Foundations of Information Science

UNC School of Information and Library Science, INLS 201, Spring 2021

Weekly reading quizzes

Each week you will take a short quiz to check your understanding of that week’s reading. You should complete the quiz before you attend recitation that week.

Exam 1

Due February 26.

For the first exam you will demonstrate, in writing, your understanding of the concepts introduced during the first unit. Specifically, you will be asked to analyze a form of communication from the perspectives of documentation, semiotics, and information theory.

The exam is available here.

Due Friday, February 26 at 12 noon.

Submit this assignment.

Exam 2

Due April 2.

Exam 2 will be available on Sakai at 7AM on Tuesday 3/30.

I recommend that you take the exam after attending recitation, so that you can ask questions in recitation.

The exam consists of 35 questions. 33 of these questions are multiple choice and are worth one point each. The other 2 questions are also multiple choice, but require a short written justification of your answer, and are worth two points each.

The questions focus primarily on the material we’ve covered during the second unit of the course. Some questions cover material from the first unit.

You can consult any resources you wish while taking the exam.

You have two hours to complete the exam once you have started it (unless you have requested extended time via ARS).

You can take the exam at any time after it has been posted, however it must be submitted by 11:55PM on Friday, April 2.

No late submissions will be accepted, so please plan ahead.

Selection system investigation

Due May 12.

During the last five weeks of the semester, you will work with two or three of your classmates to conduct an investigation of a selection system. Investigative proposals will be due the week starting April 12. You will discuss your in-progress investigative findings with your recitation section during the last week of classes. The deliverables for the project also include a more durable presentation of your findings in the form of a video.

A detailed description of the requirements for the final project is available here.

Due May 12 at 5PM.

Submit this assignment.