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Master of Information Studies

Graduation requirements

Students enrolled in the Master of Information Studies will be eligible to exit with the Graduate Diploma of Information Studies after completion of the core subjects totalling 64 subject points, normally after two years of study. Having completed a further 32 subject points, you will be eligible for the Master of Information Studies (general or with a specialisation).

Students may graduate with the Graduate Certificate in Information Studies on completion of four subjects (32 points).

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

The Master 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.

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. In addition, many graduates will become involved in the management of people and resources and will require knowledge of modern management techniques.

To view a full list of the specialisations available please click here.

Professional recognition

Graduates of the Master degree and/or Graduate Diploma may be admitted to Associate (professional) Membership of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) without further examination.

Graduates of the Master 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 Master degree, Graduate Diploma, and Graduate Certificate.

Professionals teaching you

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

Facilities

To support the development of your knowledge and skills in contemporary information practice, our learning support systems include:

  • modern IT facilities with the latest information management software
  • a focus on providing access to support and resources through the internet, email, leading edge online learning platforms and Web 2.0 technologies
  • comprehensive and dedicated online library services
  • access to experienced learning skills support staff
  • highly qualified and responsive academic staff.

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.

Residential schools

There are no residential schools associated with this course.

Credit and articulation

Qualified information professionals may receive credit for previous study (see Admission requirements).

The Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master degree (with specialisations) are an articulated set of courses, and credit is given in each higher level for subjects completed in the lower level courses.

Access to allowances for study

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) now offers student income support to students undertaking study in a number of professionally-oriented Master by coursework degrees.

Eligible students undertaking approved Master degrees will be able to access Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY, ABSTUDY or Pensioner Education Supplement. To be eligible for student income support through Youth Allowance and AUSTUDY, students will still need to be studying full-time and to satisfy all other Youth Allowance and AUSTUDY program requirements, including personal, parental or partner income tests.  Students who have queries about masters courses and their income support entitlements should contact Centrelink on 13 2490 for further information.

More information from DEEWR

Career opportunities

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Master 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

Master of Information Studies

Students must complete 96 points comprising a core of nine (9) subjects (64 points) and four (4) restricted elective subjects comprising any four (4) subjects (32 points) chosen from the specialisation subjects.

Core Subjects

The core comprises seven (7) standard (8 point) subjects and two (2) 4 point subjects. This is the equivalent of eight (8) standard (8 point) subjects.

INF405 The Digital Environment
INF406 Information Sources and Services
INF407 Professional Study Visit (PG) (4 pts)
INF408 Professional Placement (PG) (4 pts)
INF415 Management of Information Agencies
INF425 Describing and Analysing Information Resources
INF429 The Information Society
INF435 Collections
INF447 Research Evaluation

Upon successful completion of the above subjects, students are eligible to exit the Masters course with the Graduate Diploma of Information Studies (GradDipInfoStud).

Specialisations:

Students continuing on to the Master of Information Studies have the option to complete a four subject specialisation in one of the following areas and graduate with an MIS (specialisation) or complete any four subjects chosen from any of the specialisations in order to graduate with a general MIS degree.

Librarianship

Students will be required to successfully complete any four of the following subjects:

INF409 Online Reference Services
INF433 Information Literacy
INF443 Creating and Preserving Digital Content
INF446 Fundamentals of Web Publishing
INF505 Services to Children and Young Adults
INF506 Social Networking for Information Professionals
INF507 Marketing of Libraries and Information Agencies
INF510 Application of Bibliographic Standards
INF518 Community Histories
INF519 Community Outreach
INF520 Preservation of Information Resources
INF522 Project Management in Information Agencies
INF531 Information Services Around the World
INF534 Data Management
INF539 Advanced Information Retrieval

Children's Librarianship

Students will be required to successfully complete the following four subjects:

ETL401 Teacher Librarianship
ETL402 Literature in Education
INF505 Services to Children and Young Adults
INF521 Trends in Children's Literature

Library Leadership

Students are required to successfully complete the following four subjects:

INF507 Marketing of Libraries and Information Agencies
INF514 Human Resource Management in Information Agencies
INF515 Strategic Library Management
INF522 Project Management in Information Agencies

Information and Knowledge Management

Students are required to successfully complete four of the following subjects:

INF441 Principles of Knowledge Management
Plus three of:
INF443 Creating and Preserving Digital Content
INF506 Social Networking for Information Professionals
INF522 Project Management in Information Agencies
INF523 Knowledge Management Systems
INF534 Data Management
INF538 Value-Added Information Services

Information Architecture

Students are required to successfully complete four of the following subjects.

