Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Business Information Services
Academic Year
Distance Learning
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Other This module is provided DL, students work independently through module handbook and are supported online via VLE


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Review of free and subscription resource  50%
Semester Assessment Report on the user needs of a business information service  50%
Supplementary Assessment Submission of supplementary coursework for failed course elements in line with the learning outcomes of the original assignments 

Learning Outcomes

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

*Distinguish between different types of business information service, contextualising these services relative to information service more generally

  • Identify and critically analyse the information needs of businesses

*Identify appropriate systematic search strategy, perform complex searches upon key business information sources and evaluate output.

*Evaluate the scope and accessibility of business information sources, including a comparison of free versus subscription

* Identify methods and tools for providing evidence of the value of the business information service

Brief description

The aim of this module is to give students an introduction to the field of Business Information. The module provides an overview of the types of business information sources and examines the information needs of business. Students will develop professional skills required in the business information workplace. They will also explore different business information workplace scenarios through case studies and professional literature. It will enable students to determine if they wish to specialize in the Business Information field when they enter the profession.


Content will include the following:
  • Information needs of business
  • Use and evaluation of business information sources such as news, market research
  • Profiles of diverse business information services e.g. business school, public library business information service, law library, business support services
  • Professional practice: proving the value of a business information service

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Discussion of this covered in sections on value of information service
Communication Discussion is encouraged via Moodle Written assignments assessed
Improving own Learning and Performance Personal reflection
Information Technology Independent use of IT for practical activities
Personal Development and Career planning Module presents an introduction to specialized field of business information which will be useful for future career planning
Problem solving Written assignments and group discussions will encourage an investigative and critical approach to key issues
Research skills To be developed through written assignment and practical sessions
Subject Specific Skills Will introduce knowledge of business information profession, (learning outcomes 1,2, 3,4) and an understanding of professional practice (learning outcomes 2, 5)
Team work


This module is at CQFW Level 6