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Master of Information Studies (with specialisations)

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Master of Information Studies (with specialisations)

Graduate Diploma of Information Studies [exit point only]
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CSU’s Master of Information Studies (with specialisations) is an industry accredited professional qualification offering you a broad range of employment options in the library, information and cultural sectors.

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  • Why study this course?

    Our Master of Information Studies (with specialisations) is a highly regarded, industry accredited course providing you with an in-depth understanding of information and knowledge management in a contemporary context.

    This course provides a unique opportunity for you to explore firsthand some of Australia’s leading knowledge, collecting and information institutions though an industry focused professional study visit. Study visits are held in a variety of national and international locations throughout the year and offer you a unique insight into some of our leading information organisations.

    At CSU’s School of Information Studies (SIS), you will be studying with one of the world’s leading providers of education for the information industries. SIS has been educating and researching in the Information and Library Studies field for more than 40 years. Today, more than half of Australia's information and library studies students are enrolled at CSU. This experience means we are uniquely placed to design and deliver a highly effective and engaging online education.

    You will have the flexibility to choose subjects from a wide range of specialisations which reflect the critical importance of information and knowledge management across diverse fields and institutions. You can also choose to graduate without specialisation, taking advantage of the array of subjects on offer. We offer the following specialisations:

    Specialisations

    Children's Librarianship

    The Children’s Librarianship specialisation is ideally suited if you’re looking to work with children and youth in public libraries and other information agencies. The specialisation has been developed by experts, is practice-based and industry focused. It introduces and develops the necessary skills and knowledge for you to provide highly effective services for children and youth. Areas of study include:

    • literature for children and young adults
    • design
    • advocacy
    • literacy and libraries
    • program planning and leadership.

    Community Informatics

    The Community Informatics specialisation will develop you into an information professional equipped to lead in dynamic social and community information spaces. You will develop skills in social networking and community outreach, project management and the creation of digital content. You will learn how to build social capital through online and offline networks, leveraging the potential of technology as a tool for community benefit.

    Information Architecture

    The Information Architecture specialisation will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to practice as an information architect or to work in allied information professions. This specialisation focuses on the design and development of effective websites and intranets across different organisational contexts. You can choose from a range of subjects, which cover all facets of information architecture, providing you with a practical understanding of what makes for an optimal user experience.

    Data Management

    The Data Management specialisation is ideal if you’re interested in data curation, data management and data librarianship. It will provide you with an introduction to the fundamental principles, key concepts, tools, standards and techniques of data curation and data management.

    Information and Knowledge Management

    The Information and Knowledge Management specialisation is ideal if you are an aspiring information professional wishing to study beyond traditional areas. You will gain skills working with real clients and live scenarios on relevant and practical assignments in business, government, and other settings. You will develop a comprehensive understanding of people, processes, innovations and trends, and become expert at combining this understanding with technology to create, share and use information and knowledge.

    Librarianship

    The Librarianship specialisation gives you the opportunity to choose from a large number of elective subjects directly relevant if you want to work specifically in libraries, in areas such as:

    • reference services
    • library management
    • information access
    • information delivery.
    You will benefit from highly knowledgeable academic staff whose teaching is informed by extensive experience in libraries.

    Leadership

    If you aspire to a management or leadership role within your information workplace, then this specialisation is for you. The Leadership specialisation combines learning that’s often used in MBA programs. You can study subjects such as:

    • Strategic Library Management
    • Marketing of Information Agencies
    • Human Resource Management in Information Agencies
    • and the increasingly popular skill set, Project Management.

    Records and Archives Management

    The Records and Archives Management specialisation will introduce you to the world of government, corporate, community and personal recordkeeping. You will explore international and Australian theory and practice including standards, legislation and ethical issues relating to the management of digital and analogue records. Our emphasis is on building knowledge and skills, which you can apply in a range of organisational contexts and in a climate of rapid change.