INF440 Information Architecture for the Web
Plus three of:
INF446 Fundamentals of Web Publishing
INF506 Social Networking for Information Professionals
INF522 Project Management in Information Agencies
INF523 Knowledge Management Systems
INF525 Web Usability
INF526 Advanced Web Design and Publishing
INF539 Advanced Information Retrieval
ITC412 Systems Analysis PG
ITC540 IT Infrastructure Management PG

Records and Archives Management

Students are required to successfully complete four of the following subjects.

INF527 Records, Archives and Society
INF528 Records and Archives Practice
INF529 Government, Organisational and Private Records
Plus one of:
INF430 Audiovisual Archiving
INF431 Preservation of Audiovisual Materials
INF443 Creating and Preserving Digital Content
INF520 Preservation of Information Resources
INF534 Data Management

Community Networking

Students are required to successfully complete four of the following subjects:

INF443 Creating and Preserving Digital Content
INF506 Social Networking for Information Professionals
INF518 Community Histories
INF519 Community Outreach
INF522 Project Management in Information Agencies
INF539 Advanced Information Retrieval
INF531 Information Services Around the World

Applied Research

Admission to this specialisation requires approval from the Course Coordinator plus achievement of a credit average or better in the Graduate Diploma of Information Studies or the equivalent entry program.

INF550 is to be taken after the first two subjects:

INF501 Readings in Information Studies
INF513 Research Methods in Information Studies
INF550 Research Project in Information Studies (16 points)

Graduate Diploma of Information Studies

Students must complete the core of the Master of Information Studies (64 points) comprising seven (7) standard (8 point) subjects and two (2) 4 point subjects. This is the equivalent of eight (8) standard (8 point) subjects.

INF405 The Digital Environment
INF406 Information Sources and Services
INF407 Professional Study Visit (PG) (4 pts)
INF408 Professional Placement (PG) (4 pts)
INF415 Management of Information Agencies
INF425 Describing and Analysing Information Resources
INF429 The Information Society
INF435 Collections
INF447 Research Evaluation

Graduate Certificate in Information Studies

Students must complete 32 points comprising any four (4) standard (8 point) subjects chosen from the Master of Information Studies.

KEY SUBJECTS

The core component of the Master of Information Studies contains the following key subjects from 201030:

INF405 The Digital Environment
INF425 Describing and Analysing Information Resources
INF435 Collections

The core component of the Graduate Diploma of Information Studies contains the following key subjects from 201130:

INF405 The Digital Environment
INF425 Describing and Analysing Information Resources
INF435 Collections

No key subjects apply for the Graduate Certificate in Information Studies.

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

INF429 The Information Society
INF405 The Digital Environment
INF407 Professional Study Visit (PG) (4 pts) (Commenced)

Session 2

INF406 Information Sources and Services
INF435 Collections
NF407 Professional Study Visit (PG) (4 pts) (Completed)

Session 3

INF415 Management of Information Agencies
INF425 Describing and Analysing Information Resources
INF408 Professional Placement (PG) (4 pts) (Commenced)

Session 4

INF447 Research Evaluation
INF408 Professional Placement (PG) (4 pts) (Completed)

Students may elect to exit at this point and graduate with the award Graduate Diploma of Information Studies (GradDipInfoStud).

Session 5

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

Session 6

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

Articulation

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

  • Master of Information Studies
  • Master of Information Studies (with specialisations)
  • Graduate Diploma of Information Studies (Entry only for Hong Kong University SPACE cohorts, exit point for all cohorts)
  • Graduate Certificate in Information Studies (Entry and Exit for all cohorts, other than Hong Kong University SPACE students).

At a glance

Study Mode

Distance education

Where

Wagga Wagga

When

Session 1; Session 2; Session 3

Level

Postgraduate

Duration

Master: 1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time
Graduate Certificate: 1 year part-time

International?

YES

Indicative ATAR

N/A

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