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Bachelor of Arts in Information Science

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Official Code: 9694
Acronym: CINF


  • Bachelor of Arts in Information Science (180 ECTS credits)

Courses Units

History of Culture


Having an interdisciplinary focus and promoting a reflection on the past and present, the Curricular Unit of History of Culture aims at providing students with precise knowledge on the cultures of several eras, namely the written culture, so as to deepen the knowledge already acquired in the relationship with the knowledge to be acquired, stimulating the reflection on concepts. The aim is that students develop their critical sense and capacity of connection between past and present, so as to promote the acquisition of skills that allow them to identify a problem, critically discuss a topic and apply that knowledge to new situations.

Basic Information Technology


Introduction to Information Systems and Science


This course aims to introduce the main scientific, technical and professional aspects of Science and Information Systems, providing students with a general overview of the area, and serving as a guide in their academic journey.



The aim of this subject is to encourage students (1) to develop skills in deductive reasoning by means of natural language and (2) master some of the key concepts of contemporary logic, in order to subsequently apply it in the structuring of indexation languages, in the analysis of information systems and in information retrieval.

Communication Skills and Techniques

CINF033 - ECTS - Development of linguistic, sociolinguistic and communicative skills.
- Acquisition of oral and written expression and communication techniques for an efficient performance in different usage situations.

Basic Management Principles


History of Public Administration


The main aim to address the construction of public administration process, how it has evolved.

Moreover, it is necessary to identify the administrative entities in order to understand their production of information, specifically, the successive institutions set up under the Public Administration in the period between the formation of the Kingdom and the democratic organization.

It is a further object of this U.C. identify the logics of Portuguese territory governance held either by the public and the private administration, and the tensions and negotiations between powers.

Finaly to identify the organic, powers and functions of the administrative structures that were emerging and evolving over time (disruptions, changes or evolution) and the perception of its effects on different documentary production that are assembled in local and national archives.

Technical English


1. To develop students' confidence in approaching academic texts written in English;
2. To develop receptive fluency in reading and listening to academic discourse;
3. To develop knowledge and use of key terminology and grammatical structures common to specific academic disciplines;
4. To develop students' communicative competence when presenting ideas and expressing opinions on themes related to Infromation Science;
5. To develop summary writing skills.



1. acquisition of basic knowledge in linguistics;
2. acquisition of skills and competences to accurately and soundly reflect on how languages, and Portuguese in particular, work;
3. mastery of basic aspects about the sounds of language and the sounds of speech;
4. mastery of fundamental aspects about the formation of words, their meaning and their relations;
5. mastery of the basics of syntax and semantics of sentences;
6. acquisition and operationalization of fundamental concepts of Pragmatics and Sociolinguistics.
7. acquaintance with some computational applications of Linguistics

Computer and Communication Systems


Administrative Law


- Enable students with the essential tools that allow them to be aware of the broad outlines of Administrative Law, in so far as it affects their lives and professional actions, whether in the management of activities in the area of services, commerce or industry; and also in so far as this branch of Law regulates the huge and complex Administrative Organization of the State.
- Understand the relevance of Administrative Law for Information Science and Information Management, given the relevance of the scientific area in terms of access to public administration information.

Information for the Internet


Descriptive Metadata


This course teaches students the principles and techniques of information representation and will help them to demonstrate the ability and competence in applying techniques, standards and other instruments for organizing and representing information and database construction. Students should also understand the fundamental role of technology in sharing information stored in databases.

Enterprise Organization and Management


Theory and Methodology in Information Science


To introduce students to the core or nucleus of Degree in Information Science through a proper understanding of the nature of this science in the wider context of the Humanities and Social Sciences, and its epistemological evolution that is happening in the network environment of Information Era. Provide students with the theoretical assumption of the matrix of the programme and at the same time, make them aware that the IS is an applied social science, i.e., has a clear and applicational vocation, enriching itselvf through a permanent interdisciplinary dynamics.

