School of Library and Information Studies

LIS 210 Outline

Course Outline

Winter 2011
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
Location: 3-01 Rutherford South


Dinesh Rathi
Office: 3-06A Rutherford South 

Office Hours: By appointment 

Calendar Description

This course explores the challenges of acquiring, evaluating, and communicating information. Students will examine information theory and practical techniques relating to the Internet, databases, and print sources, in order to develop a critical understanding of the information universe. Open to second, third, and fourth year undergraduate students.


Upon completion of the course, a student should be able to:

  • critically evaluate information and information sources;
  • understand the roles of context and media in the production and communication of information (including implications for access and use);
  • discuss theory and research findings related to information behaviours and other areas of information theory;
  • select appropriate sources of information on a range of topics; and
  • use a number of strategies for effective information retrieval.


Some of the topics to be covered include:

  • definition of concepts (e.g., information use);
  • production of information in various contexts (e.g., scholarly vs. news media);
  • information theory (e.g., information behaviour);
  • information access;
  • search techniques (e.g., the Internet, library catalogues);
  • evaluation techniques (e.g., authority of Web resources); and
  • strategies for research at the undergraduate level.


Lectures, hands-on labs, discussions, readings, group work, guest lectures, demonstrations, practical exercises, guided reading, and student presentations. 

Course Relationships

Open to any second, third, or fourth year students in any discipline.

Expectations and Requirements

  • Before the first class it is strongly advised that students familiarize themselves with e-mail, word-processing, and browsing the Web. While these skills will not be taught in this class, they are necessary for success in the class. If you're unsure about your skill level with these computer applications, please contact the instructor; there are opportunities to acquire basic skills on campus.
  • Please be present and on time for class meetings, or inform the instructor in advance.
  • Complete weekly readings and assignments to increase understanding of course content.
  • No cell phones are allowed in class. If you have one, please turn it off. You may use the main SLIS office number for emergency purposes during in-class time.

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 (online at 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.