Module Identifier IL34020  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Mr Allen E Foster  
Semester Semester 2  
Course delivery Lecture   22 Hours 11 x 2hr lectures  
  Practical   6 Hours 3 X 2 hrs Practicals  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours 2 HOUR WRITTEN EXAMINATION - weighted 50%. 
Semester Assessment 2,500 WORD REPORT - weighted 50%. 

Learning outcomes

On successful 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 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.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Background
Ford N.I., T.D. Wilson, A. Foster, and A. Spink (2000) Individual differences in information seeking: An empirical study. ASIS 2000: Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science, November, Chicago ASIS 2000: Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science, November, Chicago, pp14-24
Kuhlthau C.C (1993) Seeking Meaning: a process approach to library and information services Norwood, N.J.: Ablex Publications

Bruce C.S (1997) The relational approach : a new model for Information Litercay 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, vol.28, no4, 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
Grafstein A (2002) A Discipline-Based Approach to Information Literacy The Journal of Academic Librarianship, vol.28, no4, 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., T.D. Wilson, N.A. Ford, A. Foster and D. Ellis (2002) Information seeking and mediated searching Part3: Successive searching Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, vol.53(9), pp716-727
Wilson T.D (2000) Human Information Behaviour Informing Science, 3(2). Available online at:
Wilson T.D, N.J. Ford, D. Ellis, A.E. Foster and A. Spink (2000) Uncertainty and its correlates The New Review of Information Behaviour Research, 1(1), pp69-84


This module is at CQFW Level 6