Checking date: 14/04/2024

Course: 2024/2025

Information Skills
Bachelor in Economics (Plan: 398 - Estudio: 202)


Department assigned to the subject: Library and Information Sciences Department

Type: Basic Core
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Branch of knowledge: Social Sciences and Law

Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
At the end of the course students will: 1. Understand the need to locate and use reliable sources and the importance of research based on digital information resources. 2. Know the main sources of information, both general and specialised in their discipline, identifying and selecting the most appropriate for each task. 3. Identify information needs and develop effective strategies to locate the appropriate sources. 4. Determine the reliability and quality of information and sources. 5. Retrieve information using accurate and effective searches. 6. Take into consideration the ethical use of information and avoid plagiarism applying academic and deontological regulations and conventions.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
UNIT 1. IDENTIFY RELIABLE INFORMATION IN DIGITAL ENVIRONMENTS - Information overload and disinformation. - Information in Digital Society: risks and challenges. - Critical, thoughtful and proactive use of digital information. - Information sources: identification, selection and evaluation. - New spaces for knowledge interaction. Social media as scientific information resources. UNIT 2. RETRIEVAL AND ORGANIZATION OF INFORMATION - Principles and strategies for efficient information retrieval in the digital environment. - Knowledge and use of the main gateways and collections of general and specialized digital information sources. - Tools for the organization of information and management of references. UNIT 3. ETHICAL USE OF INFORMATION - Ethical use of information and intellectual property regulations. - Avoiding plagiarism in scientific and academic works. - Create and manage in-text citations and references in academic works. - Organise references in academic papers and assignments. - Similarity detection services to prevent plagiarism.
Learning activities and methodology
Teaching is online (synchronous). THE LAST THREE CLASSES ARE FACE-TO-FACE in Getafe Acquisition of knowledge through theoretical classes with teaching materials prepared by the teacher, online tutorials and readings. Related to theoretical competences. Acquisition of skills and abilities through practical cases of information search, analysis and evaluation of sources, and presentation and citation of results. Related to practical competences. Days and times of tutorials will be available in Aula Global.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 0
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 100

Calendar of Continuous assessment

Extraordinary call: regulations
Basic Bibliography
  • Bobish, Greg y Jacobson, Trudi (ed.). The Information Literacy User´s Guide: An Open, Online Textbook. Geneseo, NY: State University of New York at Geneseo, . 2014. Disponible en:
  • Pacios Lozano, Ana R. (coord.) . Técnicas de búsqueda y uso de la información. Madrid: Editorial Universitaria Ramón Areces,. 2013

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.