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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).
(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 (PDF, 74KB)
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:
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
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
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.
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).
Eligible OUA students can apply for loans through the Commonwealth government's Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP), which allows you to defer your fees. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a certain level.
There are currently two types of loan:
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After you've been admitted into an application course. (That's why we call it a course loan.)
If you complete units from different universities, each university will ask you to apply for HECS-HELP.
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When you enrol in OUA units without having been admitted into an application course.
If you're studying OUA units to become eligible to apply for this course, we recommend using FEE-HELP for them. Once you've completed the units to the required standard you can apply for the course and, once admitted, switch to the course loan (HECS-HELP).
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You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and sent them to:
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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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