2023-2024 / DOCU0445-2

Information literacy and evidence-based veterinary medicine


10h Th, 2h Pr

Number of credits

 Advanced Master in Veterinary Sciences: Clinical Internship1 crédit 
 Advanced Master in Specialised Veterinary Medicine (Registrations are closed)1 crédit 


Sandrina Vandenput

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, examination in June


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Being information literate (on the identification of the needs for to the good use of relevant information) and having a thorough knowledge of the basic principles of scientific communication are indispensable in a process of competence improvement.
The course aims to (i) render postgraduate master students autonomous in their information search (literacy research methodology, selection of relevant data, and critical appraisal) and (ii) enable them to master scientific communication principles.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of the training, students will be able to:

  • determine the extent of information needed & access the needed information effectively and efficiently,
  • select relevant data through the analysis of information as it is advocated in the evidence-based medicine approach,
  • apprehend scientific communication: process and stakes of scientific publishing, principles of scientific writing and oral scientific communication.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

There are no prerequisites, but a fairly good knowledge of scientific English and computer literacy are advantages.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The in-person course (10 hours) is organized in such a way that everybody can participate actively.
Two hours of tutorials are organized at the end of the training to give students the opportunity to conduct specific research pertaining to their fields of research.
Online exercises will be offered to allow self-assessment and raise questions, if necessary.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Presentiel course and online exercises
See « Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods » section.

Recommended or required readings

The course notes (Power Point slideshows of the theoretical course) as well as podcasts are available on eCampus.
The reference books mentioned in the course notes are available in ULiège Library | Health Sciences - CHU.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam AND oral exam

Additional information:

The assessment of the course is based on a written paper that is defended orally by the student in accordance with the academic calendar. The topic of the assignment is chosen freely but a template is imposed for the examination.
The purposes of the assignment are essentially to assess the student's ability to:

  • make an information literacy instruction request in accordance with available tools,
  • make references within a text and bibliographical references at the end of a paper following the instructions to authors of a given journal.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The course starts on September-October.
The program schedule is available on eCampus.


Sandrina Vandenput, DVM, PhD
ULiège Library | Health Sciences Email : S.Vandenput@uliege.be
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