ERIC Number: ED224714
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Communication and Information Theory: A Curriculum Guide for the School of Natural Resources.
Yakes, Nancy Ann
Beginning in fall 1981, a course in communication and information theory was offered at the School of Natural Resources (University of Michigan). Throughout the course, emphasis was placed on comparing communication strategies and effectiveness as well as providing models for interdisciplinary research and data management. Case study materials and decision-making activities were frequently employed. Issues covered were derived from reports of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) International Commission for the Study of Communication Problems and other UNESCO materials on the New International Information and Communication Order. A brief description and evaluation of the course, the 12 course units, and bibliography are provided in this document. Unit 1 is the course overview/introduction. Units 2 and 3 focus on the nature of information (objectivity/observables and interpretation). Units 4-6 focus on sources (indexing for management, information theory and integrative research, and information management models). Units 7-9 address information dissemination concerns (communication theory, mass media, and alternative media). Decision-making and effective communication, information technology and futures, and international information concerns are considered in units 10-12 respectively. Course outline, reading list, and course evaluation form are included in an appendix. Overall favorable student/teacher reaction to the course is reported. Revisions based on student/teacher evaluations are noted. (Author/JN)
Descriptors: Communication (Thought Transfer), Course Content, Course Descriptions, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Curriculum Guides, Decision Making, Environmental Education, Higher Education, Information Dissemination, Information Science, Information Sources, Information Theory, Mass Media
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Thesis, University of Michigan.