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Professional course

Information and Digital Literacy

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Computer Science and Creative Technologies
Twelve two hour sessions scheduled over a period of 12 weeks
Course director:
Judith Stewart

Page last updated 30 April 2019


Learners and knowledge workers in a range of roles need to develop information and digital literacy (IDL) in order to search, sift and understand the wealth of information now available. This needs to go hand in hand with fluency in the digital tools available for efficient information capture, storage and dissemination.

This module is informed by literacy models and theory and will help you develop your own information literacy and expertise with digital tools in addition to your ability to teach IDL to others.

Entry requirements

Participants are expected to have a first degree at 2.2 level or above (or equivalent,) or alternatively have industrial experience. We strongly recommend that you speak to the course tutor prior to the course if you are unsure about your suitability to complete the assessment.

Careers / Further study

This module can be taken as a stand alone module, or used to build up credit towards a named postgraduate qualification (PG Certificate, PG Diploma or Masters) within our Library and Information Science Award.



What does it cover?

Introduction to information and digital literacy: How information literacy supports learners and daily life; Information Literacy models and tools; Types and sources of information/the information cycle; Information and digital literacy skills and concepts;

Theoretical foundations: Personal and social epistemology, testimony, credibility and persuasion. Cognition and cognitive biases.

Using Information literacy skills: Keywords and search strategies; Evaluating information and websites; Reading and recording, organising, using and presenting information; the reflective practitioner.

Supporting information literacy in others: Supporting students, researchers, generalist and specialist library users; Mobile information literacy.

Digital literacy: Use of digital tools to undertake academic research, writing and critical thinking; digital professionalism; the use of specialist digital tools and data sets; communicating ideas effectively in a range of media; collaborating in virtual networks; using digital technologies to support reflection and PDP; managing digital reputation and showcasing achievements.

Teaching information and digital literacy skills: Learning theories and factors affecting learning; Information/digital literacy programmes; Teaching methods for information literacy; Accessibility and inclusiveness; Presentation skills for information literacy teachers; Embedding information literacy; Assessing information literacy.

Tools and collaboration: Sources of information and collaboration; Developing and using Learning Objects; Information and creative Commons; Using and sharing Open Educational Resources (OERS); Using Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs); Advocacy.

The international context: Education and global development; information literacy around the world.



The module is assessed by a written piece of coursework and a short related viva (one-to-one interview).

For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Study facilities

The University has excellent facilities, accessible to all students, as required; however, it is expected that much of the work will be carried within the work environment.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

CohortUK/EU ParticipantsInternational Participants
January 2020TBCTBC

Course dates

CohortStart DateApplication Deadline
January 2020This course will next run in our 2019-20 academic year. To be kept up-to-date with our course dates please complete the enquiry form below.TBC


UWE Bristol, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY

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How to apply

How to apply

On acceptance onto the module, you will be registered onto our student system to give you access to university resources, including the library and your module BlackBoard site where course materials and pre-reading/work will be posted.

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For further information

  • Email: For all queries regarding administration aspects of registration, i.e. dates, fees, etc. please contact us using the online enquiry form link. For any questions in relation to the course, i.e. content, suitability, assessments, etc. please contact the Course Director.
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 86927

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