Bachelor of Arts (Librarianship and Corporate Information Management) - 2017

Please note: This course has recently undergone a major change. Please refer to Transition Arrangements for more information.

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Course summary - 2017

Level: Undergraduate
Qualification: Bachelor Degree
Number of units: 24 units to complete
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The Bachelor of Arts (Librarianship and Corporate Information Management) leads to a professionally recognised qualification in librarianship and records management and archives. The course covers the ability to locate, retrieve and critically evaluate information, gives an understanding of theoretical foundations of information creation and management, especially in a technological environment, and the processes and materials of professional work, in order to meet the needs of client and industry groups. The two majors must be taken together as a double major.

Students are required to take four elective units. We recommend these units are from the same discipline area which should be outside Information Studies. Students may choose to study one of the recommended elective unit groups listed or an alternative four units may be selected.

Students who already have a Bachelor’s degree from any year in any field should instead study one of the shorter Postgraduate degrees (Graduate Diploma in Records Management and Archives, Graduate Diploma in Information and Library Studies or Master of Information Management). Please see the information at http://www.open.edu.au/courses/arts/pgrd

OUA Pathways

This course is an OUA Pathway course, which means there is a recommended series of units that, once successfully completed, can be credited towards this course.

OUA Pathway students also have the opportunity to study up to three free* preparatory units during their pathway studies. These units are ideal for students who either haven't studied before or haven't studied in a while, as they are designed to introduce them to online learning and what's required to achieve academic success. Students can enrol in these units at anytime during their pathway studies.

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*The three free preparatory units are PREP03 Preparing for University Learning Intensive, PREP04 Preparing for Academic Writing and PREP05 Basic Preparatory Mathematics.

At the completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. understand the discipline of librarianship, records management and archives, their theoretical underpinnings, ways of thinking and professional approaches; understand and apply in practice established and developing knowledge and professional practice; extend the boundaries of knowledge through academic research and have developed a commitment to continuing research, both work-based and academic
  2. apply logical and rational processes to analyse the components of an issue; think creatively to generate innovative solutions to librarianship, records management and archival issues
  3. understand the nature of information and how information is created, organised, distributed and used in the librarianship, records and archives sectors; apply best practice in servicing the needs of information users; locate and evaluate information resources and manage collections effectively
  4. communicate appropriately with information users and colleagues; assess the information needs of information user groups in the librarianship, records management and archives sectors
  5. assess the impact of emerging technologies on the work of librarians, records managers and archivists; learn the technologies relevant to information creation, organisation, dissemination and use; decide on appropriate applications and systems for specific information service needs
  6. apply a range of learning strategies; take responsibility for one's own learning and development; sustain intellectual curiosity; develop a commitment to professional research and publication within the librarianship, records management and archives sectors
  7. think globally and consider issues from a variety of perspectives; apply relevant international standards, tools and practices to the professional practice of librarianship, records management and archives.
  8. recognise individual human rights, including rights of free access to information; appreciate the importance of cultural diversity and the sensitivities which may be created when disseminating information to diverse user groups; value diversity of language and how this may be fostered in services offered by librarianship, records management and archives professionals
  9. apply as appropriate the professional skills of librarians, records managers, corporate information managers, archivists and other information professionals; work independently and in teams; demonstrate leadership; understand and demonstrate professional behaviour; understand issues in the ethical use of information and demonstrate how ethical practices may be followed in the workplace; understand and apply major tools for information organisation, metadata creation and indexing and recordkeeping throughout the continuum to ensure efficiency and compliance.

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 Australasia (RIM Professionals Australasia) and the Australian Society of Archivists (ASA).

To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place in this degree, you must be:

  • An Australian citizen residing in Australia for all or part of your studies. 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 OR
  • The holder of a permanent humanitarian visa will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study
  • Able to meet the university course admission requirements

Please note: You can still enrol and pay for your units via FEE-HELP or an upfront payment if you are not eligible for CSP.

