Created Thursday 10 May 2018

LIS4708 Perspectives on Information Technology
TERM 2018 Summer
Mode of Instruction: Online

The goal of the College of Communication and Information is to equip students with the knowledge required to work productively with people, to communicate effectively, to manage information purposefully and to apply technology innovatively for the benefit of individuals and organizations. This course is designed to assist graduating seniors to articulate what they have learned from their training in each of these four areas through the preparation of an Interactive Resume. Class discussions and assignments will help students prepare for their chosen career path by providing perspectives on the issues that they will face upon entering their career as information professionals.


At the end of the course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the role of information professionals in one or more work settings (or in instructor-selected settings).
  2. Identify strengths and weaknesses within your information technology education.
  3. Communicate effectively their technical and transferrable skills to potential employers both interpersonally and through a variety of media and delivery modes (e.g., written, electronic, etc.)
  4. Develop a professional portfolio demonstrating all their competencies and skills acquired as a result of their education at the College of Communication and Information and work experience.

There is no required textbook for this class. Readings or other useful course materials will be provided on the course website.

Attendance, Participation and Professionalism: 10 %

//Attendance:// You should view attendance for this class the same way you view coming to work every day. Coming to class prepared and on time is an expectation of this course the same way it is an expectation in the work place.

//Participation and Preparedness:// Attending class on presentation days is part of being professional and respectful of your fellow students and is required. This course requires extensive student participation. You will be expected to be prepared when called on in class.

//Professionalism:// All students are required to act in a professional manner in all communication. You should conduct yourself in the classroom and in your all of your communication in the same way that you would on the job.

Master Currriculum Vitae - 20%
You will create a "Master CV" from which you'll be able to craft custom resumes and cover letters for future job applications — both for a future assignment and for real life. In this, you should include *everything* that might remotely be useful as evidence of skill in any future endeavor. This includes, but is absolutely not limited to:
- Your various work experiences (including paid and unpaid work experiences - e.g., volunteer work, organizations, etc.). Describe each work experience briefly and summarize the IT and transferable skills and competencies you have gained from these experiences. This section will allow you to elaborate on your experiences beyond what you are able to do on your paper resume.
- References/links to possible "portfolio content;" Noteworthy work samples you’ve produced that demonstrate your ability to, e.g. work productively with people, communicate effectively, manage information purposefully, and apply technology innovatively

Cover letter & Resume: 20 %
You will be required to write a tailored cover letter and resume. The cover letter will highlight your work experiences and education, competencies and skills and address a particular job ad — either one of your choice, or one which will provided as an example.

IR Tech Exploration: 5 %
For this assignment, you will create draft "sites" for your IR by means of at least two different engines/tools, requiring different levels of tech expertise. You will compare and contrast results for the purpose of determining which is the best fit for your content, and present your findings in a short paper.

Capstone Project - Final Interactive Resume: 20 %
The culminating project for this capstone course is your final Interactive Resume (IR). The IR is a website that demonstrates whether you were able to fulfill all main goals of the College of Communication & Information’s Undergraduate Program in IT. Overall, your Interactive Resume should:

First, consider your "homepage;" this should:

Additionally, your IR should

  1. Market you employable skill set (both technical and soft skills).
  2. Demonstrate your professionalism.
  3. Demonstrate effective communication skills.
  4. Demonstrate an ability to work effectively within teams and complete projects.

Class/Brainstorming Exercises: 25 %
These are in-class activities. Examples include rough draft creation sessions, peer review of others’ work (IR content, elevator speeches, etc.) and other class activities as assigned.


Grading scale:
A 93 - 100
A- 90 – 92
B+ 87 – 89
B 83 – 86
B- 80 – 82
C+ 77 – 79
C 73 – 76
C- 70 – 72
D+ 67 – 69
D 63 – 66
D- 60 – 62
F 0 – 59

Roll Call, Introduction to the Course
Student Introductions
Resume Content
Cover Letters and the Job Hunt
Interactive Resume Technologies
Digital Autonomy
Portfolios and Interviews
Public Speaking
Effective Communication
IT Management
Human Resources
Job Negotiation/Interviewing
IR Peer Evaluations
Wrap up

University Attendance Policy:
Excused absences include documented illness, deaths in the family and other documented crises, call to active military duty or jury duty, religious holy days, and official University activities. These absences will be accommodated in a way that does not arbitrarily penalize students who have a valid excuse. Consideration will also be given to students whose dependent children experience serious illness.
Academic Honor Policy:
The Florida State University Academic Honor Policy outlines the University's expectations for the integrity of students' academic work, the procedures for resolving alleged violations of those expectations, and the rights and responsibilities of students and faculty members throughout the process. Students are responsible for reading the Academic Honor Policy and for living up to their pledge to " honest and truthful and...[to] strive for personal and institutional integrity at Florida State University." (Florida State University Academic Honor Policy, found at
Plagiarism of any type, including material from Internet sources, will not be tolerated. Cases of academic dishonesty such as plagiarism and cheating will be investigated & pursued vigorously according to departmental and (if needed) university procedures. Before submitting any work for this class, please read the "Academic Honor System" in its entirety (see link above) and ask me to clarify any of its expectations that you do not understand.

Free Tutoring from FSU
On-campus tutoring and writing assistance is available for many courses at Florida State University. For more information, visit the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) Tutoring Services' comprehensive list of on-campus tutoring options - see or contact High-quality tutoring is available by appointment and on a walk-in basis. These services are offered by tutors trained to encourage the highest level of individual academic success while upholding personal academic integrity.

Americans With Disabilities Act:
Students with disabilities needing academic accommodation should:
(1) register with and provide documentation to the Student Disability Resource Center; and
(2) bring a letter to the instructor indicating the need for accommodation and what type.
Please note that instructors are not allowed to provide classroom accommodation to a student until appropriate verification from the Student Disability Resource Center has been provided.
This syllabus and other class materials are available in alternative format upon request.
For more information about services available to FSU students with disabilities, contact the:
Student Disability Resource Center
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Florida State University
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Syllabus Change Policy
Except for changes that substantially affect implementation of the evaluation (grading) statement, this syllabus is a guide for the course and is subject to change with advanced notice.
Copyright Statement
Some of the materials in this course are possibly copyrighted. They are intended for use only by students registered and enrolled in this course and only for instructional activities associated with, and for the duration of, the course. They may not be retained in another medium or disseminated further. They are provided in compliance with the provisions of the Technology, Education, And Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act (refer to the 3/7/2001 TEACH Act at ).
Sexual Harassment Policy
It is the policy of the University that its employees and students neither commit nor condone sexual harassment in any form.
iSchool Hardware and Software Requirements
A list of all hardware and software requirements for students participating in the School of Information (iSchool) courses can be found at the following location:
Student Eligibility for an Incomplete Grade
Incomplete (“I”) grades will not be assigned, except in the case of exceptional unforeseen circumstances that occur within the last three weeks of the semester and your work has otherwise been satisfactory (C average).

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