Materials:
Supplemental Materials: Additional materials may be assigned by the instructor to supplement the required materials. -->
Special Requirements: None
Program Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:
  1.  Devise effective search statements to effectively utilize
      Internet resources in the research process.
  2.  Use the Internet to locate relevant research materials.
  3.  Demonstrate competence in using keyword, Boolean and other
      specific research strategies and techniques.
  4.  Demonstrate an understanding of Internet terminology.
  5.  Judge the relevancy and authority of Internet websites.
  6.  Document Internet sources according to the MLA (Modern Language

Global Learning Outcomes:

Students will develop the ability to evaluate the validity of their 
learning through lessons geared to applying specific research 
techniques on the Internet.  
     A.  Search, identify, and present materials and data from a
         variety of web sources.  Distinguishing between facts and
         opinions from various sites.
     B.  Apply understanding and knowledge learned to define,
         analyze, and devise solutions for new and different ways to
         search for Information on the Internet.
     C.	Evaluate information found in searching websites for
         currency, accuracy and validity.
Students will use effective strategies to collect, verify, document 
and manage information from a variety of Internet sources.
     A.	Use information seeking strategies necessary to access
         information efficiently and effectively using a variety of
         tasks and techniques.
     B.	Identify and use appropriate web search strategies to find
         a variety of Internet sources:  websites with information
         housing governmental, educational, commercial, video clips,
         health and consumer information.
     C.	Demonstrate proper social and ethical behaviors when using
         technology by communicating with instructor and peers within
         ANGEL: email and assignment dropbox. 

Students will develop habits of conduct that result in fulfilling 
personal accomplishments.                  			      
     A.	Apply knowledge, skills learned to homework and assignments.
     B.	Develop time management skills by following Calendar of
         lesson and project due dates.
     C.	Develop information literacy skills necessary for college 
         course work, research, and lifelong learning in an
         information-centered society.

Course Learning Outcomes:
See expanded syllabus developed by the instructor for each section 
being taught.
Methods of Evaluation:
Evaluation of student progress towards achieving the stated learning 
outcomes and performance objectives is the responsibility of the 
instructor, within the policies of the college and the department. 
Detailed explanation is included in the expanded syllabus developed 
by the instructor for each section being taught.
Flexibility: It is the intention of the instructor to accomplish the objectives specified in the course syllabus. However, circumstances may arise which prohibit the fulfilling of this endeavor. Therefore, this syllabus is subject to change. When possible, students will be notified of any change in advance of its occurrence.

Student Email Accounts: Pensacola State College provides an institutional email account to all credit students. Pirate Mail is the official method of communication, and students must use Pirate Mail when communicating with the College. In cases where companion software is used for a particular class, emails may be exchanged between instructor and student using the companion software.

Note: For students with a disability that falls under the Americans with Disability Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to notify Student Resource Center for ADA Services to discuss any special needs or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course. Upon completion of registration with the Student Resource Center for ADA Services office, specific arrangements can be discussed with the instructor.

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