Information Behaviour

To understand that the study of information behavior with focus on the seeking and using of information needs and attitudes is one of the theoretical and practical  areas of Information Science.

Authority Control and Subject Indexing


The students should acquire competencies to create access points by author/producer of information, by title and by subject, using, in this case, indexing languages (subject headings, thesauri and classifications). They should also understand and apply authority control techniques for the establishment of access points and use automated systems for this purpose.

Information Ethics

CINF043 - ECTS Allow students to understand the ethical bases of the infocommunication process so that:

- Know how to distinguish between Information Ethics and ethics of information professionals (if there are relations between these two levels, they represent specific and distinct dimensions).

- Acquire, as an operational competence, the awareness that the production, selection, storage of information and its dissemination through communication unfold, implying interesting and profound relations with Ethics.

- To be able to have a reasoned opinion on the Ethics of Information, to distinguish Ethics from Professional Deontology and to explain to what extent Ethics is related to the various procedures and activities of the infocommunication process.

- Understand the ethical implications and network relationships in organizations in the Digital Age

Information Sources and Reference Services


Palaeography and Diplomatics


1) The students will acquire the knowledge that will allow them to read and understand written historical resources about Portugal’s History.
2) They will be able to analyze the internal and external characters of a document
3)They will also be able to scrutinize documents, searching for information in different historical resources
4) The students will be able to answers questions relating to several documents (i. e. “Who wrote it”, “when was it written?”, “where was it written?”, “Why was it written?", etc.)
5) They will be able to classify different documents (Its nature, where were they written, etc.)

Information Systems in Organisations


Multimedia Technology


Information Systems Analysis


Information Management


Information Services Management

  • Understand and organizationally contextualize information service management.
  • Acquire the theoretical and methodological principles oriented to the planning, organization, management and evaluation of information services, independently of the organizational context, the information nature, the information lifecycle stage, the production method or the storage medium.
  • Acquire the theoretical and methodological principles oriented to the study, analysis, modelling, management and evaluation of the processes of information services management, as well as in services and people performance assessing.
  • Acquire the basic knowledge, competences and skills in order to participate in the conception, planning, management and evaluation/performance assessment of information services.
  • Understand and apply the techniques, standards and other tools and perform the technical procedures related to the management and evaluation/performance assessment of information services.

Information Retrieval


Archive, Library and Museum Services


It is supposed that the students may understand the function, in the current social life, of the Archive, Library and Museum services, giving them an adequate adaptation to such contexts, if they are called to work in them

It is supposed, also, to help the students to establish relations between differences and resemblances of these services in what concerns the work cycle that they usually follow and about the way how they interact with the society and the respective “public”

It is still expected that the students easily articulate the theoretical and technical knowledge, acquired in other courses with the normal and practical functions of those cultural spaces

Business Information Services


To endow students with skills to identify, explore and search Business information (BI) resources and to develop information Services in this context.



Information Preservation


1- Understand and place preservation and its management in a systemic approach, as part of the organizational information system (OIS) management and throughout the information life cycle (theoretical, organizational, strategic and operational perspectives)

2- Acquire basic knowledge/skills to provide long term information preservation and continuous access (models, requirements, strategies, processes, techniques, tools, services), considering the nature of information, layers to be preserved, flow/life cycle phase, production / acquisition / capture, processing, selection, organization, representation, communication, retrieval, use and storage options/methodologies, and technological platform / medium on which it is recorded

3- Acquire the ability to collaborate in the planning / implementation of a preservation politics, strategic plan and operational/preventive and safety plan; a digitization project and creation, management and certification of digital repositories (either in digital or hybrid information systems).



This curricular unit aims to give the students opportunity to:

- use the acquired knowledge and developed competences/skills to real situations and deepening the integration of interdisciplinary knowledge;

- know and contact with developed projects, or in progress, in the field of information science;

- develop skills in project management solving real problems.;
- develop research skills.

Decision Support Systems

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