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HSS8002 : Information Skills

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

This module aims to equip new research students with the knowledge and skills to become efficient and effective information managers, saving time and stress, and ensuring they are able to make the most of the rich range of resources available from the University Library and beyond.

It covers all aspects of information literacy, from the beginnings of the literature search, through to keeping research up-to-date and organising references, right up to the ethical and practical issues to consider when disseminating your work.

Whether you’re interested in ancient manuscripts or social media, we’ll help you chart a course through today’s highly complex, information world.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module uses a combination of face-to-face sessions and self-paced materials on Canvas. Library staff will be on hand to answer your questions via Canvas discussion boards.

It has several strands:
a) Skills check (essential).
b) Core materials (essential).
c) Additional content topics to build your skills.

Core materials (2-3 hours per week)
The core materials lay the foundation for the module’s assignment. You need to:
a) Work through the five weeks of core topic content on Canvas.
b) Participate in online group activities.

Core materials include:
• Your search question: formulating your search.
• Finding the right words: keywords and synonyms.
• What’s out there? Discovering different types of information.
• Academic information: Why Google is not enough.
• Critical evaluation: Evaluating your findings and your search.
• Using social media as a researcher.
• Beyond the library: finding and using information elsewhere.
• 21st Century researcher: early and later in your research career.

Build your skills (1-2 hours per week)
Each week, we’ll also ask you to spend time on self-paced materials relating to managing information and/or specialist information.
• The Managing information strand will help you develop your skills with referencing and reference management.
• The Specialist information materials are designed to help you find and evaluate different types of resource, including news resources; Government publications and statistics; audio-visual resources; company information and market research; Special Collections and archives.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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