INFO 310
Individual Perspectives on Information Systems

Information School
University of Washington

Overview •  Academic Conduct

Quarter: Winter, 2007
Instructor: Wanda Pratt
Voice:  206-543-6653
Office Hours: Wednesdays 2:30-3:30pm
Office Location: Mary Gates Hall, Room 330L

Classroom:  Mary Gates Hall, Room 295
Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays 12:30-2:20 pm


Teaching Assistant (TA): Lei Liu
Office Hours: Wednesdays 4:00-5:00pm
Office Location:
Mary Gates Hall, Room 416

Course Overview

Catalog Description:

Social, cognitive, behavioral, and contextual aspects of information systems, including human information behavior, interpersonal interaction, and social responses to information technology. Emphasis on well-being and information exchanges as a communicative event. Exposure to experimental and naturalistic methodologies through laboratory assignments and field work.

Instructor Description:

The course introduces the theoretical frameworks and research methodologies that underpin the study of human-information interactions and the design of technology to support or enhance those interactions. The course will emphasize how findings from studies of these human-information behaviors can be used to inform and improve the design of information systems. The first half of this course will emphasize basic concepts, models, and theories of how people interact with information (often referred to as information behavior). It will be followed by an introduction of methods that can be used to study individual's information behavior. The last section of class will consist of a series of cases where researchers have both studied individuals' information behavior and used the knowledge gained from that study to inform the design of an information system.


By the end of this course students should be able to:

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Academic Conduct

The following paragraphs discussing academic integrity, copyright and privacy outline matters governing student conduct in the iSchool and the University of Washington.  They apply to all assignments and communications in this course.

Academic Integrity

The essence of academic life revolves around respect not only for the ideas of others, but also their rights to those ideas and their promulgation. It is therefore essential that all of us engaged in the life of the mind take the utmost care that the ideas and expressions of ideas of other people always be appropriately handled, and, where necessary, cited.  For writing assignments, when ideas or materials of others are used, they must be cited. The format is not that important–as long as the source material can be located and the citation verified, it’s OK. What is important is that the material be cited.  In any situation, if you have a question, please feel free to ask.  Such attention to ideas and acknowledgment of their sources is central not only to academic life, but life in general.

Please acquaint yourself with the University of Washington's resources on academic honesty.

Students are encouraged to take drafts of their writing assignments to the Writing Center for assistance with using citations ethically and effectively. Information on scheduling an appointment can be found here. Both virtual and face to face appointments can be made.


All of the expressions of ideas in this class that are fixed in any tangible medium such as digital and physical documents are protected by copyright law as embodied in title 17 of the United States Code. These expressions include the work product of both: (1) your student colleagues (e.g., any assignments published here in the course environment or statements committed to text in a discussion forum); and, (2) your instructors (e.g., the syllabus, assignments, reading lists, and lectures).  Within the constraints of "fair use", you may copy these copyrighted expressions for your personal intellectual use in support of your education here in the iSchool.  Such fair use by you does not include further distribution by any means of copying, performance or presentation beyond the circle of your close acquaintances, student colleagues in this class and your family. If you have any questions regarding whether a use to which you wish to put one of these expressions violates the creator's copyright interests, please feel free to ask the instructor for guidance.


To support an academic environment of rigorous discussion and open expression of personal thoughts and feelings, we, as members of the academic community, must be committed to the inviolate right of privacy of our student and instructor colleagues.  As a result, we must forego sharing personally identifiable information about any member of our community including information about the ideas they express, their families, life styles and their political and social affiliations.  If you have any questions regarding whether a disclosure you wish to make regarding anyone in this course or in the iSchool community violates that person's privacy interests, please feel free to ask the instructor for guidance.

Knowing violations of these principles of academic conduct, privacy or copyright may result in University disciplinary action under the Student Code of Conduct.

Students with Disabilities

To request academic accommodations due to a disability, please contact Disabled Student Services: 448 Schmitz, 206-543-8924 (V/TTY). If you have a letter from DSS indicating that you have a disability which requires academic accommodations, please present the letter to the instructor so we can discuss the accommodations you might need in the class.

Academic accommodations due to disability will not be made unless the student has a letter from DSS specifying the type and nature of accommodations needed.

Student Code of Conduct

Good student conduct is important for maintaining a healthy course environment. Please familiarize yourself with the University of Washington's Student Code of Conduct.

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