Information Services Professional Practicum - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Exercise (50%) , Assignment 2 - Digital Object Creation (50%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit is a professional experience in an information service environment through a three-week full-time practicum placement, organised by the Department of Information Studies. Coursework includes consideration and discussion of practice in records, archives and library services.

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

  1. contextualise professional and managerial expectation of information services
  2. synthesise theories, principles and standards in information services through professional experience
  3. demonstrate understanding of professional and managerial requirements for information professionals by successfully completing practicum placements
  4. demonstrate understanding of the required interpersonal skills and qualities in an information service
  5. create a digital object that demonstrates understanding of professional technology, standards and practice in information services.
  • Assignment 1 — Exercise (50%)
  • Assignment 2 — Digital Object Creation (50%)
  • Practicum — Pass/Fail

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Broadband access — There is a two-week practicum placement attached to this unit. The placements are organised by Curtin University in accordance with guidelines. Information about the practicums is available from the Curtin Practicum website:

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Students will be provided with a list of topics in their Unit Outline.

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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