Sunday, July 3, 2011

INFORMATION NEEDS OF AN UNDERGRADUATE

There are diverse information needs of an undergraduate. Such information needs include:

HOW DO I REGISTER AT SCHOOL?
It is imperative that all new and returning students register for their courses, accommodation, medical etc.
HOW DO I SELECT MY COURSES?
All students are advised to read the course guide and select the required compulsory units’ courses and elective units’ courses for the academic session.

INFORMATION LITERACY NEED

For undergraduates, information literacy encompasses a broad spectrum of abilities, including the ability to recognize and articulate information needs; to locate, critically evaluate, and organize information for a specific purpose; and to recognize and reflect on the ethical use of information.

FINANCIAL AID NEED
Undergraduates, who are in need for financial assistance, request for possible avenue where additional funds could be sourced to further their programme.

THE NEED FOR COMMUNICATION SKILLS

Undergraduates, who communicate effectively, use spoken and written language to construct a message that demonstrates the communicator has established clear goals and has considered her or his audience. Effective messages are organized and presented in a style appropriate to the context.

HOW CAN I CHANGE MY COURSE?
For undergraduates who are offered courses other than the one applied for, they seek information on how to change such course to the most preferred one.

THE NEED FOR SCIENTIFIC & QUANTITATIVE REASONING

Undergraduates, who exercise quantitative and scientific reasoning use and apply these reasoning processes to explain phenomena in the context of everyday life.
Quantitative reasoning includes statistical and/or logical problem-solving, the relationships between quantities, and the use and misuse of quantitative data. Scientific reasoning introduces students to the evolution and interdependence of science and technology and includes problem identification, hypothesis evaluation, experimentation, and interpretation of results and the use and misuse of scientific data.

FILLING OF SURVEY FORMS
Undergraduates, undertaking various research programme are often faced with how to get the right audience to fill their survey forms for research purposes.

WHO IS AN ACADEMIC ADVISOR?
For undergraduates, knowing who their academic advisor would guide them on towing the right path in their academic activities.

BOOKSHOP
Students desire to know where the bookshop is located and what materials are available in the bookshop in order to purchase writing and other academic materials.

INTERDISCIPLINARY THINKING
UNDERSTAND AND APPLY KNOWLEDGE IN AND ACROSS DISCIPLINES
Undergraduates, who use interdisciplinary thinking, recognize the world presents problems, topics, or issues too complex to be satisfactorily addressed though a single lens. Thus, they apply multiple perspectives, paradigms, and frameworks to problems, topics, or issues.

WHO IS A STUDENT MENTOR AND HOW CAN I GET ONE?
Student mentoring help undergraduate student in school especially during their first year and through their course duration to settle in and find out more about the course programme. The experience of the mentors is shared with the new undergraduate.


TUITION PAYMENT
The procedure for payment, tuition fees, designated banks or venues, payment deadline etc are some of the information needs of an undergraduate in order to make the right payment at the right time.

CRITICAL THINKING
Undergraduates, who think critically recognize an object of investigation, frame questions about it, and interrogate assumptions—explicit or implicit. Critical thinking includes the evaluation of evidence, analysis and synthesis of multiple sources, and reflection on varied perspectives.

PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION
Transportation means and transportation system and parking lots are information needs of undergraduate that would facilitate his/her mobility.

LIBRARY
Information on Library location, library hours, library materials and library usage would enhance the effective utilization of the library by the undergraduate.

SCHOLARSHIPS
Information on available scholarships, mode of participation, requirement for qualification and duration of the scholarship would facilitate maximum participation of the programme by the undergraduate.

BANK LOCATION
The location of banks would enable undergraduate carryout their financial transaction.

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