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Information Skills in Information Technologies (HITI)

Credits Dept.
1.5 (1.2 ECTS) BIB

Instructors

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General goals

This subject provides the procedures, concepts and necessary values to solve problems that imply the research, selection, organization, analysis and communication of information. This means, to learn to manage documental information, to transform it into knowledge, and to communicate it.

Specific goals

Knowledges

  1. The Information Society (IS)
  2. Main documental databases, Internet engines, and library catalogs
  3. Documental query languages
  4. Managing bibliography software
  5. Models for writing and exposure of academic essays
  6. Criteria for a legal and ethical use of information

Abilities

  1. Identifying and formulating your own information need
  2. Locating and selecting specialized information sources on information technologies
  3. Interrogating efficiently the selected sources
  4. Evaluating the quality of the obtained information
  5. Organizing and managing this information
  6. Principles of the scientific communication

Competences

  1. Critical use of information
  2. Proactive learning
  3. Communicating the results of a research in an effective way

Contents

Estimated time (hours):

T P L Alt Ext. L Stu A. time
Theory Problems Laboratory Other activities External Laboratory Study Additional time

1. The value of the information in the process of research
T      P      L      Alt    Ext. L Stu    A. time Total 
1,0 0 1,0 0 0 0 0 2,0
BibliotŔcnica, the digital library of UPC.
Information in the 21st century

2. Typology of scientific and technical documents
T      P      L      Alt    Ext. L Stu    A. time Total 
0 0 0 0 0 1,0 0 1,0
The Scientific Method.
Basic documents: handbook, course book, magazines, etc.
Advanced documents: report, patent, dissertation, journals, conference proceedings, etc.

3. The catalog of the UPC libraries
T      P      L      Alt    Ext. L Stu    A. time Total 
0,5 0 0,5 0 0 1,0 0 2,0
Searching by author, subject, title, keyword.
Journal searching, monograph searching, etc.

4. Elaboration of a search strategy
T      P      L      Alt    Ext. L Stu    A. time Total 
0,5 0 1,5 0 0 1,0 0 3,0
Information needings.
Terminological findings: dictionaries, thesaurus, ...
Noise and Silence in information retrieval.
Boolean operators, proximity commands, truncation, ...

5. The scientific publication in Internet
T      P      L      Alt    Ext. L Stu    A. time Total 
0 0 0 0 0 1,0 0 1,0
Open Access initiatives
Pre-prints, post-prints, and dissertation repositories.

6. Databases of journal articles and conference papers
T      P      L      Alt    Ext. L Stu    A. time Total 
1,0 0 1,0 0 0 1,0 1,0 4,0
Scope and search options.
INSPEC, IEEEXplore, Safari TechBooks, Elsevier Science Direct, ACM
Digital Library, CSIC ICYT.

7. Bibliographic reference managers
T      P      L      Alt    Ext. L Stu    A. time Total 
1,0 0 1,0 0 0 1,0 1,0 4,0
Bibliographic citations, reference managers, location of specific documents

8. Searching information on the Internet
T      P      L      Alt    Ext. L Stu    A. time Total 
1,0 0 1,0 0 0 1,0 1,0 4,0
Different approaches to Search Engines and Internet directories.
Advanced search options: natural speaking, delimitators,
Boolean operators, etc.
The invisible web

9. Oral communication
T      P      L      Alt    Ext. L Stu    A. time Total 
0 0 1,5 0 0 1,0 0 2,5
Recommendations to communicate orally the results of a research in an effective way.

10. Criteria for information evaluation and selection
T      P      L      Alt    Ext. L Stu    A. time Total 
0 0 0 0 0 1,0 0,5 1,5

11. Models to elaborate, to structure and to communicate the master thesis
T      P      L      Alt    Ext. L Stu    A. time Total 
0 0 0 0 0 1,0 0,5 1,5

12. What's on?
T      P      L      Alt    Ext. L Stu    A. time Total 
0 0 0 0 0 1,0 0,5 1,5
Alert services.

13. Practices and resolution of doubts about the final work of the subject
T      P      L      Alt    Ext. L Stu    A. time Total 
0 0 2,0 0 0 0 0 2,0


Total per kind T      P      L      Alt    Ext. L Stu    A. time Total 
5,0 0 9,5 0 0 11,0 4,5 30,0
Avaluation additional hours 0
Total work hours for student 30,0

Docent Methodolgy

This subject considers a pupil centered learning, in order to improve their autonomy and organization. We follow the pedagogic proposals of the new educational frame.
Classes will have a duration of 2 hours, with learning by practice, and the attendance is compulsory. There will be some lessons to carry out of the classroom.

Evaluation Methodgy

The evaluation will consist of a final work, and 4 compulsory exercises which it will be necessary to give along the course.

The punctuation of 4 compulsory exercises represents 40% of the final mark. The punctuation of the final work represents 60% of the final mark.


Basic Bibliography

  • Beumala, └ngel; AragŘÚs, Montse; Roca, Marta HITI: Dossier de l'assignatura, [BRGF], 2007.

Complementary Bibliography

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Web links

  1. http://bibliotecnica.upc.es/FullsAcces/inici.asp


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