Information & Research Graduate Learning Outcome

Demonstrate capability as inquirers to locate, evaluate, manage, and use information and research to develop and guide their own knowledge, learning, and practice




RK Demonstrate that disciplinary knowledge is developed through research and evidence RS Demonstrate the skills required to locate, access and critically evaluate existing information and data RA Synthesize and apply information and data to different contexts to facilitate planning, problem solving and decision making
RK1 Understand what constitutes authoritative and valid evidence in the profession and discipline, and the iterative nature of research RS1 Identify information/data needed to fill knowledge gaps stated by others RA1 Support arguments and decisions with appropriate research, evidence or literature from the discipline
RK2 Generate aims, questions and hypotheses within structured guidelines and identify commonly used research methods in the discipline RS2 Identify information needs and locate, critique, and use primary and secondary information sources key to the discipline RA2 Critically analyse and synthesise data and information to construct and communicate emergent knowledge
RK3 Understand the ethical principles of research, and the requirements around gathering, managing and disseminating information and data in a project specific context RS3 Critique the validity and applicability of the existing information and data and its contribution to a specific context  


What is Information Literacy?

What is information literacy?

Information Literacy is your ability to identify what information you need and the best sources for that information, locate those sources, understand how the information is organized, evaluate the information and its source critically, and share that information. It is the knowledge of commonly used research techniques.

Why is information literacy important?

Not all information is created equal. Some is current, authoritative, and reliable, but in an online environment where anyone can publish their opinion, you need to be able to filter the good from what is biased, out of date, misleading, or false. University students and researchers also need to use "scholarly" or "academic" quality information sources, so need to know what these are and how to find them. 

Where will I use information literacy skills?

You use information literacy skills every day. They are important in study and research: for example in preparing an essay, a research paper, or a group presentation. You also use them in the workplace, where the ability to find, evaluate, use, and share information is an essential skill.

UNESCO's statement on Information Literacy acknowledges that "information literate people are able to access information about their health, their environment, their education and work, empowering them to make critical decisions about their lives, e.g. in taking more responsibility for their own health and education".

Information Literacy Skills

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Information & Research Literacies Graduate Learning Outcome


Information Literacy standards are inherent criteria in the Information & Research Literacies Graduate Learning Outcome:

Information & Research Literacies

Demonstrate capability as inquirers to locate, evaluate, manage, and use information and research to develop and guide their own knowledge, learning, and practice