Master Degree in LIS, a comparision, 3
- for the module “Information Resources and Users” students have to analyse information needs of a particular group and write a report in 3000-4000 words;
- the assessment for the module “Information Retrieval Systems and Applications” is based on the practical participation of students in every sessions and a 2500-3000 word report that students write after the evaluation of an IR system;
- for “Information Law and Policy” students have to choose one of the predetermined questions and discuss it in detail and make a presentation at class and answer to the questions of the classmates;
- for the module “Libraries Past, Present and Future” students must choose either a specific library or library service or a tightly defined library sector (e.g. small urban public library branches, medical libraries in large hospitals) and then in an essay of between 2,500 and 4,000 words discuss the current situation of the chosen library, the most important factors promoting change, and possible outcomes of these changes over the next 10 years.
You can see that in all these courseworks and assignments students need to apply all they’ve learned during the module and this is the best way to evaluate their knowledge. Besides that, writng several reports and making several presentations make students prepared for writing a good dissertation and entering to the research area. I should mention here that all the details of the courseworks and assignments are determined in the beginning of the term and are told to students in the first session of the module. The submission deadline of the assignment is determined in the first place and the delay is not accepted (even one hour). All assignmnet are submitted in electronic format through electronic learning environment of the university.