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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Research Topics
    Subject Information Science
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024, expected to be offered in 2026 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    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


    Not offered in 2024, expected to be offered in 2026

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system
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