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: 12.01.2022 - 09.02.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Eila Rämö, Masood Masoodian

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English, Finnish, Swedish


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

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

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

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


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Slides, Mycourses, Libguides.

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Please contact Ms. Eila Rämö.

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn I-Spring V

    2021-2022 Autumn I-Spring V

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: Sisu replaces Oodi on 9 August, 2021. Priority order to courses is according to the order of priority decided by the Academic committee for School of Arts, Design and Architecture:

    Students register through Weboodi and MyCourses.