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S401: Computer-based Information Tools
Department of Library and Information Science

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Regardless of whether you're an experienced professional or just beginning your career, information and technology skills are essential. This course is intended to lay the foundation for a wide range of knowledge, skills, attitudes, and dispositions necessary for today's library and information science professional.

Course Description

This skills-based course introduces basic applications that will be used throughout the student’s course work and beyond. Students’ experiences in this course should be seen as a basis for further skill development and learning throughout their careers. The course covers computing platforms, access tools, and management tools. Demonstration of skills will be by a mastery test or an assignment in each unit of the course.

Course Purpose

As you begin the graduate program, it’s important to ensure that even though you may already have many technology skills, you likely still have gaps in your knowledge. This course is also a chance to begin applying these "generic" computer skills to the library and information science profession.

The purpose of this course is to:

S401 does not count toward graduate degree requirements. This class is graded satisfactory/fail.
Choices allow graduate students with varied backgrounds and interests to select activities that meet their professional needs.

Course Assumptions

Student should already have mastery over very basic technology skills. For students lacking entry skills, existing online resources can be valuable in getting up to speed. IUPUI provides access to excellent online tutorials.

Technology Hardware and Software

This course makes the assumption that you are able to work independently. There are no required face-to-face meetings. There are no required synchronous online meetings. However, feel free to e-mail or arrange a chat with your instructor at any time.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, you will be able to

The instructor will:

MLS Program, Graduate Program and ALA Competency Connections.

This course addresses competencies related to the MLS program in the following areas:

This course is connected to the Principles of Graduate and Professional Learning in the following areas:

This course addresses a number of ALA competencies. According to ALA (2009), a person graduating from an ALA-accredited master’s program in library and information studies should know and, where appropriate, be able to employ:

Course Materials

There is no required textbook for this course. All materials will be available online through Canvas.
The course content will be accessed through a series of online modules.

Course Assignments and Assessments

The course consists of a series of modules that include a pretest, tutorial, and review. In addition, four proficiency projects provide the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and skills. Finally, an exam will test your overall knowledge and skills.

At the beginning of each module, you will take a pre-test. If you pass the pre-test, you can choose whether you’d like to complete the tutorial associated with the module, or move directly to the review section. If you’re unsure of your skills, I recommend working your way through the tutorial even if you pass the pretest. The tutorial contains embedded testing to ensure that you acquire the knowledge and skills before moving on.

In addition to the modules, you must also complete a practical proficiency requirement. This aspect of the course is divided into four manageable sections. You'll build a book or app review blog, apply electronic databases to real-world situations, or investigate some other aspect of technology, information, and libraries.

It's up to you to decide how deep you wish to go as you demonstrate competency in each area. Personally, I see this course as an opportunity to practice existing skills, apply your knowledge to the library profession, and build new skills that will be useful throughout your graduate program.

The open, final examination will cover the knowledge gained throughout the course.

For more information about these assignments, go to the CourseGuide.

For information about due dates, go to the Course Calendar.

Course Grades

This course is satisfactory/fail course. The letter grade of S for Satisfactory or F for Fail will be awarded.

To receive the grade of S, you must either pass the pre-test for each module or successfully complete each tutorial. In addition, you must complete a practical proficiency requirement. You may retake the proficiency requirement until they pass.

You are responsible for ensuring that your scores are recorded through Adobe. The scores will also be recorded in the Gradebook at Canvas.

Late and Incomplete Work

Students may request an assignment extension due to personal or professional emergencies. These requests must be made prior to the due date. Extensions beyond a couple days will result in lose of points. A final grade of "I" or "Incomplete" will NOT be given except in extreme situations. Please let me know if you're having difficulty completing the requirements of this course.

Incompletes are only available when unexpected events prevent completion of the course requirements in the usual time frame. No student with multiple incompletes may register for additional courses.  Left unchanged, an Incomplete automatically becomes an F after one year.

IUPUI Mission Statement

The Mission of IUPUI is to provide for its constituents excellence in

With each of these core activities characterized by

IUPUI’s mission is derived from and aligned with the principal components—Communities of Learning, Responsibilities of Excellence, Accountability and Best Practices—of Indiana University’s Strategic Directions Charter.

