Information Methods - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • 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 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Theory (30-40%) , Assignment 2 - Practical (30-50%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 1,305.00
HECS 1,305.00
International 1,555.00

INF10014 Information Methods unit introduces the broad fundamental concepts of information literacy and start to build an understanding of how information is managed and presented in organisations. The unit will focus on building academic skills as well as introducing problem-solving techniques and critical thinking for business solution development. Along with other topics, this unit will cover information literacy strategies for people at work and in study; translating and using information for competitive advantage; using and critically reviewing new modes of information delivery like social media and social networks; reviewing how data is converted into information; reviewing the design basics of presenting information with technology; as well as exploring some of the impacts of information on society.

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

  1. Develop a key range of academic skills to reflect, critique and argue perspectives on key issues in IT and society with the ability to reference and validate sources
  2. Apply information literacy skills to access and use information ethically and legally
  3. Examine and evaluate the modes in which digital information is collated, accessed and stored
  4. Compare and evaluate how information can be effectively presented and interacted with by the users within a system.
  • Assignment 1 — Theory (30-40%)
  • Assignment 2 — Practical (30-50%)
  • Test — Online (20-40%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Information Literacy Fundamentals
2Academic Skills: Research and writing methods
3Information Sources: Review and evaluation of the sources of information sources (web, mobile and database types)
4Information Structures: Types of Info Structures (cloud, local and mobile), Overview of Info Management Systems, Interaction with Info, Info Security
5Information Constructs: Language modes, Design Styles and Audience awareness; Creative and Critical thinking; Semiotics, Metaphors and Visualisation
6Global and Future Trends in Business information interaction

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

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

This unit is an approved elective 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.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • SIS11 Information Methods Custom Book


    ISBN: 9781442561267


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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