Module Identifier IL30410  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Mr Michael A Lowe  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite IL11020 (alternatives considered), IL10920  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   6 hours. 6 X 1 hr  
  Other   Open learing- student directed progress through printed modues supported by seminars and tutorials  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Essay: 1,500 words  40%
Semester Assessment Company Profile max 15 A4 sides  60%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission of failed coursework   

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module students should be able to:

Brief description

Taking as its starting point the nature of business itself, the course first explores how and why business needs and uses information. The aim is then to develop a critical awareness of those sources which report on aspects of the commercial environment including on companies, markets, the city, and products . Working through the units of the printed module, and making use of a range of electronic resources, participants gain practical business information retrieval and interpretation skills. The seminars introduce the open learning study mode, and act as milestones in students┬┐ progress through the independent study material.


To gain the knowledge and skills necessary to provide a business with the information it needs on its external commercial environment.

Reading Lists

** Essential Reading
M A Lowe (1999) Business Information at Work London : Taylor & Francis

** Recommended Text
Lowe, Michael Business Information at Work Taylor & Francis 0851424031

** Recommended Consultation
Financial Times
Information World Review
Managing Information
Business Information Review


This module is at CQFW Level 6