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Note this course outline is from an offering of LIS 543 as an LIS 598 special topics course, prior to it receiving a permanent number and place in the SLIS curriculum.

LIS 598: Human Information Interaction

Course Outline - Winter 2017

Instructor: Dr. Adam Worrall
Phone: (780) 492-0179
Office: 3-15 Rutherford South
Office hours: Tuesdays 2-3pm, Thursdays 11am-noon, or by appointment

Calendar Description:

An examination of individual and collaborative information needs, uses, and practices in context. Students will develop an understanding of the crucial interaction between people and information.

Course Objectives:

By the end of the course, students will be able to

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):

After critical engagement with the literature and readings, class lectures, and class discussions, students will:


  1. Introduction and basics of HII
  2. Key HII concepts (1)
  3. Key HII concepts (2)
  4. * Factors in HII
    • Key Concepts Exploration due
  5. * Barriers, enablers, influences, mediators to/of HII
  6. * Key HII models
  7. Winter Term Reading Week - no class
  8. * Key HII theories, paradigms
    • Information User Interview due
  9. * Key HII research methods
  10. * Users (1)
    • Information Environment Analysis due
  11. * Users (2)
  12. * HII in context (1)
  13. * HII in context (2)
  14. Case Study discussions and wrap-up
    • Applied Case Study due

* Donates a week where pairs of students may lead a discussion.


Written and oral introductions to topics, readings, class and group discussions, in-class demonstrations, in-class small group activities and hands-on exercises, and individual and paired presentations will be used throughout the course. Where possible, guest speakers and/or special presentations will also be included.

Course Relationships:

Prerequisite: LIS 501 Foundations in LIS

Required Texts:

There are no required textbooks for this class. Copies of required and recommended readings from scholarly journals and books will be provided by the instructor.

Assignments and Weighting:

Late Assignments: Assignments must be handed in by the date specified unless you have made prior arrangements with the instructor. Late assignments will not earn full credit; ten percent (10%) will be deducted for every day (24 hours, including weekends) an assignment is late to a maximum of three days. Assignments submitted more than three days (72 hours) after the due date will not be accepted. In most cases unexpected downtime for cloud services, including Google Apps at the University of Alberta, is not an accepted excuse for a late assignment submission. Exceptions to this policy will be rare and given at the instructor’s discretion; if you require an extension due to constraints, emergencies, and crises that will result in you submitting an assignment late or incomplete, please email the instructor as soon as possible and in advance to make those arrangements.

School of Library and Information Studies Grading Statement:

Grades reflect professional judgements of student achievement made by instructors. These judgements are based on a combination of absolute achievement and relative performance in class. The instructor should mark in terms of raw scores, rank the assignments in order of merit, and with due attention to the verbal descriptions of the various grades, assign an appropriate final letter grade.

Academic Integrity:

The University of Alberta is committed to the highest standards of academic integrity and honesty. Students are expected to be familiar with these standards regarding academic honesty and to uphold the policies of the University in this respect. Students are particularly urged to familiarize themselves with the provisions of the Code of Student Behaviour (online at and avoid any behaviour which could potentially result in suspicions of cheating, plagiarism, misrepresentation of facts and/or participation in an offence. Academic dishonesty is a serious offence and can result in suspension or expulsion from the University.

Students should also be mindful of the SLIS Copyright Policy.

Inclusive Language and Equity:

The Faculty of Education is committed to providing an environment of respect for all people within the university community and to educating faculty, staff, and students in developing teaching and learning contexts that are welcoming to all. The Faculty recommends that students and staff use inclusive language to create a classroom atmosphere in which students’ experiences and views are treated with equal respect and value in relation to their gender, racial background, sexual orientation and ethnic background. Students who require accommodations in this course due to a disability affecting mobility, vision, hearing, learning, or mental or physical health are advised to discuss their needs with Student Accessibility Services (

Recording of Lectures:

Recording of lectures is permitted only with the prior written consent of the professor or if recording is part of an approved accommodation plan.

Policy about course outlines can be found in Section 23.4(2) of the University Calendar.

SLIS is mindful that the University of Alberta was established on Treaty #6 territory.