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Information Skills for foreign degree students: Course information

Course requirements

The aim of this course is to help you become acquainted with the most important information sources in your own field and with the principles of information retrieval.

To complete the course and get the 1 credit you must:

  • Participate in all four training sessions
  • Study the web-based learning material
  • Successfully complete homework: two multiple choice exercises and an independent course assignment

Registration and schedules in Oodi.

Training session themes

1. training session

  • Basic tools for information searching: finding books, journals and articles.
  • Publication types

2. training session

  • Information search techniques

3. training session

  • Finding search terms
  • Evaluation of search results and publications

4. training session

  • Subject specific databases

Description

ECTS CREDITS:  1 ECTS credit

LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION: English

TIMING:  The course unit is held in the autumn and spring semester.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students know the different phases of scientific information retrieval process and basic techniques of systematic information search. They will find the most important reference databases of their discipline and know how to evaluate information sources and search results.

CONTENTS:  Retrieval of scientific information, the search process, key databases of the discipline, and evaluation of information retrieval and information sources.

MODE OF DELIVERY: Blended teaching: classroom training, web-based learning material and exercises in Optima environment, a final assignment on a topic of the student’s own choice

LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS: Training sessions 8h, self-study 19h

TARGET GROUP: The course is aimed at degree students of science and technology. The course is compulsory for the Master’s Degree Programme (BCBU) in Environmental Engineering (BEE). 

PREREQUISITES AND CO-REQUISITES: It is recommended that the student knows the basic services of Oulu University Library. The student can participate in the Library ABC –training  (http://www.oulu.fi/library/libraryabc ).

RECOMMEND OPTIONAL PROGRAMME COMPONENTS: -

RECOMMEND OR REQUIRED READING: Web learning material:

http://libguides.oulu.fi/findinginformation

ASSESSMENT METHODS AND CRITERIA: Passing the course requires participation in the training sessions and successful completion of the course assignments.

GRADING: pass/fail

PERSON RESPONSIBLE: Library information specialists, informationservice(at)oulu.fi

WORKING LIFE COOPERATION: -

OTHER INFORMATION: -

 

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