ECS-65100 Information Literacy


Credits 1.50

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper1
Independent study
Course coordinator(s)drs. MB Duizendstraal
Lecturer(s)dr. M Post
RM de Waal
drs. MB Duizendstraal
drs. AMP Kersten
Examiner(s)dr. ir. JMS Renkema


The course Information Literacy is a good preparation for writing a MSc thesis, and for all other research projects during studies or in future professional life. Students learn to develop strategies in finding useful and relevant information without getting lost and loosing too much time. They learn how to evaluate the found information, how to cite sources properly and to prevent plagiarism. Information is given about managing references with EndNote. Theoretical background will be supplemented by live demos and practical assignments in the scheduled classes as well as in the online course materials. The aim of the assignments is to gain practical experience with finding, selecting, and citing of information sources and to learn from experience of fellow students.

Learning outcomes:

After this course students will be able to:
- identify and understand various information sources;
- construct strategies for locating information and data;
- locate and access the information and data needed;
- review the research process and compare and evaluate information and data;
- organise and use information professionally and ethically.


The course comprises of three classes with lectures and computer practicals. Students make an assignment in pairs or individually, which they start during the first class and submit within four days after the second class. In the assignment students set up a search strategy on a given or self-chosen topic and make a reference list of selected sources. They will give and get feedback on the assignments in the third class.


Student performance will be assessed with a written exam, which is scheduled in a PC room in the exam week. The exam consists of open and closed questions. Students pass if their grade is 5.5 or higher and if the assignment is submitted and made with sufficient effort. Assignments that are not submitted in time or that are insufficient have to be redone on a new topic.


All course materials are available in Blackboard.