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Bachelor of Information Studies

Graduation requirements

To graduate with the Bachelor of Information Studies general degree or with a specialisation, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points.

To exit with the Associate Degree in Information Studies, students must complete 16 subjects (128 points).

To exit with the University Certificate in Information Studies, students must complete eight subjects (64 points).

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

The Bachelor of Information Studies is designed to reflect the critical importance of information and knowledge management across a wide range of fields and institutions. The course provides students with an in-depth understanding of the creation, evaluation, collection, organisation, utilisation and dissemination of information in the contemporary

About the course

The changing nature of society has brought a growing demand for knowledge and information at work, in education and in leisure. Librarians, archivists, knowledge managers and many other information professionals are meeting that demand by providing effective access to information resources and services.

Qualified information professionals play a vital role in facilitating the creation, management and preservation of information and in the development of information literacy. Our graduates provide the necessary link between the information resources, whether physical or digital, and the users of that information.

Students commence the course with a three-day compulsory course orientation.

The Bachelor of Information Studies offers specialisations in:

Librarianship BInfoStud(Lib)

Librarianship at CSU’s School of Information Studies has been the cornerstone of our success. This specialisation sees students being able to choose from a large number of elective subjects that cater to those students who want to work specifically in libraries, in areas such as reference services, library management, information access, and information delivery. The specialisation benefits from the large number of academic staff whose teaching is informed by extensive experience in libraries.

Information and Knowledge Management BInfoStud(Info&KM)

The Information and Knowledge Management specialisation has been designed for aspiring information professionals who wish to study beyond traditional areas and gain skills working with real clients and live scenarios on relevant and practical assignments in business, government, and other settings. The objective is to produce graduates who understand people, processes, innovations and trends, and can combine this understanding with technology to create, share and use information and knowledge.

Records and Archives Management BInfoStud(Rec&ArchMgt)

The Records and Archives Management specialisation introduces students to the world of government, corporate, community and personal recordkeeping. It explores international and Australian theory and practice including standards, legislation and ethical issues relating to the management of digital and analogue records. The emphasis is on building knowledge and skills that students can apply in a range of organisational contexts and in a climate of rapid change.

Professional recognition

Graduates of the Bachelor of Information Studies may be admitted to Associate (professional) Membership of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) without further examination.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Information Studies (Records and Archives Management) are eligible for professional membership of the Australian Society of Archivists (ASA).

Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia (RIMPA) has accredited the Bachelor of Information Studies course.

Professionals teaching you

This course is taught by dedicated professionals with a wide range of industry experience in the information field.

Practical experience

There is a professional study visit subject, comprising four days of visits to a range of information agencies, and a three-week professional placement. There is also a professional activities subject which requires students to attend, evaluate and report on a minimum of 30 hours of professional activities (such as conference sessions, seminars, workshops) of value to the development of information professionals, and the development of an ongoing e-portfolio.

Residential schools

There is a compulsory three-day course orientation residential school scheduled at the commencement of the course (February and July).

Career opportunities

Where it will take you

Graduates of the Bachelor of Information Studies are highly skilled and adaptive information and knowledge professionals. They understand the nature of the information life cycle from creation, through management and use, to preservation; have highly developed information-handling skills; possess the flexibility to adapt to a rapidly evolving environment; have a strong client focus; and have the ability to take leadership in developing innovative solutions to the problems posed by the expanding data universe.

Graduates will enter the workforce at the forefront of the evolving information professions. With this background, the range of opportunities open to them is broad, covering public and academic libraries; research, government and corporate information centres; and the cultural heritage sector. Depending on the specialisation studied, graduates may also be qualified to work as information professionals in areas such as records management, archives, information brokerage, knowledge management, information architecture or community information services.

Course structure

Bachelor of Information Studies

The course comprises a core of 16 subjects (112 points) and 10 Elective Subjects comprising any 10 subjects (80 points) chosen from the Specialisations or the Restricted General Elective set of subjects.

Core Subjects

The core requires completion of sixteen (16) subjects (112 points) comprising thirteen (13) 8 point subjects, two (2) 4 point subjects and one (1) 0 points subject. This is the equivalent of fourteen (14) 8 point subjects.

INF100 Introduction to the Information Professions
INF104 Online Content Creation
INF105 The Digital Environment
INF106 Information Sources and Services
INF109 Bachelor of Information Studies Residential School (0 pts)
INF110 Professional Study Visit (4 pts)
INF200 Supervision and Management
INF203 Information Literacy
INF208 Professional Placement (4 pts)
INF209 Describing and Analysing Information Resources
INF210 Collections
INF303 The Information Society
INF305 Professional Activities
INF321 Research Evaluation
INF332 Community Outreach
INF336 Principles of Knowledge Management

Specialisations

Students have the option to complete a specialisation in one of the following areas and graduate with a BIS (specialisation) or complete subjects chosen from any of the specialisations in order to graduate with a general BIS degree.

Bachelor of Information Studies (Librarianship) Specialisation

The course comprises the core of 16 subjects (112 points), 8 subjects (64 points) chosen from the following list of Librarianship Specialisation subjects, plus 2 free electives chosen from any of the Specialisations or from the Restricted Electives.

