Module Identifier DS34020  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Mr Allen E Foster  
Semester Available all semesters  
Course delivery Lecture   2 Hours One introductory lecture/seminar of 2 hours provided at study school, the remainder to be taught entirely through distance learning materials.  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Essay of 2,500 words - weighted 50%. 
Semester Assessment Report of 2,500 words - weighted 50%. 

Learning outcomes

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

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 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.


The course will address a range of content linked to the learning outcomes. Primarily content will revolve around:

Reading Lists

** Recommended Consultation
Kuhlthau, C.C (1993) Seeking Meaning: a process approach to library and information services Norwood, N.J. : Ablex Pub

Bruce, C.S (1997) The relational approach: a new model for Information Literacy The New Review of Information and Library Research, Vol 3, pp1361-1455
Conteh-Morgan, M (2002) Connecting the Dots: Limited English Proficiency, Second Language Learning Theories, and Information Literacy Instruction The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 28, Number 4, pp191-196
Erdelez, S (1999) Information encountering; it?s more than just bumping into information ?. Bulletin of the American Association for Information Science, 25(3), pp25-29. Online. Available:
Ford, N. J., Wilson, T. D., Ellis, D., Foster, A., & Spink, A (2000) Individual differences in information seeking: An empirical study ASIS 2000: Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science, November, Chicago, IL., pp.14-24
Grafstein, A (2002) A Discipline-Based Approach to Information Literacy The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 28, Number 4, pp197-204
Niahl, D (1998) Learning the Internet and the Structure of Information Behaviour ?. Journal of the American Society for Information Science. 49(11), pp1017-1023
Spink, A., Wilson, T. D., Ford, N. A., Foster, A., & Ellis, D (2002) Information seeking and mediated searching. Part 3: Successive searching Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. Vol 53 (9), pp 716-727
Wilson, T.D (2000) Human Information Behaviour Informing Science [online], 3(2).
Wilson, T.D., Ford, N.J., Ellis, D., Foster, A.E. & Spink, A (2000) Uncertainty and its correlates The New Review of Information Behaviour Research, 1(1), pp69-84


This module is at CQFW Level 6