2023-2024 / DOCU1001-1

Information systems in the biomedical field


10h Th, 20h Pr

Number of credits

 Bachelor in biomedicine2 crédits 


Sandrina Vandenput



Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The objective of this theoretical and practical training is to optimize adequate scientific information search in the field of biomedical sciences, making the best use of the different resources and tools available in libraries and on the web.

Acquired knowledge and skills will prove useful during university education and professional career.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

This training will enable students to determine the extent of information needed and access the needed information effectively and efficiently.

This training involves a two-pronged approach:

  • a theoretical part, which will enable students (i) to describe the interest and functioning principles of the different resources and tools serving to optimize scientific information search, and (ii) to highlight the importance of critically assessing any information before using it;
  • a practical part, which will allow students (i) to test and get used to those tools in order to acquire the necessary independence to meet the numerous needs for information in the course of their studies and, later, during their professional life, (ii) to develop critical approach on available information.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

There are no prerequisites, even if computer literacy and a good knowledge of scientific English features are major assets.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is organized in such a way that everybody can participate actively.

It will consist in in-person classes and practical work or in preparations.
More practical information will be given during the first course session.

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

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

The course starts in the second quarter (February). It is organized so as to encourage students' active participation.
Practical training consists of compulsory online exercises followed by in-class Q-A feedback sessions. 

Recommended or required readings

Course notes (Powerpoint slideshows used during lecture classes) as well as all relevant material and 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 ( multiple-choice questionnaire, open-ended questions )

Additional information:

Assessment takes place as a function of the Faculty calendar on computers. In about 80 minutes the students will have to demonstrate their ability to efficiently use information literacy tools (see learning objectives). 
More practical information will be given during the first course session.

Written exam assessing knowledge (theory) and know-how (on computer)


There is no automatic entitlement to exemption.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Detailed information about the course content and organization will be given in the first course session.


Vandenput Sandrina (ULiege Library | Health Sciences) : s.vandenput@uliege.be

Reynders Célia (ULiège Library | Santé) : Celia.Reynders@uliege.be

Please, use only your ULiege address (XXX@student.uliege.be) for any exchange of mails and specify, in the subject line of your email, the title of the course (DOCU1001).

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