Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Information Literacy
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 22 Hours. 11 x 2hr lectures


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 2500 word report - covering outcomes 3, 4, 5, 6  50%
Semester Assessment 2500 word report - covering outcomes 1 + 2  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

* Evaluate definitions of information ltieracy and begin to form their own definitions.

* Discuss theories of information literacy and information seeking.

* Perform information literate information seeking based on modles of information behaviour.

* Discuss the process of locating and using information sources and discuss the generic transferable skills involved in that process.

* Demonstrate techniques of Infrmation Seeker Orientation, Opening and Consolidation within a wider understanding of the theoretical frameworks.

* Identify and use core information seeking skills to identify and solve information problems and contrast these with alternative methods of obtaining infornation.

* Explain methods of coping with information overload.

* Communicate information literacy skills to others.

Brief description

Information Literacy offers the opportunity for students to develop transferable skills in the field of Information Seeking Behaviour. Specific information skills are reviewed and evaluated within a theoretical framework. Evaluation of Information Literacy theories and models forms the basis of self questioning and critical thinking skills needed for flexible continual development of information seeking skills over the long term and enable students to consider ways in which they might apply this experience and knowledge to teaching others basic information literacy skills.


The module provides an opportunity to develop the portfolio in a way that will offer both academic and practical benefits to students.
Information Literacy as a field is about the ability to think about and to find and to use information in an ever-changing information driven society.
The acquisition of information literacy skills form the basis of what we may term `lifelong learning? and in this provide a key transferable skill valued by employers in diverse career paths ranging from real life day-to-day information seeking through teaching, management, information science and academic pursuits.
The module aims to enable students to becoming critical thinkers, intellectually curious observers, creators and users of information. That is, to become information literate and capable of sustaining and developing and teaching to others, that literacy skill throughout the changes of technology and information sources that will become available in coming years.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Information Technology IT will be used as a tool on the module; but the IT itself is secondary to the information literacy skill that will be developed. Some teaching will involve accessing and saving electronic information for which basic trainign will be provided at the beginning of the series of practical sessions.
Personal Development and Career planning Students will maintain a learning development diary and this will have ultimate value in CV writing and in reflecting upon ways to answer the assessed coursework.
Subject Specific Skills * Independent project work * Writing in an academic context: assessments require formal writing and presentation of structured argument * Oral discussion and presentation: classroom discussion will be encouraged * Self-management: the course report requires planning and time management skills
Team work Groups of students may be asked to interact within the boundaries of interactive exercises in both lecture and practical sessions.


This module is at CQFW Level 6