Bachelor of Information Studies (with specialisations)

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Bachelor of Information Studies (with specialisations)

Associate Degree in Information Studies [exit point only]

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CSU's Bachelor of Information Studies provides a range of career opportunities for students interested in the information and cultural sectors. Specialisations are available in Information and Library Management, Librarianship and Records and Archive Management.

  • Why study this course?

    The changing nature of society has brought a growing demand for knowledge and information at work, in education and in leisure. Librarians, archivists, knowledge managers and many other information professionals are meeting that demand by providing effective access to information resources and services. CSU’s Bachelor of Information Studies reflects the critical importance of information and knowledge management across a wide range of fields and institutions. The course provides students with an in-depth understanding of the creation, evaluation, collection, organisation, utilisation and dissemination of information in the contemporary.

    CSU’s School of Information Studies (SIS) is one of the world’s largest providers of education for the information industries internationally and has been educating and researching in the Information and Library Studies field for nearly 40 years. Today well over half of Australia's information and library studies students are enrolled at CSU. This experience means we understand our students and our professions, and design and deliver distance education courses that respond to students’ needs.

    Professional recognition

    Graduates of this course may be admitted to Associate(professional) Membership of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) without further examination.

  • Career opportunities

    Graduates of the Bachelor of Information Studies are highly skilled and adaptive information and knowledge professionals. They understand the nature of the information life cycle from creation, through management and use, to preservation; have highly developed information-handling skills; possess the flexibility to adapt to a rapidly evolving environment; have a strong client focus; and have the ability to take leadership in developing innovative solutions to the problems posed by the expanding data universe.

    Graduates will enter the workforce at the forefront of the evolving information professions. The range of career opportunities is broad, covering public and academic libraries; research, government and corporate information centres; and the cultural heritage sector. Depending on the specialisation studied, graduates may also be qualified to work as information professionals in areas such as records management, archives, information brokerage, knowledge management, information architecture or community information services.

  • Credit and pathways

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit

    TAFE Diploma of Library and Information Studies and equivalents will receive credit for 8 subjects (64 points) comprising:

    5 CORE subjects (40 pts)

    INF104 Fundamentals of Web Publishing
    INF200 Supervision and Management
    INF106 Information Sources and Services
    INF105 The Digital Environment
    INF336 Principles of Knowledge Management

    3 ELECTIVE subjects (24 pts)

    INF328 Application of Bibliographic Standards
    INF02C Two unspecified Information Studies electives (16 pts)

    Library Technicians Diploma from recognised Canadian programs will receive credit for 13 subjects that are the equivalent of 12 standard (8 point) subjects (96 points) comprising:

    5 CORE subjects

    INF104 Fundamentals of Web Publishing
    INF105 The Digital Environment
    INF106 Information Sources and Services
    INF109 Bachelor of Information Studies Residential School (0 pts)
    INF200 Supervision and Management
     

    8 ELECTIVE subjects

    INF212 Online Reference Services
    INF328 Application of Bibliographic Standards
    INF06C Six Unspecified Information Studies Electives (48 pts)

    Canberra Institute of Technology Advanced Diploma of Library and Information Studies will receive credit for 10 subjects (80 points) comprising:

    INF104 Online Content Creation
    INF105 The Digital Environment
    INF106 Information Sources & Services
    INF200 Supervision and Management
    INF209 Describing and Analysing Information Resources
    INF328 Application of Bibliographic Standards
    INF336 Principles of Knowledge Management
    INF03C Three Unspecified Information Studies Electives (24 pts)

  • Subjects

    CSU's Bachelor of Information Studies offers a general qualification or students can chose from the following specialisations:

    Librarianship

    Librarianship at CSU’s School of Information Studies has been the cornerstone of our success. The Librarianship specialisation gives students the opportunity to choose from a large number of elective subjects that cater to students who want to work specifically in libraries, in areas such as reference services, library management, information access, and information delivery. The specialisation benefits from the academic staff whose teaching is informed by extensive experience in libraries.

    Information and Knowledge Management

    The Information and Knowledge Management specialisation is designed for aspiring information professionals who wish to study beyond traditional areas and gain skills working with real clients and live scenarios on relevant and practical assignments in business, government, and other settings. The objective is to produce graduates who understand people, processes, innovations and trends, and can combine this understanding with technology to create, share and use information and knowledge.

