INF 397C - Understanding Research
Survey of the goals, methods, processes, and products of systematic inquiry. Designed to prepare students to critically evaluate information studies research. Three lecture hours a week for one semester.
Here is the syllabus from the last time Dr. Barker taught the course. Chances are good that Fall 2015 will be similar.In our professional, civic, and private lives, we are routinely presented with information that is based in research. It is crucial that we be able to make informed judgments about its believability or applicability: Was the process by which the evidence created appropriate? Were the theories in which it was based sound? Were the data collected and analyzed using rigorous,systematic methods? In which specific cases is the research relevant or applicable – and not? Based on your evaluation,should you adopt new practices or not? Being able to critically examine research for quality and applicability and to discuss it intelligibly are important competencies of an information professional. Understanding the underpinnings of research is part of being a critical consumer of information. You may also find the need to conduct studies in your practice as a professional,whether you are an information architect, an archivist, a librarian, a UX specialist, or any other information professional. In this course, we will integrate the exploration of criteria-based research evaluation with hands-on experience.