Information Theory & Research - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment - Exercise (30%) , Essay (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

Students enrolled prior to 2015 in the Graduate Diploma Information & Library Studies and Graduate Diploma Records Management & Archives are required to complete this unit.

Coursework explores key theories and research in information management. The contribution of research to professional practice and scholarship; research methods; research techniques and tools, scholarly communication, and ethical considerations.

There is a three-week full-time practicum placement attached to this unit. The placements are organised by Curtin University in accordance with guidelines and student application information readily available from the Curtin Practicum website at:

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

  1. demonstrate advanced understanding of research in information studies
  2. communicate research outcomes effectively to an academic and professional audience
  3. evaluate quantitative and qualitative research methods appropriate to information management
  4. analyse the ethical implications of research and design an appropriate ethical strategy.
  • Assignment — Exercise (30%)
  • Essay (30%)
  • Report (40%)

Mandatory co-requisites

You must either have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit, or currently be enrolled in the following unit(s); or enrol in the following unit(s) to study at the same time or prior to this unit:

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

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  • Includes Placement — There is a three-week full-time practicum placement attached to this unit. The placements are organised by Curtin University in accordance with guidelines. Information about practicums is available from the Curtin Practicum website

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this unit will be provided in your study materials.

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

This unit is a core requirement 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.

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