Students must satisfy the following requirements in order to be eligible for entry into the degree:

  • Entrance Requirements
  • English Language Competency

Entrance Requirements

Applicants need to meet one of the following:

  • Successful study through OUA – either:

* Successful completion of Humanities Pathway OR
* Successful completion of four OUA degree level units at pass level. (This satisfies English language competency requirement.) OR
* Successful completion of two OUA degree level units with separate evidence of English competency is required

  • Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) 70 or equivalent. Students must have English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR.
    To determine your eligibility for entry please refer to Interstate Year 12 and IB Students, TISC Tertiary Institutions Service Centre) link http://www.tisc.edu.au/static/guide/prerequisites-comparsion.tisc
  • Successful completion of one full time semester (four standard units) towards an Undergraduate or higher level of study at an Australian University (separate evidence of English competence is not required)
  • 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
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Diploma. You may also be eligible for credit toward your university study.
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate IV and evidence of English competency
  • Successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). (Please note this test is valid for two years.)

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Entry Requirements' document at http://students.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/English_List.pdf.

English Language Competency

Applicants need to meet Curtin's English Language requirements. You normally need ONE of the following:

  • Must have a 50% minimum in English ATAR (or equivalent)
  • Completion of at least one full time semester (or equivalent) of Undergraduate level studies at an Australian University
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Diploma. You may also be eligible for credit toward your university study.
  • Successful completion of two degree level units via Open Universities Australia (OUA) and English competence
  • Successful completion of two degree level units at an Australian university and English competence
  • Successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). (Please note this test is valid for two years.)

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Entry Requirements' document at http://students.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/English_List.pdf.

To learn more about Commonwealth supported places, including eligibility please see Commonwealth supported places.

Students complete two workplace placements as part of their work integrated learning in information studies:

  • LIM150 Information Services Foundation Practicum requires a two-week full-time practicum placement plus coursework.
  • LIM350 Information Services Professional Practicum requires a three-week full-time practicum placement plus coursework.

Practicums are organised by Curtin University in accordance with guidelines and information available at: http://humanities.curtin.edu.au/schools/MCCA/information_studies/practicum.cfm

Generally, students complete units in the order outlined in the Advised Curtin OUA BALCIM Study Plan 2017.

Three other study plans are provided as examples:

Option 1

  • Step 1 – Complete APC100 and COM155
  • Step 2 - Complete two Level 1 Major Units
  • Step 3 - Complete two more core Humanities units (1 unit of MED104 OR MCA110; 1 unit of MCA120 OR MCA100)
  • Step 4 - Complete the remaining two Level 1 Major Units
  • Step 5 –Complete three Level 2 Major Units and one elective
  • Step 6 - Complete the remaining three Level 2 Major Units and one elective
  • Step 7 –Complete three Level 3 Major Units and one elective
  • Step 8 - Complete the remaining three Level 3 Major Units and one elective

Option 2 - Pathways

You can study OUA Pathways units toward this degree. OUA Pathways is ideal for students who want a structured start to their studies and, as a bonus, you can also study three preparatory units for free. APC100 and COM155 will be credited as Core Humanities units and COM15, CMM19 and PHIX137 can be credited as two of your four elective units. Learn more about OUA Pathways .

  • Step 1 - Complete APC100 and COM155 from the Humanities Pathway table below, and you can also enrol in the optional preparatory units for free.
  • Step 2 - Complete COM15 and CMM19 from the Humanities Pathway table below
  • Step 3 - Complete two Level 1 Major Units
  • Step 3 - Complete 2 more core Humanities units (1 unit of MED104 OR MCA110; 1 unit of MCA120 OR MCA100)
  • Step 4 - Complete the remaining two Level 1 Major Units
  • Step 5 –Complete three Level 2 Major Units and one elective
  • Step 6 - Complete the remaining three Level 2 Major Units and one elective
  • Step 7 - Complete the remaining six Level 3 Major Units

To qualify for the Bachelor of Arts (Librarianship and Corporate Information Management) students must complete 24 units of study:

  • A eight unit major in Librarianship (LIS units)
  • A eight unit major in Corporate Information Management (LIM units)
  • Four core humanities units (APC100, COM155, MED104 OR MCA110, MCA120 OR MCA100)
  • Four elective units. You must complete any pre-requisite units first. Elective units can include a maximum of two first-year level units (including Pathways units). The remaining units must be second or third-year level units.

Majors

Students complete eight LIS units in the Librarianship major and eight LIM units in the Corporate Information Management major.

Electives

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 an alternative four units generally all from the same discipline. 

