IS40600 Foundations of Info Studies

Academic Year 2020/2021

Information studies, by and large, is concerned with developing, managing, and providing access to information resources, representing and organising information, and deploying information technologies in effective and innovative ways. In this module, we will take a socio-technical approach to understand the broad range of topics, issues, and methodologies in information research.

Show/hide contentOpenClose All

Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, students should have an understanding of (a) the theoretical foundations and the interdisciplinary nature of information studies, (b) the importance of taking socio-technical and user-centred approaches to studying information and communication technologies (ICTs), and (c) the approaches used in information research.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lecture; in-class discussions 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Annotations Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded Yes


Assignment: Short essay Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded Yes


Essay: Final paper Week 12 n/a Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback provided on each assessment in Brightspace.