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Information Competency

About Information Competency

Information Competency is an AA/AS general education graduation requirement in effect starting with the 2004-2005 catalog. Information Competency is not required if enrolled prior to Fall 2001. It is also not required of Nursing students starting Fall 2002 or PTA students starting Spring 2003.

Information Competency is the ability to identify an information need, to find the needed information efficiently, and to use information effectively and ethically. Information Competency combines aspects of library literacy, research methods, critical thinking, and technological literacy.

Upon receipt of an associate degree from Ohlone College, a student will be able to:
1. Develop effective research strategies.
2. Locate, retrieve, evaluate, and use information ethically and legally.

Course Options for Fulfilling the Information Competency Requirement

Students must successfully complete one of the following:

  • LS-101 Steps to Successful Research, 1 unit, online class, (CR)
  • CS/LS-151 Internet for Research, .5 unit, (CR)
  • COMM 100 Introduction to Communication Theory, 3 units, (GR)
  • HIST 119A Bad Girls: Women in America before 1890, 3 units, (GC)
  • HIST 119B Bad Girls: Women in America from 1890, 3 units, (GC)
  • SPCH 101 Introduction to Public Speaking, 3 units, (GR)

Testing Out of the Information Competency Requirement

Students who believe they possess the required information competency skills may test out of the requirement by passing the Information Competency Proficiency Examination. Students should take the examination before their final semester in case they do not pass and have to enroll in one of the required classes.

The Information Competency Proficiency Examination consists of 33 multiple-choice questions. Each question is worth one point. You will need a total score of at least 23 points to pass the exam. The examination is not repeatable.

The questions on the examination focus on basic research and critical thinking skills. Some of the research skills questions require familiarity with bibliographic citation styles such as MLA (Modern Language Association) or APA (American Psychological Association). Some questions will focus on basic electronic finding tools such as the library's catalog as well as the Internet.

Information Competency Proficiency Exam Procedures

  • Fill out the online request form to take the exam.
  • A Library staff member will call you to schedule an appointment once your test and account are complete.
  • All students must show photo ID to exam proctor before taking the exam.
  • There is no charge for the exam.
  • Each exam is 90 minutes, timed, with a set number of questions.
  • Students need to have a passing grade of 70% or higher.
  • No retests are allowed.
  • Information Competency Test Request Form

    Personal Information
    * Do you have a Blackboard account for only the
    Information Competency Test?

Questions?

If you have questions about the information competency proficiency exam, please contact:

  • Lesley Buehler, Dean, Business, Technology, & Learning Resources
    (510) 659-6082

    Location: 1302A, Library, Building 1, third floor, Fremont campus

Waivers and Substitutions for the Information Competency Requirement

Please contact:

  • K.G. Greenstein
    Ohlone College Library
    (510) 979-7580
    kgreenstein@ohlone.edu
    Location: Room 1316 (inside the Library), Building 1, third floor, Fremont campus

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