INF205 Trends in Children's Literature
INF206 Social Networking for Information Professionals
INF212 Online Reference Services
INF310 Marketing of Libraries and Information Agencies
INF318 Community Histories
INF319 Preservation of Information Resources
INF325 Value-Added Information Services
INF327 Project Management in Information Agencies
INF328 Application of Bibliographic Standards
INF330 Services to Children and Young Adults
INF331 Information Services Around the World
INF333 Human Resource Management in Information Agencies
INF334 Data Management
INF337 Advanced Information Retrieval
INF431 Preservation of Audiovisual Materials
INF443 Creating & Preserving Digital Content
ETL401 Teacher Librarianship
ETL402 Literature in Education

Bachelor of Information Studies (Information and Knowledge Management) Specialisation

The course comprises the core of 16 subjects (112 points), 8 subjects (64 points) chosen from the following list of Information and Knowledge Management Specialisation subjects, plus 2 free electives chosen from any of the Specialisations or from the Restricted Electives.

INF206 Social Networking for Information Professionals
INF213 Introduction to Information Architecture
INF320 Web Usability
INF322 Web Design and Publishing
INF323 Knowledge Management Systems
INF325 Value-Added Information Services
INF327 Project Management in Information Agencies
INF334 Data Management
INF337 Advanced Information Retrieval
INF443 Creating and Preserving Digital Content
ITC211 Systems Analysis

Bachelor of Information Studies (Records and Archives Management) Specialisation

The course comprises the core of 16 subjects (112 points), 8 subjects (64 points) comprising the first 5 subjects plus 3 other subjects chosen from the following list of Records and Archives Specialisation subjects, plus 2 free electives chosen from any of the Specialisations or from the Restricted Electives.

INF306 Records, Archives and Society 1
INF309 Records, Archives and Society 2
INF315 Records and Archives Practice 1
INF316 Records and Archives Practice 2
INF317 Government, Organisational and Private Records

Plus three of:

INF318 Community Histories
INF319 Preservation of Information Resources
INF327 Project Management in Information Agencies
INF334 Data Management
INF430 Audiovisual Archiving
INF431 Preservation of Audiovisual Materials
INF443 Creating and Preserving Digital Content

Restricted General Electives

LIT222 Contemporary Children's Texts

University Certificate in Information Studies (exit point only)

The University Certificate course requires completion of 8 subjects (64 points), 4 (32 points) of which must be drawn from the Bachelor of Information Studies Core and 4 (32 points) of which can be taken from either the Core, or the Specialisations, or the Restricted Electives set.

Associate Degree in Information Studies (exit point only)

The Associate Degree course requires completion of 16 subjects (128 points), 8 (64 points) of which must be drawn from the Bachelor of Information Studies Core and 8 (64 points) of which can be taken from either the Core, or the Specialisations, or the Restricted Electives set.

KEY SUBJECTS

Key subjects for this articulated course set are:

INF100 Introduction to the Information Professions
INF105 The Digital Environment
INF209 Describing and Analysing Information Resources
INF210 Collections

For commencement in 201030

Enrolment pattern

The following enrolment pattern is provided as a guide for a part time distance education study sequence. Students have the flexibility to vary their study load and enrolment pattern according to their individual needs and subject availability.

Session 1

INF100 Introduction to the Information Professions
INF104 Online Content Creation
INF109 Bachelor of Information Studies Residential School (0 pts)

Session 2

INF106 Information Sources and Services
INF200 Supervision and Management

Session 3

INF105 The Digital Environment
INF210 Collections

Session 4

INF203 Information Literacy
INF332 Community Outreach

Session 5

INF209 Describing and Analysing Information Resources
INF336 Principles of Knowledge Management
INF110 Professional Study Visit (4 pts) (Commenced)

Session 6

[ ] Specialisation or Restricted Elective Subject
[ ] Specialisation or Restricted Elective Subject
INF110 Professional Study Visit (4 pts) (Completed)

Session 7

[ ] Specialisation or Restricted Elective Subject
[ ] Specialisation or Restricted Elective Subject

Session 8

[ ] Specialisation or Restricted Elective Subject
[ ] Specialisation or Restricted Elective Subject

Session 9

[ ] Specialisation or Restricted Elective Subject
[ ] Specialisation or Restricted Elective Subject

Session 10

INF321 Research Evaluation
[ ] Specialisation or Restricted Elective Subject

Session 11

INF303 The Information Society
INF208 Professional Placement (4 pts) (Commenced)

Session 12

INF305 Professional Activities
[ ] Specialisation or Restricted Elective Subject
INF208 Professional Placement (4 pts) (Completed)

Articulation

An articulated set is to be added to the the current course that will be combined with specialisations

  • Bachelor of Information Studies
  • Bachelor of Information Studies (with specialisations)
  • Associate Degree in Information Studies (exit point only)
  • University Certificate in Information Studies (exit point only)

At a glance

Study Mode

Distance education

Where

Wagga Wagga

When

Session 1; Session 2

Level

Undergraduate

Duration

6 years part-time by distance education

International?

YES

Indicative ATAR

N/A

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