Module Identifier IL11620  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Ms Pauline M Rafferty  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Mr John Nelson, Ms Tanya C Rogers  
Course delivery Lecture    
  Seminars / Tutorials    
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Report  50%
Semester Exam2 Hours Unseen examination  50%

Learning outcomes

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

Brief description

This module provides a foundation in some key principles and skills in the discipline of information studies, relating to the organization, classification and retrieval of information, and it will familiarize students with the structure, content and purpose of a range of information sources and formats. It introduces basic skills in interrogating such resources and the development of practical search strategies. An inherent part of this process is the development of an understanding of the ways in which information and information sources are organized and categorised in order to facilitate retrieval and access.


Topic areas covered
1. What is an information source?
2. The range of information sources and their characteristics
3. Information users and information behavior
4. Defining an information need/generating queries
5. Organisation of information - why does information need a structure?
6. Structure of information: specific sources
7. Specific sources: indexing, abstracting services
8. Information retrieval systems
Lectures in each area are accompanied by relevant practical or seminar work

Module Skills

Problem solving Developed in practical sessions and also forms part of assessment  
Research skills Via practical sessions (information searching of various internet applications and databases) and assignments (relating to similar issues)  
Communication Some lecture and practical sessions will require students to work together in small groups to discuss particular scenarios / work toward solving problems  
Improving own Learning and Performance Problem-based approach via practical sessions and some group work within lectures should encourage students to develop independent approaches to learning  
Team work See 3  
Information Technology One of the aims of the module is to development students IT skills specifically relating to information-searching skills  
Application of Number N/A  
Personal Development and Career planning As a core module in a professionally accredited degree scheme the module will equip student with basic information handling and search skills that can be developed throughout the degree and form a basis for job seeking in their field following graduation  
Subject Specific Skills Module specifically addresses foundational or key skills that are required within the subject area  


This module is at CQFW Level 4