Total number of units to complete: 1 unit Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Academic and Professional Communications
APC100 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Total number of units to complete: 3 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Developing Research and Analytical Skills
COM15 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Text and Culture
CMM19 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Culture to Cultures
COM1551 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Critical Thinking
PHIX1371 Macquarie Sem1 Sem2 Sem3
Preparing for University Learning
PREP03 OUA PT 1 PT 2 PT 3 PT 4 PT 5 PT 6 PT 7 PT 8
Preparing for Academic Writing
PREP04 OUA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Basic Preparatory Mathematics
PREP05 OUA PT 1 PT 3 PT 5 PT 7

1 Students should only complete ONE of these units

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Academic and Professional Communications
APC1001 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Culture to Cultures
COM155 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Engaging Media
MED1042 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Narrating Selves
MCA1102 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Senses of Place
MCA1203 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Making Meanings
MCA1003 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -

1 If you had completed SSK12, SSK10 or SSK130, you do not need to complete APC100. Otherwise, APC100 is compulsory.
2 Student has to choose 1 unit from the choices of MED104 OR MCA110.
3 Student has to choose 1 unit from the choices of MCA120 OR MCA100.

There are two common core humanities units i.e. APC100, COM155.

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Librarianship Concepts and Practice
LIS100 Curtin SP1 - - -
Recordkeeping Concepts and Practice
LIM1152 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Technologies for Information Services
LIS125 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Information Services Foundation Practicum
LIM1501 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -

1 LIM150 has a practicum placement requirement.
2 LIM115 requires travel. Students are required to attend two site visits, in their State/Territory, organised by the Unit Coordinator. Alternative options will be provided if you are unable to attend the visit organised for you.

Total number of units to complete: 6 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Information Design
LIM225 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Reference Services
LIS210 Curtin SP1 - - -
Archives Concepts and Practice
LIM215 Curtin SP1 - - -
Collection Management
LIS230 Curtin - - SP3 -
Resource Description & Access
LIS220 Curtin - - SP3 -
Enterprise Content Management
LIM245 Curtin - - SP3 -
Total number of units to complete: 6 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Convergence and Cultural Institutions
LIM345 Curtin SP1 SP2 - -
Information Literacy
LIS320 Curtin SP1 SP2 - -
Information Theory & Research
LIS330 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Conservation and Preservation
LIM340 Curtin - - SP3 -
Management of Information Services
LIS360 Curtin - SP2 SP3 -
Information Services Professional Practicum
LIM3501 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -

1 LIM350 has a practicum placement requirement.

  Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Internet Design Introduction
DIG251 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Motion Graphics Design Introduction
DIG271 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 -
Universal Design Principles
DIG272 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Internet Dynamic Environment Design
DIG351 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
  Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Art Visual Research 1
VAR25 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 -
Art Visual Research 2
VAR26 Curtin - SP2 SP3 SP4
Art Visual Research 3
VAR31 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Art Visual Research 4
VAR32 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Art and Design Fundamentals
VAR100 Curtin - SP2 SP3 SP4
Introduction to History of Art and Design
VIS18 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Issues in Contemporary Art
VIS19 Curtin - SP2 SP3 SP4
Australian Art
VIS24 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Australian Aboriginal Art
VIS25 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Art in the Age of Revolution
VIS26 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Modernism in Art and Design
VIS27 Curtin SP1 SP2 - SP4
Art and Fashion
VIS29 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Art and the Environment
VIS320 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Perspectives on Beauty in Art
VIS330 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Sculpture Fine Art Studio Strategies
VSW25 Curtin SP1 - SP3 SP4
  Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Writing the Zeitgeist
PWP210 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Writing, Editing and Publishing
PWP211 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Tricks of Truth and Authenticity
PWP220 Curtin - SP2 - -
Writing Magazine Features
PWP221 Curtin - SP2 SP3 -
Writing Creative Non-Fiction
PWP310 Curtin SP1 - - -
Writing and Research for Professional Contexts
PWP311 Curtin SP1 - - -
Advanced Editing and Publishing
PWP322 Curtin - - SP3 -
Portfolio Development for Writers
PWP324 Curtin - - SP3 -
  Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Sexology in a Contemporary Context
SEX380 Curtin - - SP3 -
  Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Social Media, Communities and Networks
NET204 Curtin SP1 - - -
The Digital Economy
NET205 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Power, Politics and the Internet
NET303 Curtin - - SP3 -
Internet Collaboration and Innovation
NET308 Curtin - SP2 - -
Writing on the Web
WEB206 Curtin - - SP3 -
Web Media
WEB207 Curtin - SP2 - SP4

Applications for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) are assessed on a case by case basis according to Curtin University policies which is available at http://policies.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/policy/Credit_for_Recognised_Learning_Manual.pdf.

