School of Library and Information Studies

LIS 599 Outline

Directed Study

Course Outline:

Calendar Description:

Further study of special topics and issues, based on knowledge acquired in previous courses or on significant prior experience. Topics must be approved by the School.  Examples of previous projects include:

  • Internet Privacy
  • Critical Theory & LIS
  • Knowledge Management
  • An Exploration of the Role of Social Responsibility in Librarianship
  • Children's Book Illustration
  • Collection Development for Special Libraries
  • Research in Academic Librarianship
  • Competitive Intelligence 


  1. Areas generally deemed appropriate for Directed Study include: 
    • Further study in an area in which the student is interested, provided no other suitable course is available. 
    • Preliminary study or investigation designed to lay the groundwork for the student's thesis or non-thesis research project. Such a study must in itself produce tangible results. 
    • Methodologies appropriate to master's level thesis or research project work (e.g. testing of hypotheses, qualitative approaches, statistical inferences, systems analyses, historical analyses, qualitative analyses) are also deemed appropriate to the Directed Study.  
    • The results of the Study may be presented in the form of an essay, a report, a seminar, an analytical or descriptive bibliography, an annotated bibliography (providing it explores a new area or substantially updates a prior work), audiovisual presentation, or other format deemed appropriate.  
    • The Study should be carefully delimited to accord with its weighting (3 credits). Normally, a maximum of two Directed Studies (6 credits) may be taken as part of the MLIS degree program.  
    • The LIS 599 Course Supervisor must be a continuing full-time faculty member of the School of Library and Information Studies. All LIS 599 options depend on a faculty member's agreement to supervise the course.  A librarian or other information professional or another faculty member may also participate as a co-supervisor at the discretion of the LIS 599 Course Supervisor.


    1. A student wishing to undertake Directed Study should approach her/his Program Supervisor or the proposed Course Supervisor for initial discussion of the suitability of the proposed study in light of the student's total program.   
    2. The completed Proposal for the Directed Study must be submitted to the Chair at minimum two weeks in advance of proposed start date. Please state a condensed title of a maximum of 19 characters that can appear on your official transcript.  
    3. Ethics review requirements as outlined in the Research Ethics Office's Research Ethics Guidelines must be followed.  
    4. The student's performance in the Directed Study will be evaluated and graded on the letter grading scale by the Course Supervisor.  
    5. A copy of written work produced for the Directed Study will be kept on file by the Course Supervisor.

    Course Relationships:

    Pre-requisites: LIS 501, LIS 502, LIS 503, LIS 505, plus 3 electives.

    Inclusive Language & Equity:

    The Faculty of Education is committed to providing an environment of equality and respect for all people within the university community, and to educating faculty, staff and students in developing teaching and learning contexts that are welcoming to all. The Faculty recommends that students and staff use inclusive language to create a classroom atmosphere in which students' experiences and views are treated with equal respect and value in relation to their gender, racial background, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds. Students who require accommodations in this course due to a disability affecting mobility, vision, hearing, learning, or mental or physical health are advised to discuss their needs with Specialized Support and Disability Services.

    Academic Integrity:

    The University of Alberta is committed to the highest standards of academic integrity and honesty. Students are expected to be familiar with these standards regarding academic honesty and to uphold the policies of the University in this respect. Students are particularly urged to familiarize themselves with the provisions of the Code of Student Behaviour and avoid any behaviour which could potentially result in suspicions of cheating, plagiarism, misrepresentation of facts and/or participation in an offence. Academic dishonesty is a serious offence and can result in suspension or expulsion from the University.

    *Policy about course outlines can be found in Section 23.4(2) of the University Calendar.