Extracurricular Course Syllabus

Use of IT for study

Course type

Extracurricular activity


3 ECTS credit point

Study programme

First and second cycle study programmes.


There are no particular prerequisites; anyone who is enrolled into the preparatory module for foreign students can apply.


Learning and teaching methods  
  • Individual work: 45 hours.
  • Lectures: 30 hours.
  • Tutorial: 15 hours.
  • Lectures, laboratorywork, tutorial approach to teaching.

On-going work.Grading: 6-10 pass, 1-5 fail.


Content (Syllabus outline)  

Lectures: Introduction to university information systems (university digital ID, web classroom, student information system, timetable, web pages).

Lectures: Preparation of information environment for study purposes and topic selection for the practical student task,related to the student’s field of study.

Tutorial: Preparation of computer for the study purposes, connection to university network infrastructure (eduroam), installation of software that will be used during study, familiarization with security and privacy issues.

Lectures: Overview of existing literature (use of library services, UL repository), use of databases and management with literature.

Tutorial: Approaches to preparation of overview of the existing literature (structure, mind mapping), library services (COBISS, WoS), tools for management with literature (Mendeley, Zotero).

Lectures: IT-supported academic writing, the use of text editors, academic ethics –citing, plagiarism and intellectual property.

Tutorial: Approaches and best practices to academic and structured writing, insight into text editors (Word, Latex).

Lectures: Use of the tools for graphical design and editing, visualization and analysis of the results, preparation of presentations.

Tutorial: Tools for graphical design (draw.io, gimp, inkscape, MS Visio), tools for data analysis and visualization (MS Excel, Calc, Octave), tools for preparation of presentations (MS PowerPoint, Prezi), preparation of simple web page (HTML+CSS).

Lectures: Culture of electronic communication, critical thinking, collaborative and productivity tools.

Tutorial: The use of collaborative and productivity tools (Google Drive, Dropbox, Google Docs, Office365+OneDrive, Overleaf, Sharelatex).

Presentation of practical student task

Objectives and competences

The main objective of the course is to train students for IT-supported study and how to use the relevant IT tools and software. The lectures and practical part of the course will in a structured way train a student for the use of IT for study on UL. Each student will first pick a theme of his interest from his field of study. During the practical part of the course,each student will perform a task in terms of report that will be represented in a nice and simple form of the literature overview accompanied with student's critical opinion on the selectedtopic. Weekly assignments that are directly related to particular topicsduring the lectures will guide a student towards the main objective.
Intended learning outcomes   Students will be able to prepare an information envorinment suitable for their study and to use university information systems.Mastering of IT tools for academic writing, IT tools for literature searching and managing, IT tools for basic graphical design, vizualization, preparation of presentations,as well as collaborative and productivity tools.Students will get knowledge and comprehention in terms of visual and logic text preparation, mastering of academic writing and the culture of electronic communication.Students will be acquainted with academic etics, including citing, plagiarism and intelectual property.


Walter Pauk:How to Study in College, 11th ed.: Cengage Learning; 11 edition, 2013.2.

Mary W. George:The Elements of Library Research: What Every Student Needs to Know, Princeton University Press, 2008.3.The Open University: Using a computer for study.

The Open University, March 2016.4.

Cal Newport: How to Become a Straight-A Student: The Unconventional Strategies Real College Students Use to Score High While Studying Less. Three Rivers Press, 2006.


The courses are financed by the University of Ljubljana and free of charge for students of the University of Ljubljana.