Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Introduction to Information Literacy

LEVEL 00 - Mod Pre-Tert, Foundation, Proficiency & DegreePlus

ECTS CREDITS Not Applicable

DEPARTMENT Degree Plus Programme

DESCRIPTION Easy and constant access to information is causing end-user overload and leading to difficulties in identifying, evaluating, selecting, locating and accessing relevant and reliable information sources that can address specific information needs. In this study-unit, students of all backgrounds will be taught different information literacy skills that will aid them in doing research. This course will allow students to master essential tools for pursuing a university level course or doing research in general. Each session will be followed by practical exercises.

Learning Objectives:

1. Task definition - Define the information problem and identify the information needed;
2. Information seeking strategies - How to determine and use all possible information sources;
3. Location and access - How to locate and access the appropriate sources for the information required;
4. Use of information - Engaging and extracting relevant information from the source;
5. Synthesis - How to organize sources and present the information retrieved;
6. Evaluation - How to judge effectiveness and authenticity of information source used.

Unit Material:

Appropriate unit material will be provided by the tutor during the sessions. There are no set texts for the unit, though tutor may recommend appropriate manuals to students who would like to take their work in this area further.


In keeping with the spirit of Degree Plus, there is no formal assessment associated with the unit. A certificate of attendance and of satisfactory completion of the unit will be provided at the end of the semester.

Note: Degree plus units are not designed to be incrementally burdensome in terms of the many academic demands placed on students during their undergraduate years.

ADDITIONAL NOTES This unit may not be offered if there is an insufficient number of applicants.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Attendance No 100%


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It should be noted that all the information in the description above applies to study-units available during the academic year 2020/1. It may be subject to change in subsequent years.