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College 005

COLL 005 is a non-credit course that all entering undergraduate students must complete by the end of their first semester. All students required to complete College 005 should be automatically enrolled. Please contact the M Center if you need access, but don't have it. Once registered, College 005 will be available through Blackboard. Students not finishing College 005 in the first semester will receive an NP, which will permanently show on their record. Students not finishing College 005 will also have a hold placed on their record which will prevent them from adding and dropping classes.

Access to COLL 005 for the academic year will be available in Blackboard on July 15.


Exploration of aspects of information technology as they relate to liberal arts education. Students develop an understanding of the basic operations of computers and computer networks; an ability to search databases and the Internet as sources for reliable information; skill in evaluating resources; and an appreciation of ethical and legal issues related to the use of these technologies.

Info Literacy & Technology Skills

  • Students will learn to evaluate information and think critically by understanding the skill set needed to select appropriate library resources for research. (Introduced, Practiced)
    • Students are able to identify appropriate and inappropriate resources for research after performing a series of online exercises.
    • Through a series of online instructional pages, students are able to evaluate information in terms of its validity, credibility, scholarship, timeliness, etc.
  • Students will have an introductory to advanced knowledge of understanding and utilizing Microsoft products, such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint and will be able to incorporate the skill sets learned in their papers, class presentations and research. (Introduced)
    • Students are able to use Word, Excel, and Powerpoint at a level that will support them in completing class assignments.
  • Students will improve their ability to utilize databases appropriate to their area of inquiry and will have an understanding of how to distinguish between scholarly and peer reviewed journals and popular emphasis resources. This ability will enable them to select more appropriate resources for their classwork and research. (Introduced, Practiced)
    • Students are able to distinguish between popular and scholarly periodicals, choose article indices appropriate to their information needs, use them to identify articles on a topic, and search the library catalog to locate periodicals that contain articles.
    • Students are able to distinguish appropriate and inappropriate databases for research and search methods.
  • Students will gain an understanding of intellectual property and copyright issues which will enable them to realize when it is or is not appropriate to use these materials and when permission needs to be sought. (Introduced, Practiced)
    • Students are able to determine when and how to cite sources used in their work to avoid plagiarism.
    • Copyright basics are reviewed within the context of academic research and students will be able to avoid breach of copyright. .
  • Students will be exposed to various kinds of interdisciplinary citations and will gain an understanding of the proper bibliographic formats and citations to use in their disciplines (e.g. MLA, Chicago, APA, etc.). (Introduced)
    • Students are able to recognize different parts of a citation.
    • Students are able to distinguish between MLA, APA, and Chicago formats.

How to Access the College 005 Course

If you have never accessed the Mills Portal you will need to set your password first. Please follow the directions on the Set Your Password for the First Time page.

If you have never accessed Blackboard, but have accessed the Mills Portal, you may need to reset your password. First login to the Mills Portal and then click on the "Change Your Password..." link in the lefthand area of the portal homepage and follow the rules for changing your password.

  1. Go to the Mills Portal at login using your Mills username (You can also login via your SSN or BannerID).
  2. Click on the "Blackboard for Mills" link in the upper right corner of the browser window.
  3. Click on the "COLL005-01: Information Literacy" link.
  4. Take the Pre-Test and then work your way through the modules, taking each quiz before taking the final Post-Test.

If you have questions about the status of your College 005 progress, or problems accessing the course, please contact Lawral Wornek at






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Mills Hall 
P: 510.430.2096
F: 510.430.3119

Last Updated: 5/11/18