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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 .
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.
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At the completion of this course students will be able to:
- understand the discipline of librarianship, its 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
- apply logical and rational processes to analyse the components of an issue; think creatively to generate innovative solutions to librarianship issues
- understand the nature of information and how information is created, organised, distributed and used in the Librarianship sector; apply best practice in servicing the needs of information users; locate and evaluate information resources and manage collections effectively
- communicate appropriately with information users and colleagues; assess the information needs of information user groups in the Librarianship sector
- assess the impact of emerging technologies on the work of the librarian; learn the technologies relevant to information creation, organisation, dissemination and use; decide on appropriate applications and systems for specific information service needs
- 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 sector
- think globally and consider issues from a variety of perspectives; apply relevant international standards, tools and practices to the professional practice of Librarianship
- 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 Librarians
- apply as appropriate the professional skills of librarians 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
You must also meet the following requirements:
- Successful completion of Humanities Pathway OR
- 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, including eligibility please see Commonwealth supported places.
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 complete two workplace placements as part of their work integrated learning in information studies:
- LIS100 Librarianship Concepts and Practice requires a two-week full-time practicum placement.
- LIS330 Information Theory and Research requires a three-week full-time practicum placement.
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
We recommend you start with two OUA Pathways units as specified below. 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. Learn more about OUA Pathways .
Please note that major units are only available in Study Periods 1 and 3, whereas core Humanities Pathways and many elective units can be completed in all Study Periods. You can change the sequence of your units to fit in with this, as long as you do not enrol in a unit before you have completed its prerequisite unit. Prerequisite units plus the recommend sequence of units are shown on the BALCIM Curtin Advised Study Plan 2015 (PDF, 164 KB).
- Step 1 – Start with APC100
- Step 2 - Complete one other Humanities Pathway unit
- Step 3 - Complete two of the Level 1 major units
- Step 4 – Complete two more Humanities Pathways units
- Step 5 - Complete the remaining Level 1 major units
- Step 6 - Complete Level 2 major units
- Step 7 - Complete Level 3 major units
- Step 8 - 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 (LIS units)
- An eight unit major in Corporate Information Management (LIM units)
- Four core humanities units (APC100, COM15, CMM19, PHI120)
- Four elective units from any OUA units as long as prerequisite units have been met
Generally students will complete units in the order outlined in the BALCIM Curtin Advised Study Plan 2015 (PDF, 164 KB).
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 an alternative four units generally all from the same discipline.
You may be eligible for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) for studies successfully completed at other institutions.
A Diploma of Library/Information Services completed within the last 10 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 or after you have accepted a Commonwealth Supported Place (see below). Since CRL claims can affect the choice of units to study, you are advised to contact the Course Coordinator directly (email@example.com) prior to enrolling in units for the degree. Alternatively, you can contact the Curtin Flexible Learning Support (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 send 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.
2014 Course Changes
- The four advised Core Humanities Units (four of APC100, SSK12, MED104, PHI120, SGY110, SGY120, VSW100) were replaced with the four OUA Humanties Pathways units (APC100, PHI120, COM15, CMM19) for all students
2014 Credit exemptions arrangements
For students graduating from 2014 SP1 onward:
- Students who have completed either APC100 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.
- Students who have completed two of MED104, PHI120, SGY110, SGY120, or VSW100 will be credited with PHI120 and COM15
- Students who have completed one of MED104, PHI120, SGY110, SGY120, or VSW100 will be credited with PHI120.
2012 Course Changes
- LIS110 and LIS120 were 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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