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Reading Course Guidelines

Description

Reading courses are intended to supplement, not duplicate, the existing MLIS curriculum. They can add flexibility to your MLIS program by providing you with an opportunity to further develop a specific interest in the information management field. With approval, students who opt to complete a reading course can delve into a topic in greater detail than might be possible within an existing course, or they may choose to study an area not covered by the MLIS curriculum.  Research studies, or special projects may also be conducted as part of a reading course.

Students enrolled in the MLIS or combined degree program, who have completed at least four three-credit graduate-level courses, and have a GPA of 3.3 (B+) or higher, may apply to complete a reading course.

MLIS students may take a maximum of two reading courses during their program.

Note: SIM administration tries very hard to accommodate Reading Course requests. Priority will be given to topics that fit well with Faculty’s research interests (see Research Clusters).

Roles and Responsibilities

Students and supervisors must review the pages below for a complete overview of the reading course process.

Completing a MLIS Reading Course

Whom should I speak to if I’m interested in doing a reading course?

Before embarking of a reading course, you must arrange to meet with the SIM Director to discuss a potential topic and reading course logistics. The Director will evaluate and coordinate supervision. Come to the meeting prepared to discuss your proposed topic, and plan.

Who can do a reading course?

Students enrolled in the MLIS or combined degree program, who have completed at least four three-credit graduate-level courses, and have a GPA of 3.3 (B+) or higher, may apply to complete a reading course.

How do I formally propose a reading course topic?

After meeting with the Director and your supervisor, you must submit a complete reading course proposal. This must be submitted to your supervisor for approval by the agreed upon deadline. 

Once I get permission to do a reading course, are there timeline guidelines?

Note: These deadlines are guidelines. Please confirm deadlines with your supervisor.

Term SIM Director meeting Proposal Submission to Supervisor SIM Administration approval
Fall By July 1st By August 1st By August 15th
Winter By November 1st By December 1st By December 15th
Summer By March 1st By April 1st By April 15th

What should my reading course proposal include?

Your proposal must include:

  • Reading course proposal form (signed)
  • Title
  • Introduction
  • Purpose/objectives
  • Relevance to the Information Management field
  • Relevance to the MLIS Competencies
  • Selected reading list
  • Methodology (including requirement for ethics approval)
  • Timeline for activities in the course
  • Method of evaluation
  • Abstract
  • Research cluster to which your reading course belongs

How do I choose a research cluster for my reading course?

Refer to the research clusters found on the Research page. If you require assistance, contact your supervisor.

Do I need ethics approval before I begin my reading course?

If a reading course involves research with human subjects, ethics approval must be obtained.  Ethics approval is granted at the Faculty level; your supervisor can help you liaise with the Faculty of Management’s Associate Dean (Research) for the appropriate forms.

Do I need to register for a reading course?

Yes. You must register for either INFO 6700 or INFO 6710 during the term in which the reading course will be completed.

Who can be my supervisor?

The SIM Director will evaluate and coordinate supervision. Potential supervisors could include: a full-time SIM faculty member, members of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. In special circumstances, an adjunct or external supervisor could co-supervise.

Are there opportunities to present my reading course work?

Your supervisor can advise you about opportunities for presenting your research. All students completing a reading course are encouraged to present in the SIM Research Day held in the Winter term.

How many reading courses can I do?

MLIS students may take a maximum of two reading courses during their program.