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INFO390 Research Topics

An introduction to a number of cutting edge research topics and the concept, ideas and methodologies of research in Information Science.

This paper should be taken if you are interested in finding out more about cutting-edge topics in Information Science and/or if you are interested in learning more about research, perhaps with a view to continuing to undertake postgraduate study.

Paper title Research Topics
Paper code INFO390
Subject Information Science
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,141.35
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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72 200-level INFO points (passed with an average grade of B+)
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Commerce, Science

Teaching staff

To be advised when paper is next offered.

Paper Structure
This paper consists of three (unequal) parts:
  • Introduction to research (weeks 1-3)
  • Five advanced topics in Information Science
  • Research Project (weeks 20-26)
  • Class participation in the tutorials (15% total)
  • Summaries (5 summaries, 5% each = 25%)
  • Research project (30%)
  • Exam (30%)
Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will:

  • Appreciate the applications and relevance of Information Science research and be able to discuss examples of research and its relevance
  • Understand and be able to explain what research is and what forms of evidence are used to assess and guide research
  • Be able to critique mass media coverage of scientific results
  • Be able to comprehend and critique research papers
  • Have an understanding of and be able to explain a range of advanced topics in Information Science
  • Have a high-level understanding of the process of research and experience in carrying out parts of the process

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system