In my first quarter at the iSchool I took 3 classes. At this time I had to take preset classes, from the next quarter one I can select my own. Up to a certain degree, because in order to graduate, I have to finish 63 quarter credits, consisting of nine core courses (totaling 34 credits) and 29 elective credits. The quarter started with three days of residency where I got to introduced to the school, professors, classmates and had a few in-person classes too. The rest happened all online.
The Life Cycle of Information course, taught by Stuart Sutton took only two weeks and we got two credits for it. This was an introductory course, touching on a lot of the topics I will study later in detail. The other two courses lasted throughout the ten weeks of the quarter. The Internet Technologies and Applications class, taught by Bob Larson, just like the one I already mentioned was for credit/no credit only. My final project for this class was a website focusing on Information Architecture. I am quite pleased with it despite that I couldn’t use PHP/MySQL as I originally planned.
My third class, Information Behavior, taught by Theresa Anderson was the most challenging and not just because this was the only one graded. Three out of the four assignments were group projects, which may not be my favorite kind of project. However we put together an OK presentation and paper on Special Aspects of the Information Seeking Behavior of Journalists. At the end I got a 3.3 grade for this class (out of possible 4) and got the credits for the other two classes. First quarter is over.
Here are the descriptions of the courses:
- LIS 500 The Life Cycle of Information (2 credits)
- Overview of the major concepts, processes and systems, actors, and operations in the life cycle of information. Introduction to the creation, publishing and distribution, evaluation and selection, organization, access, retrieval, and use of information. Exploration of the social context in which these processes and their stakeholders interact.
- LIS 510 Information Behavior (4 credits)
- Introduction to the user-centered approach to information behavior. Theoretical foundations of various information behaviors such as information need, utilizing, gathering, seeking, and evaluating. Synthesis of user studies, construction of user profiles, performance of gap analysis, and application of the results of user studies to improve services and system design.
- LIS 541 Internet Technologies and Applications (3 credits)
- Overview of Internet technologies including networking hardware, the TCP/IP protocol suite, addressing, packets and routing, the client/server model. End-user applications for communication and collaboration such as telnet, FTP, email, conferencing, and streaming media. Web site creation, development, and management.