|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||User study : interview and analyis (3,000 words)||100%|
|Supplementary Assessment||User study : interview and analyis (3,000 words)||100%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Outline different approaches to studying information sources and their value to specific users
Discuss critically the role, value and function of a range of information sources
Critically evaluate various information sources
Plan and carry out a research interview with one individual
Analyse basic interview data
Use ICT skills to gain access to a range of tools to access information sources
This module adopts a user-centred approach to the study of information sources. It examines the range information sources that may be used by particular groups and individuals, and the context for this use. It includes an in depth discussion of some key information sources, both new and well established, and discusses the impact of new technologies such as the internet on information use. Practical experience is provided in using various information tools, including bibliographic databases, web-based resources and other electronic resources, which provide users with access to information, either directly or indirectly. As more users are now involved in searching for their own information, the module will also examine how to evaluate sources of information, especially those available on the world wide web.
Unit 2. Books and journals in the digital age. Including discussion of the function and roles of these key information sources, and how their role, use and our understanding of them are changing in the information age. Includes brief discussion of the publishing industry, the future of the printed book, different models of e-book publishing and journal subscriptions, and their impact on the library service. Introduces discussion of bibliographies, catalogues and the concept of a ‘national bibliography’.
Unit 3. Web based information. Impact of new technologies on information creation and sharing, including changes in the way people access information; the changing role of the library in this respect; and how the value and credibility of different types of information sources may be changing over time. Short case studies on 2 or 3 ‘new’ information sources (Wikipedia, blogs, websites).
Unit 4. Non-textual information. Audio and visual information sources (digital or otherwise) remain an important and in many cases unique source of information (e.g. pictures, photographs, moving images and sound recordings) – their role and value is discussed.
Unit 5. Accessing and evaluating information. Drawing together issues raised in earlier units, overviews the way in which individuals’ ways of accessing, using and sharing information is changing and the how this is linked to developments in tools for accessing information (e.g. search engines, social media). Discusses ways of evaluating sources in an increasingly complex information environment, including how this is increasingly the task of the independent information user.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||N/A|
|Communication||Through written assessment, discussion on VLE and arranging and carrying our assignment interview|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Reflection on own performance is built into assessment criteria|
|Information Technology||Students will be required to examine a range of information sources available electronically.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||This module encourages the development of subject-specific knowledge and skills needed by all information professionals.|
|Problem solving||Research-based assignment encourages students to plan own project (assignment) and deal with any issues relating to organizing and conducting the assignment, and analyzing the results|
|Research skills||Research-based assignment encourages students to plan own project (assignment) and deal with any issues relating to organizing and conducting the assignment, and analyzing the results|
|Subject Specific Skills|
This module is at CQFW Level 6