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Information Systems (INFS) 200
Accessing Information (Revision 2)

Revision 2 closed, replaced by current version.

Delivery mode: Individualized study online.

Credits: 3 - Humanities

Prerequisite: None.

Centre: Centre for Global and Social Analysis

INFS 200 has a Challenge for Credit option.

Course website


INFS 200 introduces students to the ways in which information is stored and organized electronically. Students learn how to make efficient use of online library catalogues, databases, and other Internet-based resources, to locate and retrieve information. The final unit examines critical issues surrounding the “information revolution.”


Upon completion of INFS 200 students should be able to

  • identify and use a wide range of online information systems available to researchers.
  • describe appropriate search strategies for online information retrieval, and carry out effective searches consistent with these strategies.
  • evaluate the effectiveness of search strategies, refine search statements and techniques accordingly, and evaluate the quality of information sources retrieved.
  • evaluate the controversies surrounding the social implications of computer technology and demonstrate in written assignments a broad grasp of the relevant issues.


To receive credit for INFS 200, you must satisfactorily complete four assignments and the final examination, you must achieve a grade of 50 percent or better on the final examination and a course composite grade of at least “D” (50 percent). The weighting of the composite mark is as follows:

Assign 1 Assign 2 Assign 3 Assign 4 Final Exam Total
15% 15% 15% 15% 40% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials

Other Materials

The course materials include a study guide, a student manual, and online resources.

Special Course Features

Since access to the Internet is an essential part of INFS 200, it is considered an online course. It is designed for students who have access to

  • a Pentium class computer
  • an ISP connection with graphic interface
  • an e-mail account and address
  • word processing software such as Word as well as browser software (such as Netscape, Mozilla, or Internet Explorer)