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Course Prerequisites: 

For IRLS 472, be a junior or senior in good standing at the UofA.

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Required Course Materials: 

Andrea Sevetson, Cassandra Hartnett and Eric Forte, Fundamentals of Government Information: Mining, Finding, Evaluating, and Using Government Resources. Neal-Schuman, 2011. ISBN: 9781555707378. $80. Feel free to purchase from your favorite online bookstore or from the UA Bookstore (which can handle both in-store and online purchases). Students sometimes try to avoid purchasing textbooks, but this text is current and informative and will make a useful addition to your own personal library of professional reading and reference material. It will also be necessary for completing the course assignments. Additional readings, audio, and multimedia sources will be assigned and required. They will be listed in the d2l course space.

Course Requirements: 

Undergraduate students will complete 4 types of assignments. Detailed assignment descriptions including due dates are in the d2l course space.

I. Reading reports -- 30 points

II. Search exercises -- 45 points (3 at 15 points each)

III. Participation -- 20 points -- Students will submit substantive posts to at least 6 different discussion boards on 6 different topics related to government information access and use.

IV. Twitter -- 5 points -- Students will read the instructor's tweets about government information throughout the semester and contribute an insightful reflection on the experience.

Course Grading: 

All students begin the course with 100 points. At the end of the semester, those with 90-100 points will earn a course grade of A; those with 80-89 points will earn a B; and those with 70-79 points a C.

Course Policies: 

  1. A student who has not signed in to the d2l course space by the end of the first full week of classes will be administratively dropped.
  2. Students are expected to sign in to the course space, read all of the course material, listen to/view/read all lectures, do all of the assignments on time, and turn in assignments via the d2l course dropbox by the deadlines.
  3. Assignments will not be accepted via email.
  4. Late assignments will not be accepted except in documented emergencies.
  5. Posts to the discussion boards should be civil and insightful with references for any new information presented.
  6. Academic Code of Integrity
    Students are expected to abide by The University of Arizona Code of Academic Integrity. 'The guiding principle of
    academic integrity is that a student's submitted work must be the student's own.' If you have any questions regarding what
    is acceptable practice under this Code, please ask an Instructor.
  7. Accommodating Disabilities
    The University has a Disability Resource Center. If you anticipate the need for reasonable accommodations to meet the
    requirements of this course, you must register with the Disability Resource Center and request that the DRC send me, the
    Instructor, official notification of your accommodation needs as soon as possible. Please plan to meet with me by
    appointment or during office hours to discuss accommodations and how my course requirements and activities may impact
    your ability to fully participate.
  8. Incompletes
    The instructor does not grant Incompletes except in extreme documented emergencies.
    The current Catalog reads:
    "The grade of I may be awarded only at the end of a term, when all but a minor portion of the course work has
    been satisfactorily completed. The grade of I is not to be awarded in place of a failing grade or when the
    student is expected to repeat the course; in such a case, a grade other than I must be assigned. Students
    should make arrangements with the instructor to receive an incomplete grade before the end of the term ...
    If the incomplete is not removed by the instructor within one year the I grade will revert to a failing grade."


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