Theories of Information Science

Theories of Information Science

This course covers the fundamental concepts and theories pertaining to information science. The course content includes core concepts and theories, information context, user and needs, information seeking and behavior, information interaction and retrieval, information use, and other related topics. Through this course, students will examine, analyze, and synthesize professional and scholarly work in this field, develop an understanding of the history of the field, and project the future of information science and their own leadership role within it. Assignments may range from literature search, opinion paper, annotated bibliography, in-class presentations on theories and models, to oral history interviews of persons in the field.

Class Name Theories of Information Science
Host School Simmons College
Class Identifier LIS-484
Credit Value 3 Credit Hours
Faculty Naresh Agarwal
Course Tool (Online) Moodle
Class Description This course covers the fundamental concepts and theories pertaining to information science. The course content includes core concepts and theories, information context, user and needs, information seeking and behavior, information interaction and retrieval, information use, and other related topics. Through this course, students will examine, analyze, and synthesize professional and scholarly work in this field, develop an understanding of the history of the field, and project the future of information science and their own leadership role within it. Assignments may range from literature search, opinion paper, annotated bibliography, in-class presentations on theories and models, to oral history interviews of persons in the field.
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Delivery Asynchronous
Start and End Date September 7th, 2017 - December 11th, 2017
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Days of Week
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Last Add Day August 1st, 2017
Residency Start and End Date No Residency