Like I said yesterday one of the things I want to do here is talk more about my degree and what I’m learning. Last year was a great introduction to being a student and allowed us to dip our collective toe into the world of Information and Library Studies but it is this year where we really get stuck in. This semester I will be studying four modules:
- Collection Management
- Information & Society
- Information Retrieval
- Web Publishing: Websites, Blogs And Wikis
Collection Management and Information & Society will both be completed this semester, but Information Retrieval and Web Publishing are “thin” modules which will last for two semesters (through until Easter). Three of them are traditional modules i.e. we turn up to lectures, listen, take notes and complete assignments and exams for the marking. The Web Publishing one however is an Open Learning Unit which means it’s mainly self directed learning with a teaching session once a month.
This week we had the introductory lectures for all of the modules except for Web Publishing. This meant that we covered what to expect from the module, the all important information about the assignments, and a brief introduction to the topic. My initial thoughts are that all three modules sound really interesting, there are topics being covered in lectures that I’m looking forward to finding out more about.
The thing that has pleased me the most from this week’s lectures is that I have homework for each one. Whilst last year there was the assumption we would read around the subjects there were no concrete tasks given. This week I have a list of things I need to read and questions I need to answer – I finally feel like a proper student! I’m sure in a couple of weeks the novelty of having homework will have worn off but at the moment I’m loving it.