Checking date: 05/07/2019

Course: 2019/2020

Information Skills
Study: Dual Bachelor in International Estudies and Econmics (328)

Coordinating teacher: ARAGON GONZALEZ, INES

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Library Science and Documentation

Type: Basic Core
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Branch of knowledge: Social Sciences and Law

Students are expected to have completed
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
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.
Description of contents: programme
UNIT 1. WHERE TO FIND RELIABLE INFORMATION - Learn to use your Library. (UC3M Library) - Competencies in information. The systematic process of searching and using information. - Sources of information: typology of documents of habitual use in the academic field and the main reliable sources for its obtaining. UNIT 2. INFORMATION RETRIEVAL: GENERAL RESOURCES - Basic concepts of information retrieval. - Processes and tools in the search for electronic information. - Knowledge and use of the main databases and multidisciplinary academic search engines. - UNIT 3. INFORMATION RETRIEVAL: THEMATIC AND SPECIALIZED RESOURCES - Knowledge and use of the main specialized databases (according to area of knowledge) - New spaces for interaction with knowledge. Social networks as a source of scientific information. - Criteria for evaluating information resources on the web. The fake news. UNIT 4. 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.
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
Basic Bibliography
  • Bothma, T.J.D.. Navigating Information Literacy: your Information Society Survival Toolkit. Pearson Prentice Hall. 2012
  • Turabian, Kate L., revised by Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams, and the University of Chicago Press Editorial Staff. Student's Guide to Writing College Papers. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. 2010
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 and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.