IUPUI Values Statement

IUPUI values the commitment of students to learning; of faculty to the highest standards of teaching, scholarship, and service; and of staff to the highest standards of service.  IUPUI recognizes students as partners in learning. IUPUI values the opportunities afforded by its location in Indiana’s capital city and is committed to serving the needs of its community.  Thus, IUPUI students, faculty, and staff are involved in the community, both to provide educational programs and patient care and to apply learning to community needs through service. As a leader in fostering collaborative relationships, IUPUI values collegiality, cooperation, creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship as well as honesty, integrity, and support for open inquiry and dissemination of findings. IUPUI is committed to the personal and professional development of its students, faculty, and staff and to continuous improvement of its programs and services.

Student Academic Conduct

There is extensive documentation and discussion of the issue of academic honesty in the IUPUI Student Code of Conduct.
All students should aspire to the highest standards of academic integrity. Using another student’s work on an assignment, cheating on a test, not quoting or citing references correctly, or any other form of dishonesty or plagiarism shall result in a grade of zero on the item and possibly an F in the course. Incidences of academic misconduct shall be referred to the Department Chair and repeated violations shall result in dismissal from the program.

All students are responsible for reading, understanding, and applying the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct and in particular the section on academic misconduct. Refer to The Code > Responsibilities > Academic Misconduct at All students must also successfully complete the Indiana University Department of Education “How to Recognize Plagiarism” Tutorial and Test. You must document the difference between your writing and that of others. Use quotation marks in addition to a citation, page number, and reference whenever writing someone else’s words (e.g., following the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association). To detect plagiarism instructors apply a range of methods, including

Academic Misconduct:

Beginning Fall 2014, all students are required to complete the plagiarism tutorial during s401.

Student Accommodations for Disability

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities.
Students needing accommodations because of disability must register with Adaptive Educational Services and complete the appropriate form before accommodations will be given. The AES office is located in Taylor Hall Room 127, 815 W Michigan St Indianapolis, IN 46202 and may be reached by phone 317/274-3241 or 317/278-2052 TTD/TTY; by fax 317/274-2051; or by email  
For more information, go to

Disability Accommodations:  Students with learning disabilities for which accommodations are desired should contact the Adaptive Educational Services office on campus, and inform the instructor as soon as possible. Go to 

Administrative Withdrawal

A basic requirement of this course is that students participate in all class discussions and conscientiously complete all required course activities and/or assignments. If a student is unable to attend, participate in, or complete an assignment on time, it is the student’s responsibility to inform the instructor. If a student misses more than half of the required activities within the first 25% of the course without contacting the instructor, the student may be administratively withdrawn from this course. Administrative withdrawal may have academic, financial, and financial aid implications. Administrative withdrawal will take place after the full refund period, and a student who has been administratively withdrawn from a course is ineligible for a tuition refund. Contact the instructor with questions concerning administrative withdrawal.

Course Evaluation Policy

Course evaluations provide vital information for improving the quality of courses and programs. Students are required to complete one course and instructor evaluation for each section in which they are enrolled at the School of Informatics and Computing. This requirement has three exceptions: (a) The student has withdrawn from the course; (b) only one student is enrolled in the section (in which case anonymity is impossible); and (c) the section is a laboratory that must be taken with a course having a different section number. Course evaluations are completed at Course evaluations are open from the eleventh week. Course evaluations are anonymous, which means that no one can view the name of the student completing the evaluation. In addition, no one can view the evaluation itself until after the instructor has submitted the final grades for the course. In small sections, demographic information should be left blank, if it could be used to identify the student. A course evaluation must close before the grade for that course can be released. To ensure students have had ample opportunity to complete the evaluation, an uncompleted course evaluation could delay the release of the grade for up to a week.

Course Communication

Indiana University uses your IU email account as an official means of communication, and students should check it daily for pertinent information. Although you may have your IU email forwarded to an outside email account, please email faculty and staff from your IU email account.
Be sure to set your Canvas notification so that you receive Course Announcements through your email account.


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