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Academic year 2014-2015Value date : 12/05/2015
PSYC0085-2  Introduction to information literacy

Duration :  15h Th, 15h Pr
Number of credits :  
Bachelor in Psychology and Education : Speech and Language Therapy , 2nd year3
Bachelor in Psychology and Education, 2nd year3
One-year preliminary programme leading to the Master in Education Sciences2
One-year preliminary programme leading to the Master in Speech Therapy2
One-year preliminary programme leading to the Master in Psychological Sciences2
Lecturer :  Nancy Durieux
Language(s) of instruction :  
French language
Organisation and examination :  
Teaching in the second semester
Course contents :  
At the University, many opportunities are offered to students to enable them to become independent in researching, 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 1) how to search and to select relevant scientific documents /information, using the most appropriate resources available in the library and on the web, and 2) 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 or to update knowledge).
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 course :  
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
  • describe the features and functioning principles of the different resources and tools serving to optimize scientific information searching ;
  • search scientific information;
  • select relevant information;
  • cite their references when writing a document, according to the standards of the APA.
Prerequisites and co-requisites/ Recommended optional programme components :  
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, including the correction of exercises done 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).
Two practical sessions will be organized: one in the Life Sciences Library (ULg) and one in a computer room. Students must have previously registered to participate in these sessions (information regarding practical arrangements will be provided during the first lecture).
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :  
See "Planned learning activities and teaching methods".
Recommended or required readings :  
Slides from the course will be posted on MyULg.
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 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). During the assessment, students will be able to use computers connected to the Internet. In order to undertake the assessment, students will need to show the following documents: identity card (or passport) and ULg student card.
Work placement(s) :  
Organizational remarks :  
Contacts :  
Nancy Durieux Life Sciences Library E-mail : Tel. : 04/366.96.26
Please, use only your ULg address ( for any exchange of mails and specify in the subject line of your email the title of the course (PSYC0085).


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