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Information Studies

In 2015, the amount of data stored by human beings reached 8 zettabytes. One zettabyte is the equivalent of 250 billion DVDs. From another angle, each zettabyte contains 1,000 exobytes. One exobyte can hold 36,000 years of HDTV video, or stream the entire Netflix catalog nearly 3,200 times.

Information Studies

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As a college student, you need to know how to generate, store and access information of all kinds. Our Information Literacy and Research Skills course provides the knowledge and tools that will prove invaluable as you navigate the information superhighway at the collegiate level. You'll develop essential academic and work skills as well as powerful research strategies.

Course Descriptions

INFS 1000  Information Literacy and Research Skills FYE   2.0 cr

Course Outline for INFS 1000

Provides students with the skills needed to navigate our "Information Society". Topics include how information and knowledge are produced, how to develop effective research strategies for locating, using, and evaluating information from print and electronic sources, and issues related to intellectual freedom and copyright. Pairs well with English, Public Speaking, or any research-based course. Best if taken within the first 24 college-level course credits, as research skills and critical analysis of information sources are integral to academic success. Prereq: Placement in ENG 1108 or satisfactory completion of ENG 0099. This course fulfills the FYE (First Year Experience) requirement for Goal 2 of the MnTC.

Why Inver Hills?

Completing your Information Studies course obligations at Inver Hills is smart on several key levels:

  1. You will receive an outstanding education with one-on-one interactions with information studies faculty
  2. You will develop the strong foundation you need to select a career path that best meets your interests
  3. You will save money and continue your academic and professional careers with less student debt *

* On a national scale, student loan debt has mushroomed to $1.2 trillion, which is greater than credit card debt and auto loan debt combined. In Minnesota, the average debt for four-year grads tops $30,000; 70 percent carry a student debt load.

Tuition and fees for one year at Inver Hills costs a little less than $5,300. Compare that to $15,000 to $20,000 at a for-profit college, or $40,000 to $50,000 at a private college or university. You can complete your first two years at Inver getting a topflight education firsthand from Ph.D. instructors and then transfer to a four-year as a junior all while saving thousands of dollars. It's a no-brainer.

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