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.
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.
Students can choose to study a general qualification or specialisations are available in the following areas:
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This degree is an industry recognised professional qualification, enabling graduates to work in the full range of library, records and related information sectors.
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Comprising of 16 core subjects and 10 elective subjects, the course can be completed over six years part-time (12 sessions). There is flexibility to progress at faster or slower rates, and over an optional summer session and opportunities for recognition of prior learning or credit.
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Credit is available for students with a TAFE Diploma of Library and Information Studies or equivalent where they will receive credit for a maximum of eight subjects (64 points.) Students with an Advanced Diploma of Library and Information Studies receive credit for 10 subjects (80 points).
CSU’s Bachelor of Information Studies 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.
There is a compulsory three-day course orientation residential school scheduled at the commencement of the course.
To graduate with CSU's Bachelor of Information Studies, students must complete 192 subject points. To exit with the Associate Degree in Information Studies, students must complete 128 subject points.
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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"The Bachelor of Information Studies is delivered completely online which makes it very accessible."
"This is one of the most comprehensive courses on library studies available, with an excellent focus on library subjects and skills."
The changing nature of society has brought a growing demand for knowledge and information at work, in education and in leisure.