The Bachelor of Arts (Librarianship and Corporate Information Management) leads to a professionally recognised qualification in librarianship, archives and records management.
In an age of information overload, the world needs graduates who are information literate and able to locate, capture, organise, retrieve and critically evaluate information. In this course graduates develop an understanding of the theoretical foundations of information creation and management, especially in a technological environment and gain skills and experience for practice in the real world.
Graduates will be qualified for a career in librarianship, records management, archives, information and knowledge management.
This degree is professionally accredited by the Australian Library & Information Association (ALIA), the Records and Information Management Professionals Association (RIM Professionals Association), and the Australian Society of Archivists (ASA).
Curtin University has revised and updated the Bachelor of Arts (Librarianship and Corporate Information Management).
• Registered students should contact Curtin to update their Study plans
• Unregistered students who have completed any of the major units will be encouraged to register in the degree (if eligible) to receive credit advice and a study plan.
2012 Course Changes
• LIS110 and LIS120 have been withdrawn from offer in 2012
• LIS100 and LIM340 are new units offered from 2012
• Students who have completed a Practicum placement as part of withdrawn unit LIS120 Professional Practice in Information Services in 2011 are not required to complete an additional Level 1 Practicum placement.
• Students may select their four electives from any OUA unit but are recommended to complete a minor sequence
2012 Credit exemptions arrangements:
• Students who have completed LIS110 & LIS120 will be credited with LIS100 and LIM340;
• Student who have completed LIS120 will be credited with LIS100;
• Students who have completed LIS110 will be credited with LIS100 and must complete a Practicum placement against a unit they have not yet completed.
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Students complete two placements as part of their professional experience in information studies:
LIS100 Introduction to Librarianship requires a two week practicum placement.
LIS330 Information Theory & Research requires a three week full time practicum placement.
Practicums are organised by Curtin University in accordance with guidelines and information available at:
To qualify for the Bachelor of Arts (Librarianship and Corporate Information Management) students must complete 24 units of study:
- An eight unit major in Librarianship
- An eight unit major in Corporate Information Management
- Four core humanities units
- Four electives with a maximum of two level 1 elective units
Recognition of Prior Learning / Credit
You may be eligible for credit for prior learning for studies successfully completed at other institutions.
A Diploma of Library/Information Services completed within the last seven years will normally entitle you to 8 units credit. Students with a Diploma or Advanced Diploma in Recordkeeping may also receive credit towards the degree.
Units already studied with Open Universities Australia or at a university level can be used to satisfy the requirements of the elective or broad humanities units, depending upon the units and their level and when those studies were undertaken. You need to apply for credit when you register for the degree (see below). Since RPL claims can affect the choice of units to study, you are advised to contact the Course Coordinator directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) prior to enrolling in units for the degree. Alternatively, you can contact the Curtin Centre for eLearning (email@example.com).
Registering in this Course
If you wish to complete a degree course at Curtin you should register your intention after meeting minimum Curtin entry requirements. This can be found at http://futurestudents.curtin.edu.au/non-school-leavers/how-to-get-in/entrance-requirements.cfm. To register your intention you need to complete a ‘Registration of Intent to Complete a Degree at Curtin University form‘ (http://elearn.curtin.edu.au/oua/study/registration_graduation.cfm) and submit it to Distance and Open Learning Services at Curtin.
Please Note: Not applicable to CSP students.
Recommended Study Pattern
Major units are offered in Study Period 1 and Study Period 3 only. Full-time students should organise their enrolments to study their core humanities units and elective/minor units in Study Period 2 and Study Period 4.
