Information Systems (INFS) 200

Information Seeking & Society in the Information Age (Revision 3)

INFS 200

Temporarily closed, effective April 15, 2020.

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: None

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

INFS 200 has a Challenge for Credit option.


Information Systems 200 (INFS 200) engages students in critical inquiry and research as they use information systems, including the internet, mass media, and libraries, to investigate key issues pertaining to information, knowledge and society in the information age. The course provides a foundation for students to participate effectively in scholarly communities and to explore their roles as citizens in the dynamic, multimedia landscape of the twenty-first century.


Upon completion of INFS 200 students should be able to

  • critically reflect on social, economic and political contexts for the creation, distribution and use of knowledge and information in the information age.
  • apply a broad understanding of what it means to be critical to the processes of research and evaluation.
  • demonstrate an understanding of practices for maintaining intellectual honesty.
  • use knowledge of a wide range of information types and information systems to explore, join and contribute to conversations around issues and problems.
  • develop and apply online search strategies, evaluate the effectiveness of strategies and modify strategies as needed.
  • discuss the implications of information and communication technologies for society and citizenship.


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). Discussion and glossary activities account for 15% of your final mark. The weighting of the composite mark is as follows:

Activity Weighting
Assignment 1 15%
Assignment 2 10%
Assignment 3 10%
Assignment 4 20%
Discussions & Glossary 15%
Final Exam 30%
Total 100%

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

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

Course Materials


Badke, W. (2017). Research strategies: Finding your way through the information fog (6th ed.). Bloomington, IN: iUniverse, Inc.

Other Materials

All other course materials will be accessed online.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university-level course.

Full information about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

For more information please contact the course coordinator.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 3, January 26, 2010.

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