    The Bachelor of Information Studies (Information and Knowledge Management) comprises 16 core subjects (112 points), eight Information and Knowledge Management subjects (64 points) and two electives chosen from any of the specialisations or from the restricted electives.

    Records and Archives Management

    The Records and Archives Management specialisation introduces students to the world of government, corporate, community and personal recordkeeping. It explores international and Australian theory and practice including standards, legislation and ethical issues relating to the management of digital and analogue records. The emphasis is on building knowledge and skills that students can apply in a range of organisational contexts and in a climate of rapid change.

    The Bachelor of Information Studies (Records and Archives Management) comprises 16 core subjects (112 points), eight Records and Archives subjects (64 points) and two free electives chosen from any of the specialisations or from the restricted electives.


    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure
    Bachelor of Information Studies

    The course comprises a core of 11 subjects (80 points) and 14 Elective Subjects comprising any 14 subjects (112 points) chosen from those listed in the Specialisations. Students commence the course with a three-day residential school.

    Core Subjects


    The core requires completion of eleven (11) subjects (80 points) comprising one 16-point subject, seven (7) 8 point subjects, two (2) 4 point subjects and one (1) 0 points subject. This is the equivalent of ten (10) 8 point subjects.

    INF109 Bachelor of Information Studies Residential School (0 pts)
    INF111 Introduction to the Information Professions (16 pts)
    INF200 Supervision and Management
    INF208 Professional Placement (4 pts)
    INF209 Describing and Analysing Information Resources
    INF210 Collections
    INF211 Information Sources and Services
    INF214 Professional Study Visit (4 pts)
    INF303 The Information Society
    INF305 Engaging with the Information Professions
    INF321 Introduction to Research

    Specialisations

    Students have the option to complete a specialisation in one of the following areas and graduate with a Bachelor of Information Studies (specialisation), or complete subjects chosen from any of the specialisations in order to graduate with a general BIS degree.

    Bachelor of Information Studies (Librarianship) Specialisation

    The course comprises the core of 11 subjects (80 points), 8 subjects (64 points) chosen from the following list of Librarianship Specialisation subjects, plus 6 (48 points) unrestricted electives chosen from any of the Specialisation subjects.

    INF203 Information Literacy
    INF205 Literature and Other Resources for Children and Youth
    INF206 Social Networking for Information Professionals
    INF212 Online Reference Services
    INF217 Fundamentals of Web Publishing
    INF310 Marketing of Libraries and Information Agencies
    INF318 Community Histories
    INF319 Preservation of Information Resources
    INF327 Project Management in Information Agencies
    INF329 Leadership in Library Services to Children and Youth
    INF330 Library Services for Children and Youth
    INF332 Community Outreach
    INF333 Human Resource Management in Information Agencies
    INF336 Principles of Knowledge Management
    INF337 Information Retrieval Systems and Practice
    INF339 Community Informatics
    INF431 Preservation of Audiovisual Materials
    INF443 Digital Preservation
    INF448 Value-Added Information Services
    INF449 Research Data Management
    INF451 Application of Bibliographic Standards
    INF452 Information Services Around the World

    Bachelor of Information Studies (Information and Knowledge Management) Specialisation


    The course comprises the core of 11 subjects (80 points), 8 subjects (64 points) comprising the first 2 subjects plus 6 other subjects chosen from the following list of Information and Knowledge Management Specialisation subjects, plus 6 (48 points) unrestricted electives chosen from any of the Specialisation subjects.

    INF336 Principles of Knowledge Management
    INF323 Knowledge Management Processes and Systems

    Plus at least six subjects (48 points) chosen from the following list:

    INF206 Social Networking for Information Professionals
    INF213 Introduction to Information Architecture
    INF320 Web Usability
    INF327 Project Management in Information Agencies
    INF337 Information Retrieval Systems and Practice
    INF443 Digital Preservation
    INF448 Value-Added Information Services
    INF449 Research Data Management
    INF455 Advanced Web Design and Publishing
    ITC211 Systems Analysis

    Bachelor of Information Studies (Records and Archives Management) Specialisation


    The course comprises the core of 11 subjects (80 points), 8 subjects (64 points) comprising the first 3 subjects plus 5 other subjects chosen from the following list of Records and Archives Management Specialisation subjects, plus 6 (48 points) unrestricted electives chosen from any of the Specialisation subjects.

