Course Title: Information Discovery

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Information Discovery

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


620H Business IT and Logistics


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009


City Campus


620H Business IT and Logistics

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021


City Campus


620H Business IT and Logistics


Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: Dr Huan Vo-Tran

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1699

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 80 Level 8

Course Coordinator Availability: Please check with Course Coordinator.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

You will be introduced to the concept of information discovery as a primary skill in the information management area. You will investigate the concepts of information needs and behaviour and relate this to your own information literacy development. The context is set around a process approach to the identification, access and critical evaluation of the need for information as well as the style, format, access to and delivery of that information. In the increasingly ubiquitous digital environment, the ability to effectively search and critically evaluate information as well as design and produce appropriate information products is of prime importance. You will be introduced to a wide range of information sources and platforms and given the opportunity to become professionally competent in their use.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Apply critical and reflective thinking to the development of search skills for discovery of information using a variety of online or print resources, databases and platforms.
  2. Demonstrate changing levels of information literacy through the ability to effectively use complex information discovery tools.
  3. Design customised information products responding to client requirements.
  4. Use bibliographic and digital presentation tools to effectively communicate information.

Overview of Learning Activities

Key concepts and skills and their application will be explained and illustrated in lectures, seminars and online notes with opportunities to discuss their use in case studies during tutorials and group discussions (including online forums). Case based problems will be used to develop your searching and evaluation of information skills. There will be opportunities to hear guest speakers and Audio/Video of all lectures and presentations will be available.

In this course you will be encouraged to be an active learner. Your learning will be supported through various in-class and online activities comprising individual and group work. These may include quizzes; assignments; prescribed readings; sourcing, researching and analysing specific information; solving problems; conducting presentations; producing written work and collaborating with peers on set tasks or projects.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT University will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. You will have access to course materials through Canvas (via myRMIT), including lecture notes, reading guides, videos, a detailed study program and external web links.
You will be expected to utilise library and electronic sources to engage in professional reading of relevant material and to find appropriate material for assignments and support your skill acquisition. There will be a reference list available at the beginning of the semester as well as directed readings from the program textbook. 

If you require assistance with the RMIT library facilities contact the Business Liaison Librarian for your school. Contact details for Business Liaison Librarians are located online on the RMIT Library website.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment alignment list below shows the assessment tasks against the learning outcomes they develop.

Assessment Task1: 30%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 4
Assessment Task 2: 30%
Linked CLOs: 2, 4
Assessment Task 3: 40%
Linked CLOs: 1, 3, 4

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.