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Master of Information Studies

Charles Sturt University, Australia
Application Code: 1370-LB008A
Programme/Course Code: LB008A | IT 18-807-00 (53)
(for enquiries)

Start Date: 29-02-2016   Next intakes: 07-2016

Course Description

As we approach the second decade of the 21st century, our society places an ever-growing demand on professionals to operate in a digital and information management environment and to possess advanced subject knowledge in different industries. This programme is offered in collaboration with Charles Sturt University, Australia (CSU) and is delivered in distance learning mode supplemented by local tutorials.

The qualification obtained in Hong Kong through CSU and HKU SPACE has full recognition by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). It is also internationally recognized by other library associations such as the American Library Association (ALA) as an appropriate professional degree for librarians.

Graduate Diploma of Information Studies is considered Intermediate Exit Award of Master of Information Studies. Upon successful completion of the programme, students will receive the CSU Graduate Diploma of Information Studies, and the Diploma in Librarianship jointly awarded within the HKU system through HKU SPACE and Hong Kong Library Association (HKLA)..

Application Deadline: January 2016 / May 2016 / September 2016
    Programme Commencement Date: February 2016 / July 2016 / November 2016

Non-Local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance
These are exempted courses under the Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which these courses may lead.

Duration

  • - 36 months for non-Library and Information Studies bachelor degree holders

    - 24 months for Library and Information Studies bachelor degree holders

    - 16 months for Graduate Diploma of Information Studies graduates

Medium of Instruction

  • English

Programme Structure

 

Master of Information Studies

Students need to complete (96 credits in total):

  • 64 credits of core modules (refer to the Graduate Diploma of Information Studies session below); and
  • 32 credits of elective subjects

#Bachelor of Information Studies graduates only need to complete the following:

  • Two 8-credit core modules
  • Four 8-credit elective modules

#Diploma in Teacher Librarianship graduates will be exempted the following four 8-credit subjects (or their equivalent):

  • Information Sources and Services
  • Teacher Librarianship
  • Application of Bibliographic Standards
  • Information Literacy

(CSU has the final decision on the number of credits needed for each student)

Elective subjects (8 credits per subject)
*Subject to change

  • Library Services for Children and Youth
  • Application of Bibliographic Standards
  • Information Retrieval Systems and Practice
  • Literature and Other Resources for Children and Youth
  • Human Resource Management in Information Agencies
  • Strategic Management
  • Principles of Knowledge Management
  • Information Architecture for the Web
  • IT Infrastructure Management
  • Digital Preservation
  • Research Methods in Information Studies
  • Readings in Information Studies
  • Social Networking for Information Professionals
  • Preservation of Information Resources
  • Records and Archives Practice
  • Online Reference Services
  • Project Management in Information Agencies
  • Records and Archives Practice
  • Information Literacy
  • Principles of Knowledge Management
  • Fundamentals of Web Publishing
  • Community Outreach

Students can speed up their study if they take more subjects in a session, or make use of the third session.

 


Graduate Diploma of Information Studies

Students need to complete (64 credits in total):

  • 7 core subjects; and
  • 2 practical subjects

Core subjects (8 credits per subject)

  • Foundations for Information
  • Information Sources and Services
  • Management of Information Agencies
  • Describing & Analysing Information Resources
  • The Information Society
  • Collections
  • Research in Practice

Practical Subjects (4 credits per subject)

  • Professional Study Visit
  • Professional Placement
  • Exemption may be granted to students of relevant academic qualifications and / or working experience.
  • Students can speed up their study if they take more subjects in a session, or make use of the third session.

Assessment

Assessment is mainly based on assignments such as forum contribution, project work, essays, reports, quizzes and written examination (most subjects may not have a written examination).

If students fail a subject for the first time, they have to re-take the subject in a session where the subject is being offered. 

For Master of Information Studies & Graduate Diploma of Information Studies:
A retake fee of HK$13,000 per subject (subject to change) will apply.  

Entry Requirements

  • For graduates of Bachelor of Information Studies / Bachelor of Applied Science OR graduates of Graduate Diploma of Information Studies / Graduate Diploma of Applied Science, you should apply either of the following intakes of Master of Information Studies:
    1370-LB008A (Old code: IT 18-807-00(53), February 2016 intake)
    - 1435-LB008A (Old code: IT 18-807-00(61), July 2016 intake)
    1455-LB008A (Old code: IT 18-807-00(62), November 2016 intake)
  • For graduates of degree holder in non-library science, you should apply Graduate Diploma of Information Studies, which is the prerequisite of Master of Information Studies. You still need to apply under either of the following intakes of Master of Information Studies:
    1370-LB008A (
    Old code: IT 18-807-00(53), February 2016 intake)
    1435-LB008A (Old code: IT 18-807-00(61), July 2016 intake)
    1455-LB008A (Old code: IT 18-807-00(62), November 2016 intake)

To obtain Master of Information Studies

  • Library and Information Science Bachelor degree holders - any 4 subjects from a list of elective subjects, in addition to 2 core subjects
  • Graduate Diploma of Information Studies graduates - any 4 subjects from a list of elective subjects

(Subject to review by CSU)

To enter Graduate Diploma of Information Studies

  • A Bachelor’s degree awarded by a recognized university, or equivalent.

Application Fee

HK$150

Course Fee

For Master of Information Studies:
HK$13,000* per 8 credit points subject

For Graduate Diploma of Information Studies:
HK$13,000* per 8 credit points subject / HK$6,500 per 4 credit points subject

* Subject to review at the time of enrolment

The tuition fee is paid by subjects per session (3 sessions in a year).

Enrolment Method

Please complete both applications forms (HKU SPACE Enrolment Form SF26 & CSU Application Form) and submit to HKU SPACE Learning Centres together with certified academic certificate copies. Applicants are advised to bring along the original copies of certificates and documents to HKU SPACE Enrolment Counters for verification when submitting their applications. For CSU Application Form, please be reminded to complete Questions 3 (English language proficiency) and Question 4 (Citizenship and residency).

Please note that course fee will only be collected from successful applicants after the selection process by HKU SPACE and Charles Sturt University.

Payment Method

The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100

CEF Sector: Business Services
CEF Course Code CEF Course Title Fees Enquiry No.
21Z03655-6 INF441 Principles of Knowledge Management (Module from Master of Information Studies)
$13,000 3762 0831
21Z03656-4 INF415 Managment of Information Agencies (Module from Diploma in Librarianship/Graduate Diploma of Information Studies)
HK$11,000 (Admitted into the Diploma in Librarianship/Graduate Diploma of Information Studies programmes before Sept 2014) or HK$13,000 (Admitted into the Diploma in Librarianship/Graduate Diploma of Information Studies programmes after Sept 2014) 3762-0831
21Z03657-2 INF425 Describing & Analysing Information Resources (Module from Diploma in Librarianship/Graduate Diploma of Information Studies)
HK$11,000 (Admitted into the Diploma in Librarianship/Graduate Diploma of Information Studies programmes before Sept 2014) or HK$13,000 (Admitted into the Diploma in Librarianship/Graduate Diploma of Information Studies programmes after Sept 2014) 3762-0831
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