2017-2018 / PSYC0085-2

Introduction to information literacy


15h Th, 15h Pr

Number of credits

 Bachelor in psychology and education : speech and language therapy3 crédits 
 Bachelor in psychology and education : general3 crédits 
 Master in speech and language therapy (120 ECTS)3 crédits 
 Master in psychology : general (120 ECTS)3 crédits 


Nancy Durieux

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

At the University, many opportunities are offered to students to enable them to become independent in searching, evaluating and using scientific information. The course "Introduction to information literacy" represents one such opportunity. The purpose of this theoretical and practical training is to teach students

  • how to search relevant scientific documents /information, using the most appropriate resources available in the library and on the web and developing a critical approach on available information ;
  • how to cite references to the standards of the American Psychological Association (APA).
The knowledge and skills acquired on this course will be useful both throughout students' academic studies (for example, in completing lecture notes or producing work) and in their professional career (for example, in finding information to justify /support a decision in the context of the "evidence-based practice").
The course focuses on the following topics:
  • sources of scientific information;
  • tools for retrieval of specialized information pertaining to psychological sciences, speech therapy and educational sciences;
  • the process of information literacy ;
  • plagiarism and the American Psychological Association (APA) rules on citing references.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

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

  • define the concept of "information literacy" ;
  • describe the features and functioning principles of the different resources and tools serving to optimize scientific information searching ;
  • search relevant scientific information;
  • cite their references when writing a document, according to the standards of the APA.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

There are no prerequisites for this course. However, familiarity with using computers and having a minimum knowledge of scientific English are an advantage.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

This course is based primarily on a series of taught sessions. However, these sessions are organized so as to encourage students' active participation. Exercices should be prepared at home.  The completion of these exercises requires the use of a computer and the Internet (various rooms equipped with computers and wireless terminals are available to students within the University).
More information will be provided during the first class.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)

Face-to-face + other (need to be defined)
See "Planned learning activities and teaching methods".
More information will be provided during the first class.

Recommended or required readings

Slides from the course will be posted on MyULg or on another portal.
Throughout the sessions, references will be made to web sites: consulting these sites will be either mandatory or optional (see note on this in the course notes).
Chapters 6 and 7 of the following manual will also be recommended:
American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
This book is available in multiple copies in the Life Sciences Libraries. Chapters 6 and 7 cover questions related to citing references in a text and presenting a reference list.
The APA@ULG website (available at http://doclib.ulg.ac.be/apa/) was developed to present the main APA rules in French.

Assessment methods and criteria

Course assessment will take place according to the Faculty calendar. The assessment will evaluate the knowledge and skills learnt on the course (see Learning outcomes). In order to undertake the assessment, students will need to show the following documents: identity card (or passport) and ULg student card.
More information will be provided during the first class.

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks

More information will be provided during the first class.


Nancy Durieux Life Sciences Library Bât. B34 - CHU - Tour 5 Quartier Hôpital Avenue de l'Hôpital 11, 4000 LIEGE Tel. : +32(0)4/366 96 26 E-mail : Nancy.Durieux@ulg.ac.be
Please, use only your ULg address (XXX@student.ulg.ac.be) for any exchange of mails and specify in the subject line of your email the title of the course (PSYC0085).