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Classification Theory syllabus

Classification Theory syllabus

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LBSC 773: Classification Theory
 
Spring 2010Wednesdays 5:30 pm-8:15 pmHornbake 0108Section 0101
Kari M. Kraus, PhDOffice: 4121H HornbakeOffice hrs: Wednesday 4:00-5:00 pm or by appt.karimkraus@gmail.com College of Information StudiesRoom 4105 Hornbake Library Building, South WingUniversity of MarylandCollege Park, Maryland
CATALOG DESCRIPTION
Survey of classificatory principles from bibliographic, philosophical, biological, psychological, and linguistic perspectives. Challenges to traditional principles from thecognitive sciences and their implementations for bibliographic classification.
COURSE OBJECTIVES
At the end of the semester, students should be able to: 
appreciate the variety of contexts in which classificatory thinking comes into play
understand classification not only as a set of prescriptive rules, but also as a designspace
offer historical and cross-cultural perspectives on classification systems
recognize how classification systems are enabled and constrained by the architecture of the human brain
 provide interdisciplinary perspectives on classification systems
discuss current trends and issues in the field, such as user-driven approaches toclassification
recognize the ethical, political, and societal stakes of classification
discriminate between synchronic and diachronic classification systems
evaluate existing classification schemes and identify their underlying assumptions
identify and distinguish between qualitative and quantitative approaches toclassification
inter-relate classification with related concepts, such as notation and collation
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TEXTS
 The following texts are required and can be purchased through Amazon or the campus bookstore:Hunter, Eric J.
Classification Made Simple
. 3rd ed. Ashgate, 2009. ISBN: 978-0-7-5467558-7Kövecses, Zoltán.
Metaphor: A Practical Introduction
. Oxford University Press, USA, 2002.ISBN: 978-0-1-9514511-3Wright, Alex.
Glut: Mastering Information Through the Ages
. Cornell University Press,2008. ISBN: 978-0-8-0147509-2Additional readings will be distributed as handouts, accessible on the WWW, or madeavailable through Blackboard, our course management system.It is your responsibility to bring copies of the required readings to class on the day we'reslated to discuss them. In the case of electronic texts, copies saved locally to disk are alsoacceptable—indeed encouraged—for those with netbooks or laptops.
COURSE POLICIES AND EVALUATION
 
Academic Accommodations
. If you have a documented disability, you should contactDisability Support Services 0126 Shoemaker Hall. Each semester students with documenteddisabilities should apply to DSS for accommodation request forms which you can provide toyour professors as proof of your eligibility for accommodations. The rules for eligibility andthe types of accommodations a student may request can be reviewed on the DSS web site athttp://www.counseling.umd.edu/DSS/receiving_serv.html.
Religious Observances
. The University System of Maryland policy provides that studentsshould not be penalized because of observances of their religious beliefs; students shall begiven an opportunity, whenever feasible, to make up within a reasonable time any academicassignment that is missed due to individual participation in religious observances. It is theresponsibility of the student to inform the instructor of any intended absences for religiousobservances in advance. Notice should be provided as soon as possible but no later than theend of the schedule adjustment period.
Academic Integrity
. The University of Maryland has a nationally recognized Code of Academic Integrity, administered by the Student Honor Council. This Code sets standardsfor academic integrity at Maryland for all undergraduate and graduate students. As a studentyou are responsible for upholding these standards for this course. It is very important for youto be aware of the consequences of cheating, fabrication, facilitation, and plagiarism. For more information on the Code of Academic Integrity or the Student Honor Council, pleasevisithttp://www.studenthonorcouncil.umd.edu/whatis.html 
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The University of Maryland is one of a small number of universities with a student-administered Honors Code and an Honors Pledge, available on the web athttp://www.jpo.umd.edu/aca/honorpledge.html. The code prohibits students from cheating onexams, plagiarizing papers, submitting the same paper for credit in two courses withoutauthorization, buying papers, submitting fraudulent documents, and forging signatures.
Late Work 
. All assigned work is due on the date given on the course calendar, unless youhave extenuating circumstances and have made specific prior arrangements with me. Latework will be docked up to one full letter grade (or not accepted at all if more than a week overdue). If you have a documented disability and wish to discuss academic accommodationswith me, please let me know as soon as possible.
Late Arrivals
. Attendance will be taken at the start of each class. My policy is to count twolate arrivals as one absence.
Attendance
. Because it is a relatively small class, LBSC773 allows for far more studentinput than a large lecture course would permit: you have a voice in class discussions and your contributions add to our collective knowledge. If you are absent, you will be missed: the classsimply won't function optimally without you. I will confer with anyone who seems to behaving trouble making it to class regularly, and may ask such persons to drop the course.(Clear documentation of prolonged absences for extenuating circumstances, such as H1N1,may lead me to consider alternatives to in-class participation such as electronic postings.)Please note that it is your responsibility to contact me about material you may have missed.
Email
. You are welcome to email me to clarify an assignment, schedule an appointment,notify me about an illness or university-sanctioned absence, or discuss other course-relatedmatters. Please
do not 
send me "why did I get this grade" emails in response to gradedassignments. While I am happy to answer them, questions of this nature need to be handledin person. Come see me during office hours or set up an appointment. Additionally, pleasedo not submit assignments to me via email unless I have specifically requested that you do so.
Course Evaluations.
Your participation in the evaluation of courses through CourseEvalUMis a responsibility you hold as a student member of our academic community. Your feedback is confidential and important to the improvement of teaching and learning at the University aswell as to the tenure and promotion process. CourseEvalUM will be open for you tocomplete your evaluations for spring semester courses between Tues, April 27 and Wed, May12. Please go directly to the website (www.courseevalum.umd.edu) to complete your evaluations starting April 27. By completing all of your evaluations each semester, you willhave the privilege of accessing online, at Testudo, the evaluation reports for the thousands of courses for which 70% or more students submitted their evaluations.
Assignments
. Written instructions for each assignment will be offered a week or more inadvance of a due date. I will collect individual assignments and projects on the dates
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