Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


The student learns to systematically find information on a subject in his/her field using the various information sources offered by the Learning Centre and also learns to draw on these skills when working on his/her own final project. The student masters the conceptual analysis of information needs and formulation of key words. The student is able to assess various information sources and their quality and is familiar with reference management tools.

Credits: 1

Schedule: 24.03.2021 - 31.03.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Lily Diaz-Kommonen, Masood Masoodian, Eila Rämö, Hanna Weselius

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Eila Rämö, Hanna Weselius

Contact information for the course (valid 08.02.2021-21.12.2112):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: Finnish, Swedish, English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Participants learn the basics of systematic information retrieval, including :

    • advanced understanding of key information sources in one’s own field (databases, e-journals)
    • systematic information retrieval and utilising information skills in research work
    • defining more precisely the information needs relevant to one’s own research subject and conceptual analysis of the subject
    • a systematic information search process and strategies
    • assessment of search results and information sources, source criticism
    • reference practices, reference management tools.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Tämä kurssi pidetään suomeksi ja kurssin kokonaisuuteen voit tutustua tämän verkkokurssin avulla.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Activity during the contact teaching and exercises are to be evaluated. The course is graded as PASS/FAIL.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Kurssin voi suorittaa osallistumalla opetukseen (Zoom) tai käymällä verkkoaineiston läpi ja tekemällä tehtävät.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course includes four (4) hours of contact teaching in computer classroom, independent exercises and application of acquired knowledge.


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Slides, Mycourses, Libguides.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Knowledge of basic information retrieval. The course is taught by Information Specialist, Eila Rämö. The course is connected to the DOM-E0005 Research Skills course that is compulsory for all MA students in Department of Media.