Charles Sturt University
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This online Bachelor of Information Studies course will equip you with an in-depth understanding of information and knowledge management. Students are provided with comprehensive training in the creation, evaluation, collection, organisation, utilisation and dissemination of information. According to their area of interest or projected career path, students may elect to specialise in one of the following areas: Librarianship: Caters for those seeking employment in areas such as reference services, library management and information access and delivery. Graduates may be admitted to Associate (professional) membership of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Information and knowledge management:Focuses on innovative ways in which to create, share and use information within a range of business and government contexts. Graduates are eligible for membership of the Australian Society of Archivists (ASA). Records and archives management: Explores theory and practice, legislation and ethical issues relating to the management of digital and analogue records. Records and Management Professionals Australasia (RIMPA) has accredited this course.
Students studying by distance are required to attend a compulsory three-day residential school session at the CSU Wagga Wagga campus.
This course features an extensive workplace program in order to familiarise students with the practical components of information management. This includes a four-day professional study visit subject, a three-week professional placement and a professional activities subject requiring 30 hours of e-portfolio development.
If you choose not to study the entire Bachelor of Information Studies degree, you may be able to complete an alternative program. This is beneficial for students who need to develop a specialisation or who prefer not to commit to the whole study period. Depending on the units studied, you may exit with a University Certificate in Information Studies (64 points) or Associate Degree in Information Studies (128 points).
CSU is dedicated to helping you achieve your personal goals.
Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:
Other attainments or experience may be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Applications for distance education and postgraduate courses are accepted all year round. Provided you are eligible for admission, your application will be held for consideration in the next available intake.
In this Bachelor of Information Studies course, the subjects you will study include: These core subjects:
Students have the option to complete a specialisation in one of the following areas, or to undertake a prescribed number of electives from a range of specialisations in order to graduate with a general degree. Librarianship specialisation (choose eight subjects):
Plus two free electives. Information and knowledge management specialisation (choose eight subjects):
Plus two free electives. Records and archives management specialisation (choose eight subjects):
Plus three subjects from the following:
Plus two free electives.
CSU offers a range of student support services, academic learning support and skills development for all its distance education students. Studying with CSU, you will have access to your online subjects, Student Services, the CSU Library, forums and your exam results through student.csu, a personalised online portal.
You will also have entry into CSU Interact, a scholarly environment that connects students and staff online. Each subject you’re enrolled in will have its own subject site housed within CSU Interact, giving you access to learning content, tools and subject forums.
Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Bachelor of Information Studies from Charles Sturt University.
Graduates of this Bachelor of Information Studies are highly adept at all levels of information and knowledge management, possess the flexibility to adapt to rapidly changing environments, have a strong client focus and possess the ability to develop innovative solutions to a raft of problems. With this in mind, graduates are well suited to a broad range of employment opportunities within public and academic libraries, research facilities, government and corporate information centres and cultural heritage organisations. Depending on the chosen field of specialisation, graduates may also be qualified for work in records management, archives, information brokerage, knowledge management, information architecture or community information services.
Wondering where a career in librarian could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:
If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees. CSU provides access to a range of scholarships and loans to help its students with the costs associated with university study.
This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $55,874 (2017-18 income year).
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