    INF335 Records, Archives and Society
    INF338 Records and Archives Practice
    INF317 Organisational and Personal Records

    Plus at least five subjects (40 points) chosen from the following list:

    INF310 Marketing of Libraries and Information Agencies
    INF318 Community Histories
    INF319 Preservation of Information Resources
    INF327 Project Management in Information Agencies
    INF333 Human Resource Management in Information Agencies
    INF430 Audiovisual Archiving
    INF431 Preservation of Audiovisual Materials
    INF432 Audiovisual Archiving 2
    INF443 Digital Preservation
    INF449 Research Data Management

    Associate Degree in Information Studies (exit point only)


    The Associate Degree course requires completion of 16 subjects (128 points), eight (64 points) of which must be drawn from the Bachelor of Information Studies Core and eight (64 points) of which can be taken from either the Core, or the Specialisations, or the Restricted Electives set.

    KEY SUBJECTS

    Key subjects for this articulated course set are:

    INF111 Introduction to the Information Professions
    INF209 Describing and Analysing Information Resources
    INF210 Collections

    For commencement in 201530
    Enrolment pattern
    The following enrolment pattern is provided as a guide for a part time distance education study sequence. Students have the flexibility to vary their study load and enrolment pattern according to their individual needs and subject availability.

    Session 1

    INF109 Bachelor of Information Studies Residential School (0 pts)
    INF111 Introduction to the Information Professions (16 pts)

    Session 2

    INF210 Collections
    INF211 Information Sources and Services

    Session 3

    INF200 Supervision and Management
    INF209 Describing and Analysing Information Resources

    Session 4

    [ ] Specialisation or Restricted Elective Subject
    [ ] Specialisation or Restricted Elective Subject

    Session 5

    [ ] Specialisation or Restricted Elective Subject
    [ ] Specialisation or Restricted Elective Subject
    INF214 Professional Study Visit (4 pts) (Commenced)

    Session 6

    [ ] Specialisation or Restricted Elective Subject
    [ ] Specialisation or Restricted Elective Subject
    INF214 Professional Study Visit (4 pts) (Completed)

    Session 7

    [ ] Specialisation or Restricted Elective Subject
    [ ] Specialisation or Restricted Elective Subject

    Session 8

    [ ] Specialisation or Restricted Elective Subject
    [ ] Specialisation or Restricted Elective Subject

    Session 9

    [ ] Specialisation or Restricted Elective Subject
    [ ] Specialisation or Restricted Elective Subject

    Session 10

    INF321 Introduction to Research
    [ ] Specialisation or Restricted Elective Subject

    Session 11

    INF303 The Information Society
    [ ] Specialisation or Restricted Elective Subject
    INF208 Professional Placement (4 pts) (Commenced)

    Session 12

    INF305 Engaging with the Information Professions
    INF208 Professional Placement (4 pts) (Completed)
  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    INF109 Bachelor of Information Studies Residential School

  • Admission information

    Applicants should have a basic knowledge and understanding of using personal computers. Assumed knowledge is NSW HSC or equivalent 2 unit English and 2 unit Mathematics.

    Successful applicants must have access to the Internet during the period they are enrolled in the course in order to complete course requirements.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees are relevant for 2014 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

    Tuition costs
    Commonwealth supported place

    You will make a student contribution (formerly HECS) towards the cost of your tuition fees. Commonwealth supported places may be limited for this course.

    Options:

    1. Defer your payment using a HECS-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your student contribution fee up-front each session
    6016*Student contribution fee for your first year of study

    * This is an estimated fee for your first year of study based on a full-time study load (eight 8 point subjects). Should you be studying less than eight subjects in your first year, the fees would be decreased proportionally. This figure excludes the Student Services and Amenities fee. If your entire course is less than the equivalent of one year of full-time study, then the figure displayed is calculated as a percentage of a full-time study load e.g. 50%.

    More about Commonwealth supported places

    On campus (onshore) study mode
    *Tuition fee per 8 point subject
    Distance education (offshore) study mode
    2450*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2014.

    More information about international student fees

  • Course details
    Enrol Type Mode Campus Fee type Session1 Session2 Session3 Admission Code
    Direct On Campus SPACE University of Hong Kong FPOS Y Y Y JELS
    Direct Distance Education Wagga Wagga CGS Y Y N EEBL
    Direct Distance Education Wagga Wagga FPOS Y Y N JEBL

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FFPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate from the Bachelor degree, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points.

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  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

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