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PG6009: Graduate Information Literacy

Graduate Information Literacy Skills


Day 1:   Research Resource Discovery

  • Comprehensive search and review of the literature around your research topic, including using research databases, internet resources, social web tools

Day 2:  Research Resources & Academic Integrity

  • Critically evaluating information resources in terms of authority and value; considering ethical issues when using information
  • Using reference software to manage research information

Day 3:  Open Research & Dissemination

  • Research Data Management
  • Publishing and Disseminating your Research

Next Dates: November 2024, Dates TBC.


Comments from Students

"It is a very good course. All researchers should do it." 

"It was a great few days, engaging and enjoyable"

"Would have been great if I had known about this module in my first year"

"Thank you, it was a great course and very useful!"

Module Information

PG6009 Graduate Information Literacy 

Target Audience: PhD & Research Masters 

Duration: 20 hours

Credit Weighting: 5 credits 

The next delivery is November 2024. Date TBC. Please email us if you require further information.

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See also: Book of Modules


Module Objective:
To give postgraduate students an introduction to the principles and practice of Information Literacy, as applied to PhD research; to enable postgraduate students to audit and update their Information Literacy Skills by expanding and acquiring a portfolio of Information Literacy Skills; to develop those skills which will enhance the quality of their research and expand their career opportunities in our knowledge-based economy.

Students who register for the module will undertake a series of face-to-face sessions. For the award of 5 credits students must attend all core units and complete a short assessment on the relevance of what they have learned to their own research. 

Learning Outcomes:
Develop effective strategies to locate and access relevant information

  • Plan and undertake a comprehensive search and review of the literature around your research topic. 
  • Develop effective strategies to locate and access relevant information. 
  • Analyse and critically evaluate research findings (yours & others)
  • Demonstrate and apply a range of these skills as part of your wider research portfolio
  • Develop effective approaches to keep up to date with the latest research in your area
  • Manage your research information saving valuable time and effort
  • Identify the legal and ethical issues relating to the use of information
  • Publish and present information in an effective way
  • Justify the application of these information literacy skills to your specific research

Places will be limited in the formal module so early application is advisable