  • Career opportunities

    As a graduate of this course, you’ll work at the forefront of the evolving information professions. Your range of career opportunities is broad, covering public and academic libraries; research, government and corporate information centres; and the cultural heritage sector.

    You will be qualified to work as an information professional in areas such as archives, community information services, information architecture, information brokerage, knowledge management, librarianship and records management.

    Some possible job titles include:

    • electronic resources access specialist
    • government documents and electronic resources librarian
    • information research analyst
    • electronic / information services coordinator
    • director, information technology services
    •  knowledge network specialist
    • archives and manuscripts librarian
    • strategic information manager
    • web manager
    • web / systems developer
    • children and youth services librarian
    • data services specialist.
  • Professional recognition

    ALIA logoCSU's Master of Information Studies (with specialisations) is recognised by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and the Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia (RIM Professionals Australasia) as a professional qualification, enabling graduates to work in the full range of library, records and related information sectors. Graduates of the Records and Archives specialisation will also be recognised by the Australian Society of Archives (ASA).

    Internationally, ALIA has reciprocal professional recognition agreements with:

    • American Library Association (ALA)
    • Canadian Library Association (CLA)
    • Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA)
    • UK Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)

    Note: in some countries, such as Canada and the United States, it should be noted that the Masters degree is considered the minimum professional level qualification.

  • Credit and pathways

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

    More about Credit

    Applicants who have a Diploma/Associate Diploma of Library and Information Studies and equivalents  from any recognised Registered Training Organisation (RTO)  may be eligible for a maximum credit of 24 points comprising:
     
      One (1) Core Subject (8 pts)

    • INF406 Information Sources & Services

       Two (2) Elective Subjects (16 pts)

    • INF446 Fundamentals of Web Publishing
    • INF451 Applications of Bibliographic Standards


    Applicants who have an Advanced Diploma of Library and Information Studies and equivalents from any recognised Registered Training Organisation (RTO) may be eligible for a maximum credit of 24 points comprising:

       One (1) Core Subject (8 pts)

    • INF406 Information Sources & Services

       Two (2) Elective Subjects (16 pts)

    • INF446 Fundamentals of Web Publishing
    • INF451 Applications of Bibliographic Standards


    Applicants who have a professionally recognised/accredited degree in the information studies field from any Australian university may be eligible for a maximum credit of 48 points comprising:

       Seven (7) Core Subjects (48 pts)

    • INF404 Foundations for Information Studies
    • INF406 Information Sources & Services
    • INF425 Describing & Analysing  Info Resources
    • INF429 The Information Society
    • INF435 Collection
    • INF407 Professional Study Visit (4 pts)
    • INF408 Professional Experience (4 pts)

     

    Applicants who have a professionally recognised/accredited Graduate Diploma or Masters course in the information studies field from any Australian university may be eligible for a maximum credit of 64 points comprising:
       
      Nine (9) Core Subjects (64 pts)

    • INF404 Foundations for Information Studies
    • INF406 Information Sources & Services
    • INF407 Professional Study Visit (4 pts)
    • INF408 Professional Experience (4 pts)
    • INF415 Management of Information Agencies
    • INF425 Describing & Analysing  Info Resources
    • INF429 The Information Society
    • INF435 Collection
    • INF447 Research Evaluation


    Applicants who have a Diploma in Teacher Librarianship or Diploma of Teacher Librarianship from Hong Kong University SPACE may be eligible for a maximum credit of 32 points comprising:

      One (1) Core Subject (8 pts)

    • INF406 Information Sources & Services

      Three (3) Elective Subjects (24 pts)

    • INF433 Information Literacy
    • INF451 Application of Bibliographic Standards
    • INF010 Information Studies Credit (8 pts)

     

  • Subjects

    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

    Master of Information Studies

    Students must complete 96 points comprising a core of nine (9) subjects (a total of 64 points) and four (4) subjects (32 points) chosen from those listed in the Specialisations.

