Course Syllabus for

Scientific Information Management
Vetenskaplig informationshantering

GEM046F, 3 credits

Valid from: Autumn 2019
Decided by: FN1/Anders Gustafsson , FN2/Eva Nordberg Karssson, FN3/Per Tunestål
Date of establishment: 2013-05-28

General Information

Division: Doctoral Research Training
Course type: Third-cycle course
Teaching language: English


The overall objective of the course is to give students instruction and training in scientific information management. Upon completion of the course the participants will have gained knowledge about scientific information management both in general and within the specific research area in which they are working.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must be able critically examine and reflect on the quality and relevance of found information.

Course Contents

Databases: database structure, search tools and search strategies, problem-oriented database presentation, specific possibilities and restrictions, inventory of tool boxes, the Web of Science, patent databases, database analysis. Library resources: library catalogues, interlibrary loans, electronic journals and other full text resources. Internet searching, quality-controlled link collections in specific subjects, reference management systems, scientific communication and publication, LUP, copyright – rights and obligations with practical advice in matters which may arise during PhD studies.

Course Literature

The required reading is determined on the basis of the participants’ choice of project work.

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, exercises, project. The course comprises a series of lectures, workshops and individual project. In the project the participants will analyse the information structure and communication tradition within their own research area, based on the scientific literature. The project is presented in a written report and at an oral presentation for the other course participants. The time set aside for the project is one week.

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written report, seminars given by participants. For a Pass on the course, the participant must have attended at least 80 % of the scheduled activities, have given a problem-oriented oral presentation and evaluation of a database, based on given criteria and her/his information needs and passed the project work, including a written and an oral presentation of the project. If there are extenuating circumstances some parts of the assessment can be performed differently.
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

Admission requirements: To be admitted to the course applicants have to be part of a PhD programme at LTH.
Selection criteria: Priority is given to: 1) PhD students who have previously applied to the course and were eligible at the time, 2) PhD students most recently accepted for PhD studies.

Further Information

Replaces GEM045F.

Course Occasion Information

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