CS997 – Human Information Behaviour

Credits 10
Level 5
Semester 1
Prerequisites N/A
Availability Possible elective
Contact Lectures: 11 | Tutorials: 5 | Labs: 0
Assignment 40 | Self Study: 44
Assessment Group assignment (100%)
Resit The resit assessment will be an individual assignment (100%)
Lecturer Professor Ian Ruthven

General Aims

This module aims to:

  • Develop an understanding of models and theories of human information behaviour;
  • Develop an understanding of the factors influencing human information behaviour;
  • Develop and understanding of information need in context;
  • Develop an understanding of appropriate research approaches and methodologies.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this module participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the factors influencing human information behaviour;
  • Undertake studies to identify the information needs and information behaviours of chosen groups.
  • contribute to the development of information systems and services from a user perspective;
  • Demonstrate understanding of the relationships between information behaviour and information literacy.


  • Key information behaviour concepts and research methods;
  • Information need as a context sensitive phenomena;
  • Models of information seeking behaviour: Wilson (1996/9); Savolainen (1995);
  • Information seeking as a process: Kuhithau (2004);
  • Information literacy: relationship to information behaviour; frameworks (Big6;ACRL);
  • Information poverty.

Recommended Text/Reading*

* This list is indicative only – the class lecturer may recommend alternative reading material. Please do not purchase any of the reading material listed below until you have confirmed with the class lecturer that it will be used for this class.

Looking for information: a survey of research on information seeking, needs, and behaviour, D. O. Case and L. Given, Bingley: Emerald 2016.

Seeking meaning: a process approach to library and information services, C. C. Kuhithau, Westport: Greenwood 2004.