    Core Subjects

    The core comprises seven (7) standard (8 point) subjects and two (2) 4 point subjects. This is the equivalent of eight (8) standard (8 point) subjects.

    INF404 Foundations for Information Studies
    INF406 Information Sources and Services
    INF407 Professional Study Visit (PG) (4 pts)
    INF408 Professional Placement (PG) (4 pts)
    INF415 Management of Information Agencies
    INF425 Describing and Analysing Information Resources
    INF429 The Information Society
    INF435 Collections
    INF447 Research in Practice

    Upon successful completion of the above subjects, students are eligible to exit the Masters course with the Graduate Diploma of Information Studies (GradDipInfoStud).


    Continuing Study

    Students continuing in the Master of Information Studies (with the exception of the Applied Research Specialisation) are required to complete a further four (4) elective subjects. 

    Students have the option to complete a general Master of Information Studies degree or specialise in one of the following areas and graduate with a Master of Information Studies (specialisation).


    Master of Information Studies

    Students will be required to successfully complete four (4) elective subjects listed in the course.


    Master of Information Studies (Librarianship)

    Students will be required to successfully complete four (4) of the following subjects:

    INF409 Online Reference Services
    INF431 Preservation of Audiovisual Materials
    INF433 Information Literacy
    INF443 Digital Preservation
    INF446 Fundamentals of Web Publishing
    INF449 Research Data Management
    INF451 Application of Bibliographic Standards
    INF452 Information Services Around the World
    INF505 Library Services for Children and Youth
    INF506 Social Networking for Information Professionals
    INF507 Marketing of Libraries and Information Agencies
    INF518 Community Histories
    INF519 Community Outreach
    INF520 Preservation of Information Resources
    INF522 Project Management in Information Agencies
     

     

    Master of Information Studies (Children's Librarianship)

    Students will be required to successfully complete the following three (3) subjects:

    INF505 Library Services for Children and Youth
    INF516 Leadership in Library Services to Children and Youth
    INF521 Literature and Other Resources for Children and Youth

    Plus one (1) of the following subjects:
    ETL402 Literature Across the Curriculum
    INF506 Social Networking for Information Professionals
    INF519 Community Outreach
    INF533 Literature in Digital Environments

     

    Master of Information Studies (Leadership)

    Students are required to successfully complete the following four (4) subjects:

    INF507 Marketing of Libraries and Information Agencies
    INF514 Human Resource Management in Information Agencies
    INF515 Strategic Management
    INF522 Project Management in Information Agencies

     

    Master of Information Studies (Information and Knowledge Management)

    Students are required to successfully complete the following two (2) subjects:

    INF441 Principles of Knowledge Management
    INF458 Knowledge Management Processes and Systems

    Plus two (2) of the following subjects:
    INF443 Digital Preservation
    INF448 Value-Added Information Services
    INF449 Research Data Management
    INF506 Social Networking for Information Professionals
    INF522 Project Management in Information Agencies


    Master of Information Studies (Information Architecture)

    Students are required to successfully complete the following three (3) subjects:

    INF456 Information Architecture for the Web
    INF457 Information Retrieval Systems and Practice
    INF459 Web Usability

    Plus one (1) of the following subjects:
    INF446 Fundamentals of Web Publishing
    INF455 Advanced Web Design and Publishing
    INF506 Social Networking for Information Professionals
    INF522 Project Management in Information Agencies
    ITC540 IT Infrastructure Management PG


    Master of Information Studies (Records and Archives Management)

    Students are required to successfully complete the following three (3) subjects:

    INF527 Records, Archives and Society
    INF528 Records and Archives Practice
    INF529 Organisational and Personal Records

    Plus one (1) of the following subjects:
    INF430 Audiovisual Archiving
    INF431 Preservation of Audiovisual Materials
    INF432 Audiovisual Archiving 2
    INF443 Digital Preservation
    INF449 Research Data Management
    INF520 Preservation of Information Resources


    Master of Information Studies (Community Informatics)