- Students without previous university level study are recommended to start with either HUM100 or SSK12
- Complete all level 1 major and core humanities units
- Complete level 2 major units
- Complete level 3 major units
- Complete electives
Course Admission Eligibility Criteria
(Commonwealth supported places)
In order to be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place, students must meet the following requirements:
- 4 OUA Undergraduate units at pass level OR equivalent OR 2 units plus English
OR one of the following:
Tertiary Entrance Ranking (TER) entrance:
Tertiary Entrance Ranking 70 (TER, ENTER, UAI, OP or equivalent). Students must have a 50% minimum in TER English (or equivalent)
Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT):
You must achieve a minimum of 145 in all sections of the STAT (Multiple Choice and Written English) to gain entry to the course
Successful completion of a full semester (four standard units) towards an undergraduate degree at an Australian university and English language competency is needed (also refer to Section 3a)
Enabling courses completed through other Australian Universities which meet minimum entry requirements for that institution will be accepted as minimum entry requirements for this course
On completion of certain TAFE studies (or equivalent study recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework – AQF), matriculation status may be granted and a Tertiary Entrance Rank (TER) may be assigned. The minimum entry requirements for TAFE students are:
- Diploma, Associate Diploma, or Advanced Diploma (no additional English competency needed)
- Certificate IV + English competency (also refer to Section 3a)
(Note – Certificate II or III are not acceptable)
To learn more about Commonwealth supported places, please see Commonwealth supported places.
Minimum English Language Entry Requirements
How to Apply
The Bachelor of Arts (Librarianship and Corporate Information Management) is open to all students and does not require an Application process. Simply add units from the Course units tab to your Study Cart to begin your enrolment.
Commonwealth Supported Places
The Bachelor of Arts (Librarianship and Corporate Information Management) is also eligible for Commonwealth supported places. To enrol in this course as a Commonwealth supported student, you can submit your application by clicking on the Apply online button below. Please ensure you check the eligibility requirements for a Commonwealth supported place in this course in the Requirements Tab.
To learn more about Commonwealth supported places, please see Commonwealth supported places or call 1300 322 870.
If you require an application form in an alternative format please phone a CSP Student Advisor on 1800 870 322.
About Commonwealth supported places
A Commonwealth supported place is a higher education place for which the Australian Government provides funding to the university towards the cost of your education. Commonwealth supported places are only available for students who wish to enrol in a full course of study and are required to contribute to the cost of their higher education through a student contribution. Eligible students in Commonwealth supported places can also receive assistance with their student contribution in the form of HECS-HELP.
To be eligible for Commonwealth support, you must be:
- An Australian citizen OR;
- A New Zealand citizen who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study OR;
- The holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.
For more information and to download an information booklet on the eligibility requirements and the payment options available including the process for applying for HECS-HELP assistance, please visit http://studyassist.gov.au/sites/StudyAssist/
Alternatively if you do not wish to apply as a Commonwealth supported place student or are not eligible, you can still apply to study this course or units within this course. Click on the Course units tab above to find out more.
Please note that depending on the course eligibility requirements, you may be required to provide scanned and certified copies of the following supporting documents:
- Certified copies of academic transcripts - required in most cases but check course eligibility rules.(Please ensure you attach all pages of your academic transcript including both the front and back pages)
A “certified copy” is a copy of an original document which has been certified as being a true copy by an authorised person. These include a justice of the peace, lawyer, medical practitioner, pharmacist, accountant, school principal or minister of religion.
- English language test results - if your courses were not predominantly in English e.g. IELTS or equivalent test results.
- IMPORTANT: Please do not send original documents as they will not be returned.
Pricing and Payment Options
The total cost of completing a degree will vary depending on the course you have chosen to study.
Fees can also vary according to the type of unit you enrol in and the applicable fee band. Below is a guide to help you find the fees applicable for your own study path.
Please also note that the fees listed here are only indicative costs for new students in 2012. These fees may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks.
Students complete eight LIS units in the Librarianship major and eight LIM units in the Corporate Information Management major.
Students complete 4 elective units from any OUA units provided they have completed any prerequisites.
Students may choose to study one of the five recommended elective groups below or select four units from the same discipline with a maximum of two level 1 units.
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