Students must be admitted in an award course of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all necessary documentation for a formal assessment.

To officially apply for CRL, students need to submit CRL application form available from http://students.curtin.edu.au/administration/documents/Application_for_CRL.pdf  to opencurtin@curtin.edu.au  along with supporting documents. Accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size.  For detailed scanned documents requirements and guidelines, please visit http://courses.curtin.edu.au/course_overview/admission-requirements/scanned-documents.cfm.

For further information, please contact opencurtin@curtin.edu.au

A Diploma of Library and Information Services accredited by the Australian Library and Information Association completed within the last 10 years will normally entitle you to 8 units credit.

The following study plans show you the units for which credit can be recommended, plus the order to complete the units:

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. 

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Please Note:Not applicable to Commonwealth Supported Place students

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

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:

Loan scheme Who can access it? When can I use it? How do I find out more?
Course loan
(HECS-HELP)
  • Australian citizens
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders

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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  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia,
    at least one unit of study
    contributing to their course
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian
    visa holders who will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their unit
    OR
  • Permanent visa holders who
    are undertaking bridging study
    for overseas-trained professionals
    , and will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their study

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 can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001
Australia

  • Registered students should contact opencurtin@curtin.edu.au to update their study plans.
  • Unregistered students who have completed any of the major units are encouraged to register in the degree (if eligible) to receive credit advice and a study plan. Please contact opencurtin@curtin.edu.au

A. CHANGES TO CORE HUMANITIES UNITS

1. Students who commence study from 2017 SP1 onwards.
The four compulsory Core Humanities units are:

  • APC100
  • COM155
  • One of MED104 or MCA110
  • One of MCA120 or MCA100

Note: students who have completed OUA Pathways units PHIX137, COM15 and CMM19 may have these units credited as elective units to the degree.

2. Students who commenced study between 2014 SP1 and 2016 SP4
The four compulsory Core Humanities units are:

  • APC100
  • PHI120 or PHIX137 or COM155*
  • COM15
  • CMM19

*COM155 Culture to Cultures is a new unit commencing in 2017.

3. Students who commenced study before 2014 SP1
Credit arrangements for the Core Humanities units are as follows:

  • Students who have completed either HUM100 or SSK12 will be credited with APC100
  • Students who have completed three of MED104, PHI120, SGY110, SGY120, or VSW100 will be credited with COM15 and CMM19 and PHI120 (now renamed PHIX137)
  • Students who have completed two of MED104, PHI120, SGY110, SGY120, or VSW100 will be credited with COM15 and PHI120 (now renamed PHIX137)
  • Students who have completed one of MED104, PHI120, SGY110, SGY120, or VSW100 will be credited with PHI120 (now renamed PHIX137)

B. CHANGES TO COURSE MAJOR UNITS

1. 2016 Course Changes

  • LIM135, LIS311, LIM315 and LIM335 were withdrawn from offer in 2016. LIM150, LIM350, LIS360 and LIM345 are new units offered from 2016.
  • LIS100 and LIS330 no longer include a Practicum placement. The Level 1 Practicum is now completed in LIM150 and the Level 3 practicum is now completed in LIM350.
  • Students who have completed a Practicum placement as part of LIS100 are not required to complete the Level 1 Practicum placement in LIM150.
  • Students who have completed a Practicum placement as part of LIS330 are not required to complete the Level 3 Practicum placement in LIM350.
  • Students who have completed LIM135 but not yet completed LIS100 will complete their Level 1 Practicum as part of LIS100.
  • Students who have completed LIM315 but not yet completed LIS330 will complete their Level 3 Practicum as part of LIS330.

2. 2016 Credit Exemption arrangements

  • Students who have completed LIM135 will be credited with LIM150.
  • Students who have completed LIM315 will be credited with LIM350.
  • Students who have completed LIS311 will be credited with LIS360.
  • Students who have completed LIM335 will be credited with LIM345.

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