Navigating and Using Information

Course code LIS502

This course will equip you to identify and analyse an information need within diverse contexts, and to search for relevant information across a range of physical and online repositories and collections.

You will evaluate and use the information you find using ethical, legal, cultural, and relevant evaluation criteria. You will share this knowledge with appropriate audiences.

For more information watch the course introduction video below.

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
    2018 :  
    NZ students $730 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students $1,840 + $60 annual administration fee
    2019 :  
    NZ students $730 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students $1,840 + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying  

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to

  • Analyse an information need using information literacy principles to determine the nature and extent of information needed to accomplish a specific purpose, and identify appropriate formats of information, repositories and collections.
  • Construct and apply simple and complex searches for information, evaluate the search, and explain the various search strategies used.
  • Evaluate the quality and appropriateness of the information located.
  • Apply the outcome of an information search and share it with an intended audience.

Course content

The nature of information and information literacy

  • The nature and value of information to people in diverse contexts, including how information searching and use is influenced by cognitive, affective, social and cultural dimensions of the individual
  • Information literacy and its relationship to other (multiple) literacies

Navigating information

  • Establishing an information need: critically and clearly defining the scope of inquiry
  • Understanding how information is created and presented in different formats to convey the intended message, and choosing appropriate types of information sources for a specific information need (including physical, digital, textual and multi-media, published and unpublished, records, archives, non-traditional, and Māori and Pasifika sources)
  • Identifying appropriate repositories and collections of information and knowledge.
  • Exploring different search tools and how they work (e.g. catalogues, databases, search engines and other finding aids; algorithms, result displays and defaults impact searching)
  • Applying search techniques in common search tools (natural language, controlled vocabularies, boolean operators, and subject searching)

Using information

  • Critically evaluating the authority and suitability of located information within the context of an information need
  • Understanding how to use information in ethical, legal, culturally appropriate and critical ways (including APA referencing, copyright & creative commons licenses, privacy)
  • Using the information that is found and sharing it with others, including how to synthesise different perspectives on a topic, and presenting a piece of work to a particular audience in an appropriate format


100% internally assessed


No textbooks are required for this course

Other requirements

Your course is delivered 100% online. To complete this course you will need access to a computer or device, broadband internet and a data plan able to support online learning such as streaming of videos (including YouTube), downloading content and submitting online assessments. If you are unsure if your current computer/device or internet access allows you to complete your online learning with us, please contact us before applying to enrol. 

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