Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
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:

*Critically analyse and synthesise the similarities and variances of different types of business information service

  • Identify and critically analyse the information needs of different businesses with reference to the broader economic environment.

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

* Critically examine, evaluate and compare key business information sources, printed and electronic.

  • Examine and appraise methods and tools available for providing evidence of the value of the business information service

*Critically analyse the value of business information in different contexts, with reference to user needs.

Brief description

The aim of this module is to give postgraduate students an overview of the field of Business Information which will allow them to explore, examine and evaluate this specialist information service using the knowledge that they have gained through the core modules and their work experience. The module will investigate and evaluate business information sources contextualising this specialist service in relation to more general information service. Students will also explore different business information workplace scenarios through case studies and professional literature. Students will engage with scholarly literature in the field. The module will offer the students an opportunity to determine if they wish to develop business information as their Masters dissertation topic.


Content will include the following:
  • Exploring the myriad information needs of business including financial information, HR information, strategic information, international trade and marketing
  • Use and evaluation of business information sources such as news, market research. Identifying how sources are used to support decision making. How user needs impacts on choice of source.
  • Profiles of diverse business information services e.g. business school, public library business information service, law library, business support services
  • Professional practice: demonstrating and quantifying the value of a business information service. Understanding the organizational context, national and international context and how that impacts on the 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 7