Course Learning Outcomes
All course objectives and course content is designed to ensure students who pass LIBR100 with a grade of C or better are able to:
- find information to support college-level research assignments and enhance lifelong learning;
- evaluate information in terms of its relevancy, accuracy, authority, objectivity, and currency;
- use information ethically and effectively to support college-level research assignments and lifelong learning.
In developing the requisite skills to find, evaluate and use information for research papers and other college course assignments, the following objectives have been developed:
- Choosing a focused research topic appropriate to college level course work
- Articulating clearly defined research questions to facilitate exploration of research topics
- Developing and implementing effective search strategies for college-level research
- Finding and accessing published information resources available through the MJC Library's print collection and its variety of subscription databases
- Using the Web to find academically appropriate research material
- Evaluating information resources for authority, bias, and currency
- Avoiding plagiarism
- Citing a variety of sources in MLA format (within text of papers and in Works Cited lists)
How I Strive to Meet Your Expectations
The time I spend here at the college is devoted to sharing knowledge, sparking curiosity, and helping students identify and meet their academic, professional, and personal goals. My mission is to facilitate the development of information competency skills, helping students flourish in both their academic endeavors and in their personal lives. In support of this goal, I strive to provide the following:
- A rigorous, relevant, and comprehensive curriculum allowing students to explore and meet the information competency standards as defined by the Association of College and Research Libraries
- Delivery of course content utilizing teaching methods that engage students and address diverse modes of learning
- A comfortable, respectful classroom where students are safe to initiate and contribute to course-related discussions
- Adequate time for students to participate in both guided and independent practice of information competency skills
- Fair and timely assessment/feedback on student work and progress
- Regular availability to students for learning support outside the classroom setting
How Students Meet My Expectations
- Accepting personal responsibility – Research has shown that successful students have the following traits in common:
- Good time management (allotting requisite time for study/homework)
- the setting of specific goals
- maintaining high standards for themselves as they strive toward those goals
- regularly monitoring their own progress
These are qualities that any student can achieve regardless of age, gender, income, previous educational experience, cultural background, etc. More importantly, I believe these are qualities that will help you succeed in all aspects of your life. Do yourself a favor and choose to embody these traits!
- Embracing rigor – This is a 3-unit college course. These units reflect the amount of work assigned, the time, effort, and critical thinking skills required to complete that work, and my expectations about the quality of the work you turn into me. We work hard in this course, with in-class activities, homework and reading assigned each and every week. Late work is not accepted and Reflections and in-class activities can not be made up.
- Demonstrating academic integrity: One of the thrills of teaching is watching students blossom intellectually. Learning is a little like yoga: it can be challenging to stretch yourself and some poses are so difficult it seems like you will never make progress. But with hard work and practice you DO progress. Don't ever be afraid to ask for extra help, and resist any temptations to take short cuts. Please familiarize yourself with the MJC Student Code of Conduct, especially the section on plagiarism.
- Regularly attending and participating – You will not succeed if you do not attend class regularly; therefore, punctual, consistent, and active attendance is expected. If you are absent, please note that the regularly occurring in-class activities and Reflections cannot be made up. If you miss six class sessions, your absences will be considered excessive, and you may be dropped.