Checking date: 27/04/2023

Course: 2024/2025

Information skills
Bachelor in Security Engineering (Plan: 282 - Estudio: 272)

Coordinating teacher: GÓMEZ TORRES, MARÍA SOLEDAD

Department assigned to the subject: Transversal matters

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Branch of knowledge: Social Sciences and Law

Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
It is recommended to overcome the subject "Habilidades Inglés" in the first course.
At the completion of this course, students will ¿ Understand the importance of resource-based learning and research. ¿ Recognize information problems and develop effective strategies to solve them. ¿ Become familiar with general and specialized information sources, and be able to determine their appropriateness for the task at hand. ¿ Determine the reliability and quality of information and its sources. ¿ Develop their information retrieval skills, improving the precision and efficiency of their searches. ¿ Use information ethically, avoiding plagiarism, and following academic conventions and professional requirements.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
UNIT 1: WHERE TO FIND RELIABLE INFORMATION - Data, information and knowledge. - Competences in information. - Sources of information: typology and location. - Evaluation of information resources. UNIT 2: ETHICAL USE OF INFORMATION: CITATION AND REFERENCES - Ethics and intellectual property. - The academic work without plagiarism. - Create and manage in text citations and bibliographic references. - Present and organize references. - Software products for generating and managing citations and bibliographies. UNIT 3. INFORMATION RETRIEVAL: GENERAL RESOURCES - Basic concepts of Information Retrieval. - Information search processes in electronic environments. - Multidisciplinary databases. - Internet search tools. UNIT 4. INFORMATION RETRIEVAL: THEMATIC AND SPECIALIZED RESOURCES - Portals and specialized databases. - Selection of online resources. - New spaces of knowledge interaction.
Learning activities and methodology
Acquisition of theoretical knowledge (1 ECTS), through lectures, teaching materials prepared by the teacher, online tutorials, specialized reading, and the students' personal study, related to theoretical competences. Acquisition of practical skills and abilities (2 ECTS), through case-studies oriented to information seeking in web sources, analysis of these sources, evaluation of results, presentation and citation of content. Student assignments will be done partly in a computers classroom with direct supervision of the teacher; and partly out of the classroom with the support and subsequent control of the teacher. These assignments will be in particular oriented on the acquisition and development of practical skills. The days and hours of tutorship sessions for each group will be available in the course space in Aula Global.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 0
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 100

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
  • PACIOS LOZANO, Ana R. (coord). Técnicas de búsqueda y uso de la información. Madrid: Editorial Universitaria Ramón Areces. 2013
Recursos electrónicosElectronic Resources *
(*) Access to some electronic resources may be restricted to members of the university community and require validation through Campus Global. If you try to connect from outside of the University you will need to set up a VPN

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