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Applicants are required to have completed a first degree in another discipline, or a Graduate Diploma in a related discipline.

English Proficiency Requirements

Applicants need to meet Curtin’s English Language requirement as all courses are taught in English. If your education courses were not solely in English, as per the International Handbook of Universities or the World Higher Education database, please attach a scanned original copy of English Proficiency Test results. Admission requires an overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) (or equivalent test) score of at least 6.5 and competence in all test components (IELTS score of 6.0).

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

Practicum placement

Curtin is very committed to professional experience for students and satisfactory completion of practicums is a requirement. All students undertake three-week full time work placements in two subjects; INFM510 Management of Information Services, and INFM130 Information Theory and Research.

The Department of Information Studies' Practicum Coordinator will organise the practicum placement in consultation with you at your State. There will be an email requesting students to submit applications for their placements by the Practicum Coordinator. Lookout for this email and respond accordingly. In the interim, read all you need to know about practicum placements at http://humanities.curtin.edu.au/schools/mcca/information-studies/practicum-information/

The Master of Information Management offers graduates the opportunity to complete all of the subjects required for triple accreditation in librarianship, records management and archives. In addition you will complete a major research project that allows you to specialise in an area of your choosing with the support of a supervisor. Successful completion of a Master of Information Management to a required standard can be a pathway to entry into a PhD.

This degree is designed to enhance technical skill and to provide an understanding of the ways in which the field of information management is developing. This degree is designed to provide graduates with a professional qualification in information management or an avenue to upgrade previous qualifications. Areas of study include Librarianship, Records Management, Corporate Information Management, Archives and Knowledge Management.

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

  1. understand the disciplines 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 information management issues
  3. understand the nature of information and how information is created, organised, distributed and used in the information management sectors; apply best practice in servicing the needs of users of libraries, records and archives; 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 both the public and private sectors
  5. assess the impact of emerging technologies on the work of the librarian, records manager or archivist; 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 archiving
  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 information professionals
  9. apply as appropriate the professional skills of librarians, records managers and archivists; 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.

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 degree 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 the 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.

Recommended Study Pattern

All students must complete the 14 subjects to complete the Master of Information Management.

Students should enrol in INFM120 as a first subject of study.

New pre and concurrent requisites have been implemented in the degree structure to guide student enrolment and to ensure successful study sequence, therefore learning experience. 

Students enrolled in the Master of Information Management may choose to take an interim award of a Graduate Diploma in Information and Library Studies or a Graduate Diploma in Records Management and Archives. If you believe this is possible, you should take care to firstly ensure you have completed the 8 subjects required for these qualifications.

See the attached Study Plan for enrolment sequence.

Master of Information Management Study Plan (81, KB)

If you commenced study in the Master of Information Management prior to 2015, you will continue on with your existing study plan.

Award Requirements

To qualify for the award of Master of Information Management, students must complete a total of 14 subjects. This consists of 12 subjects of 25 credit points each, and 2 research project subjects of 50 credit points each.

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