Information skills for graduate success

Information skills are important for Unitec students to acquire in their programmes of study. At work, new knowledge can provide a competitive advantage for organisations. Students with information skills can answer questions, solve problems, and support innovation and creativity.

The aim of this resource is to provide support to programme development teams to consider information skills in their own context.  A successful output will be the development of an information skills outcome for the programme graduate profile, and integration into course learning outcomes, and assessment activities. 

By the end of this session you will be able to:

Knowledge: To understand the concepts and principles of information skills.

Skills: Develop a graduate outcome to support student acquisition of information skills in your programme.

Values: Commit to providing students with the knowledge, skills and attributes to ensure success in their first five years of work.

People: Collaborate effectively with students, stakeholders and the programme development team members.

Learn: Access, evaluate and share resources which develop information skills in your programme of study.

Integrate: Embed an information skills graduate outcome in course learning outcomes and assessments.  


Unitec library staff have developed a guide to assist both students and staff understand more about information skills. You can read more here....

Australia and New Zealand Information Literacy Framework: Download the PDF here....

Ako Aotearoa supported and resourced the development of a range of materials to support information skills development in higher education. See their resources here....

Stevenson Ltd is a highly successful New Zealand company. In this article Stevenson's management explain why they have undertaken a literacy project to support employees improve their reading, writing, numeracy and information skills. Read more....

The Unitec Library's information skills rubric is a useful tool to help teachers develop skills at different levels of learning and for different purposes. Unitec Information Literacy Rubric PDF.


To fully integrate information skills into your programme of study, you will need to craft a graduate profile statement. To help you do this we have provided some sample statements from other institutions.  You will find the resources here.....

We have developed these questions to prompt your thinking about information skills in your profession or vocation.

Conversation Starters

  1. What are the current trends in information skills in the workplace of your graduates?
  2. How does your vocation or professional body view information skills?

  3. What practices are emerging in your vocation or profession? 

  4. What international standards are in place to support information skills in your vocation or profession?
  5. How does an expert in your vocation or profession use information skills?

  6. What technologies does you vocation or profession use to enhance information skills?

Once you have developed a graduate profile statement you will need to embed it into your course learning outcomes and assessments. We have resources and training which will support your staff.  See our resource on Designing courses for significant learning.


You may like to take time to consider how information skills will help your students succeed in the first five years of work. To do this you will need to consult with graduates and employers. Your current students will benefit from a clear explanation of the need for information skills in their career.  You may like to include this explanation in your student handbook and make it available on your programme site.


To ensure you have the information you need to make good decisions about information skills you will need to work closely with students, graduates, employers, and professional bodies. We advise you to set up a consultation project, and survey your stakeholders to gather key information and ideas about information skills. 


You will find a centralised and accessible knowledge base which support information skills development valuable to both staff and students. You could establish this through a Moodle site, or any other social network. The key is to have a knowledge base that is accessible and to which staff and students can contribute resources. 

We have gathered some additional resources for you to help design your course, assessments and lessons. Click here for more.....


Once you have created your information skills graduate outcome, it should be embedded into course learning outcomes and assessments. We suggest you map your Information Skills outcome across your programme of study. For more on Curriculum Mapping....

We also suggest you periodically review the effectiveness of your graduate profile. To do this we have created a short introduction to our student, staff and stakeholder survey.Find out more here....

If you would like more information or assistance, please contact your Te Puna Ako academic advisors.

Last updated by Diana Ayling Jun 5, 2012.

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