    Students are required to successfully complete the following two (2) subjects:

    INF460 Community Informatics
    INF506 Social Networking for Information Professionals

    Plus two (2) of the following subjects:
    INF441 Principles of Knowledge Management
    INF446 Fundamentals of Web Publishing
    INF452 Information Services Around the World
    INF519 Community Outreach
    INF522 Project Management in Information Agencies

     

    Graduate Diploma of Information Studies

    Students must complete the core of the Master of Information Studies (64 points) comprising seven (7) standard (8 point) subjects and two (2) 4 point subjects. This is the equivalent of eight (8) standard (8 point) subjects.

    INF404 Foundations for Information Studies
    INF406 Information Sources and Services
    INF407 Professional Study Visit (PG) (4 pts)
    INF408 Professional Placement (PG) (4 pts)
    INF415 Management of Information Agencies
    INF425 Describing and Analysing Information Resources
    INF429 The Information Society
    INF435 Collections
    INF447 Research in Practice


    Graduate Certificate in Information Studies

    Students must complete INF404 Foundations of Information Studies (8pts) plus 24 points comprising any three (3) standard (8 point) subjects chosen from the Master of Information Studies.

    KEY SUBJECTS

    The Master of Information Studies contains the following key subjects from 201630:

    INF404 Foundations for Information Studies
    INF425 Describing and Analysing Information Resources
    INF435 Collections

    The Graduate Diploma of Information Studies contains the following key subjects from 201630:

    INF404 Foundations for Information Studies
    INF425 Describing and Analysing Information Resources
    INF435 Collections

    The Graduate Certificate in Information Studies contains the following key subject from 201630:

    INF404 Foundations for Information Studies

     

    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.

    FOR STUDENTS COMMENCING STUDY IN SESSION 1 (February)

    Session 1 (20XX30)
    INF404 Foundations of the Information Professions
    INF429 The Information Society
    INF407 Professional Study Visit (PG) (4 pts) (Commenced)

    Session 2 (20XX60)
    INF406 Information Sources and Services
    INF435 Collections
    INF407 Professional Study Visit (PG) (4 pts) (Completed)

    Session 3 (20XX30)
    INF415 Management of Information Agencies
    INF425 Describing and Analysing Information Resources
    INF408 Professional Placement (PG) (4 pts) (Commenced)

    Session 4 (20XX60)
    INF447 Research in Practice
    INF408 Professional Placement (PG) (4 pts) (Completed)

    Students may elect to exit at this point and graduate with the award Graduate Diploma of Information Studies (GradDipInfoStud).

    Session 5 (20XX30)
    [ ] Specialisation or Restricted Elective Subject
    [ ] Specialisation or Restricted Elective Subject

    Session 6 (20XX60)
    [ ] Specialisation or Restricted Elective Subject
    [ ] Specialisation or Restricted Elective Subject
     

    FOR STUDENTS COMMENCING STUDY IN SESSION 2 (July)

    Session 1 (20XX60)
    INF404 Foundations of the Information Professions
    INF406 Information Sources and Services
    INF407 Professional Study Visit (PG) (4 pts) (Commenced)

    Session 2 (20XX90)
    INF407 Professional Study Visit (PG) (4 pts) (Completed)

    Session 3 (20XX30)
    INF429 The Information Society
    INF425 Describing and Analysing Information Resources
    INF408 Professional Placement (PG) (4 pts) (Commenced)

    Session 4 (20XX60)
    INF435 Collections
    INF447 Research in Practice
    INF408 Professional Placement (PG) (4 pts) (Completed)

    Session 5 (20XX30)
    INF415 Management of Information Agencies

    Students may elect to exit at this point and graduate with the award Graduate Diploma of Information Studies (GradDipInfoStud).

