Accessing Information

Course code 72142

This online course will provide learners from all disciplines with an introduction to information literacy and the skills required to fully participate in problem-based and applied learning. The online course will take you through each facet of information literacy, allowing you time to practise and demonstrate understanding of these core skills. You will need an understanding of and familiarity with the enabling technology.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 5  
    Credits 20 
  • Study type Trimester  
    EFTS 0.1667  
  • Availability
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 enrol by 12 Feb 2019 to start 25 Feb 2019
    Trimester 2 enrol by 23 Jun 2019 to start 1 Jul 2019
    Trimester 3 enrol by 20 Oct 2019 to start 28 Oct 2019
  • Delivery type
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1, 2 & 3 2019 Online only
  • Workload

    Allow approximately 10-12 hours study time per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher around assessment due dates or exam time.

  • Fees
    2019 :  
    NZ students $730 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students $2,254 + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying  

Topics covered include

  • preparing a research question
  • finding and accessing information through the Open Polytechnic library
  • using the retrieved information
  • evaluating the retrieved information; and
  • ethical and legal issues surrounding the use of information.


You need basic computer skills, including knowledge of a word processing package, the ability to use basic Internet search tools to find information, and the ability to use an email account. You will need regular and reliable access to a computer, the Internet and email for the duration of this course.


This course is 100% internally assessed


No textbooks are required for this course

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