    Session 6 (20XX60)
    [ ] Specialisation or Restricted Elective Subject
    [ ] Specialisation or Restricted Elective Subject

    Session 7 (20XX30)
    [ ] Specialisation or Restricted Elective Subject
    [ ] Specialisation or Restricted Elective Subject

    FOR STUDENTS COMMENCING STUDY IN SESSION 3 (November)

    Session 1 (20XX90)
    INF404 Foundations of the Information Professions
    INF415 Management of Information Agencies

    Session 2 (20XX30)
    INF429 The Information Society
    INF425 Describing and Analysing Information Resources
    INF407 Professional Study Visit (PG) (4 pts) (Commenced)

    Session 3 (20XX60)
    INF406 Information Sources and Services
    INF435 Collections
    INF407 Professional Study Visit (PG) (4 pts) (Completed)
    INF408 Professional Placement (PG) (4 pts) (Commenced)

    Session 4 (20XX90)
    INF447 Research in Practice
    INF408 Professional Placement (PG) (4 pts) (Completed)

    Students may elect to exit at this point and graduate with the award Graduate Diploma of Information Studies (GradDipInfoStud).

    Session 5 (20XX30)
    [ ] Specialisation or Restricted Elective Subject
    [ ] Specialisation or Restricted Elective Subject

    Session 6 (20XX60)
    [ ] Specialisation or Restricted Elective Subject
    [ ] Specialisation or Restricted Elective Subject

  • Admission information

    An applicant for admission to the Master of Information Studies shall have a CSU recognised undergraduate degree in any discipline, or qualifications and/or work experience deemed equivalent by the University under the provisions of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

    You must upload a copy of the Award or final transcript for your completed university studies when submitting an application.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Access to allowances for study

    Students in the Masters degree may be eligible for student income support from the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE). Eligible students undertaking approved Masters degrees will be able to access Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY, ABSTUDY or Pensioner Education Supplement. To be eligible for student income support through Youth Allowance and AUSTUDY, students will still need to be studying full-time and to satisfy all other Youth Allowance and AUSTUDY program requirements, including personal, parental or partner income tests. Students who have queries about masters courses and their income support entitlements should contact Centrelink on 13 2490 for further information.

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.


    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.


    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPPGYYYOESM
    DirectOn CampusSPACE University of Hong KongFPOSYYYJESL
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPOSYYYJESM
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaCGSYYYEESM

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: 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, students must satisfactorily complete 96 subject points.

  • How to apply
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  • About the School

    The School of Information Studies is one of the leading providers of online education for the information industries. The School has an international faculty of more than 20 academic staff, and has strong links with the professions both nationally and internationally.

    The School is based in New South Wales, Australia at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga. A key characteristic of the School is its lack of geographical boundaries. It is a truly national and international School, with large numbers of its students living and studying throughout Australia and across the world.

    Find out more about the School

    School of Information Studies

    The School of Information Studies operates from CSU’s Wagga Wagga Campus. It is one of the leading providers of distance education for the information industries and has been educating and researching in the Information and Library Studies field for more than 40 years. Today, well over half of Australia's information and library studies students study at CSU. Teaching staff are world-renowned experts and have strong links with the professions nationally and internationally. Many of our staff have extensive professional experience in industry and continue to be engaged in their field, helping to ensure that what students are learning is based on current practice. CSU’s courses are recognised by relevant accrediting bodies and include areas such as information studies, records and archives management, teacher librarianship, information architecture, audiovisual archiving and applied research.

  • Preparing for Study

    STUDY LINK

    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS026 - Developing Skills in Information Technology

    Any of the following subjects are recommended for students who wish to improve the areas of writing and grammar prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS022 - Writing at University
    • SSS024 - Grammar Essentials for Writing at University
    • SSS030 - Academic English for Australian Tertiary Studies (International and English as Second Language Learners)
    • SSS031 - Academic Writing Skills (F2F Workshop)
    • SSS034 - Essay Writing – Style and Structure
    These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel that they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects.  A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions. The full subject list and enrolment forms are on the STUDY LINK website.
  • 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.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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